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Posts by pepsionice

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  • Are Americans Who Admire Socialism and Communism Miseducated or Stupid?

    12/09/2018 10:22:52 AM PST · 10 of 124
    pepsionice to Impala64ssa

    In general, these are people who are always told that the government can give you free things, and it doesn’t cost anything. Somewhere around age thirty....some reality sets in and more than half of this bunch then realize that it’s all a fraud.

    I think if you’d just require ‘Animal Farm’ to be read around the ninth grade and openly discussed in some high school history class....things would quickly straighten themselves out.

  • 1,723 arrested in 'yellow vest' protests in France

    12/09/2018 3:41:10 AM PST · 3 of 30
    pepsionice to tennmountainman

    There about eight days ago....he got hit in the head with an egg. I suspect they are trying to limit his appearances. It’s possible that you could have some mass event and 500 folks there would have eggs in their possession.

  • Violent Protests Spread from Paris to Belgium and now, the Netherlands

    12/08/2018 11:07:21 PM PST · 34 of 73
    pepsionice to little jeremiah

    Last night, via some Brit broadcast...they had up to around 40 different demands on the table. The fact that there is no central leadership...makes this a wild ‘ride’.

    One the demands I noted....earlier retirement ages. That’s a no-go for the Macron government. The pension program is already in serious trouble, so shaving off another year probably won’t happen.

    The punk-kid protesters want the mandatory civic duty forced upon them to be lifted entirely.

  • Migrants don't bring disease. In fact, they help fight it, report says

    12/08/2018 10:31:08 PM PST · 17 of 69
    pepsionice to MNDude

    I would suggest that the ‘experts’ go and spend seven days in a holding facility with one-hundred migrants...of which seven will have active tuberculosis. I suspect the ‘experts’ will offer excuses why they don’t have time or think this might be unwise.

  • Violent Protests Spread from Paris to Belgium and now, the Netherlands

    12/08/2018 9:50:01 PM PST · 25 of 73
    pepsionice to SpaceBar

    I would add a third group onto the movement...since that civic duty mandate was handed out this week in France (mandating 16-year old kids are now in some conscription service)....that has been taken in a negative way. So you also have this vast group of 14 to 18 year old school kids joining up with the street hoods and the Yellow Jackets. Potentially, as the Macron government is handing out these various mandates....they are simply creating wave after wave of new participants in the protest deal. There might be some quiet period coming up at the end of the month for Christmas....but it’ll hype back up by New Years.

    It’ll be curious if this goes into other countries (suggesting a problem for the EU election in May 2019).

  • New Jersey Has No Idea How to Enforce Its 10-Round Magazine Limit Law

    12/08/2018 8:58:01 PM PST · 41 of 51
    pepsionice to willyd

    Tend to agree. Where you might see enforcement....you are already under suspicion for some crime (harboring a criminal, holding stolen property, etc) and they have a search warrant. In that case, if they find the illegal magazine, it’ll be another added charge. You might still a hundred people a year on these type charges....only because you did some crime to get your home searched.

  • Did anyone else make this connection?

    12/08/2018 5:27:43 AM PST · 34 of 84
    pepsionice to drpix

    In the past two years, the yellow vest requirement even started up for German cars. You have to carry one in the trunk and wear it if there is a breakdown on the road. I think you can buy it for around 3-Euro.

  • Macron Regime In France Pulls Out Stops To Stop "Yellow Vests", Will It Work?

    12/08/2018 3:38:02 AM PST · 10 of 23
    pepsionice to MarMema

    It would be funny if you found one central slogan spray-painted....’Make France Great Again’ (MFGA).

  • Can We Fix Fake News?

    12/08/2018 2:14:54 AM PST · 27 of 28
    pepsionice to adorno

    Once the cable news arrived in the 1990s...the path ahead became cluttered, and open to misinformation efforts. The same can be said for internet news from 15 years ago, and the arrival of social media about ten years ago. In the 1990s, if you counted newspaper-reading time and TV news viewing (with AM radio chatter)....I probably had 8 hours a week of news. Today? It’s getting near almost 20 hours per week. Most of it....is either marginal news (like the newest Kardashian trend), or some CNN-invented misinformation.

  • Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Merkel's successor as CDU leader

    12/08/2018 1:27:41 AM PST · 3 of 26
    pepsionice to Berlin_Freeper

    AKK....carbon-copy of Merkel. Leaves more conservative members of the CDU shaking their heads. They expected the Merkel era to end, and now, it just moves onto version two of Merkel. By the end of 2019, I expect a dozen-odd well known members of the CDU to just resign and quit politics.

    If you look at polling, the Greens have moved up...very near 20-percent, and I think they have a fair chance of taking on the CDU and AKK in 2021....you might see the internal disenchantment reach the stage where the Greens could win the election and the Chancellorship.

  • Paris in lockdown as France braces for new anti-Macron riots...

    12/08/2018 1:10:39 AM PST · 24 of 192
    pepsionice to Fai Mao

    The French election ‘gimmick’ is a bit different and some ought to review it, and what happened in 2017.

    Under the French system, a multi-party atmosphere exists. Eleven parties had active participation in the run-up election (March 2017). But if you go back to the six months prior....there were probably over sixty folks competing within eleven parties.

    Various people who were figured in the fall of 2016 to come out on top....were tossed into scandal episodes, and fell to the side. In one case, a guy had his wife hired in previous years for some outrageous amount of salary. That single detail knocked him out.

    So when the smoke cleared after the primary, you had two ‘players’ (Le Pen and Macron). Six months prior....neither of the two would have been predicted as the final two. At this point, they move onto the final election (23 April 2017). The idea is that you would have voters from the lesser candidates have to make a decision, and support some candidate....with the thought that you are ‘for’ the individual. It’s a fake feeling, but the French political establishment believes this will really settle matters.

    So Macron ends up with 66-percent of the vote. In truth...more than two-thirds of these votes are from non-Macron voters. They are basically saying...if you only have a choice of Macron or Le Pen....well, it’s not much of a choice.

    All the weaknesses in Macron’s background, his lack of being elected to any office prior, or the humorous marriage to ‘mother’? All noted, but with the way this is built...it didn’t matter. I expect the riots to continue, with the police at some point accidentally killing someone and creating a ‘hero’ situation. This past week....one of the tear gas canisters ended up around some old pensioner lady, and she ended up coughing herself to death.

  • Macron Regime In France Pulls Out Stops To Stop "Yellow Vests", Will It Work?

    12/08/2018 12:14:17 AM PST · 5 of 23
    pepsionice to Nextrush

    This gov’t belief that a central group is pushing out ‘orders’ and manipulating people....might work on some past riot agendas. In this case, so far, there’s been no central group running the riots. The Macron-crew will look over this and find it complicated to aim police investigations.

    Added to this, the student riots are attached to another Macron decision....bringing back the draft and forcing all 16-year-olds to participate in some national program (that announcement came out this week). Again, maybe the Macron-crew thinks there’s one central group planning the agenda....but no, this is a wide open development....all driven by pool planning within the Macron government.

  • Man, 36, Dies in San Francisco After Coughing up Blood Clot Shaped Like Lung Passage

    12/07/2018 10:47:33 PM PST · 47 of 55
    pepsionice to Moonman62

    My brother-in-law went through a long spiral (heavy-heavy smoker for thirty years, probably 1.5 packs a day). Last year, he would go into these massive coughs. At the end, doctor said he coughed himself to death.

  • Air Force study on EMP threat

    12/07/2018 11:58:00 AM PST · 28 of 30
    pepsionice to afterhoursarmory

    After 36 hours, I quit taking that pill. I was supposed to plot 100 points on a map each night (2 AM). Without the pill, I could do this in 40 minutes. With the pill, it took 90 minutes. Some guy took three pills one night, and was looped up in the toilet for five hours.

  • A College Kid Running for 13th Ward Alderman Gets a Lesson in the Chicago Way

    12/07/2018 10:38:55 AM PST · 5 of 18
    pepsionice to PBRCat

    The comical thing here....out of these 2,700 revoked signatures....they may find out that over 1,000 of them didn’t sign the document in the first place, and that more than another thousand....are non-existent or dead voters. We might find that the kid has just enough to make it and proceed on.

  • France braces for trouble, Macron to address 'yellow vest' anger

    12/07/2018 10:31:28 AM PST · 5 of 25
    pepsionice to RoosterRedux

    There is some worry now about the effect on the EU election. Macron’s Party? I don’t see them getting more than 15-to-16 percent of the vote. Le Pen’s National Front might go past 35-percent (last time in the EU election, they took 25-percent). Whoever is advising Macron....probably needs to be fired.

  • Psychology professor accuses GOD of being a sexual predator for impregnating the Virgin Mary...

    12/07/2018 10:27:27 AM PST · 19 of 84
    pepsionice to DuncanWaring

    Well....no one has ever given an age to Joseph or Mary. It’s possible that she was 17.

  • Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Who is the new leader of Germany's CDU?

    12/07/2018 8:26:17 AM PST · 4 of 18
    pepsionice to GuavaCheesePuff

    Her nickname is ‘Mini-Merkel’...

    What I’ll generally say is that as the next election likely comes up (2021 is the scheduled period)...she won’t win the Chancellorship. But the SPD Party is in such a rut....they probably won’t clear more than 14-percent of the vote, and you are looking at a clear path for the Green Party to win.

  • France and Germany tell EU states ‘to take refugees or pay’

    12/07/2018 8:16:53 AM PST · 24 of 57
    pepsionice to Texas Fossil

    The point here...is that it’s a position-paper, and nothing much else. The Germans want the French in some ‘all-or-nothing’ attempt to just ram it down on EU members. I don’t see more than five or six accepting this, and the rest just laughing over the mere suggestion. No one is going to pay anything (refugee-tax will be term used), and it’ll be a major factor in the May 2019 EU election.

    I’ll add this issue...just because you accept refugees....doesn’t mean that they will stay in your country. The minute you arrive in Portugal, Greece or Poland....discovering almost no real money to help you make it the first two years while in language training....everyone will pack up and head over to Germany. The other issue...just about every single African heading north...has only two destinations in mind....UK and Germany.

  • Clinton Foundation on the Hot Seat for Potential Misappropriation of Funds

    12/07/2018 7:11:18 AM PST · 11 of 44
    pepsionice to JWNM

    At the end of 2016, when they were shutting down the Foundation...someone counted up from day one to that point, and it was ‘more or less’ two billion dollars. Out of that...no could clearly say how much was operational cost or charity cost.

    My humble guess is that they probably never did more than one-quarter of that in some charitable fashion. Amusingly enough....five million dollars of it...was pumped in around July 2016 by the German government...actual German tax revenue.