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Posted in: Euthanasia law comes into effect in Australian state See in context

"dignified option at the end of their life".

Option is key. Like @Cricky I've had to deal with these decisions. Allow individuals the choice.

Good on Victoria.

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Posted in: Russia, China, block U.S. effort to halt N Korea fuel deliveries See in context

Russia and China on Tuesday blocked an American initiative that aimed to halt fuel deliveries to North Korea,

While Trump golfs at one of his properties (on the taxpayer's dollars) and sends tweets to celebrities, China and Russia get stronger.

China and Russia have plans.

The US has Trump. And Mitch McConnell.

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Posted in: Defying Trump, U.S. senator moves toward vote to block Saudi arms sales See in context

@reese lol..... Most of the products you use everyday are courtesy of the oil and gas industry.

And by burning so much oil and gas we're using more of those resources than we have to.

There are alternatives ways of making many of those everyday products without using oil and gas. (Soy beans and corn, for example)

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Posted in: Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Shanahan quits as reports emerge of family violence See in context

@serrano Mark Esper will be a great Secretary of Defense.

Perhaps for the profits of the military industrial complex and their investors. Especially those holding Raytheon shares?

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Posted in: Trump launches re-election campaign, presenting himself as outsider and victim See in context

Trump is an outsider in many ways that should worry Americans. His outside connections to Moscow and Israel especially.

@commanteer I have to buy some tin foil today. What brand do you recommend?

If people seriously don't think Trump has connections to either Moscow or Israel, I doubt tin foil will do them any good.

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Posted in: Trump launches re-election campaign, presenting himself as outsider and victim See in context

shook up the Washington establishment four years ago

Which part of the Washington establishment? 

Certainly not the part of the establishment that includes DC swamp lifers like Ron Barr, Bolton, Pompeo etal. They're each key members of his administration.

How about Elaine Chao, recycled bureaucrat from the Bush 43 admin, wife of corrupt Sen. Mitch McConnell, scion to an international shipping family.

Certainly not the military industrial complex part of the US establishment. Trump's appointed people from Boeing and Raytheon, two of the world’s three largest defense contractors to lead the Department of Defense.

Certainly not the big energy part of the US establishment. Look at Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruit and others Trump’s appointed to the Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency and how they’re doing Trump and the ‘establishment’s’ bidding in tearing down environmental protection to make things better for ‘established’ corporations.

Certainly not Wall Street. Mnuchin (Goldman Sachs) etal.

Certainly not the military. Look at the retired generals.

Certainly not the Republican nabobs in the Senate. Look at Trump’s backing from Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham etal.

The ‘establishment’ is used as a pejorative by those unable to explain what they mean. (Like ‘deep state’, ‘globalist’ and others.) 

Only those unwilling to look deeper than Trump’s speeches and headlines would accept he’s not part of the establishment. He's helped wealthy Americans more than any president in modern history.

Trump is an outsider in many ways that should worry Americans. His outside connections to Moscow and Israel especially.

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Posted in: Defying Trump, U.S. senator moves toward vote to block Saudi arms sales See in context

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week he did not expect that was likely in the Senate.

Any time McConnell, one of America's most corrupt politicians, takes a position the question has to be asked: How does he benefit financially from this.

Good on Sen. Menendez and others supporting him for drawing attention to the ongoing horrors in Yemen and the US's roles in it.

The US should stop supporting the brutal Saudi regime while subsidizing major US war industries.

Unfortunately even if the US stops supplying weaponry, Saudi Arabia is so oil rich it will just buy from Russia, China, France, Germany or the UK instead.

The best way to stop wars for oil is stop burning so much oil and gas and start using more alternatives.

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Posted in: Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Shanahan quits as reports emerge of family violence See in context

Shanahan, a former Boeing executive,

His 'acting' replacement Esper came from Raytheon, the world's third largest defense contractor. Shanahan came from Boeing, the second largest. Will one of the the next 'acting' (in trump's never-ending revolving door admin) come from the world's largest, Lockheed Martin? BTW has anyone seen Trump's most current tax info to see how much he's invested in the big war industries?

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Posted in: Sandy Hook families put hoaxers on defensive See in context

He has spent years getting Facebook and others to remove conspiracy videos and set up a website to debunk conspiracy theories.

Conspiracy theories are too often aimed at the intellectually vulnerable portions of populations who tend to believe them, regardless how whack, especially when people with some power over them, perhaps a religious leader, a TV talking head (Alex Jones, Limbaugh, Ingraham, etal), perhaps a politician they trust, pushes them.

It should be worrying to anyone with even a modicum of reasoning skills that the current President of the US himself spreads conspiracy theories.

https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-conspiracy-theories-2016-5

It should also be worrying to anyone with even a modicum of reasoning skills that organizations like Qanon, Breitbart-Bannon, various Moscow financed groups, various Chinese financed groups, various Israeli funded groups, various other extremist groups of all sorts are using media, including sites like this to push conspiracy theories with the intent to undermine democracies.

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

@returninggrace People aren't interested in the truth.

Is the above quote aimed at the intellectually limited portion of the population that Qanon, Bannon-Breitbart, the Internet Research Agency (and other Moscow backed organizations), among others are trying to reach in their ongoing attempts to undermine democracies? No wonder those organizations use the NRA, KKK and other whack groups to spread lies.

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Posted in: Trump slashes aid to Central America over migrants See in context

@blacklabel When they run out of anti Trump stories they recycle.

Are these 'theys' you're referring to the ubiquitous 'them' (sometimes called liberals, the left, deep state, globalists, etc.) haunting the minds of far-rightists and other pro-authoritarians? Democratic systems where the media and the public in general can have an array of perspectives really seem to frighten many of Trump's true believers. No wonder so many Trump's supporters are pro-Russia, anti-US.

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

The cajones. Simply speechless

GoTrumpers should be speechless (i.e. silent), especially those who cheered Trump ripping up the sensible agreement between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China and Germany.

Now the world's at even greater risk because of Trump's ineptness.

And his and his backer's support for their oil and gas industries.

And his and his backer's opposition to alternatives to burning so much oil, gas and coal.

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Posted in: China's Xi to visit North Korea this week ahead of G20 See in context

The timing is likely to raise eyebrows at the White House

with some, but probably not Trump who'll be too busy playing golf at one of his properties (on the US taxpayers' dollars) and tweeting celebrities. One thing that might get Trump involved is the Trump family businesses being offered even more trademarks in NE Asia.

China's using its influence in North Korea and partnering with Russia, whose state controlled oil and gas industries are planning a pipeline down the Korean Peninsula, which will give the Kim regime - started by Stalin - greater power and wealth.

It would be nice to think this could help the North Korean economy and its people, but given the histories of China, Russia and North Korea and how each has butchered its own people, that may be a pipe dream.

The US being led by a corrupt, bumbling oaf like Trump is the best thing that's happened to modern China and Russia.

No wonder there's been so much 'meddling' in US elections.

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Posted in: Israel moves to name Golan settlement after Trump See in context

Have Jared's fees for services rendered to Israel and Sheldon Adelson been reported?

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Posted in: Trump calls newspaper report on Russia power grid 'treason' See in context

They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! 

Talking about himself - again. That quote nutshells Trump. Where was his father born?

so incompetent that you are not briefed about national security matters.

His known incompetence, plus his advisors know he probably wouldn't listen. After all he's got more important things to do like play golf at one of his properties (on the taxpayers' dollars) and send tweets to celebrities.

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

Saudi Arabia wants to dominate the oil market and crush the Iranian supply, which is in direct competition. Trump wants to bump up his poll numbers for 2020

And Putin knows Russia's best chance for re-establishing its empire is to have greater control over global oil and gas markets.

A perfect storm ahead thanks to the world's dependence on fossil fuels.

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

@kurispsu The US GDP 4.2 percent up under Trump’s administration-making Americans wealthier!

Trump took a solid economy and goosed it up. Corrections are inevitable.

And the negative externalities - reductions in environmental protection leading to increased pollution levels, reductions in consumer and worker protection - and other Trump-led measures could make the lives of most Americans even worse.

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

@burningbush 've been saying for years on this site that war with Iran was on the agenda and that it would start with a false flag attack.

People called me a "conspiracy nut".

Maybe you weren't a 'nut'. Lots of conspiracy theories. Maybe you were able to say that because you had inside information as a GRU operative working in support of the Trump campaign. There were lots of you guys, after all.

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

Trump last year withdrew the U.S. from an international agreement,

The world is even less safe now that the US is led by a corrupt, bumbling oaf who's shown little if any interest in trying to understand global complexities (beyond ways for him and his family to make money - and pay back their debts).

Trump seems motivated by undermining anything done by the Obama administration, while Trump and his regime are undermining principles of the republic.

Who knows who all Trump listens to for advice, or even if he's willing to listen to anyone, especially anyone whose information and opinion might conflict in anyway with his. After all, listening to people takes time which might keep him from playing golf and tweeting.

Trump's inarticulate, the WORST communicator of any modern president, even worse than Bush 43.

Given how many times Trump's flip-flopped, who knows how long it will take before he changes his mind on any topic.

Perhaps worst of all Trump has shown he's a pathological liar. Only a few of his remaining supporters might believe anything he says.

Trump: making the world less safe every day he's in office.

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Posted in: Japanese tanker hit in Gulf attacks heads to port See in context

So, this whole drama is great for the United States income.

And Russian.

And the other oil and gas producers who have the world by the throat.

And whose pollution is causing throats around the globe to choke.

As long as those running things continue to keep the fossil fuel producers in power,

as long as alternatives to burning so much oil, gas and coal are limited - the globe is screwed.

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Posted in: 11 killed, 25 hurt as explosions rock Somalia's capital See in context

And people wonder why al-Shabab is being airbombed to smithereens

Who's funding al-Shabab is the bigger question for me. It must be some group(s) with similar 'beliefs', plus those with financial motives to control the shipments of oil and gas.

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Posted in: Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters, including 26 pro-regime forces See in context

Russia launched a military intervention in support of the regime in 2015,

And 4 years later remains mired. Another Afghanistan? You'd think Russia would have learned from the fading US empire's ongoing intervention failures, how their costs are accelerating the demise of the country. Russian citizens must be willing to pay the costs so Putin and his oligarchs can re-establish the empire.

Turkey disagreed with Russia

Historical empires clashing redux.

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Posted in: Putin presents Xi with birthday ice cream See in context

The future looks bright for Putin and Xi's respective empires, especially if their ongoing expansions - China's Belt and Road plus numerous developments in areas along the Pacific and Indian Ocean corridor, Russia's Eurasian Economic Union, Syria, etc. backed by its huge reserves of fossil fuels - continue unchecked.

And maybe even more important for both is having the fading US empire led by a bumbling oaf supported by fellow corrupt politicians, many of whom like Trump with 'investments' in both Russia and China. Looking at you Mitch McConnell. Lindsey Graham. And so many others.

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Posted in: Trump calls London mayor a 'disaster' after a spate of killings See in context

U.S. President Donald Trump once again

showed he's a thug appealing to those in his base who get woodied when he talks like a schoolboy bully.

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Posted in: Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks See in context

Trump blames Iran

How can anyone believe one word said by Trump. Especially when he flip-flops and lies so often.

Who's he getting information and advice from? Pompeo, Bolton and the other neo-cons in his administration? They do love sending other people's children to fight the wars they've started.

Given how many times Trump's dismissed things reported by any of the numerous US intelligence agencies, it's doubtful he listens to them.

Given he'd rather play golf and send Twitter messages than read anything beyond a few bullet points, it's likely he's not done any research himself.

Jared? What does he know other than how to use his inside position in daddy-in-law's White House to make more money.

Russia? Trump has listened to their advice before.

Israel? Maybe Sheldon Adelson's offering Trump even more to listen to them. Maybe Jared's been offered some sweet deals on property development there and Ivanka some trademarks.

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Posted in: Putin says U.S.-Russia relations getting 'worse and worse' See in context

@serrano Tucker: Dems say Trump committed treason for answering a question

Oh good grief. Tucker Carlson is a mouthpiece for white supremacists and a Putin tool. Which says a lot about posters who link to him.

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Posted in: Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News See in context

@serrano Because she's known felon who came close to becoming POTUS and is still on the loose.

If Clinton's committed a felony, which would make her a 'known felon', why haven't Trump and Barr, his appointed head of the Department of Justice brought charges against her? And the RINOs, deep state, orcs are greater than Trump defense might be believed by Trump's remaining supporters, a minority of the US population. Those able to reason beyond the headlines in infowars and RT won't.

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Posted in: Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic See in context

I echo absolutely amazing.

was preserved in permafrost

But further melting of permafrost concomitant with increased releases of methane should be a 'global' concern. Except, perhaps, to the fossil fuel industries and others who continue to deny climate change is occurring.

https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2785/unexpected-future-boost-of-methane-possible-from-arctic-permafrost/

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Posted in: Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News See in context

If candidates want to reach out to Fox viewers,

they're probably just wasting time, energy and money.

Many Fox viewers are part of the fundamentalist, 35% of the US (maybe every nation's?) population unwilling and perhaps incapable of being 'reached'. Many are poorly educated. Many are intellectually vulnerable. Many are members of religious sects with binary views on existence: my cult's view right - all other's wrong. Many are true believers who think some messiah here (or somewhere) can save them from the problems of existence. Qanon, Bannon-Breitbart, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, etal are fully aware of how to manipulate the 35%. As is Rupert Murdoch who uses his global media empire's numerous outlets, including Fox'news' to 'reach' them. As is Putin who also uses his global media empire's numerous outlets to 'reach' them.

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Posted in: Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News See in context

"I certainly understand the reservations many people have about the Fox News organization,"

I do too, but still think regardless of the perspectives, opinions and distortions pushed by Fox'news', they're part of the free, for-profit press and must be allowed to remain free. Assuming they don't break laws.

What worries me most is when the US president and his staff use their positions to attack media outlets that even question them. Trump and his backers are the greatest threat to a free-press the US has seen in years - maybe ever.

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