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post Posted: Aug 8 2019, 09:32 AM
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Ahh, the hippocracy of politicians.
After spending years complaining about the Russians interfering in the US political system (meaning Trump), US congresspersons have threatened to block US/UK trade deals if the UK brexit closes the Irish border.
The irony of it all.

Any future US-UK trade deal would almost certainly be blocked by the US Congress if Brexit affects the Irish border and jeopardises peace in Northern Ireland, congressional leaders and diplomats have warned.

Boris Johnson has presented a trade deal with the US as a way of offsetting the economic costs of leaving the EU, and Donald Trump promised the two countries could strike “a very substantial trade agreement” that would increase trade “four or five times”.

Trump, however, would not be able to push an agreement through a hostile Congress, where there would be strong bipartisan opposition to any UK trade deal in the event of a threat to the 1998 Good Friday agreement, and to the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The comments came as Johnson was in Northern Ireland in an effort to revive power-sharing talks between his allies in the Democratic Unionist party and Sinn Féin, as well as discuss Brexit preparations.

The Guardian

However, their ABC sees this in an entirely different light.
Here is the headline frrom ABC News

Ireland's border, Brexit and white supremacy manifesting in a way Trump didn't expect

and here is some of the report.

Last week, the United States Congress made an extraordinary intervention in British politics.

The "Friends of Ireland" Caucus, which includes both Republicans and Democrats, made it clear they would not support any US-UK trade deal if Britain's exit from the European Union in any way jeopardised the Good Friday Agreement.

It's not surprising the co-chair of the caucus, Democrat Richard Neal, would say such a thing. But Mr Neal was supported in his statements by his Republican colleagues.

In the current political environment, such a bipartisan consensus over potentially defying the will of President Donald Trump is noteworthy, to say the very least.

Given just how much political stock both Mr Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have put into the potential for a US-UK trade deal, this congressional threat has serious implications.

But it also gives us an unusual insight into how white supremacy works in the US.

Setting aside O'Reilly's egregious use of the term "legally", his tweet revealed a great deal. For many Americans, connection to Ireland is not just about family history and a shared resentment of British repression — it's also about shared whiteness.

This understanding of whiteness is based on the insistence that racism does not exist because, as O'Reilly claimed, white people are oppressed too.

In some of the darkest corners of the internet, this idea even goes so far as to include the belief that Irish people were actually enslaved, and suffered as much as, if not more than, African-Americans and people of colour.

Just like the other ideas that inform white supremacist ideology, this is a persistent and dangerous myth. As the events of last weekend prove once again, that danger is far from hypothetical.

I won't make any further comment, seeing as a good percentage my own whiteness originates from Ireland.


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post Posted: Jul 31 2019, 04:23 PM
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In Reply To: alonso's post @ Jul 31 2019, 03:16 PM

Socialist Bill was the most surprised.

The WHOLE country dodged a bullet election night.

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post Posted: Jul 31 2019, 03:55 PM
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In Reply To: alonso's post @ Jul 31 2019, 03:16 PM

Must admit it's a secret pleasure when doing a straw poll, subtly but with a purpose, to find how many others have emitted a collective sigh of relief, recently.

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post Posted: Jul 31 2019, 03:16 PM
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In Reply To: henrietta's post @ Jul 31 2019, 11:57 AM

Who was "surprised"? I don't think the people were, except maybe the people that work at the ABC or similar like-minded institutions.

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post Posted: Jul 31 2019, 11:57 AM
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In Reply To: early birds's post @ Jul 31 2019, 10:24 AM

And they are telling our naive universities what to do as well. We will regret this lack of foresight.

Meanwhile, it seems that nobody in business wants Bill Shorten, so he has to start making unwanted noise in parliament again.

Bill Shorten says Labor’s surprise election loss was “very disappointing for the nation” but has vowed to remain in parliament, arguing it is time for the party to move on and challenge the government.

Very disappointing for the nation .......... is he kidding?


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post Posted: Jul 31 2019, 10:24 AM
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In Reply To: blacksheep's post @ Jul 30 2019, 11:54 AM

shooting wombat??? are they out of their fucking mind or what??? angry.gif
that freaking slow moving little lovely thing, how on earth anyone would target it??? and it is native animal as well!!
why the heck aussie authority allow this shooting club to operate ???

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post Posted: Jul 30 2019, 11:54 AM
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I wonder what would happen if Aussie "high rollers" were invited to China and shot their Panda's for sport?

Common wombats are a protected species in Victoria, except in 193 districts including Murrindindi where the animals have been declared unprotected wildlife.

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post Posted: Jul 29 2019, 03:07 PM
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In Reply To: henrietta's post @ Jul 28 2019, 06:40 PM

I hope it is incidental not a case of doping. If she is guilty, she's gone.

Even if she took something in a tainted supplement, which has occurred, she still may have a less severe case to answer iirc, as athletes need to keep records and advise if taking supplements before testing, not plead afterwards.

If I was an elite athlete I'd be keeping samples of every supplement and vitamin I took just in case. Careers and reputation ruined in a moment.

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In Reply To: henrietta's post @ Jul 28 2019, 06:40 PM

I've never been in the heady world of being an elite athlete so know nothing about the supplements they consume. My wonder is why don't the athletes take a sample of each tin, bottle or box and securely store it for testing if needed. Contaminated supplements or food, for all I know, could be a valid excuse or reason.

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Shayna Jack ........ I wonder if she will swim again.

Ligandrol is used to build muscle mass and strength. If she has taken it inadvertently, then her coach has some questions to answer.

What a shame, and a disaster for her.


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