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    Members of her family has spoken out about how the murder was used by the right for a political agenda https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/8/27/17786350/mollie-tibbetts-update-family-cristhian-rivera-trump I don't think its fair to say the left wants illegal unabated immigration. Its mainly what to do about them once they have been here for a certain length of time. And whether or not its worth the time and money spent to track them down as well as the moral ramifications of doing so (uprooting families). That is worthy of debate. Crime committed by said group isn't statistically one of the issues. As I repeated in an earlier post, you can make a stronger argument limiting the legal immigration of Russians and other nationalities if crime by immigrants is going to be on the table. I lived in LA and saw illegal immigration up close and personal. One of the things that was almost a cliche is that if you get into an accident, you hope the person isn't undocumented because they are either going to leave the scene or possibly didn't have insurance. It was just a part of life there. They avoided being anywhere 'in the system'. That said, I've known and met a few. The country has a lot of issues. Scapegoating any group undeservedly isn't right. Undocumented aren't responsibly for the crime rate or have a net overall negative effect on employment (at near historic lows) or wages. Should they be here? No. ICE is fairly new and frankly has been co opted from what it was originally set up for. Just like a few things (RICO statues as another example). Politicians have always misused and maligned the reputations of specific peoples historically in America in order to get votes going back decades if not a century or two. Jews, Blacks, Irish, all Catholics, eastern and southern Europeans, Gays, Feminists, the youth during the Vietnam era, corporations, unions, etc. We obfuscate and deflect from addressing far more specific reasons for problems we have as a nation and the solutions we need to overcome it. Immigration is an issue but my question is, are we spending the too much time and resources on it when that time and effort can be better spent on far graver issues. I think the politicians are using it as a deflection to avoid topics and answers that aren't going to be popular.
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    Kofi Annan died today, previous Secretary General of the UN. A most remarkable person within the limited possibilities of his job. When I celebrated my 50th birthday ( not long ago, lots of laughter ) at the Petersberg Hotel above the Rhine valley he came along asking what the party was about. And he was told that the Great Bubi turned 50 and he wished me well. Rest in peace Kofi, I shall always remember you.
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    They want me to pay to read the Washington Post. Fuck 'em. It's on my computer and I'm paying for the internet and the electric bill.
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    I may recommend a visit to the museum in Kanchanaburi
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    Due diligence in hiring Espanics and not just look at either a Visa or Green Card and accept it as a fact. But then, employer s tend to want to claim ignorance as a defense when they hire Espanics at far below the going rate. That’s not the point that I was making. As soon as the killer was revealed as an illegal alien (I guess that those papers didn’t fool the Police), the pro wall faction jumped on that as proof positive that all illegal aliens were potential criminals and possibility murders. All I’m saying is that only those with clean hands should be taken seriously.
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    Ed and Nancy met while on a singles cruise, and Ed fell head over heels for her. When they discovered they lived in the same city only a few miles apart Ed was ecstatic. He immediately started asking her out when they got home. Within a couple of weeks, Ed had taken Nancy to dance clubs, restaurants, concerts, movies, and museums. Ed became convinced that Nancy was indeed his soul mate and true love. Every date seemed better than the last. On the one-month anniversary of their first dinner on the cruise ship, Ed took Nancy to a fine restaurant. While having cocktails and waiting for their salad, Ed said, "I guess you can tell I'm very much in love with you. I'd like a little serious talk before our relationship continues to the next stage. So, before I get a box out of my jacket and ask you a life changing question, it's only fair to warn you, I'm a total golf nut. I play golf; I read about golf, I watch golf on TV. In short, I eat, sleep, and breathe golf. If that's going to be a problem for us, you'd better say so now!" Nancy took a deep breath and responded, "Ed that certainly won't be a problem. I love you as you are and I love golf too; but, since we're being totally honest with each other, you need to know that for the last five years I've been a hooker." Ed said, "I bet it's because you're not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball."
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    https://g.co/kgs/f2jztW
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    Anyway, seems like the sharks are circling Trump. I love the idea of a non politician coming to Washington DC. So, the one good thing about Trump's election is that a non traditional person got elected. I think that is good in theory in that it expands the number of people we deem eligible culturally to be President and was sorely needed. The problem specifically with Trump is that you want that person to be more honest than the people already in Washington DC, not worse morally and ethically. The "outsider" candidate only works if the "outsider" is better than what is already there. If its a business person, Warren Buffet would be a person pretty much everyone can agree on is amply qualified and honest from what we know. If Trump was honest and a true maverick, even being a Republican I think people would have accepted him if not respected him. I'm finding it hard to see how he can be supported to "drain the swamp" with the baggage he has and brings. Either there is a desperation for a segment of the country to see someone, anyone other than a career politician even if they have ethical issues or he is being supported because he appeals to some people's more 'base' instincts. The interesting long term thing is how does this change presidential elections in the future?
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    Blonde jokes (blond joks) n. Jokes that are simple so men can understand them.
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    I was in Angeles in March. Not much changed. High Society club seems to remain as the main focal point on Walking Street. I like the Philippines actually. Sometimes a bit more than Thailand. I spend a fair amount of time in and around the Makati section of metro Manila as well. I like PI because its easier to date, decent "normal" every day girls there. I've met genuine nice, decent girls as girlfriends. I think Thai women are much more passionate and better in bed. Pinays seem a bit hung up on their catholic upbringing I'm guessing. I grew up with girls who went to Catholic school and I see some similarities. If you are in the P4P game, the Thai baht against the dollar means Thailand (and girls) are a bit more expensive than it was a few years ago. The same 1k or 2k baht you pay is now costing you a bit more in dollars. The opposite in the Philippines. The peso has gone down with regards to the dollar. I was getting about 4,100 pesos back in 2017 for my 100 dollars and I was getting about 5000 pesos for my 100 dollars this spring.
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    I've had White and Black South African friends and have heard two different versions of the same story. My white South African friends I met in Korea. A couple of them very, very cool. Hung out, we drank and partied together. I've been to their apartments for their special occasions. Been invited along with them when they get together to watch Rugby, the Springboks, the Sevens, etc. (although I still can't get my head around the sport). I ask questions respectively. I try hard not to make assumptions. The media, especially American media often gets it wrong and its slanted. They say these farmers have been on the land for generations and likened it to former native lands in Oklahoma, etc, its not a pretty past, but its the past and what is done is done, you can't change the past. Very compelling. He notes how some have worked tirelessly for generations and their children see it as a family legacy no different than the typical American family farm. They also said South Africa is the only place where the majority have a form of affirmative action. Didn't realize that and it was an eye opener when you process it. My black South African friends of course have a different version. One of them I know the best ironically enough married an American girl, white girl and took her back to SA. However, he has a view different than my white south African friends. He said "why didn't the Whites rush to the airports after Apartheid?' There was no mass exit. Why? The face of the government may have changed to Black but the assets and wealth remained white owned. Those lands was stolen. If your father stole land and gifts it to his son, does his son have the right to keep it from the son of the father he stole it from?' He also states how most of these farmers aren't progressives, but hard core apartheid holdouts. So, both sides make compelling arguments and just like any subject there are two sides and both can make decent arguments. America is no different. If the farmers are not being compensated fairly at least, it's problematic for me. I can certainly understand a tribe or a people not being able to have their tribal lands. But you can't leave people penniless either. It's a tough call and one that I'm glad I don't have to be involved in. I just hope it works out amicably and without violence. I'm not optimistic. Trump getting involved is problematic. If it was Bush or Obama, I'd think the involvement was about what's fair, but frankly I think it's a bit hypocritical for Trump to get involved there but ignore Russia's involvement in Crimea. Plus with Trump's alt right connections, I don't think its altruistic. It's not America's business frankly. It's a messy affair and complicated and we should be extricating ourselves from foreign issues rather than getting involved in anything other than clear human rights violations. This can be deemed human rights violations technically but I'm thinking more about lending aid in cases like children and families in Syria, Yemen, the Sudan where they are bombed to death, and tragedies of that nature and in a humanitarian capacity. Food, medicine, etc. This is a UN matter if it needs international attention.
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    Some of the shows on Italian TV nearly 30 years ago were full on nudity 1990i was on the coast of “ Bay of Sirte”in Libya and I constructed my own antenna to pick TV from across the Med, Italy. Didn’t have a clue what they saying but pictures were good fun
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    I also watch Dutch TV advertising, but only for the nudes
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    Anyone know how Junglesoup is doing? If I am ever in the UK for an extended period of time I'd love to check in on him. I have been fine tuning my "concoction" as I call it. I boil lemon, ginger, green tea bag, guava tea bag (found it and decided to add it), mint leaves and moringa leaves in water. Enough for a pitcher, 2 liters. I also have in powder form cinnamon, red ginseng, tumeric, a little baking soda, yohimbe, pomegranate peel powder (found it while in a herb shop decided to buy it), arginine ornithine powder from my heavy workout days, a healthy teaspoon of each, mixed up I got a blender and mix broccoli, spinach, banana, kale, assorted fruits and natural fruit juice, I add in the boil mixture and a tablespoon of the powder concoction. a few drops of black seed oil, and a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar. Before I take the concoction I drink a tea spoon of wheat germ oil first thing in the morning. I used to add it but the residue from it was too messy. So I just take it separately. Anyway, the kick from that friggin' mixture of all of it is like a horse...haha. I snack on nuts (almonds) and fruits throughout the day and drink that mixture periodically. I've found that 1. I have a ton of energy 2. I don't feel or get hungry quite as much 3. I have less bowel movements and its a solid healthy movement 4. I've lost weight especially combined with regular exercise. Side note on exercise. I don't do heavy lifting, I don't overdo it. I listen to my body. I will go on the elyptical for 10 to 20 minutes depending on how I feel. I do core workouts. Pull ups in different positions, dips, push ups. Some weight training but light weight, high reps and afterwards I go for a swim till I breathe hard. As you can tell I got into a very healthy lifestyle and I feel better about myself and feel better period. I eat either smoked salmon or broiled or grilled chicken mostly. Rarely red meat. I do get tested regularly. Even though I don't do what is deemed high risk sex any longer (or not much..lol) meaning unprotected anal sex with girls. Whether we admit it or not we have all done some "stupid" things in hindsight years ago when we first started visiting SE Asia.
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    Seems things are 'normal' around here..lol. Omarosa's actions are not a surprise if anyone knows anything about her career. She's always been self serving and an opportunist. The question isn't why did she record private information and turned on the person and people she aligned herself with and helped her. The question is why was she given the job and access? She came to fame as a back stabbing, self serving person. She reviled in it and made a career out of it. If anything it shows bad judgment on giving her the job. For her to record things going back as she did, even when things were going well with her job with the campaign and administration also speaks volumes on what she initially saw for her to think she would need to record things. I will throw Trump a bone and say I completely understand and support his wanting to rectify America's trade deficit. Every country wants a positive trade balance. What I would question is HOW he is going about it. It doesn't seem he had a well thought out plan. But I do support the idea if not the actions taken. My gut feeling is nothing of consequence is going to come from the Mueller investigation. Not saying I don't want it to, just saying I don't think it will extend all the way to Trump. These things rarely find what they set out to. The Whitewater special counsel never found evidence to support the allegations. Clinton was facing impeachment on lying while under oath. Nixon was found to obstruct after the fact. Hillary was never found to be guilty of what the special council set out as well. She was alleged to have used a private server. So, its par the course of these kinds of matters that if Trump is found guilty of anything it won't be what the investigation was originally based on. Mueller is a smart cookie though. He is very, very good at his job. He may get one of Trump's sons and force Trump to pardon his own son. And in doing so create his own impeachment. Who knows what will happen but I am guessing it won't be bullet proof collusion naming Trump specifically. What is lost on most is that this is basically an internal (Republican) fight. Comey and Mueller are fellow Republicans. This isn't a Democratic party fight. I think Trump's possible unraveling may be the economy. The stock market is nearing record highs, unemployment is at an all time low..great, right? Well, we have been overdue for a massive recession, a bigger, nastier one than in 2008 during Obama's 2nd term. 2008 we had 1 bubble, housing. Now we have 4 different bubbles (housing, credit card, car loan and student loan) to contend with and frankly I'm surprised the tariff mess hasn't triggered it already. The economy is the only thing that can dislodge Trump I think. I don't see any Democrat who can win against him in 2020. I think Sanders would have won fairly easily in '16 but not so sure now. It would be close.
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    Congratulation, although there is no way to "know" what happens to an errorfare once it has been published everywhere. Usually they appear on codeshare flights when somebody misinterprets something that the actually flying company offers. Flyertalk is one of the great assembly points of bullshit worldwide which is why I call them liartalk.
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    It is a DIY Version Previous version had "Recent Posts" button nice and simple this version need to configure it myself
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    I want the Delphi back
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    Drogon I am relaxed, just allow this Lil Englander to have a rant and rave, life would be incomplete if I didn’t have something to moan about
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    This event was what ushered in the Federal Reserve. As you may know a quasi private/public, secret organization that controls our money supply. The reason why Morgan and the leading banks of the day literally saved the financial sector of the country was because had it collapsed, they would have no way to make money. It wasn't out of love for the country. If the system imploded, they had no market, they ARE the market.
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    My 2 cents after several trips and living there for about 1 year so info starting back in 2009 up to 2018 and going back for 2 months in 2019. Went all over the country except for AC, worked in Makati. Airports: I have known NAIA when there was only the old terminal open but finally they have renovated a bit T1 and they opened the other terminals, all in all much better. For travels between plenty of main cities you have Cebu pacific + PAL + air asia, no real hassle and often some pretty good deals. Currency: Great as it is, especially compared to the Thai Baht strength. Cost of living: Excellent, not as cheap as Cambodia but still quite cheap, again compared to Thailand. Accomodation: Condos for rent can be found in all the main cities with plenty of good deals especially since platforms such as airbnb became the trend. Plenty of hotels with a good choice of 5 stars, be it in Manila, Alabang, Cebu, Puerto Princesa and so on. Never got bad service to the contrary since most of the hotel staff I met really tried their best to help. Transportation: Train = almost non-existent (missed the Bicol express). Manila/NCR/Makati = huge traffic jams (Manila skyway is very convenient though, depending where you have to go work). Taxis = meter almost unknown, many taxis in bad mechanical shape (I count at least 5 times when the taxi broke down or was in the process of breaking down, which, once on the skyway, can be no fun at all) Tricycle-habal habal: can be the only mean of transportation in some areas, never had any problem and surprisingly quite regulated and quite honest. Long distance buses: Some more reliable than others from what I heard, some very comfortable (almost like first class beds) but never tried one. As a sidenote, uber is really getting big there. Ferry: Despite the poor reputation of Filipino ferries I gave a try to 2GO ferries and was a bit impressed (Manila to Cebu trip). Banca: Never had a bad experience (of course I never went on a trip on a banca when a storm was supposed to happen) and actually had my best 'desert islands' experience hiring a banca and its crew for the day and going island hopping in Bohol, add to that some gems can be visited only by banca such as in Coron or El nido. Food: Plenty of foreign restaurants everywhere in the main cities, once you go out of the big cities you usually find less of those foreign restaurants, but given the Filipino love of eating I believe bonchon, mcdo, BK, chowking, max, jollibee are pretty much almost everywhere. Spicy: Filipino food is usually not spicy, some Thai restaurants in the main cities, other than that if you go in the Bicol area you can find some spicier food. Drinks: Red horse, san miguel and plenty of local or imported alcohols everywhere.....may I add that drinking (between men) is a Filipino ritual, sisig + red horse deep into the night can be quite an experience. Taglish: One might think English is widely spoken but older people are not all fluent in English especially in the more remote areas. Now, if you happen to spend your time in the northgate area in Alabang, near more than a few big BPO companies you will have no trouble with English with the thousands of predominantly young female college graduates, some who speak better English than myself since they went to de la salle university and UPI. Red light stuff: Big KTV in ermita/malate: catering mainly to wealthy Filipinos but these days more and more to Chinese, Japanse, koreans and more than a few westerners, expensive (if you know a floor manager can be only 6-7k php but usually damage easily )more than 10k php) but can find some real gems, failed entertainers and so on. VIP rooms can be full service. Japanese (and a few Koreans) KTV/karaoke: del pilar/mabini streets in Malate for the biggest concentration: some classic Japanase karaoke where being slightly naughty can be done but they play hard to catch, some others where they are much more readily available, same kind of businesses as soi thaniya and other Japanese places), can find some real gems in some, expensive as it is catering to Japanese but on the other hand can be worth it if you have time and some money. Padre burgos: The classic, most of the 'dancing' bars not worth it, some such as bottoms can be incredible, both with the talent and the high prices. Note, some of the girls offering massage in the street can be real gems. About bottoms and jools: Yes they are expensive, yes the mamasans are pushy and yes they are a nightmare for non-smokers but, from all my travels I remember only 2 times I met real college girls (besides some G clubs in Bangkok), once was at Monet on sukhumvit soi 33, got her to come in her college uniform to my condo once, the other one was at bottoms and I went to pick her at her college another day. Filipino KTV in QC: Quezon city, more than a few, some doubling as MP (Pegasus, kremlin), some really costly, example pegasus, 10k-15k php dmg minimum but then, in a way, you can really find some incredible women there. Other smaller (seedier?) Filipino ktv in the area have really great VIP rooms and are far from being as expensive. A special mention about AF1 (air force one) in parañaque, KTV doubling as MP was worth a visit. EDSA: Was never impressed. Casas: Can be a hit or miss and you better have a taxi driver you can trust, never went there without a close Filipino relation, some casas you find 40yo women, others are full of (real) college students trying to make money to pay their tuition. Night clubs/dance clubs: Not my cup of tea + the table system is absurd and anyway I am not young enough anymore. Freelancer joints: Went once to LA care and never again. AC: Never went, not interested to be with thousands of other foreigners in 'Pattaya in the Phil' Cebu: For another time, can be really great. Davao: For another time but is incredible, sadly too dangerous from time to time.
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    Authorities: Iowa student killed by Mexican in US illegally MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A man from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally has confessed to kidnapping college student Mollie Tibbetts while she was running in her small Iowa hometown, killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield, authorities said Tuesday. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tibbetts, whose July 18 disappearance set off a massive search involving state and federal authorities. Rivera led investigators early Tuesday to a body believed to be Tibbetts in a cornfield about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen running, Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said. "I can't speak about the motive. I can just tell you that it seemed that he followed her, seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day, for whatever reason he chose to abduct her," Rahn told reporters at a news conference outside the sheriff's office in Montezuma, where Rivera was being jailed... https://www.yahoo.com/news/officials-believe-body-iowa-student-mollie-tibbetts-found-132827935.html
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