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  1. 3 points
    Coss Seems to slight confusion on how we both define "Social Welfare" but I will give you my definition based on the UK model which I happen to be au fait with. Whilst Health, Education, Pensions and Defense etc come from UK Central Government Expenditure they are not what are defined as "Social Welfare" or "Benefits. These include, but are not limited to, Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Child Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Job Seekers Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Unemployment Benefit and so on, there are approximately over 60 different benefits which can be claimed, and the benefits scroungers know them the best. There are people in the UK who have never done a days work in their life, never paid into the system yet are taking from it. Millions of Immigrants flocking to the UK being given Social Housing and many of the 60 odd benefits I have mentioned, Like WTF is all that about, and you wonder why I got pissed with my, the Tax Payers. money being squandered by successive governments , hence the reason why I packed my bags and fucked off.
  2. 3 points
    "is there will always be people who take the piss out of the system" Yes and sometimes the cost of those people is worth bearing, for the good of the whole. A year and some months ago, I had a stroke. Because we have an efficient Ambulance system, I got not one, but two rides to two different hospitals in very quick time, straight into the operating room and they pulled the clot. Kept me in over night, I reckon I'm 98~99% back to normal. Slightly better than normal as I've taken up Kayak fishing as a health kick and I eat a lot of primo fish and I am fitter as a result. All of this without regard to my financial circumstances or whether or not I am taking the piss... I am alive and grateful. Looking after yer peasants is not always a bad thing, indeed if you don't look after yer peasants, you'll be lynched eventually.
  3. 3 points
    Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair after arriving in a hotel in Manchester went to the bar and asked for a pint of Guinness. The barman said, "That will be £1 please, Mr. O’Leary." Taken aback, O'Leary replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money. "We do try to stay ahead of the competition", said the barman. "We have the cheapest beer in England". "That is remarkable value", Michael comments. "I see you don't have a glass, you'll need one of ours. That will be £3 please." O'Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat. "Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra £2. If you'd pre-booked it would have cost £1." O'Leary swore to himself, but paid up. "I see you've brought your laptop" added the barman. "That wasn't pre-booked either, that's another £3." O'Leary was so incensed and his face was red with rage. "I've had enough! I insist on speaking to a manager!" "Here is his e-mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9.00 am and 9.01am every morning, Monday to Tuesday. Calls are free, unless answered, then there is a charge of only £1 per second". "I will never use this bar again". "OK but do remember, we are the only hotel in England selling pints for £1."
  4. 3 points
    In case the subject on the left is his "girlfriend" any further penalisation should be prescinded from in the name of humanity.
  5. 2 points
    More than 10 KG density of Molasses is 1.42 Also 10KG is only the weight of the Water, you forgot the containers release mechanism, spray nozzles etc i know, pedantic Engineer haha.
  6. 2 points
    You should also know, that everything is your fault, the fate of men these days is to provide sperm and buy houses for women, any outcome that is less than the ultimate expression of the 'Princess Delusion' is a travesty and you are to blame.
  7. 2 points
    Blonde woman tries to fill up a Tesla Model S with gas
  8. 2 points
    Hang on this is Flash we are talking about here
  9. 2 points
    See what the education system has come to? Cant write, can't comprehend, can't understand..... Protest about it, but don't learn, ff'n foofs...
  10. 2 points
    I'm not going to go so far as blame Hillary Clinton. However, slavery in some form or another has been going on in North Africa in perpetuity. The migrant issue just made it bigger. It was going when Qadaffi was there as well but it was far more underground. The arabs have been enslaving Africans (and others) for over well over 1500 years to varying degrees of quantity. That said, the lack of global outcry is alarming. What is more alarming is why the subsaharan African countries aren't boycotting, threatening war, whatever. It's 2018!!
  11. 2 points
    Provided that's the province you are registered in.
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    Yes I got looked at at Nong Khai once, but they seem more concerned about 'where' I was going, when I said 'Bangkok for the weekend' they smiled and let me go, obviously I was a quality tourist...
  14. 2 points
    I knew a Thai woman who'd been classmates with him. She didn't like him and told stories, which I won't repeat here. He's another "Do you know who my father is?" boy. p.s. Don't you like how they grant bail to the rich folks at one million baht. What a surprise that they all seem to disappear.
  15. 2 points
    Strange or not in LA they are relatively rich. They look out for each other as well. If they are in HR they will hire each other, promote each other and they have women looking our for them as well. As far as the homeless situation in California, its a nice climate. And even during its better days you had homeless but admittedly nothing close to what we see here. The homeless issue in America took off in the '80s. There was a combination of the closing of state mental hospitals and a large percentage Vietnam vets who were suffering from all manner of psychological and to some extent physical issues. When my oldest brother came off that plane at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, we literally lost track of him for a few years. He was homeless for some of those years. "self medicating" himself to try and forget some things he experienced. The VA wasn't equipped for it. Interesting thing is all the wars had this. I recall reading an article of the terms they used for PTSD for WW1 and WW2 vets. I had an uncle in LA (originally from Tulsa) , who lied his age at 16 and joined the Korean War, (he was born at home like many people so no hospital birth certificate which was common, he had a birth cert printed up) who was seriously fucked up. My aunt said years later he would still wake up screaming. We think he was bipolar before entering the military which made things worse. He had fits of rage as a kid and when you are a black teenager in 1940s Oklahoma with fits of rage, it seemed a good idea to get out. He had guns all over the house in the year I stayed with him when I first went to LA. He hated Asians and Whites virulently. He passed 2 years ago and it was a shock to us in hindsight that he never did a mass shooting. Lifelong Republican by the way..lol. His family were not going to be FDR Democrats. He was homeless for a short time as well as the Korean War when he came to LA. In Philly when I was growing up crack was huge and that contributed heavily to the homeless issue. I had a few friends from HS who were homeless. Mental issues that were undiagnosed or families unable to cope such schizophrenia, alzheimer's and other mental health ailments. What's the solution? Preventative care, okay but what about those out there now? For the vets I think its a national shame the VA is not given the resources to pay for this. Upwards of 1 trillion for defense and we can't do this? We are quick to send people to war. We have had a war/conflict literally every decade since WW2 but have not done anywhere close to enough for those we sent over there. I think the military budget, overall, is too high and the budget for vets way too low. There should not be much of a wait time at the VA hospitals. I really don't give a shit how much it costs truth be said. It's not because of family members that have fought but just friggin' common human decency.
  16. 1 point
    It's not pretty but its politics. Obama was one of the most closely examined Presidents ever. The problem the Republicans had at the time was he was more than careful. He was a constitutional lawyer. The animosity in the government has pretty much stopped much work of value to be done. Blame whomever you wish but nothing of consequence gets done unless that party enjoys enough of a majority to get past dissenting votes. Not much with regards to bipartisan support as well. In some areas its crippling the function of the government.
  17. 1 point
    ... or more likely a Member of Congres.
  18. 1 point
    Reminds me of when I was working in the US nearly 20 years ago ... The Drive Thru ATM's had keyboards with Braille .... always made me smile. 😊
  19. 1 point
    The market had one of, if not, the biggest one day gain ever, over 1000 points on the Dow Jones. It was not a reversal of the economy. The market went down more over recent times than it has in many years so a rebound of some quality is normal. It's a 'dead cat bounce' though. As I write now, the market is already falling and has lost about 30% of that 1k gain. The trend is down and we are heading into more economic despair. There is still a bit of confidence left in large parts of the general economy. But once people open up their annual 401k statements in January, they are going to start losing confidence about the immediate and intermediate future. They are going to move money out of stocks into something safe, interest bearing so they don't lose money and when millions start moving out of the market, it will drive the market lower. Blaming the Federal Reserve as Trump is doing is passing the blame. Especially since HE appointed the Fed Chairman. Its his guy. The guy is a Republican. But the Fed can't be partial to anyone. It has to act in the best interest of the economy and the country's financial health. Trump, you or I are trained economists. If they believe raising rates is needed, we have to accept it as such and even if we don't, we have to accept they are not doing to hurt Trump specifically. That's a bit narcissistic. The truth is that rates have to go up for a myriad of reasons. Let's say the kept it near zero as it us now. The economy is headed towards a crash if not a recession and one of the biggest tools and it's a major tool, the fed has is to be able to cut rates. If its already low, they have lost their biggest weapon. The economy's true rate, natural rate is at least 5% and right now its artificially low. That is a HUGE issue. For one thing, we can't sell government bonds in a changing economy for the worse, offering 1 or 2 percent. No one is going to want to buy it as such because it's not worth it to lend the government money with the inherent risks for only 1 or 2 percent. They will need 5 or 6 percent to bite. It's a double edged sword. How would President Chocolat Steve deal with it. What I we must do as a nation is to get key Dems and Republicans, politicians, CEOs, etc. and meet and agree on things that are beyond politics. In the '60s getting to the moon was beyond politics. It didn't matter who was in the white house, as a nation, we were committed to going to the moon. No party took credit. A Republican got us into space with satelites (Eisenhower), A Democrat told the nation we were heading to the moon (JFK) and a Republican was there to receive them when they landed (Nixon). Neither party said they put the man on the moon. We MUST get back to core things that are apolitical. One of them should be infrastructure. Both parties must agree to make it apolitical. That whomever is in the white house they are committed to rebuilding the infrastructure. I would suggest that ALL infrastructure spending should be American companies that give a priority to American citizens first and and greed card holders second. And to rule out pork and projects done in whomever has the most political power, that its spend on need by a truly independent committee. On another note, I would change the corporate tax rules. I would suggest a tiered tax system. If you are an American company, headquartered in America both physically and tax recognition and you have all American workers, you pay the lowest corporate tax. That percentage can be determined. However, if you are a 'so called" American company that is tax domiciled in the Caymans, Isle of Mann or whatever and you are an international company with 1000s of workers in other countries you pay the most taxes. Incentive (tax wise, subsidies, etc.) should be greatest for American companies, in America, hiring American citizens. Trump is right in that America has to start taking care of itself. For truly international companies like Coca Cola for example, they can set up a wholly owned subsidiary in America, employing Americans and if they can show those profits STAY in America, they can at least have that subsidiary enjoy low taxes. If its a hybrid company where operations are outside and some inside your taxes are somewhere between the lowest and highest depending on how the number of American workers, etc., they are employing.
  20. 1 point
    Heck I'd vote Keef for PM. That would be awesome. They'd have to scrap televising the House of Commons though, you wouldn't be able to see anything for all the puff!
  21. 1 point
    I had a debate with a few women over the article. Their collective response more or less is its an extreme reaction, silly and just stop harassing women and there is no problem. I replied that guys that are serial harassers, are NOT going to stop because its who they are. So, someone who stops because of overblown #metoo aren't those guys. I gave an example. I no longer say hello to little kids when I am line in stores or even be alone around any little child nor will I babysit anyone, only my family and the closest of friends. I have never been, never will be a pedo and these women knew if anything, I would lead the mob with pitchforks to get one. But I won't because even if its on video as false it still hurts your reputation. Just to be accused falsely, knowingly false, you are still looked at a little askance by pretty much anyone who is NOT your immediate family and closest friends. People that know you casually will find you guilty. Your coworkers will find you guilty. Mind you, you were proven innocent. These women, friends of mine, still think its an over-reaction and a silly one if men are doing this. My contention is that single women are finding it 'silly' because now they won't be approached. I clarified my position that I would adopt this in America and possibly other western countries that are similar enough to America like Canada and possibly the UK, NZ or Australia although I would see how the 'vibe' is. I've been lied to on women who said I said something in FB messenger and I said 'post the ENTIRE conversation' or retract it. I have the same convo. Either you will or I will and she did ttwo things. Unfriended (which was going to be what I was going to do anyway eventually) and she never posted it. I heard she edited it. I sent the entire convo to that person, a woman, who just did what women typically do, give lip service to her and won't castigate, only talk behind her back. This is not a problem in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and parts of Europe, maybe even most of Europe. It's a unique problem for America and possibly a few other places.
  22. 1 point
    I just think it should be a simple rule that a generation has to be skipped. If you were or are a politician or hold public office then your children cannot. End of story.
  23. 1 point
    I wish it were that simple. I will assume judging from Cav and Flash's posts that the mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC) and even conservative mainstream (Fox News, Breitbart) will not report this? I do have misgivings if it were as simple as pschiatric drugs. But then again, I will also say big Pharma has a very powerful lobby in Washington DC. Hmmm...its just too narrow a group, if it was spread more evenly across all strata but I'd love to see a study about the level of psychiatric drug use and the shooters in a formal study.
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