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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.
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    "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.
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    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
    Hang on this is Flash we are talking about here
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    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...
  7. 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!!
  8. 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...
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    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.
  12. 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.
  13. 2 points
    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.
  14. 2 points
    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.
  15. 1 point
    If they really wanted to find him, it would take no more than a few days.
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    Bu Bi I am a pre-Brexiteer i.e. I got the hell out many many years before what is happening now I like the greenback, I trust the US Dollar, I have used it for over 25 years without an issue. OK My Head Office is Stuttgart maybe Euro, but I work in Vietnam so Dong, my bank is offshore UK so GDP, simple for me USD, that is how I have always negotiated my contracts and renumeration and I would not have it any other way.
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    I am Confused ... How Can China be classed as "The Free World? AFAIK the "Free" comes from Free Speech, Free Press, Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Association, not traits synonymous with the Chinese Regime
  18. 1 point
    Yeah, people short of life experience is just what we need.....NOT!
  19. 1 point
    There have been many westerners caught in previous raids, just so happened this week concentrated on the Indian enclaves. As a legal foreigner I am all for these raids on illegals since the majority are up to no good anyway. In the eyes of the Thai’s foreigner no visa = illegal therefore all foreigners are illegal much like the assumption that most terrorists are Muslim therefore all Muslims are terrorists ... Tarred with the same brush.
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    I did, thank you, good look, it was.
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    Cav, not seen the movie but will give it a look see but read the IMDB link. Again straight to John Mayells Bluse Breakers and no mention of the Yardbirds where he was only the third best guitarist They had Jeff Beck on Lead and Jimmy Page was reduced to Bass. i bet it doesn’t mention the gig Cream we’re playing at the Royal Albert Hall when Chas Chandler ex Animals had a young guitar protege over from the US trying to make a name for himself in the UK, Johnny Allen who later called himself Jimi. Hendrix blew Clapton off stage, so bad Clapton went back the the dressing room and was in tears vowing never to play again
  23. 1 point
    Taya Kyle, America wife., Nike, I love your gear, but you exhaust my spirit on this one. Your new ad with Colin Kapernick, I get the message, but that sacrificing everything thing…. It just doesn’t play out here. Sacrificing what exactly? A career? I’ve done that both times I chose to stay home and be with my kids instead of continuing my business climb… and it wasn’t sacrificing everything. It was sacrificing one career and some money and it was because of what I believe in and more importantly, who I believe in. At best, that is all Colin sacrificed… some money and it’s debatable if he really lost his career over it. Maybe he sacrificed the respect of some people while he gained the respect of others. Or maybe he used one career to springboard himself into a different career when the first was waning. I don’t know. What I do know is, he gained popularity and magazine covers he likely wouldn’t have gotten without getting on his knees or as you say, “believing in something.” I’m also thinking the irony is that while I am not privy to the numbers, it’s likely he gained a lucrative Nike contract. So yeah… that whole “sacrificing everything” is insulting to those who really have sacrificed everything. You want to talk about someone in the NFL sacrificing everything? Pat Tillman. NFL STARTING, not benched, player who left to join the Army and died for it. THAT is sacrificing everything for something you believe in. How about other warriors? Warriors who will not be on magazine covers, who will not get lucrative contracts and millions of followers from their actions and who have truly sacrificed everything. They did it because they believed in something. Take it from me, when I say they sacrificed everything, they also sacrificed the lives of their loved ones who will never be the same. THAT is sacrificing everything for something they believe in. Did you get us talking? Yeah, you did. But, your brand recognition was strong enough. Did you teach the next generation of consumers about true grit? Not that I can see. Taking a stand, or rather a knee, against the flag which has covered the caskets of so many who actually did sacrifice everything for something they believe in, that we all believe in? Well, the irony of your ad..it almost leaves me speechless. Were you trying to be insulting? Maybe you are banking on the fact we won’t take the time to see your lack of judgement in using words that just don’t fit. Maybe you are also banking on us not seeing Nike as kneeling before the flag. Or maybe you want us to see you exactly that way. I don’t know. All I know is, I was actually in the market for some new kicks and at least for now, I’ve never been more grateful for Under Armour. https://www.facebook.com/TayaKyleAmericanWife/?hc_ref=ARS-SKqhJqVGRDQg4e0R2A_cciRO2LZDCfzvMrN9lUk7KKDWsazq_F9OSY_OfbOQXJ8&fref=nf&hc_location=group
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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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