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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
  6. 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...
  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!!
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    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.
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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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    An Italian Confession An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy, went to the local church for confession. When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said: Bless me, Father ... During World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighborhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So I hid her in my attic." The priest replied: "That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that." "There is more to tell, Father... She started to repay me with sexual favors. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays." The priest said, "That was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you placed the two of you in great danger. But two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven." "Thank you, Father. That's a great load off my mind. I do have one more question." "And what is that?" asked the priest. "Should I tell her the war is over?"
  18. 1 point
    Flash, you have to remember something. Hotmail is MICROSOFT. 'Nuff said.
  19. 1 point
    I couldn't read the whole thing because I had to be a subscriber but I'll address and comment based on the title. I think for sure there is a lot of hatred on the left. I do think the WSJ is wrong to generalize. What ever standard they are using to use the word hate, it more than applies to the right and the Trump rallies and the vitriol is way, way more than the Democrat counterpart rallies. I will say this though about the left/progressives/liberals who are politically aware/active. They are far more apt to end relationships over ideology. I know I have. But when I did (and not to excuse it) it was of a personal nature. I've simply not seen the same from the right. They don't seem to unfriend people they know over their political stances. Tease mercilessly, yes, unfriend, no. haha I read an article that Republicans or more specific, those that work for Republicans in Washington DC found it hard to date. Women are generally progressive (even though some of them will vote Republican as evidenced in the last election). Same goes for dating sites/apps like match.com, tinder, etc. During my days when i was a self described 'Libertarian' (I no longer say I am), I remember specifically this one woman who wouldn't date me because of it. Not even the infamous CS good looks and charm could dissuade her but after a few minutes, I didn't care to because I thought "if you aren't willing to find out who I am first and are so dismissive, then good riddance'. Anyway, there is a LOT of hate on both sides. A lot. And its to the point where no one will concede anything or want to work together for mutually beneficial things.
  20. 1 point
    Yeah, but after he's been convicted, he wouldn't be allowed to run away there.
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    Arguably the single biggest winner in the US Midterms is a brothel owner who has been elected as a congressman for Nevada. But don't expect to see Republican Dennis Hof achieve anything in his new political career - he's dead. Hof died last month, soon after celebrating his 72nd birthday by having sex with one of his prostitute employees. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12156441
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    As Flash said, many do not want to store money in Bangkok. It can be because they might be older and at the end of their life span. If they pass away in Thailand, have Thai bank account(s)...how can any family in their home country get access to the money? It would be difficult with the outcome, the money will not get back to their home country. I have seen a Thai general "help" the family of a Canadian who passed away in Asia. He had bank accounts in Thailand but the family never saw one baht of the money that was in the accounts....but the Thai general was able to use his influence to access all the available money...TIT I was the executor of my friend's estate when he passed away. My friend had his will in both Thai and English and properly signed, witnessed and notarized. I appeared in a US court so as to get appointed as the "sole executor" for the estate. I was able to access all the money in the USA, no problems. In Thailand I was told that the US issued legal order appointing me as the sole executor was not recognized in Thailand, meaning I would have to go thru the Thai court system so as to be able to access his accounts. My friend had his accounts without his wife as being a joint owner, so that added another layer of problems in Thailand. He did not have any family in the USA so again, no problem there as to some parties trying to take the money. By a stroke of luck, his Thai wife could take money from his account using his ATM card. In conclusion, it may be prudent not to have large sums in Thailand unless you have a set process to get the funds back to family in your home country otherwise the money will be lost.
  23. 1 point
    Assumption Bubbi never Asume anything or it makes an ASS out of U and ME The article clearly stated “Canadian Female” and not Girlfriend, but trust me if all Canadian Females looked like that no wonder they legalized marajuanna
  24. 1 point
    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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    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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