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Posted 14 December 2018 - 10:30 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 14 December 2018 - 01:22 AM, said:

The reason I don't post regularly here is not because I don't care; it's that once I get sucked in I'll never stop.

After reading all your (very informative) follow up posts all I can say to you is, "Damn! That was close!"
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Posted 15 December 2018 - 07:54 PM

View PostTraveler, on 14 December 2018 - 09:41 AM, said:

Thanks for the updates. Brexit has totally flummoxed me. All those things you cite were pretty obvious to the leavers, no?
Which Leavers? Boris Johnson - yes. But he doesn't care about his country or his countrymen, he did it for personal ambition!
My theory: Brexit was a useful device, not a real objective. The problem is that if you get the thing you are in a bit of a dog-catches-car situation. The expectation was that Leave would lose, and the Leave promoters would have prosperous careers cultivating the angst about Brexit for personal political gain, ensuring Conservative majorities (due to vote efficiency) & a large cadre of UKIP EU parliamentarians built on the foundation of failed-Brexit resentment.
This is the through-line of anglo-conservativism, from the UK, to Australia, to Canada, to the US, the point is to win power to enrich the wealthy and unleash the growth potential of business profits. The means to that end - the use of nonsensical rubbish that is based on a foundation of lies about the voters' own interests - dictates that you can never actually accomplish the stated goals! Once you do it everyone might notice it didn't work!
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 10:53 AM

Are you talking about Brexit, or here? :)
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 10:53 AM

View PostJ-CA, on 15 December 2018 - 07:54 PM, said:

My theory: Brexit was a useful device, not a real objective.

For the British politicians who supported it or for Vladimir Putin? Or perhaps the both?
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Posted 17 December 2018 - 12:48 PM

View PostLFC, on 17 December 2018 - 10:53 AM, said:

For the British politicians who supported it or for Vladimir Putin? Or perhaps the both?
I think that for the likes of Farage & Johnson they certainly didn't want to win. Look at Farage's behaviour, he literally decided to flee the country after Leave won. (He has since had to return to pay his bills because the overseas grift wasn't as easy as the thought it was going to be - speaking to crowds as large as 300 people in Australia for example.)
I think Brexit was like Trump winning, much better than Putin could have hoped for.
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 04:33 AM

View PostJ-CA, on 15 December 2018 - 07:54 PM, said:

Which Leavers? Boris Johnson - yes. But he doesn't care about his country or his countrymen, he did it for personal ambition!
My theory: Brexit was a useful device, not a real objective. The problem is that if you get the thing you are in a bit of a dog-catches-car situation. The expectation was that Leave would lose, and the Leave promoters would have prosperous careers cultivating the angst about Brexit for personal political gain, ensuring Conservative majorities (due to vote efficiency) & a large cadre of UKIP EU parliamentarians built on the foundation of failed-Brexit resentment.
This is the through-line of anglo-conservativism, from the UK, to Australia, to Canada, to the US, the point is to win power to enrich the wealthy and unleash the growth potential of business profits. The means to that end - the use of nonsensical rubbish that is based on a foundation of lies about the voters' own interests - dictates that you can never actually accomplish the stated goals! Once you do it everyone might notice it didn't work!
That is a brilliant synopsis. Now the puzzle is why are the Tories not killing Brexit. Perhaps they plan to kill it later or maybe have found a new way to milk the wealth of the UK.
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 09:45 AM

View PostGeorge Powell, on 18 December 2018 - 04:33 AM, said:

That is a brilliant synopsis. Now the puzzle is why are the Tories not killing Brexit. Perhaps they plan to kill it later or maybe have found a new way to milk the wealth of the UK.

Or maybe they are terrified of the loss of face from admitting a mistake. Double down again!
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 10:47 AM

View PostGeorge Powell, on 18 December 2018 - 04:33 AM, said:

That is a brilliant synopsis. Now the puzzle is why are the Tories not killing Brexit. Perhaps they plan to kill it later or maybe have found a new way to milk the wealth of the UK.
Following on the same themes as my earlier post, what is the conceivable path to power for a Tory leader, and a Tory party, that kills Brexit? May's trajectory is the only path that saves the Tories as an institution:
- Hard Brexit keeps the Tories together in spite of it being a calamity and deeply wounding the party.
- May's version of soft Brexit keeps the Tories together to fight for "more" Brexit.
Both of these things are not assured outcomes of course but to me the almost certain outcome of cancelling Brexit is a knock-down drag-out fight where the most extreme Euro-skeptics and bigots win control of the Conservative party and they spend the next decade fighting over UKIP's voters instead of challenging for forming government. The chamber of commerce conservatives that actually don't want any kind of Brexit understand that I think and feel that a disastrous Brexit might be bad but it is small price to pay for undermining the labour movement & regressive taxation.
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 10:53 AM

So the CC conservatives want to destroy the village to save it?
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 11:05 AM

View PostTraveler, on 18 December 2018 - 10:53 AM, said:

So the CC conservatives want to destroy the village to save it?
I think so, I mean the most important thing is that Labour would destroy the country, so anything short of total economic collapse can be justified to save the populace from the Corbyn menace!
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 11:10 AM

View PostJ-CA, on 18 December 2018 - 11:05 AM, said:

I think so, I mean the most important thing is that Labour would destroy the country, so anything short of total economic collapse can be justified to save the populace from the Corbyn menace!
That rhymes with Repug philosophy too, methinks
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 02:51 PM

Politics as a literal death match (at least for those who are less well off). That's just ... great.
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Posted 19 December 2018 - 03:01 AM

Enjoy. It will be light relief from the problems of your own dear country. If we crash and burn it will hardly affect the USA, and even our neighbours in Europe—France, Netherlands, Belgium—will suffer no more than severish irritation. I'm carefully not mentioning Ireland.

Whereas if America sinks, the wash will swamp quite a few small and middle-sized boats.
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Posted 19 December 2018 - 03:32 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 19 December 2018 - 03:01 AM, said:

Enjoy. It will be light relief from the problems of your own dear country. If we crash and burn it will hardly affect the USA, and even our neighbours in Europe—France, Netherlands, Belgium—will suffer no more than severish irritation. I'm carefully not mentioning Ireland.

Whereas if America sinks, the wash will swamp quite a few small and middle-sized boats.
While I am certain Jean Claude Juncker regrets Brexit he must get some satisfaction for the chaos it has caused in the UK. Don't know if you read this https://www.theguard...-no-deal-brexit

May Euphemistically calls it 'A managed glide path' but we all know it is going to be BRACE BRACE BRACE - - - - - - CRASH.
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Posted 19 December 2018 - 05:35 AM

View PostGeorge Powell, on 19 December 2018 - 03:32 AM, said:


While I am certain Jean Claude Juncker regrets Brexit he must get some satisfaction for the chaos it has caused in the UK. Don't know if you read this https://www.theguard...-no-deal-brexit

Why should he love us, or cut us any slack? In Brussels there are hundreds of EU officials who speak English and whose job it is to read the British newspapers, including the Times, Telegraph, Mail, Sun and Express, as there are in every European capital city. What sort of view do they have of us, after reading ill-informed venomous abuse for forty years?

Yes, I've read the piece. I'm no longer shocked or surprised, I'm just saying "has it come too late?"
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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:07 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 19 December 2018 - 05:35 AM, said:

Why should he love us, or cut us any slack? In Brussels there are hundreds of EU officials who speak English and whose job it is to read the British newspapers, including the Times, Telegraph, Mail, Sun and Express, as there are in every European capital city. What sort of view do they have of us, after reading ill-informed venomous abuse for forty years?

Sad but true. When the fuss is over and the EU has settled they will be saying 'Good riddance'. And who can blame them?

if Charles de Gaulle had had his way we would never have got in to start with. He knew we would be disruptive. De Gaulle resigned in 69 but was still a force. He had an aneurysm in 70. Hmmmmn. We finally got in in 73.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 09:59 AM

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:15 PM

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:14 PM

a lot of these sound like what we had here before the Regan "government IS the problem" nonsense followed by the next few decades of Rethugs systematic dismantling of government working for the greater good.
Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 03:55 PM

Brexit deal goes down 432-to-202. No confidence voted scheduled. Not sure why this is May's fault. Seems like the fundamental problem was the electorate getting a "should we stay or should we go" initiative that had no specific plan of how to accomplish it. Now what?





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