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  Dem bans 'he' & 'she' pronouns during hearings
Posted by: andrew_o - Yesterday, 10:16 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies


How daft can you get?

Quote:California Dem State Senator bans 'he' and 'she' pronouns during judiciary committee hearings

California State Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee chair Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) announced this week that "gender neutral" pronouns will be used during committee hearings.


Jackson said that new committee rules recognize California's designation of "non-binary" as a gender. The words "he and she" will now become "what my grammar teacher would have had a heart attack over," the senator said. The committee will use the word "they" instead, because it is gender-neutral, Jackson said.

"Basically, that's the primary reforms and revisions to the committee rules," she said.

Jackson also said that as the chair, she will now be known as "they," to keep in line with "the spirit of gender neutrality for the rules of this committee."

"So, the world is a different place. My grammar teacher's long gone and we won't be hearing from her," Jackson said.

She then corrected her use of the word "her."
"From them...from they," Jackson said, illustrating the foolish confusion created by the new rule.


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  Germany steps up monitoring of AfD party
Posted by: andrew_o - Yesterday, 09:51 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies


Quote:Germany steps up monitoring of far-right AfD party
Germany's domestic intelligence agency is to step up monitoring of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party for suspected extremism.

But the BfV agency is not yet going as far as to use informants or phone taps in its nationwide watch on AfD.
AfD is the main opposition party. It entered the federal parliament for the first time in 2017, winning 94 seats in the 709-seat lower house (Bundestag). AfD sees Islam as a threat to German values, urging tough immigration curbs.

The party is expected to do well in the European Parliament elections in May, like nationalists in many other EU countries.

The BfV will impose a higher level of surveillance on the AfD youth organisation JA and on an AfD grouping called Flügel (Wing).

So this is a BBC article, so expect left of centre bias. However, what is not in dispute:

The governing party is officially spying on its main opposition!

Yes, you got that right. At least in the USA they'd need to concoct a fake document to obtain a FISA warrant to do that....
Dodgy Dodgy Dodgy

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  Trump shutdown speech today
Posted by: aqua - Yesterday, 04:20 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)

Looks like the Tangerine Idi Amin is going to give a speech today.

He needs a really big distraction to counter that Buzz Feed story.


Donald Trump prepares 'major announcement' on shutdown talks, border crisis

David Jackson, USA TODAY Published 9:47 a.m. ET Jan. 19, 2019
| Updated 10:22 a.m. ET Jan. 19, 2019

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  the EU
Posted by: andrew_o - Yesterday, 03:08 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

Not being resident in the UK, I had no idea just how bad it was:

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  The world's ten year challenge
Posted by: andrew_o - Yesterday, 01:24 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)

The benefits of trade and capitalism:

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  Anyone know what that hole in the ground is?
Posted by: silverfish - 01-18-2019, 09:25 PM - Forum: Misc - Replies (1)


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The black hole in the bottom left hand corner?

I took the photograph from a cheap Ryanair flight from London to Dublin via Cardiff. The pilot had announced that we would travel up the length of Wales and then cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, and this was just before we crossed the Irish Sea, so very likely Anglesey.

I had never heard of this before, but in the past couple of days the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey has been in the news. I wonder if that black hole is something to do with that?

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  Race and intelligence
Posted by: silverfish - 01-18-2019, 08:08 PM - Forum: Misc - Replies (4)


The above link seems to work but not the embedded video.  Strange, it shows up in editing mode but won't play.

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  Iran & India ditch U.S. dollar
Posted by: aqua - 01-18-2019, 06:59 PM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - Replies (1)


Response to US global bullying: Iran, India ditch dollar
to continue trading oil despite sanctions

" In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly
ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after
considering the dynamics at play in the region.

In mid-February last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India, and the
two countries signed nine agreements signalling a strengthening of ties. Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi appeared to celebrate the growing relationship, stating that
it was “a matter of great pleasure” for India that an Iranian president came to
India “after a gap of 10 years.”

Fast-forward a few months later, and then-UN ambassador Nikki Haley was
bluntly telling India that they should rethink their relationship with Tehran.

Donald Trump’s decision to rip up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
last year, also known as the Iranian nuclear accord, was a particularly significant
blow to Iran-India relations. At the time the JCPOA was formulated, Indian
officials believed the deal to be the “best deal available.” After the JCPOA’s
implementation in 2016, exports of Iranian oil to India increased by more
than 110 percent.

Maybe the issue isn’t always that Washington wants to contain its rivals in the
Middle East and Asia, but perhaps there is a chance that it also wants to keep
a lid on its so-called allies as well. Right now, India is the third largest oil
consumer in the world, and is expected to become the largest by the year
2040. As its domestic reserves are not meeting the needs of its rapidly
expanding economy, India has been importing 80 percent of its oil supply
from overseas, including and especially Iran....."

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  Say Bye Bye to the Trump
Posted by: aqua - 01-18-2019, 03:57 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (11)

Yet another impeachable offense comes to light.


President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To
Congress About The Moscow Tower Project

Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen

and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Posted on January 17, 2019, at 10:11 p.m. ET

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  Why trade school is better than college
Posted by: andrew_o - 01-18-2019, 03:36 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

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