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twinlark
Member since Nov-17-05
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   Dec-05-16 twinlark chessforum (replies)
 
twinlark: <I just find it hard to take someone seriously who starts with saying Europe is Communist collective.> A giant unaccountable bureaucracy is many people's visualisations and indeed memories of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Whether it nominally flies under a communist ...
 
   Nov-27-16 Fidel Castro (replies)
 
twinlark: A reminder to people who are dumping on the memory and their idea of Fidel Castro's legacy that Nelson Mandela considered a great ally and a good friend. Look at the condolence tweet below and open that link. That Nelson Mandela is revered throughout the world is without debate. ...
 
   Nov-23-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
twinlark: Awesome reminder of Bradman by Kelly. Thank you.
 
   Nov-21-16 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
 
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Dec-04-16
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  twinlark: I'll look at that shortly. I can't say I'm looking forward to it as it pushes all the wrong buttons, foremost amongst them being the name Breitbart, but nonetheless, I will get back to you on it.

The link that follows is an interview with John Pilger about his forthcoming movie "The Coming War With China": https://youtu.be/9vRhle8eHMU, and a discussion about the "necklace" of US bases encircling China.

Pilger is always worth listening to.

Dec-04-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark: The Coming War With China>

I see such event occurring at more than 50% chance in the next three decades.

IMO China has a fair chance of overtaking the US as the biggest economy in the world in the next three decades or so. Will the US leadership allow that possibility become more probable? If the answer is negative, one obvious way to destroy such possibility is by warring on China.

During Obama's time as POTUS, there were dangerous indications that his administration was prepping us up for such a war. Joint military exercises were being held between the US and Philippine military right in the Spratly's. Our previous President actually blew up Chinese boundary markers in the Spratly's, which as far as I know is an act of war. Obama was indicating he was going to sell or donate naval ships and fighter aircraft for our use against China. Our MSM's jingoism against China significantly increased.

If there is going to be a war against China, WOF for a sudden increase in our national media's jingoism; and pressure on Duterte to abandon his rapprochement with China. US leadership will be looking for a proxy. The most convenient troops that would be used are ours.

(The Japanese, South Koreans, and Taiwanese IMO are too smart to allow themselves to be used as proxy troops.)

Peculiarly enough, US and Western MSM were and are relatively silent about the above.

Obama's term is ending. If HRC had taken over, I believe she would have done a color revolution in the Philippines, overthrown Duterte, and done a false flag or two in the Spratly's - a logical culmination of Obama's foreign policy in East Asia. (I've talked about this before, which is one reason I was anti-HRC, apart from the fact that her declared policies would have led to a nuclear war with Russia.)

With Trump coming in, we'll have to wait and see. I know the US MSM has portrayed him (is portraying him) as a war hawk (conveniently ignoring Obama and HRC's own deeds in the warmongering department); but he isn't POTUS yet. So I am hoping he will concentrate on US domestic issues when he does become POTUS.

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: <I know the US MSM has portrayed him (is portraying him) as a war hawk (conveniently ignoring Obama and HRC's own deeds in the warmongering department); but he isn't POTUS yet. >

Well, Clinton is irrelevant now.

Trump sends out mixed signals. On one hand, he says he is peaceful, but then he hires a National Security Adviser who thinks half the world (that's a little hyperbole) is aligned against the US (including Russia), and it's all a giant war.

Dec-04-16
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  twinlark: Sometimes MSM can be downright amusing. The headline of USA Today says:

<Decades after Castro’s revolution, many Cubans still struggling>

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...

There isn't a Cuba Today but maybe its nearest equivalent, say Granma, should run a similar headline, such as:

<Centuries after Washington's revolution, many Americans still struggling>

Dec-04-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Decades after Castro’s revolution, many Cubans still struggling>

In other words, Casrto and Cuba are being bashed for trying to implement an independent policy from those of D.C.'s.

I've stopped reading this kind of news; sounds like a broken tape recorder from the MSM.

Dec-04-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: If Americans want a female President, Trump's campaign manager Conway would probably make a better POTUS than HRC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNa...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3th...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RL...

She goes into the midst of hostile interviewers, speaks much more intelligently and informatively than them in spite of repeatedly being cut-off, and leaves with a smile leaving them looking like the dumbed-down bashers they are.

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: <She goes into the midst of hostile interviewers, speaks much more intelligently and informatively than them in spite of repeatedly being cut-off, and leaves with a smile leaving them looking like the dumbed-down bashers they are.>

Conway is certainly highly poised and skilled in interviews. But she is telling a lot of lies at the same time. That's part of the skill of a candidate's spokesperson.

Women who could be good presidents include Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm.

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: Here's Kellyanne Conway making many of the same criticisms of Trump that I've made:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMm...

Dec-04-16
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  diceman: <twinlark: Sometimes MSM can be downright amusing. The headline of USA Today says:

<Decades after Castro’s revolution, many Cubans still struggling>

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...

There isn't a Cuba Today but maybe its nearest equivalent, say Granma, should run a similar headline, such as:

<Centuries after Washington's revolution, many Americans still struggling>>

Now all you have to do is define "struggling."

There have been articles the poor in America live better than the middle class in the EU.

As well as folks fleeing Cuba for the USA.

That said, Obama probably loves Castro.
In both cases, it's "the plan."

Dec-04-16
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  diceman: <visayanbraindoctor: If Americans want a female President, Trump's campaign manager Conway would probably make a better POTUS than HRC.>

Lizzie Borden would probably make a better President vs. HRC.

At least folks would proceed with caution.

Dec-04-16
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  diceman: <saffuna: Here's Kellyanne Conway making many of the same criticisms of Trump that I've made:>

That's because she was a Cruz supporter
during the primaries.

<making many of the same criticisms of Trump that I've made>

Now that you pretend to be down with Republicans, why don't you walk us through the criticisms of Democrats she's made, that you also made.

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: The govt. has suspended construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline in order to do an Environmental Impact Assessment. I assume it's a new one, you can't do a major project without one.
Dec-04-16
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  twinlark: <There have been articles the poor in America live better than the middle class in the EU.>

Forbes is such a great authority on the living standards of the poor...

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: <Forbes is such a great authority on the living standards of the poor...>

Why not?

You can sometimes see the poor from a limo.

Dec-04-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: A rant video by the neo pagan on the rape and murder of an EU official's daughter by an Afghan Muslim economic immigrant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiE...

In fact, there are criticisms of certain Koran-based rules that are biased against women that should be validly discussed under present-day Western culture and laws; but aren't discussed because of political correctness. In brief, there are certain Koranic passages that strongly imply that women can be raped and beaten under certain conditions. (Examples: 'Do with them as you please.' 'If they displease you beat them.') I would guess that people that try to bring this topic up for discussion will be labeled as politically incorrect Islamophobes. (What can I say? Read the Koran first outside the supervision and soft censorship of an Islamist and see for yourselves.)

This reminds me of European girls that went to Syria in order to support jihadists, only to end up raped and beaten (legally under shariah laws), or even murdered/executed.

(I know this from secular Syrian commenters. They have absolutely no sympathy for these girls and accuse them as whores of jihadists.)

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: Rough start to that video: Concerning European nations, "They're all cucked, they're all part of the same Communist collective..."

Makes it hard to take what he says afterward, even if it's legitimate.

Dec-04-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: <saffuna: Rough start to that video: Concerning European nations, "They're all cucked, they're all part of the same Communist collective..."

Makes it hard to take what he says afterward, even if it's legitimate.>

Please discount his vulgarities. Ordinary people talk like that; at least he doesn't have any pretensions. I watch videos like this because it give me an idea what is going on in the US at the grassroots level; not as painted by the politically correct MSM.

I don't understand German. If I did, and found out that ordinary Germans are talking like this guy did, I would predict that sometime in the next decade there will be a backlash on present-day immigrant-loving German leaders.

One of the big reasons why US MSM polls were wrong was because they never listened to videos of ordinary guys like this. I've been perusing through videos in You Tube; and I've found out there have been quite a lot of ordinary Americans that have been speaking their discontent about political correctness, during the Presidential campaign.

If MSM had listened to these guys, they would not have been that confident of an HRC win. MSM did not; and these little people turned out to be correct.

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: The guy is an amazing speaker to do that smoothly without notes. I just find it hard to take someone seriously who starts with saying Europe is Communist collective.
Dec-04-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: <saffuna: The guy is an amazing speaker to do that smoothly without notes. I just find it hard to take someone seriously who starts with saying Europe is Communist collective.>

You have to factor in the ordinary American's aversion to anything 'communist' and labeling anything they don't like by the same word. If you did not do that, you would end up not taking seriously perhaps 90% of Americans.

He is wrong in the above matter, but so would the 90% of Americans who label almost anything they don't like as 'Communist'.

As an American, you probably are more familiar about this anti 'Communist' phenomenon than me. You must know how to ignore such anti 'Communist' phrases from your countrymen and concentrate on what they are really saying instead.

(I tend to regard the term as used by most Americans as a swear word.)

Dec-04-16
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  saffuna: Well, the term "Communist" is pretty out of date, you don't hear it very often. Much more common, and closer to the truth I'd say, is "socialist," as in "socialist Denmark."

As usual with those sort of videos, there appear to be good points mixed with absurd points.

Dec-04-16
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  visayanbraindoctor: <saffuna: Well, the term "Communist" is pretty out of date, you don't hear it very often. Much more common, and closer to the truth I'd say, is "socialist," as in "socialist Denmark."

As usual with those sort of videos, there appear to be good points mixed with absurd points.>

I suggest you filter out the absurd ones, the rant phrases. That's not what he's trying to convey. Ordinary people just talk that way when they're hyped up.

We can discuss 'Communism' if you like. Or perhaps if you prefer- state socialism, democratic centralism, dictatorship of the proletariat, dialectical materialism. But not now; some other day when I am not busy.

Dec-05-16
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  twinlark: <I just find it hard to take someone seriously who starts with saying Europe is Communist collective.>

A giant unaccountable bureaucracy is many people's visualisations and indeed memories of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Whether it nominally flies under a communist flag or some other internationalist flag is a hair split for some, even when the Brussels elite and the troika clearly service the 0.01%. How different was that from the Soviet and communist nomenclatura?

I guess the big difference was that the communists actually got rid of poverty by spreading it around and normalising it while the eurocrats seem intent on creating it, eg by cutting pensions: https://www.euractiv.com/section/al...

What is also disturbing is that the traditional notion of left and right seems to be doing a barrel roll or a flip. The left wing government of Greece is implementing extreme right wing austerity measures, while the National Front in France has an economic policy that looks more like a traditional socialist or social democratic program.

This is something that George Galloway in Britain is also describing, namely that people are abandoning their traditional political brands (ie the parties they vote for) in favour of voting for someone who has the big issue that's close to their heart. Hence Brexit, Trump, the Italian referendum, the French Presidential elections that have all ready disposed of establishment candidates.

Overall, it seems to be a world wide revolt against the establishment.

Dec-05-16
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  diceman: <twinlark: <There have been articles the poor in America live better than the middle class in the EU.>

Forbes is such a great authority on the living standards of the poor...>

At least Obama/Clinton level.

<saffuna: <Forbes is such a great authority on the living standards of the poor...>

Why not?

You can sometimes see the poor from a limo.>

Just ask Obama.
In Chicago, you can, "Community Organize" from a limo, and in Washington, "manage" poor folk sipping aperitifs at the White House.

Dec-05-16
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  diceman: <saffuna: Rough start to that video: Concerning European nations, "They're all cucked, they're all part of the same Communist collective..."

Makes it hard to take what he says afterward, even if it's legitimate.>

For who?
Fans of the, "Hammer/Sickle?"

Dec-05-16
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  diceman: <twinlark:

eurocrats seem intent on creating it, eg by cutting pensions:>

Running out of people's money is what's
<cutting pensions>

<What is also disturbing is that the traditional notion of left and right seems to be doing a barrel roll or a flip. The left wing government of Greece is implementing extreme right wing austerity measures>

The <barrel roll> is moving from lies to the truth.

<the National Front in France has an economic policy that looks more like a traditional socialist or social democratic program>

It to shall pass when the money runs out.

<Overall, it seems to be a world wide revolt against the establishment.>

It's a revolt against liars/failure.
Folks are starting to realize politicians can be as bad as CEOs.

(as unthinkable as that may be)

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