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Post #101 by Fruity Pebbles » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:31 pm

Big#D wrote:that's stupidity. they could have said that those were "polling result" mistakenly written as election results. and then come out with slightly different numbers after the election was done.


Too much work. What if they came out with a percentage that made no sense for the raw population numbers in their rush? MATH IS HARD
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Post #102 by Mr Nice Guy » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:44 am

It's the nationalism that concerns me.
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Post #103 by Macbeth » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:26 am

GO YOUCRANE
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Post #104 by Pennywise » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:11 pm

dempsey_k wrote:Well then ... Ukrainians seem to love freedom more than Russians.

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Fail for not putting a padded lock at the end of the chain.

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Post #105 by NyQuil » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:10 pm

Joey Lawrence - 1987 vs. 2013

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Post #106 by Craig » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:37 pm

Dang, that's going to make for an awkward Christmas.
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Post #107 by AD » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:52 pm

I really should pick up more random north koreans in the death pool.
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Post #108 by NyQuil » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:55 am

dempsey_k wrote:DPRK press saying he was a trickster who didn't clap hard enough at events.

I'm serious.


A good thing Bob Dole isn't North Korean.
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Post #109 by Mr Nice Guy » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:31 pm

Is it bad that I'd like to see things completely unravel in NK even though millions would likely die?

Best case scenario is that China sees them as a long term threat and takes care of them expeditiously. Kim Jong Un just took out the main go-between between China and North Korea. Who knows what he'll do next? At this point they're a threat to everybody in the region.
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Post #110 by NyQuil » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:21 pm

Apparently South Sudan's President thwarted an attempted coup.

As harrowing as that was, without the attempt, I never would have learned about President Salva Kiir and his penchant for awesome hats.

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He's like Cowboy Bunk.
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Post #111 by Dr_Chimera » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:52 pm

Ukraine made the right decision. EU has nothing to offer except their own debts.
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Post #112 by Hossa » Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:43 am

NyQuil wrote:Apparently South Sudan's President thwarted an attempted coup.

As harrowing as that was, without the attempt, I never would have learned about President Salva Kiir and his penchant for awesome hats.

He's like Cowboy Bunk.


A reasonable chance South Sudan starts to implode, something many have been anticipating for a while. Hard to get along without that common enemy up north. We had contingency plans for these kinds of scenarios dating back to independence, unfortunately. If you start hearing about fighting in Unity and Upper Nile, then it's probably on. Hopefully this is more of a fire drill than anything.
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Post #113 by Mr Nice Guy » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:38 am

The smart move for Khodorovsky would be to get the heck out of Russia as soon as he's freed.
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Post #114 by gr » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:26 am

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Post #115 by Macbeth » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:28 pm

I'd give her gynecological exams daily too. :gary:
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Post #116 by PPJ » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:41 pm

Outside of the hot one, did anyone really give a shit.
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Post #117 by NHL33 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:22 pm


The interviewer was paid off to make it a farce. Nothing else makes sense.
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Post #118 by senate » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:30 pm

The Volgograd train station bombing.

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Post #119 by IcE ColD » Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:12 pm

Blame it on the gayz
Society is actually a bunch of flawed primates guided by selfishness, fear, and superstitious bullshit.

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Post #120 by Macbeth » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:43 pm

IcE ColD wrote:Blame it on the gayz


They don't have to as it is obvious they took the backdoor and...

Aw, well...

I'm on holidays too.
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Post #121 by Walrus » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:54 am

Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pick-up Artist in Denmark

It's a long article (though I enjoyed it), so here's the short version:

An American pick-up artist has written a book entitled "Don't Bang Denmark", after finding his seduction skills rendered powerless against Danish women, apparently due to their country's social safety net and the sense of women's equality that it enables. He likes that the government takes care of its people, but is bummed out that women's equality results in his sexual appetite being unfulfilled, so he concludes that "unfortunately, we have to accept that they go hand-in-hand, that we can’t fulfill basic human rights for all without viewing everyone as equal". Pity.
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Post #122 by Macbeth » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:19 pm

dempsey_k wrote:The guy trying to buy the NYTimes:

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I have a business card like that.

Seemed to me to be today's standard.
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Post #126 by Pennywise » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:40 am

Is this the right thread?



OBAMA: PUTIN USES TOUGH GUY 'SCHTICK'

President Barack Obama said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a "tough guy" schtick he uses to appeal to his native countrymen while on the world's stage.

In an interview with NBC's Bob Costas, Obama said that he would not call his relationship with Putin "icy" and noted that Putin has "always treated me with the utmost respect" and there was a lot of humor between them during meetings.

"I think he recognizes the importance to Russia of working with the United States on areas of mutual concern. He does have a public style where he likes to sit back and look a little bored during the course of joint interviews," he said.

"I think that’s where some of these perceptions come up. My sense is that’s part of his shtick back home politically as wanting to look like the tough guy."

Obama said that "U.S. politicians have a different style. We tend to smile once in a while.

The truth is, with any interaction between U.S. and Russian presidents, what’s going to be primary are the issues at stake, and where we have common interests we are going to work together."


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-its-putins-schtick-to-look-like-tough-guy/
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Post #127 by senate » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:56 am

Rupert Murdoch's Tax "Break" Blew the Australian Budget

The single largest factor in the underlying deterioration of the federal budget announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey in December was a cash payout of almost $900 million to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

The massive windfall, revealed in the US group’s accounts a week ago in New York, was at a time when News Corp newspapers were highly critical of the budget and called for deep cuts.

The drama over the payout, one of the largest cash payments made by the Tax Office, played out behind the scenes during the federal election.

On July 25 the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the Tax Office to allow News Corp to claim a $2 billion deduction from a series of paper shuffles between subsidiaries.

At the time, The Australian Financial Review speculated the win would be worth up to $600 million in future tax benefits, but interest charges had pushed the payout far higher.

The Tax Office was deciding whether to appeal against the judgment as News Corp newspapers launched a ferocious attack on the government, kicking off with the Daily Telegraph’s headline on August 5, 11 days after the court judgment: “Kick this mob out.” In the following days, Labor leader Kevin Rudd would claim that News Corp was running a virulent anti-government campaign in exchange for concessions from the Coalition.

The Tax Office had 28 days to lodge an appeal, a deadline of August 22.

News Corp later reported that the ATO had advised it would not appeal the case. An ATO spokeswoman said all decisions on whether to appeal a court decision are made by senior officers after seeking external legal opinion.

News Corp’s half-year accounts say “a foreign tax authority” paid $A882 million, in instalments. This included the original tax plus several hundred million dollars of interest.

From the moment the decision was made in late August not to appeal, the payout was an outgoing that had to be applied to the federal budget.

In the December mid-year update, Mr Hockey revealed a major blowout in the 2014 deficit since Labor’s statement on August 1 that underlined the need for major spending cuts.

CASH PAYOUT
Discounting new spending announced by the new government, Mr Hockey reported the underlying deficit had jumped $6 billion in the four months. The Australian’s editorial called the update “a devastating picture of Labor’s spending profligacy” and called for urgent action to rein in “wasteful spending”.

But the largest single factor producing the blowout appears to have been the cash payout to News Corp.

Mr Hockey and News Corp declined to comment.

The galling feature for the Tax Office is that the original deals that cost taxpayers $882 million cost News nothing.

In a 1989 meeting, four News Corp Australia executives exchanged cheques and share transfers between local and overseas subsidiaries that moved through several currencies.

They were paper transactions; no funds actually moved. In 2000 and 2001 the loans were unwound. With the Australian dollar riding high, News Corp’s Australian subsidiaries recorded a $2 billion loss, while other subsidiaries in tax havens recorded a $2 billion gain.


By last July that paper “loss”, booked against News Corp’s Australian newspaper operations, had become an $882 million cash payout.

Under a legal arrangement when the company was spun off last June, News was forced to pass all of the tax payout to Mr Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.

News Corp said it had retained $A81 million because it faced income tax charges on the interest payments by the Tax Office. However it seems unlikely to actually pay these funds: News Corp Australia carried another $1.5 billion in tax deductions from a separate paper shuffle that it made when News reincorporated in the US.
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Post #128 by Macbeth » Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:26 pm

Lord Chezz wrote:Corrective rape.....wow


embracedbias approves.
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Post #130 by AD » Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:36 pm

Don't mention the war!
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Post #131 by Pennywise » Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:00 pm

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Post #132 by Pennywise » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:17 pm

A few days old so I'm sure some of you have read it by now but..

In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter
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Post #133 by Bernie Bernbaum » Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:30 am

70 Muslims executed by Christian militia over two days in the CAR. Many of them forced to lie on the ground, then shot individually.
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Post #134 by Pennywise » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:41 am

And Muslims deliver their message with candy and hugs?

It's ridiculous that books from hundreds and hundreds of years ago still cause so much strife and pain today.
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Post #135 by AD » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:46 am

Yeah... its the books. :rollseyes:
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Post #136 by Pennywise » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:49 am

AD wrote:Yeah... its the books. :rollseyes:


But do they not take whats written out of context and murder in the name of it?

I'm by no means trying to generalize any religion here, just the extremist factions.
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Post #137 by AD » Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:55 am

Filo wrote:But do they not take whats written out of context and murder in the name of it?.


All I'm saying is that is not the book's fault, EB.
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Post #138 by Pennywise » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:09 am

AD wrote:All I'm saying is that is not the book's fault, EB.


Doesn't the Koran say to fight/kill disbelievers to the death, for eternity? Or is that just a misguided interpretation of it?
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Post #139 by AD » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:11 am

Filo wrote:Doesn't the Koran say to fight/kill disbelievers to the death, for eternity? Or is that just a misguided interpretation of it?


I'm gonna call it a misguided interpretation.
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Post #140 by Pennywise » Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:02 pm

AD, I await your thoughts on this matter because well, I like to learn.

Russia is no ally for the Arabs
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Post #141 by Captain Roy Bringus » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:02 pm

dempsey_k wrote:At a rail station in Kunming, China, somebody went Columbine.


With knives.
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Post #142 by edgar_dong » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:22 pm

The only explanation for yesterday's tragedy is HAARP.
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Post #143 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:51 pm

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/news-video/video-will-the-girl-in-this-viral-ad-make-people-care-about-syria/article17345645/

In order to empathize with the Syrians what we really need is to imagine that they look like white Westerners.
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Post #145 by Captain Roy Bringus » Mon May 19, 2014 8:32 pm

Coup going on in Thailand right now.

Edit: Or just martial law. Good stuff.
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