There is a drink called "dirty Girl Scout" no shit.
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Is it? Think you'll find you're very wrong. The NHS is far from perfect, and gets abused and used as a political football. But the US (In the last twenty years) hasn't got close to the NHS in providing health care for all at a cost per patient that remotely compares. Out of eleven. The USA is eleven. The UK is about four.
My original question was-
Your reply was:
You made noise, Mr. Pud-you did not answer. Don't confuse effort with accomplishment.
If you need help- RoseGirl isn't the best spokesperson for your side. See if you can catch SV before he puts his thesaurus away and slips into his jammies for the night.
The question still stands in its original form.
We know what you don't like- why don't you tell us what you do like?
Obama did. There are millions today that had insurance before Obamacare that lost it because they either lost their employee plan, were knocked down to part time to evade Obamacare, or just can't afford it anymore. Millions have. Insurance that didn't have it before, but millions don't have it, that used to have it.
Social Darwinism is not a well understood concept and has gotten a lot of bad press over the years. I prefer to think of it as a culling of the herd or a refinement of the gene pool. Thermonuclear war would be Social Darwinism on a fast track but that has gotten a lot of bad press too. Oh well, I guess we'll have ro rely on withholding healthcare from non contributing members of society to get the job done. That would reduce the Democrat voter base by 90% which in itself would be a good thing except that democrats continue to vote for decades after they die.
What surprises me is why anyone is surprised. Does anyone really think that a typical politician who would gladly allow several million fellow citizens be denied healthcare because they're not rich or have the misfortune to have a condition before the insurance companies played god and said they wouldn't foot the bill, go without the juicy bits out of something they spent the last nine years voting against?
They lied on the applications and signed up on a small business exchange.
This week Politico eviscerated Obama and Kerry for selling out our country and the West to Iran, and you're still trudging along with your Trump-equals-Putin McCarthyism?
Hi. I'm a rich white girl and my parents could buy and sell you OR have you murdered. Here, have a grapefruit!
The newish 24 hour licensing laws are likely helping him post and be alert to new ones. No more hassles for last orders or flashing lights and shuffling home and can monitor BG on the free wifi 24/7 enjoying some fine lukewarm ale, and maybe a large shot out of an EU approved apparatus, instead of a bartender with a bottle and a glass, for a pickmeup if some leftwing rag has a new Trump article?
Slimy pond scum thought they would pull a fast one and keep Obamacare for themselves before they repeal it for everybody else. He's only "fixing" it because he got found out by Vox.
GOP House member says he’ll fix the exemption for Congress in his health bill
The amendment offered by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) would exempt health insurance plans held by legislators and their staff from key Obamacare repeal plans.
Congressional staff are currently required to buy coverage through the Obamacare marketplaces. The amendment offered by Rep. MacArthur would ensure that Hill staff continue to have access to Obamacare programs, like a ban on discriminating based on preexisting conditions, while other enrollees could lose those policies if their state applied for a waiver.
New House Health Repeal Bill Is Already Losing The Senate
We can't do anything about it? It's that attitude that has allowed NK and Iran to become the threats that they are today. It would have been much easier to deal with the problem 10 years ago and still easier 10 years before that. The path of "strategic patience" with crackpot regimes bent on the destruction of the U.S and her allies which you seem to advocate is nothing more than an abdication of responsibility. Each time the threat re-emerges people in your camp tell us there is nothing to be done about the nuclear cohersion we are being subjected to beyond economic sanctions and concessions to demands for technology that invariably increases the threat.
I for one am ashamed of the fact that my generation (baby boomers) will hand off to our children and grandchildren the monsters that we have created through our feint hearted appeasement of tyrants who tell us in no uncertain terms that they are out to destroy us. You can cloak yourself with self-righteous pacifism and bemoan the fact that lives will be lost but while you are doing that realize that the threat increases by orders of magnitude every time we take pass on doing what we know has to be done and the cost in lives will increase proportionately as we kick the can down the road.
That would be a good thing but it will be interesting/expensive to rehabilitate so many people raised in such an environment and propaganda. But certainly better than a scenario I imagine. The problem also is we often think and plan for wars/problems of the past. With the human (and other) genome mapped, the ease and cheap cost of production, gene splicing, and manipulation we need to be preparing for future wars, problems, and incidences related on the bio-chemical fronts. Nuclear proliferation, while admittedly bad, is expensive and, aside from "dirty bombs," something left to nation-state actors. Not so with bio-chemical weapons, or even just the potential risk associated with so many single crops and single breed livestock, as we have seen in some limited cases already.I would "hope" a reunification in Korea would go the same as East/West Germany.
Admittedly so. But don't think others, in countries with far less morality and who care less about their own citizens, aren't thinking, or developing such stuff. The stuff CCCP, SA, Israel was working on was decades ago and even if stopped I'm sure others picked up on it. And with the types of crops and livestock breeds we have now there is real danger. A rare care where "diversity" actually could be a strength. And we don't have it. Sorry for the dark imagery but I woke on the wrong side of bed today and decided, as leftists would say, to speak "truth to power." Ha. But no ha because the world can be a scary place and one need, sometimes, to think like the enemy or an evil super-villain. One hopes our governments are, in the places we know about but aren't spoken, working on counter-measures or even proactive ones if the situation merits. Let's hope it doesn't.
ps: I like the line "full albrecht" and will use it in conversation. Ta.
Yup, as I've said from day-one. NPR, CBS, ABC, et al wanted the people to think Obama, or whatever name he is using this decade, was simply incompetent or thwarted due to skullduggery by the evil Republicans in Congress, or bad Courts, or just the systemic, inherent racism in a capitalist, evil society was the reason for his actions, and inaction. But I always knew, and commented, it was orchestrated and intentional. The most dangerous enemy is those within, to butcher and paraphrase some Cicero.
I don't share every report, but this one requires some special attention.
Scott Wolter shares some great knowledge, hard-hitting opinions, and even a laugh while on the Report.
You Can't miss this one...I have already listened to it twice myself.
I am aware of Politico's leanings and that is what makes the article particularly impactful. Even liberals are starting to acknowledge Obama's bungling and dishonesty.
The Guardian ~ March 2nd 2017
UK Electoral Commission urged to investigate Farage's Brexit campaign -- re Robert Mercer and his Cambridge Analytica Psy-Ops co.
Stephen Kinnock suggests Leave.EU may have broken the law by not declaring the role of a group used by Donald Trump
"The Electoral Commission has been urged to investigate whether Nigel Farage’s Brexit campaign broke election law by not declaring the role of a firm of “psychographic” social media strategists used by Donald Trump.
Ahead of the EU referendum, Leave.EU was advised by Cambridge Analytica (CA), a company hired by Trump which uses artificial intelligence to personalise political messages according to the things voters say and “like” on Facebook. But Leave.EU, which was largely funded by Ukip donor Arron Banks, did not declare CA’s role to the Electoral Commission, according to filings for the campaign published last week.
Stephen Kinnock, a pro-remain Labour MP, has asked the UK’s elections and referendums regulator to urgently “investigate whether it breached provisions in the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000”.
“The market rate for a donation of this kind could amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds, based on the previous experience of referendum campaigns and political parties for analytical tools,” Kinnock told Claire Bassett, Electoral Commission chief executive, in a letter seen by the Guardian. “Yet Leave.eu has not declared this donation-in-kind at any point in their returns to the Electoral Commission.”
Any substantial additional spending between 15 April last year and the referendum on 23 June would have pushed Leave.EU over the spending limit for the regulated period. They were allowed by law to spend up to £700,000 but according to the accounts they filed they spent £693,000.
CA is backed by Robert Mercer, a billionaire Trump donor, whose daughter Rebekah was part of the White House transition team. He reportedly invested $10m in the rightwing news website Breitbart.
Kinnock questioned Leave.EU’s involvement in “a set of arrangements with a company that seems to be backed by a foreign billionaire and with contributions being made that are not being declared.”
Leave.EU has denied any wrongdoing. Its communications director, Andy Wigmore, said: “[CA] did no work for us formally and if they had it would have been way before you had to report expenditure.”
He branded Kinnock a “remoaner” and “a rabid Europhile”.
The row goes to the heart of claims by Leave.EU that its ability to tailor political messages based on the bulk analysis of data from voters’ social media profiles was a highly potent weapon in June’s tight referendum campaign. Tailored messaging based on analysis of millions of voters’ Facebook posts was also heavily used by Trump in the US general election. The method of using artificial intelligence to devise targeted messaging is also used by Nato to try to counter Russian propaganda in the Baltics. One recent analysis of the technique said it provided “the tools for a guided democracy, one governed by people who can manufacture consent”.
Brittany Kaiser, senior Cambridge Analytica executive, featured on the panel at Leave.EU’s press launch in October 2015 and told the audience: “We are going to be running a bottom-up campaign. We are going to be running large scale research throughout the nation to really understand why people are interested in staying in or getting out of the EU and the answers to that will help inform our policy and communications.”
Wigmore said CA were among supporters and friends who provided ideas and strategy which was then developed by another US political consultancy, Goddard Gunster, which involved employing 20 mathematicians to develop artificial intelligence algorithms to underpin the campaign’s messaging on social media.
He also described to the Observer on Sunday how Mercer introduced CA to Leave.EU.
“[Mercer] said, ‘Here’s this company we think may be useful to you’,” said Wigmore. “What they were trying to do in the US and what we were trying to do had massive parallels. We shared a lot of information. Why wouldn’t you?”
A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission said it could not comment on specific cases, but highlighted a statement last week from Bob Posner, the regulator’s legal counsel that “the commission will continue to examine campaigners spending returns until it is satisfied that they are complete and accurate”.
Industrial scale targeting of individual voters has been made possible by the boom in how much information people share about themselves on social media and the advance of artificial intelligence algorithms to understand how different types of people can be persuaded by different types of messages. Cambridge Analytica’s British chief executive, Alexander Nix, told a conference last September that as a result “blanket advertising is dead”. He described how CA gathers voters’ social media data and ranks them according to openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness (including whether you put others needs and society ahead of yourself) and neuroticism.
He gave the example of a campaign supporting the right to gun ownership: “For a highly neurotic and conscientious audience you are going to need a message that is rational and fear-based,” he said. That could lead to an image of a burglar’s hand smashing a window and a slogan about the second amendment being an insurance policy. For a closed and agreeable audience that cares about family and tradition, the slogan might be: “From father to son, since the birth of our nation” would work better.
People familiar with the technique have described it as “creepy” and “sinister”. But its advocates claim it is highly effective. CA is part of a wider group, Strategic Communications Laboratories, which advises on information warfare to clients including the US defence department attempting to counter Taliban influence in Afghanistan.
Kinnock said: “It is vital for our democracy that the electorate has full information about which organisations are backing which causes, what they are putting in, where they are from and what they do. That is fundamental to any sensible and ethical way of looking at campaign funding."
Sorry to ruin it for you. Try to forget. Or watch some military marching and swill some champagne with a diminutive despot like she did and thank yourself for solving the NK's nuclear issues.
"whitey" or Western countries is the common enemy.
This Politico article is a must read (albeit a little too long and lacking in pretty color photos for the typical Trump-hating, pants wetting lefties among us.) The extent of the Obama Administration's incredible bungling, pusillanimous compliance with the demands of a sworn enemy of our Nation and criminal deceipt of the American people is without parallel in American History. It amounts to aiding and abetting the enemy. This will ultimately cost many nations many lives and ensures Obama a place in infamy.
As I've mentioned before I know neighbors who are Muslim and grew up with them and they were ok and we are friends. He (in his 90's now) says that the British "were the best thing" and only good institutions in Pakistan are based on them (but going away) and will never go back for decades (also educated in Germany and says "good country and good engineers.) His wife though will go back but says "now I don't show my face" and her family picks her up at airport and brings her to her family compound and doesn't leave. "When I was a girl I could go to movies, go to school, wear a skirt." He blames Saudi Arabia especially for importing "the most backwards of Islam" (which he, a non-believer now, says "was only started to organize a very violent and harsh land") to other parts of the world. We still go out for "Indian" dinners sometimes (and, always told, " the Indian food you like is really Pakistani because Indians are mainly vegetarian and the 'Indian' label is from before the split/war post-colonialism.)"
If he ever decides to take his show in a porno direction he could call it Critical Emissions with Dougie D.
I still don't like to see it. They, like us to an extent, are a victim of certain groups and forces that have no allegiance to a country and/or nation and seek profit only for themselves. We also owe most of our laws and traditions to Europe and UK in particular, even if they have given up. But Brexit and, despite heavy media pressure and politician attempts, there are popular movements and the people are voting down (when they can) EU stuff and don't like the Muslim invasion, "refugees," and the like. Time for the European people to unite, not in some bureaucracy but in a united front against several groups. I ask, again, "why only 'Western' countries have to accomodate, change our culture, accept illegals, have suicidal immigration polices, accept "refugees?""