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Tuesday, December 24. 2019
University Rejects Animal-Rights Club Over ‘Emotional Risk’ Concerns
U.S. Prefers Mass Hysteria to Sound Policy on Vaping - Saving the lives of millions of smokers isn’t a priority. Protecting kids from nicotine seems to matter more.
Boston: Renaming Dudley Square
"I don’t want to die!" Climate Exploitation of Children
Trump is Right, Windmills are Terrible
The demand for white supremacists vastly exceeds the supply
Lots of Europeans want to live without chemicals
No education, I spose. Including dihydrogen monoxide?
Transgender Contractor Sues Nike, Citing Personal Pronoun Abuses
Issues 2020: A Fracking Ban Would Trigger Global Recession
Voters Love the Trump Economy
CNBC Reporter Thinks Journalists Are Being Too Fair To Republicans
SHOCK: Inspector General Report Reveals FBI Had Informants Inside The Trump Campaign
Crossfire Hurricane Investigation May Have Been a Joint Operation Between the FBI and CIA
Sure smells like it
The indelible mark of impeachment. - I kept seeing that word — "indelible."
Trump learned from President Nixon's mishandling of the press: "it is not paranoia when they really are out to kill you"
The Hague vs. Israel: Everything you need to know about the ICC Palestine probe
Turkey Can't Handle New Refugee Explosion & Greece Will Be First To Feel Impact: Erdogan
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Protecting kids from nicotine seems to matter more.
Doubtful. More likely ensuring the tobacco industry can keep the protection money flowing. Secondary benefit is roping the vaping product makers into the same strong-arm racket.
Agree. The social workers where I work keep getting upset on how it's "allowed" that people who make vaping products can make flavors that seem to market to children. They just don't like the idea of people making money in ways they disapprove of.
Good point - comparison of the same people's stance on marijuana is a tell.
Big Tobacco is basically now Big Marijuana. Now that they've gotten people and the government to believe marijuana is good for you (more doctors smoke Camels than any other brand), and gotten medical marijuana legalized through most of the country, they will take control and have, since marijuana addiction is just as tough to beat as tobacco addiction. And "medical" marijuana is a joke, they will give you a 1-800 number to call to get your "prescription" issued over the phone.
So I guess you're against Alcohol sales too. Let's also send that back to the black market. Alcohol has killed more people than Cannabis.
FYI - I don't use cannabis, in case you're wondering
Regarding that image, what dogs will put up with from their owners, eh?
(Which reminds me, where did I put those fake reindeer antlers for my schnauzer?)
"The demand for white supremacists vastly exceeds the supply"
That line is a keeper.
I was pleased to read that the ICC investigation of "events" in Palestine may not be what I immediately concluded. Good article. The book is still out on this.
I am really, really glad that the US decided to withdraw from partaking in the ICC. Any court that has the power to decide whether they have jurisdiction or not, apparently at their discretion, and apparently with the same levels of prudence and fairness as the UN, is not something I would want loose upon the land. It will indeed be interesting to see how this plays out. A fair analysis of the Palestinian conflict is long overdue.
"University has rejected a student’s request to start an animal-rights club"
Good. Only moral agents have rights. Animals aren't moral agents.
RE: live in a world with out Chemicals. I can't tell you how many times I've heard that one from ordinary people. I just tilt my head and blink at them. I've also heard that you "can't be allergic to anything natural" almost as often. I will concede cats in that category. Recently I got to hear how "GMO"s get into cows milk".
No more coffee? No more beer? No more whiskey? What’s wrong with these people?
"New Refugee Explosion & Greece Will Be First To Feel Impact"
Europe is in trouble and the do not seem to realize it. Within 10 years the Europe we know will be gone and all of those "new" Europeans will resent and target the old Europeans. At that point it will be too late and impossible to correct the problem without a civil war and even then dubious that Europe could ever restore itself. The only solution to this problem is to begin massive and aggressive deportation of the refugees/immigrants AND to enforce the border with their military and their guns. Anything less is welcoming defeat.
Many of them do know. Their battle is also with their countrymen who will not allow some things to be said.
Re: The indelible mark of impeachment
Like whenever Bill Clinton is mentioned in the press, we're reminded that he was impeached, right?
Somehow I think the MSM will make sure the "impeached" label will be more prominent on Trump.
That mark could have been cleared with club sod and gentle blotting - just ask Sterling Archer.
> I kept seeing that word — "indelible."
Ah, the word of the day!
I'm not sure if this is simply lazy reporters copying a single wire service article, or whether they all subscribe to the same mailing list.
But once you start noticing the pattern, you see it over and over. The phrase pops up and suddenly, it's everywhere. Then it mysteriously disappears, never to be heard again.
During the campaign, Trump was "dark". During the Mueller investigation, "the walls are closing in". Now, the impeachment is "indelible".
A number of years ago it came out they were all part of a secret listserv where they got their directions of the day as to what to say and write.
I would suspect the technology has improved since then.
Another example is they always use the phrase "debunked corruption rumors" when speaking of the Bidens, when in fact the exact opposite is true, there are multiple criminal investigations of Hunter Biden going on, as well as investigation by at least 3 Senate committees.
I noted with interest, too, that the first trial-word seemed to be "stain." It surprises me that it didn't stick, since it seems a more effective piece of propaganda than "mark," unless someone was worried that it brought the blue dress too readily to mind.
Trump probably will simply wear the mark as a badge of honor, in the sense of knowing when you're really hitting close to the mark, by the reaction.
"The indelible mark of impeachment."
Battle scars are nothing to be ashamed of.
Re: Erdogan and Turkey. Look, this guy has thrown down the gauntlet. If Greece, or Europe, or Germany, let's millions of Turks flood in their countries, they will be impossible to expel. This is literally a life or death situation. And the problem is that there are two enemies who have to be dealt with at the same time.
The government; and the intruders. The "government" of Germany is not a government. It's a political organization which is pursuing aims which have nothing to do with Germany. In fact, it would be fair to say that the German government wants to destroy Germany. We have the same problem in America. The only way to control these people is to cut off their money supply. But that won't be easy.
The problem of the invaders is a little different. Yes, they do depend on welfare, just like government employees, but they are willing to camp out, if that's what it takes. And countries like Germany and America have gone through years of political indoctrination which teaches that all white people are evil; therefore they don't have the right to self-determination.
It's literally illegal to be proud of one's own parents. To fix that,
Anglo Saxons will have to fight a culture war. And believe me, those communists won't sit still. If a beer hall has movies about Goethe, or Beethoven, then the government will claim that it's a Neo-Nazi meeting.
So to deal with both of these problems, conservatives will have to be much more active in producing media. You Tube is free. But right now, there's not much conservative content. And of course, You Tube won't allow any media labeled as "extremist".
And I don't blame them for that. There is plenty of room to produce nice, informative videos which show our beautiful past, and how it can be transformed into a beautiful future. The conservative side of the story can be told, but it has to be told with kindness. In order for freedom to survive, the kids have to be taught where they came from, what people fought for in the past, and what we must do to ensure freedom in the future. A country full of dangerous immigrants can never be free.