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by Bjinse Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:29:08 PM EST

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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:30:03 PM EST
Theresa May: Human rights laws could change for terror fight

Theresa May has said she will change human rights laws if they "get in the way" of tackling suspected terrorists.

The PM said she would make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and "restrict the freedom and movements" of those that present a threat.

Labour said it was "not the message that we should be sending".

Security has dominated the final days of the general election campaign after the terror attacks in London and Manchester.

Rival parties have been criticising the Tories over police cuts.

by Zwackus on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 01:38:03 AM EST
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Because democratic freedom is so precious is should be locked away forever for its own protection

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 04:46:40 PM EST
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They hate us for our freedoms.
by Bernard on Thu Jun 8th, 2017 at 06:28:04 AM EST
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by generic on Thu Jun 8th, 2017 at 07:08:59 AM EST
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by generic on Thu Jun 8th, 2017 at 10:23:06 AM EST
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In other words, commercial enterprises must be allowed to profit from rape...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 12th, 2017 at 08:25:02 PM EST
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Rape prevention evidently damages Corporate Dividends.

Seeing as her husband is a Director at G4S, which is the company that runs much of the prison service, she doesn't want to damage her own household income

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 13th, 2017 at 07:53:11 AM EST
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I don't think her husband is a Director of G4S. Or if he is, he's not listed on the main G4S corporate nonsense page.

I think there may have been some issue about share holdings in G4S, but it's hard to get the facts straight.

He is, however, a senior manager in a huge hedge fund.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jun 13th, 2017 at 09:55:06 AM EST
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Ah yea, sorry. It's just a persistent internet myth, heavily and repeatedly denied

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 13th, 2017 at 12:36:32 PM EST
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Well, it's certainly the American Way.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:36:52 AM EST
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by generic on Mon Jun 12th, 2017 at 11:55:58 AM EST
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One of the few things that would have the various factions of N Ireland united in opposition

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 12th, 2017 at 04:30:27 PM EST
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So as well as being homophobic and anti-women, the DUP is being anti-Hellenistic?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 12th, 2017 at 08:23:41 PM EST
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I think the DUP are anti-humanity

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 13th, 2017 at 07:53:45 AM EST
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They should move to Indiana, where many places are only allowed to sell warm beer. The American Conservative:
Although nearly every state has outdated and arcane alcohol laws, Indiana's cold beer law stands out as one of the most bizarre. In its present form, state law allows only liquor stores and restaurants to sell carryout beer that is either "iced or cooled." Gas stations and corner convenience stores are relegated to selling room temperature brews. Like many antiquated state alcohol laws, this rule grew out of the aftermath of Prohibition. After the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition, Indiana passed the 1935 Liquor Control Act, establishing various types of retail licenses for alcohol. These classifications evolved over time to create a distinction between retailers who could sell cold beer and those who could not.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 13th, 2017 at 12:52:31 PM EST
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I gather that those selling beer at 12 degrees centigrade were the best places.

those forced to sell cold beer were for peasants and sundry ne'er-do-wells, as it is in the UK.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 14th, 2017 at 06:23:25 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:30:05 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:30:09 PM EST
Trump's Dictator Chic - Politico
Every good brand needs a theme and an aesthetic, and President Donald Trump has spent decades cultivating both. The theme is success, wealth, winning, and the aesthetic is bright, brassy, loud--or, depending whom you ask, gaudy and fake. In person, the Trump look is that distinctive hair, oversize suits (apparently from the expensive Italian clothier Brioni) and long, shiny red ties. Architecturally, it's gilt and mirrors, as in his famous marble-and-gold Trump Tower apartment, photographed many times over the years, with its canopy beds, fresco-style ceilings and colossal chandeliers.

Trump's design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America's past and present. If you doubt it, note that the interiors of the apartments his company actually sells bear no resemblance to the one he lives in. But that doesn't mean his taste comes from nowhere. At one level, it's aspirational, meant to project the wealth so many citizens can only dream of. But it also has important parallels--not with Italian Renaissance or French baroque, where its flourishes come from, but with something more recent. The best aesthetic descriptor of Trump's look, I'd argue, is dictator style.

by Bernard on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 08:36:12 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Jun 9th, 2017 at 04:53:41 AM EST
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There is a surprising amount of the "Corbyn is British Trump" sentiment over at Kos as well.
by Zwackus on Fri Jun 9th, 2017 at 07:26:43 AM EST
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I hear a lot of "Corbyn is the British Bernie".  Trump? ... I don't see it.

I asked this before and I'm not getting a serious answer. Isn't it relevant that Emperor Asshole has the "nuclear codes"? When will that discussion begin ... when it's too late?    

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jun 10th, 2017 at 06:24:44 AM EST
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I suspect that, with the Serious People on kos so invested in clinton, calling Corbyn a "Trump" is intended to undermine those liberals who want to point at him to show the Bernie would have won.

The last thing 3rd Wayers want is proof that actual leftism might be electorally successful

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 10th, 2017 at 06:08:39 PM EST
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As far as the Hillbots at Kos are concerned, Sanders is worse than Trump.  My three daughters were amazed how they were magically transgendered into "Bernie Bros" for being "antifeminist" and supporting Sanders over Clintstone.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:43:03 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:30:11 PM EST
Qatar airspace ban begins as Gulf crisis grows

Egypt is closing its airspace to Qatari planes in a growing diplomatic row, with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain expected to do the same on Tuesday.

Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the Gulf region.

Qatari nationals in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been given two weeks to leave.

Qatar denies backing militants and its foreign minister has called for "a dialogue of openness and honesty".

Egypt said it was closing off its airspace to Qatar from 04:00 GMT on Tuesday "until further notice".

Travel disruption is expected as the airport in Doha, Qatar's capital, is a major hub for international flight connections.

by Zwackus on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 05:52:47 AM EST
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Moon of alabama - b - The Saudis Demand Total Surrender But Qatar Will Not Fold

Many people believe that Qatar will soon give in to recent Saudi demands and threats. I first though so too but have changed my opinion. Qatar will likely hold out way longer than anyone assumes and fight more intensive and much longer than foreseen.

The Saudi "young leader" has now given Qatar 24 hours to submit to 10 demands. These include (unconfirmed) the dismantling of Al Jazeera, breaking off of all diplomatic relations with Iran and (the Israeli demand of) ending all support for the Muslim Brotherhood and especially Hamas. The Saudis threaten with a military invasion.

But Qatar is not like Bahrain where 1,000 Saudi troops could easily take over to save a dictator from a mostly unarmed uprising of its people. It has way more resources and capable allies on its side and recent news shows that it knows how to use them.

a very good article which demonstrates that the Saudis may well have bitten off more than they can chew and may cause the exact opposite effect than they intended.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jun 8th, 2017 at 04:53:21 PM EST
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I suspect that Al Jazeera is the key demand here. Authoritarians everywhere hate uncensored news, Trump no less than Prince Mohammad. Best of all is controlled news that can be presented as uncensored news.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 12th, 2017 at 08:44:26 PM EST
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More detail on the Iranian end of the situation from an old friend

Trend News Agency - Chris Cook - Rouhani should play chess where Trump is playing the fool

On taking office in January 2009, President Barak Obama inherited a failed energy policy from the George W. Bush administration which had attempted to secure Middle East oil & gas resources by military means through creating client states and imposing one-sided contractual terms favouring US International Oil Companies (IOCs). However, China's threat in 2007 to pull the plug on the US financial system forced the US to back off in Iraq, in the same way that the US threat in 1956 to pull the plug on £ sterling forced the UK to pull out of Suez.

Consequently, the 2008 US financial meltdown obliged the incoming Obama administration to take a very different approach to US energy security. There were two major objectives of Obama's resource resilience energy strategy: firstly, to rid the US for good of their historic reliance on Saudi oil, and secondly, to make a transition through gas as a bridging fuel to a low carbon economy.

The first objective was achieved by Obama's investment bank collaborators who used Saudi/GCC petrodollars to inflate the oil price from its low of $35/barrel in 2009 by manipulating the Brent/BFOE benchmark oil price. The price was then maintained in a range between a collar under oil prices of $80/barrel and a US gasoline price cap at levels which would not threaten Obama's 2012 re-election chances.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jun 8th, 2017 at 04:57:43 PM EST
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Qatar row: What's caused the fall-out between Gulf neighbors?

On Monday 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE, and the internationally recognised Yemeni government severed their diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

In addition, the states announced that they were suspending air, sea, and land transport with Qatar, while Qatari citizens are required to return home within two weeks.

Qatar's support of the Saudi and UAE-led operations in Yemen is also suspended.

This might seem familiar. These states (aside from Yemen) withdrew their diplomats from Doha in 2014 over a similar set of concerns. That spat was resolved within nine months. But the core issues remain.

On this occasion, though similar motives fuel the dispute, the fact that Qatar's land border with Saudi Arabia - its only land crossing - will be suspended shows a severe escalation, given just how critical this border is for Qatar's imports, including food.

by Zwackus on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 05:53:53 AM EST
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I like how Qatar is described as supporting Islaist groups as if SA are aghast at the idea.

It would be more honest to say that Qatar supports the wrong islamist groups and now that SA have got the full backing of both Trump and May with their recent visits, SA feels it can do a full Yemen on a troublesome neighbour

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 03:33:04 PM EST
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by das monde on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 04:08:29 AM EST
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UAE: Social media users face jail for Qatar sympathy -- Al Jazeera
The United Arab Emirates has banned people from publishing expressions of sympathy towards Qatar and will punish offenders with a jail term of up to 15 years, the UAE-based newspaper Gulf News and pan-Arab channel Al-Arabiya reported.
Serious shit is being primed up.
by das monde on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 09:47:36 AM EST
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Marawi siege: Philippine militants 'stockpiled food and weapons'

Islamist militants who have overrun parts of the Philippine city of Marawi have prepared for a long siege, officials said.

Security forces have been trying to flush out the gunmen since they attacked the city two weeks ago.

The militants are hiding in tunnels and basements with stockpiles of food and weapons, military officials said.

The conflict has killed at least 170 people, including 20 civilians, and more than 180,000 residents have fled.

Hundreds of civilians are believed to still be trapped with few supplies.

by Zwackus on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 05:58:26 AM EST
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Russia threatens retaliation as Montenegro becomes 29th NATO member

By David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO on Monday and was praised by the United States for sticking to its path of joining the Western military alliance in spite of Russian pressure.

Even as Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic was in Washington for a State Department ceremony to mark the accession, Russia warned of retaliation against Montenegro's "hostile course" and condemned the country's "anti-Russian hysteria."

After the ceremony, Markovic met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the White House, but not President Donald Trump, officials said.

Markovic's first encounter with Trump raised eyebrows last month, when the U.S. president pushed him aside at a NATO summit at which he demanded that allies boost defense spending to ease the burden on the United States.

by Zwackus on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 06:00:17 AM EST
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My Twitter timeline exploded this morning with Hillary Clinton owned slaves. Seems to have been literally true:
by generic on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 01:24:32 AM EST
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The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It's fake news.

I've spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them "intended sales." None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

An example is a proposal for sale of four frigates (called multi-mission surface combatant vessels) to the Royal Saudi navy. This proposal was first reported by the State Department in 2015. No contract has followed. The type of frigate is a derivative of a vessel that the U.S. Navy uses but the derivative doesn't actually exist yet. Another piece is the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense system (THAAD) which was recently deployed in South Korea. The Saudis have expressed interest in the system for several years but no contracts have been finalized. Obama approved the sale in principle at a summit at Camp David in 2015. Also on the wish list are 150 Black Hawk helicopters. Again, this is old news repackaged. What the Saudis and the administration did is put together a notional package of the Saudi wish list of possible deals and portray that as a deal. Even then the numbers don't add up. It's fake news.

by Zwackus on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 01:36:42 AM EST
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Gunmen attack Iran's parliament, Khomeini shrine
Several killed in attacks on parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, as ISIL claims responsibility.
Qatar is trashed for "supporting" the Islamic State and Iran, and now figure this.
by das monde on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 09:53:10 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:31:11 PM EST
California, China defy U.S. climate retreat with new cleantech tie-up

By Michael Martina

BEIJING (Reuters) - California said it will cooperate with China on clean technology, emissions trading and other "climate-positive" opportunities as it bids to fill the gap left after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord last week.

The government of California and China's Ministry of Science and Technology would work together on developing and commercializing know-how on carbon capture and storage, clean energy, as well as advanced information technology that could help cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Tuesday statement.

President Trump announced last week that he would pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, a move branded as "insane" by California governor Jerry Brown, who is visiting China this week.

by Zwackus on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 06:03:12 AM EST
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These are the beginning moves of California becoming a separate country.  Keep up the good work, Emperor!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 11:16:53 AM EST
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Wasted green power tests China's energy leadership

BEIJING (AP) -- Its efforts to cut pollution have made China the world leader in renewable energy development, yet that green power has been wasted as the country struggles to integrate wind and solar farms into an outdated and balkanized electricity network dominated by coal.

The problem threatens to slow China's progress in clearing its air and controlling the greenhouse gas emissions that make it the top contributor to climate change. It also could hamper any desire among Chinese leaders to fill the leadership gap left by President Donald Trump's move to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

As energy ministers from around the world gather in Beijing this week to promote renewables, China's difficulty maximizing its green resources reflects the challenges they face over how best to transition to cleaner electricity.

by Zwackus on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 06:06:13 AM EST
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I'm pretty sure that the chinese committment to infrastructure will be able to resolve this issue in pretty short order

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 6th, 2017 at 03:25:32 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Jun 9th, 2017 at 02:35:59 AM EST
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Though Arrhenius looked forward to the warmer climate and hoped for better harvests in Sweden.
by fjallstrom on Fri Jun 9th, 2017 at 10:18:39 AM EST
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Well, yes but Popular Mechanics is known to be a Commie, tree-hugging rag.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:50:55 AM EST
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by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:31:13 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:31:16 PM EST
by Bjinse on Mon Jun 5th, 2017 at 07:31:19 PM EST
Trump's touchy question: Would private sector be better at air traffic control?

In pushing a plan to privatize America's air traffic control system, President Trump is reviving an idea that's bounced around Washington for 40 years.

At least since 1974, Democratic and Republican presidents, conservative think tanks and labor unions have put forward at various times the idea that some kind of private entity would do a better job than the federal government in directing the nation's airplane traffic.

Many nations have moved to a corporate model and have adopted modern equipment that has streamlined operations and cut costs.

Mr. Trump is hoping the United States is finally ready to follow suit. "If we adopt these changes, Americans can look forward to cheaper, faster, and safer travel - a future where 20 percent of a ticket price doesn't go to the government," the president said in unveiling an overview of his plan at the White House Monday.

The article goes on to explain that a major reason why FAA technology is "outdated" (read - does not rely on GPS, which seems like a point of strength in terms of national security and civil defense, but whatever) is that the agency has to scrap long-term projects every time a budget fight in congress heats up, which is pretty much constantly given Republican insanity. Fair enough.

So, how exactly would the private sector be better? Is it that that they would be able to squeeze the labor force enough, and then be trusted to re-invest the money in new tech? Hah. Would it be that congress would be more likely to fund the FAA if it was a private contractor and not a government agency? Probably, but only if it was wasting a good chunk of its budget on lobbyists and bribes, sort of negating the purpose. Or is it that the confidence fairy would show up and wave magic fairy dust over everything? Probably.

by Zwackus on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 01:43:57 AM EST
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In the UK contracting out is just a scam. quality of service goes down, but money goes from govt coffers into the pockets of the corporate wealthy.

Total abdication of responsibility by government

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 7th, 2017 at 04:44:49 PM EST
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Public-Private-Partnerships are a way to put public money in private pockets.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jun 8th, 2017 at 05:18:17 AM EST
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Works the same in the US, but it's not considered a bug but a feature.
by rifek on Thu Jun 15th, 2017 at 12:51:57 AM EST
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