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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

Re: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?
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No-deal Brexit could mean [customs] checks move to France, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Cyprus air and sea ports

jobs saved and created!

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Europe INCONTINENCE ALERT
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France summons Italian envoy over Di Maio Africa comments
"citing a refrain commonly heard among some leftist and anti-imperialist activists"

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Europe ECONOMICS & FINANCE
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EU Regulators Fine Mastercard $648 Million
10% discount on the penalty to reward co-operation

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Onion

yanno, the mercifully conclusion of this campaign is that the Rhodes Spartacus decides against accepting the title, Anyone Buttrump. A whole lot of embarrassment can be saved for All Americans ... for 2024.

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: 'Campaign Launch' press conference
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C-SPAN, 21 Jan 2019, (EN)
transcript (EN), running time 00:19:57, no prefatory remarks/announcement address

at Howard University, Washington D.C.
Howard is one of a few Historically Black College or University (HBCU) whose operations rely on ear-marked federal funding. Institutional financing slipped into informal receivership (De Vos, US Dep of Ed.) following embezzlement investigations.

See Harris2020 campaign advertising at the campaign website

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Can [JEAN] really do that? STRATEGY
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Justices Won't Hear Case of Praying Football Coach
Justice Alito - joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh - wrote in a separate concurrence that he agrees with not hearing this specific case, but said the "Ninth Circuit's understanding of the free speech rights of public school teachers is troubling and may justify review in the future."

"I concur in the denial of the petition for a writ of certio­rari because denial of certiorari does not signify that the court necessarily agrees with the decision (much less the opinion) below," he wrote. "In this case, important unresolved factual questions would make it very difficult if not impossible at this stage to decide the free speech question that the petition asks us to review." (Parentheses in original.)

m'k. I'm done with this topic. Lesson learned, I hope.

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There is a syndrome, perhaps best described as political Schizophrenia, whereby Unionists, and even hard line unionists, see no contradiction between lambasting nationalists and the Republic at every opportunity, and yet send their kids to Trinity College Dublin, go to rugby matches in Dublin, and generally spend quite a lot of their business and leisure time "down south".

Most are uncomfortably aware that the south is thriving economically while the North is stagnating, and that their favourite stereotyping of the south as a priest ridden papal fiefdom is increasingly out of date. But never let the facts get in the way of a good slogan or a bit of "other bashing". Brexiteer bashing of the EU is very tame by comparison.

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2018, Donald Harris: Professor of Poundcake, Emeritus, Stanford University, Stanford, California
This early phase of interaction with my children came to an abrupt halt in 1972 when, after a hard-fought custody battle in the family court of Oakland, California, the context of the relationship was placed within arbitrary limits imposed by a court-ordered divorce settlement based on the false assumption by the State of California that fathers cannot handle parenting (especially in the case of this father, "a neegroe from da eyelans" was the Yankee stereotype, who might just end up eating his children for breakfast!).  Nevertheless, I persisted, never giving up on my love for my children or reneging on my responsibilities as their father.


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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Living On the Planet
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'We're Like the World Is Going to End in 12 Years if We Don't Address Climate Change'
excerpts from her interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates with AO-C disclaimer:

archived 200 up, 12 down, mmm hmm
Boomer calls for 10-year Green New Deal
That'll get 'er done

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Trump CHARITY DEFENSE
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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

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In story: Perils of a No Deal BrExit

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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

Re: Who put these idiots in charge?
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And yet many, although by no means all, Northern Unionists were happy enough to ditch that shared citizenship ....

[As I expect you are aware], some "signifcant" unionists (strangely) recognised the value of continued EU citizenship in 2016, despite campaiging for 'Leave'.

Apply for Irish passport if you can, advises DUP MP Ian Paisley

Pity about their subsequent actions and of their friends.

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Can [JEAN] really do that? STRATEGY
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Supreme Court [DECLINES TO REVIEW US APPEAL OF A LOWER COURT RULING]
Solicitor General Noel Francisco has asked the Supreme Court to make the final decision on whether [OR NOT] the recision [sic] is lawful [US CONSTITUTIONal error] or not.
[...]
Francisco's request, however, was unusual [?] because it asked the justices to take up the issue before [?] the regional appeals circuit courts have weighed in decided appeals.*

He said the lower court decisions were wrong to force the administration to retain a ["]discretionary nonenforcement["] policy that the Department of Homeland Security and the attorney general concluded was unlawful.

* 9th Circuit Ct against US fed gov, injunction, Nov 2018
National Immigration Law Center
The DOJ also sought certiorari before judgment in two of the other cases challenging DACA's termination, Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen (pending before the Second Circuit) and NAACP v. Trump (pending before the D.C. Circuit).
Witness poor form in press reporting "facts". This custom tends to teach nothing about the order and authorities of the courts but rouse the antipathy of de peoples against "judicial activism". So you get what you pay for.

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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

Re: Who put these idiots in charge?
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Sure, because they miss the fucking civil war. Their glory days.
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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

Re: Who put these idiots in charge?
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And yet many, although by no means all, Northern Unionists were happy enough to ditch that shared citizenship, presumably because they were not pushed about sharing anything political with nationalists at all... even where it did not impact on their precious Union with Great Britain.

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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

It's not just the economy stupid...
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Fintan O'Toole: It is not just the economy, stupid - Brexit is about belonging
There is a long-term crisis of belonging in the UK. Brexit is its most lurid symptom, but it is not a cure. Theresa May's appeal to the "precious, precious union" is mere denial about the rise of English identity. The hard Brexiteers, under the cover of nationalism, want to unleash an even more virulent form of globalisation that will destroy what is left of working-class communities.  

And yet these liars and fantasists have been allowed to own the most potent political emotions - collective pride, identity, belonging. The willingness to sacrifice economic comfort for a sense of the greater good or a higher ideal is not innately self-destructive. Nothing noble or decent is ever accomplished without it. The Right has turned it into a sharp blade and told people to cut themselves with it. Those people think they are making a sacrifice when they are merely being sacrificed. The Left has to speak, not just to their rational desire not to make themselves poorer, but to the bigger reasons why they don't think it's all about money.



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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

Re: Who put these idiots in charge?
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Let's remember that any Brexit, no matter how soft, undermines the peace process because it removes the shared layer of EU citizenship.

Whoops.

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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

Who put these idiots in charge?
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Nobody in Ireland (or at least v.v. few) want the violence to return, or even to use the threat of violence as a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations. But it wasn't Irish people who put the border back on the agenda by their wanton disregard of the effect of Brexit on Ireland and the flippant reference to "new technology" as a means to solve all problems.

The DUP knew well enough the potential of Brexit to restart the culture and sectarian wars in N. Ireland, but carried on regardless even after Brexit had been decisively defeated in the referendum in N. Ireland. Theresa May either didn't know or didn't care what the effect of aligning herself with the DUP would have on the politics of the island, and consequently on her negotiations with the EU.

If the outcome is a "no deal" Brexit all these chickens will come home to roost. Ongoing conflict between the UK and EU, a possible trade war, economic decline in the UK, political instability in N. Ireland, and perhaps a return to violence. Who put these idiots in charge?

Is It Derry or Londonderry?

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

#MeToo reaches Burns
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The National
Lest year, Liz Lochhead kickit up a stooshie by statin Burns wis a "Weinsteinian sex pest". She referenced, as ithers the likes o biographer Robert Crawford or journalist Stuart Kelly hae duin, a boastfu letter Burns wrote aboot a sexual conquest o Jean Armour. It's no a richt admíssion o rape, or assault - Jean's feelins is hid ahint the locker-ruim braggart wha claims he "f*cked her until she rejoiced". It's certes no the straicht clarity o Samuel Pepys wha wis constantly rapin wímmin (Exhibit A: his diary December 20 1664).

Fir me, the Weinsteinian Burns is maist appairent in his habit o gettin servant lassies pregnant. It's certes important tae the "Burns Community" that he wis irresistible, an aw the lassies wantit him, but if the #MeToo movement has lairnt us onyhin, it's that pooer structures are invísible tae them that's in pooer, an een Nice Guys abuse thae structures wioot seein theirsels as monsters. Ye cannae hae a relationship wi an employee, wha lives an sleeps unner yer command, wha's future ye haud in the palm o yer haund, wioot riskin abuse.

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In story: Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?

Re: Is It Derry or Londonderry?
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The Guardian view on Brexit and Ireland: a danger to peace  | Editorial |

    That past, where symbols summon deadly emotions, has been revived by English nationalists in the Tory party who appear comfortably ignorant of the Troubles. Erasing the border in Ireland, once dotted with watchtowers and checkpoints, was necessary. But Brexit put the deadly issues of the Irish border and sovereignty back into mainstream debate. Dissident republicans have been blamed by the police for the van bomb attack on a Derry courthouse. Their ideological patrons have long recognised Brexit's potential to reignite the conflict, with one quoted in academic Marisa McGlinchey's new study Unfinished Business as saying it was "the best chance we've had since 1916".

Derry on alert: Police respond to reports of abandoned vehicle, homes evacuated

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In story: Perils of a No Deal BrExit

Re: Is It Derry or Londonderry?
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The Guardian view on Brexit and Ireland: a danger to peace  | Editorial |

    That past, where symbols summon deadly emotions, has been revived by English nationalists in the Tory party who appear comfortably ignorant of the Troubles. Erasing the border in Ireland, once dotted with watchtowers and checkpoints, was necessary. But Brexit put the deadly issues of the Irish border and sovereignty back into mainstream debate. Dissident republicans have been blamed by the police for the van bomb attack on a Derry courthouse. Their ideological patrons have long recognised Brexit's potential to reignite the conflict, with one quoted in academic Marisa McGlinchey's new study Unfinished Business as saying it was "the best chance we've had since 1916".

Derry on alert: Police respond to reports of abandoned vehicle, homes evacuated

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Brexit MENDACITY HEAPED ON CALUMNY
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HER cousins. OUR ancestors.

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In story: 14 - 20 January 2019

Re: Brexit MENDACITY HEAPED ON CALUMNY
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Don't speak ill of our long dead 'Neanderthal' cousins.


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