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Brian Miller
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Posted: 18 April 2017 at 7:58pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Meanwhile, he signs an executive order to make companies hire Americans and use American materials while he and his still own companies that make clothing on foreign soil. 
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Brian, don't do as I do, do as I say....
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So, this morning on the way to work, I finally discovered exactly how Trump won the election. No, it wasn't Russian hacking. No, it wasn't ineptitunde by the Democratic party. It was Jesus. A sign at a church read, "Jesus Stands With Trump."
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Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke about his first 100 days:

“I think the president deserves an A for his ability to tackle all the issues and to tackle complex problems and to see what he has inherited here domestically and internationally. And look, we’re making progress on things that don’t change overnight. He’ll be here for eight years.”

HA! Talk about spin!! 100 days in and Trump’s destroyed the EPA, dismantled the State Department making it ineffective, gutted the Justice Department, insulted and alienated a large majority of our allies, filled the swamp with his billionaire boy's club cabinet, and at last count has us on the brink of war with at least 4 different countries.

Meanwhile, the worst jobs report in 2 years was just released.

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Brian Miller
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Posted: 21 April 2017 at 12:10pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Well fuck, Charles. It's not as if any of that is Trump's fault. He inherited this mess, remember?
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Posted: 21 April 2017 at 12:13pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

LOL, Brian... how could I overlook THAT???

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Meanwhile, the worst jobs report in 2 years was just released.
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Which jobs report was this?

Not that it's anything to do with Trump, but the jobs market is doing fine by historical standards.
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Despite touting time and again that his first 100 days in office will be "the best ever" Trump, not surprisingly, came out swinging against that 100 Day evaluation in a recent Tweet:

“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The “S.C.” was apparently a reference to Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who was confirmed this month after the Senate changed its filibuster rules over fierce objections from Democrats.

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By any objective standard it has been a disaster.  But we don't have the kind of president that is going to do any "sober reflection".

And now he wants to threaten a government shutdown over his pipe dream wall.

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Meanwhile, the worst jobs report in 2 years was just released.
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Which jobs report was this?

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2 years was a mistake on my part, but the US created 98,000 jobs in March, vs 180,000 expected...


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Posted: 24 April 2017 at 7:52am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

And most people accept that jobs result was depressed by the nor'easter in March. We will likely see it balance out with a spring back in April. One month in isolation doesn't tell you anything, which is why economists tend to look at moving averages to mitigate the effects of short-term volatility. I don't see what it has to do with Trump -- just as if March was a strong month, I wouldn't see it as strong evidence of Trump doing a good job.

The truth is that the jobs market is in very strong spot -- data released last Thursday shows that the insured unemployment rate is at the lowest since 2000 (LINK to a pdf from the Labor Dept) -- but this has surely more to do with the Fed's expanded balance sheet over the last few years and the upward curve of the business cycle globally than the actions of the executive office. Certainly it is not governed to any major degree by the last 100 days, rather than it is the result of gradual improvements for several years now.


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You are right, however, Trump doesn't seem to think THAT WAY... and that's the only reason it was pointed out.

Regardless, my other points are true and valid.

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Heard on the way home that the state department is actually advertising for the Mar A Lago resort. Our embassy in Great Britain is doing the same.
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Charles V: "...Trump doesn't seem to think THAT WAY..."

You used too many words. You could have omitted the capitalized words.

Wall? Not built yet.
ISIS? Not only still extant, but NO plan from Trump.
Healthplan? Not only not implemented but PULLED BY ITS PARTY.
Empty the swamp? He's refilled it and enriched it.

He made all those promises, just as any candidate makes promises. Now I'm sure a lot of his voters are shocked, shocked I say, that he didn't carry through on them.

And those of us who had no doubt about the reality of his so-called promises.
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Stupid is as stupid does
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The last stat that I saw, suggested that 96% of those who voted for him would
vote for him again, if the election was revisited.

Unfortunately, most watch news that supports their point of view, rather than
educate themselves a bit with different news sources.
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CNN just reported that the White House has denied requests for documents related to Flynn. Made to the White House by the House Oversight Committee.

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Posted: 25 April 2017 at 12:35pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Well that's shocking.

NOT.
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Posted: 25 April 2017 at 9:05pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Ha ha! Fuck you Canada and your lumber! We'll just pay higher prices for lumber here. That'll show you!
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Posted: 25 April 2017 at 9:38pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

America. Land of the Free except where you are allowed to purchase things. Then the government will force you to buy American or slap tariffs that raise the prices. For a brilliant businessman, Trump sure does not know a lot about business. 
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I genuinely, in this age of globalisation, no longer understand the inability of me to be able to buy things from foreign internet sites. Digital media being the biggest puzzle to me.

There are a couple of Star Wars books due out next week that in the UK can only be bought from Kobo, not on Kindle. The Kobo prices are higher than the physical copy prices. The USA Kindle prices are considerably cheaper. This annoys the hell out of me to no end.

Toys are another bug bear. There are toys released that are exclusives to certain shops or sites. And they will not ship internationally. Just rediculous.
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I genuinely, in this age of globalisation, no longer understand
the inability of me to be able to buy things from foreign internet sites.
Digital media being the biggest puzzle to me.


Short of having One World Government, what are you suggesting?
Should US viewers have free access to BBC iPlayer content that UK
viewers pay for with their TV license fees? Do people in the UK really
want to be subject to US rules about content?
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The problem is that the old system is completely obsolete. I can turn on a VPN and access any globally blocked site. I can download a show that they won't allow me to purchase. Netflix and Amazon have the right idea with their programs being available worldwide. What drives me crazy is when people won't ship overseas. I can buy any paper book online from any Amazon site in any country but I can't buy digital books the same way. 20th-century solutions don't work in the 21st century. 

As for solutions, the BBC could put ads on their International site or get rid of the arcane TV License fee (which makes no sense when people watch TV completely differently than they did 50 years ago). And why should any country care about the US rules for content if they are running it in their own country? 
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Netflix and Amazon have the right idea with their programs
being available worldwide.


And yet both still have region-restricted content.


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20th-century solutions don't work in the 21st century.


Certainly.


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And why should any country care about the US rules for
content if they are running it in their own country?


The complaints seem to be that US providers of content don't make it
easy for international buyers to acquire.
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I'm not so concerned about sites such as Netflix, I'm more complaining about things like iTunes and Amazon Kindle where I can not buy a song from the USA site, when that tune is not on the UK site. Crazy - I should be able to pay the money and download the thing.

As Neil points out, I can do it with a physical book, why can't I do it with the eBook on Amazon?

The complaint is that international providers of content do not provide a consistent international level outlet, not that US providers do not let international buyers buy things. Yes I can buy a physical book from America, but no, I can't buy an eBook from America. Makes no sense at all
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