Fragile Bird

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  • Birthday 09/16/1954

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  1. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Lol, after the big announcement Trump was going to sign the required notice to cancel NAFTA, Trump spoke to the PM of Canada and the president of Mexico tonight and agreed not to send out the notice. Turd.
  2. (Spoilers) FX The Americans v.3

    She does seem too good to be true....
  3. (Spoilers) FX The Americans v.3

    Lol! I was not in the mood when the series started and I PVR'd the series. Slowly making my way through them. I'm expecting Oleg back in the US sooner or later, but, maybe not. Maybe he'll be knocked off.... When I watched the wheat episode I knew immediately it would be the work being done on new strains. Reading Wheat Belly paid off!
  4. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Uh, it wasn't that hard, he was saying it from the beginning... Donald Trump Says He Wants To Raise Taxes on Himself. He continued after that opening speech back in 2015 to say repeatedly on the campaign trail he would lower taxes on the middle class and raise taxes on the rich, like hedge fund managers who were getting away without paying their fair share. For one thing, he would eliminate the tax deduction on carried interest, which would mean people like him would pay a lot more in taxes. Even after he released his tax plan, more than a year ago, which analysts said showed the very rich would benefit the most, not the middle class, he kept claiming his tax reforms would help the middle class most of all.
  5. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    It must burn the crap right out of Democrats to watch two ex-Goldman Sachs executives announce the tax cut plan, considering Trump's non-stop bullshit during the campaign about Clinton and her links to Goldman. And holy deep-fried-shit-on-a-stick, how do you people put up with a government that can talk about massive tax reforms proposed by a president who Billionaire conflicts of interest, anyone? And excuse me for being a dumb foreigner, but I could of sworn I heard Trump say over and over and over again during the election campaign how he was going raise taxes for the 1%. Did anyone see a tax increase for the 1% in that reform package?
  6. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Have you read the book?
  7. War Drums: North Korea edition

    I heard on CNN that the Korean Blue House (their equivalent of the White House) is closer to the DMZ than the White House is to Dulles Airport. Just imagine the Russians (or whomever) sitting at Dulles Airport with massive artillery, ready and able to fire.
  8. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    On a happier note, even though Canada has won their complaints about softwood lumber against the US EVERY, SINGLE, TIME, and the US has ignored the WTO EVERY, SINGLE, TIME, in the last ten years fed-up lumber companies have turned to China, and our sales to China have gone up from $1B to $5B, a 500% increase. And most Canadian lumber companies have divisions in the US (gee whiz, employing Americans!) so increased prices will improve profits and the shareholders in Canada thank you American suckers for paying $3,000 more for new houses! Wait until tariffs go on Canadian oil! You buy 25% of your oil from us!
  9. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    More about Trump and the Great Trade War Against Canada, Making America Great Again! As mentioned, Trump slapped tariffs up to 24% on Canadian lumber yesterday. The tariffs average 20%. Now he's tweeted, Wait until tomorrow. He's going to hit the Canadian dairy industry. Canada imports more dairy from the US than it exports to the US. I have never seen a trade war before where the country being hit imports more than the country hitting it with sanctions. You have to understand that Canadian and US trade is basically balanced. Canada, historically, was the US's biggest trading partner, only surpassed by China fairly recently (imagine, a country with more than a billion people finally surpassing Canada, a country of 35 million). The small balance in Canada's favor is due to energy exports...and Trump said he's going to hit energy after dairy. The title of this thread needs to be changed to Blame Canada.
  10. Acrophobia 28: Lomas Longstrider's notes - Round Five

    1st. 6 2nd. 2 3rd. 4
  11. Acrophobia 28: Lomas Longstrider's notes - Round Five

    I am in the middle of doing taxes. I don't know if I will even put in an entry.
  12. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Oh man, in the last thread I said Trump had declared war on Canada's dairy trade, and today he went after softwood lumber. Tariffs of up to 24% on Canadian lumber, starting tomorrow. Just a coincidence, I guess, that the Canadian dollar has fallen by 25% since the price of oil collapsed. I assume Trump will soon start calling Canada a currency manipulator. I expect the fact that it's the first 100 days at the end of the week has nothing to do with any of this, eh? I see US lumber prices are up by about 20%, ever since the previous agreement with Canada expired last summer. Be prepared to pay a lot more for wood, guys. And...Statistics Canada had an interesting comment about Trump's move:
  13. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Bah, humbug! Trump and his fellow Republicans are boasting about the appointment of Gorsuch as a historical accomplishment - "no president has ever appointed a SCOTUS judge in his first hundred days!". Shouldn't that be a record with an asterisk, like some baseball records? Like, add a year to that, since Obama announced Garland in March last year? Yes, that would be unfair to asterisk it for that. but what about changing the rules with regard to the number of votes it took to get him there? That was historic as well! And the other thing Republicans are bragging about, "most executive orders issued in the first 100 days!" Did I not spend 8 years listening to Republicans bitch non-stop about executive orders undermining democracy?
  14. Pokemon Go: Generation 2

    I now have 4 (count 'em, 4) Up-Grades and cannot find a Porygon to save my life. I just walked my Dratini far enough to evolve a Dragonite, so I guess I'll switch my buddy to one of my lousy Porygons. Mind, I have 43 candy and you only need 50.