Fragile Bird

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    The past is a foreign country
  • Birthday 09/16/1954

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    cairn terriers, lawyer jokes, trying to get LLL to write poetry

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  1. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    I was watching a well-known pollster up here in Canada giving an analysis of where US polls are at the moment, and I was very surprised to hear how hardened voting positions are. You guys have virtually no swing voters, so differences of half a percent here and half a percent there are huge. In most other countries swing voters can make up as much as 30% of the electorate. I guess that's what happens in a two party system....
  2. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    And what have the Trump tweets been saying? He could not have been happy about the things said about him....
  3. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    "We don't look to be ruled"
  4. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    One thing for sure - Bloomberg does not like Trump.
  5. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    Now that was a speech that I expect to hear from Americans. Not that mealy mouthed fear shit I heard from Trump.
  6. US Elections - From Russia with Love

    bloody hell
  7. 1st. 9. Moving near a window's ledge endangers travels. Surely the understatement of the century... 2nd 2. Mysterious North awaits. Weirwood life experience transferable. The next 3 sound like prophecies... 3rd. 10. Mortal? Never alone walking, let eternity tremble! 4th. 12. Mother's nervous anxiety warranted. Linger earthbound, tyke.
  8. Congrats to RB2G! Lol, even though I really didn't understand your entry.... But as I said in a previous post, write an entry everyone likes and you can vault right up the list!
  9. TitanCon 2016: Fri 30 Sept - Sun 2 Oct

    Thanks, m'dear! We should know if Kissd can get the time off by the end of next week.
  10. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    The TPP is an absolutely massive document, because there are so many countries involved. I used to work with the US - Canada Free Trade Agreement, and then with NAFTA, and they were very simple in comparison. I glanced at the US Trade Representative's summary of the TPP, here: but it just summarizes the chapters, many of which, I think, are hundreds of pages long. There are copies of the agreement also available on the internet, but good luck trying to read them. Very complex. You need to find a summary done by a group you trust, even if it will be biased. When I hear Trump talk about what a bad agreement NAFTA is my jaw just drops. First of all, the reason why the US-Canada agreement was expanded by NAFTA was to help out Mexico to staunch the flow of Mexican immigrants into the US. Without that agreement and the thousands of jobs it has created in Mexico, think how many more people would be fleeing Mexico. You can't stop economic refugees or those fleeing war zones. Why did North America fill up with Europeans? Why can't Europe stop Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani refugees, or those coming from Africa? Secondly, we here in Canada certainly think the US gained enormously from NAFTA. What a re-negotiated NAFTA would look like, one more advantageous to the USA, boggles the imagination. One of the worst parts of it, imo, is the fact it gives corporations the right to sue governments if they think laws have been geared against them. From what I have heard of Trump speeches, it seems to me that I keep hearing them say that the TPP grants foreign governments the right to sue the US. That is absolutely false. And guess what? Which country's corporations have been suing governments left, right and centre, and winning hundreds of millions? US based corporations have issued hundreds of lawsuits under the NAFTA provisions. I don't think Canadian and Mexican companies have the aggressive tendencies or experience to sue with the same viciousness Americans sue with. My prediction is that if TPP is passed there will be a whole new cornucopia opening up for US trade litigators. I'm not crazy about pipelines, but Trans Canada Pipeline has filed a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the US government under NAFTA for disallowing the Keystone XL pipeline that looks like it has a pretty darn good chance of succeeding (considering how many tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousand, of miles of pipeline have been given approval to US companies during the same time period).
  11. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    The Wikipedia piece on TPP is pretty good. Stuff here in Canada sets out very specific examples of things that are bad about the deal (and good) but every country has negotiated very specific concessions and tariff phase-outs, so you need a US summary. Mya is just fine and has graduated from nursing school. She pretty well spends 0 time on this board, concentrating on Facebook and another board where she is a mod. Are you on Facebook? Do you have mutual friends? Best way to link up, but I can tell her you were asking about her.
  12. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    OMG. Bill O'Reilly on Fox News had to go fact check Michelle Obama's statement about slaves building the White House. His response? They were well-fed slaves....
  13. Happy Happy Day, lil' ghost! Enjoy the next ten years, when you finally Cross The Line!
  14. TitanCon 2016: Fri 30 Sept - Sun 2 Oct

    Are there still coach tickets available? Because there is a possibility Kissdbyfire and I will show up... Hell, are there still rooms available?
  15. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    I have confirmed a hotel room from Thursday to Sunday night, leaving Monday, and have asked for an extension to add Tuesday and Wednesday, as I am flying in on Tuesday! So add me to your list for dinner! If they can't add two days, maybe someone will let me bunk in with them for two nights... ETA: Staying at the Marriott!