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  1. US Politics - or: How I Learned to Love the Atomic Don

    Sure it's sensible to register trademark for a product one wants to sell. What's far from sensible is reflexively lying about having done business in Russia when it's so easily demonstrated that Trump did in fact sell his vodka there.
  2. US Politics - or: How I Learned to Love the Atomic Don

    Which is why I didn't mention Manning specifically even once in that point. We have enough trans posters in these threads that we don't need to be inhospitable to them just to spite somebody who'll never frequent this forum anyway. I acknowledge I wasn't clear enough that that politeness included more people than just Manning herself.
  3. US Politics - or: How I Learned to Love the Atomic Don

    You don't have to believe in it. All you need is the basic human decency and politeness to address people the way they asked to be addressed as. Alas, I've long lost all hope that conservatives would still respect decency or politeness - even though those are supposedly conservative virtues.
  4. US Politics - or: How I Learned to Love the Atomic Don

    India. Too many vegetarians.
  5. US Politics - or: How I Learned to Love the Atomic Don

    Which only goes to show that Trump doesn't understand what NATO defends against. Not every threat stems from terror attacks.
  6. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    Well, I fear that's not going to cut it either, considering those businesses will lose their gains because they'll have to pay an export tax when trading with Europe, reducing the profit margin again. Also, that means more of the tax burden has to be carried by the British middle class, in return.
  7. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    I don't know how being a tax haven is supposed to work for a population of 65 million.There's a reason why tax havens usually have low populations (500k for Luxembourg, 37k for Liechtenstein, 1 million for Cyprus, 400k for Malta; most Carribean tax havens are of similar size or even smaller, and Switzerland is pushing the boundaries with its 8 million inhabitants, but its economy is more diversified): When you're taxing a few super-rich very little, you can only keep this up if your population remains small enough to be sustained from the resulting windfall. I can't imagine the UK attracting enough sponsors to keep its health and retirement payments going, to be honest.
  8. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    That's not how it's reported in the German media though. It's also quite important to note that Britain's impending economic isolation is not being forced on it from outside. You don't leave an economic area but stay inside, just without the parts you don't like. That doesn't even work for Switzerland.
  9. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    I find his choice of words more concerning. "If we're forced to change our economic model, [...]"? You weren't forced. You made your bed, now you have to lie in it. Nobody forced Breit from outside.
  10. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    Great to hear! I wish you two all the best going forward
  11. US Politics- Stay Gold, Pony Boy

    Now we're touting Dick Cheney as a model for ethical behaviour? The mind boggles.
  12. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    i) a large part isn't necessarily the majority ii) not every gun owner is a single issue gun rights voter, which were the crowd I was mainly refering to.
  13. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    Indeed. If anything, a large part of the second amendment crowd is probably thrilled they'll be allowed to do whatever Trump orders them to do.
  14. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    And here I thought he was getting them for free. I mean, why would the Russians charge him for direct power over what the US president thinks is true and what isn't?