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Fragile Bird

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    Snow Monkey, eh?
  • Birthday 09/16/1954

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    cairn terriers, lawyer jokes

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  1. Meme on Facebook: “Denmark is lending Greenland to Canada to piss off Trump”
  2. I suspect that at this very moment there are Americans saying ‘If Denmark won’t sell us Greenland we should just take it’. ”sighs”
  3. For crying out loud, you go off to Ireland and ignore the US for a few days and look at all the shit going on in the US. *Goes back to the pub with no internet*
  4. Missed it because it was Suicine Raid day for Pokémon Go and some of us went out raiding!
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    Pokémon Go: It’s a Shiny World Out There!

    Lol, I value my life too much!
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    Pokémon Go: It’s a Shiny World Out There!

    This story has appeared on all my WhatsApp pokemon go threads!
  7. Babies are always adorable! Most babies, anyway. :p
  8. There were no possums in Canada at all until about 30 years ago. One day there was a news report about possums being found in the Niagara Falls area. The suspicion was they crossed over on the railway bridge, and now they are everywhere. A year or so after the story appeared I was having lunch at work, out in suburbia. The cafeteria was on ground level and overlooked a little woodland with a pond. All of a sudden there was a murmur in the lunch crowd as a possum strolled outside our windows on the patio area. I don’t think any of us had ever seen one before. Ugly thing with a hairless tale. Never saw it again. We also had ducks that would come back every year and raise a family, and a fox that made a den and also came back every year to raise her kits. Then they’d vanish when they got old enough to travel.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    He difn’t threaten the state, he said ‘you have to vote for me’, which he will be saying over and over again. This idea that the long-running recovery from the 2008 financial collapse would have not only stopped but the stock markets would have crashed as well ‘if somehow I hadn’t been elected’ is goofy and completely unsupportable, but I guess that’s what you will be hearing ad nauseam for the next 15 months, so brace yourselves for waddling through thigh-deep bs.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    For months I’ve been watching CNBC report bad economic news around the world. And watched American wise men talk about how strong the US economy was and while a recession is inevitable it wasn’t going to happen for another 20 or 24 months. The PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) went through the floor in Germany months ago. I saw Trump sneer that Germany was in bad shape but the US was just fine. In the meantime the US PMI has dropped into recession territory. I’ve watched analysts say the tariffs on China wasn’t having much of an impact on the US at all, that the Chinese were lowering prices and US companies have been reading the writing on the wall for 18 months and have moved many factories out of China. Not to the US, btw, but to other mainly Asian countries. Wait until Trump starts putting tariffs on Vietnam for having a trade surplus. I’ve watched bond prices slip and then recover, repeated times. Carl Icahn was interviewed last week and said lowering interest rates wasn’t going to fix things. When India and whoever else it was lowered rates last week in response to the Fed, Trump announced the US should immediately lower rates by even more. Cuz India sets US interest rates, amirite? Interest rates are negative for commercial clients across Europe (meaning you have to pay the bank to park money) when is that coming to North America? Trump did affect US stock markets for the first year, there’s no doubt about it. But just after he bragged last January or February about the Dow setting a record, the markets had a sharp drop. They recovered, then had more drops, then recovered. One day they will drop and need months and months to recover. The volatility will continue until trade issues are ironed out, and that may take a long, long time. According to Trump, every damn country in the whole world takes advantage of the US and so every country in the world has to be punished. As long as the US has the attitude that it can smash and bully it’s trading partners I don’t see that happening soon. Many countries do agree that China was doing things it shouldn't do and agreed with Trump’s rhetoric but the methods being used are crude. And the idea that a country with 4.4% of the world’s population but uses up 20 or 25% of the world’s output got to that position by being a patsy on trade is just wrong. Add to that the fact that governments around the world took on huge debt to get out of the 2008 financial crisis. Just wait and see what happens when Italy defaults on it’s debt.
  11. Is anyone still looking for a room in the Hilton in Belfast? A two bed room can be made available from Thursday to Monday (check out Monday) if anyone is interested. kissdbyfire is actually the person with the room, or me.
  12. OMG, man, Worldcon is on Dublin, didn’t you know? :p eta: I see there is rain forecast almost every day for the next week! Bring an umbrella!
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    What should be done... about climate change

    Hyundai is one of the companies coming out with a car with a solar panel on the roof. It doesn’t do much, but every bit helps.
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    comparitive advantage

    Crazy is as crazy does.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    I see from CNN reports that right-wing fucktards across the US are amusing themselves by making threats against Walmart. At least 8 stores have been targeted. In Florida some guy posted he had three days left on probation and would then go out and buy an AR-15, and warned folks not to shop at Walmart next week. He was arrested. Florida, where someone at a Trump rally yelled out ‘shoot ‘em’.