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Tough living in the US right now!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:18 pm    Post subject: Tough living in the US right now! Reply with quote

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Hell is indeed freezing over in the US maybe because the US has become hell to live in - and indeed survive in - since this megalomaniac idiot has become president?

It is very tough to survive right now...

Unemployment at 4.1%, Fourteen minutes ago the Dow Jones Industrial average topped 25.000 points, completing a huge wealth windfall for 50% of the citizens who participate in it...

And those poor people in Brentwood, Long Island where the Attorney General cleared out the MS-13 gang that had killed school girls in torture killings...

Don't forget the further drop in crime rates, even in New York City, run by a "socialist" mayor!

Yeah, it is tough.... Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:56 pm    Post subject: Life is good in the US... for rich white males Reply with quote

I'm sure you enjoy living in the US under Trump, UnMask. You're male and white, the perfect WASP. With money. With a birth certificate proving you've been born in the US. You'll never be a target of the white supremacists that Trump thinks have "nice people" among them. You'll never be overlooked at a restaurant or stopped on the road just because of the color of your skin. This actually happened to a close friend of mine driving in Arkansas.

Life's not so good here for minority people, even if they were born in the States (American Indians, Blacks, second or third generation Asian or Hispanic immigrants) - Nor is it all that good for lower middle-class who risk having their health care taken away.

The stock market doing well does one no good if one doesn't have money to invest.

On the international scene, I'm ashamed that I am actually an American citizen. We've become a laughingstock worldwide. Which wouldn't be so bad if at the same time we weren't provoking protests and riots with stupid decisions, or taunting madmen with nuclear power. Alienating our allies. Insulting them. Relinquishing the leadership of the free world, taking away any prestige we had in the past.

Considering Trump hasn't filled a lot of key positions in his administrations, I'm not sure the fall in crime rate should be credited to him. Plus, he's been inciting violence, both domestically and worldwide.

So, yes, enjoy your status. But don't go sarcastic on us about how good it is to live in what has become a hell, currently frozen over - at least in the East, where Trump is! Rather telling coincidence! wink (No, I'm not suggesting that the weather is divine retribution against Trump - I actually don't have much belief in religion, I'm being facetious.)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:23 am    Post subject: Life is not good for these people Reply with quote

He's Not Ineffective. Trump's Been Quietly Crushing The Working Class
Don’t believe the hype about how Trump can’t get anything done. super grin

Mind you, this is an old video. This was only 100 days into his presidency.

https://youtu.be/bDRu2ORZQNU



"President Donald J. Trump was the recipient of PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year in 2015. Back then, we couldn’t choose one particular claim over another, so we combined them all together and awarded his campaign statements the Lie of the Year. 76 percent of the statements we rated from him at that time were either Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements.

Fast forward to November 8, 2016, when Trump was elected President of the United States. As we do for all politicians, regardless of party affiliation, we prepared to fact-check statements from him and his administration. On only the second day of the Trump administration, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway introduced the American public to what she called "alternative facts," during an interview in which she seemed to reject the factual claim that the size of President Trump’s inauguration crowd on Jan. 20 was smaller than President Barack Obama’s. 99 days later, President Trump has been in office for almost 100 days. We culled through our file of his statements to highlighting seven seriously misleading claims he’s made since the inauguration.”*

Read more here: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-met...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:22 am    Post subject: What could go wrong in 2018 Reply with quote

7 things that could go seriously wrong in 2018
Most parts of the global economy are on the upswing, but there are plenty of currents that could form into a storm in the coming year. 'Trumplosion' ahead? »It might turn out to be a grand year. The newly enacted tax cuts should stoke financial markets and lift the economy in 2018. Job growth is strong, and wages are finally ticking up. It helps that most parts of the global economy are improving in sync, reinforcing the worldwide upswing.

But history has definitively demonstrated the danger of complacency, and investors seem too sanguine. There may be no flashing alerts right now, but there are plenty of currents that could form into a storm with little notice. Here are 7 things that could go wrong in 2018:

1. A Trumplosion. Will President Trump be intact at the White House a year from now? Maybe he will be, with competent leaders such as Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis continuing to manage his more disruptive impulses. Yet Trump is a kind of perpetual-chaos machine who routinely tests his own staying power. His new war with former campaign manager Steve Bannon could split Trump’s alt-right base, at the same time special prosecutor Robert Mueller may be zeroing in on Trump’s inner circle, and perhaps Trump himself. None of this means the House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans, would necessarily vote to impeach Trump. But Trump could be far more embattled in 2018 than he was in 2017, and no president is impervious to political pressure.

If Trump were to leave office for some reason, that wouldn’t necessarily be terrible for markets. Vice President Mike Pence, in line to replace Trump if necessary, might be even friendlier toward businesses and markets than Trump is. The worst-case scenario for investors might be a scandal-plagued year in which Trump fights corruption charges, loses allies and burrows into a political bunker, a la President Nixon in pre-resignation 1974—but doesn’t leave. For Trump critics wondering if Trump could become even more controversial and divisive—yes, he could.

2. An outburst of protectionism. Trump is still working to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, and he is beginning to revive promises (or threats, if you prefer) of slapping trade sanctions on China. Economists have always worried most about Trump’s trade agenda, since the Cold War-era protectionism he favors involves tariffs and other measures that would raise prices and reduce efficiency, and probably harm growth. Trump might impose nominal trade protections on China and Mexico, while declaring victory, moving on and not changing much in reality. Markets would be fine with that. But if Trump followed through on his pledges to disband NAFTA and slap imports on Chinese tariffs, markets would shudder; they’re not used to bad news.

3. Interest-rate shocks. Investors expect the Fed to hike rates three times in 2018, for a total increase of less than 1 percentage point. So even though the Fed is tightening, it’s pulling back on the reins gently. If fresh signs of inflation forced the Fed to act more aggressively, that would be a negative surprise. And rising rates are one factor that can hasten the end of a business-cycle expansion.

4. A bitcoin collapse. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies still probably represent too small a market to harm the broader financial system if there’s a wipeout, as some analysts think is inevitable. But economist Bernard Baumohl of the Economic Outlook Group in Princeton, N.J., believes there’s a 30% chance bitcoin crashes in 2018, with a selloff spreading to other risky assets such as stocks. The higher the value of bitcoin and its ilk go—and the more people who buy in—the greater the risk of fallout if there’s a correction or a crash.

5. A China slowdown. This has become something of a perennial concern, with China always finding a way to manage excessive debt and prevent the kind of overleveraged blowout that kicked off the US financial crisis in 2008. But one of these years, China might miscalculate, or simply run out of controls. It almost happened in late 2015 and early 2016.

6. War in Korea. This would be a catastrophe, with hundreds of thousands dead and potential consequences that include the first use of nuclear weapons since World War II. Maybe that grim outlook helps explain why this hasn’t happened yet.

7. Some of the above. This is probably the biggest risk for 2018—a confluence of problems occurring in a way nobody really foresaw. This is usually how crises develop, since the things that are easiest to predict are usually the easiest to prevent. It’s the unexpected mingling of forces that tends to produce turmoil undetected by regulators, computer models or investors—until it’s too late.

It’s possible, for instance, that bitcoin collapses at the same time inflationary forces intensify and the Fed amps up its rate increases, producing a triple jolt of anxiety. Or Trump could miscalculate the negative impact of new protectionist measures and impose new tariffs on Chinese and Mexican imports, just as the the Chinese economy catches cold and something not on this list amplifies the illness. Or everything might go swimmingly in 2018, which would be just fine.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/go-wrong-2018-230447746.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_14
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:28 am    Post subject: Re: Tough living in the US right now! Reply with quote

UnMask wrote:
inkling7 wrote:
Hell is indeed freezing over in the US maybe because the US has become hell to live in - and indeed survive in - since this megalomaniac idiot has become president?

It is very tough to survive right now...

Unemployment at 4.1%, Fourteen minutes ago the Dow Jones Industrial average topped 25.000 points, completing a huge wealth windfall for 50% of the citizens who participate in it...

And those poor people in Brentwood, Long Island where the Attorney General cleared out the MS-13 gang that had killed school girls in torture killings...

Don't forget the further drop in crime rates, even in New York City, run by a "socialist" mayor!

Yeah, it is tough.... Cool

What was that Voltaire phrase again? "All is best in the best of possible worlds!" Or the French song "Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise!"

Aah, UnMask, sarcasm doesn't make it better. If you really think life is good in the good old US of A under Trump, maybe your siggie shouldn't be an elephant, or even a goose, but an ostrich. shifty
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:00 am    Post subject: People Still Trying to Get In Reply with quote

Du Khach-
Wow, so horrible-
-People are still trying to get in to this horrible place. Look at the southern border.
-When Disney Research closed in Pittsburg last month, people on work visas were desperate to requalify so they wouldn't have to leave. (All were successful.) why?
-all the foreign born members of my extended family are doing just fine.
-black unemployment in U.S. Lowest in 17years. (Because on racism?)

Trump has had no significant effect on crime stats. Parts of the U.S. Have had major cultural changes among the young that have reduced crime, although some cities have 20-40 times the murder rate of NYC.

And lastly Mad keep your Mad disgusting Mad anti-white Mad racism Mad under control. Mad

It will eat your soul and ruin your life....
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:38 am    Post subject: We need some bricks here... Reply with quote

Oh FFS Unmask grow a bloody brain or some commonsense for once in your life....I am white and agree wholeheartedly with Du Khach so why don'y you practice what you preach you fool and stop accusing Du Khach of being racist when you yourself just did then.. You really have a slappable face and god help you if we ever had the misfortune to meet in person because you by your last post just proved what a sick person you are by those little red mad faces you put up several times.... They depict you are mad but just show us that you are mad in a different way like the insane way....Sheesh!!!!

And furthermore stop spouting your inaccurate sources and rubbish and maybe just stick to songwriting in future and taking our Fearless Leader out to lunch because your last post was uncalled for and racist in itself....

Anyone got some bricks handy? I think we need several tonnes of them right now....
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: People Still Trying to Get In Reply with quote

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Du Khach-
Wow, so horrible-
-People are still trying to get in to this horrible place. Look at the southern border.
-When Disney Research closed in Pittsburg last month, people on work visas were desperate to requalify so they wouldn't have to leave. (All were successful.) why?
-all the foreign born members of my extended family are doing just fine.
-black unemployment in U.S. Lowest in 17years. (Because on racism?)

I never said it was "horrible", I said that it's not as paradisiac as you make it sound. It's still a rich country, people from poor countries try to get in and pursue the American Dream.

That the administration in general (I'm not talking about the current occupant of the White House) is not racist doesn't mean that non-white people don't encounter racism and racial profiling in their daily lives.

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Trump has had no significant effect on crime stats. Parts of the U.S. Have had major cultural changes among the young that have reduced crime, although some cities have 20-40 times the murder rate of NYC.

That's what I said, isn't it?

Do you also deny that the Dow Jones doesn't mean much to someone who doesn't have money to invest?

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And lastly Mad keep your Mad disgusting Mad anti-white Mad racism Mad under control. Mad

FYI, my wife is Caucasian (Italian/Canadian), our children are mixed race. Our daughter married a Caucasian too. Tell me one thing I said that shows anti-white racism? I was pointing out racism against non-white people. Like a Caucasian going home to Arkansas with his Hispanic wife and some white trash telling him how nice it is for him to take his cleaning lady out. Like my Asian friend being stopped on the road simply because he's Asian. Like that Black professor in Boston who was arrested unlocking his own door because some cops thought a black man couldn't possibly live in a posh neighborhood.

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It will eat your soul and ruin your life....

My soul is fine, so's my life. But I seem to have hit a nerve with you.

I ask again. What exactly in what I posted can be tagged as "anti-white racism"?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Tough living in the US right now! Reply with quote

dzu wrote:
Aah, UnMask, sarcasm doesn't make it better. If you really think life is good in the good old US of A under Trump, maybe your siggie shouldn't be an elephant, or even a goose, but an ostrich. shifty

I have to agree. UnMask seems blind to realities that don't conform with his views.

He and Du Khach have been going at each other on and off. Somewhere on this site is a post by UnMask saying, and I quote, "F* you, Du Khach!" - Can't remember where it was, or what it was about, but remember seeing it. So maybe he's seeing "anti-white racism" where there is none simply because he's just ready to think badly of whatever DK posts. This is not the first time he's seen something in DK's posts or messages that just isn't there. Pale sigh

inkling7 wrote:
Anyone got some bricks handy? I think we need several tonnes of them right now....

Give some to Angelina, she'll know what to do with them. wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: Your hang up Reply with quote

DK,
You have felt it necessary to bring up "white-ness" before, using personal insults and comments like "a Perfect Wasp".... That's a racist insult. Would you say "a House N:::::"--- no, you wouldn't. Not in a thousand years, (or longer).

You apparently have problems thinking of me without my skin color affecting your thought process.... You couldn't argue statistics, or continue with anecdotal examples (they are worthy), or whatevers....

That, Du Khach, is your racism. I gave you a wake up call.

I posted the Trump/crime comment to let you know I agree with you, but we have only been partially successful.

Yes, we still have racism. We always will. But we have steadily made progress against it. Our government WAS racist, and only in my lifetime was it ameliorated.

I find it refreshing that two people arguing over this have both put racism aside to raise loving families... I admire you for that.

"Only in America" Smile peace
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