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I read the news today (oh boy) - Current world events
14 December 2013
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Mandela brought out the worst in the racists and the best in everyone else.

As a Canadian, it's a grim hobby of mine to follow American politics.  I find it amazing that Americans have allowed what essentially amounts to the 1980 Libertarian Party to hijack their country and influence public opinion very gradually and effectively for the last 30 years to the point that a vast majority of voters cast ballots against their own self-interests.

It's mind-boggling that Republican mouthpieces have the audacity to rail against the POPE (of all people) for condemning greed and helping the poor.  I never thought in 2013 I'd see such a tragic future for America.

 

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15 December 2013
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I am watching the beginning of the build-up to Madiba's funeral. The army contingent are going in at the moment, led by a military band playing The Dambusters! I suppose if anyone can be said to have broken a dam, Madiba fits the bill! We are lucky to have been given such a remarkable man, and we can only hope that those following him do better than they have been. This world has far too many who are called heroes, and I often waste the word myself, but today we say goodbye to somebody who truly deserves to be called a hero.

I thank you, Madiba. May your rest be peaceful. You were so much more than we deserved.

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15 December 2013
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It's a sad loss to the world, but at least it wasn't a shock to us or, more importantly, his family. He is at peace now heart

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

15 December 2013
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Well, he had a very long life. Too many have been cut short. JFK, MLK, John, the list goes on and on. He lived a long time and it's really good to see. I hope I live that long. You will be missed, Nelson Mandela. 

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17 December 2013
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Here's a good one, "the Ringo analagy"!

There is a court case that has been going on the US about the NSA's collection of online data about people, and whether it breaks the US Constitution. A ruling was handed down today by Judge Richard Leon, deciding that it broke the fourth amendment. Obviously, it will be appealed, but this part of his ruling, responding to part of the NSA's defence, included this gem:

"The Government obviously wants me to infer that the NSA may not have collected records from Verizon Wireless (or perhaps any other [non-Verizon] entity, such as AT&T and Sprint. Curiously, the Government makes this argument at the same time it is describing in its pleadings a bulk metadata collection program that can function only because it 'creates a historical repository that permits retrospective analysis of terrorist-related communications across multiple telecommunications networks.' Put simply, the Government wants it both ways.

"To draw an analogy, if the NSA's program operates the way the Government suggests it does, then omitting Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint from the collection would be like omitting John, Paul, and George from a historical analysis of the Beatles. A Ringo-only database doesn't make any sense, and I cannot believe the Government would create, maintain, and so ardently defend such a system."

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11 March 2014
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*bump!*

 

So there's lots going on in the world lately.  To refresh this thread a little, please tell us something that's going on in your village, town, city, province, state, country on continent.

Here in Canada, we're dealing once again with the Province of Quebec and the issue of its sovereignty.  A very quick primer:  Quebec (in general) sees itself as a distinct French society that exists within the framework of the country of Canada.  And a bunch of them want to separate from our great land in order to solidify their identity and heritage.

On the plus side, they would solidify their identity and heritage.

On the negative side, they would essentially isolate the Eastern Provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  And they want to continue to use all of Canada's resources and social programs.  And it would just wreck the awesomeness of Canada.

 

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11 March 2014
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Not much where i am.

The Scottish Referendum is the main focus but it just consists of lots of arguments of "we will be far better off on our own because . . ." claims by the Yes Campaigners which are replied with "no you wouldn't because. . ." by those on the No side of the debate. Its rather tedious and dull.

Oh, a large countdown clock was unveiled in Glasgow Central Station for the Commonwealth Games which we have in the Summer. But we got the number of days to go slightly wrong. Well, it relieved the boredom.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
11 March 2014
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As you likely know, Scotland will see a referendum later this year to decide if they remain a part of the United Kingdom. I would be very sad if they decide to leave. The Scots have always had a strange autonomy within the Union – different legal system for example, and have been given more in recent years with their own Parliament.

What really bugs me is how those who want independence want to have their cake and eat it! There is an argument over currency for instance. Though just a few years back they were declaring one of the arguments for independence was to get rid of the pound (sterling) because it was a yoke around their neck, now they want to keep it. But all the UK parties have said no to a currency union. Why would the rest of the UK want to stand as "lender of last resort" to an independent country? Especially considering we have refused to join the Euro.

They claim it would have no affect on movement of people, but what happens if the rest of the UK decides to leave the European Union in a couple of years (we are promised a referendum in 2017), and an independent Scotland stays part of it? Europe has free movement of people. Were we to leave, there would obviously need to be a border. You couldn't have people using Scotland as a borderless way to gain entry. Hadrian's Wall would be rebuilt.

I hate the way those arguing for independence are claiming they will get it as they want it, despite the rest of us saying that it won't be like that. Everybody keeps asking what their Plan B is, and they just keep denying one will ever needed, because we will accede to their wish list.

I don't think so!

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12 March 2014
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SatanHimself said
*bump!*

 

So there's lots going on in the world lately.  To refresh this thread a little, please tell us something that's going on in your village, town, city, province, state, country on continent.

Here in Canada, we're dealing once again with the Province of Quebec and the issue of its sovereignty.  A very quick primer:  Quebec (in general) sees itself as a distinct French society that exists within the framework of the country of Canada.  And a bunch of them want to separate from our great land in order to solidify their identity and heritage.

On the plus side, they would solidify their identity and heritage.

On the negative side, they would essentially isolate the Eastern Provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  And they want to continue to use all of Canada's resources and social programs.  And it would just wreck the awesomeness of Canada.

 

I love your last sentence!  Exactly!!  They would leave a big gaping hole in our country too and like you said, isolate the Eastern Provinces and vice versa.  This has been going on for decades with them (Quebec).  I think it would be a shame if they ever go, however, they cant have their cake and eat it too.  They want to "use" Canada when it suits them, but become independent.  

If they were to leave, would we remain a bilingual country?

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

12 March 2014
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@HeyTrud Hey Trud! Seems we have similar thoughts about cake!

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12 March 2014
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Is Quebec listening to Alex Salmond or is it the other way round?

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
12 March 2014
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Have to be the other way 'round – there've been two referendums on the matter already, in 1980 and 1995, plus a more limited one in 1992. (All failed.)

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12 March 2014
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vonbontee said
Have to be the other way 'round – there've been two referendums on the matter already, in 1980 and 1995, plus a more limited one in 1992. (All failed.)

 

Yes!  We have been hearing this from Quebec for over 30 years…each referendum has failed.  I would hate to see them leave, but at the same time, I'm sick of their whining!! 

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12 March 2014
4.20pm
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There's been a building collapse in Harlem, New York, following what looks like a gas explosion, leaving at least two dead.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl…..a-26549431

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12 March 2014
5.45pm
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I was reading about that over at CNN, and then I happened upon the comment section…

Why do these sites even have comment sections in the first place?  It literally brings out the worst people in the world.

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12 March 2014
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From what I've seen, most sites close the comments section overnight, while the moderators aren't keeping their eye on it – which pretty much tells you what you need to know. I've seen some arguments as pointless as the ones you get on youtube.

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12 March 2014
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Horrible.

By the way, what do you guys think about this Malaysian plane? I think it probably crashed in the ocean, though I can't imagine why it went 100 miles off course then turned back around and crossed over Malaysia again. 

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12 March 2014
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I'd be prone to say it crashed somewhere in the sea however the last message from the pilot (or co-pilot), just before it disappeared, was everything was fine and there was no mayday or anything before it went down which there should have been time for. Obviously there could have been a cataclysmic failure in the electrics wiping out the chance of such a call but it does seem strange.

 

The latest news is that possible debris of the plane could have been found in the South China Sea.

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13 March 2014
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meanmistermustard said
I'd be prone to say it crashed somewhere in the sea however the last message from the pilot (or co-pilot), just before it disappeared, was everything was fine and there was no mayday or anything before it went down which there should have been time for. Obviously there could have been a cataclysmic failure in the electrics wiping out the chance of such a call but it does seem strange.

 

The latest news is that possible debris of the plane could have been found in the South China Sea.

 

I find this story incredible with all our "modern-day-technology".  How does a plane disappear?

I was just reading the "latest" and they are saying the debris found in the South China Sea does not appear to be "plane debris"…but who knows? 

Quite the mystery!!

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13 March 2014
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Right? They lost jet. 

JET! Woooooo!

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