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>> No. 14235 Anonymous
21st December 2017
Thursday 11:47 pm
14235 Catalexit Episode 3: Revenge of the Sí
Those pesky Catalans have been voting again.

The main pro-Leave alliance has picked up 66 seats, one short of a majority. As before, they could get CUP on board, since they also support independence, but they're a bit like the Kippers of the independentist movement - they're anti-EU populists, whereas nationalists have been quite vocal about securing an independent Catalonia within the EU. However, because Vice-President Junqueras pulled the Republican Left (ERC) out of fugitive President Puigdemont's united front (JxSi/JxCat), neither is the single largest party. That honour, together with the privilege of getting first crack at forming a government, goes to the pro-Remain liberal Citizens' Party (Cs), though that'll be difficult if the big pro-Leave parties won't put the status issue aside to work with them.

tl;dr: It's popcorn time in Barcelona again
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>> No. 14291 Anonymous
29th December 2017
Friday 3:44 am
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>>14290
Companies dying is not necessarily a bad thing.
>> No. 14292 Anonymous
29th December 2017
Friday 5:45 am
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>>14291
It is if you're working for one of them at the time.
>> No. 14293 Anonymous
29th December 2017
Friday 7:51 am
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>>14290
There tends to be more companies going bust when the economy is doing well, as more people are tempted to try and run their own business.
>> No. 14294 Anonymous
29th December 2017
Friday 12:01 pm
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>>14293
Maybe now, but the peak in 1992 was during bad times was it not?
My expectation would be that lots of people start in the good times, then struggle on for a bit until the bad times come. For 1992, my completely speculative guess would be lots of people/companies who got into housing-related stuff during the Lawson boom suddenly found they weren't in sustainable circumstances when the music stopped.
>> No. 14295 Anonymous
29th December 2017
Friday 1:16 pm
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>My expectation would be that lots of people start in the good times, then struggle on for a bit until the bad times come.

The thing is that during times of considerable economic growth, the market is forgiving towards those that don't allocate resources efficiently. Healthy growth rates can overshadow the fact that somebody who starts their own company or business might not really have the required business acumen to survive long-term. You may be making good money from the word go, but again, there are times when turning a profit is like shooting fish in a barrel. It is usually when growth rates and revenues in an industry decrease that the market will shake out those again who aren't using their resources efficiently enough. If you survive your first recession with your newly founded business, then that might be an indication that your business is here to stay. There is such a thing as Darwinian selection in the business world, where startups (but also established companies) will only survive if they are among the fittest, and where frequent catastrophes will hone the survival skills of those who make it past such a catastrophe. Just look at all those dotcom companies. Only a scarce handful of them survived the Internet boom of the late 1990s. The overwhelming majority of them really had no sound business model whatsoever, they had often quite harebrained business ideas, and they were really just along for the ride, because banks and other investors where throwing huge amounts of money at you if you even so much as had a fancy sounding, portmanteau-derived name and your business plan mentioned the words "New Economy", "Internet", "e-commerce", or ".com".

One prominent term in those days was the cash burn rate. It signified the rate at which you were burning through your liquid assets that had been injected into your pseudo company by giddy banks and stock investors who believed the lie. There are stories of startup founders using that money to fly to New York on the Concorde for lunch and champagne, and then back the same night. Just because they could, with the money that banks and investors had entrusted in them. While they were really not (or not yet) turning a single penny of profit on their actual business model. And really ended up not ever turning a penny of profit.

Boom phases are typically also when a successful change of career for somebody who has worked in industry x but wants to work in industry y is most likely. In recessions, you often have people wanting to retrain because nobody is hiring in their line of work, but it's really at times when the economy is booming, or beginning to boom that you should think about a career change. Because at some point, the existing resources in an industry, including skilled and eperienced workers and employees, will be operating at their maximum capacity, and because there will be no more trained personnel to hire, employers will be ready to make compromises and hire people who haven't worked in a particular field before as such. Going back to the Internet boom again, there were times when advertising agencies were so desperately looking for people who could compose web pages that it was enough if you had spent a few weekends at home teaching yourself HTML and had a cursory understanding of graphics design from fiddling around with a pirated copy of Photoshop.

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>> No. 14213 Anonymous
16th December 2017
Saturday 12:32 pm
14213 Heinz Woolf, rip
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42378765

I used to adore The Great Egg Race - it was one of those Friday evening, BBC2 events that any thinking person used to watch (see also, The Adventure Game).

They don't seem to make programs like this anymore - I guess Scrapheap Challenge is the nearest. WHY?
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>> No. 14227 Anonymous
17th December 2017
Sunday 11:01 pm
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Yeah, like, if they were building a vehicle that needed an engine, they would find exactly the kind they needed in perfect working order in the destroyed shell of a car, obviously planted there by the producers.
>> No. 14228 Anonymous
18th December 2017
Monday 12:13 am
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I mean, I'm sure there was plenty of fuckery going on, but you'll find plenty of working engines in real life scrapyards.
>> No. 14230 Anonymous
18th December 2017
Monday 1:31 pm
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>>14224

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKPz583WRpQ

Your future is already here. I think a celebrity version of this would work really well.
>> No. 14231 Anonymous
18th December 2017
Monday 4:49 pm
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>>14224
>they'd quite like to see Christopher Biggins cut his thumb off with a reciprocating saw or one of the cheeky girls setting fire to herself with an acetylene torch.

I'd watch it.

Maybe this is how Gladiators got started in ancient Rome; first came the struggling remake with an outdated format, then they got C-list celebrities in to perform ever more extreme bush-tucker challenges for the ratings.
>> No. 14232 Anonymous
20th December 2017
Wednesday 9:04 pm
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One time they had to make zepplin/hot air balloons, and a team just happened to look in a car boot and find huge sheets of some fucking silvery aeronautical tarpaulin stuff to craft into a balloon.

You just have to picture the real life situation where a man chucked his car away, then got home all like 'Oh crumbs, I forgot that NASA UFO bedsheet shit I drove a falling apart car many hours away to buy from some kind of specialist source. I can afford only to buy a new car, or new UFO clingfilm, but not both.'

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>> No. 14038 Anonymous
19th November 2017
Sunday 3:33 pm
14038 zimbabwe
Don't worry lads, the next guy is going to be great.
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>> No. 14175 Anonymous
6th December 2017
Wednesday 12:21 am
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>> No. 14176 Anonymous
6th December 2017
Wednesday 12:21 am
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>> No. 14177 Anonymous
6th December 2017
Wednesday 3:08 pm
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I'm going to miss his occasional bouts of hilarity.
>> No. 14178 Anonymous
7th December 2017
Thursday 7:13 pm
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>>14174

>Wearing a suit adorned with your own face

Teach me Robert.
>> No. 14212 Anonymous
13th December 2017
Wednesday 8:19 pm
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>>14178

Say what you want, that's how you fuckin' represent as the ruler of a nation. With a brightly coloured suit with your own face on it.

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>> No. 14151 Anonymous
1st December 2017
Friday 11:07 am
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>Iranian teen 'undergoes FIFTY surgeries' and drops to 40kg in catastrophic bid to look like Angelina Jolie

>An Iranian teen has amassed a massive online following after sharing her catastrophic journey to looking like her idol, Angelina Jolie.

>Once looking like a normal woman, the die-hard fan appears to have gone to town on her nose, cheeks and eyes, while dieting "for months" so dramatically her weight has plummeted to a very unhealthy "40 kilograms", according to website Al Arabiya .
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>> No. 14164 Anonymous
1st December 2017
Friday 6:19 pm
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I don't quite see the point of photoshopping a picture of yourself showing off your newly crafted non-resemblance to Angelina Jolie, and then making yourself look like the aforementioned Dawn of the Dead exta.

It's just a shame that somebody would do all that. Whatever she looked like before, I am sure she was just about as pretty as they come at age 19. My perspective on that kind of thing, just having hit middle age myself a few years ago, is that hardly anybody is actually ugly at that age. When you get into your 40s, anybody who doesn't have wrinkles and grey hair looks stunning to you. Yes, age 40 is when many people only begin to have all their plastic surgery. But even though I have aged somewhat well for my age, I would never consider it. Because inside, I would still be no different to the way I was before, the same as that 19-year-old girl will still be the person inside who took all this upon herself just to become somebody she will never be.

Profound shit, eh?
>> No. 14165 Anonymous
1st December 2017
Friday 6:36 pm
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>>14164
I'm guessing it was just a random selfie with a zombie filter on she sent to her friends then people started sharing it under the assumption it's how she actually looks.
>> No. 14166 Anonymous
1st December 2017
Friday 7:34 pm
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>>14164

Not really because it's not real, you senile berk.
>> No. 14167 Anonymous
1st December 2017
Friday 11:53 pm
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>>14166

>Not really because it's not real, you senile berk.

Call me a senile berk all you want, and I am probably actually in the process of becoming one a little bit more with each day that passes. But I am right.

Now, where have I put my Voltarol... my back is killing me again tonight...
>> No. 14168 Anonymous
2nd December 2017
Saturday 12:31 am
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Assuming it's real, there was a picture of her pre-ops in the Mirror and she was pretty gorgeous.

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>> No. 13961 Anonymous
12th November 2017
Sunday 12:15 pm
13961 Gove: Dunno, lol
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/12/michael-gove-jailed-briton-iran-nazanin-zaghari-

>Michael Gove has risked inflaming the situation of a British mother imprisoned in Iran by saying that he does not know what she was doing in the country, in contradiction of the government’s official position that she was there on holiday.

>The environment secretary’s comments on the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe follow outrage from her family earlier this week after Boris Johnson said she was in Tehran training journalists. The remarks were seized upon by the Iranian state media as a “confession” and are believed to have left her facing an additional five years in prison.

>Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family have already said that Boris Johnson’s comments were inaccurate and place her at further risk. Her employers say she had not taken part in the training of journalists.

How do you get from stabbing Johnson right between the shoulders, to selling out a British citizen in Iranian prison to cover for him? Being a Tory minister must be hard.
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>> No. 14080 Anonymous
26th November 2017
Sunday 5:58 pm
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>>14079
Well if the Iranians say she's guilty, it must be true.
>> No. 14081 Anonymous
26th November 2017
Sunday 6:10 pm
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>>14080
This has been known for a long time - there is no secret that in the past she has worked for BBC Persian.

Iranian TV has used old evidence to manufacture a breaking news story and the Mirror for its part is playing it up to sell its own campaign to have Boris sacked.
>> No. 14082 Anonymous
26th November 2017
Sunday 6:19 pm
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>>14081
>This has been known for a long time - there is no secret that in the past she has worked for BBC Persian.
Precisely. It's not anything new and, more importantly, it's not evidence that she wasn't on holiday at the time she was stopped any more than my being in a public space near my old office is evidence that I'm moonlighting.

>and the Mirror for its part is playing it up to sell its own campaign to have Boris sacked.
To be fair, he's utterly shit at the job and the only reason he's still got it is effectively office politics.
>> No. 14083 Anonymous
26th November 2017
Sunday 8:17 pm
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>>13961
Maybe everyone would care more if she weren't a filthy Persian.
>> No. 14084 Anonymous
26th November 2017
Sunday 8:21 pm
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>>14079
If only she were white.

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>> No. 13850 Anonymous
5th November 2017
Sunday 6:35 pm
13850 Paradise Papers
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/paradise-papers-leak-reveals-secrets-of-world-elites-hidden-wealth

>The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive – and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth.

>Millions of pounds from the Queen’s private estate has been invested in a Cayman Islands fund – and some of her money went to a retailer accused of exploiting poor families and vulnerable people.

>Extensive offshore dealings by Donald Trump’s cabinet members, advisers and donors, including substantial payments from a firm co-owned by Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law to the shipping group of the US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross.

Deja vu, anyone?
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>> No. 14062 Anonymous
23rd November 2017
Thursday 3:21 pm
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>>14061

Sounds like the government don't get it, either.

Correct me if I'm wrong...but aren't people filing for bankruptcy likely to have no money? Do you have to have an income to do it?
>> No. 14063 Anonymous
23rd November 2017
Thursday 4:50 pm
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>>14062
Respectable people are dead broke long before they run out of their last £500 of credit, which as was just pointed out would be written off anyway.
>> No. 14064 Anonymous
23rd November 2017
Thursday 4:58 pm
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>>14063

What do you mean? Surely 'dead broke' means 'no money', right?

If you're bankrupt when you're down to your last grand in the current account then I was bankrupt for most of my early twenties.
>> No. 14065 Anonymous
23rd November 2017
Thursday 6:40 pm
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> it's a creditor's own stupid fault if they lent money to someone who can't afford to repay it

Quite, and the great-great-great uncle in question here was apparently not stupid, didn't give out unsecured loans, and thus got very rich.

Cunts like Wonga are giving out unsecured loans because it's for petty amounts to people who likely have nothing worth repossessing anyway. They'd have you sign over your firstborn for indentured servitude as collateral if they could get away with it.
>> No. 14066 Anonymous
23rd November 2017
Thursday 11:15 pm
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>>14065

So I asked my grandparents again about my loan shark ancestor. If £1m in early 1900s money was £80 in today's money, then surely that can't be. Although he got some starting capital from his forebears, you don't just amass personal wealth the size of a major company's balance sheet in the short time until your death at age 28ish. Unless you're Mark Zuckerberg. But oh well.

So my grandparents did say that that money would be worth around one million in today's money, not early 1900s. So we're talking about liquid assets of some £12,000 to £13,000 in 1915. Still, together with the land that was sold off subsequently by later generations, nobody in the family starved.

>and the great-great-great uncle in question here was apparently not stupid, didn't give out unsecured loans, and thus got very rich.

Nobody who will give you a sizeable amount of money will do so without collateral. Even if you want to buy a car for £10K, somewhere in the loan agreement, it will say that if you default on your payments, the bank has the right to take possession of that car and have it sold off to cover your debt.

My great-great-great-uncle's stroke of luck came with a slump in land prices in the early-early 1900s. The more that the price for land was slipping, the more land he could take as collateral. And haggle the price down even further, because there were no buyers in that tight market. And then sell the land for a higher price as the market was recovering, but not only that, he had also leased land back to farmers in between acquiring it and selling it, so he was making money off them doubly.

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>> No. 13807 Anonymous
31st October 2017
Tuesday 12:12 am
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>EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Spacey's father was 'Nazi child rapist' who hated Jews and sexually abused his own son for years - and their mother knew, claims actor's brother

I don't... even know... where to begin...
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>> No. 13965 Anonymous
12th November 2017
Sunday 12:55 pm
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>>13960
I've seen it in that tranny porn I accidentally clicked on that one time. It seems awkward and risky but doable, apparently.
>> No. 13966 Anonymous
12th November 2017
Sunday 12:59 pm
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>>13965
That looks like the symbol of a secret society.
>> No. 13967 Anonymous
12th November 2017
Sunday 1:10 pm
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>>13965

>accidentally clicked on that one time

But you never inhaled right?
No one would question or give your taste a second thought but for the fact that you felt that you needed to justify your knowledge with an excuse. Now I think you are a closet case.
>> No. 13968 Anonymous
12th November 2017
Sunday 1:11 pm
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>>13965

>in that tranny porn I accidentally clicked on that one time

Lad.


>>13966

>That looks like the symbol of a secret society.

Yes, it's the Friends of Dorothy, don't you know.
>> No. 14040 Anonymous
20th November 2017
Monday 6:00 pm
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Morrissey has come out in support of Spacey.

I think he's only trolling himself by this point.

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>> No. 13979 Anonymous
13th November 2017
Monday 2:40 pm
13979 Geldof is a twat
>Bob Geldof has said he will return his Freedom of the City of Dublin in protest against the Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who also holds the award.

>Mr Geldof said "her association with our city shames us all". Ms Suu Kyi has faced heavy criticism over her failure to address allegations of ethnic cleansing against Myanmar's Rohingya eskimos.

>Reacting to Mr Geldof's announcement, Lord Mayor Micheal Mac Donnacha of Dublin City Council said on Monday: "I find it ironic that he makes this gesture while proudly retaining his title as Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, given the shameful record of British imperialism across the globe."

Hahahaha, well quite.
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>> No. 14033 Anonymous
18th November 2017
Saturday 3:36 pm
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>>14032
Sandwiches made of hair that you can eat and put on head.
>> No. 14034 Anonymous
18th November 2017
Saturday 3:44 pm
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>>14032
See >>14031.
>> No. 14035 Anonymous
18th November 2017
Saturday 4:33 pm
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>>14032
Drones are for dropping bombs, not food.
>> No. 14036 Anonymous
18th November 2017
Saturday 4:46 pm
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>>14035

What about a compromise; drones that drop Pop Rocks?
>> No. 14037 Anonymous
18th November 2017
Saturday 5:15 pm
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>>14033

We'll aid drop ever lasting gobstoppers that was orginally designed for children with very little pocket money

And we'll give exploding candy to the warlords.

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>> No. 13682 Anonymous
8th October 2017
Sunday 4:52 pm
13682 Neg holes beware!
https://www.independent.co.uk/california-hiv-infecting-felony-misdemeanor-a7988261.html

>California just reduced the penalty for knowingly exposing someone to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanour.

>Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that also covers blood donors who did not disclose to a blood bank that they are HIV-positive.

>“HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law,” the LA Times reported.

>“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” on of the co-sponsors of the bill Democratic State Senator Scott Wiener said.

>Mr Wiener said the law finally treats HIV like any other infectious disease.

>The current law requires an element of intent to be proved in order for a felony charge. Mr Wiener said it discourages people from even getting tested for HIV so that the element of intent is not present and they do not risk a felony charge.

>He said this new law will actually end new HIV infections because instead of threatening people with jail time, the state is providing an opportunity to get tested and access necessary medical care.
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>> No. 13764 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 6:36 pm
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>>13763
Yes.

>>13761
I'm not racist, but I generally don't like brown people.
>> No. 13765 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 6:57 pm
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>>13764

>I'm not racist, but

Ah, mirth.
>> No. 13766 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 7:38 pm
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>>13765
Does that make you feel good?
>> No. 13767 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 7:40 pm
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>>13765

Why the hell do you keep replying to him? Just call his posts "BRILLIANT" and ignore the wanker.
>> No. 13768 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 12:43 pm
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>>13767

Brilliant then.

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>> No. 13618 Anonymous
2nd October 2017
Monday 10:52 pm
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Really, .gs? No thread yet?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41466116
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>> No. 13677 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 9:58 pm
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>>13676
I didn't realise maths was a field requiring independent thought.
>> No. 13678 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 10:13 pm
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>>13677

Maybe it isn't. It can't hurt to practice your theoretical thinking skills though.

And maths could be well be called the supreme form of theoretical thinking. People who are shit at it often also can't process complex thought well.
>> No. 13679 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 10:24 pm
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A few days after when facts emerge. The NRA response has been to campaign for a tightening on modifications that allow effective automatic firing.

>In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.
https://home.nra.org/joint-statement

Certainly seems better thought out than offering your condolences and then immediately listing off hypotheticals.
>> No. 13680 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 10:58 pm
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>listing off hypotheticals.
Thank fuck nobody's been doing that then, right?
>> No. 13681 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 11:10 pm
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>The NRA response has been to campaign for a tightening on modifications that allow effective automatic firing.
No, they're doing no such thing. Read the statement again. They're looking for some detail that will let them engage their usual tactic of othering the shooter. If their response is to "campaign for" anything, it's the bit about concealed carry reciprocity, which appears to have been tacked on the end for no reason whatsoever.

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>> No. 13607 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 11:14 am
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>> No. 13609 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 7:49 pm
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G'NIGHT CHUCK

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>> No. 13129 Anonymous
8th August 2017
Tuesday 8:02 pm
13129 North Korea and the inevitable even bigger mess, maybe
So what's happening with North Korea, in you pair's opinion? Frankly, I'm not convinced they even have a nuclear weapon, let alone the miniaturised warhead that's been reported, from a single source, today. However, I'm wildly cynical and hopelessly gullible in equal measure, so what do I know?
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>> No. 13591 Anonymous
18th September 2017
Monday 12:36 am
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Stop talking bollocks lads. I can't wait for nukes to start flying.
>> No. 13592 Anonymous
18th September 2017
Monday 12:37 pm
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>>13587
I should remind you that any attack on China (or NK if it matters) would also be conditional upon Seoul's consent as would even having American forces stationed in the North. While North Korea is undeniably somewhat of an asset for China it is also an incredible strategic liability these days which is why we can see China increasingly assenting to international sanctions that even a few months ago would've been unthinkable.

Without wanting to repeat myself, you have to consider the long-term impacts of North Korean belligerence for instance in Japan's debate over a more forward defence posture or public support in South Korea for nuclear deterrence. These are bad developments for China and it demonstrates that this isn't such an easy strategic calculation. Indeed, the opinion stated the Global Times (the mouthpiece of the regime) is that China will be neutral in the event of a North Korean first strike drawing at least one clear red line.

Anyway, to move back to the topic of the thread we have seen over the past few months the US gaining increasing leverage over the North through international sanctions and flyovers by nuclear bombers. This I think is eventually where this will end with a negotiated climb down, at the moment Kim is demanding an end to all joint-exercises in return for a promise to end nuclear tests, that isn't going to happen but as time goes on the US is gaining more and more leverage to make its own demands.

>They're already facing chronic threats on their borders with Russia, India and laplanderstan

There is literally only one of those that represents a chronic threat. China settled its border with Russia in the 90s and laplanderstan is a long-term ally which while somewhat unstable represents no threat to China itself and is a grateful anchor to it's silk road.

>>13591
You' know we will probably look back on this in a few years time and be amazed that we ever took the POTUS twitter account as a place for serious policy announcements. I guess he is at least helping the American gutterpress industry.
>> No. 13593 Anonymous
18th September 2017
Monday 8:51 pm
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>>13592
Who knows, maybe it will set a precedent. I can certainly understand a desire to bypass the media and speak directly to the people, even if this is the worst possible manifestation of that sentiment.
>> No. 13594 Anonymous
19th September 2017
Tuesday 12:47 am
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That is probably the only game-changing part of the Trump presidency in my view. He's fucking useless, but in the future, many leaders will feel like they can use social media with no filter whatsoever. That's the cleverest part of what he has done.
>> No. 13596 Anonymous
19th September 2017
Tuesday 2:08 am
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>>13594
Let's not pretend it was clever.

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>> No. 13259 Anonymous
14th August 2017
Monday 3:20 pm
13259 Big Ben's bongs to fall silent until 2021 for repairs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40922169

TEACON 3.
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>> No. 13454 Anonymous
29th August 2017
Tuesday 12:09 pm
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>>13453
Because you haven't made reference to any specific 'colonial law' that was repealed in 1948 that governed Britain's relationship with America or any other country.

I mean
>Britain gave up its status as a colonial power in 1948
doesn't mean anything. How did it do this? Did it officially notify the United Nations of its intention to stop pillaging the world? Was there a treaty between Britain and the Commonwealth nations? What, specifically, happened?
>> No. 13455 Anonymous
29th August 2017
Tuesday 1:57 pm
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>>13452
>That's not a good example, as the Sexual Offences Act mainly consisted of a noticeable tightening of certain laws, and actually made illegal for the first time things that used to be legal.
That doesn't matter. Acts committed before the date it came into effect continued to be prosecuted under the old Act, because that's what was in force at the time. The authorities couldn't retroactively apply the new law because Parliament hadn't made it retroactive (which is possible but rare). Serial offenders whose acts crossed the boundaries were charged under both Acts, depending on when the individual offences were alleged to have occurred.

The reason we don't prosecute gay pensioners isn't because we repealed the law concerned, it's because such a thing is no longer considered acceptable in isolation. Turing isn't a particularly good example because the police had good reason to go after him and his prosecution for gross indecency was an example of that fine police tradition of "ways and means" - it was vindictive rather than discriminatory.
>> No. 13456 Anonymous
29th August 2017
Tuesday 3:57 pm
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>>13453
>The American revolution was an illegal act under colonial law. But with the legal framework having been repealed, after 1948, it didn't matter anymore.

The lack of recognition for Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence (which heavily borrowed from the US) says otherwise. Indeed, the British government had an explicit policy of 'no independence before majority rule' which throws a spanner in the idea that states can just up and leave.

The reason the US is now recognised as a sovereign state by the British government is down to Article 1 of the Treaty of Paris 1783.
>> No. 13457 Anonymous
30th August 2017
Wednesday 3:34 pm
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I'm kind of forced to conclude that >>13447 / >>13453 doesn't know what he's talking about and nothing, in fact, happened of significance in 1948.
>> No. 13458 Anonymous
30th August 2017
Wednesday 11:11 pm
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>>13457

My grandad was born

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>> No. 13335 Anonymous
19th August 2017
Saturday 3:49 pm
13335 US eclipse expected to draw crowd of millions
http://news.sky.com/story/us-eclipse-expected-to-draw-crowd-of-millions-10995001

>Great American Eclipse

Ah, lovely.
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>> No. 13400 Anonymous
21st August 2017
Monday 6:00 pm
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>>13335
A colleague of mine in Charleston, South Carolina, reported to me today that the local media was advising people to look out for "paranormal activity" during the eclipse. Seriously.
>> No. 13401 Anonymous
21st August 2017
Monday 6:13 pm
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>>13400
And yet the sun never manages to set on "Pax" Americana. It's amazing really.
>> No. 13438 Anonymous
23rd August 2017
Wednesday 5:01 pm
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>>13400
>the local media was advising people to look out for "paranormal activity" during the eclipse

I don't know if it's just my general prejudice against Murrikins, but I have no trouble believing that at all.

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