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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaw View Post
    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/lat...pia-Seychelles

    Warnings of ‘GLOBAL OUTBREAK’ of Black Death as PLAGUE continues to spread

    Some 1,300 cases of the pneumonic plague, which is transmitted by air, have now been confirmed.

    An estimated 50 million lives were lost as a result of the Black Death epidemic of the 1300s.

    And now the deadly disease has spread into more African countries after taking root in Madagascar.

    Countries affected include South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion.

    So far, the virus has killed 124 people and infected around 1,300, but scientists say this figure will definitely rise.

    The World Health Organisation, which has been working with Madagascar’s Ministry of Health, has warned the risk of the epidemic spreading is “high”.

    "Plague, though terrifying, is nothing new in Madagascar, where about 600 cases are reported annually," the organisation said on its website.

    But officials said while "health officials couldn't explain it", the plague is different this time.
    No ban on people from Madagascar yet?

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    Venezulan minimum monthly income of 197500 Bolivar now equals just over 1 cent American per hour of work.
    "State power feeds on crisis and enemies"

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    http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2017/10/26...ental-disorder




    This is some seriously ****ed up ****. Muslim from Saudi Arabia slashes a woman's throat with a knife and tries to murder her after listening to an audio version of the Quran. The judge found him not guilty saying he was temporarily insane. The kicker to me is that the prosecution even advocated he be found not guilty.......... wtf Canadia. I hope they lynch that mother****er and hang him from a tree outside a mosque to send them a message that this won't be tolerated.
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    Water smugglers? How ****ing low are we as a society that bringing water across a border is a crime. Good lord send the SWAT team someone is attempting to smuggle water.
    "State power feeds on crisis and enemies"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajunrevenge View Post




    Water smugglers? How ****ing low are we as a society that bringing water across a border is a crime. Good lord send the SWAT team someone is attempting to smuggle water.
    This is precisely where we're headed thanks to the untold horrors we've wrought upon the North American West and the globe at large.
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    I hope you guys realize that video is satire lol.
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    Good. Its getting harder to tell these days.
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    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/c...7-d1b2efaf80f8

    Figment of my imagination. Nothing to do with Islam or mass migration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thethe View Post
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/c...7-d1b2efaf80f8

    Figment of my imagination. Nothing to do with Islam or mass migration.
    Unfortunately this isn't the first time Germany has held this title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahomahawk View Post
    Unfortunately this isn't the first time Germany has held this title.
    It's always Germanys fault. Somehow...someway

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    Quote Originally Posted by thethe View Post
    It's always Germanys fault. Somehow...someway
    You know I don't totally disagree with your take on radical Islam, though to be honest I do think you get a little carried away with it sometimes (which is still totally your right to do) but I have a question that the answer to will go along with your point about Germany.

    When the Russians had surrounded Berlin in 1945 and the German forces were fighting to the death against the Russian invaders, mostly SS guys and those German forces who had the misfortune of getting stuck there when the Russians surrounded the city, there was one other force of fanatical fighters who stayed with the Germans there pretty much to the end. Wanna guess who they were?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahomahawk View Post
    You know I don't totally disagree with your take on radical Islam, though to be honest I do think you get a little carried away with it sometimes (which is still totally your right to do) but I have a question that the answer to will go along with your point about Germany.

    When the Russians had surrounded Berlin in 1945 and the German forces were fighting to the death against the Russian invaders, mostly SS guys and those German forces who had the misfortune of getting stuck there when the Russians surrounded the city, there was one other force of fanatical fighters who stayed with the Germans there pretty much to the end. Wanna guess who they were?
    The connections between Islam and nazi Germany have been researched and discussed many times. It's well known there were 'silent' agreements as they were both trying to achieve the same goals.

    We are seeing a similar partnership in Europe now between antifa and ISIS.

    I get that I come across as bigoted when I talk about the evils of Islam. Thsee beliefs I have were not taught to me by anyone. All you have to do is read some news reporting based in Europe to understand how destabilizing muslim migration has been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thethe View Post
    I get that I come across as bigoted when I talk about the evils of Islam. Thsee beliefs I have were not taught to me by anyone. All you have to do is read some news reporting based in Europe to understand how destabilizing muslim migration has been.
    I didn't say bigoted, I just said "carried away a bit". :)

    Radical Islam absolutely IS a danger worldwide, most Muslims are not radical, dangerous to us, or homicidal, but those who are, really really really are dangerous. There are a lot of facets and angles to this whole subject but my basic viewpoint is, if they aren't hurting us or other people then let's leave them alone, if they are hurting or attacking us then yeah we need to do something about it, but those who say we create more terrorists or future terrorists when we bomb indiscriminately in the Middle East (and I've been one of them over the years) really do have a point as well.

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/o...l-right-region

    Is South Korea’s Alliance with the United States Worth It?

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    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201711070020.html

    All is fair in love and war for U.S. CEO-in-chief Donald Trump

    At a joint news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump declared that one very important thing is Abe “is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should.”

    While touting their superior capabilities--that they can speedily and instantaneously shoot down missiles from the sky, and so on--Trump went on to add that their sales would mean "a lot of jobs" for Americans.

    The bluntness of his spiel took me aback to the point of wondering if I'd misheard. Apparently, I still want to believe in the dignity of the U.S. presidency.

    Jon Spoelstra, a sports marketer who authored "Ice to the Eskimos: How to Market a Product Nobody Wants," stresses the importance of making one's client a "bona fide, real-life hero."

    I could not help thinking of Spoelstra’s ground rule when I heard Trump repeating he was standing up to North Korea's threat together with Japanese citizens. In Trump's mind, the line between dealing with North Korea and conducting business with Japan is probably much more blurred than we think.

    Abe's diplomacy with Trump oozed with the spirit of "omotenashi" (hospitality) as both leaders sported identical caps and played golf with a Japanese pro.

    Come to think of it, Trump proved himself to be the ultimate businessman, rivaled by none, who apparently had no qualms about hard-selling his wares to his generous host.

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    What do you think about Saudi Arabia and associated regional developments, @Hawk?

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    Middle East is about to explode. Iran and the Saudis will be fighting proximity wars for a long time. Hope it doesn't break out into direct conflict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julio3000 View Post
    What do you think about Saudi Arabia and associated regional developments, @Hawk?
    Intriguing. MBS has been extremely aggressive since assuming additional power, starting with the Qatari blockade. I see the recent mass arrests of Saudi royalty/senior players as a pure power consolidation play, and I don't think that it's coincidental that Bin Talal is one of the key figures to go down. Saudi governance is esoteric, so a tear-down of the system (under the guises of anti-corruption) seems like some sort of progress even if it's authoritarian in nature. Of course, the takeaway here is that these moves were, at the very least, sanctioned (given that Kushner recently spent some significant bro-time with MBS, I'd said personally sanctioned ... and I just can't shake the notion that Bin Talal was a straight-up head on a plate for Trump) by the United States.

    If you agree with the general premise of that takeaway, then you won't find the happenings of the past 24 hours, in relation to Iran, particularly surprising. Oddly enough, I think there's an Israeli component to all of this, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
    Intriguing. MBS has been extremely aggressive since assuming additional power, starting with the Qatari blockade. I see the recent mass arrests of Saudi royalty/senior players as a pure power consolidation play, and I don't think that it's coincidental that Bin Talal is one of the key figures to go down. Saudi governance is esoteric, so a tear-down of the system (under the guises of anti-corruption) seems like some sort of progress even if it's authoritarian in nature. Of course, the takeaway here is that these moves were, at the very least, sanctioned (given that Kushner recently spent some significant bro-time with MBS, I'd said personally sanctioned ... and I just can't shake the notion that Bin Talal was a straight-up head on a plate for Trump) by the United States.

    If you agree with the general premise of that takeaway, then you won't find the happenings of the past 24 hours, in relation to Iran, particularly surprising. Oddly enough, I think there's an Israeli component to all of this, too.
    I agree across the board. Also that Israeli interests are aligned nicely with MBS right now, and that might have some consequences on the ground pretty soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julio3000 View Post
    What do you think about Saudi Arabia and associated regional developments, @Hawk?
    i was thinking yesterday if this was in anyway similar to when Bin Laden pretty much was sent away from the kingdom etc and chances of any of these rich guys following the same way
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