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    https://www.newsweek.com/mexico-coci...al-use-1455400



    Judge in Mexico approves recreational cocaine.....
    "State power feeds on crisis and enemies"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajunrevenge View Post
    https://www.newsweek.com/mexico-coci...al-use-1455400



    Judge in Mexico approves recreational cocaine.....
    Cartels approve and judge just got a whole lot richer

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajunrevenge View Post
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    Judge in Mexico approves recreational cocaine.....
    Nice...they’re going to build us that wall in record time

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    Quote Originally Posted by thethe View Post
    Meanwhile Trump wants to use echo devices and apple watches to spy on Americans

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    Quote Originally Posted by sturg33 View Post
    Meanwhile Trump wants to use echo devices and apple watches to spy on Americans
    And that **** should be **** down right now.

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    Woooooo. Sounds like they are really taking our imminent climate death very seriously.

    If Trump were smart, he'd donate $25M personally


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    Interesting stuff happening in Britain. The PM has asked the Queen to suspend Parliament. This is usually a normal occurrence. At the end of a parliamentary session, the PM asks the Queen to suspend Parliament (usually ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks) and then a new session begins.

    However, the timing of this is meant to derail Brexit opposition. It denies opposition MPs time to get laws passed to avoid a no deal Brexit.

    There are a couple of interesting legal aspects to this. First, the Queen's official position is that she is constitutionally bound to suspend Parliament upon the advice of the PM. So while the Queen's name is attached to this, it's really Johnson's move. Second, suspending Parliament is part of the Queen's prerogative powers and the exercise of a prerogative power cannot be challenged in court in the UK. There is apparently going to be an attempt to challenge Johnson's advising of the Queen but I'm dubious as to it's chances of success.

    It looks like Johnson has done something we've seen done many times in the US in recent history. He found a crack in the law and leveraged it to his advantage in a way prior PMs had likely been unwilling to do. We've seen things like the filibuster go down or the President legislating through "prioritization of executive resources." This use of the suspension of Parliament has a similar feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thethe View Post
    That’s really meaningless. She has no real power. Only thing that has a chance to save the people in Hong Kong is for Britain to come out and claim that the people of Hong Kong are British citizens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krgrecw View Post
    That’s really meaningless. She has no real power. Only thing that has a chance to save the people in Hong Kong is for Britain to come out and claim that the people of Hong Kong are British citizens
    It has been common for some time now for Hong Kong families who can afford it to send expectant mothers overseas to give birth so the children will have another passport. I wouldn't be surprised if this has also become a practice among upper class mainland Chinese.

    Edit: It is not hard to find articles on "birth tourism." Here is one.

    https://jingdaily.com/los-angeles-ch...birth-tourism/
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    surprised there is not a mad rush to ~kneel --- I mean defend Saudi Arabia or knee jerk condemnation of Iran
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    Sanctions increased on Iran showing yet again that this administration will do whatever it takes to stop us from enterring a needless war.

    Nice departure from the last few presidents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thethe View Post
    Sanctions increased on Iran showing yet again that this administration will do whatever it takes to stop us from enterring a needless war.

    Nice departure from the last few presidents.
    What kind of response do you think this is going to generate from Iran.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsacpi View Post
    What kind of response do you think this is going to generate from Iran.
    They will get more hostile as they always do.

    What should have been done other than this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thethe View Post
    They will get more hostile as they always do.

    What should have been done other than this?
    I don't claim there is an easy solution. I had my doubts about the nuclear deal struck by Obama. I have my doubts about this "maximum pressure" campaign. I think the most sensible policy might be to encourage the outside parties to work toward an end to the war in Yemen. It is a tough nut to crack.

    I got a 5-week teaching gig lined up out there later this fall. Hopefully, things simmer down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsacpi View Post
    I don't claim there is an easy solution. I had my doubts about the nuclear deal struck by Obama. I have my doubts about this "maximum pressure" campaign. I think the most sensible policy might be to encourage the outside parties to work toward an end to the war in Yemen. It is a tough nut to crack.

    I got a 5-week teaching gig lined up out there later this fall. Hopefully, things simmer down.
    Be safe bud
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    I personally think both the Obama and Trump camps are handling Iran wrong. I'd go the opposite direction. I'd be pushing for as much trade as possible. I'd have pallets of iPhones ready to ship into Iran. I'd be trying to find ways to broadcast free, uncensored wifi all over the country. I'd do everything I could to flood western culture into that country.

    Defeating countries like Iran through force is messy. External force breeds resentment.

    I think our greatest weapon in this area of the world is western culture. Western culture is a narcotic. Once you turn the culture of a country to your side, the government will eventually follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by striker42 View Post
    I personally think both the Obama and Trump camps are handling Iran wrong. I'd go the opposite direction. I'd be pushing for as much trade as possible. I'd have pallets of iPhones ready to ship into Iran. I'd be trying to find ways to broadcast free, uncensored wifi all over the country. I'd do everything I could to flood western culture into that country.

    Defeating countries like Iran through force is messy. External force breeds resentment.

    I think our greatest weapon in this area of the world is western culture. Western culture is a narcotic. Once you turn the culture of a country to your side, the government will eventually follow.
    hip hop as foreign policy...that's already happened in most countries in that part of the world, including Iran
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