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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:04 PM

"U.S. Consulate in Europe Running Out of Toilet Paper"

"Diplomats are filing for unemployment benefits. Unpaid employees are working overtime to prepare a massive ambassadors’ conference. A U.S. consulate in Europe is running out of toilet paper.

The partial government shutdown—now set to be the longest shutdown in U.S. history—is fraying the seams of the State Department as a skeleton crew of demoralized and unpaid workers puts in long hours to cover the gaps left by furloughed colleagues.

Like other federal workers, State Department employees and contractors are bearing the brunt of the political impasse in Washington, centered on President Donald Trump’s fierce fight with Congress to partially fund the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Outside of national security priorities and work that protects U.S. citizens abroad, much of the day-to-day work of diplomacy has largely ground to a halt in Foggy Bottom and at U.S. diplomatic outposts around the world.

Around 42 percent of State Department employees in the United States and 26 percent of U.S. employees posted abroad have been furloughed, according to data from the State Department. (According to the department, most locally employed staff overseas aren’t subject to furlough due to local labor laws preventing unpaid work.) Meanwhile, Pompeo, on a multicountry tour of the Middle East, is being shepherded around by dozens of diplomats and staff who are working without a paycheck."

https://www.google.com/amp/s/foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/11/government-shut-down-state-department-pompeo-trump-border-wall-diplomacy-chief-of-mission-ambassador-conference/amp/


Trump is to blame for this shitty situation.

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Reply "U.S. Consulate in Europe Running Out of Toilet Paper" (Original post)
orangecrush Jan 2019 OP
pamdb Jan 2019 #1
Xipe Totec Jan 2019 #3
orangecrush Jan 2019 #8
orangecrush Jan 2019 #5
Xipe Totec Jan 2019 #9
saidsimplesimon Jan 2019 #28
orangecrush Jan 2019 #33
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 2019 #32
orangecrush Jan 2019 #34
EffieBlack Jan 2019 #12
TheBlackAdder Jan 2019 #23
orangecrush Jan 2019 #35
mbusby Jan 2019 #2
orangecrush Jan 2019 #6
Atticus Jan 2019 #4
orangecrush Jan 2019 #7
GWC58 Jan 2019 #10
suffragette Jan 2019 #11
orangecrush Jan 2019 #14
True Dough Jan 2019 #13
orangecrush Jan 2019 #15
area51 Jan 2019 #16
Recursion Jan 2019 #18
orangecrush Jan 2019 #20
TheBlackAdder Jan 2019 #22
Recursion Jan 2019 #17
orangecrush Jan 2019 #19
TheBlackAdder Jan 2019 #21
Initech Jan 2019 #24
orangecrush Jan 2019 #25
TEB Jan 2019 #26
orangecrush Jan 2019 #31
Lefta Dissenter Jan 2019 #27
Turbineguy Jan 2019 #29
orangecrush Jan 2019 #30

Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:11 PM

1. TP

Last i looked they sell TP in any city in Europe.

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Response to pamdb (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:18 PM

3. I think you're confused. It's not the TP that's scarce, but the money to buy it. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:22 PM

8. +1

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Response to pamdb (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:20 PM

5. ....


They aren't getting paid.

Toilet paper costs money.


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Response to orangecrush (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:24 PM

9. ROFL!

short, direct and to the point.



Kudos.

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 12:08 PM

28. well done, orangecrush

a buzz and woody routine. I love that cartoon, probably enjoyed it more than my grandchildren, back in the days when they were youngsters.

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #28)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 07:21 PM

33. Thanks!

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 04:50 PM

32. If they don't get paid, they can't eat. So, no need for TP.

And, if they gotta go, there must be a gas station or coffee shop across the street from the embassy, right? Gotta get creative in Trump's shutdown.

Maybe the embassies can have garage sales. They could get good money for shredders, secure phones, Marines' rifles. Buy plenty of toilet paper.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #32)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 07:22 PM

34. No joke


I read elsewhere that some embassies are selling stuff off!

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Response to pamdb (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:32 PM

12. Toilet paper everywhere but no money or spending authority to buy it with

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Response to pamdb (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 01:05 AM

23. TP - Trump Pence?

.

How fitting.



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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #23)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 07:22 PM

35. ...



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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:11 PM

2. Stranded....

...stranded on the toilet bowl.

What do you do when you're stranded... and you don't have a roll.

To prove you're a man (or woman)... you must use your hand...

Stranded...

(and over and over)

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Response to mbusby (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:21 PM

6. I always carry


an extra pair of socks in my emergency kit.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:19 PM

4. Let's send them a case of that "novelty" TP with Trump's face printed on each sheet. nt

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Response to Atticus (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:22 PM

7. Sounds like



a worthy cause!


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Response to Atticus (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:24 PM

10. 👍🏻😂

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:29 PM

11. " local labor laws preventing unpaid work". Sounds like something we SHOULD have.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:37 PM

14. Agree 100%.



Trump is carrying out Putin's orders.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:37 PM

13. President Trump to the rescue!

But it's going to take a while. He's transporting a reserve supply only a few sheets at a time...


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Response to True Dough (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 09:38 PM

15. ...









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Response to True Dough (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:58 PM

16. And another one of my favorites,

Umbrella 1, Trump 0.

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Response to area51 (Reply #16)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:31 PM

18. He knows how to but he has a neurological problem

Same reason he has to hold a bottle of water with both hands to drink from it.

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Response to area51 (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 01:00 AM

20. ...



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Response to True Dough (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 01:03 AM

22. How the fuck does he go to the can, walk to the car, ride in the car, and it's still on leaving it?

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:31 PM

17. My wife is going stir crazy at home

I came home from work yesterday and she had stripped the paint in the dining room. Something's gotta give soon.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #17)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 12:59 AM

19. Hope she


and all the others are back to work soon.

Sorry this is hurting so many.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 01:02 AM

21. There's always the drapes!

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 01:29 AM

24. And the rugs!

See: Stepbrothers.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 11:53 AM

25. And copier paper




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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 11:55 AM

26. What a shitty situation

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Response to TEB (Reply #26)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 04:41 PM

31. A load of crap!

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 12:02 PM

27. I know of some furloughed diplomats

who, with their colleagues, are basically sneaking in to work.

They may not be getting paid, but hopefully there’s at least some toilet paper for them to use.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 12:11 PM

29. I wonder if working for his

companies is like that, but nobody can talk about it because they have to sign an NDA.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #29)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 04:40 PM

30. No doubt!

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