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Soph0571

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Gender: Female
Hometown: UK
Home country: UK
Current location: UK
Member since: Fri Oct 13, 2017, 05:59 PM
Number of posts: 5,859

About Me

I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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Get the hell off my property!



Hehehehe. Genius!!!! And I don't even think it is photoshopped!

The UK election system needs reform, but I am thankful, that in a year where the mental well being

of the nation is under attack we do not also have to contend with the US election system.

I was reading in Axios today that the billionaires in the race currently have out spent all the other candidates combined in $$$$$$ advertising. In marked contrast with this, in the UK there are strict spending limits on how much one can splurge in the run up to the election (around $10k for the individual and $45k by the political party in each constituency). Now naughty politicians obviously try and get round the spirit of the rules, cause power, but they have very limited opportunities to do so.

There is one particular reason that this spending limit works. I am sure most of you know this already but the UK election season only lasts 6 weeks from beginning to end. When your nation is already a basket case because of austerity and Brexit having to go through the torture of a Primary Season and Election that seems to last for years, would I fear send our nation over the edge. I honestly don’t know how you manage to stay sane my friends.

Six weeks seems like six years at the moment… but for us it will be over soon, one way or the other.


'Disrespects everybody in uniform': Ex-Navy Secretary buries Trump for celebrating war criminals

“I think the impact is huge, because if people know that there’s not going to be any accountability or that you’ll be held accountable only if you don’t have the right contacts or only if your politics are right… you just can’t diminish that impact because the military depends on the chain of command,” he explained. “The military depends on good order and discipline. The military depends on doing what’s right, following the law. ”
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“It shows that he does not care for the tens of thousands of Americans who have gone into combat, protecting this country, who have done so honorably, who have done so without breaking any laws,” he said. “And to do this, to say that you can commit war crimes and get away with it, to say it doesn’t matter what you do, fundamentally misunderstands and fundamentally disrespects everybody in uniform.”


[link:https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/disrespects-everybody-in-uniform-ex-navy-secretary-buries-trump-for-celebrating-war-criminals/|

And everyone who has served honourably knows this... it is an insult and an attack on the integrity on those who do serve with honour... and lets face it - only a Trump cultist would think committing war crimes was OK as long as you are a Trump supporter, in fact lets go one step further and say the characteristics of a Trump supporter would lend them to be the exact type to commit war crimes - as they are without any ethical or moral framework, as far as I can tell,

When your feeling of White Supremacy really does not pay off...



Hehe. This truth must drive him insane, he could be living in all his tacky nouveau riche glory acting like a predator and no-one giving a shit... instead he is a serious downward comparison to the first black president, any reputation he had has been destroyed beyond repair and when he leaves office he will undoubtedly face criminal prosecutions and will potentially spend years in jail...
SO MUCH WINNING.. Trump white supremacist nasty hubris be like...




The STUPID. It Burns. Burns Like Acid...

https://twitter.com/bearsaremean/status/1199199213235638273

trump wants to know why it took a hundred years for someone to make a centennial coin, and keep in mind that his base is even dumber than this


Literally speechless on the stupidity of this man

Dan Rather.... 'they [repubs] are doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin'



I can remember on newsvine (my old site) in 2016 how quickly the cons reversed their position on Russia. Literally one day, commie russkis bad, next day...heh, they are OK... 3 years later. This.

Judge rules former White House counsel McGahn must obey House subpoena to testify

Former White House counsel Don McGahn can no longer avoid testifying in the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry.

A judge ruled on Monday that McGahn cannot continued defying a subpoena, dealing a major blow to the White House’s efforts to keep its former top lawyer from testifying.

McGahn is a key witness to President Donald Trump’s potential obstruction of justice, as he testified under oath that the president gave him orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and then ordered McGahn to cover up this order by creating a falsified record that would contradict his own sworn testimony.

[link:https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/judge-rules-former-white-house-counsel-mcgahn-must-obey-house-subpoena-to-testify/|]

Oh my ....


And it all falls down!

The myth of the undeserving poor

Poverty researchers and activists have to battle against an ideological tide which insists that if you are in poverty it is either your own fault for not trying hard enough to get a job, or for failing to acquire the skills that would qualify you for a better-paid job. And if it is no one’s fault but your own, you have no justified claims against others or the state. At most, we might give assistance out of the goodness of our hearts, but there are no claims of right or justice.
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As international and historical comparisons demonstrate, structural factors - most notably the state of the economy, government policy regarding minimum wage, unemployment benefits, housing support, income support, and the provision of public services – are the primary determinants of the level of poverty in any country. Of those vulnerable to poverty, individual grit, determination and resilience can sometimes make a difference. But it is also becoming more widely accepted that poverty grinds down people’s ability to plan and make effective choices.

And here we return to our starting point. Poverty is not so much about the choices people make, but rather what they find themselves forced to choose between. Economists love to teach us about the concept of “opportunity cost”: what you have to give up in order to pursue a particular option. Poverty can be understood in these terms. If you are rich, your choices have very little opportunity cost; if you are poor, the opportunity costs can be immense.

[link:https://www.newstatesman.com/2019/11/myth-undeserving-poor|]

As Barack Obama said how do you 'Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, even if you don't have boots.'
There is absolutely no level playing field... We do not all have the same advantages in life.
I am not suggesting that for some they can have a truly crappy start in life and raise themselves out of poverty through dint of sweat, blood and tears. And well done to them. But that is not the norm. How we get brought up matters. Education matters. Wages matter. Mindset matters. Society matters. How we help people to be the best they can possibly be matters…


Do assholes ever change their spots?



Seemingly not...

They go together like David Jones and Kool Aid...


The sums don't lie...



... heh. Of course in a post fact world actual facts cannot compete with 'feelings'....
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