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    Mike, you're right. I meant to say Gregg's team, MSU, has success in odd years. Willie Nelson will explain why I made that mistake.

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    I am the demon who haunts many minds.
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    So I told President Trump. Now is a good time to show the we are friends of the UK. Work out a deal which will benefit both our countries when Brexit is done. Can we pull it off? We will see.
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    Plans to leave the EU could be derailed as legal action to prevent us leaving without a deal with be heard in court today.
    Also Boris's plan to bypass parliament could be scuppered by John Bircow, the Speaker of the House.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/13/bercow-will-fight-to-stop-johnson-closing-parliament-for-no-deal
    If that ONE man can effectively thwart the wishes of the British electorate in the EU referendum, then democracy is a myth.
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    I LOVE a good Game of Thrones reference!
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    As usual Richard is more in tune with UK politics. Brexit will still be a battle. Every politician has their own idea of how to do it.
    The finance world is all a jitters. The recession is upon us. I know absolutely nothing about finance. All I heard was that bond traders were in a panic. Trump has got some work to do.
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    Fantasist Jeremy Corbyn has now called for a "Motion of no confidence" and for himself to lead an interim governemnt to prevent us leaving the EU without a deal, ie the only deal there is, and the same one that he and most MP's have already rejected more than once. He wants a General Election and another Referendum. These would change nothing as we would still have cliques of politicians pulling in different directions and trying to wreck things. More mayhem and pandemonium . " Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder". The ladder we are facing only goes deeper and deeper down. Democracy is dead but nobody can agree on how to dispose of the corpse.
    Yes Mike, financial markets are in a state of panic. The value of shares is in freefall as are the pension pots of millions of people saving towards retirement. The predictions that some of Trump's actions would eventually trigger this have proved to be correct. Let's hope there is a Plan B
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    Corbyn seems like a hamster in a very small wheel. He doesn't know what to do. Does anyone really know where any of the MP's stand? I get some some of it. This members district wants protection for their pig farms. Another wants their milk products protected. And then the immigration bunch. Plus many others. Another General Election. What will that solve? Good luck.
    Like I said. I don't understand economics. But I do know the basic principle. Buy low. Sell high. And if someone sneezes in China or Japan. Every body bail and buy back later. We will see what happens tomorrow. But the general feeling is the markets are leveling off. When we had such a huge jump in the market. The traders were going to have to make money at some point. Germany is in trouble. But it will bounce back some.
  • edited August 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    The British public is sick to death of this Mike. If the bullies of the EU think that we will reach a stage where we'll decide just to abandon Brexit and stay in their cancerous clique they'd better think again. They've pulled off this stunt before and believe they have some divine right to get their own way. They want to press ahead with their empire building and their dream of creating a giant European super-state . There would be loads and loads of seats created on their grubby gravy train. We are going to derail it.

    Extract from the following link.
    "There are a shocking number of examples of referendums simply being ignored within the European Union – disregarding the will of the electorate. This is the case even on the rare occasions national governments bother to ask the general public their opinion. Too often politicians decide constitutional changes on our behalf, thinking it best not to burden us with such decisions! "

    http://theconservative.online/article/wrong_answer_the_eus_rotten_record_on_referendums
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    Richard, how's Liz doing? How's the cooking going? Trying out any new recipes? Or is Liz like my mom who likes only the tried and true?
  • edited August 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    Liz is making some progress Ken. Thanks for asking. She still has very limited control over her left hand due to the wrist drop. We are concerned that she may not be able to drive for quite some time. :( I made SpagBol last week and am going to knock up Chicken Washington midweek perhaps. Chicken breast, stuffed with half a banana, wrapped with three rashers of streaky bacon, breaded and cooked in the oven. She is like your mum. She only tried that dish because I'd had it previously. "I don't know if I'd like that". She'd sooner starve than eat anything that came out of the sea. :-&
    I have just finished watching a BBC drama online. Called Clique. I thought that the first series of six episodes were stand-alone. I was surprised that series two existed and was intrigued by how the two series interlocked. Many twists and turns akin to a Walter Presents. Shot in Edinburgh with mostly Scots actors. You would love the leading actress. She's your type. :)
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    Is that the one set at the University of Edinburgh? If so, then the lead actress is..well, let Austin Powers speak for me:

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    She's cute but I was actually referring to this actress in the show:

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1248393/?ref_=tt_cl_t1
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    Strange. Photographically your choice looks better. Cinegraphically mine is way ahead. She reminded me of Eve Muirhead, the cutie skipper of the Scottish Curling team. You really fancied her. :)
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    Be who you are and say what you feel... because those that matter... don't mind...and those that mind...don't matter! =D>
    I came across the above today when looking for additional info on an aquatic plant.
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    I think I will have that tattooed on my chest. After I am dead.
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    Since Denmark won't let Trump buy Greenland, should he try next to buy Scotland? It makes sense since his ancestors are from there. What do you think, Richard?
  • edited August 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    He'd be better buying Mexico to solve the border problems and automatically make your existing Mexican illegals US citizens. Drugs would be so much cheaper too. ;) Anyway, what did his medical team think of his proposal?

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    OMG! I haven't heard that song in 50 years!
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    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A man with no identifiable skills is deeply worried that a recession could cause him to lose his job, people close to the man have confirmed.

    The man, who has barely clung to his job for the past two and a half years, is justified in believing that an economic downturn would result in his unemployment, experts said.

    “When the economy is good, it’s possible for someone like him to hold down a job for which he is woefully unqualified,” Harland Dorrinson, a human-resources specialist, said. “But when the economy goes south, look out.”

    Dorrinson said that the unskilled man’s résumé, which lists six bankruptcies and multiple business failures, could come under scrutiny in the event of a recession.

    “His employers might find themselves asking, ‘How did he get this job in the first place?’ ” Dorrinson said.

    Additionally, the man’s near-total lack of education—evidenced by his inability to spell common one-syllable words or to identify the century in which the airplane was invented—could make him vulnerable to termination, the human-resources expert said.

    “On the plus side, he enjoys watching television for eight hours a day,” Dorrinson said. “During a recession, he’ll be able to do even more of that.”
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    I looked up the history of that song. It hit #3 in the US and #4 in the UK in 1966. Did you realize that it was based on the rhythm of the old Scottish tune "The Campbells Are Coming"?
  • edited August 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    Classic resume about the guy in work Ken. :-j He is spot on about your airports in 1775 though. There is no record of any one of them ever having been attacked. Sterling work!

    I remember the song from the sixties. I recall a lyric about a man in a yellow van coming to take him away though. Speaker malfunction here so I cannot listen to it meantime. Ditto for The Campbells Are Coming". I can't recall the tune accurately meantime. I do remember our primary school teacher telling us "in secret" that it had been parodied as The Campbells Are Coming You Ken By The Smell". A jibe occasioned by the GlenCoe Massacre.
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    "Who is the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?" --Obi Wan Kenobi
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    Watch how you talk about "the chosen one".
    The Greenland thing started out as joke. Then became a "what if". Now it's a war of words. Tomorrow Trump will decide to accept the Prime Ministers original offer and go to Denmark. No big deal.
    People on the left just want Trump out. They really don't care who takes his place. It might as well be Sleepy Joe. He would be very entertaining. Hillary could come out of the shadows. Who knows. As far as talk of a recession. Anything is possible. And if enough people keep saying it. It will cause a panic. But there is no reason for one.
    One more thing about Greenland. The Chinese may move in there with no permission at all. Then what will Denmark do?
    BTW. Does Liz have any kind of support on her wrist? Just wondering.
  • edited August 2019 Member, Beta Tester
    I heard a sensible discussion regarding Greenland last night Mike. It was suggested that buying it was actually discussed in private by Trump and senior members of his government but Mr. T. made the mistake of letting the cat out of the bag before even testing the waters. It is actually a very sensible idea. Currently car makers are pressing ahead with the production of electric cars. Those rely on the availability of Lithium for their batteries. Russia and China already have a virtual monopoly on this metal. It's believed that Greenland may have large amounts of it so it would make good sense if the western world didn't have to depend on potential enemies to obtain it. Buying Greenland is a daft idea that will never get off the ground but I see great potential in the idea of it becoming a US protectorate or even, heaven forbid, an EU one.
    Historically the Vikings from Denmark arrived there and said "We're having this" and this vast island has remained Danish ever since despite the fact that it is a very long way away from there and the Danes couldn't ever protect it from invasion.. Denmark has failed to do anything about this situation but more importantly so has the EU. Big surprise there! At the very least this EU member state should have entered negotiations with America rearding mining etc. A joint protectorate involving the EU and the US would be the best solution. Also making Greenland a full member of NATO would send out the right message. I hope that future generations don't have reason to lament our indicision.
    Liz does have a wrist brace contraption Mike. It has metal supports inside and fastens with velcro. She takes it off several times per day to exercise it.
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    Mike, maybe you could explain the right's continual obsession with Hillary Clinton? She has stayed out of the limelight since the election. The only thing she has done since then has orchestrated the murder of Jeffrey Epstein. LOL!
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    Yes Mike. Speak up! ;))
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