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  • Obama asked the press to look up the statistics for gun violence in the US vs. Americans killed by terrorists. Here is the numbers found by ABC in Oz: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-0...-obama/6822342

    PS> The terrorism numbers are TOTAL American deaths, incl. caused by bombs, not only by guns, inside and outside USA.
    It also include deaths caused by domestic terrorists and by any denomination, not only by Muslim extremists.

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    • Finally somebody voice a sensible argument about gun control in America: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-0...reedom/6831618
      Where else than on Fox News, my favourit comedy channel, would you find such well founded reasoning??

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      • Here is guy that has his work cut out for him. How to explain to the average American that Socialism isn't the same as Communism and that is possible to have Socialism while still have Democracy, even a Democracy that actually WORKS: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0SC18B20151018

        PS> What happened to Dane? He hasn't been around here for quite a while.

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        • You CAN NOT miss the fact that the silly season is on in America and that The Donald is leading in silliness: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34903577

          You probably also know about the latest major "mass shooting" in the US, where 14 persons got shot in San Bernardino, CA?
          This was mass shooting number 355 this year in the US alone. (There have been more since then, but not as news-worthy)

          As you will also know, the shooters in this case were a Muslim couple, which makes it even worse, since it is then automatically Terrorism.

          But Mr. Trump have a solution: Ban all Muslims from entering the US, no matter where they come from and why they are visiting America. Even returning Muslim Americans to be included.

          Those with exceptional long memory may even remember the shooting in Colorado, where a White Christian Male killed 3 people in an Family Planning Clinic?
          Or the shooting in Charleston, SC, where 9 black people got shot in a Church by a White Christian Male?

          Those with even longer memory span may even remember when a White Christian Male shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults in an Elementary School in Sands Hook, Connecticut on this very day in 2012?

          MY SOLUTION!!
          Ban all White Christian Males from...
          No, not from entering but from LEAVING America. Keep them there, they are obviously too dangerous to let loose on the world.
          We have enough nutcases of our own, but at least they are not normally able to legally purchase assault rifles and automatic pistols without proper checks.

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          • Does anyone else find fired bullets just lying on the ground? A few years ago I was working on the roof of one of my rental houses and found a 9mm bullet. It had been fired... somewhere... and landed spent on the roof. Rifling marks prove that it was actually fired but no deformation so it just ran out of energy and came falling down. Tonight I found a OO shotgun ball/pellet on my back patio.

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            Oh, and back to the US Presidential election. Donald Trump won the primary in my state of North Carolina. Chants for the personality, raise your hand for our next leader, a leader calling to beat those who oppose... Am I paranoid for getting memories/nightmares of infamous leaders past? I used to have difficulty understanding how Germany could allow Hitler to come to power. Now I understand a little better. I am not saying he is fascist or anything like that but I am seeing how a personality and propaganda campaign can get seemingly intelligent people to become teen agers fitting in with the crowd and following the latest rock band.

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            • nari
              nari commented
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              Pilotdane -
              I have to agree with you on all counts.
              Re the bullets: we have a total gun ban, and shooters mayown a gun if it is encased in a locked cabinet and only one person has a key. Buying a gun in Australia is a long tedious business that puts many off.
              It actually made a big difference to the number of deaths by gunfire since the rule was introduced. However they can still be smuggled into the country by various devious means.

          • Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
            Does anyone else find fired bullets just lying on the ground? A few years ago I was working on the roof of one of my rental houses and found a 9mm bullet. It had been fired... somewhere... and landed spent on the roof. Rifling marks prove that it was actually fired but no deformation so it just ran out of energy and came falling down. Tonight I found a OO shotgun ball/pellet on my back patio.
            The US gun laws, or lack of same, is baffling to most people outside the US. (Even to some inside I believe)
            The 2nd amendment clearly needs amending to reflect today's reality, not 1770's.

            Oh, and back to the US Presidential election. Donald Trump won the primary in my state of North Carolina. Chants for the personality, raise your hand for our next leader, a leader calling to beat those who oppose... Am I paranoid for getting memories/nightmares of infamous leaders past? I used to have difficulty understanding how Germany could allow Hitler to come to power. Now I understand a little better. I am not saying he is fascist or anything like that but I am seeing how a personality and propaganda campaign can get seemingly intelligent people to become teenagers fitting in with the crowd and following the latest rock band.
            This has been my fear for a long time. The comparison with 1930's Germany has been my argument for years.
            The trend towards a right wing and populist Presidential candidate actually getting elected, dragging America into a foreign policy of confrontation with just about everybody, can be seen clearly since the days of Goldwater, if not earlier.

            The last President came dangerously close. Today's crop of Republican candidates are all "talking tough", but one stands out as the most dangerous. (I don't name him, since I cannot afford to be sued for millions of $ though, but I guess you know who)
            If he wins the white house it is time to dig a hole somewhere and be ready.

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            • I am not so pessimistic about America.If Trump is (at present) on a roll, we see that The Republican Party tries to avoid his success at the Convention.In another hand, I don't forget that in the other side, Bernie Sanders, who is a kind of Social-Democrate in the European way of thinking,has a large part of the youth with him.US is a great country with great contradictions.But until now,they always avoid dictature,maybe because they haven't it in their blood.We can't say that for European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain...)

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              • Originally posted by yvneac View Post
                I am not so pessimistic about America.If Trump is (at present) on a roll, we see that The Republican Party tries to avoid his success at the Convention.In another hand, I don't forget that in the other side, Bernie Sanders, who is a kind of Social-Democrate in the European way of thinking,has a large part of the youth with him.US is a great country with great contradictions.But until now,they always avoid dictature,maybe because they haven't it in their blood.We can't say that for European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain...)

                ​Yes I agree that the fact that Sanders can attract the younger generations and first time voters is a good sign and go against the grain in post-war American, where the majority equates Socialism with Communism. Social Democracy is still seen as a contradiction in terms by many in the older generations.

                Let us hope that, even if 'The Donald' should win the Republican candidacy, he will be beaten solidly in the election in November, as predicted by many.
                But the trend in American politics towards isolationism is still scary though.

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                • Once again I am not happy with any of our Presidential candidates. I am greatly shocked that Trump is still a strong candidate though his mouth does seem to be finally catching up to him. Apparently if you are white many are loving what he says. Much like he wise ass kid in school running his mouth off to get attention or a laugh. I can't think of anything worse for our standing in the world. Wanting to build walls... saying that nukes are an option and almost implying that everyone should have one. Finally it seems he stuck his foot in it with his thoughts on abortion.

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                  • On a lighter note. This story is from the deep south (South of I-10) therefore it is believable: http://gcaptain.com/forum/scuttlebut...peed-trap.html
                    I have worked with a lot of people from there, so I'm with my friend the c.captain.

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                    • wherrygirl
                      wherrygirl commented
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                      Just read that! The replies by Nocle Boudreaux are rib-tickling, particularly his second one where its last line caught me so unawares that I just collapsed laughing. No use trying to explain why, it just creased me up!

                  • America is shivering in fear of Norwegian pullout: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/04/19...r-12624077.ece

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                    • pilotdane
                      pilotdane commented
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                      Unfortunately North Carolina has been getting a lot of attention over that stupid bit of legislation.

                  • Only in America??: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-styl...icle-1.2579947

                    I'm afraid not. Paranoia is spreading worldwide, which is the purpose of terrorism and terrorists of all descriptions.

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                    • Why does Donald Trump wants to build a wall at the boarder??
                      To stop Americans from running away when he becomes President.

                      PS> He should have no problem getting the Mexicans to pay for it. They have enough gun violence of their own, they don't need to get more gun crazies cross south.
                      Last edited by ombugge; June 14th, 2016, 23:58.

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                      • I believe Webster's will add a few new words to their American Dictionary soon.
                        1) Trumpist. Meaning; someone who believe that Donald Trump is fit to be President.
                        2) Trumpism. Meaning; statements made without any regards to truth, or consequences.
                        3) Bernies. Meaning; someone who believe it is possible to teach Americans about Social Democracy.
                        4) Bernieism. Meaning; attempting at convincing Americans that Socialism isn't Communism.
                        5) Hillaryist. Meaning; someone who think that Hillary Clinton can, or will, change America.
                        6) Hillaryism. Meaning; speaking what you think the voters want you to say, but without conviction.

                        God bless Americans and their naivety.

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                        • nari
                          nari commented
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                          Seconded....the world may well be a very different place later in the year.

                          But we can't be too cheeky - we could change Prime Ministers again within the next 5 weeks, for the fourth time in about three years.
                          That is more news-grabbing than the USA's efforts...
                          ....

                      • But USA are also the country of Chomsky,Marcuse,Putnam,Keynes,Krugman......
                        Recently I read this book by Eli Zaretsky, an American historian.
                        Obviously interresting for an European reader.
                        http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745644844

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                        • ombugge
                          ombugge commented
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                          Yes all great names and historical figures, but the reality today is different.
                          Neo-conservatives on the right has managed to stop all attempts at socialism, even in it's basic form, to take hold in America.

                          There is nothing more scary for the "ruling class" then for the general public to learn that there is another way to govern.
                          If the public should raise up and claim their rights to a better life, their power over the economy would be diminished and equality would increase, to the detriment of the rich and powerful.

                          As citizens of the self-proclaimed "richest nation in the world" they should have been able to demand and afford a social welfare system equivalent to what most of Europe has.

                          Even if not adopting the European Social Democratic system there is a "3rd way", as practiced in Singapore and to an extent in China, especially Hong Kong. It is hard nosed Capitalism, but with a twist towards Confucianism.
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