Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by Yossarian, May 1, 2017.
In my day, it wasn't really taught at all. Every year, we started over again with the "Explorers" and by the end, we were lucky if we made it to the US Civil War. Was all very superficial stuff as well, and World History was only an elective you could take for one semester in the last two years of high school. Maybe wasn't the same everywhere, but it was where I grew up.
Incidentally, I have no idea how people who teach Government/Civics do their jobs now. At least in Illinois, it was a legal requirement to pass a test on the US Constitution to graduate from High School. So we spent most of the year memorising stuff for the test. But now that Trump and the GOP continuously shit all over he Constitution, I'm not sure how that would work. It's sort of . . . well, this is what the Constitution says, but that's not what is actually happening . . . and that three equal branches of government with the checks and balances stuff? Nope, that's broken, too.
Taking back the country and giving it away at the same time.
Well, the Trump Administration set out their goals back in February for any trade agreement with the UK post Brexit, so I'm not sure why anyone is shocked now that the the NHS might be part of that. (I've pulled out the bit below from a post I did on another thread at the time.)
Trump's plan for a new trade agreement
The preamble sets out clearly what the US wants to happen - a quick deal that delivers "substantive results for U.S. consumers, businesses, farmers, ranchers, and workers, consistent with U.S. priorities."
Here's part of the shopping list of what they want to achieve from the "negotiations."
- Remove barriers to importing US food and agricultural products into the UK.
- New, enforceable rules to end "unjustified" trade restrictions or "commercial requirements" (like clear labelling and safety testing).
- US Pharmaceutical companies to have full access to the UK Market (i.e. NHS).
- US companies have the same access to UK government contracts as UK companies do.
- Allow US companies to sue UK firms and the UK government for non-compliance with any of the new "rules."
- Prohibit the UK from adjusting its exchange rates if it could effect the balance of payments or give unfair competitive advantage over US companies.
Mark Britnell said it out loud 7 years ago but no one was paying attention.
David Cameron's adviser says health reform is a chance to make big profits
How would that work?
There's a description in the document of a process for Dispute Resolution, but it's pretty skeletal. My guess is if the US or a US company believed the UK had done this, they'd have recourse to this new process, and if the outcome was that the UK had skewed exchange rates, there would be some kind of financial sanction on the UK.
"We send the EU £350 million a week. Let's give it to rich Americans instead."
NYT continue to serve as loyal scribes to the court of King Trump.
After getting bludgeoned by comments on Twitter for the above, looks like they deleted and replaced it with the one below, but the Maggie Haberman article is the same fawning bullshit.
He's after Bette Middler now
Three Chinook helicopters have been circling above Stamford Hill for the past quarter of an hour or so. I hope they haven't lost Trump...
At least he put "your great president" in quotes - maybe a tiny part of his brain has achieved self-awareness and we'll see more of him sarcastically referring to himself in the third person.
Bastards!! they're not leaving him here, he's their president, he's their problem.
Damning piece in the Washington Post
Outline - Read & annotate without distractions
When you've got a US president freely describing women as "washed up psychos" from his official account, you know something has gone really wrong with the world.
Apparently, chatting to Charlie Windsor, Trump exclaimed that the US has “the cleanest climate”...... Words fail.
The milk of human kindness has definitely soured and curdled under Trump.
Trial begins for No More Deaths volunteer who aided migrants - CNN
I'll give you an extra $2 an hour to continue babysitting him for a while. You could make some serious change here.
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He's having so much fun pretending to be royalty.
If, as I was wondering early, he had somehow got lost in the wilds of Northeast London, I was imagining an updated and relocated version of Escape from New York.
Not sure who we'd get for the Kurt Russell role, mind you...
I think you mean Orville 1984
Trump admin ending legal aid, English classes for migrant children in US shelters
He really is amazingly bad. Even if he couldn't care less about that border, he presumably has staff who write it down in simple notes for him, yet he still doesn't do his homework.
He equates climate and weather.
"Don't forget, it used to be called global warming, that wasn't working, then it was called climate change, now it's actually called extreme weather because with extreme weather you can't miss," the president said.
So, does that mean he believes in "extreme weather"?
If he does, then does that mean he believes in Global warming?
Very strange man.
Off the scale batshit.
hmmm - reading an article and came across this paragraph -
I guess he does believe in climate change
President Trump to stay at Doonbeg, his money-losing golf course threatened by climate change
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