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factotum started the topic in Thursday, 27 Aug 2020 at 11:12am

Septic Tanks are going to Septic Tank

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sypkan Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 9:28pm

I don't have to like someone to appreciste their work... I don't have to agree with them either...

ffs, if that was the case I would never ever read the guardian, or listen to half of the clones on the abc...

that's just how it is

how one stays informed

know your 'enemies' and all that...

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 21 Oct 2021 at 7:44am

OMG i only just clicked and overlooked the fact that the so called evidence from VL of this group providing security to Lauren is a twitter tweat from some activist who is described as a Anarchist communist (complete nutter), a google search comes up with zero about this or any other group providing security.

If i had picked up on that, i wouldn't have even wasted my time on it.

Going on a Lauren podcast binge the last few days while working revising her views, when asked about some photo in an interview posted by the media, she said she literally gets thousands of photos with people who go to these events and obviously has zero way of knowing who they all are. (unlike Hillary Clinton that even has photos of a platonic kiss from a former KKK member, pic confirmed real in Snopes, or all those people involved with that dodgy pedophile guy thats now dead)

BTW. Revisiting her views and what she is about, i came up with zero of anything even close to being views of a white supremest, actually a little the opposite, in two podcast interviews she mentions how she enjoys hanging out with people in developing countries because their life's and views are simpler, if they have problems it's real problems and not worrying about something like pronouns used or something crazy, can totally relate with that view.

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blindboy Thursday, 21 Oct 2021 at 7:42am

Illiterate, incomprehensible and inaccurate.

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Vic Local Thursday, 21 Oct 2021 at 8:16am

"BTW. Revisiting her views and what she is about, i came up with zero of anything even close to being views of a white supremest, actually a little the opposite,"
Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
For someone who isn't a white supremacist (according to you), Southern has a very long history of hanging out with, going on tour with, and hiring white supremacists. And while doing this she has been regurgitating white supremacist ideas and talking point.
If it looks like a white supremacist , talks like a white supremacist, and hangs out with white supremacist, she a fucking white supremacist.
But you keep telling us she's a moderate champ if that makes you feel better.
Seen her book cover champ?
https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/lauren-southern/barbarians/9781...
If that doesn't scream I'm not a racist but... nothing does.

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Roker Friday, 22 Oct 2021 at 7:59pm

Not to speculate. And hypothetically of course.

Say, on the set of a movie the director and the cinematographer both get shot by a malfunctioning prop gun, and the very talented emerging cinematographer tragically dies as a result, one might conclude that someone was pointing and pulling the trigger of said prop gun at people outside of any scene it was scheduled to be used in. Which might be flouting regulations given similar incidents have happened in the past. And if the person who pulled the trigger was an A list Hollywood star and one of the movie’s producers?

I wonder how that would play out?

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adam12 Friday, 22 Oct 2021 at 9:11pm

I'll speculate, it happened during a scene to camera, or he was facing the camera, that's how the cinematographer and director got hit, standing behind the camera. There were fragments from a previous blank in the barrel that were discharged . Baldwin not responsible but the prop master is.

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tubeshooter Friday, 22 Oct 2021 at 9:18pm

Yeah that would be interesting to see how it played out Roker.
I imagine a response from a DSA-LA Hollywood Labour union spokesperson might go a little something like .... "So many safety protocols must have been ignored to get to this point. The price of a fucking Alec Baldwin movie shouldn't be a workers life".

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blackers Friday, 22 Oct 2021 at 9:34pm
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Yeah that would be interesting to see how it played out Roker.
I imagine a response from a DSA-LA Hollywood Labour union spokesperson might go a little something like .... "So many safety protocols must have been ignored to get to this point. The price of a fucking Alec Baldwin movie shouldn't be a workers life".

Yup. Heard a stunt coordinator speaking on the radio earlier saying that it sounds like corners were being cut. Something along the lines of no professional armourer would allow that sort of thing to happen. Sad day for all involved.

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Roker Friday, 22 Oct 2021 at 9:42pm

I think adam12 is most likely talking sense. Especially if the prop was a shotgun. But from as well listening to that armourer speak, it certainly sounds like safety measures must have been lax.

Another thing to consider is that ‘under the line’ film and TV production workers have been taking industrial action over pay and conditions, mainly ridiculously long hours and insufficient breaks in between. It seems as streaming services, like Amazon and Apple, have been buying the traditional studios they’ve brought their work practices with them,

No idea if that’s applicable here.

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san Guine Saturday, 23 Oct 2021 at 8:55am

Here's a list of open carry States in the US, couple this with lax requirements for the purchase and licensing of weapons...
Imagine if this were possible in Australia. I'm sure we can think of at least one or two individuals who should be nowhere near a gun.

https://www.concealedcarry.com/open-carry-laws-by-state/?__cf_chl_manage...

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Supafreak Sunday, 24 Oct 2021 at 5:56pm

I made a half joking prediction that Trump after he lost the election would move into media and come back to haunt us all . Looks like it’s a bit bigger than just a new Twitter.

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Vic Local Sunday, 24 Oct 2021 at 6:24pm

Supafreak, Trump just wants a platform to broadcast his "toys out the cot routine" because he can't accept he lost the election.
Murdoch must be livid. He built trump up from joke candidate to president, and now the lunatic is going to destroy the Fox audience. Expect some blowback.
Get the popcorn, I'm going to enjoy watching these two geriatric scumbags brawl it out until they die.

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Hutchy 19 Monday, 25 Oct 2021 at 9:17am

From Zerohedge

Chicago's main police union is continuing to tell officers to hold the line as police HQ continues summoning officers to disclose their Covid vaccination status, and placing those who don't comply on "no-pay status" while sending them home.

Just ahead of a crucial city council meeting set for Monday, Fraternal Order of Police First Vice President Michael Mette likened the continued standoff to "The Hunger Games". Mette referenced the popular dystopian novel series and movies in a social media video posted prior to the weekend, saying "Welcome to day three of 'The Hunger Games,' where we find out who the city is going to offer up as tribute."

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Hutchy 19 Monday, 25 Oct 2021 at 9:26am

Trump is joining the ranks of other tech billionaires .

Former President Donald Trump's new media enterprise - Trump Media & Technology Group - is already worth an implied $8.2 billion following last week's buying frenzy following the announcement of it's special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Digital World Acquisition Corp. (ticker: DWAC).

Shares in DWAC had been hovering around $9 before Wednesday's announcement, before rising to $52 on Thursday and closing at $45.50. An incredible half a billion shares changed hands during regular market hours. Momentum continued on Friday despite five halts, as the stock opened at $118, hit a high of $175 despite momentum-breaking halts, only to close at $94.20 at the end of the day (dropping to nearly $80 after hours).

And according to Bloomberg, citing SEC filings, it appears that Trump will own more than 50% of the combined company. Assuming that the company's initial enterprise value was $875 million (based on figures from press releases) was calculated at $10 per share offering price and the $293 million Digital World has in trust, owners of the SPAC will receive around 42% of the combined company, leaving 58% for Trump - a stake worth nearly $4.8 billion based on Friday's close. For reference, Twitter is worth nearly $50 billion.

"At its current value, that would make him the richest he’s ever been, up from his estimated net worth now of $2.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index," according to the report.

The on-paper gains, should they hold, more than make up for the $500 million hit Trump took to his net worth since becoming President according to the report.

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Hutchy 19 Monday, 25 Oct 2021 at 9:36am

I received a lot of abuse for saying that high income earners pay their way re taxes . An update .

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Incredibly, in 2020, approximately 61% of Americans paid no federal income taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Therefore, approximately 39% of Americans paid all federal income taxes.

They are rewarded for this staggering largess by being told they need to “pay their fair share.” Their “fair share,” one might logically surmise, would be around 39% of the federal income taxes paid, not 100%. The top 20% of income earners pay about 67% of federal taxes. “Progressive,” you know. They should be lauded as pillars of the community, as not only the most productive, but the most charitable folks in society. (Whether they wanted to be or not.) Instead, they are called “greedy” by the self-same people who receive the benefits of this mass income redistribution.

Literally stupefying.

If you make a lot more money than I do, have more wealth than I do, and you are made to give me a bunch of it, how is it that I could possibly get away with calling you greedy? Am I not the greedy -- or at least ungrateful -- one?

Then there are the top 1%, who alone pay nearly 40% of all federal income taxes. In a logical world, I’m sure they would love to pay “their fair share” of taxes. Instead, they are openly and arbitrarily shaken down. And reviled. Eat the rich.

In 2017, the top 1% of income earners in the U.S. paid more in taxes than the bottom 90% combined. That is an amazing factoid.

And now taxpayers are supposed to fund free stuff for those who are here illegally. And watch as crime skyrockets due to insane policies that favor criminals over the police.

Speaking of the police, many have left their jobs due to the constant attacks perpetrated against them, figuratively and literally, by the likes of Antifa and BLM and the ignorant, virtue-signaling charlatans in media, academia and Hollywood cheering those groups on.

And now, as we attempt to come out of a pandemic, truckers, pilots, teachers, healthcare workers, coaches, members of the military -- and others -- are being threatened with the loss of their jobs if they decline to receive an experimental gene therapy vaccine into their bodies. And “booster” shots after that, possibly forever.

With the ever increasing and completely illogical attacks on our society’s strong, productive and successful, the rest of us shouldn’t plan on being held aloft for much longer.

It is truly incredible that Atlas has not yet shrugged.

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dawnperiscope Monday, 25 Oct 2021 at 2:22pm

Literally stupefying indeed. Might be worth googling the definition of factoid.

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Hutchy 19 Monday, 25 Oct 2021 at 3:49pm

Dawn - I just checked and I think the article is right .

"Then there are the top 1%, who alone pay nearly 40% of all federal income taxes. In a logical world, I’m sure they would love to pay “their fair share” of taxes. Instead, they are openly and arbitrarily shaken down. And reviled. Eat the rich.

In 2017, the top 1% of income earners in the U.S. paid more in taxes than the bottom 90% combined. That is an amazing factoid."

Checked here -https://www.federalbudgetinpictures.com/do-the-rich-pay-their-fair-share/

The site shows the top 1% paid 40% in 2018 .

"Top earners remain targets for tax increases, but the federal income tax system is already highly progressive. In 2018, the latest year with available data, the top 10 percent of income earners earned 48 percent of all income and paid 71 percent of all federal income taxes."

And the view that 1% pays the same tax as the bottom 90% is a factoid ie bullshit .

This doesn't account for all the mega wealthy that pay less than the 21% top rate .

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Hutchy 19 Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 at 8:48am

Viclocal - I know you are intensely interested in who instigated the riot on the US Capitol . Seems like it could have been a Federal Agent .

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If Revolver News’s previous reporting points to a proactive role of the federal government in relation to the conspiracy cases against Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, the Ray Epps story that follows suggests a similar, yet more egregious, explicit, direct and immediate degree of federal involvement in the breach of the Capitol itself.

Here is a transcript of Thomas Massie’s exchange with the Attorney General, just in case you skipped past the video above.

Rep. Massie: As far as we can determine, the individual who was saying he’ll probably go to jail, he’ll probably be arrested, but they need to go into the Capitol the next day, is then directing people into the Capitol the next day, is then the next day directing people to the Capitol. And as far as we can find. You said this is one of the most sweeping in history. Have you seen that video, or those frames from that video?

AG Garland: So as I said at the outset, one of the norms of the Justice Department is to not comment on pending investigations, and particularly not to comment on particular scenes or particular individuals.

Rep. Massie: I was hoping today to give you an opportunity to put to rest the concerns that people have that there were federal agents or assets of the federal government present on January 5 and January 6. Can you tell us, without talking about particular incidents or particular videos, how many agents or assets of the federal government were present on January 6, whether they agitated to go into the Capitol, and if any of them did?

AG Garland: So I’m not going to violate this norm of, uh, of, of, of, the rule of law.

[Looks down and away]

I’m not going to comment on an investigation that’s ongoing.

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Hutchy 19 Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 at 8:53am

Big Tech controlling the Internet .

Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com,

It is completely unsurprising to learn, as Politico reported last Wednesday, that the major financial supporter of Facebook "whistleblower” Frances Haugen's sprawling P.R. and legal network coordinating her public campaign is the billionaire founder of EBay, Pierre Omidyar. The Haugen Show continues today as a consortium of carefully-cultivated news outlets (including those who have been most devoted to agitating for online censorship: the New York Times’ "tech” unit and NBC News's “disinformation” team) began publishing the trove of archives she took from Facebook under the self-important title "The Facebook Papers,” while the star herself has traveled to London to testify today to British lawmakers considering a bill to criminally punish tech companies that allow “foul content” or “extremism” — whatever that means — to be published.

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udo Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 at 9:26am

Elon just picked up 25 Billion

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Hutchy 19 Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 at 9:38am

Tesla also went through the Trillion market cap as you probably know udo .

Sometimes the company is called the widow maker . The shorters have been massacred .

Musk was tweeting his head off .

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 1:18pm
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Hutchy 19 Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 3:18pm

This article might change your mind Connie ( ha ha ) .

Would Facebook and Twitter suppressed this news if it was Trump's son ? Read the article for much more .

Notably, it illustrates a partisan divide that now defines so much political debate and news coverage. Though much of the story was reported even-handedly and in-depth by some news outlets, including RealClearInvestigations, it was suppressed at crucial times by anti-Trump Democrats; left-leaning legacy media outlets relying on inaccurate or dishonest and probably partisan intelligence sources; and social media giants Facebook and Twitter.

The greatest consequence was the stifling of an October surprise of potentially historic proportions: Emails from Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop, suggesting an aspiring president mixed up in corrupt foreign dealings by his son, did not break through to wide public awareness during the 2020 presidential campaign, as polling indicated. To this day, the Wikipedia entry for Hunter Biden makes a single passing mention of "a laptop purportedly belonging to Biden."

The Hunter Biden story was suppressed in several ways:

It was suppressed during the first Trump impeachment in late 2019 and early 2020: Democratic House trial managers rejected Republican attempts to call witnesses who could shed light on Hunter and the former vice president's dealings in Ukraine. These included Eric Ciaramella, the "whistleblower" kept anonymous by Democrats and most media who worked on Ukraine policy for Biden when the Vice President was President Obama's "point man" for the country. The impeachment failed in the GOP-controlled Senate, but it nevertheless succeeded in shifting attention from Hunter and onto President Trump's alleged abuse of his office to blackmail Ukraine's leader to destroy his opponent Biden.

It was suppressed late in the 2020 campaign by intelligence sources leaking to compliant major media: When the New York Post last October published exclusives rebutting Joe Biden’s repeated statements that he knew nothing about his son’s business activities abroad, the Biden campaign and its media allies sought to discredit the news, notably quoting intelligence veterans who claimed the release of the Hunter Biden emails had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian intelligence operation."

It was also suppressed late in the campaign by social media. When the New York Post tweeted out the story, Twitter suspended the newspaper’s account, claiming it would not disseminate stories based on hacked materials — even though the Post’s story was not based on such information. And Facebook, in a departure from its moderation practices, admitted to curbing the reach of the Post story before it had been fact-checked at all.

It wasn't until after the election that the New York Post was vindicated: With the laptop in its possession for some time, the FBI revealed that Hunter Biden had long been under investigation, but the probe was kept quiet for fear of tilting the presidential campaign.

Now it is clear the Hunter Biden story is not going away. Revelations continue to emerge from hard drive of the laptop, first obtained by Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani. A new book on the Bidens by Ben Schreckinger of Politico, well received by major media, has verified some emails on the laptop. And ethical questions continue to be raised (as recently as last week) over anticipated high-priced sales of novice painter Hunter's abstract artwork to anonymous buyers.

RCI's Hunter Biden Reader, a standing feature to be updated as needed, is arranged by the topic areas below, hyperlinking to reading in further detail. But for an overview of the central issues raised, here are five foundational articles:

ABC News’ 2019 interview, “Hunter Biden Defends Foreign Ventures but Concedes Political 'Mistake,'” in which he conceded that his private ventures have political implications for his father’s career.

Paul Sperry’s October 2020 article for RCI, “Joe Biden's Boosters Wrote Prodigal Son Hunter's Entire Resume,” which reported that virtually all the jobs in his adult life came courtesy of the former six-term senator’s donors, lobbyists and allies.

The New York Post’s exclusive from October 2020, “Emails Tie Biden, Son to Burisma Exec,” which was the first to mine information on the Hunter Biden laptop to challenge his father’s claim that he had nothing to do with his son’s foreign business ventures, including his lucrative service on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma.

Breitbart’s October 2020 article, “'Big Guy' in Email Was Joe Biden, Recipient Confirms,” on the claims by whistleblower CEO and Biden insider Tony Bobulinski that he personally witnessed Joe Biden discussing business deals with his son.

National Review’s September 2020 article “Hunter Biden's Deals With Russians, Chinese, Kazakhs Etc.,” which detailed a Senate report describing extensive business dealings that Hunter pursued with politically connected foreign nationals while his father was vice president.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/all-about-bidens

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blackers Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 4:24pm

Yawn.
"Overall, we rate ZeroHedge an extreme right-biased conspiracy website based on the promotion of false/misleading/debunked information...."- Media Bias Fact Check.

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 4:48pm
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Yawn.
"Overall, we rate ZeroHedge an extreme right-biased conspiracy website based on the promotion of false/misleading/debunked information...."- Media Bias Fact Check.

his right https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 4:59pm

Like father, like son.

Yo, id's dad, have you checked out Breitbart?

You'll love it.

RIGHT up your alley, Hutchy 91.

Yew!

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Hutchy 19 Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 8:42pm

Blackers - If you read the summary you would have seen the stories that were suppressed were by the NY Post , ABC News , a book that details a Senate Inquiry ,Breitbart’s . Details on his laptop , why his crappy artwork got shown by a gallery etc .

All these may be right wing . If this was about Trumps son and it came from Iran or the Klu Klux Klan would it have been suppressed and not reported in the mainstream media ?

A very simple question that doesn't need to be fact checked .

We all know the answer . They spent months endlessly reporting on a now proven falsehood - Russian collusion . Something the FBI knew was made up .

They would have LOVED any lap top that could even be remotely linked to Trump , any job Trump Jnr was given , any relationship with hookers or drugs . Imagine their reviews on the art work .

They would have had a field day for FOUR years . They tried to convince the people of the US for 4 years to get rid of him . So did the FBI , CIA , Big Tech and the swamp .

It worked in the end and now the people wish they had not listened to the BS and voted Biden in . Look at the polls .

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H2O Friday, 29 Oct 2021 at 3:56pm

The apprentice is learning the trade and may soon have his ticket.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/10/trump-running-presiden...

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H2O Sunday, 31 Oct 2021 at 6:23pm

I think one of my first posts on SN was recommending the book "The Silent invasion" by Clive Hamilton. Now here I am posting a link to a piece from a left leaning dovish think tank . Oh well. I think we need to keep our minds open to all sources (if you've got the time) and figure it out for yourself.
https://quincyinst.org/2020/09/18/the-environmental-costs-of-u-s-militar...

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Constance B Gibson Tuesday, 2 Nov 2021 at 2:37pm

In the words of Joe Rogan himself, "I'm not a respected source of information".

https://junkee.com/joe-rogan-gruen-ad-propaganda/313694

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Constance B Gibson wrote:

In the words of Joe Rogan himself, "I'm not a respected source of information".

https://junkee.com/joe-rogan-gruen-ad-propaganda/313694

Lol. You’re pushing shit uphill if you think being a J Rogan critic aligns you with considering thinking.

Facto= Style over substance since day dot.

David Lynch! ( orgasm) …..lololol

Time to update the cultural references bloke. Actually- it’s time to start thinking for yourself. Take five from the “Handbook for barely adequate middle managers from the Golgafrinchan Ark ship B” and check out the state of the zeitgeist instead of second guessing it from the reactions of your personal opposition.

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Constance B Gibson Tuesday, 2 Nov 2021 at 2:50pm

You still here, sweetie?

Thought you'd been sectioned...what with all the conspiracy shtuff, Hanson's poll (hahahaha), and general RA dribble of late...

Take care.

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Constance B Gibson Tuesday, 2 Nov 2021 at 2:49pm

Actually, Bloke-in, pertaining to nasty types on here calling you a liar and such, can I ask you a Hutchy 91 style question with a yes and no answer?

Are you John Dory?

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Distracted Tuesday, 2 Nov 2021 at 8:39pm

Connie, the question is, are you Facto?!

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Blackers - If you read the summary you would have seen the stories that were suppressed were by the NY Post , ABC News , a book that details a Senate Inquiry ,Breitbart’s . Details on his laptop , why his crappy artwork got shown by a gallery etc .

All these may be right wing . If this was about Trumps son and it came from Iran or the Klu Klux Klan would it have been suppressed and not reported in the mainstream media ?

A very simple question that doesn't need to be fact checked .

We all know the answer . They spent months endlessly reporting on a now proven falsehood - Russian collusion . Something the FBI knew was made up .

They would have LOVED any lap top that could even be remotely linked to Trump , any job Trump Jnr was given , any relationship with hookers or drugs . Imagine their reviews on the art work .

They would have had a field day for FOUR years . They tried to convince the people of the US for 4 years to get rid of him . So did the FBI , CIA , Big Tech and the swamp .

It worked in the end and now the people wish they had not listened to the BS and voted Biden in . Look at the polls .

Russian collusion is not a proven falsehood Hutchy, that's a flat out lie. They were unable to establish it, it was not proven incorrect, not at all. Many people were charged and indeed convicted related to this, despite the intensive efforts to obstruct the investigation - which also led to charges and convictions.

How about you take a look at the approval ratings - there's some good graphics from wikipedia actually:


There's Trumps approval ratings - roughly sitting around the low 40's on average.


Here' Joe Bidens - looks like an average around 50 to me thus far. Only the most recent portion gets as low as Trumps average.

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simba Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 6:00am

everyone needs to watch this

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wallpaper Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 6:52am

no mate. you need to get a different hobby.

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Hutchy 19 wrote:

Blackers - If you read the summary you would have seen the stories that were suppressed were by the NY Post , ABC News , a book that details a Senate Inquiry ,Breitbart’s . Details on his laptop , why his crappy artwork got shown by a gallery etc .

All these may be right wing . If this was about Trumps son and it came from Iran or the Klu Klux Klan would it have been suppressed and not reported in the mainstream media ?

A very simple question that doesn't need to be fact checked .

We all know the answer . They spent months endlessly reporting on a now proven falsehood - Russian collusion . Something the FBI knew was made up .

They would have LOVED any lap top that could even be remotely linked to Trump , any job Trump Jnr was given , any relationship with hookers or drugs . Imagine their reviews on the art work .

They would have had a field day for FOUR years . They tried to convince the people of the US for 4 years to get rid of him . So did the FBI , CIA , Big Tech and the swamp .

It worked in the end and now the people wish they had not listened to the BS and voted Biden in . Look at the polls .

Russian collusion is not a proven falsehood Hutchy, that's a flat out lie. They were unable to establish it, it was not proven incorrect, not at all. Many people were charged and indeed convicted related to this, despite the intensive efforts to obstruct the investigation - which also led to charges and convictions.

How about you take a look at the approval ratings - there's some good graphics from wikipedia actually:


There's Trumps approval ratings - roughly sitting around the low 40's on average.


Here' Joe Bidens - looks like an average around 50 to me thus far. Only the most recent portion gets as low as Trumps average.

I get that it's only a snap shot of this year, but interesting to see Bidens approval rating on a steady decline, actually seems its now at a new all time low of 42%

Also interesting but no surprise that after Trump he has the worst approval rating of any president.

Picked the most left leaning article "Joe Biden's approval ratings are worse than every recent president -- except 1 -- at this stage"

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/25/politics/joe-biden-donald-trump-gallu...

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Constance B Gibson Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 4:15pm

Strike!

"They don’t like what corporate America is up to.

And what it’s up to is called class war. Most recently it was conducted by arm-twisting all so-called moderate Dems to kill the formerly $3.5 trillion bill’s corporate tax increases. Because our oligarchs aren’t content with a handful of billionaires owning as much wealth as the entire middle class. They want more. And they certainly don’t intend to relinquish any of it. Oh no, they have no plans for doing that.

But rich corporate America may have pushed things too far. It may have awakened a sleeping giant. For as workers quit in droves – as many commentators noted in recent weeks – those that stay…go out on strike. In August roughly 4.3 million workers walked off the job for good. That’s 2.9 percent of the workforce. And those that aren’t saying, in the words of a Bernie Sanders’ operative, “flip your own damn burgers and sweep your own damn floors,” strike instead."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/10/29/class-war-heats-up/

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JQ Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 4:47pm

Indo, I think what's interesting about those approval ratings charts (there's loads more on the wikipedia page) is to note the general downwards trend overall, across many administrations over the years. I doubt many leaders are going to poll much over 50% for some time. I guess it's indicative of the level of division at this point in time.

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flollo Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 5:21pm

Republicans just won Virginia while the New Jersey race appears to be super tight and too early to call. Both states heavily voted for Biden last year.

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Hutchy 19 Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 5:56pm

Zerohedge

Democrats knowledge of wealth is like the old saying about pornography, they know it when they see it (or in Hunter Biden’s case, when they film it).

But unlike porn, they don’t know where it comes from. Also unlike porn, they know wealth has to be destroyed.

Because wealth is the thing that negates what they call equity. Egalitarianism wasn’t enough. Now we need equal outcomes where each player’s deficits are boosted to make results the same.

What better way to make the rich pay their “fair share” than by seizing the wealth they obviously must have stolen? And using that to even the playing field?

It’s notable that instead of going after the two-and-twenty of the carried interest set, the Democrats sought a mark-to-market tax on equities (a tax on unrealized gains). It was explained as a way to collect capital gains taxes earlier, in order to fund their hyperspend agenda. But it was really a way to collect estate taxes early, as it was structurally designed to force the sale of assets and to destroy wealth.

The wealth tax failed this time because its mechanics were too dumb. That’s what you get when you let Sen. B.S. (obsessed with millionaires and billionaires) and noted Native American Sen. Elizabeth Warren write tax policy.

People asked:

What happens when the market declines? Does the government cut everyone a check?

How is something non-fungible like a piece of real estate valued? Works of art?

What if someone only has one non-financial asset that makes them wealthy?

Do they have to sell it to pay the tax? Take out loans?

This time they couldn’t answer any of those questions. But the details don’t matter, the target does.

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JQ Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 6:28pm

Ha, Zerohedge...

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Vic Local Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 7:51pm

When I see ID start a post with the word zero hedge, I instantly head the to the toilet for a big dump, wipe my arse, and look at the skid mark on the TP for five minutes.
It's exactly like reading his post, but at least there is a positive outcome with cleared bowels.

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ringostarr Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 8:26pm
Hutchy 19 wrote:

I received a lot of abuse for saying that high income earners pay their way re taxes . An update .

American Thinker

Incredibly, in 2020, approximately 61% of Americans paid no federal income taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Therefore, approximately 39% of Americans paid all federal income taxes.

They are rewarded for this staggering largess by being told they need to “pay their fair share.” Their “fair share,” one might logically surmise, would be around 39% of the federal income taxes paid, not 100%. The top 20% of income earners pay about 67% of federal taxes. “Progressive,” you know. They should be lauded as pillars of the community, as not only the most productive, but the most charitable folks in society. (Whether they wanted to be or not.) Instead, they are called “greedy” by the self-same people who receive the benefits of this mass income redistribution.

Literally stupefying.

If you make a lot more money than I do, have more wealth than I do, and you are made to give me a bunch of it, how is it that I could possibly get away with calling you greedy? Am I not the greedy -- or at least ungrateful -- one?

Then there are the top 1%, who alone pay nearly 40% of all federal income taxes. In a logical world, I’m sure they would love to pay “their fair share” of taxes. Instead, they are openly and arbitrarily shaken down. And reviled. Eat the rich.

In 2017, the top 1% of income earners in the U.S. paid more in taxes than the bottom 90% combined. That is an amazing factoid.

And now taxpayers are supposed to fund free stuff for those who are here illegally. And watch as crime skyrockets due to insane policies that favor criminals over the police.

Speaking of the police, many have left their jobs due to the constant attacks perpetrated against them, figuratively and literally, by the likes of Antifa and BLM and the ignorant, virtue-signaling charlatans in media, academia and Hollywood cheering those groups on.

And now, as we attempt to come out of a pandemic, truckers, pilots, teachers, healthcare workers, coaches, members of the military -- and others -- are being threatened with the loss of their jobs if they decline to receive an experimental gene therapy vaccine into their bodies. And “booster” shots after that, possibly forever.

With the ever increasing and completely illogical attacks on our society’s strong, productive and successful, the rest of us shouldn’t plan on being held aloft for much longer.

It is truly incredible that Atlas has not yet shrugged.

Hutchy, thanks for those stats. According to the data you've quoted, the top 20% of income earners pay about 67% of federal taxes. On the surface, that does sound quite high. But, more relevantly, what % of the nation's wealth do the top 20% own? I would be surprised if it was below 67%. And was there any data on what % of their income they pay to IRS, compared to the % of income paid by the average taxpayer that isn't in the elite 20%?

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Vic Local Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 8:29pm
Vic Local wrote:

When I see ID start a post with the word zero hedge, I instantly head the to the toilet for a big dump, wipe my arse, and look at the skid mark on the TP for five minutes.
It's exactly like reading his post, but at least there is a positive outcome with cleared bowels.

Sorry ID, I got that wrong. It was Hutchy19 regurgitating rubbish from Zerohedge.

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GuySmiley Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 8:39pm

You have such a way with words VL

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JQ Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 8:47pm
ringostarr wrote:

Hutchy, thanks for those stats. According to the data you've quoted, the top 20% of income earners pay about 67% of federal taxes. On the surface, that does sound quite high. But, more relevantly, what % of the nation's wealth do the top 20% own? I would be surprised if it was below 67%. And was there any data on what % of their income they pay to IRS, compared to the % of income paid by the average taxpayer that isn't in the elite 20%?

Don't ask difficult questions ringo, the far right warriors like hutch will not be satisfied until we've fully reverted to feudalism.

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Vic Local Wednesday, 3 Nov 2021 at 8:51pm
GuySmiley wrote:

You have such a way with words VL

Thanks GS. I like to paint word pictures. When you read my post, could you see me seated on the thrown staring at a skiddie?