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    The Tax Cut That Wasn't

    Yes, but excluding Amazon's part-timers, contractors and others (mainly poorly paid US workers allowed under the US 'minimum wage' regime), think of the billions of dollars of tax paid by Amazon's 613,000-strong worldwide workforce. It's better to ka-ching from a US base rather than export the whole Amazonian kit and caboodle to China. Or is it?
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Seven moderate Labour MP's dump Corbyn and his party’s stance on Brexit and economic policies The seven Labour MPs who resigned represent the first co-ordinated departure of Labour MPs since Corbyn became leader in 2015. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, warned that more MPs would resign if the party did not change. “I love this party — but sometimes I no longer recognise it,” Watson said, calling on Corbyn to do more to reflect the “balance of opinion” among Labour MPs. The resignations are not expected to trigger an immediate change in Corbyn’s ambiguous Brexit policy, or alter the daunting parliamentary arithmetic facing Prime Minister May's as she struggles to secure approval for her withdrawal agreement. Corbyn said he was “disappointed” by the MPs’ departure. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said a Labour split would be “like the 1980s” when the formation of the Social Democratic party in 1981 enabled Margaret Thatcher to stay in power as Conservative prime minister. “What happens now will be determined by who comes forward and supports us . . . This really is it, guys,” one of the 'Group of Seven' resigned Labour MP's said. The 'Group of Seven' delivered a broad critique of Corbyn’s leadership, saying his Labour party had failed “to provide a strong and coherent alternative to the Conservatives’ approach” to Brexit, “threatens to destabilise the British economy in pursuit of ideological objectives” and “would weaken our national security”. Resigned Labour MP and Jew, Luciana Berger, says anti-semitism has become entrenched in the UK Labour party under Corbyn One of the Labour MPs who resigned, Luciana Berger, said she could no longer stay in a party that had become “institutionally anti-Semitic” and had “a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation”. Another of the 'Seven', Chris Leslie said Labour had been hijacked by the “machine politics of the hard-left.” Fellow 'Seven' resignee, Mike Gapes said he was sickened by anti-Semitism in the party and was furious with the Labour leadership for facilitating Brexit. “Jeremy Corbyn and those around him are on the wrong side of so many international issues, from Russia, to Syria to Venezuela,” Gapes said. London mayor Sadiq Khan said “the Labour Party needs to do much more to root out the evil of anti-Semitism.” Tellingly, Khan went on to say: “when the Labour Party splits it only leads to one outcome – a Tory government.” Approval for Corbyn, which was already low, has plunged over his response to the Brexit deadlock. One poll found Corbyn's ‘dissatisfaction’ score at 72 per cent, a record for any opposition leader whether Labour, Conservative or drover's dog. https://on.ft.com/2GOaj7j or https://www.ft.com/content/924b9286-335e-11e9-bb0c-42459962a812 Additional reporting: https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/labour-centrists-quit-party-recalling-failed-80s-experiment-20190218-p50ynq.html
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    At the end of that last Partridge piece, there's a shot of the old BBC Television Centre when it was a going concern. Now it's a giant apartment complex up for sale with ghostly apparitions of past stars haunting the corridors. Pricey too. I wouldn't mind a one-bedder in the Python wing but. https://televisioncentre.com/
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    Emergency Powers

    How could anyone argue with someone who says "I'm insane but" three times in a single post?
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    I do find Coogan and Brydon's Trip movies mildly amusing. Beautiful cinematography to boot (when outside the UK, especially in the Italian Trip).
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Of course you're right Foxy, one cannot forget Deep Purple and their wonderful tribute to Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford, with those marvellous lyrics in their tributous Mary Long song circa 1973 : Mary Long is a hypocriteShe does all the things that she tells us not to doSelling filth from a corner shopAnd knitting patterns to the high street queueShe paints roses, even makes them smell goodAnd then she draws titties on the khazi wallDrowns kittens just to get a thrillAnd writes sermons in the Sunday Chronicle #ends Aww, they just don't write 'em like that anymore. Pfft, Porny Lord.
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Foxy is the Eddie Izzard of ETF
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Of course in about six months' time people will say: Corbyn who? But alas, women will keep on shooting, and increasingly so.
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    If you two didn't post so much Twitter tripe to this thread and instead made your posts factual, engaging and vaguely interesting; perhaps this Corbyn thread wouldn't be languishing in the viewing doldrums: Y'all need moar gunz.
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Perhaps Nazi jacket-wearing emo shut-ins with no taste in music should keep quiet, no?
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Despite Americans' extraordinarily bad dress sense, only mad Scotsman Donald Trump Esq. would play golf with the Queen while wearing a kilt. Ban the kilt. "I don't suppose I could grab your vag, Madge?"
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Yes, but by the same token, who would take any notice of a Scottish git regurgitating US political conspiracy theories espoused by an Aussie astrologer and then ramming that raw tripe down the throats of our American brethren and brethrenesses here at ETF? At least I don't believe in astrologers, let alone a maddie with no shred of credibility. Could it be that Jerry's extraordinarily high-level disapproval ratings among potential voters can be attributed to his: anti-semitism lack of economic nouse misogyny friendship with Arab killers friendship with Russian arsehole criminals confusion over whether he's anti- or pro-Brexit inability to fight his way out of a wet paper bag ability to lie non-condemnation of pedophiles inability to gauge the mood of the public Get.Rid.Of.Jerry.
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    Women who shoot men . . .

    Woman shoots ex-lover and girlfriend in bad bust-up Saginaw, MI - A breakup involving two women and a new girlfriend led to an attack that left all three women shot, according to Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel. “One fell out of love with the other and in love with someone else,” Federspiel said. “She couldn’t handle it and was going to kill them all and maybe even herself.” Sherry Mandel, 56, of Owosso, is accused of parking her vehicle down the road and walking to her ex-girlfriend’s home armed with a wrench and handgun, according to Federspiel. Police believe Sherry forced her way inside the home and bound and gagged her ex-girlfriend while waiting for the woman’s new girlfriend to arrive, Federspiel said. Once the third woman arrived, police allege Sherry shot her and then turned the gun on her ex and shot her as well, the sheriff said. “Then there was a struggle and the gun went off and the suspect was shot as well and that bought time for the two victims to get out of the home,” Federspiel said. One of Federspiel’s sheriff detectives was nearby and able to arrive on the scene along with officers from Michigan State Police and St. Charles police. They moved the victims away from the area to an ambulance which took them to a nearby airfield to be flown to hospitals. The victims are listed in serious and critical conditions. Sherry barricaded herself in the home, but police were able to talk her out. She was transported to a Saginaw hospital where she was treated and released into police custody. She was arraigned on two counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of felony firearms. Each assault charge is punishable by up to life in prison. The judge set a $1 million cash bond for Sherry. https://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw-bay-city/2018/12/breakup-led-to-attack-that-left-3-women-shot-in-chesaning-sheriff-says.html
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    Women who shoot men . . .

    Woman Charged With Murder After Robbery, Shooting at Motel 6 A 24-year-old woman arrested following a fatal shooting at a Fort Worth Motel 6 Saturday, has been charged with capital murder. Police said Cassandra Garcia was one of several people who entered a room at the motel at about 8 a.m. and began robbing people inside. During the robbery, one of the robbery victims was shot and killed. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Woman-Charged-With-Murder-After-Fatal-Motel-6-Robbery-Shooting-475868693.html
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    At this rate, the Tories won't even need DUP at the next election - they'll bolt in.
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Feel free to list all the reasons, in your opinion, Corbyn isn't regularly leading the polls by at least 5+ percentage points . He's unelectable. Get a new Labour opposition leader before it's too late and UK Labour slips further into the mire.
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    You would think if Jerry and his uncosted grab-bag of populist socialist policies were so good, he'd be miles ahead in the polls, but he's not. The sooner Jerry stands down the better. But there'll always be an England (without Jerry).
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    Because your beloved Corbyn has tanked in polling ever since. Given the mess the Tories are in, a drover's dead dog would be more popular as opposition leader than Jerry. Oh well, if Jerry's thoughtless comments help keep his mitts off the levers of power, then that's a good thing. Look at the latest downward spiral in Labour popularity over the last few weeks: And if we look at the polls over the last 56 days since Jerry made his misogynistic comment in Parliament, the Tories have won 40% more polls outright than Jerry and Labour (excluding ties):
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    New Coup Against Corbyn

    In Parliament no less, on or before 19 December 2018, Jeremy Corbyn called Theresa May a 'stupid woman'. We can now add liar to the Trumpian description of Corbyn: Lyin' Jerry Corbyn. So he's now a lying pro-Brexit, anti-semitic, misogynistic piece of shit. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/19/world/europe/jeremy-corbyn-theresa-may-stupid-woman.html
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    Tulsi Gabbard 2020

    Actor who played Hitler, dies aged 77 from cancer Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who gave a masterful performance as Adolf Hitler in Downfall, succumbed to cancer “in the early hours of the morning” at his home in Zurich. https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/downfall-actor-bruno-ganz-who-played-hitler-dies-in-zurich-at-77/news-story/78fc53fa2a49118194839505bceda52b
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    Women who shoot men . . .

    Woman fires 15 shots at two men looking for their dog Goodlettsville,TN - Metro police have arrested a woman who they say fired more than a dozen shots at two men who were looking for their dog. Ashley Pepin, 32, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The two men told police they were out raccoon hunting with their dog when it ran off. The dog had a GPS device so the men tracked it to Ridgewood Road. As the two pulled into the driveway, police say Pepin came out and asked if they had any beer. The men said they did not and told Pepin they were looking for their dog. According to the affidavit, Pepin told the men she had the dog and invited them inside. When the men declined, police say Pepin went inside, grabbed a gun and came back outside, pointing the gun at the men. Officers say as they were backing out of the driveway, she started shooting, firing about 15 shots. Officers say Pepin admitted to shooting at the men and to drinking. Officers reporting finding shell casing outside her house. The arrest affidavit makes no mention of what happened to the dog the men were looking for. https://www.wkrn.com/news/crime-tracker/police-woman-shoots-at-men-looking-for-their-dog/1784560849
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    Women who shoot men . . .

    Woman aimed gun at boyfriend for Snapchat photo, pulls trigger shooting him dead Austin, TX - A Texas woman faces felony charges after posing for a Snapchat photo that ended with her boyfriend dead, according to police. Autumn King, 20, picked up an assault rifle and pointed the weapon squarely at her 26-year-old boyfriend Eric Allen at their shared home in Austin, Texas. Eric was holding Autumn’s phone, ready to capture a picture of his girlfriend posing with the rifle for Snapchat — but then she inadvertently pulled the trigger, police said. Autumn told authorities she was “trying to be like Bonnie and Clyde” and that she “didn’t even pull it (the trigger), I just barely touched it,” KXAN reports. Eric was dead by the time emergency responders got to the home. The gunshot wound was the cause of death, and the county medical examiner’s office said the death was a homicide. Two kids were in the apartment during the shooting, police said. “A 10-year-old and a nine-month-old got to watch their daddy die today. The hardest thing in the world that you can see is your daddy laying on the floor dead,” LaQuisha Allen, the victim’s sister, told KXAN. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article224595570.html
  23. The latest poll in the Sydney seat of Wentworth has independent Dr Kerryn Phelps winning the seat on 55.4 per cent of the two-candidate preferred vote, ahead of the Liberals' (conservative) Dave Sharma. The seat is having a by-election next weekend on 20 October following the shock resignation of former PM and Wentworth Liberal member, Malcolm Turnbull. On primary votes, Sharma is sitting on 38.8 per cent, with Phelps on 23.5 per cent and Labor's Tim Murray polling 17.2 per cent. The poll had a three point margin of error and was based on a small sample. https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/turnbull-disagrees-with-son-on-sharma-pm/news-story/b5fbc921deebdb0a431b9e893db12562 Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held this seat with a massive 17% margin at the 2016 election. It has never been out of 'conservative hands'. It's also one of Australia's most progressive seats, with more gays living in it than anywhere else in the country alongside Australia's biggest concentration of Jews and an unusually high percentage of voters wanting action on climate change. Enter independent Dr Kerryn Phelps who's gay, Jewish, a small business owner and a climate change belieber. Dyed-in-the-wool Liberal-voting Wentworthians were shocked when 'our Malcolm' was dumped as PM by the Liberal Party and ScoMo installed. Many want to send a protest 'vote' to the Liberal Party of Australia. Phelpsy's it. Labor can't win and neither can the Greens. To win, Phelps has to be in second place on the first round counting of primary votes ahead of Labor. The plan, created by Labor strategist Darrin Barnett whom Phelpsy hired mid-campaign, is that after preferences are distributed, Phelpsy will leapfrog Sharma on a two-party preferred basis and wrest this seat off the conservatives for the first time since the seat was established in 1900. To make it easier for rusted-on Liberals to vote for Phelpsy, she's preferenced the Liberals over Labor. So if Labor's in second place on first preferences, Sharma will bolt in if people who voted for Phelpsy preferenced Liberal over Labor as per her 'How-to-Vote-Card': Unfortunately the Greens, 'Science Party', Australian Liberty Alliance and Australian People's Party have preferenced Labor over Phelps on their "How-to-Vote-Cards" which won't help in getting a winning candidate over the magic 50% mark when preferences are distributed assuming Phelps is in second place after the first count. Confused? Let's look at how the preferences were distributed in the last Wentworth election back in 2016: Note that in the table above when the Greens' candidate's preferences were distributed on the seventh allocation of preferences giving 11,197 preference votes to Labor (78% of Greens' voters preferenced Labor over the rest of the field). Surprisingly, 3,072 Greens' voters preferenced the Liberals over Labor in that election I hope voters think about what they're doing this time. Right-wing snark, Joe Hildebrand nearly explains it correctly here: https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/politics/joe-hildebrand-the-incredibly-dumb-blunder-that-could-decide-expm-malcolm-turnbulls-seat/news-story/8c41672a121356bcef4edfa1e6a3122a The Liberals have resorted to scary-bizarre letterbox propaganda: Phelpsy made a rookie mistake early on in the campaign confusing preferences with preference, flipflopping with a half-pike twist. Pity. I spoke with Labor's Tim Murray after I voted early last week. It's clear Labor's running dead from what he couldn't tell me! All Labor wants is an "anyone but Liberal" result so they can bash ScoMo's so-called new-found credibility and forge a bigger win in the General Election next year (or earlier!) The Greens bloke campaigning at the early-voting-centre at the Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre was very helpful and confirmed what Hildebrand said in his piece, but he hated Joe with a passion! He also didn't agree with how the Greens preferenced and couldn't understand how they worked it out. Other developments: Former Liberal party leader, Wentworthian and climate change campaigner John Hewson has urged people not to vote Liberal 'this time' Malcolm Turnbull's son, Alex, also urged people not to vote Liberal Malcolm allegedly supported Sharma's nomination for Wentworth (but has been leaking to the media causing ScoMo hassles, like Ruddock's 'secret' religious freedom report) Anthony Green think the Liberals will hold on (bugger) I don't think Billy-Bob Shorten has set foot in the electorate to press the flesh because he knows he shouldn't as the majority of clear -thinking Australians don't think much of him either Other info: http://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/wentworth-by-election-2018/ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-29/malcolm-turnbulls-personal-popularity-looms-large-in-wentworth/10174242 Old pub test: https://www.themonthly.com.au/today/paddy-manning/2018/14/2018/1536904013/pub-test-wentworth
  24. And today's big alarmist headline: Labor may have just lost the election Prime MInister Scott Morrison was humiliated by the loss as the Medivac legislation passed through the lower house the other day. The result showed the government had lost control of Parliament. Yet he was spared a greater blow by Labor and the crossbenchers, who took the appropriation out of the bill by making sure there was no remuneration for the expert panel who would rule on refugee medical transfers. Labor Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, could have pushed harder and chose not to. The Opposition Leader did not turn the government’s loss into a call for an election. Given the way this Parliament carries on, that is a shame. There is a contradiction in everything Morrison says. He has made the medical transfer bill out to be a momentous change that presents a grave threat to border integrity, to the point of calling a meeting of the national security committee of cabinet, assembling border command officials and re-opening the Christmas Island detention centre. If the change is so significant, why not call an election? Morrison hesitates to follow through on his own rhetoric. This looks like weakness because it tells Australians he is not confident enough to take this fight to the ballot box right now. Australia would be better off with an election sooner rather than later. This is not about whether Morrison or Shorten should win. That is for voters to decide. After the turmoil over the Liberal leadership and now the descent into minority government, the nation would benefit from an election to decide majority government one way or the other. The question for the future is whether Morrison would have been better off going to the people immediately on border security. Shorten has better reasons for a delay because he needs the attention on asylum seekers to dissipate before the election. His greatest weakness on this issue is Labor’s own record the last time it was in government: 51,798 asylum seeker arrivals and about 2000 children in detention. A majority of Australians have been unsympathetic in the past toward asylum seekers who come by boat, according to surveys by the Scanlon Foundation at Monash University. Shorten taps into a real desire to give refugees prompt medical care, but Morrison will always change the subject to the risk of more boat arrivals. Labor may have just lost the election. The danger to Labor will depend on events, such as any hypothetical boat arrivals, but it is not to be dismissed. Mediscare worked. This scare campaign will work, too. The scale of its impact is the great unknown. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/shorten-should-have-called-for-an-election-immediately-20190214-p50xqx.html Ah, bad luck Shorty: winning the election one day, fucked the next.
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