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Old 12-19-2017, 09:14 PM
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No, didn't read your latest drivel and won't read any further responses from you.
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Hey, Erimir, the NY Times ran a front-page story today that the Republican tax plan is about to pass -- does that mean the Times FAVORS the tax plan?
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You're exactly like a Fox News airhead in an echo chamber, just from a different warped perspective.
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Heavily armed troops and anti-riot police locked down Iraqi Kurdistan's second city Sulaimaniyah on Wednesday after two days of protests killed five people and wounded nearly 200 across the region.
Armoured personnel carriers, water cannon and trucks mounted with machine guns were stationed at all of the city's main crossroads, an AFP correspondent reported.

There was virtually no traffic and most shops were closed, particularly around the central Saray Square, the epicentre of the protests against the disastrous fallout from an independence referendum.
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/ne...ty-after-riots
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Background article on the Saudi failures. Worth reading in its entirety, but here's the most obvious conclusion:

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It is Saudi Arabia – and not its rivals – that is becoming isolated. The political balance of power in the region changed to its disadvantage over the last two years. Some of this predates the elevation of MbS: by 2015 it was becoming clear that a combination of Sunni states led by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey was failing to carry out regime change in Damascus. This powerful grouping has fragmented, with Turkey and Qatar moving closer to the Russian-backed Iranian-led axis, which is the dominant power in the northern tier of the Middle East between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean.
Cracks in the House of Saud: the Pratfalls of the Crown Prince

Oh and Aoun of Lebanon (the Middle East's only Christian president) is pretty pissed off at the Saudis and gets his revenge in small ways:

Lebanon keeps Saudi ambassador waiting for a month
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:40 PM
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Old 12-22-2017, 04:36 AM
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Old 12-25-2017, 09:51 AM
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The Israel-U.S.-Saudi alliance will likely end in disaster | +972 Magazine

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Israel is looking reap three major benefits from its relationship with Saudi Arabia: the creation of a united, regional front against Iran and its proxies, influence over events in Syria, and reduced support for the Palestinian independence struggle.
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The failure to realize these goals stems not only from the complicated reality in the Middle East, but also from the fact that the tripartite partnership between Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United States is inherently incapable of achieving them.
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Netanyahu and the Israeli security establishment have not learned from past mistakes. They did not not try to limit the U.S. arming of Saudi Arabia, nor have they lifted finger to halt Saudi support for radicalization and worldwide terrorism. Quite the contrary, they have offered political backing and legitimization to the Saudi crown-prince and his dangerous adventures throughout the Middle East.

Theirs is a mistaken gamble. Considering the failed Saudi campaign in Yemen, in addition to Iran’s successful involvement in Syria and Iraq, the faltering Saudi economy, and internal power struggles at the top of the Saudi regime, chances are that Prince Bin Salman will soon fall. The Saudi royal family now faces a harsh test, perhaps the harshest ever. Saudi Arabia might have skipped the Arab Spring, but it is not at all certain to survive Prince Bin Salman’s arrogant behavior.
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Old 12-27-2017, 12:38 AM
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she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.
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I can't see that going over well with most judges anywhere.
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Yeah, someone I know went to the Philippines and had to get special permission to take opioid anxiety meds. Prescription meds can be a problem in foreign countries, even if it is for yourself.
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In this part here, for example, the following exchange takes place while Harding is already against the ropes on the back of a previous failed argument. I’m going to type this up so you can clearly see what’s happening here:

Harding: Look, I’m a journalist. I’m a storyteller. I’m not a kind of head of the CIA or the NSA. But what I can tell you is that there have been similar operations in France, most recently when President Macron was elected — 
Maté: Well actually Luke that’s not true. That’s straight up not true. After that election the French cyber-intelligence agency came out and said it could have been virtually anybody.
Harding: Yeah. But, if you’ll let me finish, there’ve been attacks on the German parliament — 
Maté: Okay, but wait Luke, do you concede that the France hack that you just claimed didn’t happen?
Harding: [pause] What — that it didn’t happen? Sorry?
Maté: Do you concede that the Russian hacking of the French election that you just claimed actually is not true?
Harding: [pause] Well, I mean… that it’s not true? I mean, the French report was inconclusive, but you have to look at this kind of contextually. We’ve seen attacks on other European states as well from Russia, they have very kind of advanced cyber capabilities.
Maté: Where else?
Harding: Well, Estonia. Have you heard of Estonia? It’s a state in the Baltics which was crippled by a massive cyber attack in 2008, which certainly all kind of western European and former eastern European states think was carried out by Moscow. I mean I was in Moscow at the time, when relations between the two countries were extremely bad. This is a kind of ongoing thing. Now you might say, quite legitimately, well the US does the same thing, the UK does the same thing, and I think to a certain extent that is certainly right. I think what was different last year was the attempt to kind of dump this stuff out into kind of US public space and try and influence public opinion there. That’s unusual. And of course that’s a matter of congressional inquiry and something Mueller is looking at too.
Maté: Right. But again, my problem here is that the examples that are frequently presented to substantiate claims of this massive Russian hacking operation around the world prove out to be false. So France as I mentioned; you also mentioned Germany. There was a lot of worry about Russian hacking of the German elections, but it turned out — and there’s plenty of articles since then that have acknowledged this — that actually there was no Russian hack in Germany.

In the above exchange, Maté derailed Harding’s Gish gallop, and Harding actually admonished him for doing so, telling him “let me finish” and attempting to go on listing more flimsy examples to bolster his case as though he hadn’t just begun his Gish gallop with a completely false example.

That’s really all Harding brought to the debate. A bunch of individually weak arguments, the fact that he speaks Russian and has lived in Moscow, and the occasional straw man where he tries to imply that Maté is claiming that Vladimir Putin is an innocent girl scout. Meanwhile Maté just kept patiently dragging the debate back on track over and over again in the most polite obliteration of a man that I have ever witnessed.
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Note the author is a quack who believed Pizzagate and is a 9/11 truther and writes like a Glen Beck scammer.

Also that's some bad/pathetic arguments there. Mate seems to act like "we don't know" = "Not russia" even though we known for a fact Russia did attempt to phish the election, so their operatives were at least attempting to hack the election. Something Harding may or may not have gotten to had he been allowed to actually talk.
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At first glance this looked like a blurred nameplate from World of Tanks.
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Meanwhile, in the real world, The New York Times reports that the FBI began its Russia investigation after the US gov't was tipped off by Australian diplomats that George Papadopoulos had told them that Russia had dirt on Clinton in the form of emails... months before the hacked emails were released. That is what initiated the investigation the summer before the election.

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt - The New York Times

But I'm sure it's just yet another coincidence.
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There was a lot of worry about Russian hacking of the German elections, but it turned out — and there’s plenty of articles since then that have acknowledged this — that actually there was no Russian hack in Germany.
I looked up russian hacking in germany and quickly discovered the reason there was a lot of worry about Russian hacking in the german elections has nothing to do with accusations from the US but because Russia hacked germany in 2015 and the concern was over whether they gained anything they could use to influence 2017 elections.

A problem with advocates against claims of russian hacking is they keep taking things as individual isolated incidents, but there's plenty of reason to suspect Russia due to past events.
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There's plenty of reasons to suspect hacking by all kinds of countries. It's all very vague.
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I suppose it's comforting to know that if you're a victim of murder by cop you can always count on a go fund me to pay for the funeral.
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Perhaps Trump wants to satisfy the most aggressive wing of the Republicans in Congress by referring to the Iran Democracy Act of 2003. But public encouragement of protesters by the U.S. president (and also by the Israeli intelligence minister) only contributes to them ultimately being denounced in Iran as “foreign agents.” It will only damage the demonstrations against price hikes and unemployment at a time when huge budgets are given to the Revolutionary Guards to fight in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
There's no Revolutionary Guards in Yemen. In Syria and Iraq, yes.

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For Rouhani, the protests could be presenting an opportunity to curb the hardliners in the regime – if of course Trump permits it and restrains himself from commenting too much. Khamenei on the one side (representing the hardliners of the Islamic regime) and Trump on the other side may well be the two biggest obstacles to Iranians who want to live and work in a freer country.
Why is the US wrong and what is really happening in Iran?
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More utter crap to prepare for war with Iran: Israel exposes Iranian espionage cell in West Bank

This on the other hand is probably true but also never gonna be a problem: Syrian Army uncovers evidence of Israel’s support for Al-Qaeda in rural Damascus
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