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1) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1799830)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Ok reposting sorry (dates have been very sloppily copy/pasted)


- Spain 29 December 1978
- Austria 1955
- Greece 11 June 1975 (a bit earlier than that so other dates may be a bit off here too. Take with a grain of salt!)
- Italy 2 June 1946
- Finland... way to go Finland! :) (about 100 yrs AFAICT)
- France also looks good on paper
- Germany 23 May 1949
- East Germany 3 October 1990
- Lux also 1945 but looks good
- Holland like Lux
- Belgium like Lux
- Portugal 25 April 1976

And that's just from the first wave of EZ countries.
Let's not get into the second wave which are almost self-explanatory.

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It would be fair to say Greek democracy is only really 40yrs old. Harsh. But more fair than not.

(you could maaaybe stretch that back to 1960 or so and then hit pause for a 7yr dictatorship but I think it's a bit sloppy)
2) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1799818)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Many of the members of the EU do not have a long legacy of democratic rule so autocratic rule seems natural to them, hence the ease of it's implementation.

LOL:)
Please explain.


Damn. I wish I'd thought of that.

You know what Janne? I think Bet may be on to smthg!

I'm gonna go check some dates and brb.

Edit: In no particular order

- Spain 29 December 1978
- Austria 1955
- Greece 11 June 1975 (a bit earlier than that so other dates may be a bit off here too. Take with a grain of salt!)
- Italy 2 June 1946
- Finland... way to go Finland! :) (about 100 yrs AFAICT)
- France also looks good on paper
- Germany 23 May 1949
- East Germany 3 October 1990
- Lux also 1945 but looks good
- Holland like Lux
- Belgium like Lux
- Portugal 25 April 1976

And that's just from the first wave of EZ countries.
Let's not get into the second wave which are almost self-explanatory.
3) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1799809)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
I'm not sure what you mean by "new members".

Greece adopted the euro almost 2 years before it went into circulation...

You mean it wasn't optional in Greece's case? Because I always assumed it was.
4) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1799802)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Apologies Janne! I meant to say:

"C'mon Gary, say it! We ALL want to hear it!"

:D

Luckily Sweden is not in the Eurozone.


Yes! Unfortunately Greece was dumb enough to adopt the euro, and (double-unfortunately) the EZ was dumb enough to let 'em.
5) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1799797)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
OMG these guys appear to be awesome at first glance!
If these guys are the real deal, then this is exactly what I've been rambling on about...

These guys vs. Sanders in a GOP vs. Dem showdown in November...

I swear to God (just an expression) I'd be out of your hair... in the US threads obviously :)

Because when you take "the crazy" out of politics then it makes sense to talk about actual... policies.

(And personally I'm not THAT interested in politics. Just severely allergic to CRAZY playing around with trillions of dollars and millions of lives.)
6) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1799788)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Another problem is of course that Germany and France always want to dictate us other EU members.

So you allow this?!!

What do you think?
Sweden has 20 MEPs, with 1.7% of the seats in the EU Parliament.
Do they have a realistic opportunity to influence the EU, and are the rest of the EU even listening to us or are we run over?

You signed up knowing this?!!


Oh it gets worse:

United States federal budget

The federal budget is prepared by the Office of Management and Budget, and submitted to Congress for consideration. Invariably, Congress makes many and substantial changes. Nearly all American states are required to have balanced budgets, but the federal government is allowed to run deficits.

United Kingdom

The budget is prepared by the Treasury team led by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and is presented to Parliament by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Budget Day. It is customary for the Chancellor to stand on the steps of Number 11 Downing Street with his or her team for the media to get photographic shots of the Red Box, immediately prior to them going to the House of Commons. Once presented in the House of Commons it is debated and then voted on. Minor changes may be made however with the budget being written and presented by the party with the majority in the House of Commons (the Government), the Whips will ensure that is it passed as written by the Chancellor.

Europe

The Eurogroup has emerged as a key body in the EU's evolving economic governance... yet it is democratically accountable to no one.

Legally-speaking the monthly forum for eurozone finance ministers has a narrow remit: It is not an EU institution and it cannot adopt legally binding decisions.

Rene Repasi, a professor at Leiden University, notes the transparency vacuum in which the Eurogroup operates.

"There is a no legal obligation of the Eurogroup to inform the public or other institutions about its activities. There are no transparency rules for the Eurogroup. There are no minutes of its meetings."

Speaking to MEPs in the constitutional affairs committee on Tuesday (5 May), Repasi also pointed out that Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Eurogroup president, is "not obliged" to appear in front of any parliamentary body nor does he have to worry about any "consequences" if the Eurogroup makes a bad decision.

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C'mon, say it! We all want to hear it ;)
7) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1799758)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
(Apologies. Another out-of-sync reply)

Careful there Alex. I brought up logistics many times & got lambasted for being an anarchistic truck driver.


Anarchistic? Seriously? I wish I had been there to see that! What happened? Too much reality for the brain to compute? :P


What makes me laugh atm is Trump & Clinton, over 300,000,000 in the States & that's the best that America can come up with?


My sentiments exactly.
8) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1799750)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Apologies, kept meaning to post this days ago but too much news and too little time for the forums :)

That's why you've been hearing the words "EU" and "reform" of late from the nervous mouths of some you'd least expect, such as Germany's Angela Merkel, and Donald Tusk.


Since everyone appears to be calling Hollande a Merkel "sidekick" I guess one could make the case that Sarkozy was France's last real president. A power-crazed weirdo no-doubt but at least there was the illusion that it wasn't just Germany calling the shots.

8:55 p.m.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has put forth a dramatic proposal to change some of the European Union's basic machinery.

Sarkozy suggested Friday the EU should create a new treaty, a new borderless travel accord and trim the reach of technocrats in the bloc.

Sarkozy, a conservative, said in a declaration that a re-founding of the EU is needed after the British referendum to leave.

"The British message is exploding in the face of all European governments," Sarkozy said.

He said he wants to replace the Treaty of Lisbon that he signed off on and that took effect after years of laborious negotiations in December 2009.

Sarkozy also wants a redo of the borderless Schengen accords with a "Schengen 2" that limits free circulation to European citizens only. He also wants a European monetary fund to "assure the independence of Europe which has no need for the IMF to deal with its internal affairs."

Presenting his map for a reformed EU of 27 member states, he pressed "pillars" he leaned on as French president from 2007-2012 to keep the far right at bay — European civilization, a European identity and culture, and added a reduction in the EU's often dreaded technocracy.

"We no longer want a technocratic Europe. Democracy has rules," said Sarkozy.


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Weird, huh? Almost sounds like a confession... But wait, there's more!

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12:15 p.m.

Germany's foreign minister says the European Union must avoid falling into hysteria or shock after British voters decided to leave.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier said as he arrived Friday at a meeting with EU counterparts: "What matters now is that we keep Europe together."

He said that officials don't yet have answers to all the questions that arise from the British vote, but that people want the EU to respond to the problems they see.

Steinmeier says leaders should focus on finding "common European solutions where they are missing" — for example to the migrant crisis and doing more to boost jobs and growth.

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12:10 p.m.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Friday that "what we have to do here is not business as usual, but look at the real concerns of citizens."

Koenders warned of two short-term dangers: "those who want to take Europe apart, and the others saying we have to all at once go to even more Brussels, even more integration."

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12:10 p.m.

Austria's chancellor says Britain's decision to leave the EU shows the necessity for reforms, particularly in boosting European economies, stemming unemployment and improving working conditions.

Christian Kern says the EU needs "a reform process with a clear direction" that will be supported by citizens of member countries.

His statement issued Thursday says such themes must be discussed in Brussels but adds national governments must also provide input "because we have now seen how quickly people's trust in the EU can be lost."

Rising disenchantment with the EU in Austria contributed to the strong showing last month of a euroskeptic populist candidate who came within a few percentage points of winning presidential elections.

http://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article85703287.html


TL;DR OMG!OMG!! There are ACTUAL PEOPLE living in the EU! Stop the Press! :P
9) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1799645)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
In the European Parliament, there are international political groups. Many colours, many shades, many views, many combinations, many compromises.

http://www.itsyourparliament.eu/groups/

Life, world and the EU are not as simplistic as "us vs. them", "Sweden vs. the rest of the world", "Tories vs. Labour", "donkey vs. elephant", "black and white".


I know you're suffering from a bad case of collective narcissism forcing you to bark whenever someone attacks your precious Germany but hey... when a country's politicians are stubbornly hell bent on forcing their will on whole continent, weeell most people tend to get a bit pissy. Apparently a lot of humans abhor being evangelized to, patronized, and - worst of all - utterly incapable of voting the psycho-primadonnas OUT. If Merkel is to rule Europe, then Europeans get to vote her in or our (not just Germans). You've made it abundantly clear you think this type of "democracy" is the bees-knees but like I've said before... I think you think you are a lot smarter than you actually are.

Because not only are you defending a deranged status quo that essentially boils down to:
Texas is and will be the only state allowed to vote for a US president

But by dropping this link here:
http://www.itsyourparliament.eu/groups/
...you're advertising the fact (and this is very much a fact)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_People%27s_Party#National_legislatures

...that all the LOSERS in Europe ganged together and somehow managed to take over Europe. This deserves your full flag-waving efforts?

Sorry Snark but the king is naked AND batsh*t crazy. And by no-ones definition does any of this mess constitute a democracy. Which is why it's falling apart.

No-one's banging on the doors to get in. However a lot of people are running for the doors...

Your dialectics need a bit of a tune-up.
10) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1799552)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
I see the EUsters are screaming "My way or the highway" again.

I wonder how many times they can pull that off before they ruin the EU.

And I'd say I'm surprised by the lack of self reflection from these guys, but since all of you know I personally think we are dealing with a handful of narcissists and psychopaths weeeeell... you won't be surprised to hear I think they are humanly incapable of any (self reflection).

Edit: I just had a thought. It's funny how the only time the OTHER countries appear to have a voice and allowed to speak is when Europe wants to gang up on someone!:D

EuroK9s?
Eurominions?
EuroStockholmSyndromeCountries?

Anybody want to coin a clever phrase?
11) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1799460)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
Well that's new.

Because last Summer or so I had to email Uli and ask for her PP... instead she told me she'd contact me when she gets to London and then I would wire the money to Chris S (via PP) for him to give to her. Of course, by that time, we all forgot :)

Good news, Seti now has PP :)
Bad news... still useless to someone with a Greek bank account :(
12) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1799459)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
I didn't know...


The amount of what we "didn't know" (and still don't) is astonishing :(

Remember how I came in the Varoufakis thread (which wasn't called the Varoufakis thread back then) waving an EU flag? Aaah, those where the days! :D Carefree and naïve!

If Brits & Scots & NI actually had a clue what was really going on in Europe instead of listening to Beckham & Craig about how we should smile on our brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now....

The real referendum vote would be 90% LEAVE.

Minimum.
13) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1799387)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
Well, the large company that owns my "local" supermarket just went bankrupt. Been around since 1962 apparently. They used to have ties with Carrefour (and a while back, to a much lesser degree with Marks & Spencer). Pretty sure the company also brought over and run all the Starbucks in the country.

On another note:
Happy Birthday Capital Controls!
1 Year anniversary

Can't send 10 bucks to SETI with a pre-paid MasterCard FFS.

And if Seti had PayPal, I wouldn't be able to use that either.
14) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1798907)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
I know (and I tried to make it clear in my post that I understood where you're coming from).

And the one point I was trying to make in my reply was: once you broaden the term and take it to the city... it has to include "smart people" too. You can't pick & choose :)
(Quick example: ask anyone outside the States if Dubya qualifies as "a cowboy")

The other point (Hank Paulson) was an example of a highly intelligent cowboy screwing up the world.

One could argue that this very thread is likely a result of Hank's cowboy (arbitrary) decision making :)
15) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1798902)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
You missed the words "level" and "headed".
And for some weird reason pretended you didn't understand my whole point was:

- This year we need doctors but not engineers.
or
- This year we won't be accepting many applications but NEXT year could be an entirely different story.

BTW (and just a heads-up for now):
That AB/youngster post of yours? You came out of that one looking a bit elitist...
16) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1798899)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Major the BLS numbers do not include the "cowboys" in urban areas.


And we're back at square one :)

Betreger, no disrespect, you're shooting yourself in the foot with this argument.

First though let's take it from Kong's POV (and mine). Cowboys, real cowboys (and other herders), their families, and communities... exist all over the Western world (even Iceland!). And they are all tough SOBs because that's exactly what they have to be. If you and I or anyone else were transplanted into that way of life, no matter what your score on a hypothetic pacifism-scale, the first thing we'd get is a shotgun AND the will to use it. Otherwise you wake up without a herd. It's the same all over the world. And for some reason "intellectual" city-folk who've no idea how to even sow & grow a tomato plant (or worse, know when tomatoes are actually in season) love to talk down to these people. Also the same the world over. However, nowhere in the Western world do these people constitute a majority. Not by a long shot.

Another point here is - irrespective of IQ - the real idiot in this scenario is always the city-boy. Complete lack of disrespect for a whole culture of people and a lot of ignorance as to the logistics involved to get that medium-rare porterhouse on their dinner plate.

But that's not why you are shooting yourself in the foot.

From your point of view cowboys exist in urban areas too. Alright, we're in umbrella-term territory - no problem - I get it. Again the biggest idiots are "the smartest guys in the room". Cowboy royalty lives on Wall Street.

King of the Cowboys 2008?
Hank Paulson.
Bear Stearns? "Yeah, OK."
Lehman Brothers? "I feel like saying no today"

He coulda just said yes and saved half of Europe, the UK from a BREXIT and the US from stressing over TRUMP. Oooops.

Smart people are a very special and, at times, highly dangerous type of idiot.

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And on a side note:

All you guys going, "OMG, OMG!! Brits vote Brexit! It must have been the idiots! The xenophobes!"
I call double-standard.
Everyone and their dog knows Canada and Australia are awesome countries.
Hopefully they'll have a very stern & enlightening word with some of you about the virtues of level-headed border-control.
17) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1798748)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Sorry, Trump & Brexit a bit intertwined so not sure where to post what... cross posting here (quoting Gary):

Bookies take bets. Polls don't. And people follow polls and change their votes based on polls. One of the evils of modern elections.


True, true. No arguments here. Just remember that goes for both "sides" to one degree or another.
(Though I'd like to highlight my point was markets caused the Sterling crash - voters get the blame? Finding the media narrative a bit surreal on this point)

Anyway, on to Trump & Hillary:

I'm still not seeing the media's (and by extension the peoples) confidence that "there's no way Trump can win this" being based on anything but... faith!

I see very little stats & facts floating around.

What makes me uneasy is that the Blue Team is playing this in an "All or nothing" kind of way. Now personally I consider myself conservative, just not in the "status-quo" sense but in the "risk-averse" sense. And for the life of me I can't figure out why the Dems would bet the Farm by backing Hillary. She's been polling dangerously close to Trump, whereas Bernie... not so much. Call me a pu**y but if I was a flag-waving die-hard Democrat that wanted to back Hillary, I'd bite the bullet and back Sanders instead just to improve the odds of a party win.

Oh and just like everybody in the UK knows that Europe is doing an awful job... everybody in US knows Hillary has an AWFUL track record. Which kinda makes you lose a lot of motivation. I mean for most people it's "I'm busting my a** at MY job, I'm not gonna vote for a president that's gonna be crap at theirs!". A lot of you guys are calling these people rednecks but you gotta remember it's statistically impossible for the US to be made up of 40%... cowboys! :P

And here's the Brexit caveat:
When both parties are telling you how to vote, and the media are telling you how to vote, and every institution (who, like Chandler on Friends, no-one is exactly sure what the true nature of their job is exactly) is telling you how to vote (IMF, BoE, etc.), and Juncker, and Merkel, and Beckham & Cumberbatch, and God and his angels...

Well you're not gonna tell the annoying pollster that called you up that you are voting for LEAVE are you? You just wanna get rid of him/her.

So OF COURSE the LEAVE vote is gonna do a lot better than the 42% it was getting.
Just like Trumps numbers will be "a lot" higher than whatever the polls say (if he makes it to election day obviously).

So if it DOES come down to Hillary vs. Trump (remember it ain't set in stone yet) then it'll be the "pissed-off masses" on one side and the "Trump is a crazy racist" on the other... and I'm not touching that bet with a 10-foot pole.
18) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1798731)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Guys, I know everybody's still in shock but it might be time to stop swallowing information and maybe chew a little bit...

There are a number of things wrong with that 7/10 number for LEAVE but I'll go with the one I find a bit amusing:

7 out of 10 didn't take seriously a referendum on the future of their country, on the future of their own lives, on the future of their children's lives... yet if a newspaper asks them their opinion... THAT they take seriously? And answer truthfully?

Unfortunately we'll never know for sure but I think it's safe to assume that had the markets gotten their betting right, then the Pound wouldn't have devalued as much as it did.

There wouldn't be a sense of "OMG, what the hell just happened!?". At which point I'm guessing the 7/10 would be more like 1/10 at best.

But anyway, that's not really my point. My point is:

No matter what that number really is... and for the sake of argument let's assume it really IS 7/10, well then... it is only LOGICAL to assume that 7/10 on the REMAIN camp didn't take it too seriously either.

Oooops.
19) Message boards : Politics : Britain Not In The EU. How Will It Effect You Personally? (Message 1798689)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
If the sourpusses in remain don't get their way with a 2nd referendum...
I thought it was the fools who believed the remain polls but wanted to protest vote. Shocked they are. Of course by the time of the redo the economy will have hit a new bottom leading to interesting results.


Don't be lazy Gary. You've got the brain cells... use 'em!

- The bookies get it "wrong" (word wrong is in quotes because they actually did their job of hedging their bets based on volume of bets).

Then

- "The smartest guys in the room" i.e. The Markets are absolutely positive REMAIN will win. They bet big, get it wrong, and of course the Pound takes a... pounding.

Therefore (conclusion)

- The "fools" that "voted the wrong way" tanked the economy.

So maybe you're beginning to see why, when using that kind of logic, I think everybody's thrown their brains out the window :D

(I'm NEVER going to get over to the TRUMP thread, am I?)
20) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1798676)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Very surprising that 42,000 members (of which I am not one) influenced 17,410,742 people.


Very surprising that a couple of schmucks like you and I can do that math but for the planet's brainiacs that's...

Rocket surgery ;)

And it's that exact same thinking which could very well bite everyone on the planet in the a** come US election day!

(OK so NOW I'm off to the TRUMP thread...)


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