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Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.

Ouch.
He is unfit for the presidency and cannot be endorsed.
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So is Hillary Clinton..
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BREAKING NEWS: VHS IS DEAD!
Production of the last videocassette recorder (VCR) to be made in Japan will cease by the end of the month, according to the Nikkei newspaper.
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My thoughts too. Much the same as when I realised that Ms Eagle was applying for the job of Labour Leader.

Well, maybe not quite. The idea of Boris being PM was always more plausible than the current/future/far future leader of Labour being PM.

What a fucking mess.
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I'm willing to go with Brexit, provided that the EU-derived "Cookie Warning" disappears from my screen as soon as possible. I read a lot of blogs, and on sites like blogspot it does get rather frustrating when I'm asked several times a day to agree to cookies.
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Ah. The big issues
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OMFG
Two party heavyweights are recorded by Sky giving unguarded views on Tory leadership candidates, calling one "bloody difficult".
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I thought a bit cheeky of Sky this
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Does this officially make Scotland part of the Axis of Evil? :)
Swedish utility greenlights development of £300m Aberdeen offshore windfarm SWEDISH state-owned utility firm Vattenfall has secured permission to build a new £300m offshore windfarm off the coast of Aberdeen – despite efforts by Donald Trump to prevent it. With a plan for 11 turbines generating 92.4-MW of electricity, after completion it will be the largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility in Scotland.
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I would love to have been a fly on the wall of Trump's office when he heard the news.
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Er...

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that members of NATO were obliged to aid other member states who were under attack.

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .

Article 5, NATO Treaty
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/official_texts_17120.htm
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I don't pray much any more, but everyday, I ask my higher power to NOT allow Trump to become President. He just is not fit to be Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military.
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The prime minister, who has made clear she believes the Trident issue can help unify her Conservative party after a fractious EU referendum campaign, said during the debate that she would be willing to authorise a nuclear strike killing 100,000 people.

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So it's Theresa May vs Andrea Leadsom for Tory leader. I'd never heard of the latter until the EURef television debates.

Does anyone have any expertise in putting up barbed wire fences? I can feel a business opportunity coming on.
All the day’s politics news as Conservative MPs vote for final leader shortlist, and the fallout from the Chilcot report continues
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"What's the EU ever done for us?"

“But we put in more money than we get out, don’t we?”

Perhaps it hasn't been made obvious enough where EU funding has been spent. In the case of the shiny new dual-carriageway that the article alludes to, it's made clear by looking at the road-signs, but what about everything else?

Yes, we put a lot of money into the EU, but we also get a lot back. It's no different to the the tax system within the UK, you pays your money in and then government decides how to spend it - just on a slightly bigger scale. You elect the government and have to trust them to do the right thing.

However, unlike our own national governments that neglected parts of the country for years, the EU recognised that there were areas that suffered economically either through industrial decline, and/or lack of investment in infrastructure.

Essentially, we had a redistribution of wealth, which accounts for the fact that so many right-wingers were dead against the EU.

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There is much ignorance about Europe. The UK media gives it scant coverage, aside from the odd half-hour slot on the BBC News channel. Approach me in the street and ask me what I know about the people who run our neighbouring EU countries - Hollande in France, and Merkel in Germany. I knew about Berlusconi in Italy, but only because he was a controversial figure.

I hear and read more about events on the other side of the Atlantic than I do about the goings-on across the North Sea. Canada recently had a general election, the USA is going through its quadrennial farce, but I have no idea when Sweden last elected a leader. Or Luxemburg - one of the founding six - I have no idea what happens in Luxemburg.

It's little wonder that UK voters feel disconnected from Europe when we're not allowed to learn anything about it.
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I don't often cross-post (I don't often post on Facebook, but it needed to be heard there too), but:

Okay, this may be a lengthy post, so please skip if you feel the need.
On Thursday last week, a majority - slim, but nevertheless a majority - voted that the UK should leave the EU. It's certainly not the result I'd hoped for, and I had a nagging feeling in the run-up to casting my ballot that it would go the "wrong" way. In the early hours of Friday morning my fears were confirmed.

Fine. Well it's not fine, really, but the deed is done. It didn't go the way I wanted it to but I will accept that. Ish. There are wheels turning in various political machines to devise ways of reversing/getting round the decision, but that's another topic.

Let's remember what the referendum options were:
- Remain a member of the European Union
- Leave the European Union

We've had the vote, but it's not legally binding, and no decision has officially been made. We're still part of the EU, and will be until this magical "Article 50" process has been triggered and completed. Until then, we're still citizens of the EU, and we will still be human beings and residents of Planet Earth.

The "Leave" vote wasn't an excuse to abuse people. It's not open-season on migrants, whether they originate from the EU or not. It's not permission to harass anyone who appears to have a foreign accent or differently-coloured skin.

It is not an excuse to blame our own woes on those who came here to make a better life for themselves or their families, while trying to contribute to the new society in which they have found themselves.
In short, I'm sick of the amount of racism I've seen online recently. There's no need for it, and let's not forget that hate crimes are crimes.
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