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In which Bill Ackman, hedge funder and activist investor par excellence, extols the virtues of a Michael Bloomberg independent run. Far be it from me to judge Bloomberg's performance as mayor of New York, but my impression is that it is generally the corporate elite and the upper middle class (and above) slice of that city's demographic that views his tenure favourably. Minorities and the less well-off have a rather less generous view of Michael Bloomberg.

Then, of course, there is the issue that Michael Bloomberg, who comes across as the pragmatic (as opposed to the dogmatic) sort will tend to shave off votes from the Democrats (Clinton/Sanders) rather than the Republicans (Trump/Cruz/Rubio), contributing to a final Republican view. And, as a commenter put it, a "new Dark Age" for America.

I don't think I quite agree with Bill Ackman's rather generous view of Michael Bloomberg......
Consider one of the greatest businesses in the world after decades of mismanagement. Growth is tepid, at best, and has been fuelled largely by debt. The organisation’s systems and infrastructure are outdated. International competitors have taken
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I agree. I do not want him to run for that reason. Our system isn't agreeable to 3rd party candidacies....it's almost impossible for them to win, and they just end up as spoilers for one side or the other. That's why the GOP has always been terrified of Trump running 3rd party, so they were in a bind as to how to deal with him...inside the party, or outside.
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Malaysia's PM Najib Razak, despite the scandal surrounding money that he received in his personal accounts, is practically invincible.

While Malaysia is nominally a democracy and the Prime Minister is technically the head of government and not the head of state, in reality, he has all the powers of a feudal overlord. As PM and finance minister, he is responsible for doling out billions of dollars in contracts. The contracts typically go to MPs and other power brokers in his party which keeps them in line. As chairman of the National Security Council, he can unilaterally declare a state of emergency throughout the country and suspend the usual parliamentary checks and balances. This allows him to head off any serious opposition.

In theory, he could lose an election but let's face it, Malaysians have never voted out a sitting government. The only way he could go is if there's an internal palace coup, i.e. the economy gets bad enough that the gravy train stops and someone from within his party stabs him in the back.
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Boy attends a mosque in his village. The cleric asks, "Who among you is a follower of Muhammad?" Boy raises his right hand.

The cleric then asks, "Who among you doesn't believe in the teachings of the Holy Prophet?"

Boy mishears and raises his right hand again.

Cleric accuses boy, witnessed by the congregation, of blasphemy. Ashamed at this, the boy goes home and cuts off his offending right hand. Boy then becomes a local hero for his "act of love for the Prophet".

Only in Pakistan...........
BBC Urdu's Iram Abbasi travels to the Pakistani village where a boy cut off his own hand after being accused of blasphemy - and is now being hailed as a religious hero.
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Is like seriously Why are you trying to trick people into "blasphemy" I mean, Im pretty sure that is some kind of sin..
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Ted Cruz has an unparalleled ability to lay on the rhetoric mayonnaise really thick. The sad part is that 27.7% (so far) of Republican voters fall for that shit.

“And the federal government’s role, the federal government’s responsibility, is to defend those fundamental rights, to defend us.”

“I want to remind you of the promise of scripture. Weeping may endure for a night. But joy cometh in the morning.

“Tonight, Iowa has proclaimed to the world, Morning is coming. Morning is coming.”
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I have this feeling that having Cruz/Trump as the Republican nominee can end up being a good thing. The Far Right believes that it has been cheated out of its chance to rule when the GOP put forward "RINOs" like John McCain or Mitt Romney. The Far Right would see someone like Cruz/Trump as acknowledgement from the GOP that their time has come.

And when that candidate is finally defeated by Sanders/Clinton by a wide margin, maybe it'd put to rest the whole Tea Party abomination once and for all.
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I think Malaysians must just content themselves with the fact that the money is gone.

The Swiss can't do anything about it, the opposition can't do anything about it, the courts and the government prosecutors won't do anything about it, and the people are too concerned about making ends meet on their own to care about it.
‘A small portion’ of cash was transferred into Swiss accounts held by former Malaysian officials as well as officials from UAE, says Swiss attorney general
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But it's not going to stop. 
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This is why conservatives like Ted Cruz and that ilk are living in "la la land" when it comes to Iran. As soon as sanctions on Iran have been lifted, European leaders are clamouring to be first in line to cut lucrative deals with Iran. Iranian president Rouhani will be in Rome where, amongst other deals, Iran is hoping to buy 114 aircraft from Airbus.
Rouhani will meet Pope Francis and the French and Italian leaders on a trip that aims to re-establish economic ties after sanctions
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Despite the opposition from the left and from the right in all the 11 countries, the TPP has been ratified by all signatory countries.
AUCKLAND: Malaysia and 11 other countries have inked the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which is set to expand markets, reduce tariffs and promote freer trade.
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I've always found it terribly difficult to understand what Sarah Palin is saying. According to this article, that might be because what she says "sounds like poorly translated Latin."
 
Maybe Mrs. Palin or her speechwriters think the convoluted sentence structure makes her sound smart. Maybe they think it makes her sound heroic, like the orators of the past. Or maybe all those extra clauses are just a really good way to load up a sentence with praise or insults. Here’s Mrs. Palin using both a dependent clause and a participial phrase to attack President Obama on Jan. 19:

And he, who would negotiate deals, kind of with the skills of a community organizer maybe organizing a neighborhood tea, well, he deciding that, “No, America would apologize as part of the deal,” as the enemy sends a message to the rest of the world that they capture and we kowtow, and we apologize, and then, we bend over and say, “Thank you, enemy.”
The elements of Mrs. Palin’s speech style on the campaign trail aren’t simple; they’re actually incredibly complicated.
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Well, I didn't intend to draw out the personal connection but, yes.....
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The biggest annual migration of the human race has begun..
Vast crowds of migrant workers stuck in Guangzhou’s main railway station during journey home for Chinese new year
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Think how expensive could a wifi connection be there.
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Braised rice

Dinner a couple of days ago. Rice braised together with an onion gravy and topped with chopped up sausage, meat, egg, lettuce and mushrooms. Looks fearsome but, according to their accounts, the place churns out 100 plates of these per hour. It's not the elegant plating that's keeping people coming.
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+Zaid El-Hoiydi The plating isn't meant to be elegant. :)

This is a no nonsense kind of place, the place where wide-eyed tourists, tired labourers, and foodies young and old hankering for genuine Hainanese classics can sit together and enjoy a decently priced (and good) meal that's executed quickly and consistently. There's something to admire about that. :)
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The sad thing about all this apart from the harrowing experiences that all these refugees must go through is that, for some fleeting years, one really had hopes that the European Union really would bring together hitherto warring nations into a huge progressive bloc of countries that would have the best chance of exemplifying human rights. Instead, as the financial crisis and now the refugee crisis has shown, national interests are reasserting themselves and the darker impulses of Europeans are showing again.
New law allows police to search asylum seekers to secure cash and valuables, as European leaders continue to call for sealing of Balkan borders
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+Malthe Høj-Sunesen that 75% of income paying for the government is for every body who has welfare in the Netherlands . If you earn more than the welfare you get out of the system and you don't have to pay that anymore.
So everyone has at least a income at welfare level. That's just enough to stay alive.

And for Wilders : 110 out of 150 are against his program. That's more and thats democracy. 
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I like music of all sorts, but particularly classical music and jazz, and I can be found on the Internet a lot talking about the various things that do interest me - politics (only sometimes!), economics (I'm still learning), science, philosophy - but ultimately enjoying most trading anecdotal stories and "folksy" wisdom just to get a feel of how things are around the world and across the generations. Result of this so far: we are certainly not as different from one another as we think we are!
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