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  1. 12 points
    President Trump has pretty much done what he promised to do on his campaign trail. That must be the biggest slap in the face to his haters. I'm sure there were many who thought "oh well, he'll never get anything done" Instead, he does every thing he said he would, including keeping oil prices down. I say this honestly, I have been impressed with his effectiveness in politics and his wisdom in keeping the U.S. out of foreign conflict. Especially considering he's met arguably the harshest critics and most political resistance of any American President. I definitely don't always agree with him, but he has been consistent to his promises.
  2. 8 points
    You seem to think that he meant ‘paid in cash’ as opposed to the barter system. The wall IS going up as we speak and Mexico finally is doing something regarding illegal immigration through their country.
  3. 7 points
    I have a question for everyone on this thread. Everyone seems to be castigating Trump for pulling 1000 troops out of Syria, which somehow stabs the Kurds (which Kurds?) in the back. What I have not seen is anyone willing to step up to the plate and offer to replace the US troops with troops of their own! Everyone is beating up on Trump while doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to mitigate the situation. Where is the UN, NATO, the EU, or China? Trump is ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t’. He has never made a secret of the fact that he wanted to disengage in the region - it was part of his campaign! So once again, the world expects the US to be the world’s policeman. When Trump declines to do it, everyone else bitches and moans while the do absolutely nothing constructive.
  4. 5 points
    It seems like this number would hardly mean anything. The price of oil determines what's recoverable vs uneconomical. The bigger concern would be the decreased budget for exploration. This is something I see the general consensus flip back and forth on. Will demand out pace supply or will demand evaporate before recoverable supplies are exhausted? It's a hard answer to predict. A lot of that is going to depend on other disruptive technologies speed of development and exploration moving forward. I'm with James on this though, there are a lot of things that could be disruptive to fossil fuel demand, but there's nothing, yet, that can completely replace it.
  5. 5 points
    Economic Growth 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018. For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year. Jobs 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office. More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history. Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades. The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record. Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record. Unemployment claims at 50 year low African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows. African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018. Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent. Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent. Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years. Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953. Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years. July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966. Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades. July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001. Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low. Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low. Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades. Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.” 68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year. Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005. Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job. Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent. Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election. Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades. 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas. American Income Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high. Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009. Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade. Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year. Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election. Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history. Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade. Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded. American Optimism Small business optimism has hit historic highs. NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August. SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high. Manufacturers are more confident than ever. 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever. Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record. Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent. American Business Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts. Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018. Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017. ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years. Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years. Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening. Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs. Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year. Deregulation Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office. Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks. Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings. Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule. Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history. Tax Cuts Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families. Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business. Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families. Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction. Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family. Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win. Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income. Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy. 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department. More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts. Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts. Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities. Worker Development Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries. Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students. Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs. Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers. Domestic Infrastructure Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country. Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects. Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects. Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas. Health Care Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline. Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments. Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients. Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone. FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion. Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases. Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans. Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees. Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty. Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.” USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law. Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry. HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom. Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities. Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors. Combating Opioids Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders. Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities. $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids. Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis. Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017. Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction. Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis. Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time. $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis. Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities. DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers. Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales. Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017. Law and Order More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever. Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges. Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers. Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers. Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels. Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels. Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics. $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts. Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime. Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution. Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking. Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers. Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs. New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States. Border Security and Immigration Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill. Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego. Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year. Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members. Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017. Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border. ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin. ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl. ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017. Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States. Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids. DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers. DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales. Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws. Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border. Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter. These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing. ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017. ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone. In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses. More than 48,000 with assault offenses. More than 11,000 with weapons offenses. More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses. More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses. Over 1,800 with homicide offenses. Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime. More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody. Trade Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States. Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides. Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe. Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws. Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports. Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA. Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement. Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam. Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade. Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security. Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone. Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way. 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft. Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers. Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly. Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe. Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports. Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation. Energy Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction. Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration. Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017. Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry. Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement. Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040. U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world. U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades. Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity. Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers. Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year. Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018. Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Foreign Policy Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived. Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country. All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018. Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress. North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests. Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War. Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle. Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt. Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program. Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use. New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses. Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military. Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS. ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump. ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017. All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS. More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world. Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections. Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA. Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence. Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities. Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities. Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself. Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup. Defense Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open. $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019. Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade. Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent. Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years. New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats. Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court. Released an America first National Security Strategy. Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council. Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels. In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies. Every member state has increased defense spending. Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024. NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016. Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad. Veterans affairs Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care. Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before. Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA. Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA. VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that: Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs. Funding for the Veterans Choice program. Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program. Gave veterans more access to walk-in care. Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals. Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure. Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program. Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority. Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life. Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data. Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA. Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members. Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits. Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans. VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far. Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.
  6. 5 points
    Another day in the Patch- WOW really lay offs in the Oil Industry and now the Shale Industry is being affected, remember "Drill Baby Drill" its like drilling for bonus you drill yourselves out of jobs. The industry as a whole knows the shale plays are not a sustainable model. We will slowly be shifting to a happy medium of conventional and unconventional it doesn't make any sense to put all your eggs in one very ropey basket. Expect more low rig counts until we weed out the money grabbers and the big boys take control again, US shale has done some real damage to the Oil Industry as a whole, try and think of your brothers in the GOM etc. To be honest this has been a long time coming.
  7. 5 points
    None of it matters, all that matters is that we either have democracy in this country or not. The average person doesn't really care about fairy tails of economic growth (did you see what I did there) they just don't want to be told what to do by an alien political beurocracy. This was about whether or not our children will still be able to vote out people we don't like or trust and while in the EU it was clear that our own politicians couldn't do anything. I'm quite sure we will leave and when we do it will all turn out to be a big nothing burger. We'll still trade with European countries and if anyone wants to play games with tariffs then good luck with that, the EU will go into recession so fast they wouldn't know what was happening. Germany looks to be entering recession already by the way, think of all those lost BMW sales.
  8. 5 points
    As a Yank, with no ‘skin in the game’, I have always supported Brexit. I want the Brits to regain their national identity and to Make Great Britain Great Again (😂). Giving the finger to Brussels is just icing on the cake!
  9. 4 points
    So, I guess that by Germany possibly buying the Huawei 5G system, somehow this equates to: Merkel having high ethical standards, and Stopping Trump’s ‘technology war on China. Anybody else get that out of the article?
  10. 4 points
    I don't know how things are going up there in Canada but I know down here in the United States of America things have definitely gotten a lot better since Trump has been elected to office. For one thing personally, my construction business has boomed! The only reason for me not having work would be for me just to be a lazy piece of s***. There are Help Wanted signs everywhere. The biggest problem in the construction business down here is the lack of skilled labor. For one thing I have no use for a college graduate that can't hold a hammer or run a screw gun or READ A STINKING TAPE. There are plenty of business graduates and women's studies graduates that I have absolutely no use for. It's not just the construction business, there are Help Wanted signs everywhere. People are hiring constantly and cannot find enough people to do the work. If you don't have a job in the Southeast right now it's simply because you don't want to work. Don't give me that, 'that's why we need illegal immigrants to do the work Americans wont' when there are Americans collecting welfare or sitting around in homeless camps smoking weed and shooting up dope. The success directly correlates to Donald Trump reducing regulations on business and giving us a tax cut that allows for more cash flow. It's just a fact man, I'm sorry if it doesn't jive with your political view or bias towards our President. And in regards to the health-care thing, I had a cancer scare not long ago and tried to sign up for Obamacare because I am self-employed and I got turned down, so that bureaucratic ball of smegma is not as peachy as you might think it is either. I'm a big boy though and I handled it myself. I'm telling you man, government is not the answer to the Common Mans Daily Grind, free markets and Free People are. I don't understand how leftist think the government is the answer. I really don't understand how the country that has done more to lift people out of poverty and give power and freedom to the common man, a country that has shed its blood across the world for the cause of freedom, not only in our own country, but in other countries doomed to destruction by socialistic and communistic governments is so hated by the left. In my view if you hate this country then you hate freedom for mankind and that makes us enemies ( not speaking specifically to you enthalpic) This country that hundreds of thousands of people risk their lives and illegally enter on a weekly basis, that is constantly demonized by literally half of its own Representatives, the Very government that runs it, is the country that all other countries will call in time of need against said tyrranical, communistic, and socialist governments. Don't misunderstand me, we will gladly show up. I myself would lay down my life to protect Canada, the UK and any other country that strives for freedom for man. What scares me is that there are not more countries out there that have people that feel the same way other than the UK, Canada, Australia and a few other European nations... I hope. I fear, however, the Insidious propaganda that is turning these countries is turning mine as well. And while I'm ranting, why are there not more countries out there that have adopted a constitutional type of government that expressly gives its citizens freedoms? Why would some country like Honduras or Ecuador or whateveristan, not look at the model of America and mimic it because of its success? Rather than migrate to it? I think the real answer is that evil is real, evil has a plan, and globalism is its baby. That is what evil is striving for. Yes the United States of America has its problems, but by and large it has done more for the greater good of mankind than any other country in the history of the world. People have scales over their eyes and refuse to see the true evil that is globalism and all of its hors d'oeuvres that lead to destruction. I pray for my country and I pray for us all. God bless.
  11. 4 points
    Well, all of that's coming, it would seem. Still, the world population is growing at quite a pace, and most of them can't afford EV's. It takes a lot of petroleum products to manufacture an EV, and it's battery too. Then there's cobalt, zinc, lithium, etc. That's all getting cheaper, except cobalt, which is still mainly sourced from mines in the Congo, using scrawny little boys to wriggle down holes and bring it up piecemeal. To charge batteries, you have to use electricity, which comes from a utility plant that uses natural gas as its feedstock (except China where they use coal). Two EV companies went bankrupt this week alone. Tesla could never have survived without governmental subsidies. There are still a lot of problems in the tight oil fields: contaminated water disposal (in some parts of the Permian that's 3 barrels of water for every barrel of oil), lots of natural gas (the world is not going to let them release tons of methane gas into the environment of the Permian forever, even if Mr. Trump will), parent-child pressure sinks, and the like. The break-even point is going to continue to be about $50 for smaller companies, so the super-majors are going to swallow them up. Even smaller companies are going to cannabalize other smaller companies (Parsley just took over Jagged Peak, for example, and Whiting is looking at a small company with great acreage). This thing is going to have to run its course, and a lot of isn't going to be pretty. But in the end, good operators are going to expand production, make money, increase EUR's and improve decline curves. Shale is only part of the picture.
  12. 4 points
    Wow, that's kind of frustrating by to read. I know plenty of guys that have been laid off or that are under worked right now. Side note, I live in New Mexico. Albuquerque has a bunch of people that could use some work like that. Provide a reasonable 14/7 type schedule with a man camp, middle of the road insurance benefits, and a decent hourly wage.....you'll have no shortage of people coming to work. Now, it could be argued some of them aren't as hard working, but that's where strong management steps in to motivate people. I think this speaks more to a lack of recruiting effort on behalf of that company.
  13. 4 points
    Would it not be equally viable to work on means of capturing harmful exhaust and sequestering C02? Personal transportation is one part of the industry that I think will evolve more and more towards BEV. Power generation, shipping, airtravel, and chemical manufacturing are likely to increase and heavily rely on fossil fuels for a long time. Alternative energy projects shouldn't be abandoned, but we have a lot of room left to improve current infrastructure and designs if the goal is net zero emissions.
  14. 4 points
    Personally I would have said that it wasn't coal that provided the leap in the 1800s but the Industrial revolution and in Particular Railroads, most certainly the second part of your statement I would agree with and don't really see anything changing for the next 100 years, I am yet to see a thorough thesis or plan which lays out the weening of the human population from fossil fuels and feedstocks for manufacturing. Plenty of segments which may dent the fossil fuel industry but nothing that can replace it. Its a one stop shop - OIL. The infrastructures and non existent comparable feedstocks for manufacturing required to replace oil are flawed and carry an agenda which is not achievable or tainted with Industrial and political motives, or haven't been invented yet. Correct- OIL IS POWER So lets get used to another 100 years of Carbon addiction.
  15. 4 points
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, "Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions." Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you were around at the time, how many government restrictions and taxes would you have urged to avoid the predicted calamity? Authored by Walter Williams, op-ed via Townhall.com, FULL ARTICLE - https://www.zerohedge.com/health/idiotic-environmental-predictions As reported in The New York Times (Aug. 1969) Stanford University biologist Dr. Paul Erhlich warned: "The trouble with almost all environmental problems is that by the time we have enough evidence to convince people, you're dead. We must realize that unless we're extremely lucky, everybody will disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years." In 2000, Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at University of East Anglia's climate research unit, predicted that in a few years winter snowfall would become "a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren't going to know what snow is." In 2004, the U.S. Pentagon warned President George W. Bush that major European cities would be beneath rising seas. Britain will be plunged into a Siberian climate by 2020. In 2008, Al Gore predicted that the polar ice cap would be gone in a mere 10 years. A U.S. Department of Energy study led by the U.S. Navy predicted the Arctic Ocean would experience an ice-free summer by 2016. In May 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared during a joint appearance with Secretary of State John Kerry that "we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos." Peter Gunter, professor at North Texas State University, predicted in the spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness: "Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions.... By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine." Ecologist Kenneth Watt's 1970 prediction was, "If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000." He added, "This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age." Mark J. Perry, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan's Flint campus, cites 18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970. This time it's not about weather. Harrison Brown, a scientist at the National Academy of Sciences, published a chart in Scientific American that looked at metal reserves and estimated that humanity would run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold and silver would be gone before 1990. Kenneth Watt said, "By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate ... that there won't be any more crude oil." There were grossly wild predictions well before the first Earth Day, too. In 1939, the U.S. Department of the Interior predicted that American oil supplies would last for only another 13 years. In 1949, the secretary of the interior said the end of U.S. oil supplies was in sight. Having learned nothing from its earlier erroneous energy claims, in 1974, the U.S. Geological Survey said that the U.S. had only a 10-year supply of natural gas. However, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that as of Jan. 1, 2017, there were about 2,459 trillion cubic feet of dry natural gas in the United States. That's enough to last us for nearly a century. The United States is the largest producer of natural gas worldwide. Today's wild predictions about climate doom are likely to be just as true as yesteryear's. The major difference is today's Americans are far more gullible and more likely to spend trillions fighting global warming. And the only result is that we'll be much poorer and less free. #freetibet #youvestolenmydreams #factscanbeannoying
  16. 4 points
    Tbh only a few countries will leave coal to replace it with natural gas, outside of some specific countries Coal is going to boom and keep pace with Oil and Gas Canada: Because it can power the entire country with Hydro and Nuclear USA: Because the shale boom, can power the entire country with Hydro Nuclear and Geothermal, and because the rare earth production incentives will likely push for the re-nuclearization (Rare earths mines just produce so much thorium and uranium) Argentina: If they stop giving itself problems they will do the Same as the USA Germany: Cause is close to Russia and cheap gas is a way for Russia to make an ally Russia: Same reasoning as the USA, except Russia is already nuclearizing at a pace that not even china can match There's a misconception that Coal is the cheapest fossil fuel, that's not true, natural gas tends to be cheaper, in the USA natural gas is sold for around 140$/ton while Anthrancite coal is around 98$/ton and a Ton of natural gas is equivalent 1.6 tons of coal, plus Natural gas plants are cheaper to operate, however that's only true in countries that have easy access to natural gas sources either domestic or from nearby producing countries, Russia, USA, Germany, Norway, for countries that have to import natural gas from long distances or worse importing LNG which is nearly 400$ a ton the equation changes drastically. That's why japan is building so many coal plants What makes coal cheaper is not the fuel, tbh burning solid fuel is a kind of a pain in the ass, what makes it attractive for developing countries is that Coal barely needs infrastructure Oil needs a production point, needs pipelines, and needs special storage tanks, needs to be shipped in a special kind of ship, and needs a special port, natural gas needs all of that and it needs a pre-existing producing well, a pre-existing treatment plant, a pre-existing pressurized pipeline, and a pre-existing consumer with the pipelines and all sorts of stuff, is a gas is hard and expensive to transport and it needs cryogenic storage and ships, that adds cost. Kenya can't make a state-of the art pipeline system, they would preefer to buy coal from Wyoming and if they need to deliver gas to houses they can convert coal into Town Gas, using XIX century tech. You can load coal in any average bulk cargo ship, you can unload it in any bulk cargo terminal, you can leave it in the ground is not going to go anywhere, and you can use your preferred method of transport, either is dump truck, or trains, or ships, or whatever is cheaper, and you can use the ashes for making concrete that is stronger than normal portland concrete
  17. 4 points
    I keep waiting for the deficit and the debt to drop, a campaign promise. Oh, along with rolling year after year 5% GDP growth. Of course your anti Trump if you bring up these small details. Can I see the results of these trade wars? Is our trade balance level with the world? Wonder what the betting line on that is. The odds are better his presidential library will be in a casino with gold toilets.
  18. 4 points
    Absolutely, after the crash of 2008/2009 the very big service company I worked for made their cuts globally but by the time the bean counters had made their decision to lay off around 2000 people the oil prices were already rebounding and we started picking up more work. We were losing people daily and then didn't have enough people to do the work not to mention there was a hiring ban for the rest of the year and any new hires had to be approved at corporate level. Loads of people made a lot of cash by consulting during that time because that was the only way the managers could get people in and of course when the hiring ban was lifted people were all negotiating better day rates because all the service companies were hiring at the same time. In the end I don't think they saved a penny.
  19. 4 points
    What goes around, comes around. The players in the shale oil/LTO game never considered the damage they were creating or jobs lost in the international oilfield for the past 5 years, so they should expect zero sympathy now that the LTO plays are doing exactly what everyone not in the game told them would eventually happen. I have alot of sympathy for the third party services guys and gals. They have been taking a beating from the shale oil players for years.
  20. 4 points
    Great, some players apologised for another having an opinion? ''We apologise, we love China'' Er, ok, well done. Think this was my favourite line lol .... Harden and Westbrook usually travel to China at least once per NBA offseason for endorsement purposes and to promote their brands. Yeah, they seem like very moral people. ''Please don't stop throwing money at us China'' And it's TRUMP who has loyalty issues??? LOL
  21. 4 points
    I've seen this NBA shit on the news for more than a day now. You think if a Chinese sports team manager said something / had an opinion about an American policy there would be uproar in USA and talk of businesses and sponsors moving etc? You think this is in the same league?? This is Global News. ''A guy had an opinion on an event''. Ah, it's China. Opinion not allowed. I get it. And you say Trump is the same? Jeez this TDS runs deep on here.
  22. 4 points
    This sounds SOOOOOO familiar, people voting Demorat in the last election.......and people will STILL vote Democrat in the next election. They must want a ruler to tell them their every move and thought. They have no clue what will happen if they gain power again, and if they do it will be the start of a revolutionary war and millions will die, even though O'Rourke actually TOLD them what was going to happen if they gain power again, but they have no idea how that first transgression against the constitution will embolden them to take another step, and another, and another until they get to rule over our lives like communist china
  23. 4 points
    "I believe the citizens and government of China have learned greatly from this terrible tragedy." I very much doubt it, and strongly believe if the same happened today the same bloody outcome would also happen. You are one seriously brainwashed dude!
  24. 4 points
    I like to think I'm a reasonable person who try's to consider other people's view points. However, in the scenario I'm hungry, I travel across town, with great anticipation I arrive at my favorite burger joint....and some motherf***er won't let me in to BUY my burger! I think my ability to approach the situation with logic and reason, or even good conduct, would be much diminished. I'm no saying I would fight someone for a burger, but I'm not saying I wouldn't either. Don't mess with a man's lunch.
  25. 4 points
    I have now seen shit for 24 hours on Bloomberg about a basketball coach making a comment that he supports HK. This, in 2019, is a global news event. Think about that for a moment. So people in the West can now not voice opinions?? All day!! ''Ooh sponsors pulling out / we need to tread carefully / Chinese business pulling out of such and such / ooh now this Chinese businessman has said this / ooh the Chinese are offended by this guy having a view ...'' Who cares? F**k China and their business then. Money is more important than free speech now is it? I'm sure these sponsor positions will be filled in seconds. Why is the world becoming this apologetic dog that can't say a word, and don't even think about it being about China, they are so great. ALL DAY!! A BASKETBALL COACH HAD AN OPINION ON AN EVENT.
  26. 4 points
    Years ago we've had promises of reduced immigration from politicians and we were told it's all the EU's fault. So we said ok then we'll leave so we did, and still nothing has changed. Brexit is the same thing as the Trump vote, people are sick to death of being ignored by the elites and we want policies that help us not a bunch of freeloaders.
  27. 3 points
    Remember mr Stabby going on a rampage in Manchester at the weekend? If not I'm not surprised...it got memory holed within 24 hours lol Just part and parcel of living in a city or something
  28. 3 points
    Again, it depends on how we handle ourselves. The "kids" are drinking the Koolaide, even if it's laced with socialist and progressive poison. I'm trying to divest some oil and gas because my own daughter thinks it's evil . . . and she's one of the sensible ones, making a good living as a lawyer. I tell you, this EV thing, subsidized for so long, and the opposition to fossil fuels, are real concerns. Hell, I'm in oil and gas up to my armpits and I'm becoming worried that, a) there is almost no advertising from oil and gas, touting their accomplishments, b) there is, as I alluded to above, almost no effort to show a better face. The oil and gas industry has always been reckless. When I was fifteen years old I signed on as a mule working on a rig all night. By summer's end, I had worked up to the Kelly rig. The driller got so drunk one night that his rhythm became erratic. I went to check on him. He was stumbling about. I called the supervisor, told him about it. He drove out from Sayre, fired me, put on a pair of coveralls and took over my post. I learned my lesson. Now there are all sorts of drug tests, etc, but I can tell you that the basic personality hasn't changed a whit! In both the Bakken (where I have interests) and in Texas and Oklahoma (where I have interests), flaring of NG is going on for far too long. In Colorado (where I have interests), it is not. In fact, while Highway 278 (I think that's its number) is called the "Highway of Death" between Pecos and Carlsbad, with about a half-dozen fatalities a month, Colorado has most of its frack water piped in and its wastewater piped out--that's in the big Noble Field that's going in. I'm not a big proponent of what's going on in Colorado in general--they've shot themselves in the foot and got mine along the way--but man they have it right on the way to cut road deaths and keep the landscape pristine: Weld county looks like it did before the Niobrara/Codel boom, except for a few standpipes, and the antelope population on the Wells Ranch has doubled! Now maybe you can't have it both ways: regulate the hell out of it and also make money. I think you can. We in the shale business have become our own worst enemies: the natural price of oil should be about $75. It doesn't make any difference how much oil we export, if we can't make a buck. And there will be a time when the Occidentals of the world can't make as much money either, because these big sweet spots where the IP surge is 5800 blls/d (their most recent big well) are becoming scarce. Soon we're onto Tier-2 properties locked into Tier-1 prices. We're giving away the creme d'la creme at bargain basement prices, and then we're going to have to wallow out an absolute deluge of bankruptcies that didn't have to happen, letting lithium battery cars and solar and wind knock the living crap out of us as we try to produce these mediocre frack rocks into some sort of profit. Your title, the third wave, may be more accurate than you thought, Jabber, but in a negative way--this may be the end. I'm in a dyspeptic mood, so excuse me, but if we don't do this right, a perfectly viable energy machine may go the way of the dinosaur that spawned it.
  29. 3 points
    Well not having 300,000 a year pouring in and making no effort to integrate would be a bonus. You mention immigration you're a racist lol. Australia have this points system on who comes in as do a lot of countries. Never mentioned. They don't get the racist card. We are a small, admittedly amazing island, and we are full. Bye clowns.
  30. 3 points
    I moved away from a big northern city to the most rural place I could think of. It was the best decision I've ever made. Before we did we stopped going into the city (which we only really did at Christmas) because I had an uneasy feeling something really bad was going to happen, less than 2 years after we moved there was a big attack at a concert, many kids from my daughters old school were there as were quite a few neighbours and their children. Also the 'grooming' (rape) gangs were a real problem to the point a very PC policeman (a PC PC if you will) friend even forbade his daughters from ever getting in taxis. Yep this country is in a shocking state and I really fear for the future unless someone has the guts to start sorting it all out. Brexit will probably not change much on it's own but it was a classic british up yours to the establishment, at least we've caused them a load of headaches and sent the message we expect them to do their jobs and stop sitting around talking about toxic masculity and the like lol
  31. 3 points
    That, my friend is pathetic! I hope this Brexit thing changes all that nonsense in the UK. I need to get to that fantastic War Museum outside of London before they close it for being offensive to someone...
  32. 3 points
  33. 3 points
    Did either USA or China mention 'deal' or sign anything other day by the way? All I heard was 'phase 1'. It means nothing, and China already say they wanna return as Winnie not happy with it? So they go back on their word? Shocker. Like when they took load of clauses out that they agreed on? ''I will sign absolutely anything, but when I see the part about it being checked in the future I will delete those parts as I have no intention of keepng my word anyway'' - Big Brother Pooh. #freedomisslavery
  34. 3 points
    Man, I want to get away from US (and UK) politics, it’s too depressing and I’ve already covered it so much. But I keep getting drawn back in by the nonsensical propaganda out there. I read a lot of stuff every single day, and every single piece is starting to look like any other. I took the following from the Guardian, but it could have been any MSM outlet really. The whole thing is one big insult to my one remaining brain cell (which I’m trying to kill but can’t find). Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, (not by Day Trader, although I admittedly could have written the above almost word for word). This article is quite long, but it's gold. Democrats will enjoy it I'm sure. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/whos-afraid-whom First: if you see written or otherwise pronounced anywhere that Donald Trump fears Joe Biden, in elections or anywhere else, you’re reading propaganda. Trump has no reason to be afraid of Biden. Not that he minds the Democrats thinking he is. Second: if you see people claiming that accusations about Biden’s ‘dealings’ in Ukraine are unproven, remember that they’ve never been investigated. Maybe a Special Counsel would be an idea. Say, three years and $40 million? Let’s see after that. Despite the lack of scrutiny, both from the DOJ and the media, we do know that Hunter Biden was paid $50,000 a month by Ukrainian energy company Burisma for not knowing anything about gas, oil or Ukraine. And we know from a Ukrainian MP that Joe Biden himself was paid $900,000 by Burisma. Those are not unproven allegations, as almost every outlet calls them. And they sure as hell ain’t unfounded. Plus, Trump has every right to ask questions about this, whether in the US or elsewhere. Where he won’t be able to ask questions, if Pelosi and Schiff have their way, is in the fake impeachment inquiry. There he may not even be able to bring a lawyer. Who’s afraid of whom exactly, and of what? Here’s that Guardian piece: ‘He’s Laughing At Us’: Joe Biden For First Time Calls For Trump To Be Impeached Joe Biden has for the first time called for Donald Trump to be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own re-election. Delivering a blistering 25-minute speech at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Biden, the former vice-president under Barack Obama, departed from his usual campaign pitch and signalled that he will aggressively confront Trump as the president pushes unfounded accusations that Biden and his son Hunter had nefarious dealings in Ukraine. Trump is “shooting holes in the constitution”, Biden said, by asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 election by pursuing dirt on the Bidens and then refusing to cooperate with a resulting House impeachment inquiry. “This is a president who has decided this nation doesn’t have the tools, the power, the political will” to punish bad behavior, Biden said, cataloguing a litany of Trump’s misdeeds that he said warrant impeachment. “He’s not just testing us,” Biden said. “He’s laughing at us.” Trump retorted via Twitter. “So pathetic,” he wrote. It is curious. The entire fake impeachment inquiry is based on Trump pursuing dirt on Biden, specifically in his phone call with Ukraine president Zelensky. Something Zelensky himself more than once has squarely denied ever happened. What must he think of the US, when his denials are completely ignored? What did happen, says John Solomon, is that a DNC contractor solicited Trump dirt in 2016 in Ukraine. Given the above, is it any wonder Zelensky’s said he’d be happy to investigate what happened in Ukraine in 2016? He might take a look at the Biden family while he’s at it. Nancy Pelosi, the House of Representatives speaker and the most powerful Democrat in Congress, announced an impeachment inquiry against Trump on 24 September after a whistleblower alleged the White House had attempted to cover up a July call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. At issue is the question of whether Trump abused his office by using its power to his own political advantage, by pushing a Ukrainian investigation of Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. There is no evidence to support Trump’s claims that Biden exploited his influence as vice-president to aid his son or his business. Biden on Wednesday again condemned Trump’s “lies and smears and distortion” and said the president peddles them because he fears facing Biden in a general election. “He’s trying to create a campaign where truth and facts are irrelevant,” Biden said, adding that the spectacle covers the president’s “manifest incompetence”. “We’re not going to let Donald Trump pick the Democratic nominee for president,” Biden added. “I’m not going to let him get away with it. He’s picked a fight with the wrong guy.” Joe, Joe, Trump didn’t pick a fight with you. And he’s not scared of you either (but he loves for you to think he is). You’re flattering yourself. And you’re not some tough guy either, you’ve lived on Capitol Hill for too long to be tough. Without evidence, and contrary to the accounts of several Ukrainian officials, Trump has claimed Biden used his role as vice-president to protect his son from corruption investigations when he pressed for the firing of the top Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, during Obama’s second term. Ukrainian officials, including one Shokin successor, have disputed Trump’s claims, and Biden has previously noted that the Obama administration’s position was supported by many other western governments, who saw Shokin as incompetent or corrupt. Yeah, you know who called Shokin incompetent or corrupt? Victoria Nuland, that’s who. The story was that he wasn’t tough enough on corruption, but in reality he was too tough on corruption involving the US and its friends. For instance, he was investigating Burisma, and Joe Biden didn’t like that one bit. And the ‘many other western governments’ didn’t have enough knowledge to contradict the US in this. Many of the other 19 Democratic 2020 candidates have long supported the opening of an impeachment inquiry into Trump, following the findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference into the 2016 election and links between the Trump 2016 campaign and Moscow. This takes the cake. And eats it too. What the Guardian claims here is that the utter failure that was the Mueller probe, which failed to find any dirt on Trump, has been reason for the Democratic candidates to support an impeachment inquiry into Trump over a phone call with Ukraine. How convoluted is that? There were no links between the Trump 2016 campaign and Moscow. Don’t take my word for it, Mueller said so. “Following the findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation..” Mueller didn’t find anything, remember? The only things left standing in his report were accusations against Julian Assange and a bunch of anonymous Russians, because he knew these were people who couldn’t defend themselves. Because of that, I said back in February that Robert Mueller Is A Coward And A Liar. He is. He is not a stand-up straight shooter. Biden’s speech on Wednesday came as his campaign continues internal deliberations over the best way to handle Trump’s broadsides and an impeachment inquiry that could last months and potentially never result in the Republican-led Senate removing Trump from office – even if the Democratic-led House impeaches him. “When I announced my candidacy,” Biden recalled,“I said I was running in order to restore the soul of America. That wasn’t hyperbole.” Ha ha. Could have fooled me there, Joe. Restore the soul of America without hyperbole. Brilliant! But his advisers also point to the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump dominated media narratives of the Republican primary and the general election against Hillary Clinton with a barrage of attacks on his opponents that forced them to campaign on his terms. Biden nodded at that reality, as well, and promised he won’t let that get in his way. “I’m not going to be distracted,” he said. “None of these attacks are true, and I’m going to stay focused on your lives. That’s what this election is about,” he continued. Look, it’s not okay that whistleblower rules are changed in half-secrecy overnight from requiring first-hand to second (or third) hand information. It’s not okay that the Democrats try to start an impeachment inquiry while disregarding the rules that have long existed for such an inquiry. It’s not okay that they do so on the basis of a phone call that the Ukraine president himself says contained none of the ingredients the Dems claim it did. It’s not okay to try and keep the Republican House minority out of the proceedings, and it might even disqualify those proceedings entirely. If Trump is as bad a person and politician as the Democrats claim, it must be possible to figure that out while at the same time respecting the rules, regulations and the entire political system. Once you deviate from all that, you put the system itself at risk. Is that worth it? There’s an election in just over a year. The media continues to refer to Trump’s allegations about Biden as unproven, knowing full well they’ve never been investigated. At the exact same time, they also keep bringing up Trump’s alleged ‘nefarious’ dealings with Russia, even though 2+ years of Robert Mueller and an entire platoon of lawyers came up empty on those. A level playing field? I think I have an idea who’s afraid of whom. And there’s also this creeping/creepy feeling that the impeachment inquiry that isn’t one, is part of the 2020 election cycle. And that isn’t, and should not be, what such inquiries are for. Not even if you’re afraid of losing the election – that’s cheating.
  35. 3 points
    Hardly, I think Trump is correct to go after China. Tax cuts great for economy, but he needs to take care of your middle class re taxes. They expire. He is correct about U.S. shouldn't be policing the world. Defending Europe and Mideast on your dime. But does come thru when he needs to. He didn't deliver on all his campaign promises. He promised to get rid of the "Carried Interest" tax loophole. THE BIGGEST WALLSTREET AND HEDGEFUND LOOPHOLE OF ALL TIME. I estimate 999 out of 1000 of his supporters do not even understand what Carried Interest is. Do you ? Americans talk about how Mideast factions been fighting forever. How they hate each other. Look in the mirror . U.S. has never been do divided in its history. U.S. Congress can't pass anything. Congress has spent last 3 years making up stories to impeach the President, destroy lives of those that don't agree and promoting violence against other party. I don't hate U.S. You automstically think I hate U.S. because my name is Jabbar , not John, Robert, or Doug. You're bias is showing. Trump capitulated on Carried Interest. It looks like he capitulated on China trade. He prob had to if he wanted to be re-elected. Let's wait and see.
  36. 3 points
    Comedy gold indeed. Takes a Brit to figure this out?
  37. 3 points
    Wow this thread is utter gold already ... 🤣 Let's recap ... so I'm arguing with this guy about the Chinese government and he suggests I have an issue and agenda with Chinese PEOPLE which I make clear I obviously don't, just the government. 2 minutes later he starts this thread, and it is now perfectly fine to attack Trump AND the American people? General theme of thread is ''Trump will lose to China the great, and you're all on drugs and too thick to see the truth''. Presumably, as I need to keep stating, this is the 'truth' that the government owned and controlled papers tell him. Their propaganda is stone cold fact, but any American news about China is propaganda... just like all current HK photos are photoshopped blah blah. Honestly you can't write this gold. He then posts a link to a book someone wrote about America and drugs?! HAHAHA amazing, oh well case closed, some random author wrote a book so that's it, you got me. You can now label all Americans as you see fit because someone wrote a book. This is the level I'm dealing with here..? Anything the West reads and tells you, your reply is .... ''well that's all propaganda'' Anything YOU read .... ''well this is clearly fact! The government told me so and also what to believe.I will rate highly on their ranking system now, because of what I read online. Big Brother approves.'' Unreal. Brainwashing officially complete. Bring out the next droid. I also don't even know why I bothered opening the link. If anyone sent one to you you would say it's fake / propaganda / photoshopped / only one source / a photo is just a snapshot / blah fu**ing blah ..... zzzz. Your links and apparent knowledge though are, of course, unquestionable facts. This logic is too moronic for words. ''Big Brother make good citizen. You score 10''. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The thread is then understandably jumped on by the Trump haters. Fair enough. It seems in some people's world, every politician in history has apparently followed through on every one of their promises? I had no idea this was the case. Everyone but Trump of course? Is this the level we are dealing with here? With every word it seems these people prove my point of ... ''Err... but Trump.... er.... he's bad..'' ''So what have Democrats positively done for you? What are their policies? Remind me please what they've done in 3 years...'' ''Err... but Trump... he's ...er ... bad ... errr guns bad .... climate ... err .. '' You got me. Obama's record was clearly amazing and as a side note I am looking forward to Edward Snowden's book. It was under Obama though, so fine. Never mentioned. I'm sure if Trump spied on the whole population it would be fine too and not mentioned. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - As for the trade war blaaah blaaah it's still going on as far as I'm aware. Did I miss something? Trump has shown many tendencies where he's backed down though? Yeah, thought so. Also, as @ceo_energemsier mentioned in another thread, NO other President has stood up to China at all!! Is that mentioned?? Nope. Just this hilarious stuff about campaign promises! I'm sure Clinton would be doing a fantastic job in your eyes?? HAHAH. Sometimes I think people must forget what the alternative was? How was Xi's campaign by the way? Oh .... There is also no point mentioning the trade war as even the thread starter hasn't, apart from initial thread opener of ''Trump will lose / casino / you're all on drugs / China great / USA bad zzzzzz'. I feel I've heard this agenda before weirdly. When other way round it's an agenda and demonising, when it's anti USA it's fine. Not just anti Trump as the title suggested, but anti people due to your last sentence. Lovely stuff. Moral compass wonky but clear. Again - moronic, hypocritical and frankly yawnfest logic. I was giving you the benefit of the doubt in my 1984 thread but now there is no doubt as to your brain activity. I feel I must block you again so I do not affect my own brain by wasting its time. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- By the way, this next post is from one year ago ... 289 accomplishments .... I would LOVE to see a list of what China or Democrats have done in that 2 years other than Trump Bad / 1984 Good. Weirdly these items are never mentioned though. It would distract from either your US Fake News or Big Brother Land's News. Cheers. Enjoy ...
  38. 3 points
    2 things about this transgender madness: a/ mass media propaganda influence, we are all brainwashed. Media have interest because freaks always sold well, it is a woman with a beard from a circus 100 years ago, it is transgender person today b/ It is a good diversion from real problems. In Poland whenever things do not go well for any party that is at power at the moment we have always the same set of distraction topics: rights of sexual minorities (mainly homosexual men), abortion, migrants that eat our lunch, fraud scandals in opposition parties (discovered earlier but kept silent until best moment), why Germans are so bad/WW2 reparations from Germany, Jews are ruling Poland and opposition/government politicians are Jews (there are 5000 Jews in Poland, but somehow they are ruling), why EU is so bad and destroys our Polish culture, accusing prominent politician that he was in secret police of communist Poland (this secret police was dissolved 31 years ago so it is more and more difficult to find anybody that was adult then). Total absurd but always work. I think it is the same everywhere, some topics different. Surveillance Total surveillance of population exists in the United States or Britain for years, hundred thousand+ of face recognition cameras in London. The same China or France. They are not interested (in US) if you occasionally buy marijuana from your bum neighbour, enjoy exotic dancers or bribe police. Focused on anti-terror, extreme politicians, spying on foreigners and industrial espionage etc. It does not matter if it is good or bad, it is inevitable, no country will voluntarily resign from this tool. For me real absurd here at oilprice is that when you present any facts or opinions with arguments, on sensitive topics many persons think that this is your personal opinion and attack, do not analyze arguments.
  39. 3 points
    So the tariffs have been in effect for what, 6 weeks, and you feel that this is sufficient time to determine the effects? The results are not conclusive yet...unless you have a crystal ball you do not actually know the effects on the economies! Furthermore, as we speak, negotiations are ongoing. Are you telling me that you know the outcome?
  40. 3 points
    The world has abandoned common sense...scary!
  41. 3 points
    I quit taking this Nobel prize BS seriously when they gave the Peace Prize to Obama after something like a month in office...
  42. 3 points
    Thankyou for the link and proving my hunch that money is more important than freedom of speech
  43. 3 points
    In what way? No matter how we vote in the EU elections the UK can be out voted by the other 27 states and often are. The people don't get to vote for the commission it's not like British or American democracy because it isn't a country. The 'parliament' is a talking shop and at best just gets to ammend proposals put forward by the unelected Commission. You might not care what is left for future generations but the way the EU works is that it could easily be abused in the future, I would laugh if the populist right took control then you might see what I am talking about. At the end of the day we don't care, 17.4 million people voted out, it was the biggest democratic vote this country has ever had. The time for argueing and talk is over, we're leaving.
  44. 3 points
    Here we go again, what do you propose to put in place of the feedstocks currently used by 99% of the planet in every day use, forget fuel, just look around you 99% of your "things" in front of your eyes are produced from Carbon based feedstock, unless your typing from a cave then its 100%. So go for it, tell me what you will replace the feedstock with?
  45. 3 points
    https://youtu.be/e1D0PQaYuyc Bang on I think this dude has nailed it, being Islanders we do have a bit of an issue with being overran its in most of our DNA, if your Anglo Saxon anyway.....
  46. 3 points
    ‘War weapons that they legally purchase.’ Please define ‘war weapon’ for us. If you mean a fully automatic weapon, you need to do some research. It is illegal, except in a very small number of situations, for a civilian to purchase a fully automatic weapon in the US. It is also illegal to modify a weapon to fire in the fully automatic or selective fire mode. Secondly, no fully automatic or selective fire ‘war weapon’ was used in the incidents she mentions. Rap stars are still not the sharpest knives in the drawer....anything to remain relevant I suppose.
  47. 3 points
    Oh it's needed and we save money, 39B for a kick off hopefully
  48. 3 points
    Perhaps the guy could have handled it better....or he could have beat the guy like a drum! Actually grabbing someone is usually considered a form of assault. I think the big fella should have beat the protester like a pinata!😂
  49. 3 points
    Day Trader, We think alike apparently. I teach FX trading to teenagers and money allocation as part of a mentor program. I constantly sing the praises of precious metals INSTEAD of paper dollars because of inflation. While I agree land and other instruments will gain in "apparent value" because of inflation, I lean toward the metals. You can't scoop up a shovel full of dirt to trade for a dozen eggs. You can trade a silver coin..or gold coin for something of value readily in most cases. I agree savers get robbed by silent inflation while their paper lies in the bank or under the mattress. Not so much so with precious metals. I ask the young men and women why the stock market climbs...almost without fail the answer is.. because the stocks went up...and then I ask...did they really...or does it take more dollars to buy them. Hmmm. I run the real time trades of gold and silver for them to watch over time...and finally they see..gold eases up in unison most of the time with inflation. Not getting rich...but not losing value in most timeframes. Try that with paper money. I show them how to monetize precious metals when you have enough to sell covered calls against it, staying far enough out front to generate 8% APR with calls, plus market appreciation over time. Try that with paper money. Thanks for sharing the article. Much appreciated.
  50. 3 points
    BECAUSE we've not left though haha we will technically be able to make own immigration laws! Immigration since 1945 .. 1950s 30,000 a year 1960s 30,000 a year 1970s 30,000 a year 1980s 30,000 a year 1990s 30,000 a year 2000s 300,000 a year 2010s 300,000 a year Hint - these last 2 are not typos