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  1. I'm going to remind you of this statement when it concerns a reference to a certain other notable chief executive.
  2. ??? The agreement is made up of two inter-related documents, both agreed in Belfast on Good Friday, 10 April 1998: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_Agreement
  3. Can you cite some similar examples? Or is this just another instance of faith-based Trumpism?
  4. How about this definition of a gaffe? "A Kinsley gaffe occurs when a political gaffe reveals some truth that a politician did not intend to admit. The term comes from journalist Michael Kinsley, who said, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_gaffe
  5. Mulvaney Confirms Ukraine Aid Held Up for Political Purposes ACTING WHITE HOUSE chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged Thursday that the White House indeed had held up congressionally approved aid to Ukraine to get the nation to investigate alleged Democratic misdeeds in the 2016 campaign, undercutting President Donald Trump's angry and repeated insistence that there was "no quid pro quo." "The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation. And that is absolutely appropriate," Mulvaney told reporters at the White House. https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-10-17/mick-mulvaney-confirms-ukraine-aid-held-up-for-political-purposes
  6. Well when some posters make comments like this: "Yes, we should only pay attention to people making a living off of publishing papers on global warming. The people benefiting are the only ones to be trusted. I would liken it to tobacco companies doing studies on the heath hazards of smoking." I can understand why you might need to ask.
  7. Keep it classy, Mr. Trump: Trump mocks betrayed Kurds facing massacres: ‘They have a lot of sand to play with’ He added that the Kurds are “not angels," even though the Kurdish forces were the primary American ally in the battle against ISIS and al Qaeda militants. Trump also repeated a Turkish talking point when he asserted that a Kurdish political party in Turkey are terrorists. They are “more of a terrorist threat, in many ways, than ISIS,” Trump said, without elaborating. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-trump-kurds-syria-sand-20191016-wefecboxwjb6xh6c4aumnll3wa-story.html
  8. What's typical of the right wing is conflating on open and honest expression of support with activities like hacking and spreading lies via social media and labeling it all as "interference".
  9. You'll note RickBradford's typically unsupported assertion that "so I will simply repeat that lumping climate change together with all the other identity politics games, as NGOs overwhelmingly do"
  10. Well, he has a link in there. The problem is you've got to give them a lot of information to actually gain access to the graphic. But I assume it's the real thing. Still, it doesn't show whether disasters have been on the increase. I did find this from 2005 Disasters Increase, Death Rates Drop New figures show that the number of disasters worldwide has increased, death rates have decreased, but the number of people affected has increased. In 2005, there was an 18 percent rise in disasters that killed 91,900 people, and 360 natural disasters in 2005 compared to 305 in 2004, according to official figures issued by the Belgian Université Catholique de Louvain's Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) in Geneva. https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Disasters-Increase-Death-Rates.html And then there's the fact that apparently, earthquakes and tsunamis caused more death than any other kind of natural disaster. https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/42895 The point being that data can be a false friend if you don't understand what it means and what it doesn't mean. There are reasons that death rates could be dropping that don't correlate with the frequency of natural disasters.
  11. Which is why even today, I believe that that tobacco smoking is not hazardous to your health. Because all those researchers who found differently depend on the medical industrial complex to make tobacco the villain. They'd be out of jobs if they ever tried to publish the truth.
  12. There are direct effects and indirect effects. Climate change in the Fertile Crescent and implications of the recent Syrian drought There is evidence that the 2007−2010 drought contributed to the conflict in Syria. It was the worst drought in the instrumental record, causing widespread crop failure and a mass migration of farming families to urban centers. Century-long observed trends in precipitation, temperature, and sea-level pressure, supported by climate model results, strongly suggest that anthropogenic forcing has increased the probability of severe and persistent droughts in this region, and made the occurrence of a 3-year drought as severe as that of 2007−2010 2 to 3 times more likely than by natural variability alone. We conclude that human influences on the climate system are implicated in the current Syrian conflict. https://www.pnas.org/content/112/11/3241
  13. So, don't you think this warrants further investigation? Who knows? Maybe it will prove to be perfectly legitimate?
  14. This is your idea of no evidence? Really? "but some of the gaps seemed to have no reasonable justification. “It really feels like there’s two sets of books — it feels like a set of books for the tax guy and a set for the lender,” said Kevin Riordan, a financing expert and real estate professor at Montclair State University who reviewed the records. “It’s hard to argue numbers. That’s black and white.”
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