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Raider of the lost Ark

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  1. Just came home from work and I am now watching a little bit of it. I must admit Kate looked absolutely stunning.
  2. I don't get the hate for Meghan either. At least she had a job before. And Suits was actually a pretty good show. What exactly has Kate done jobwise? Working at her parents company. Isn't it interesting that once Meghan entered the stage, all the talk about Kates scheming to become Williams girlfriend so she could become Queen one day stopped? I trust Meghan way more than Kate. To me Kate comes across as a miserable bitch. On a positive note, Kate always looks stunning at public events. As she should considering she most definitely has a team of high paid advisors around her.
  3. Oil and gas companies should all be charged with excess profit taxes. Prices for gas and oil are driven by pure speculation. The fact is, there is enough gas and oil. Most producers are just greedy using the situation with Russia (that used to deliver the cheap stuff) and raising the prices like there is no tomorrow. Let's just wait, when they post profits that are significantly higher than last year, they'd better have a good explanation what they did to make so much more money. If this is merely because they raised the prices, governments should tax the shit out of those companies. From my perspective, private companies should not be in charge in all matters water, electricity, gas. Those are basic needs of the general public. But I remember very well, back in the 90s almost all cities in Germany sold their "Stadtwerke" to private companies because they had budget deficits and some fucking consultants told them how much better private companies could deal with all of it. Yeah, water, gas, electricity became more expansive over the years. The result is, most cities, like Berlin, buy those companies back. Of course, paying way more than what they got when they sold those companies 25 years ago.
  4. Tell them to come to Germany. We are in desperate need of workers in basically almost all fields of work. Of course, usually they will need to speak German decently. And another issue: housing. It has become a nightmare to get an (affordable) apartment, especially in larger cities.
  5. Conservative America is not afraid of the FBI. They all know the real danger comes from the Gazpacho police.
  6. I suppose the SEC has a close eye on his dealings. At least I hope so. And just as all his crypto buying and selling and his announcements about it on social media, the Twitter deal looks highly suspicious from the outside. From my perspective it all looks like another attempt to manipulate the market for his personal gain. It is always the same game. He buys a large amount at a certain value, makes an announcement about it (like Tesla is going to accept Bitcoin giving the impression that Crypto is the future), all his followers (they are the worst, it's a cult) and some investors do the same. As a result the value goes up. This is the moment he sells, making a nice profit. With Twitter he did expect the price for Twitter shares would jump significantly after his take over bid (of course he bought shares for a few billlions shortly before). The problem: the market did not react the way it usually does (usually shares of a company that is supposed to be taken over jump in value significantly). Why? Because investors were never convinced in the first place? Because the deal did not make any sense from a financial point of view considering Twitters financial results over the years, struggeling to make any profit. Maybe for the first time he miscalculated and he saw this is not working out the way he thought. He is about to lose a huge amount of money. And this time real money. Keep in mind he had to sell Tesla shares to get the money for Twitter.
  7. 100%. People should not fall for this kind of "journalism". There is an agenda and I think it is kinda obvious. Keep in mind how this is the same media that paid Davids father a few pounds and fed him with the weirdest stories to manipulate the poor man into saying he never wanted to give up his son for adoption. I have said it before, this is a very complex and time consuming process. This is not some lighthearted decision with unanswered questions. The contrary is true. From my knowledge, the psychological evaluation takes several years and the decision of the patient is constantly questioned to challenge the patient to think this through. With all consequence. And those are known. NO ONE can tell me the patient asking for the final operation is not fully aware what happens and what the side effects and complications are. Those operations are usually done in only a handful of highly specialized hospitals. To suggest the patient has not been informed fully is the most ridiculous thing ever. It is a bad attempt to paint a picture of irresponsible or negligent doctors to create a certain narrative in a highly politicized debate.
  8. Good that he is gone. That said, whoever follows him will be a sh*t show just like him. There is not a single decent human being in the higher ranks of the Tory party that may become prime minister. Some of them are even more evil and dangerous than Bozo.
  9. I think much of it has to do with the whole "woke" movement. No one has a problem with being more sensitive towards certain issues and language used should reflect that. Nothing to argue about that. But when things will be pushed to the extreme, it will backfire on the efforts made. The "woke" people are often too sensitive and will go lengths to reprimand all offenders, no matter if the intention was good or bad. In result people are tip toeing around certain issues and are super careful about wording and you get all this ridiculous differentiation. At some point it is a fight all socially conscious people may lose because you will be instrumentalized by all parties. You say something "problematic", the "woke brigade" will rip you to shreds and the conservative side will celebrate you because you supposedly made a statement that could be easily miscontrued as support to their transphobic or racist or whatever ideas. It is very much a lose/lose situation.
  10. He has a good case? I highly doubt that. Sounds more of a typical case of putting the blame on someone else because the result is not satisfying in one way or the other. The Daily Mail makes it appear as if the guy went into surgery as if this was an appointment at the barbershop. Let's chop it off. The whole story sounds ridiculous. You get gender assignment surgery (MTF), of course your dick is cut off. And I'm pretty sure the whole procedure, with all risk and side effects, has been explained to him in detail. Not only this, I would like to believe any trans person will gather information what the whole process of transitioning means. He didn't do that? Hard to believe. And that comment about losing his sex drive when given female hormones? I cannot help but to think this guy is incredibly dumb or is making sh*t up for whatever reason.
  11. And there are still people who think the U.S. do not have a problem with guns. Well, I guess when half the nation is living in a constant haze of opiods, alcohol, psychopharmaca and any other drug (legal or illegal) available, it makes it much easier to ignore all the shit going on. But yeah, FREEDOM.
  12. Is there any legal way to secede from the U.S.? I mean, New York, California (among other states under democratic control). Those states co-finance the majority of red states because those fly over and bible belt states have economies of developing countries and usually have budget deficits. Why should those liberal states with their high taxes pay for those states? Especially if those red states have an unequal amount of power based on the number of their citizens and use this power to not only restrict the civil rights of their very own citizens but the citizens of those states that have to support them financially. I don't mind that there are financial transfers (we have that in Germany as well) but I think that basic rules in democracy should apply to all states equally.
  13. Democrats should consider the last three decisions made by the Supreme Court as a chance. If they don't take it, THEN one can blame them and rightfully so. Of course, they need to wake up, they need to start doing some groundwork. They should ask for advice from Stacey Abrams, what they did in Georgia in 2020. And they need to go aggressively after Republicans and their reputation. Take the gloves off, Republicans are not fighting fair. Still listening to Michelle Obama? "When they go low, we go high"? F*ck that! There is way to much at stake to be "nice". Republican politicians with the help of the Supreme Court have declared war against the majority of the citizens of the USA. There is this saying "Fight as if your life depends on it". With all what is going on recently, it does. For centuries people, especially minorities, were fighting for equal rights until they were finally granted. Not to have equal rights is one thing, but taking away civil rights, human rights are a whole different kind of evil. And all of this with the most ridiculous reasoning. The US constitution does not mention certain terms. A document from 1787. A document that has never been really modernized to adapt to the needs of a modern society. But maybe here is the issue, while almost all other constitutions (or declarations comparable to) of countries in the World enshrine basic rights under the perspective of the common good, of the whole society, the US constituation always stresses the rights of the individual. And this is the reason why the U.S. are a mess on so many issues, most above all social issues. Now add that unhealthy idea of (US) American exceptionalism. The propaganda you are fed, that the U.S. are the best at everything when in truth, the U.S. merely ranks no. 1 in military spending and on other issues, again mostly social issues, citizens in the U.S. are worse off than in some Third World Countries. And this ill-informed idea of being the "biggest, best, most-developed in everything" when none of it fits the narrative, has become so off-putting to other countries. People in Europe, in Canada, in Australia etc. do no longer understand how willingly ignorant US citizens have become. Your democracy is eroding, the highest court in the land has turned into an extremist political tool that is taking away civil rights, human rights from its very own citizens, this very same court is making way for a Christian theocracy by erasing the concept of separation of church and state. People in the U.S. need to wake up and do something. And the easiest way to do so is to vote those Republicans out of office. Only a super-majority will solve some issues (well, Obama had one, he didn't do much from a legislature point of view, he could have made abortion legal by law, but that wasn't his priority, I wonder if there is some remorse on his side). Unless things get solved, the outlook will be grim. The Handmaids Tale may become a reality. What then? Will liberal states secess as they no longer wish to support those conservative states? Will the fly over states and the bible belt form a new country, Gilead? I hope people are frightened because there is a real chance all of this may happen. Sorry for the rant.
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