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Ashendant 11-23-2010 05:41 PM

Umbridge's Inquisitorial Squad - The American Politics Thread
 
This is a thread to talk about anything political, the title is a joke

I'll start with the Nato Summit in my country
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NATO seeks missile defence agreement with Russia

Earlier, during the NATO summit, Obama said the most important thing he could do for the European economy was to promote growth and jobs in the United States, saying that the quicker the US economy recovered, the better it was for all.

NATO leaders agreed on Friday to develop a missile system to protect the territory of all NATO member states in Europe and North America. It will be capable of intercepting long-range missiles fired from the Middle East.

Russia will be invited to be involved in the system when President Dmitry Medvedev meets US President Barack Obama and other NATO leaders at the summit in Portugal, but it remains unclear what role Moscow might play.

The system would be designed to defend against intercontinental ballistic missiles fired from Iran or North Korea, but Russia is reluctant to join a programme that defines Iran as a potential missile threat.

NATO member Turkey also is opposed to identifying Iran, a neighbour and ally, as a possible aggressor. NATO sources said leaders had agreed not to name Iran in a statement that will refer to the missile shield, securing Turkey's support.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will hope language can be found to satisfy Russia and make the missile defence cooperation possible.
What do you think of this improvement of cooperation between russia and NATO

Also

ttp://www.nemesisnwo.blogspot.com/

I like this guy even trough he's a bit i think dramatic, he addresses serious points quite effectively

There's also this forum to talk about EU politics i would be thankful if anybody would go in there
http://forum.yoursay.eu/

jjstraka 11-23-2010 06:24 PM

Good idea, it will cut down on the amount of threads we need to start, and also free up the Hulk smash thread from the political and religious talk that alot of posters are either sick of or uncomfortable with. I think we should sticky this on a temporary basis and see how it works.

Bolvar 11-24-2010 09:15 AM

Ireland is bankrupt and asking for a bailout.

They say Portugal is next.

Who is doing the bailing out? Are any of the EU nations really solvent enough to absorb this?

Ashendant 11-24-2010 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Bolvar (Post 248965)
Ireland is bankrupt and asking for a bailout.

They say Portugal is next.

Who is doing the bailing out? Are any of the EU nations really solvent enough to absorb this?

... your knowledge of the European countries is very very low, Ireland is not bankrupt in fact it has much money, the problem is that they have to sell t banks that failed and that incurs debt, and when paying their old debts the markets are asking for irrational interest rates, if it weren't for those stupidly high interest rates based on irrational fears Ireland would not need any type of bailout.

Portugal is next because the markets are irrationally afraid and the rating agencies want to get richer

In fact we have a 750 billion euros (1 trillion dollars) ready to pay any eurozone country that needs a bailout, with a extra 110 billion euros for greece

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...055571/1/.html

Bolvar 11-24-2010 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Ashendant (Post 248970)
... your knowledge of the European countries is very very low, Ireland is not bankrupt in fact it has much money, the problem is that they have to sell t banks that failed and that incurs debt, and when paying their old debts the markets are asking for irrational interest rates, if it weren't for those stupidly high interest rates based on irrational fears Ireland would not need any type of bailout.

Portugal is next because the markets are irrationally afraid and the rating agencies want to get richer

In fact we have a 750 billion euros (1 trillion dollars) ready to pay any eurozone country that needs a bailout, with a extra 110 billion euros for greece

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...055571/1/.html

That's sort of why I was asking... I'm well aware that I don't have intimate knowledge of EU politics, and I figured this community would have educated viewpoints on the matter.

How is it interest rates are so bad there? Interest rates here in the US are absurdly low - in fact, I think the Fed is actually trying to get them to move up a bit.

Rashid 11-24-2010 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Bolvar (Post 248971)
How is it interest rates are so bad there? Interest rates here in the US are absurdly low - in fact, I think the Fed is actually trying to get them to move up a bit.

I think that's because we actually have the federal reserve to tell us that they're low. I'm not sure what the equivalent body would be in the EU markets or if their function would even cover the same responsibility.

Ashendant 11-24-2010 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Bolvar (Post 248971)
That's sort of why I was asking... I'm well aware that I don't have intimate knowledge of EU politics, and I figured this community would have educated viewpoints on the matter.

How is it interest rates are so bad there? Interest rates here in the US are absurdly low - in fact, I think the Fed is actually trying to get them to move up a bit.

Some of our interest rates have risen to 10%, it's ridiculous high

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Originally Posted by Rashid (Post 248980)
I think that's because we actually have the federal reserve to tell us that they're low. I'm not sure what the equivalent body would be in the EU markets or if their function would even cover the same responsibility.

We have the ECB (European Central Bank) which is responsible for the Euro and stopping inflation

Omacron 11-24-2010 03:52 PM

To answer your original question, Bolvar, it seems like Germany and France are basically propping up the Euro and being used by other (mostly eastern and southern European) states to absorb the fallout of the global recession and prop up the Euro.

Ashendant 11-24-2010 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Omacron (Post 248999)
To answer your original question, Bolvar, it seems like Germany and France are basically propping up the Euro and being used by other (mostly eastern and southern European) states to absorb the fallout of the global recession and prop up the Euro.

It's not just germany and france everyone is paying for the Euro, even Portugal is going to give 2 billion to ireland and is supposedly next in line for a bailout

Yuber8900 11-24-2010 04:47 PM

Probably the double posting.

Ashendant 11-26-2010 03:24 PM

Important

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Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens to debate religion
Graphic showing religion poll results

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is to take on columnist Christopher Hitchens in a televised public debate for and against religion.

jjstraka 11-26-2010 03:46 PM

It is amazing Hitchens is even doing this considering he is in the final stages of a almost certainly terminal cancer. I would love to watch clips of this after it goes down.

Ashendant 11-27-2010 06:22 AM

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Originally Posted by jjstraka (Post 249186)
It is amazing Hitchens is even doing this considering he is in the final stages of a almost certainly terminal cancer. I would love to watch clips of this after it goes down.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11843586

He's even denying religion on it's deathbed :)

EDIT: wikileaks is going to release a huge amount of leaks on US diplomacy x7 times more data than the war diaries, the US is already apologising in advance

Timolas 11-28-2010 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Ashendant (Post 249260)
the US is already apologising in advance

Delicious!

I'm enjoying all this news down in the general forum.

Anyone here read the Economist?

Ashendant 11-28-2010 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Timolas (Post 249522)
Delicious!

I'm enjoying all this news down in the general forum.

Anyone here read the Economist?

No what does it say?

Timolas 12-01-2010 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Ashendant (Post 249525)
No what does it say?

The Economist is just a news magazine about the economy and politics. It is very well written.


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http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1p81s1...NewsLinks.html

Why Europeans Think We're Insane
"It wasn't until I left America that I started to realize how badly the American plutocrat owned media lies to the American people through its disinformation campaign."

Bolvar 12-01-2010 05:08 PM

I suspected as much.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4dd95e42-f...#axzz16uN3Nm3h

Timolas 12-01-2010 05:13 PM

Who cares about private banks?
You should have mentioned Ireland getting a bail-out or something.

Bolvar 12-01-2010 05:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Timolas (Post 250195)
Who cares about private banks?
You should have mentioned Ireland getting a bail-out or something.

Honestly, are private banks so disconnected from world governments?

I'm really not making a commentary with that link, just sharing something interesting I found.

Cantus 12-01-2010 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Bolvar (Post 250199)
Honestly, are private banks so disconnected from world governments?

I'm really not making a commentary with that link, just sharing something interesting I found.

Actually, they are, but only in the sense that most international corporations (banks and etc.) are probably more powerful than any single government with the sole exception of China where they take over any corporations that have the potential to destroy them.

Also, in regards to Hitchens, I actually had the chance to see him speak at my University several months ago. Fucking fantastic, and he tore any and all individuals up who were stupid enough to try and pull old propagandist arguments up. Giant asshole, but damn does that man know how to speak/reason.

Bolvar 12-02-2010 12:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Cantus (Post 250225)
Actually, they are, but only in the sense that most international corporations (banks and etc.) are probably more powerful than any single government with the sole exception of China where they take over any corporations that have the potential to destroy them.

Also, in regards to Hitchens, I actually had the chance to see him speak at my University several months ago. Fucking fantastic, and he tore any and all individuals up who were stupid enough to try and pull old propagandist arguments up. Giant asshole, but damn does that man know how to speak/reason.

I think the benefits that the banking industry has enjoyed from all these billions of dollars in taxpayer "bailouts" (that have provided no relief to the actual taxpayers) are a clear indication that the banking industry is quite inseparable from the government at this point.

Ashendant 12-02-2010 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Bolvar (Post 250289)
I think the benefits that the banking industry has enjoyed from all these billions of dollars in taxpayer "bailouts" (that have provided no relief to the actual taxpayers) are a clear indication that the banking industry is quite inseparable from the government at this point.

We in the EU payed a total of 4.5 trillion to save the banks :sweatdrop

Bolvar 12-02-2010 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Ashendant (Post 250329)
We in the EU payed a total of 4.5 trillion to save the banks :sweatdrop

Well, I suppose there's some comfort in the knowledge that this isn't an exclusively American problem.

Ashendant 12-02-2010 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Bolvar (Post 250339)
Well, I suppose there's some comfort in the knowledge that this isn't an exclusively American problem.

Well america infected us with it's problems, no wonder it's not a exclusively american problem

Hidden 12-02-2010 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Ashendant (Post 250373)
Well america infected us with it's problems, no wonder it's not a exclusively american problem

http://images2.memegenerator.net/oka...mThumbnail.jpg


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