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  1. bostonangler

    Show us your papers

    I know I am and I don't like it. I use Privacy Badger to try and reduce the tracking, as an expert you might suggest the best way to reduce tracking. I wouldn't mind a national ID, but I know the info will get hacked or sold to corporations who want to sell their crap or the worse case scenario they find those who have registered their guns and come and take them away. If all hell breaks loose like so many believe, registered gun owners will very high on the list of terrorist threats. Thanks for your honest answer. B/A
  2. WASHINGTON — President Trump stood alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May in a press conference Friday and disputed reports that he had criticized her just hours earlier in an interview with an English newspaper. Trump dismissed the article that was published Thursday night by the Sun as “fake news” and suggested the White House had a recording that would prove he said “tremendous things” about May in the interview. “I said tremendous things, and fortunately we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you’d like it,” Trump said. “We record when we deal with reporters. It’s called fake news, and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument.” Though Trump declared that his press shop would release the tape, the White House did not respond to multiple requests from Yahoo News asking for the recording. The Sun interview contained a series of quotes attributed to Trump that criticized May’s handling of the Brexit referendum. According to the paper, Trump said he gave May advice about how the United Kingdom should exit the European Union, but she went “the opposite way” of his counsel. Trump described the results of this as “very unfortunate” and hinted that May’s plan for Brexit would “kill” hopes of a trade deal with the United States. President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference on Friday. (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters) “If they do that, I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States,” Trump is quoted as saying in the interview. After Trump first said the White House had a tape of the interview that could be provided to reporters, Yahoo News emailed his press shop to ask for the recording. The White House did not provide the tape and instead sent a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders saying that Trump deeply appreciates May. The statement cited some of Trump’s more positive comments that were included in the Sun’s interview. “The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much. As he said in his interview with The Sun she ‘is a very good person’ and he ‘never said anything bad about her,’” the statement said, adding, “He thought she was great on NATO today and is a really terrific person. He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K.” Trump’s comments as reported by the Sun sent shock waves throughout the United Kingdom. May is currently dealing with dissension in her own party about her plan for leaving the European Union. In particular, Trump’s threat that May’s handling of Brexit could dash hopes of a trade agreement with the United States was a bombshell, since Trump’s promise of a major deal was seen as a key benefit of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU. The Sun interview dominated the two leaders’ press conference on Friday, with multiple reporters questioning whether they have a positive relationship in light of Trump’s remarks. In response to the questions, Trump struck a far different tune than in the Sun interview. The Sun’s July 13 cover; Screengrab of During the press conference, Trump insisted his relationship with May is “the highest level of special.” Trump also said that “whatever” May decides to do with Brexit is “OK with us” as long as the two countries remain able to “trade together.” The president repeatedly said his comments in the Sun were taken out of context. “I didn’t criticize the prime minister. I have a lot of respect for the prime minister and, unfortunately, there was a story that was done which was, you know, generally fine, but it didn’t put in what I said about the prime minister,” said Trump. Yahoo News reached out to the Sun’s political editor, Thomas Newton Dunn, who conducted the interview, to see if he would provide a recording of it and to ask how he felt about being labeled “fake news.” Dunn did not respond to the request. The paper did publish audio excerpts of some of Trump’s comments criticizing May and predicting that her Brexit plan would affect trade in the article on the interview. Trump’s critique of the Sun as “fake news” was notable since the newspaper is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The company’s news outlets are known for a conservative bent and generally have a cozy relationship with the Trump White House. At the press conference with May on Friday, Trump refused to take a question from CNN and instead went to a reporter from Murdoch’s Fox News cable channel. “CNN’s fake news … I don’t take questions from CNN. … Let’s go to a real network,” Trump said before turning to Fox News. Voters in the United Kingdom narrowly voted for the so-called Brexit in June 2016. Former Prime Minister David Cameron, who campaigned against Brexit, resigned soon afterward, which paved the way for May to lead the government and plot the departure from the EU. May is currently facing the prospect of a challenge to her leadership after agreeing to a deal that some see as a “soft Brexit” last week. The plan would see the United Kingdom maintain a close relationship to the European Union, including a free trade area based on a “common rule book.” In the Sun interview, Trump was quoted suggesting this would make it impossible for the United Kingdom to make a new trade pact with the United States. “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the U.K., so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump is quoted as saying. Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on July 11. (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images) After the Brexit plan was announced last week, May’s government was hit with a spate of high profile resignations from her Cabinet. Both Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and May’s minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, David Davis, stepped down as a result of the agreement. In the Sun interview, Trump praised Johnson and said he would “make a great prime minister,” a remark that was widely seen as undermining May and providing fuel to her detractors. The Sun noted that Trump’s comments would “pour nitroglycerine on the already raging … revolt against” May by pro-Brexit members of her party. At the press conference on Friday, Trump insisted that his assessment of Johnson was “unrelated” to his view of May. Trump suggested this could be proved by a recording of the interview, which he said would be made available by Sanders. “We have the tape. You can ask Sarah. Get if from Sarah. we taped the entire interview,” said Trump. Following Trump’s promise that Sanders would release the tape, Yahoo News again emailed the press secretary and her deputies asking for the recording. Sanders did not respond Is he saying his interview is fake news??? B/A
  3. bostonangler

    Who owns your favorite beer?

    One of the most difficult aspects of navigating the modern craft beer landscape—and a big part of why we think the term “craft” has probably just about outlived its usefulness as a descriptor in general—is that so many breweries are now owned by larger corporations that it’s very difficult to tell who owns what at a glance. The point isn’t that you’re able to discover ownership if you look into it—the point is that no one can reasonably be expected to do research on the ownership of 100 different breweries while they’re browsing at a package store, especially if they’re just an average beer consumer. The question of ownership and “independence” has become so complicated at this point that even full-time beer writers could be forgiven for not being able to remember the full list of who owns what. Thanks to the infographic below, though, you can at least attempt to absorb almost all of the pertinent information by gazing at a single image. Created by Michael Tonsmeire of The Mad Fermentationist, who also happens to be opening a small, indie brewery called Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, MD, it cleanly and concisely links every parent company to the slew of breweries it owns. Of course, in the case of corporations like AB InBev, being completely exhaustive is impossible, given that they own somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 companies around the world in an effort to corner every possible market. The infographic is also non-preferential in terms of breweries that still qualify for the “craft” label, as defined by the Brewers Association. As a result, you’ll see groups here such as private equity group Fireman Capital, which now owns the likes of Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Perrin Brewing Co. and others. You’ll also see Duvel, which has done quite well for itself in acquiring acclaimed breweries Ommegang, Boulevard and Firestone Walker, among others. There are, of course, a few minor mistakes—10th & Blake, for instance, simply manages Pilsner Urquell, which is actually owned by Asahi—but the infographic gets across almost all of the most important information at a glance, which is the important thing. Of course, a graphic like this is also in need of constant updating, given that brewery buyouts are still continuing at a frightening clip—it’s only been a few days since the last one, when Constellation Brands announced it was acquiring Dallas’ Four Corners Brewing. In a market where it’s harder than ever to know who you’re really buying from, hopefully this helps at least a few consumers who are curious to find out. TGIF.....🍺 B/A
  4. bostonangler

    Show us your papers

    A fool and his freedoms are soon parted.... B/A First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
  5. bostonangler

    Show us your papers

    Why don't most people care about their privacy... Are people living in such fear they ware willing to give it up? What happens when an ID card is stolen? What proof is used to decide who gets a card? A national ID would require a governmental database of every person in the U.S. containing continually updated identifying information. It would likely contain many errors, any one of which could render someone unemployable and possibly much worse until they get their ""file"" straightened out. And once that database was created, its use would almost certainly expand. Law enforcement and other government agencies would soon ask to link into it, while employers, landlords, credit agencies, mortgage brokers, direct mailers, landlords, private investigators, civil litigants, and a long list of other parties would begin seeking access, further eroding the privacy that Americans have always expected in their personal lives. Americans have long had a visceral aversion to building a society in which the authorities could act like totalitarian sentries and demand ""your papers please!"" And that everyday intrusiveness would be conjoined with the full power of modern computer and database technology. When a police officer or security guard scans your ID card with his pocket bar-code reader, for example, will a permanent record be created of that check, including the time and your location? How long before office buildings, doctors' offices, gas stations, highway tolls, subways and buses incorporate the ID card into their security or payment systems for greater efficiency? The end result could be a nation where citizens' movements inside their own country are monitored and recorded through these ""internal passports."" Can you say 1984??? B/A
  6. bostonangler

    Positive or Negative?

    Glad spending was lower.... Now find a way to increase revenue and we might make some real progress... B/A
  7. If there truly is a Deep State made up of the elite, then no one will stop them. Trump will join them or they will remove him. I say this only if such a thing actually does exist. B/A
  8. bostonangler

    Show us your papers

    Do you have an officially granted government ID? Like a passport, or drivers license? Well now they don't mean anything. You have to start all over and then they put a little star on your ID and put your face into a national ID system. It may not bother you to be in the system, but I don't like it. Do you really believe it won't get hacked or sold? Has anything digital been proven to be safe from being stolen? When the Nazis wanted to round up the Jews, guess how they started? A national ID system. I really cannot believe that Americans are so willing to give up their privacy. They don't have my fingerprints. They don't have my DNA. And I don't want my face in the system... I guess the fear factor is working and people really are sheeple lining up to be slaughtered... JMHO B/A
  9. bostonangler

    Fox and Friends Meeting of 2 Dictators

    North Korean officials didn’t show up for a planned meeting with U.S. counterparts to discuss returning the remains of American war dead, South Korean mediareported, in the latest sign of tensions between the two sides. U.S. negotiators arrived Thursday at the militarized border between the two Koreas as previously announced by U.S. Secretary of StateMike Pompeo and were kept waiting, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing diplomatic officials it didn’t identify. The meeting was expected to be the first working-level talks between the two sides since Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang ended Saturday with North Korea denouncing the U.S.’s “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.” A spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea referred questions Thursday to the Department of Defense in Washington. The Pentagon didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment Wednesday. Pompeo had said when announcing the talks that the meeting could “move by one day or two.” While the details are unclear, a failure to meet on the issue wouldn’t bode well for broader negotiations about North Korea’s nuclear program. The discussions about returning Americans soldiers killed almost 70 years ago was perhaps the most tangible outcome from Pompeo’s trip, which analysts expected would at least secure the release of some remains. The Department of Defense estimates that North Korea is holding about 200 sets of remains from some 5,300 American military personnel believed missing in the country. Their recovery has long been among the most emotionally charged issues between the two sides. Caskets that the U.S. shipped to the border last month haven’t been filled, despiteKim Jong Un’s pledge during his June 12 summit with PresidentDonald Trump to immediately repatriate identified remains. While recovering the war dead would provide Trump a political victory similar to Kim’s May release of three American detainees, it would do little to advance the goal of dismantling the regime’s weapons program. The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks. Read more: North Korea Reminds Trump Its Nuclear Weapons Won’t Come Cheap North Korea’s criticism of talks with Pompeo fueled further doubts about whether Trump will ever achieve his goal of “complete denuclearization,” much less on the timeline of one to 2-1/2 years set out by various administration officials. Although Pompeo called the meetings “productive,” North Korea said the lack of emphasis on security guarantees was “regretful.” The war dead talks were expected to be led by military officials, not the diplomats who are handling nuclear negotiations. North Korea said Saturday it was seeking the “earliest start of the working-level talks” on the recovery of U.S. remains. Trump has expressed an eagerness to tout the recovery of the war dead, telling Fox News that Kim was “giving us back the remains of probably 7,500 soldiers.” He also told supporters in Nevada that North Korea had already handed over 200 sets of remains. Pompeo was obliged to correct those claims, telling a U.S. Senate committee June 27 that no exchanges have been made. Looks like Rocket Man played the Con Man like a fiddle... Kim gets on the world stage and is given street creds and we get...….. B/A
  10. bostonangler

    Is the US nuts??

    You may be correct in the fact this is private property and therefore Adam does indeed have the right to control the content. My thoughts were more on the philosophical side. If they banned folks for expressing their opinion it would be just wrong. Lot's of people give out thumbs up or down without comment because they may not have time to get in to lengthy discussions, or they may be non-confrontational, or in some cases they simply do not like the person because of their political leanings... Whatever the cause, we shouldn't be banning people. If this is truly a problem, they should just remove the whole thumbs up or down option. That would make it less entertaining, but it might stop the anger, whining, and bullying we see all day everyday. Personally, I (who is negged for everything by a select few) believe if we all met in Vegas after the RV and didn't talk politics it would be a very friendly group of folks. Of course talking politics (even with family) can be pretty negative. JMHO B/A
  11. bostonangler

    Is the US nuts??

    Why would you suggest banning people? Look at any of my posts, the Neg Baron hits me even when I pay someone a complement. They are just expressing their opinion. Look at Umbertino, if you banned people for giving him rubies, there would be hardly anyone left on this board... Banning is for people who are against our constitution. I know that's not you. You are a true patriot and wouldn't suggest dropping the 1st amendment. B/A
  12. bostonangler

    Trump To Meet Abadi...SCOTUS Pick & RV.

    So when is this meeting with Trump and Abadi? I haven't seen anything on it. B/A
  13. Pakistan’s central bank has increased the amount of red tape needed to access dollars, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as the nation’s foreign-exchange reserves drop at the fastest pace in Asia. The State Bank of Pakistan has told banks after a currency devaluation last month that importers will need to inform the regulator of any requests for the U.S. currency a day in advance and fill out a form for import payments, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified as they are not authorized to speak to the media. The measure applies to transactions that are not backed by a bank’s letter of credit, said one of the people. The Karachi-based central bank didn’t respond to a request for comment. Vanishing Dollars Biggest foreign reserve erosions in Asia over past year The finances of South Asia’s second largest economy are showing increased vulnerability ahead of elections in two weeks. Dollar reserves have dropped to the lowest level in more than three and a half years and record imports have widened the current-account deficit. Pakistan has devalued its currency three times since December in an attempt to ease the pressure. “Once you go into high current account deficit and reserves deplete, this happens,” said Asad Sayeed, director at the Karachi-based consultancy Collective for Social Science Research. “Investments are going to be affected. Your high growth time is over now.” Pakistan’s economy faces “some very daunting challenges,” but the decision to approach the International Monetary Fund for support will have to be taken by the new government after the July 25 ballot, according to caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar. Moody’s Investors Service revised its outlook downward to negative from stable in June citing heightened external vulnerability risk, according to a statement. Distress Level Pakistan reserves drop below level previous IMF loans acquired “On the external front, there is a need to arrange external financing in the short-term, and resolve structural issues affecting competitiveness in the medium and long term,” the central bank said in a quarterly report on Wednesday. Pakistan’s central bank has also doubled its local currency swap deal with People’s Bank of China, the nation’s largest trading partner, and is encouraging banks to make payments in yuan transactions, according to central bank statements. China is financing the construction of power plants and infrastructure projects worth about $60 billion as part of the Belt and Road initiative that has helped limit power blackouts, but has also increased Pakistan’s machinery imports. Terrorism Financing The Finance Ministry said in a statement this week that Pakistan will increase monitoring of currency movements after a global anti-money laundering agency in June placed the nation back on its terrorism-financing “grey” monitoring list. Finance Minister Akhtar said that systems need to be upgraded at all ports and check points along the border to curb smuggling, according to the statement. The central bank’s measure will also help document financial transactions further, according to one of the people familiar with the matter.

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