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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Interesting chart in this Beeb article on the G20 meeting. Seems the US already "protects" nearly twice as much as the next nearest country and still think they get a raw deal. Mnuchin supports free trade so long as it's balanced free trade. Doesn't look very balanced to me.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39315098

But then America has always, to a certain extent, gone its own way and said sod it to the rest of the world. Trump's just aiming to take it to a new level.
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So is Robert Mugabe.

He's a dick too.
Mugabe didn't have nukes.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Well there you go, a totally unelected total dick.
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No, she is think.... this idiot was too busy last November to notice we changed the rules! EU parliament approved plans for EU army - EDA has the right to over rule NATO and act were NATO refuses, battle groups to be complete by year end... 2018/19 NATO looses 27 members...

And Trump himself will be the catalyst!
1. Why does the EU need an army?
2. Thank Christ the UK are leaving.
3. EU defence spending will still be a piss in the ocean when compared to the US.
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Let's focus on diverse opinions here if we can. Cherish your oponents. It will keep the quality up, echo chambers are useless. Name calling is unconstructive, let alone ill mannered.
All the statements you quoted are directed towards Trump, yet he isn't a member of EF, at least...not that I'm aware of. Are you implying that the members of EF cannot criticise the POTUS?
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Old 18.03.2017, 22:25
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Just so it's clear where I stand:

I thought Mr Obama was a baby-killing, terrorist-funding bastard. But he wasn't a dick.

I don't know where Mr Trump stands on the killing of babies or the funding of terrorists. But he's still a dick.

Being a dick isn't a matter of morality. It's simply a matter of being a dick.
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As it happens I agree with your first sentence. For the rest, i think your idea of entitlement is dead wrong. Arts need support and freedom. Lots of people can create on different levels and there need to be opportunities to do so.

Kids, for example need time to just experiment and daydream. But if they're hungry, or not in a safe space, it is that much harder. Schools and caretakers need to make time and space for creativity. You don't need a lot of stuff but you need a bit of an environment and encouragement. So there is a need for support and maybe that's what you consider an entitlement. I don't.


I don't see opportunities for this happening in the current administration.

Moreover, who is the arbiter of taste and talent?
Yes, those are the frequent ideas on arts.

Kids is one thing - they will be creative no matter what.

Creative process is a method. Very little to do with environment, so is my experience with psy of creativity. In fact, deprived artists are phenomenal. When one collects the results of "protected, schedulled...rewarded, appraised" art or innovation, it sucks. Lot of volume, little innovation. Google is veering off the hipster kindergarden schtick they had in order to stimulate creativity at a workspace. They just hire enough really creative, underfed minds from India/South America, etc. Productive, intelligent and acquiring the reliably unique creative method.

Critical thinking - similar trends. Everybody incorporated critical thinking as terminology, yet there is just a faint trace of critical thinking skills, despite the righteous campaign and huge expenses on changing curriculum. A fad?

Re. Safe spaces..Communities eat themselves. It is the same with school and safe place to think. The unsafety/inefficiency is usually caused by something in the community not working. I dare to think, sending more cops/cash/policies from outside will do squat nothing. Entitlement makes it worse, it inhibits and blames the outside instead of looking for improvement within the community.

Arts and academia needs to restructure, me thinks. Out with safe spaces and entitlement. Rebuild, construct..independence.

As per arbiter of creativity - check out the plethora of accessible rubrics. Avoid the misleading ones, mistaking productivity for innovation. Or ego boost. Yanks are masters at those, yet manage to pollute the concept with lovely pc terminology, calling those who show mere effort "masters or experts". Like that's gonna make somebody progress.
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I don't do all that fancy pants intellectual stuff that you seem so fond of.
I don't buy a single bit of what you present as anti-intellectual pov
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I don't buy a single bit of what you present as anti-intellectual pov
You what?
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Just so it's clear where I stand:

I thought Mr Obama was a baby-killing, terrorist-funding bastard. But he wasn't a dick.

I don't know where Mr Trump stands on the killing of babies or the funding of terrorists. But he's still a dick.

Being a dick isn't a matter of morality. It's simply a matter of being a dick.
That Obama droned civilians to their deaths makes him a dick.

That he did so with a solemn countenance and a decent soundbite just makes him a politician.

Trump isn't a politician. Just a dick.

And still people don't get it.
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Old 18.03.2017, 22:41
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DTdid nothing so offensive merriting this amount of ridicule.
Trump chose, of his own free will, to run for office. When you are responsible for an entire nation, everything you do is open to comment.

The WH have accused GCHQ of wiretapping Trump's private residence. The WH have repeatedly refused to apologise for that comment, and reports from Downing Street that the WH has agreed to not repeat such accusations, have been denied. So, either Downing Street or the WH or both are lying.

In the press conference with Merkel, Trump stated on camera, that he made no comment regarding the original wiretapping allegations and reporters should refer to Fox News. The problem with his statement is that Trump's twitter account clearly show the comments he made on the matter a few weeks ago.

In light of Trump's words, actions and denials, I feel more than justified in criticising him. He has insulted my native country and is treating the public as if they don't have the wits to cross reference material from yesterday with material from two weeks ago. Again, that more than justifies any criticism made of him and he would do well to take heed, because when he wants to drag the US into a war situation, the response may well be that he's on his own from America's current allies.
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Yes, those are the frequent ideas on arts.

Kids is one thing - they will be creative no matter what.

Creative process is a method. Very little to do with environment, so is my experience with psy of creativity. In fact, deprived artists are phenomenal. When one collects the results of "protected, schedulled...rewarded, appraised" art or innovation, it sucks. Lot of volume, little innovation. Google is veering off the hipster kindergarden schtick they had in order to stimulate creativity at a workspace. They just hire enough really creative, underfed minds from India/South America, etc. Productive, intelligent and acquiring the reliably unique creative method.

Critical thinking - similar trends. Everybody incorporated critical thinking as terminology, yet there is just a faint trace of critical thinking skills, despite the rightous campaign and huge expenses on changing curriculum. A fad?

Re. Safe spaces..Communities eat themselves. It is the same with school and safe place to think. The unsafety/inefficiency is usually caused by something in the community not working. I dare to think, sending more cops/cash/policies from outside will do squat nothing. Entitlement makes it worse, it inhibits and blames the outside instead of looking for improvement within the community.

Arts and academia needs to restructure, me thinks. Out with safe spaces and entitlement. Rebuild, construct..independence.

As per arbiter of creativity - check out the plethora of accessible rubrics. Yanks are masters at those, yet manage to pollute the concept with lovely pc terminology, calling those who show mere effort "masters or experts". Like that's gonna make somebody progress.
Ok. You made your points. I don't agree with a lot of what you said, but I'd rather crochet than pick nits.
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So are Hollande and Merkel, among others.

Actually, the only non-dick is Putin.

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At least one good thing about DT - he wants to address this issue apparently. All those countries that are NATO members and are paying < 1% from their GDPs will have to increase their defence expenditures, and rightly so..one cannot eat their cake and have it too. I think they will raise the bar at ≈ 2%.
True but Trump seems to have the wrong idea about NATO!

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When countries increase their NATO budgets the money goes to support their own military; not to NATO or the US!
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1. Why does the EU need an army?
2. Thank Christ the UK are leaving.
3. EU defence spending will still be a piss in the ocean when compared to the US.
Why does the US or the U.K. need an army? It is the exact same answer! An clearly it makes no sense to continue an alliance with a country whose policies are so adverse to that of the EU members.

There is no reason why the EU should not act to defend its interests just as just as the US or the U.K.
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That Obama droned civilians to their deaths makes him a dick.

That he did so with a solemn countenance and a decent soundbite just makes him a politician.

Trump isn't a politician. Just a dick.

And still people don't get it.
and if anyone who believes that any president from now until eternity won't have blood on their hands because of pointless military interventions sanctioned by the Senate and Congress and sponsored by the military industrial complex is also a dick.

Of all the president dicks to have graced the word stage in recent years, Obama was the least dicky at least in domestic policy.
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As per arbiter of creativity - check out the plethora of accessible rubrics. Avoid the misleading ones, mistaking productivity for innovation. Or ego boost. Yanks are masters at those, yet manage to pollute the concept with lovely pc terminology, calling those who show mere effort "masters or experts". Like that's gonna make somebody progress.
I really wonder if you have direct experiences with the US or if you are relying on generally available information. The world famous "Politically Correct" trend sweeping the US is basically a cover-up for missing common felt values in the populace; if you can't stop being racist,...then at least don't show it. In reality , very few people change their feelings just by being commanded to act in a certain way.

As for entitlements, in the US, they act as a pressure valve to "difuse" a permanent underclass with little prospect of upward mobility. The organized outrage that brought DT to power is the result of a gradual slide of "blue collar" folks into the permanent underclass.

You seem to use "entitlements" as a curse word to indict folks who won't kill themselves outright so we , the better to do, don't have to look at them.

The US is not a place of security for but the very few. Most people I know struggle to stay above water. People in the arts, even more so. There are way too many creative people to fund , thus the little money there is goes to the highly active and highly networked, not saying they don't deserve it.

Lastly, I suggest that DT be ignored as a person. He is distracting the populace with his antics, like a mediocre magician. We should be focusing on his administration only, 'cause there, are taking place the real moves and shifts which we should be aware of.
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In light of Trump's words, actions and denials, I feel more than justified in criticising him. He has insulted my native country.
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Perhaps time to run the poll again?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Watch the Press Conference between Trump and Merkel. Use it to practise your German but also evaluate what was actually said. In the race on how to be presidential, Merkel won by a mile. Seriously, Trump even had to mention fake news when taking a question from a German reporter.

https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/...e-Schelte.html
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