* Posts by WatAWorld

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: I don't care ...

What makes Clinton II the bigger risk is that she'd actually stay in office for at least one full term, and the bureaucrats would obey her.

If Trump wins he'll first be ignored, and ignored far more than Obama ever was. The CIA director and several top generals have already said they'll ignore illegal orders from Trump.

If congress fails to over rule Trump's actions first, the SCOTUS will over rule them.

Then Trump will probably be impeached.

And if he isn't impeached, sad to say the US is the country where everyone has the "right to bear arms" to prevent tyranny. So sadly I see a Trump sharing the fates of Lincoln and Kennedy. (I'm against violence, but I'm a Canadian, not an American.)

So I'm not worried about Trump. The USA has plenty of legal and illegal checks and balances to counter him.

But when Clinton is elected, and she will be, she'll successfully continue the establishment's "US War on the Middle Class", on the world's middle classes, and on the sovereignty of foreign governments.

So Clinton is the real risk.

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As Obama said to the press regarding Trump, "I hope you're proud of yourselves."

Obama said it at the White House Correspondents dinner: The press is responsible for Trump being where he is. The press pushed him and covered him, and paying equal attention only to Hillary, paying little attention to the other candidates, and ridiculing and ignoring the best candidates.

They took a guy who ran for office to get some publicity for himself and his brand, and put him in the final running for the White House.

As Obama said to the press at that dinner, "I hope you're proud of yourselves."

What you're seeing is the Wall St establishment and the idle rich using the newspapers and TV networks they own to give the middle class the choice between another rich candidate with a history of successfully defeating the middle class and a kook.

The press covered Clinton and Trump, while suppressing and ridiculing the reasonable candidates, like Sanders, Ron Paul, and so on.

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Re: Americans...

The Brexit thing is actually a good idea, nothing to be embarrassed about.

As for Boris Johnson, I suppose you're fooled by the light-colored fly-away hair into thinking he has anything in common with Trump. Johnson doesn't.

(I wonder if you're a Canadian. Canadians have a history of often picking PMs on the basis of personal appearance and charming looks, rather than past performance and policies.)

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Re: "Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt?"

Considered and rejected based on mountains of evidence.

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The US government set the precedent that governments can legally hack foreign computers

"Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

I personally have little doubt that Israelis, French, Germans, Brazilians, Mexicans and Iranians have also hacked into US government computers, and that at least the Israelis, French, Germans had success.

>> So Trump is merely asking the Russians to look at their copy of the emails that have since been deleted from US government and Clinton personal mail servers, copies they made back before the emails and backups were deleted.

It would be pointless to ask them to hack in and find the emails on US government servers now, they're all deleted from US government and Clinton private email servers. <<

Now, the USA has publicly stated that federal agencies can legally break into foreign computer systems, including foreign government computer systems, and the intelligence services of other countries are all federal agencies, and to them US computer systems are all foreign computer systems.

The USA has set the precedent that it is legal.

Nobody at the NSA went to jail. The US does not consider it a criminal act for one government to hack into another government's computer systems. Rather, when discovered it is just a case for diplomatic tit-for-tat gestures.

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Jacob Appelbaum is a bullying sex pest, says ex-employer Tor Project

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I read the story and I thought about Linux

I read the story and I immediately wondered about Linux and whether or not that is a similar situation waiting to happen. Whether or not, I have no idea.

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The USA has a lot of "at will" employment contracts, which basically put employees in exactly the state you say. But I doubt Applebaum, a senior executive, had such a contract. More likely he had previously negotiated golden parachute to cover him in events like this.

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what burden of proof

To defend against a libel lawsuit, probably a "preponderance of evidence", what ever that means in the particular jurisdiction concerned.

Certainly not "proof beyond reasonable doubt" (as standard that only police insist applies to their employment contracts).

Certainly not "a balance of probabilities".

To defend against a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, that depends not only on the jurisdiction but also the employment contract, either "balance of probabilities" "preponderance of evidence".

I'm not a lawyer, but I think cases where the employer has done a press release explaining the dismissal as being for sexual harassment, in the USA and UK the potential damage from a libel lawsuit tends to dwarf the risk from a wrongful dismissal lawsuit.

Basically that press release is going to hurt chances for ever being trusted by a 'first world' employer again. I expect future jobs will come with close supervision.

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Re: Takeover of TOR

Except that when you put something in a press release, when you put something in a reviewed and edited document, and publish it for the world, it is no longer "pub chat".

If there wasn't sufficient evidence for a civil court, there could be a libel suit and that could cost TOR dearly. So no, formal press releases are "pub chat".

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

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As a google customer I was going to be very upset with Google, BUT it is okay for now

"Full report sent to LastPass, they're working on it now. Yes, it's a complete remote compromise. Yes, I promise I'll look at 1Password."

Okay good, I was going to say that I didn't appreciate Google paying people to make life difficult for myself and other Google customers.

But he's sending the report to LastPass first.

Hopefully he realizes that even a small company like LastPass can take a couple of months to create and test a fix up to the level where it is ready for production release.

People who make their living writing code know, rushing out fixes to commercial software in a blind panic can open more holes than it closes.

Google needs to remember that we customers don't only use Google products, we use other products to. And making Google customer lives miserable would affect Google's business model and profits.

However, doing a service like this, where the report is sent to the product vendor and the product vendor is given sufficient time to design, write, test, re-write, re-test, beta test and release a well thought out fix, that is actually Google doing something good for us customers.

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Starbucks bans XXX Wi-Fi

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Re: I don't Understand Western Puritan Culture....

"Have to agree. Society would be in much better shape if the taboos were on violence. That people weren't so desensitized to human suffering."

It isn't "western culture" that has a boob phobia.

It is American culture.

And many people in a lot of other western cultures are sickened by the amount of raw graphic violence on, simulated torture and murder, on American broadcast TV even before 9 PM down there. Cannot be broadcast in Canada until after 9 PM.

Most other western cultures, even a few miles away here in Canada, a boob is okay on TV after 9 PM.

Penis phobia, "wide open beaver phobia", yes we share America's phobias of those in Canada.

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Re: Pointless....dangerous

"moral majority"

Wow, a real life 1960s era hippie.

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Re: What?

"Trump's policies (should he get elected) will probably violate at least the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th ammendments to the Constitution. Does that stop him? Like hell it does."

Trump won't get in, and if he did, anything that departed greatly from what congress and the SCOUS likes would be overruled and voided.

And if they somehow failed, well, we sadly know what some Americans are like when they don't like a president. Some "right to bear arms" will take the law into his own hands and trash it again.

Anyways, violating the US Constitution and international treaties is regular practice in the USA. Look at the sub-section of the Geneva Conventions the US has signed on to. Look at how they abrogate them. Look at the old "Bird Amendment" on international trade. Look at what 'Clinton the First' did to blacks. Look at the patent trolls. Look at citizens in DC not getting a representative in congress. Look at how cops treat non-wealthy male civilians and how prosecutors, courts and politicians ignore it.

Rest assured, after the election things won't change vastly no matter who is elected. And anyways, Trump won't get elected.

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Even in Germany, shops that have sex toys and visual erotica on open display

There are "dirty pictures" and there is "pornography" as legally defined in a nation's criminal code.

Very few countries tolerate kiddie porn, bestiality, or photos of actual murder or torture created for entertainment. I think we'd all be fine with companies blocking that sort of actual porn as defined by criminal law.

But doubtless this American company will, in the USA at least, be baring sites with bare breasts and wide open crotches -- the common definition of "pornography" in ordinary American usage.

In other words, Starbucks will be barring "dirty pictures" (visual erotica).

But Starbucks are often crowded, you can take kids in there. I think it is reasonable to block the pictures -- at least in US locations.

Even in Germany, shops that have sex toys and visual erotica on open display have red lights or beads hanging across the doorways to warn you not to bring your kids inside.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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The high incidence of advertising posing as 'journalistic content' (impartial content)

The high incidence of advertising posing as 'journalistic content' (impartial content) is probably a big driver of ad blocker adopation.

If only ad blockers would include blocking click-bait websites.

Here in Canada, in a printed publication an advertisement can only imitate the fonts and style of the host publication if it carries an "Advertisement" label immediately above it, to differentiate the advertising from (hopefully) impartial content.

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One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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It is interesting that Gartner didn't realize this from day one

It is interesting that Gartner didn't realize this from day one.

I'd have thought it obvious that in an eco-system where there were no new high-demand applications and where 'must have' hardware innovations were completely absent, that hardware sales would be dead.

What would a person have to be smoking to think that a new version of Windows (or Linux or MacOS) would drive hardware sales?

Hardware makers and hardware vendors are going to have to work for their sales themselves. They're going to have to make useful improvements to their products, or create applications (like 3D) that require more horsepower.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Perhaps ....

"Apple has about 50% of the market with college kids"

I suspect your sampling is likely 90% liberal arts and fine arts students.

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The penguin struggles to reach 4% market share with a free product

The penguin struggles to reach 4% market share with a free product.

With all of MS's many failings, reasonable regular consumers and IT professionals still choose it over Apple and Linux.

I'm not saying MS is wonderful. I am saying that your penguin is nude.

Esoteric is not a virtue. Having a rude, abusive and harassing pseudo-hipster CEO is not a commercial advantage.

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Chrome seems to have been growing okay. Re: Amazing

"KGB OS down everyone's throats"

Chrome seems to have been growing okay.

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Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple. People only resent it when MS does it.

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The sad thing is that Windows 10 is great and adoption would have been higher if MS had been polite

Push something on a person, and they'll naturally resist, even if you're trying to give away bricks of gold.

The sad thing is that Windows 10 is great and adoption would have been far higher if MS had been polite and respectful in its upgrade offer.

A once-a-month explicit easy to opt-out-of offer of the free upgrade,each month, and nothing more.

Instead MS chose to make a total nuisance of itself by screwing up the daily, weekly and monthly work-flows of previously loyal customers, all the while incurring unplanned training and support costs on those same previously loyal customers.

Windows 10 is much better than Windows 8 and 8.1, and is much faster than Windows 7 on multi-core machines.

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FTC lets Nest off the hook over Revolv IoT hub bricking shame

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Why single out MS for copying what practices Hotbot, Macrovision, Adobe and Apple pioneered?

That is the thing, justice and an absence of hypocrisy require tolerating MS doing what we've tolerated Apple doing.

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Remember the iPod 4.

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Re: Home Server

Yeah, because after laypeople spend $200 on a device they're ready to spend $500 on a server to support it.

Let us face it, the company that made the devices is still in business, just it has been purchased by Google.

And Google could easily be running the required servers. But by abandoning devices sold a mere 30 days earlier Google opens up sales for the Nest product it is continuing to produce.

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It has been reported many times that many Google alumni populate the Obama administration

It has been reported many times that many Google alumni populate the Obama administration.

And Google founders have been big supporters of Clinton.

So it would not matter the merits of the case, whether it was likely to succeed or not, there would be little chance of a prosecution being attempted.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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EU is that it is in many ways more Scandiavian than European.

One of the reasons that the UK doesn't fit in well to the EU is that it is in many ways more Scandiavian than European.

The benefits levels are too high. The assumed 'work ethic' is too high.

This BBC article explains it:

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-35374822

Possibly the UK, Finland and Sweden should leave the EU and join with Norway and Iceland to create a new union.

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

Potemkine your comment makes me wonder why the French and Polish fought the Germans in WWII.

I mean, if you want an undemocratic mindless bureaucracy that endorses socialism and state intervention in the economy at every step, the enforces allowing big business to create standards to exclude small business, and that has a racist immigration policy, you could have had it decades earlier.

Subtract the death camps (which I will admit is a really big subtraction) and the EU is not that different that what you would have had. The old nationalism of Germany being replaced with the new nationalism of free migration for white Europeans.

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EU migration policies are far more racist than anything the UK ever had

IF you think racism should play a factor, remember that the EU practices systemic racism -- regarded in North America as one of the worst forms of racism -- in its immigration practices.

Yes, under North American definitions, those 'elites' calling you 'plebs' racist are amongst the most racist people in the developed world.

The EU's immigration systemically discriminates against non-whites because we EU citizens are overwhelmingly white. Yes quite convenient that.

We grant free immigration to EU citizens and it is "purely coincidental" that 99% of the time that means whites.

EU system rules that systemically create a race-based immigration system that fulfills racist objectives, without the need for individuals to take racist actions on their own.

And these EU racists have the gaul to claim that those who'd prefer the UK set its own immigration policy are racist, despite the fact that the pre-EU immigration policy was far less racist.

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Readers in North America should be aware of the differing UK terminology

In the UK "middle class" has a different meaning than in Canada or the USA.

Here in Canada the middle class is pretty much anyone whose income is between the bottom 25% and the top 1%, maybe top 0.1%. And your occupation doesn't matter. You can be a tradesperson. A professional. Or living off of an inheritance.

In the USA the middle class is pretty much anyone whose income is between the bottom 25% and the top 0.01%, maybe top 0.01%. (Some multi-millionaire business owners consider themselves middle-class.) Again, occupation doesn't matter.

In the UK tradespeople used to be -- and apparently still are -- excluded from the definition of middle class. So no electricians. No technicians. No plumbers. Rather than the middle class being the middle 80% of the population it is maybe 40%, maybe less?

Maybe Andrew could clarify his definition of middle class for us in a boot note. Is it people who neither sweat for a living nor inherited a title?

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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why would a promoter sell a $600 ticket for $100, unless money was coming back via a backchannel?

Promoters and vendors should not be taking kick-backs from ticket agents and second-level ticket agents in deals kept secret from artists.

When an second-level agent can step into the middle and confidently buy up 90% the tickets in seconds to knowing with complete certainty they can be resold for a several hundred percent profit that pretty much indicates something is wrong.

Why would a promoter sell the tickets for so much less than their obvious value? Why deny himself and the artist their just rewards?

It points to the need for forensic audits to follow the path of the money. Are agents and promoters getting rewarded via some path that cuts the artists out of the loop?

I don't know the answer. But why else would a promoter sell a $600 ticket for $100, unless there was some means to make the money back via a backchannel?

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Re: Ummm ...

"How about just making it illegal to sell a ticket for more than face value?"

That used to be the law, at least in Canada.

Then the tickemaster-types lobbied government to get the law changed.

That was a big mistake that really hurt the public so that a few could get rich through no effort on their own part.

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'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

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Re: Complacent^n!

A quick google search reveals he is the person responsible for McAfee's current "prestigious" placing in the world of IT security.

https://www.vbprofiles.com/people/michael-sentonas-52d7cb03843bac2c180000d3

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Re: 'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

Do you consider this to be part of the "tabloid press"?

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-10-deadly-heart-problems-dont.html

Note: "Since teenager Paul Houle's story, similar incidents have been reported of people seeking help on noticing abnormal heart rates being measured by their watch."

Pretty much means that the watch or fitness band was the initial warning.

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Re: The targets aren't single individuals

I think you're forgetting high value targets, spearphishing, and so on.

Some people have heart rates that are worth knowing, and those people probably have no idea of that fact, or how easy it would be to find out their heart rates. Political leaders. Business leaders. Engineers, Lawyers, Celebrities.

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Treadmills matter

“Nobody cares if your treadmill says you hit a heart-rate of 150 bpm this morning.”

Screw with the treadmill's heart rate monitor and help a heart attack along. Or evaluate how stressed out a business competitor is.

Time and time again we learn that information that superficially seems useless can be analyzed to reveal a lot about us.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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In the late 1800s it was novels.

In the early 1800s it was books.

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As it turns out, in the actual event there was only one gunman and storming the club would have been the right thing to do.

Problem is, our police have been told to put officer safety ahead of public safety.

Something they doubtless learned from US special forces whose doctrine is to put American military lives ahead of the lives of the foreign civilians they are supposed to be defending.

Oh well, at least they didn't order in a drone strike.

Seriously, the world is going downhill and it isn't all the fault of "foreigners".

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At least the Nazis only burned the books they objected too, not all books.

@AC "If you're such an expert, why don't you tell us exactly how it happens then, and somehow prove to us that hot headed young men of this sort don't use the Internet in any way whatsoever?

Your view is at odds with newspaper reports of court cases involving such people."

If you want links provide them yourself.

The logic of blaming Google, Twitter and Facebook is the logic of blaming the water company, department of highways and FAA for providing water, roads and flights to terrorists.

It is even sillier logic than that used by Germans in the 1920s and 30s in their book burnings.

At least the Nazis only burned the books they objected too, not all books.

The Nazis didn't try to eliminate the publishing industry (they just tried to put it under loose state control).

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Wahhabi is the name Islamists give to their sect of Islam.

He doesn't have a point. ISIS grew because the USA has done everything it can to aid and protect the Wahhabi kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Wahhabi is the name Islamists give to their sect of Islam. Wahhabi, or sometimes Salafist.

The US government has spent the lives of young American men to allow Saudi Arabia and Qata to evangelize Wahhabism throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and now North America.

Now we're having to put up with the Wahhabi terrorism that before struck only Shia and Suffi Muslims and we don't like it.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Who are these narcissists who think they are the only ones entitled to freedom of choice?

You can have your free speech. You have your freedom of choice. And so do other people.

You cannot expect banks and grocery stores to succumb to your right to choose to wear a ski-mask when withdrawing funds or making purchases.

People who work and own banks and grocery stores have their right to freedom of choice and freedom of speech too. And more importantly they also have a right to know who they are doing business with.

Sure there are ways to bypass this. There are ways to bypass bans on wearing ski-masks inside of banks too.

What I'd really like to see is merchants being stricter on insecure browsers and allowing us to impose geographic limits on the us of our own accounts. We need more security on the web, not less.

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Remember, TOR is a product of "The Man".

Remember, TOR is a product of "The Man". The US State Department would not be sponsoring it if they didn't have a way to see inside of it and if it did not serve their own ends.

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Re: User or Admin

It is the weekend, so those who actually work in IT are mostly doing something else.

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Crafty plan to give FBI warrantless access to browser histories axed

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My only question is what the FBI has on Senator John Cornyn?

My only question is what the FBI has, thanks to past supposedly legal spying, on Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that would cause the Senator to act against the interest of his constituents and his country?

I mean, why would the guy just turn against regular American citizens?

It seems to me, and this is just my opinion, that the bureaucracy must have some hold on him.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Exactly, what sensible person would advocate deciding the BREXIT vote based on naming rights for fast food?

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the EU is protectionist as it ever gets

Canada, Chile and China are outside the EU and are not hobbled by protectionist standards.

What is required to avoid protectionism -- the EU is protectionist as it ever gets these days -- the solution to protectionism is to be living in a democracy where voters will not tolerate protectionism.

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Re: Cocoon

In a sovereign UK you have the ability to collectively eliminate that protectionism. That you never devoted a few hours to selecting an MP or canvasing for a political position was your choice. You and your peers did not care about protectionism, so you allowed vested interests (workers and business owners of protected UK businesses) to prevail.

In the EU you are stuck obeying what the bureaucrats tell your parliament you must put up with.

In the EU no amount of hours on your part, no amount of canvassing by you and your neighbours, will alter the fact that the legislation you must obey will be dictated by bureaucrats working for one of the five unelected EU presidents.

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Not so in the EU, where parliament is a mere stooge, a whipping boy to shield bureaucrats

The sad reality is that in the parliamentary that UK was for a few brief decades, if you didn't like government regulations you can remove them by running for parliament or going out and knocking on doors in support of a candidate for parliament who will.

You cannot do that in the EU because the EU parliament does not set the regulations.

In the EU various un-elected commissions set the rules and cannot be over-ruled by any elected officials.

In the democracy that the UK once was, if you felt workers had inadequate rights, you could fight for those rights and get a better party and MP elected, and that party and MP could change things.

Not so in the EU, where parliament is a mere stooge, a whipping boy to shield bureaucrats.

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Re: FFS STOP!!! and alternate universes

Which alternate universe do you live in where the EU protects workers rights?

The EU protects bureaucrats rights, and as many have already learned, if you are not a bureaucrat the only right you have is that of supplication if the EU rules dictate that your job belongs to residents of a more important EU country, like Luxembourg, Monaco, France or Ireland.

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