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  1. It's a rating of creditworthiness. Means their borrowing costs will be a little higher than a province with a pristine credit rating. Although with interest rates at or near record lows it really means little. Your borrowing costs going up say 10% is a pain when rates are 4%. Your borrowing costs going up 10% when rates are .5% is a whole lot easier to swallow.
  2. If I had only read this post I could have correctly predicted one of the people arguing.
  3. RIP Greg, thanx for the tunes.
  4. In b4 the lock and ban.
  5. When there's 3 major party's. 40% will get you a majority almost every time. Voters care about jobs. If he delivers those he'll be fine. However it's not looking good so far due to his inability to pass any legislation that isn't DOA in the senate. You can't feed your family on a 70 year old man's bluster.
  6. His aggregate approval rating is 39.9%. Plenty of votes? His opponent got nearly 3 million more votes than he did. Where's the Obamacare repeal? Where's the wall? Where's the jobs? Where's the budget that makes fiscal sense?
  7. Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications. The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser. The White House disclosed the fact of the meeting only in March, playing down its significance. But people familiar with the matter say the FBI now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest. Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate — a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team. Neither the meeting nor the communications of Americans involved were under U.S. surveillance, officials said. The White House declined to comment. Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, declined to comment. The Russian Embassy did not respond to requests for comment. Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among U.S. analysts. But officials said that it’s unclear what Kislyak would have had to gain by falsely characterizing his contacts with Kushner to Moscow, particularly at a time when the Kremlin still saw the prospect of dramatically improved relations with Trump. Kushner’s apparent interest in establishing a secret channel with Moscow, rather than relying on U.S. government systems, has added to the intrigue surrounding the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia. (more in the link) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-ambassador-told-moscow-that-kushner-wanted-secret-communications-channel-with-kremlin/2017/05/26/520a14b4-422d-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.b2744c4e24d2
  8. Now I can cheer for Nashville in peace.
  9. Gene Hackman is 87 years old. He's retired and hasn't done any acting at all in 13 years.
  10. Eye witness account is here........ "All of a sudden I heard a giant crash and saw Ben's feet fly in the air as he hit the floor." https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/05/24/what-montana-gop-candidate-body-slams-reporter-on-eve-of-special-election-n2331489
  11. What!? Montana GOP Candidate Body Slams Reporter On Eve Of Special Election We’re on the eve of Montana’s special election to see who will succeed Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke, who became secretary of the interior in the Trump administration, and it’s ending with a body slam. I’m not kidding, folks. Republican candidate Greg Gianforte body slammed The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs. A local news crew was preparing for an interview with the candidate when the incident occurred. Audio is said to have been recorded and will be posted on the Guardian, according to Jacobs. Buzzfeed’s Alexis Levinson, formerly of National Review, documented what happened, which was captured by our friends at Twitchy. (more in the link) https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/05/24/what-montana-gop-candidate-body-slams-reporter-on-eve-of-special-election-n2331489
  12. You said it right there. They provide coverage of interest to Canadians. How many Canadians have roots or even a passing interest in Indonesia? They're just not going to cover it unless it's going to get eyeballs. Eyeballs = advertising dollars. Sad but true. It used to be "if it bleeds, it leads" now you can amend that to "if it bleeds in the west, it leads". If the Philippines situation turns into country wide Marshall law then I suspect it will get some coverage here as there's enough Philipino people here to make it worth their while. And of course they can make an attempt to link Trump to strongman Duterte. As for the Bangkok blast. It doesn't help that the Thai authorities downplay everything. Their spokesperson says 24 people were "slightly injured". That's not going to grab many eyeballs internationally and that's exactly what the Thai authorities want. They won't play it up (or even report accurately) anything that will affect tourism. You are going to have to seek it out. And these days that's pretty easy. I have several news apps on my phone. BBC app has a very good variety of international news. Features the main news then has the top two stories from every continent. On the Al Jazeera app the top 3 stories were Manchester update, Indonesia bombing, Philippine situation.
  13. Yeah then it will be "Popcorn Time".
  14. Hey @Harvey Spector I was wondering what to do about dinner. Thanks for dropping off all that nothingburger. Oh hey while you're here. When is Susan Rice Rice going to jail? When do we get to know Devon Nunes' "bombshell" news? Can we get some more info on General Mattis killing Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi on his first day on the job? How was the popcorn?