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  2. Honestly, this is a really problematic situation. I don't think behavior such as this should be encouraged. Giant caravans of migrants demanding entry are not the proper way to seek asylum. The giant mess that has been US border control needs some sort of solution. Though I doubt even Trump has enough balls to step on the business interests that mass employ migrants.
  3. Today
  4. Feanor

    The Random Picture

  5. I think the point is that non-citizens are getting political representation in the House due to being counted by the census. I'm fuzzy on whether they're supposed to or not. I'm fairly certain that illegal immigrants shouldn't.
  6. Greed10

    From the Ground up

    It has been a number of months since Raz first had the inclination to master the art of carpentry, so many things had happened. In any event with the successful completion of the mission sent out from the Aurian embassy, Raz and several other members of the fellowship where given a leave of absents as an additional reward to finding a resolution to the problem that plagued Gran Skyre. As such Raz would take this boon of downtime to learn this craft that had caught his attention so many months ago. For the next few weeks, Raz would be apprenticing under the tutelage of one of the builders that has seen to the additions to his estate, and had been more than willing to meet Raz's request to maintain the aesthetic of the property in the new expansions.
  7. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump’s administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump’s administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speaks with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about prescription drug prices at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings told Reuters he had not yet prioritized all the issues his committee would examine when his party takes over leadership of the House of Representatives in January. “There are certain things that mandate that we look at immediately. One of them is the census, because that’s right around the corner,” Cummings told Reuters on Tuesday evening outside the House. Last month, Cummings called for an official probe into why the Commerce Department added the question, which critics have said could depress the response to the census from immigrants, who often live in Democratic-leaning areas. If undercounted, areas with high immigrant populations could lose seats in the U.S. House. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the citizenship question in March, billing it as a way to help enforce the Voting Rights Act. The act requires a tally of citizens of voting age to protect minorities against discrimination. Eighteen states and 15 cities have sued the administration to have the question removed, calling it unconstitutional. U.S. congressional elections last week gave Democrats control of the House, starting in January. Incoming Democratic committee chairs are expected to bombard the Trump administration with investigations, issuing subpoenas and holding hearings. The oversight panel Cummings is expected to chair has wide-ranging jurisdiction over the government. He has foreshadowed a broad, aggressive agenda, including a look at Trump’s business interests as well as “day-to-day” issues like prescription drug pricing and voter suppression. As for the census citizenship question, Cummings said the oversight panel needed to “figure out why it’s there, because to be very frank with you, we have been told some untruths” by the administration. By shining light on the origins of the question, he hoped ultimately to be rid of it, Cummings said, perhaps by aiding court battles launched against it. In October, Cummings questioned the Commerce Department’s contention that it added the question at the request of the Justice Department, saying court documents indicated Commerce initiated the idea - in coordination with former White House adviser and conservative firebrand Steve Bannon. Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Peter Cooney Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. PERSONAL COMMENT: I mean...it does seem like a no brainer to include on a census questionaire. Though knowing if you're a current passport holder doesn't really qualify as essential information necessary for the purposes of planning essential community utilities and services. i actually can't remember if such a question is included on the Australian or New Zealand census. @Inferous
  8. Admiral Lurch

    The Tongue of Demons

    Telemon slips his glasses away into his robe. "I suppose it would be prudent, I wasn't planning on getting sleep anytime soon anyway." Before long reclining chairs and tea are moved into position.
  9. Greed10

    A home for a Wanderer

    As Raz hears the words "I've overstayed my welcome" the slight bit of crimson that was adorning his face quickly vanishes with a sudden feeling of dread. While it was true that Sehrasa had accomplished the task that Raz had dangled before him, as a means of endearing himself to his Tiefling friend. But now it began to dawned on Raz as to how much he had come to enjoy the company of his friend. What's more as he processed the rest of what Sehrasa said, it became quite clear that he had been neglecting to pierce the vial of questions that surrounded Sehrasa. What was the driving force that made him want to save the Lurching pines? What were the implications of having a true name? Where did he even hail from!? All these basic things that he should know about the man he claimed to be his friend momentarily brought Raz into turmoil, until he remembered something that he had wanted to discuss with Sehrasa after he was finished with the library. With this he raised his hand toward Sehrasa and simply uttered the words "please wait" as he slowly walked across the room toward his friend. Those few steps forward seemed to be the longest he had ever walked, as if weights has been strapped to his feet, and he could no longer feel the breath of creation. When Raz was close enough he tentatively placed one hand on the Tieflings shoulder. Slowly he began to speak his mind "Sehrasa....these past few months having you here they were a real treat to me" as he continues Raz begins to gain momentum and his words become more fluid "We've both never really spoke about our lives before the company, and I never really pried into your personal affairs as I believed that if I could not share such things with you it would be unfair to expect you to do so with me" He pauses for a moment as if he's looking for a specific word then just continues on with what he could think of. " That was a mistake, I should be more open with you about who I was, and I should have bothered to know what is troubling you in your personal life to cause you to become so passionate yet so distant Sehrasa" He goes quite for a short period become he starts speaking again."When I asked you to be my best man, at the time it was because you were the only person in Ulmmarch I could say was my friend' He begins to shift a bit on his feet looking at the ground for a moment before truly meeting Sehrasa's eyes. "But now that we've shared so many adventures together, had our backs to the walls together and fought as brothers for survival, I can honestly say I don't know what I do if I didn't have you in my life." Raz begins patting his pockets for a moment, and after a bit finds one that crinkles a bit upon touch. He then pulls out a piece of paper and unfolds it completely before handing it to Sehrasa. As the Tiefling begins looking over the document Raz continues to speak, "that was a project that I wanted to talk with you about when you finished with looking through my library. They are designs that my builder and I have been discussing for your own personal work space" He begins to trail off a bit near the end, and forcibly clears his throat as if to remove some blockage that wasn't really there. "I was hoping to bring it up to you....after I asked you to become a permanent resident of this house." He let the words hang in the air as he waited for Sehrasa's reply.
  10. Rowen

    A home for a Wanderer

    Sehrasa exhales sharply when released from his friends clasp. "Gah, it may have been good work but I could have expedited it. I was constantly distracted by my own personal affairs. Margaret has likely reached wits ends with my habits as well." He pauses for a moment to think of all the times the maid practically threw food at him and cleaned around him very aggressively to make sure he knew his presence was in the way. His expression then turns from a soft contentment of nostalgia to a grim, straight face. "Either way, I've finished the task you've given to me all those months ago." Sehrasa continues, walking past Raz and toward the door. "I fear I've overstayed my welcome in your estate. I've already gone through the liberty of packing all the belongings I'd left in various places." Upon reaching the door, he turns back to his friend and slightly bows his head. "Thank you for taking me in for these many months."
  11. Baledwyr

    The Random Picture

  12. Baledwyr

    Backseat

    You been hanging around the wrong kinda people, there Talinn.
  13. TIJUANA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Central American migrants planning to seek asylum in the United States moved toward the country’s border with Mexico on Tuesday as U.S. military reinforced security measures, laying barbed wire and erecting barricades. Some 400 migrants who broke away from the main caravan in Mexico City arrived in the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday by bus, according to a Reuters witness. Larger groups are expected to arrive in the coming days, human rights organizations said. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would travel to the border area on Wednesday, his first visit since the military announced that over 7,000 U.S. troops would go to the area as the caravan of mostly Hondurans has made its way through Mexico. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that it would close lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings from Tijuana to allow the Department of Defense to install barbed wire and position barricades and fencing. Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California, is at the westerly end of the border, around 17 miles (38km) from San Diego, California. “CBP has been and will continue to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading toward the border of the United States,” Pete Flores, the agency’s director of field operations in San Diego, said in a statement, citing a “potential safety and security risk.” The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a firm stance against the caravan, which began its journey north on Oct. 13 and briefly clashed with security forces in the south of Mexico early on its route. On Friday, Trump signed a decree that effectively suspended the granting of asylum for those who cross the border illegally, a move that could drastically slow claims at gates of entry. But migrants planning to seek asylum in the United States said they were undeterred by the crackdown. “I prefer to be in detention in the United States than to return to my country, where I know they are going to kill me for being different,” said Nelvin Mejía, a transgender woman who arrived in Tijuana on Monday with a group of about 70 people seeking asylum. “Last month, they killed my partner, and I do not want to end up like that.” For years, thousands of mainly Central American immigrants have embarked on long journeys through Central America and Mexico to reach the United States. Many of them die in the attempt or are kidnapped by organized crime groups. Several thousand more migrants in at least three caravan groups are making their way through Mexico toward the border. Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; writing by Julia Love, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-caravan/u-s-lays-barbed-wire-at-border-as-migrant-caravan-draws-closer-idUSKCN1NI2LH PERSONAL COMMENT: Slightly manipulative...Is EVERYONE in the caravan fleeing gender persecution? Cause that's the only example given.
  14. Wow, I got that response from you and I didn't even need to quote from any recently declassified, arbitrary KGB documents. Progress, Iourie!
  15. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain struck a draft divorce deal with the European Union after more than a year of talks, thrusting Prime Minister Theresa May into a perilous battle over Brexit that could shape her country’s prosperity for generations to come. While Brussels choreographs the first withdrawal of a sovereign state from the EU, May, a far from secure leader hemmed in by opponents in government and her own Conservative party, must now try to get the deal approved by her cabinet and, in the toughest test of all, by parliament. Brexiteers in May’s party accused her of surrendering to the EU and said they would vote the deal down while the Northern Irish party which props up her minority government questioned whether she would be able to get parliamentary approval. “These are momentous days and the decisions being taken will have long-lasting ramifications,” said Arlene Foster, leader of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which keeps the government in power. “The prime minister must win the support of the cabinet and the House of Commons. Every individual vote will count.” The British cabinet will meet at 1400 GMT on Wednesday to consider the draft withdrawal agreement, a Downing Street spokesman said after Irish and British media were leaked details of the agreement on the text. Sterling, which has seesawed since reaching $1.50 just before Britain’s 2016 referendum that saw a 52-48 percent margin for leaving the EU, surged on news of a deal but then erased some gains as opponents lined up to criticize May. Brexit will pitch the world’s fifth largest economy into the unknown and many fear it will serve to divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russia and China. Supporters of Brexit say that while the divorce might bring some short-term instability, in the longer term it will allow the United Kingdom to thrive and also enable deeper EU integration without such a powerful reluctant member. SELLING BREXIT A senior EU official confirmed that a draft text had been agreed. EU leaders could meet on Nov. 25 for a summit to seal the Brexit deal if May’s cabinet approves the text, diplomatic sources said. The EU and Britain need an agreement to keep trade flowing between the world’s biggest trading bloc and the United Kingdom, home to the biggest international financial center. But May, an initial opponent of Brexit who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the referendum, has struggled to untangle nearly 46 years of EU membership without damaging commerce or upsetting the lawmakers who will ultimately decide the fate of the divorce accord. By seeking to leave the EU while preserving the closest possible ties, May’s compromise plan has upset Brexiteers, pro-Europeans, Scottish nationalists, the Northern Irish party that props up her government, and some of her own ministers. It is unclear when parliament might vote on a deal. To get the deal approved she needs the votes of about 320 lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament. She faces a deeply divided government, party, parliament and country. BREXIT BETRAYAL? Prominent Brexiteers such as Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said May had sold out the United Kingdom and that they would oppose it. “It is a failure of the government’s negotiating position, it is a failure to deliver on Brexit, and it is potentially dividing up the United Kingdom,” Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said. The opposition Labour Party, which has said it would oppose any agreement that does not retain “the exact same” economic benefits that it now has with the EU, said it was unlikely the announced deal was right for Britain. “It is vassal state stuff,” Johnson said, adding that he would vote against such an unacceptable accord. “Chuck it out.” Johnson’s brother, Jo, a pro-European, resigned from May’s government on Friday, calling for another referendum to avoid her Brexit plans unleashing Britain’s greatest crisis since World War Two. IRELAND May formally began Britain’s divorce in March 2017, ushering in tortuous negotiations on everything from space exploration and fishing territories to selling complex financial products and the future of the land border on the island of Ireland. As deadlines passed, officials such as Britain’s Olly Robbins and the Commission’s Sabine Weyand, a German, raced to get a deal in late night sessions at the European Commission’s modernist Berlaymont building in Brussels. With less than five months until Britain leaves the EU, the so-called Northern Irish backstop was the main sticking point. The backstop is an insurance policy to avoid a return to controls on the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland if a future trading relationship is not agreed in time. The British government supplied no immediate details on the Brexit deal text, which runs to hundreds of pages. Three EU sources said the backstop would come in the form of a UK-wide customs arrangement, with specific provisions for Northern Ireland which go deeper on the issue of customs and alignment with the rules of the EU single market than for the rest of the United Kingdom. It would include a review mechanism to bridge between EU demands that the insurance policy is permanently available and Britain’s request to avoid being held in a customs alliance with the bloc perpetually. The DUP has ruled out any deal that treats Northern Ireland differently. Additional reporting by William James, Kylie MacLellan, Andrew MacAskill, Kate Holton and Alistair Smout in London and Alistair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by David Stamp, William Maclean, Richard Balmforth Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu/britain-agrees-brexit-divorce-deal-with-eu-mays-opponents-vow-to-thwart-it-idUSKCN1NI0UT PERSONAL COMMENT: The backstop is fairly simple to deal with. No. End of story. Ulster is British clay, it goes with the rest of the Kingdom.
  16. Russia isn't strong enough or major enough to be a hegemon in any global sense, or even regionally in a region as large as the South Pacific. A tool to bypass SWIFT is not the same as the alternative to SWIFT. Russia isn't the only one working to get away from US control of international finance.
  17. I don't see life being any more rosy under a Russo-Hegemony than under a Pax-Americana which for the most part hasn't been terrible. <.< Especially since Putin has apparently decided that the South Pacific is Russia's playground in addition to everything else.
  18. We're moving away from US-centric financial institutions. Having an alternative to SWIFT ready is a good idea under the circumstances.
  19. Krackles

    WW1 ISH Changelog and Download

    Even though some veterans opposition, a 7v7 quickly would be a nice course of actions for an incoming update. We get more and more active players in the game and many benched, just syaing we even got pusan benched!!
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  21. War4life

    WW1 ISH Changelog and Download

    I'll reply to ur post later but for now beforei forget, when the black screen occurs, people can select/move units. We need to either just remove the black screen and let people move asap from start (which i dislike - i preferred the countdown from before), or you know, go back to what we had before if you can do that.
  22. Greed10

    Van Graf Arms

    Raz scratches his head for a minute a thinks about how he wants to phrase this. "Quite honestly I'm not particular when it comes to how it looks personal, it's going to be a gift to Verilio so I'm leaving most of the details up to you my friend. Quite honestly the reason I'm giving him such a grand gift is to solidify the foundation of my own house that is coming into it's own. He looks Piet in the eye when he says "I have you to thank for this opportunity Piet, without our business partnership I would have never been able to amount the capital needed to accomplish this." He extends a hand toward Piet at this point.
  23. banebladeluv

    Van Graf Arms

    "Oh, alright. Let me get out my ledger." Piet says as he hauls the gargantuan book from beneath the counter and opens it. "Now tell me more about this rifle, whos it for, what serial do you want, what materials and engravings?" Piet then produces an ink pen and prepares to take this compatriot's order.
  24. EagleMan

    Greece 1.6e Changelog

    That was fixed by fixing the 12 bugged cities
  25. Talinn

    Backseat

    I'm kinda the same way @Thurr Although for a bit different reasons. Everything in society is all about pitting us against each other as if we were enemies. Even if you read alone in a room, most of the material is just about "how can we divide things into us vs. them". Video games, job hunting, anything you name in society is all about lol levels of division. This psychology into seemingly harmless hobbies spills over into things that matter like governance and international politics (and vice versa of course). It really bugs me. Modern society is full of shit. Everyone wants their bananas at the expense of others and their own psychology which could be much improved. Nihilism is full of shit. Misanthropy is full of shit too.
  26. Krackles

    Reduce Line of Sight

    True if you take account of factories income. The other way around is to make it their build quick but cost a good amount, maybe between 300-400 so they are useful but not worth to be massed.
  27. EagleMan

    Reduce Line of Sight

    I've never been a fan of that gameplay mechanic for that sort of mana management. A long build time is the same as a high gold cost due to how factories are implemented.
  28. War4life

    Greece 1.6e Changelog

    eagleman ur changes dont say anything about the most critical issue - argos' king dying at start plz tell me its fixed also, im going to tell you this as usual, but your agora change is literally meaningless. The problem is that agoras increase infinitely. You want to be the first to make them. It doesn't matter what the cap is - income is all relative, i will still have relatively the best income compared to another person if i can be the first to max 12 agoras and begin collecting that infinite lumber increase. You can mess with the cap all you want, but it doesn't change the root problem with agoras / econ in greece.
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