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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Forostar, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    I agree, they can boot whoever they want. But it is stupid on their part
     
  2. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

    It's entirely possible the guy was banned by an automated process by someone reporting the very racist things that get posted in reply to many of the things he said, the same way DCMA takedowns pull things off YouTube without checking the content.
     
  3. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    And that's no reason people shouldn't complain about their behaviour. Being entitled to act like a douchebag doesn't mean acting like a douchebag isn't a bad thing.
     
  4. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

    Banning people for doing bad things isn't being a douchebag either. I don't know that guy and I can't read his account right now, so maybe he was deliberately misrepresenting his own points of view. Maybe he was unfairly taken down due to bullshit reports. Maybe someone at Twitter made a mistake, be it good-hearted or evil-hearted. There's lots of question marks going on there, and it's really unfortunate when people jump immediately to censorship! like Twitter a) has an obligation to free speech and b) was automatically incorrect for removing this particular account.
     
  5. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    I know that guy's channel, and based on his videos, any policy against him would be considered censorship by him. I disagree with shutting him up, but I agree with LC. People need to understand that platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are commercial operations, not democratic institutions. If you want a guaranteed censorship-free platform, get your own server, upload your videos there and advertise it on your own. These are services commercial enterprises offer for free on their own conditions, and nobody is entitled to anything.
     
  6. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Douchebag thing was just an example.

    You can still criticise a company for their behaviour even though they're entitled to do what they want. That's my point. Nobody is suggesting Twitter is obliged to protect free speech. They're suggesting it's disappointing that they're not.
     
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  7. RTC

    RTC Libera et impera!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38779669

    Remember when people were complaining that we needed to Brexit because the Turkish regime would get legitimised by the EU? (even though it clear wouldn't) Now, Britain is making sure it legitimises it on its own.
     
  8. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    What's next? Russia?

    But it's good she raised the human rights issue. Touchy topic.
     
  9. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Outgoing trade, but not incoming migrant workers, I'd have thought. And human rights is a massive issue if Britain is going to supply weapons to Erdogan. Same goes for supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia.
     
  10. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Supplying weapons to this government is (or should be) a massive issue itself.
     
  11. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Everybody says that until they have to pay more for their gas.
     
  12. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    I rather pay more for my gas than providing Erdo with weapons. :halo:

    Last Spring the Dutch parliament had voted to ban arms exports to Saudi Arabia in protest against the kingdom's humanitarian and rights violations.

    (news from March 2016:
    According to updated Campaign Against Arms Trade figures, the UK has now sold more than £6.7 billion worth of weapons to the Saudi government under David Cameron - £2.8 billion in deals since the bombing in Yemen began. France is the other major European supplier of arms to the Saudi kingdom. Germany's exports amounted to almost £140 million in the first six months of 2015, while figures for the Netherlands itself were not available. )


    I wonder how Dutch weapon export looks like these days. Not sure about Turkey.
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2017
  13. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Suppose the West suddenly decided to care for Yemen and Saudi women, and stopped selling Saudi Arabia arms, and Saudi Arabia decided to decrease their petrol exports in retaliation, what do you think would happen?
     
  14. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    You say it. I doubt if it would make me stop criticizing arms export to countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but help me out. Another conflict causing many more victims?
     
  15. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    The less petroleum gets exported, the higher prices go. Petrol prices are only to a certain amount tied to the actual available amount of petroleum, because governments, corporations and investors panic when this happens. In 1973/74, seven OPEC states lowered their petrol exports by 5%, but prices rose by 400%. Saudi Arabia possesses about 16% of global petroleum reserves and is the second or third highest producer in the world after Venezuela and the US. If Saudi Arabian petroleum supplies suddenly became unstable, say, by the government reducing exports by a significant percentage for a period of two years, the panic would be massive, and prices would explode. This, in turn, has more consequences than you just having to pay more to fill up your car. Our entire economy is dependent on petroleum. People need it to get from their home to their workplace, companies need it to ship their products across the globe and producers need it as a resource for very basic things such as plastic. If petroleum becomes less available or affordable for a prolonged period of time, a lot of companies would either run out of business or have to lay off employees. Unemployment would rise, dissatisfaction would skyrocket and people like Geert Wilders would become popular. Countries would try to counter the lack of petroleum by methods such as deep sea drilling and fracking, which are massive environmental threats. Just when countries like the US and Canada stabilised petroleum production and got the economy back rolling, Saudi Arabia would flood the market with its oil, tipping the balance yet again. The Saudi king wouldn't care, because his country has amassed enough reserves to not get bothered by a temporary lack of income.
     
  16. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    I realize the dependency but we need to force our continent or at least our own country to improve (future) replacements.
     
  17. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Well, that's one of the main political challenges of our time, isn't it?
     
  18. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    It sure is! The Germans play one of the leading roles.
     
  19. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Well said, Mr. Tusk!

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    http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/01/31-tusk-letter-future-europe/


    Dear colleagues,

    In order to best prepare our discussion in Malta about the future of the European Union of 27 member states, and in light of the conversations I have had with some of you, let me put forward a few reflections that I believe most of us share.

    The challenges currently facing the European Union are more dangerous than ever before in the time since the signature of the Treaty of Rome. Today we are dealing with three threats, which have previously not occurred, at least not on such a scale.

    The first threat, an external one, is related to the new geopolitical situation in the world and around Europe. An increasingly, let us call it, assertive China, especially on the seas, Russia's aggressive policy towards Ukraine and its neighbours, wars, terror and anarchy in the Middle East and in Africa, with radical Islam playing a major role, as well as worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable. For the first time in our history, in an increasingly multipolar external world, so many are becoming openly anti-European, or Eurosceptic at best. Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy.

    The second threat, an internal one, is connected with the rise in anti-EU, nationalist, increasingly xenophobic sentiment in the EU itself. National egoism is also becoming an attractive alternative to integration. In addition, centrifugal tendencies feed on mistakes made by those, for whom ideology and institutions have become more important than the interests and emotions of the people.

    The third threat is the state of mind of the pro-European elites. A decline of faith in political integration, submission to populist arguments as well as doubt in the fundamental values of liberal democracy are all increasingly visible.

    In a world full of tension and confrontation, what is needed is courage, determination and political solidarity of Europeans. Without them we will not survive. If we do not believe in ourselves, in the deeper purpose of integration, why should anyone else? In Rome we should renew this declaration of faith. In today's world of states-continents with hundreds of millions of inhabitants, European countries taken separately have little weight. But the EU has demographic and economic potential, which makes it a partner equal to the largest powers. For this reason, the most important signal that should come out of Rome is that of readiness of the 27 to be united. A signal that we not only must, but we want to be united.

    Let us show our European pride. If we pretend we cannot hear the words and we do not notice the decisions aimed against the EU and our future, people will stop treating Europe as their wider homeland. Equally dangerously, global partners will cease to respect us. Objectively speaking, there is no reason why Europe and its leaders should pander to external powers and their rulers. I know that in politics, the argument of dignity must not be overused, as it often leads to conflict and negative emotions. But today we must stand up very clearly for our dignity, the dignity of a united Europe - regardless of whether we are talking to Russia, China, the US or Turkey. Therefore, let us have the courage to be proud of our own achievements, which have made our continent the best place on Earth. Let us have the courage to oppose the rhetoric of demagogues, who claim that European integration is beneficial only to the elites, that ordinary people have only suffered as its result, and that countries will cope better on their own, rather than together.

    We must look to the future - this was your most frequent request in our consultations over the past months. And there is no doubt about it. But we should never, under any circumstances, forget about the most important reasons why 60 years ago we decided to unite Europe. We often hear the argument that the memory of the past tragedies of a divided Europe is no longer an argument, that new generations do not remember the sources of our inspiration. But amnesia does not invalidate these inspirations, nor does it relieve us of our duty to continuously recall the tragic lessons of a divided Europe. In Rome, we should strongly reiterate these two basic, yet forgotten, truths: firstly, we have united in order to avoid another historic catastrophe, and secondly, that the times of European unity have been the best times in all of Europe's centuries-long history. It must be made crystal clear that the disintegration of the European Union will not lead to the restoration of some mythical, full sovereignty of its member states, but to their real and factual dependence on the great superpowers: the United States, Russia and China. Only together can we be fully independent.

    We must therefore take assertive and spectacular steps that would change the collective emotions and revive the aspiration to raise European integration to the next level. In order to do this, we must restore the sense of external and internal security as well as socio-economic welfare for European citizens. This requires a definitive reinforcement of the EU external borders; improved cooperation of services responsible for combating terrorism and protecting order and peace within the border-free area; an increase in defence spending; strengthening the foreign policy of the EU as a whole as well as better coordinating individual member states' foreign policies; and last but not least fostering investment, social inclusion, growth, employment, reaping the benefits of technological change and convergence in both the euro area and the whole of Europe.

    We should use the change in the trade strategy of the US to the EU's advantage by intensifying our talks with interested partners, while defending our interests at the same time. The European Union should not abandon its role as a trade superpower which is open to others, while protecting its own citizens and businesses, and remembering that free trade means fair trade. We should also firmly defend the international order based on the rule of law. We cannot surrender to those who want to weaken or invalidate the Transatlantic bond, without which global order and peace cannot survive. We should remind our American friends of their own motto: United we stand, divided we fall.
     
  20. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

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