Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Virgil Caine in Where's Jamal?
I have looked into Kashoggis background in a bit more detail and have revised my earlier views slightly. In my view he spent most of his career working as a spook using journalism as a cover.
Like most Saudis outside the royal family Kashoggi needed a powerful backer to get his break into the Saudi media.
His patron was Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud who just happened to be the head of the Saudi Secret Service,the Al Mukhabarat AlA'amah, from 1977-2001. Incidentally, having been reconfirmed in that job for 4 years in May 2001 Turki bin Faisal resigned on 1st September 2001 just 11 days before 911 for reasons that have never been fully explained.
Kashoggi was almost certainly doing intelligence work as part of his brief as a journalist covering the Mujihadeen war against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s feeding reports back to Riyadh. He also worked as media adviser to Prince Turki bin Fasal when the latter was Saudi ambassador for Washington.
In fact contrary to most western media reports Kashoggi was not a political dissident. He was very much an insider who spent most of his career writing media articles presenting Saudi Arabia in a favourable light to gullible westerners.
What went wrong for Kashoggi was the arrival of Mohammed bin Salman as heir apparent to the Saudi throne. When MBS began to upset the Saudi status quo by trying to accumulate all the power and finances in his hands the losers were some of Kashoggis backers. My suspicion is that Kashoggi went into his self imposed exile in the US with the Washington post so that he could front up a campaign in the media by disaffected royals to get MBS replaced before he could become king. I think he was killed as part of this dynastic power struggle.
The irony of the situation is that if the Saudi government agents had simply chucked Kashoggi down the Consulate stairs enough times until he broke his neck or suffered a fractured skull they might have got away with passing it off as an accident. Indeed, if they had arranged for Kashoggi to simply fall of the bridge into the Bosphorus in some unfortunate accident we would probably not even be discussing his demise. It is the manner of his death which has played into the hands of MBS opponents. In fact if you wanted a scenario to undermine the new crown prince then you could not have come up with anything better than this set up. Of course, it is possible that Kashoggi did not die at all but was simply spirited away in a manner that did the most damage to MBS. The only people who know the truth are the ones who were in the embassy at the time or on the planes out of Turkey and I suspect they will soon all be dead.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to DurhamBorn in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.
I picked a terrible time to go back to work Barnsey didnt i considering i dont have a smart phone.I have one in the cupboard my other half gave me when she bought a new one (gumtree of course),i might have figure out how to use the darn thing.Everyone on their breaks looking at porn,football results and cats kissing dogs on youtube while im looking at COTs reports and candlesticks on GDXJ
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to harp in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.
Ah bollocks, the word is out. Can't believe my Harmony (HMY) and Sibanye (SBGL) are up 29% and 30%! Down in a couple of others Yamana 15% and Eldorado 17% but slowly catching up.
Who was it on here that tipped Wesdome in June time? Took a little punt and it's nearly doubled up to now. Wish I stuck some more in at the time. Hat tip to whoever it was.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Noallegiance in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
From E.F. Schumacher's 1973 book Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Gordie Lastchance in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.
But come rush hour, where are all the driverless cars going to come from if the travelling public are going to ditch buses? TfL says London's buses carry around 6.5million passengers per day (https://londonist.com/2016/09/london-bus-facts). Taking 90 people off a double-decker and putting them into 90 self-driving cars is going to be mayhem, isn't it? Doesn't this then create the congestion that public transport is supposed to alleviate?
I agree, though, I see the attraction of sitting solo in a car rather than sharing all the germs and other issues of a packed bus.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Barnsey in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.
Isn't it, I've been in this state of continued doom analysis since August 2015, now I wonder where the past 3 years have gone and what I could have done with my time more wisely instead of obsessing over everything economical, but I've learned a lot in this time and do find it (sadly?) incredibly interesting. Because I over-analyse and fill much of every day absorbing hundreds of tweets and articles, FWIW I can reassure that it would take a miracle (I can hear the QE desensitised sighs already ) to turn this negative momentum around. All eyes on next summer being the crucial turning point in the US for interest rates, unless we get a black swan sooner.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to MrXxx in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.
So ignorance should absolve someone of all their poor financial decisions?...."I didn't realize an interest only mortgage meant my house wasn't paid off at the end"..."i didn't realize investments could go down as well as up"...
If after 12 years of our finest education and purportedly to be the `Cream of the Crop`, hence why they are going to university, why can they not understand something as simple as the difference between two percentages?...unless of course?...
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Rave in Best AA Nimh Rechargeable Batteries
I just use Lidl's NiMH batteries, and have done for years. Never tested them against any other brands, but they work OK, and are literally half the price of proper brands. For the last few years they've been doing low self discharge ones. Keep an eye out at Christmas, they've done packs of 8 in funky graduated sparkly colours for the last couple of years for £5.99 (AA or AAA), and I daresay they will again this year.
Alternatively, for the true skinflinterati, have a grub through the battery recycling bins by the tills, people quite often throw rechargeables in them, might be able to get a functioning set together for nowt .
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Cunning Plan in What is the best piece of everyday advise? Pick one only.
No one likes a pedant. Now that is good advice @spunko
Or as you would say, advise.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Austin Allegro in British holiday bookings to France plummet
I too have been considering Belarus as a holiday destination.
I recently visited Croatia, which I recommend. It is in the EU, but is outside the Eurozone so prices are reasonable.
They are unenriched, at least on the coastal areas, and the general atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the climate is mild, the beer is cheap and the women are pretty.
Basically it seems to combine the advantages of eastern Europe with the climate of the mediterranean.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to Great Guy in British holiday bookings to France plummet
No, I'm in the process of heading to Belarus for a holiday. I was going to go to Russia for a holiday, but the visa application form was something else....
I honestly see places like Russia and Belarus as the future defenders of European civilisation. I want to give my money to them....
I've looked at Minsk and it's got all the things you need for a good holiday:
2. Firing range where you can fire an AK47.
3. A massive factory which makes earth moving equipment that offers factory tours.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to TheBlueCat in British holiday bookings to France plummet
The EU makes random threats that planes won’t be allowed to land, Eurostar will be stopped, people will need visas and that their driving license won’t be valid and the Froggy PM, who was presumably involved in all of that, is then all upset that Brits decide it’s not worth the risk of a disrupted holiday?! Fucking wanders the lot of them.
By the way, the planes landing and drivers license ones are covered by multilateral treaties that are nothing to do with the EU so no idea how they plan to follow through on that.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to swiss_democracy_for_all in British holiday bookings to France plummet
You lot are exaggerating quite a bit. France is still very pleasant in lots of places. Try the South West.
Not all of Britain is like Bradford or that Roma area of Sheffield, not all of France is like St-Denis. Ok, Switzerland is much better, but it's also twice the price!
That said, they are indeed trying to bumfuck Britain over Brexit, so don't deserve British custom at the moment.
@JFK be careful about telling everyone how great Madeira is, it'll start filling up with Italians like the Canaries, and they won't be nice Italians, they'll be benny-drawing Italians and the kids of mafiosos. I'd guess Italians can draw dole in Madeira as they do in the Canaries.
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to JFK in British holiday bookings to France plummet
There's NO fucking way I would go anywhere near countries on this list in Europe:
Reasons: Mainly 3. The weak pound does link into it but seriously, it's my (and my families) safety.
All the counties above have become shitholes. Utter shitholes. Places that I have to primarily think about my safety - getting pickpocket proof travel wear, wondering about my safety - and more importantly, my families safety. I have a 11 year old daughter who looks about 13/14. You honestly think I want or am willing to go to a place like France where it's fucking shitehole central???? Not on your fucking nelly.
Portugal is a really sad case - I like the place, I remember going there 10+ years ago to the Algarve (which is a tourist hole to be fair), but then travelling into the north of Portugal and it was great, spent some time in Lisbon and it felt safe. It was poor, yes, but I didn't feel like I was going to be fucking knifed. Now, it's a shitehole.
Tomorrow, me, Mrs JFK and JFK junior are off to Madeira - it's a lovely safe place. It's still pretty cheap, the people are nice, it's relaxed. I can walk around feeling relaxed and safe.
Last time I was there I met up with some people, went training and went for a bite to eat afterwards. I was walking the short distance back to our apartment and it was about 11/12pm. I felt perfectly safe (even though I was in 'city mode' and scanning all over the place). I didn't feel like I had to defend myself and walk/body posture pro-actively. That was a relief compared to other cities - and tbf, most UK cities!
I will choose to spend my money in places that promote safety and non shiteholeness!
Inoperational Bumblebee reacted to goldbug9999 in Everyday Feminism - lunatic SJWness
Completely agree, women have brought this on themselves, no fucking sympathy whatsoever. Womens sport is going to be even more marginalised and low paid because lets face it only men wanting to ogle women watch womens sport , and we dont want to ogle blokes in skirts.