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    Quote Originally Posted by ER View Post
    • And btw thanks for letting me know!
    • Well, I wasn't exactly going to queue up to escape the barbarous, oppressive, imperialistic capitalism in order to seek a better life in any of their past and present "paradises"
    • I'd rather prefer the corrupt, individualistic, greedy lifestyle capitalism provides me generously with.
    • During my vast experience of traveling around the planet, I had the chance to visit quite a few of those past and present "promised lands" and have to admit I had a grouse time there.
    • Only difference was I enjoyed myself in luxury hotels, eating great food and buying expensive stuff (for party members and rich tourists mind you - there are some socialist unwashed backpackers who join the beggars army there too) spending US$ - they crave for it in Castro's (RIP Fidel btw) beautiful holiday island
    • In Cuba the begging got more aggressive and "promising" at the airport taxi stands (their buses and tourist shuttles are filthy) to Havana Hotel Nacional, however, the socialist cops took no prisoners while using their buttons on their merry way to break a few heads and limps of socialist beggars who dared to approach the luxurious surroundings of the famed hotel.


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    Hotel Nacional Havana - Cuba


    Funny stuff in Vietnam as we were waiting for passport clearance we had to listen to revolutionary songs and watch propaganda clips of how we are starving in the West while 100s of their own lumpen proletariat begged us for a few cents.
    Another rather surprising element is that nobody calls the place Ho Chi Minh city. It's Saigon like the old times. Even their best hotel (where I have stayed a couple of times) is called Saigon Grand Hotel.

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    Moral of the story:

    • Capitalism might not be perfect it provides you with the opportunity to
    • work hard and save
    • Invest wisely ...
    • Retire early and spend the frigging lot.


    Socialism is perfect but only in your dreams. In reality is a shit house system unless you're a party member and/or choose the right people to do your required bootlicking.
    If you don't belong to the above categories get ready to slave yourself working under horrible conditions and hope that one day you might be able to escape to the capitalist West!
    How dare you
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    How dare you
    Oh I have developed defenses when there! I just keep my big mouth shut, cause as Howie used to say "you never know your luck in the big city"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Did you know people living under free markets have life expectancy of 79.4 years, while people living in socialist economies have life expectancy of only 65.2 years? Source: Institute of Public Affairs
    How is "socialist" defined? Every economy in the world has both socialism and free markets.

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    How dare spending big when one has children to assist in their future. It is through them that we live forever. If we are happy inside then we don't need wealth to be happy.

    Free market must be reined in due to it requiring perpetual growth to remain stable. Such perpetual growth is impossible in the long term.
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    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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    Sticking to life expectancy, USA = 79 completed years, Cuba = 79, China = 77, Australia = 83 etc.

    The alleged 65 in socialist countries is absurd, but not surprising from IPA

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    Rupert Murrdoch is dumping Trump

    Rupert Murdoch-owned US outlets turn on Trump, urging him to act with 'grace'

    Multiple Rupert Murdoch-owned conservative media outlets in the United States have shifted their messaging in a seeming effort to warn readers and viewers that Donald Trump may well have lost the presidential election.

    The new messaging appears to be closely coordinated, and it includes an appeal to Trump to preserve his “legacy” by showing grace in defeat. The message is being carried on Fox News and in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post – all outlets avidly consumed by Trump himself, especially Fox. ...

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    ^ they are talking rubbish! For years every utterance by Trump was lies and full of hatred but not once did they condemn him. They should be extinguished with him from decent civil life.
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    https://www.afr.com/companies/media-...aN0f1a-BdjUHrU

    ABC is meant to be ''independent'' .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    https://www.afr.com/companies/media-...aN0f1a-BdjUHrU

    ABC is meant to be ''independent'' .
    Move along, nothing to see here. Standard ABC-bashing by Murdoch media, trying to weasel some of their market.

    If the ABC is so bad, why is it trusted so much by the Australian public?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray View Post
    Move along, nothing to see here. Standard ABC-bashing by Murdoch media, trying to weasel some of their market.
    That's not correct; AFR is Ninefax. That said it is standard ABC-bashing by Sinclair Davidson, a typical IPA type, and there is an ABC response here: https://www.mediaweek.com.au/abc-res...ancial-review/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    That's not correct; AFR is Ninefax. That said it is standard ABC-bashing by Sinclair Davidson, a typical IPA type, and there is an ABC response here: https://www.mediaweek.com.au/abc-res...ancial-review/
    I had in mind that AFR had been scooped up by News Corp. I stand corrected

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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    ^ they are talking rubbish! For years every utterance by Trump was lies and full of hatred but not once did they condemn him. They should be extinguished with him from decent civil life.
    Stop whinging. Trump was the greatest president since Reagan.
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
    “There’s no point blaming the tragedies of socialism on the flaws or corruption of particular leaders. Any system which allows some people to exercise unbridled power over others is an open invitation to abuse, whether that system is called slavery or socialism or something else.”—Thomas Sowell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Stop whinging. Trump was the greatest president since Reagan.
    Reagan was notorious for watching Hollywood movies instead of reading briefs. Also notorious for enticing the religious fruit cakes into politics. They declared that Gorbachev's scalp birth mark was in shape of 666 Antichrist. So the Soviets were the evil empire depicted In the Bible. So USA manufactured another 15000 nuke warheads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    That's not correct; AFR is Ninefax. That said it is standard ABC-bashing by Sinclair Davidson, a typical IPA type, and there is an ABC response here: https://www.mediaweek.com.au/abc-res...ancial-review/
    I know Sinclair from the time we were both at RMIT. Back then, he would always back up his clams by research/evidence.
    Re ''ABC'' bashing - representing a political force that is ''other than Murdoc's media'' does not make one impartial .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    I know Sinclair from the time we were both at RMIT. Back then, he would always back up his clams by research/evidence.
    One might ask what has changed then because that op ed was pretty much an evidence free zone. Not that that is unusual since most op eds published by Australian media are such and many are not even lightly fact-checked prior to publication.
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