Made in the USA

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Erm, something 'cheerful' to talk about?]

Blonde ambitions & Golden Gates... bridges.

A two dimensional: "Arrested Briton 'wanted to shoot' Donald Trump" :

"Michael Steven Sandford, 20, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on 5 July.

He is charged with an act of violence "on restricted grounds".

He had reportedly tried to seize the gun after saying he was seeking Mr Trump's autograph at Saturday's rally.

He said he had been planning to try and shoot Mr Trump for about a year but had decided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so, court papers say.

A federal judge found Mr Sandford, who reportedly appeared in court in shackles, to be a danger and risk of non-appearance, and he was ordered detained pending his preliminary hearing.

When asked about the arrest of Michael Sandford, a Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas."

Earlier on Monday, Mr Trump fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who oversaw his triumph in the primary contests.

"The US presidential election campaign of 2016 has been fringed with violence. Almost everywhere Donald Trump goes he attracts protests....

"He told police if he had not tried to kill Mr Trump at this rally he would have tried again at a rally in Phoenix, for which he had already booked tickets, the papers say.

He told investigators he had been in the US for one and a half years, the court papers say.

Court research showed he was unemployed, living out of his car and in the US illegally, the Associated Press news agency reports.

A federal public defender said he had autism and had attempted suicide, the agency adds."

Any Dream Will do?

Oh, OK, wot next, send All Brits Home?

"The question: Alex emailed the BBC to ask "How many UK citizens live outside of the UK in the EU?"

The answer: Just under 1.2m live in other EU countries, according to the most recent available data, with the largest group of citizens living in Spain."

Erm, thats just the EU? Wot about the global grannies :-)

Ah, so ...

Australia 1,289,396

USA 714,999

This could take some time ...





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WP: California D'Uked

"The Diablo Canyon reactors are the latest nuclear power plants to be closed as a combination of cheap natural gas and new ­renewable-energy projects makes competition difficult. Four reactors were shut down in 2013 — including the San Onofre nuclear power station near Los Angeles — and one was taken offline in 2014. Meanwhile, a plant opened this year in Tennessee, and four more are under construction elsewhere. The current total of operating reactors in the United States is 100.

However, many reactors, most about four decades old, are coming to the end of their licenses, and companies are weighing returns on renewable-energy projects against the cost of making improvements to nuclear plants to persuade the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to grant long-term extensions...."

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USA - In 2020

Yo, Ted Cruz ...

"Rubio’s absence from the convention was nonetheless notable, given his position as one of the Republican party’s more prominent stars. The senator, who is seeking re-election to the Senate, said he needed to focus on his campaign in Florida..."

Grump. Bump.

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USA: Ducks get Wet

Oh. One for Miz May :

"Monday is the deadline for environmental activists in Colorado to submit the signatures required to put two proposals on the state’s ballot in November. Both would restrict hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas fields. Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, allows oil companies to fracture shale and other hard rocks with water, chemicals and sand to free oil and gas. Environmentalists contend that the practice can pollute air and local water supplies, but the companies insist it is safe. The more aggressive of the two initiatives would amend the Colorado Constitution to outlaw fracking within 2,500 feet of occupied buildings, water resources and public spaces like parks. "

Boots Foot....

Ah, so ...

"The parallels between bringing electricity and bringing broadband to rural areas run deep....

"But private power companies said that it was too expensive to electrify rural areas and that even if they did, there was little profit to be made. So President Roosevelt established the Rural Electrification Administration in 1936, a centerpiece of the New Deal, which led to the creation of thousands of small electric cooperatives using federal funds. The co-ops are typically customer-owned and run like regular businesses, with annual dividends returned to members."

Hmmmm ... how far is 2500 ft?

Are the phone lines back on at EIE yet ?

Morning Mike :-)

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Sitting Duck

"An open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts warned that party nominee Donald Trump "would be the most reckless president" in US history.

The group - which includes the former CIA director Michael Hayden - said Mr Trump "lacks the character, values and experience" to be president.

Many of the signatories had declined to sign a similar note in March.

"None of us will vote for Donald Trump," the letter states.

The letter comes after a number of high-profile Republicans have stepped forward to disown Mr Trump.

Mr Trump has broke with years of Republican foreign policy on a number of occasions.

The candidate has questioned the whether US should honour its commitments to Nato, endorsed the use of torture and suggested that South Korea and Japan should arm themselves with nuclear weapons.

"He weakens US moral authority as the leader of the free world," the letter read.

"He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the US Constitution, US laws, and US institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary."...

Darn ...


“The concept for the lighting at the top of the tower is that it breathes, gently increasing and decreasing in intensity at the average rate of a human being breathing at rest.”

Ah, so ... tis a Duck's thermometer.



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USA & The 51st State

Is that FFS ?

"Republican Donald Trump has described US President Barack Obama as the "founder" of the Islamic State group.

"They honour President Obama," he told a rally in Florida on Wednesday. "He is the founder of Isis [Islamic State].

Mr Trump also attacked his Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, calling her a "co-founder".

She responded by accusing him of "trash-talking" the US and echoing the talking points of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Trump stood by his remarks on Thursday, using a sports phrase to say Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were the Islamic State's "most valuable players".

The Republican presidential nominee has endured 10 days of negative headlines after a string of controversial comments.

Most recently, he appeared to urge his supporters to take up arms against Mrs Clinton to stop her from appointing liberal judges to the US Supreme Court if she wins the election.

The hotel developer-turned-politician denied he was inciting violence, but the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, who was shot in 1981, condemned his "verbal violence".

Hey ho ... wetting.

PS:  Area 51 aka  'The Lost Ark' is scheduled to be erm,  'open' to visitors...  earliest 6th September.

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Shooting Ducks

"The World Trade Organization has cut its forecast for global trade growth this year by more than a third.

The new figure of 1.7%, down from its April estimate of 2.8%, would be the slowest pace of trade and output growth since the 2009 financial crisis.

It is also the first time in 15 years that international commerce has been left trailing behind the world economy.

The downturn reflects the slowdown in countries such as China and Brazil and lower levels of imports into the US.

Trade has grown 1.5 times faster than gross domestic product over the long term - but the WTO say it will only grow 80% as fast this year.

That would be the first reversal of globalisation since 2001 and only the second time this has happened since 1982.

WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo said: "The dramatic slowing of trade growth is serious and should serve as a wake-up call.

"It is particularly concerning in the context of growing anti-globalisation sentiment."




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US: Drains & Poor Standards

"...He regularly tells his supporters that they should carefully monitor polling places in "other communities" for signs of malfeasance. His own website currently has a sign up  for volunteer "election observers".

"This election will determine whether we are a free nation or whether we have only the illusion of democracy, but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system, and our system is rigged," Mr Trump said at a rally in Florida on Thursday.

His campaign, he said, is at war with "a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities."

Mr Trump's latest remarks have some commentators saying he's moved from anti-Semitic dog whistles to a fully fledged bullhorn.

"Whatever Trump is thinking or means, the white nationalists and neo-Nazis he's activated will hear his speech with glee because he's channeling textbook anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, with all the code words and emotional tenor," write liberal blogger Josh Marshall. "These are the kinds of conspiratorial, revanchist fantasies that spur violence and attacks on the mundane ordinariness of democracy itself...."


"...The powerful US rating agency said the British government is treading into hazardous waters in negotiations with the EU and is risks serious damage to economy’s future growth trajectory, with long-term implications for the debt profile and the country’s credit-worthiness...

The agency will issue its next verdict at the end of this month.

"f the Government goes ahead with a major spending boost on infrastructure schemes this could push the deficit back above 4pc of GDP, a level that might start to raise eyebrows given that we are at the top of the economic cycle.

This would imply a jump back towards double-digit deficits in a recession. Public debt is already 90pc of GDP, though it has been far higher at different times over the last two centuries."

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S'Election Engineering


"On Saturday evening, he was briefly rushed off the stage by secret service agents at a rally in Reno, Nevada.

Mr Trump had stopped speaking after seeing something in the auditorium, but returned to the stage minutes later.

When he resumed his speech, Mr Trump said: "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us... I want to thank the Secret Service."

There were reports that the man had a gun, but the secret service later said that "upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found".

Austyn Crites, the man at the centre of the disturbance, was holding a placard saying Republicans Against Trump when he was tackled by security officials.

"I keep repeating - I'm down, someone is trying to choke me - and I'm saying to these people; 'There is no gun, I just have a sign'," Mr Crites explained after the incident."


"The Labour leader said his party "would be ready" if the government decided to call an early election, adding: "We have the members, the organisation and the enthusiasm. We welcome the challenge.

"It would give us the chance to put before the British people an alternative economic strategy for this country."

Oh well ...

"Avoid the Apocolypse... " (via Hint Fashion Magazine)

That should scare the Lizzards ...

Ah, so ...  Vintage ;-))

Prospectus?  Nah buttons still on old beans.


PS... we found  GK? ;-)))


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Doubling Up

Ah, so  ... Below the belt:

"But when Trump began to make harsher cracks about Hillary toward the end, out of sync with the tone of the event, he was repeatedly booed. Afterward, he fled quickly without talking to anyone. As Trump returned to the seclusion of his Fifth Avenue Xanadu, he was playing a scene of megalomania and mortification straight out of one of his favourite movies, “Citizen Kane,” about the fall of a brash New York mogul who flew high, gave politics a shot and then had a steep fall after a sex imbroglio. “’Citizen Kane’ was really about the accumulation,” Trump once said. “At the end of accumulation, you see what happens, and it is not necessarily all positive.” Hillary, meanwhile, was spotted nearly 20 minutes after he left, still laughing and mingling with the crowd."

Third time lucky?

... no doubt Malania's already blown his brains out.

Enjoy ;-))

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Never Say Never ...

do ya spose Madge will be voting?

If only our Madge would cast a vote on Brexit .... ER II  in doors...


How very dare they!!!


Oh Dear ...


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Trump Strips

"... The TPP trade deal was signed by 12 countries which together cover 40% of the world's economy.

Mr Trump also pledged to reduce "job-killing restrictions" on coal production and stop visa abuses.

But there was no mention of repealing Obamacare or building a wall on the southern border with Mexico, two actions he said during the campaign he would do as soon as he assumed power...."


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Thanks ..... II

Safe Landings:

Peas ...

“People like us,” she added archly, “must surely be stopped.”

In the 2016 campaign, DeVos continued to spend heavily, but not in favor of Trump, who, she declared, “does not represent the Republican Party.” Evidently, she has changed her mind about that, and he has changed his about the merits of “the donor class.”

Spare ribs ...

pmsl ;-))

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Eh, So : Hearing Confirmation

Reject Rex ;-)

"“Our interests are not different, senator,” he said. “There seems to be some misunderstanding that somehow I see the world through a different lens. I do not.”

But Mr. Tillerson said he was “also cleareyed and realistic about dealing in cultures” that are unlike that of the United States.

Leaving the hearing after his third round of questioning, Mr. Rubio would not commit to supporting — or opposing — Mr. Tillerson, telling reporters that he was “prepared to do what’s right” even if fellow Republicans lined up behind Mr. Trump’s nominee...."

The Others.