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  1. There's something strange about these investigations. They don't seem to uncover anything that would justify the high profile, the scope and the expense of the investigation (at least after Watergate) and they only seem to obtain convictions for failing to cooperate properly with the investigation itself. Wasn't it the same with Starr investigating Clinton? They seem to be more of a political tool than a real criminal investigation.  
  2.   It tells us that you are willing to challenge fate.
  3.     This true. However, it doesn't change the fact that this officer failed to do his duty. While soldiers may have reasons to doubt the justification for what they are asked to do, there is no moral uncertainty about protecting children from a shooter.
  4.   Sorry, I'm with SA618 on that, it's not acceptable. There are jobs that demand a high degree of physical courage, e.g. soldier, fire fighter, police officer. Don't join up if that isn't what you are prepared to do.  As a soldier you can't say "I'd rather not" when you are ordered to attack an enemy position, even if the enemy is a superior force. It was this man's duty to engage the shooter immediately and he failed to perform his duty. However, I suppose that's the kind of police force you end up with when "I was afraid for my life" is accepted as an excuse for the most outrages shootings of unarmed people by police officers.
  5. Yes, Germany had its own share of shootings. However - unlike in the US - gun ownership legislation was toughened after these events. They weren't toughened anywhere to the degree I would have liked, but at least some action was taken. Owners of legal weapons who allow their weapons to be misused by others and those who sell illegal weapons know that it will result in substantial penalties (the person who sold the weapon to the Munich shooter received a custodial sentence of seven years).
  6. Even Medicare on its own surpasses the military budget: https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systems/statistics-trends-and-reports/nationalhealthexpenddata/nhe-fact-sheet.html   The government has no money. It only spends the money of the public.
  7.   No, they don't. Health expenditures in the US in 2016 were $3.3 trillion USD. The military budget is somewhere around 600 billion USD.
  8.   No industrial country spends as much on arms as they spend on health. Not even anywhere close.
  9.   Talking about it doesn't seem to make much of a difference, unfortunately.
  10. It is also difficult to see what more this guy could have done to make his intentions known in advance. Perhaps he should have set up signs in his front yard or made announcements on TV?
  11. Why even talk about this any more? After Sandy Hook and Las Vegas it is obvious that a sufficient number of Americans see massacred children and public carnage as a price worth paying to keep this insanity going. It is difficult to see what is left that could happen to change this attitude. Someone shooting up Congress or a national NRA convention?
  12. Brexit: The fallout

      He doesn't have a position, because the only thing that still holds the warring camps of the Tories and the troglodytes of DUP (barely) together, is not having a position. The very moment they have to commit to a concrete plan the daggers will be pulled. The EU has thrown May a lifeline by agreeing to proceed with the negotiations even though the main issues had only been kicked down the road, yet this has only pushed the inevitable moment of reckoning along for a couple of months.   This is obviously also a result of Brexit being one of the most intellectually vacuous political movements in history. It never moved beyond a grinning cretin with a pint in a pub and a guy on a bus promising 350 million/week. What Brexit was supposed to mean and how the UK was supposed to get there was never defined.
  13.   Given that you have a base in one of the most economically dynamic regions of Germany I wonder why you aren't looking there?   - all the banks in Frankfurt are investing heavily in e-banking solutions, therefore there should be jobs for the partner - Frankfurt easily being Germany's most international city there are plenty of English-language service jobs - thanks to the ICE connection Cologne is also within commuting distance if required
  14. The Great Mass Migration Thread

      You got a link that described how the US enriched itself with the patents and IP of German companies. Your response? The usual irrelevant twaddle.
  15. The Great Mass Migration Thread

      No mentioning of the supposedly minor Syrian refugee who is charged with murdering a 82 year old in Cottbus? DW seems to be eager to excel in distributing Merkel's very own version of reality.