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1. Do you agree with the following statement?

Donald Trump is a great President!
2. Do you agree with the following statement.

Donald Trump Represents America Very Well.
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Imagine for a minute...

#London
#TrumpUK
#TrumpUKVisit
#LondonProtest
I read a quarter million people showed up to protest President Trump because 'he said mean words', those people really need to get their priorities straight, wake up to the reality of the world they live in.

#FreeTommyRobinson
Those protests made no difference at all, neither did the blimp ๐Ÿ˜‚ it was funny, it gave us something to meme ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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YESSSSSSSS ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž #London

#TrumpProtests
YESSSSSSSS ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž #london

#TrumpProtests
YESSSSSSSS ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž #london

#TrumpProtests
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Trump does a 180 on criticism of May, praises her in UK presser. Then: I'll ask Putin about meddling. I don't expect a Perry Mason 'I did it' moment. I'm not going into Putin mtg w/ high expectations. The rigged witch hunt makes it very hard to have a good relationship w/ Russia.
What an embarrassment for America, this incompetent coward. Trump cried "fake news"โ€”unable to face his own words criticizing May just y'day! And he's unable to articulate a coherent policy on anything. GOP will NEVER live down this dangerous fool. Thank you, #Londonโ€”woke AND lit!
๐ŸคฏTrump blamed Obamaโ€”NOT PUTINโ€”for Russia annexing Crimea. So how do you think summit will go? Putin pushes Trump's anti-O buttons, massages his grievances, commiserates as metoo victim of US deep state conspiracy. Trump can't just walk back a disaster w/ Putin like he did w/ May
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#FridayThe13th #FridayFeeling @Alexand89562701 @chris43094330 @forambrose1984 THIS IS A MAN THAT CLAIMS TO HAVE BEEN TREATED JUST AS WE HAVE BY THE #PoliceBravery, WHO HAS NOT HAD HIS CHILD MURDERED BY THE ~@metpoliceuk @MetCC , TO HAVE HIS SONS BODY DISPOSED OF AND
#Bernard .

THIS IS A MAN WHO CLAIMS ALL THAT SEEMED #impossible TO #Believe , BUT I #BELEIVED @ianpuddick BECAUSE TH VERY SAME THINGS HAVE BEEN DONE TO ME.

THIS IS THE SAME MAN THAT WAS ON OUR SIDE WHO INVITED US TO A MEETING, BUT LIKE @mwilliamsthomas THE ONLY ONE COMMENT IN
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At the 2014 #TetZooCon - that's the first one ever - I spoke about Speculative Zoology, or Speculative Evolution, or whatever. And here I'm going to tweet some of what I said... The cover slide shows awesome #Squamozoic art by @alaskanime plus a Night stalker and a .. a.. well..
Evolution is real and animals have a past; therefore they also have a future, something we can take seriously. And many authors have... #TetZooCon
There's already a whole genre of 'alternative history' fiction, variously called AH, allohistory or Uchronia. Ideas about alternative or parallel timelines. And the idea is in mainstream fiction... #TetZooCon
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Okay. Scanning through mentions. Lots of questions about the "15th July Timetable"

So let's take a look at what that really means (vs how it's being 'sold' in some quarters) #thameslink #rail #london /1
So let's get one thing straight up front:

The July timetable ISN'T about providing more services overall.

It's about formalising one that frees up GTR to resume driver training again, with the LEAST risk of disruption. /2
So if you think (or have been told) that it means you're getting YOUR train back: well... sorry. probably not.

If it's not in the timetable already (even if it's always showing 'CANCELLED') then you probably ain't getting it back /3
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Okay. This needs a thread. It relies on a mis-understanding of the causes of the issues. BUT ALSO gives a fascinating bit of insight into Grayling himself.

Let's talk about how Grayling's weird obsession with never being wrong is screwing the DfT... #thameslink #rail #london /1
So firstly: the practicalities. This is the thread that triggered this. Read it first: short version is that DfT blew their chance to revoke GTR on performance back in April. By trying to be clever and fucking it up. /2
Now moving on to the "incompetence" charge. The problem is that the premise is flawed. Because it relies entirely on Grayling's insistence that the timetable is the SOLE responsibility of GTR, Network Rail and... well... anyone who isn't him. /3
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Okay people. Repeat after me:

STRIPPING GTR OF ITS FRANCHISE IS NOT A VIABLE THREAT.

Why? Because the DfT tried to be clever back in 2017 and shot themselves in the foot. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Read on... #rail #london #thameslinkfail /1
So. Important thing to remember: The GTR Franchise ISN'T just Thameslink. It's Southern (and bits) as well, all coming together in what was meant to be a super-franchise. /2
Now - if y'all remember - that Southern (and to a lesser extent Thameslink) parts of the network were ALSO a massive clusterf*ck shortly after GTR took over - because of the issue of Driver Only Operation. /3
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Today in pulp let's take a look at the extraordinary work of Victorian illustrator and cat lover Louis Wain... #Caturday
Louis Wain was born in #London in 1860. Although he is best known for his drawings of cats he started out as a Victorian press illustrator. His work is highly collectable!
Wain had a very difficult life; born with a cleft lip he was not allowed to attend school. His freelance drawing work supported his mother and sisters after his father died. Aged 23 he married his sisters' governess, Emily Richardson, 10 years his senior.
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A researcher at the #Palestinian Return Centre in #London-@PietroStefanini, attends a conference where he sees a video by a young Palestinian man-Ahmed Shehadeh speaks passionately about the 70-year ordeal his family has faced living stateless in #Lebanon
Inspired by "I challenge anyone to stay in a refugee camp-not for 70 years-because we were forced out of #Palestine 70 years ago-but for just 7 days" @PietroStefanini travels to the Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp where 50,000 #Palestinian refugees live
Pietro met #Palestinian women whom all still hope they'll be returning to #Palestine: "Our homes were demolished-lives destroyed-We still have our keys because we hope we'll go back 1 day"
Pietro says "What strikes me most is that everyone I meet here is trying to find hope"
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He was the terror of London; a demonic figure with glowing eyes and fiery breath who could leap ten feet high. The penny dreadfuls of the time wrote up his exploits in lurid terms. But who was he really?

Today I look at one of the earliest pulp legends: Spring-Heeled Jack...
#London has always attracted ghosts, and in the 19th Century they left their haunted houses and graveyards and began to wader the capital's streets. But one apparition caught the Victorian public's attention more than most...
In October 1837 a 'leaping character' with a look of the devil began to prey on Londoners. Often it would leap high into the air and land in front of a carriage, causing it to crash. The 'devil' then fled with a high-pitched laugh.

The public soon named him Spring-Heeled Jack.
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Today, @CER_EU publishes my piece on #Brexit and #JHA. I have been looking at this for 1,5 years so I hope I did not make too many mistakes (links to piece - cer.eu/publications/aโ€ฆ and opens thread)
At the outset of the #Brexit process, most people assumed that a deal on #police and #judicial co-operation was easier to get than one on #trade. Time has shown this is not the case. Ongoing co-op on #JHA is one of the few items yet to be agreed on #withdrawal deal. Why?
Well, because the #EU and #UK's opening positions in the #negotiation are incompatible: Britain wants a #bespoke agreement with the EU, a la #Schengen, but is not willing to accept #ECJ or #EUCharter. EU wants to replicate existing models. What to do?
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#ROSNEFT #Trump #Qatar #Glencore #QIA #Putin #SteeleDossier
(Originally written December 16th 2016)
1.#CarterPage & #Trump associates stand to get 11 Billion Dollars or 19,5 % of Stock in #Rosneft, When #Trumps lifts Sanctions on #Russia

#ROSNEFT #Trump #Qatar #Glencore #QIA #Putin #SteeleDossier
2.This is from #SteeleDossier page 30 in which #Sechin offers #Page and #Trump 19,5 % of shares in #Rosneft

#ROSNEFT #Trump #Qatar #Glencore #QIA #Putin #SteeleDossier
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1. It all started not surprisingly with #RogerStone, #Stone worked with Arthur #Finkelstein and Lee #Atwater in the 1970ยดs

#Trump #Russia #Putin #RussianMob #Mogilevich

nytimes.com/1989/04/30/magโ€ฆ
2.#Finkelstein was very involved in #Trumpยดs campaign in 2016, but is hardly mentioned in the press, why?

#Trump #Russia #Putin #RussianMob #Mogilevich
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Dear @BBCR4Feedback
Tomorrow I will post a package of #StopBrexit paraphernalia to you
The materials are used by the Remain campaign & have been crowdfunded
I will also post prints of photos from the last 21 months (see thread below) so you can see what you haven't been covering
1/It has taken me several hours to compile nearly 2 years of photos from the #Remain campaign into this 22 page document, however i felt it necessary to do so in order to illustrate to the #BBC the extent and commitment of our campaign which you haven't been acknowledging.
2/July 2016 #StopBrexit march in #London
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SHORT THREAD: #SkripalCase & #Syria: 1.#Russia's authoritative,yet controversial #MiddleEadt expert Satanovsky known for his ties to #FSB sec service says "#UK's persecution of Russia" has to do w/ serious,underreported development in #Syria that occured shortly before #Salisbury
2.According to him,during operations in #EasternGhouta "actions by #SAA's special force unit (supported by #Russia/ns) led to a group of #UK's special forces ending up trapped in a siege,allegedly near Kafr Batna settlement.
3.The incident occurred few days after another unit of #UK's special forces was captured near Nashabiyah in #EasternGhouta.#London allegedly sought to negotiate their release w/ #Russia via #Oman as a mediator.#Moscow replied it was the jurisdiction of #Syria/n mil authorities.
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1.Alexander Kogan a #CambridgeUniversity academic, who orchestrated harvesting #Facebook data, is tied to a #Russian University and had grants for researching into social media networks.
2.Alexander Kogan harvested the data in cooperation with #CambridgeAnalytica.
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This evening I had the great pleasure to attend an event on @The3Million's #citizensrights at the Romanian Cultural Insitute #London, with speeches from @SuellaFernandes, @PaulBrummell & Romanian ambassador + Q&A with @DExEUgov, @ukhomeoffice, DWP, Education.
My thoughts โฌ‡๏ธ
Overall - and expected- a very positive tone from all parts, underlining the contribution Romanians make to the UK (this is really needed to balance the Mail & the Sun's coverage), and emphasizing the UK's commitment to #citizensrights.
However, the devil is in the detail.
To start with, Suella Fernandes references the #Florence speech and how EU citizens will continue to 'live their lives as before'.

- - 'Living their lives as before' is only logically possible if guaranteeing ALL existing rights.
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Live: #Hijabhoax #Protesters from eight #Canadian cities gathered at the Parliament Hill in #Ottawa now! They deserve equality and no more #fakenews!
More photos from the #Hijabhiax protest in #Ottawa! All Canadians are equal, #Hijabhoax divides Canada! Do you see the police?
Team from #Montreal Joined the #Hijabhoax protest in Ottawa now!
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Again, from my investigation, I have concluded w/ high confidence that #Goldstone was working for a foreign intelligence agency โ€” most likely Britainโ€™s #MI6 โ€” & was operating as an off-the-books liaison asset to @FBIWFO NS/CI (which is essentially @CIAโ€™s domestic arm).
โ€ฆ Iโ€˜ve been warning about #Goldstone long before these revelations, which indicate a purposeful attempt to lay a false trail for a #TrumpRussia โ€œcollusionโ€ narrative. This is what @FBI counterintelligence does (sometimes): they entrap & frame people.
โ€ฆ itโ€˜s 100% transparent what #Goldstone was trying to do. Whoever was running him & telling him what to say (#MI6? @FBIWFO NS/CI? @CIA?) was engaged in extremely illegal activity: a plot to overthrow the elected United States government.
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We are so excited to announce the #CityofStories comp results - lots of #writers to celebrate #ACEsupported @londonlibraries #THREAD ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฝ
For @brentculture, congrats to winner @LizRandomSpaces & highly commended @the_vajabond bit.ly/2yAaShE #CityofStories
For @lovecamden, congrats winner @sinb & highly commended @Forfieh & Kim Horrocks bit.ly/2yAaShE #writingcomp
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If you are interested in #AirPollution and health scroll down this thread #AirQuality #BreatheLife
#AirPollution is considered the most important environmental risk causing 1 in 8 premature deaths. That counts 6.5 million per year.
At least 80% of the world population is exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution. Lack of #AirQuality data could cause underestimations
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FFS!
Was explaining to a (white) friend that for all its flaws, Uber is life support. I KNOW the driver will accept my fare (unlike black cabs)
It's something I have been hearing from my WoC (esp black and hijabi) students as well. Uber gives them freedom to move about the city
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