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In the UK, two fingers is an insult much like the middle finger in the USA. Done in a palm-out orientation it is the victory sign, as done by Winston Churchill. The other way around, palm inwards (knuckles out) it is just like the middle finger.


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Bernie Sanders tweeted the graphic below in April of 2019, it was accompanied by the following text (emphasis mine): Every other major country has made health care a right for all. Anyone who says the United States cannot do the same is selling the American people short. #MedicareForAll While not a definition, the examples speak for themselves. Indeed, ...


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I think the only sensible answer is "yes": he both denies that he did those actions and denies that they are illegal. At least from my reading of the news, he seems to be doing both at different times, depending on his audience and whims of the moment.


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You can expect truth in campaign speeches, but not scientific definitions. For an approximation of major countries, try the G7. Of course the G7 misses China, India, Russia, Brazil, which are quite important in the 21st century world. Canada: Yes. France: Yes. Germany: Yes. Italy: Yes. Japan: Yes. UK: Yes. Those "yes" are never absolute. Some procedures ...


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In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the two fingers (sometimes also two-fingered salute) is a sign whose meaning can approximately equated to the middle finger which is used in North America, Europe and probably other places. Both are a hand gesture with the palm facing inwards and fingers streched out: index and middle finger in the case of two fingers. ...


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He was actually more explicit He goes on: ‘The Benn Act, shows you you can do things very quickly but, perhaps more importantly, we got rid of the King Emperor in 24 hours in 1936, we can get rid of the Imperial yoke of Brussels just as quickly I would expect.’ So he was referring to the abdication of Edward VIII.


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Given the quick release of the transcript of the phone call, it seems the official White House position is that the call happened as per the released transcript (Which the Ukrainian President has gone on the record as saying that he did not think anything was significantly altered on the released document) and the whistle blower's knowledge of the call and ...


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Trump uses the term "witch hunt" as a rhetorical device to refer to any investigations of him or the people around him. According to a Vox.com article: Since assuming office, Trump has tweeted some variant of the phrase “WITCH HUNT!” more than 120 times in response to the Mueller investigation and critics including the “Fake News,” congressional Democrats,...


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🖔 U+1F594 although todays meaning is more or less "fuck off you twat." But it mostly lost that appeal: If asked, most people would gloss the meaning as ‘Fuck you’ or something similar, and it was certainly a very potent offensive gesture until recent years when it seems to be losing its ability to offend. –– Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud: "A ...


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Has New Zealand announced any investigation or punishment/censure for MP Swarbick for her saying "OK, boomer"? Not likely to ever happen. Such repartee and interruptions are not that uncommon as shown by excerpts of the series of speeches for the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. It is only when a point of order is raised that the ...


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So, besides that Cohen example that the later WaPo piece gave, are there any other examples of Trump sending such mixed/contradictory signals in cases where he (allegedly) was hoping for someone to do something? Birtherism This was a position he held before being president. Just before he was elected president, he backtracked. One tweet dated 6 August ...


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Trump doesn't have a "position" on these allegations as such. He is applying advice he received many years ago: Never give up Never admit a mistake or a wrongdoing Don't apologize (equates to an admission) Always fight back The whistleblower has alleged a serious wrongdoing by the president. Trump is applying the above advice by: Not admitting the ...


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More than one word may be necessary, as given in the example quote below. disinformation false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth Example: Those same cronies then spent millions to elect Donald Trump, who is now following the same playbook of ...


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Apparently the exchange went like this Swarbrick had been talking about how for decades world leaders have "known what is coming but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors". The 25-year-old MP said her generation and the generations after "do not have that luxury". "In the year 2050 I will be 56 years ...


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Have there been any examples in which (extremely) unparliamentary language was not withdrawn and so has led to some other, more serious consequences? Naming (parliamentary procedure) Naming is a procedure in some Westminster parliaments that provides for the speaker to temporarily remove a member of parliament who is breaking the rules of conduct of the ...


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Soro's initiatives and philanthropy in Europe were generally focused on the free exchange of ideas, open and free elections, and individual liberties, and against authoritarian societies. According to Waldemar A. Nielsen, an authority on American philanthropy, "[Soros] has undertaken ... nothing less than to open up the once-closed communist societies of ...


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As one of the protesters allegedly payed by Soros, I have heard about these allegations and they were never developed. Actually many simply dismissed this as a way to use a scapegoat for all the problems the Government is facing. Is is a good chance that Romania TV is behind this story (or at least acted as a catalyst for spreading it) since the most ...


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It's probably not a concept with an explicit definition. Sometimes it is used in relation to international boycotts, e.g. Moral leverage has often involved the “politics of international shame,” such as a sweatshop boycott. But as with any rhetorical device, it's used by politicians whenever convenient, e.g.: Salvini brands Macron ‘international shame’...


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Usually (which is to say often but not always and certainly not without exception) when Trump talks about "the witch hunt", he is referring to the actions of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This link gives a cursory view of such statements. So the way to understand this ad is to view it as the President's interpretation of how the House ...


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If I were to choose the best single word, a "post-truth" [communications] strategy is probably it, although what is new about it are apparently not its elements, but its intensity. Probably not entirely analogous but a similar PR strategy is Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is a disinformation strategy used in sales, marketing, public relations, ...


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The domestic political figures insulted as "little" include Adam Schiff at 5'11, Marco Rubio at 5'9 and Michael Bloomberg at 5'8. Other domestic media figures include: Donny Deutch at 5'10, George Stephanopoulos at 5'5 and Jeff Zucker at 5'6. While this group of men is certainly not tall, they are not especially short either with an average height of 5'8. ...


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