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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 03, 2019, 02:54:53 PM »
Toys under the Kid Crater family xmas tree....




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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 03, 2019, 12:54:02 PM »
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No. 3 State Department official testifies that Ukraine did not interfere in 2016 election

David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs, contradicted two common Trump talking points, telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was not a “hoax,” and that he has seen no evidence to suggest that Ukraine was guilty of interference in that election.

Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), the top Democrat on the panel, asked Hale whether he had any reason to disagree with testimony former White House national security expert Fiona Hill gave the House that the conspiracy theory about Ukraine’s interference “is a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian Security Services themselves.”

Hale, the third-ranking State Department official, said he did not.

Menendez went on to point out that Trump has continued to press the Ukraine story line even though it was disputed by career diplomats and intelligence officials.

“Is our national security made stronger or weaker when members of the administration or members of Congress insist on repeating debunked Russian lies?” Menendez asked.

“That does not serve our interest,” Hale said.
  - breaking news, from the Post


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 03, 2019, 12:42:35 PM »
Slow painful progress continues. 


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/business/trump-deutsche-bank-subpoena.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Deutsche Bank Must Comply With Trump Subpoenas, Appeals Court Says

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A federal appeals court said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank must turn over detailed documents about President Trump’s finances to two congressional committees, a ruling that is almost certain to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

The decision was a victory for House Democrats as they investigate Mr. Trump and his businesses. It means that extensive information about Mr. Trump’s personal and business finances — which the president has spent years fighting to keep secret — has moved a step closer to becoming public.

Democratic-controlled congressional committees issued subpoenas to two banks — Deutsche Bank, long Mr. Trump’s biggest lender, and Capital One — this year for financial records related to the president, his companies and his family. Mr. Trump sued the banks to block them from complying.

Mr. Trump’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The court’s ruling gave Mr. Trump seven days to appeal the decision.

Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump’s main lender after a string of bankruptcies cost other banks hundreds of millions of dollars, and its files would most likely contain a rich trove of documents....

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 02, 2019, 07:58:57 PM »

At this point, Republicans have moved the goal posts so far they are outside the stadium, across the practice field and in Row QQ in the Remote Auxillary Parking Lot.

It's fortunate for them their base has depth perception problems.   The goalposts haven't moved, they've just shrunk a lot. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 02, 2019, 10:03:46 AM »
Trump's tariff wars and the resulting farm bailout is a ridiculous boondoggle no one seems to talk much about. 

It's being chatted about in South Dakota, believe me.   The cognitive dissonance is getting intense in communities especially hard hit by the double whammy of the Spring flooding and the loss of agri sales to China.  The Argus Leader has been reporting farmer suicides.   Trump is a child who doesn't understand how playing his little games lead to death and destruction.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 02, 2019, 09:56:27 AM »
Democrats lost

Wolf gets to serve

Get the fuck over it.

Did you read the link?   

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  Chad Wolf was not confirmed to lead the Department of Homeland Security. He couldn't be — even a Senate as polarized as this one would have rejected him. Instead, they confirmed him for a lesser role, the undersecretary of the agency's Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, clearing the way for Trump to then declare him the acting secretary of the entire department to fill a leadership vacancy. 

This is a ploy that harms the democratic system of congressional oversight and balance of powers.  It moves us closer, every time DT does this, towards autocracy.

2024:  the US is now a totalitarian police state, run by oligarchs.  "Get the fuck over it." says political pundit Kid Cartarrh.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 02, 2019, 09:42:13 AM »
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/01/politics/white-house-not-participating-judiciary-hearing-impeachment/index.html

The prez wants to testify. He wants to be heard. He wants his staff to testify.

But no.

Capt. Renault time again:  I am shocked, sir.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 01, 2019, 07:00:06 PM »
Bambi's rant on millennials v boomers has to be one of the funniest I've seen here.   Like the Archie Bunker of Oz.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 01, 2019, 06:54:40 PM »
https://jacobinmag.com/2019/11/tech-companies-antitrust-monopolies-socialist/?fbclid=IwAR3AszIeH3UEAizSLThRLf2hxKw6k-ZVur3ZqbkPYEi_QylnkVnO3o9UqRc

An interesting take on how to fix the internet.

You posted several interesting pieces today.   This one drew my eye, because I was talking with a friend the other day about Jeremy Corbyn's plan to decommodify the internet in the UK.  I could see this working like public power does in Nebraska,  with a board of commissioners that is elected and therefore answerable to the people.  When I lived there (NE, not UK), they had among the lowest electric rates in the country and very reliable service.   

Yes, not everything in life should be dependent on the whims of a market. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 30, 2019, 12:00:30 PM »
In the Bridge attack 2 years ago, it was a Romanian with bread crates who helped subdue the terrorists.   These guys are the best argument for Remain the UK has.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/romanian-baker-florin-morariu-london-bridge-attack-borough-market-fought-off-terrorists-crate-a7773671.html


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 30, 2019, 11:24:49 AM »
http://www.salon.com/2019/11/24/will-americas-billionaires-start-a-second-civil-war-to-protect-their-wealth-and-power_partner/

 This is where capitalism goes when you don't supervise it.  A system of concentrating capital is one that eventually makes humans subordinate to capital.   You have to eat the rich, periodically.
We already know Fiction is your favorite form of Literature.

And Voodoo your favorite form of economics. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 30, 2019, 11:23:30 AM »
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   It is believed the item [narwhal tusk] was pulled from the wall of Fishmongers’ Hall, a grade II-listed building on London Bridge, by a Polish chef called Lucasz. 

Help me to understand this.  You're working over the stoves in your kitchen, you hear a commotion outside, and....you think what I really need to handle the situation is that narwhal tusk mounted on the wall over there.... just saying, that fellow showed uncommon resourcefulness and presence of mind.   

And hardline Brexiteers want to keep EU immigrants like Lucasz OUT??   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 29, 2019, 09:33:31 PM »
http://www.salon.com/2019/11/24/will-americas-billionaires-start-a-second-civil-war-to-protect-their-wealth-and-power_partner/

 This is where capitalism goes when you don't supervise it.  A system of concentrating capital is one that eventually makes humans subordinate to capital.   You have to eat the rich, periodically.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 29, 2019, 09:24:45 PM »
I think of them as distant jets passing 40,000 feet over.

Matt Damon and Daniel Craig will fix everything. 


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 29, 2019, 01:26:49 PM »
The Sudan/Aussie nut reminds me of a great TC Boyle story called "Friendly Skies."   

Weather madness here in the US.  Snow blocking interstate 5 south of Bakersfield.  Elevation at Grapevine is only about 1500 ft.   For those unfamiliar with SoCal, snow at that elevation is some crazy weather.   Planetary warming means more weird extremes, due to greater energy in the atmosphere disrupting the polar jet stream.  When it collapses, arctic air pours down to latitudes where it rarely goes.  Last week, they were having a heat wave.
Well, T C Boyle writes fiction.
So does Trump.

Just to clarify, since Lime already dropped by with the good rejoinder:  The first paragraph of my post was not related to the second paragraph.  First paragraph just recommended a darkly funny short story about air travel.  Second paragraph, change of topic, to weird weather and a change in the climate.  Not related to the Boyle story.

So, if Red's reply is to the first paragraph, then it's trivially true.  Well, yes, Boyle writes fiction.

If the reply is to the second paragraph, it is a non sequitur, since I wasn't citing Boyle as a climate scientist. 

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