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Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:47:52
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Is it possible the Finnish president was trolling Trump then totally denied what he said? LOL

President of Finland:  Yes, we do... (snickers) we do (snickers) a lot of raking to prevent forest fires (uncontrollable laughter).

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Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:29:32
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That's totally what happened. Trump seems to believe whatever the last person he met says. Someone should test the theory and leak him some incredulous, improbably story.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:20:32
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Trump has officially declared a fake national emergency so that his administration can steal much needed  disaster relief funds to build his dumb wall. SMH.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:31:25
I thought the only time Trump would call a national emergency is if KFC runs outta chicken.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:42:43
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Trump has officially declared a fake national emergency so that his administration can steal much needed  disaster relief funds to build his dumb wall. SMH.

Meanwhile Puerto Rico still suffers.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:38:54
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Interesting that the greatest reality TV show on earth is following the events of It Can't Happen Here quite accurately, events which aren't particularly convincing in the novel itself. But reality TV isn't meant to be convincing, so that makes a weird sort of sense!

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I thought the only time Trump would call a national emergency is if KFC runs outta chicken.

Isn't he devoted to McDonald's?

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:56:42
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He doesn’t play favorites with fast food.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:33:37
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Yum. Cold fast food.

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Mon, 27 May 2019 19:13:52

So elections came and went this Sunday here in Belgium.  We've been blesssed with the holy trinity of European elections, federal elections and elections-for-the-governments-per-geographical-are-where-they-speak-the-same-language.  We have a better word for that last one in Flemmisch (and French) but I don't think it'll have an apt translation.

Everybody was so focused on how well the ecology party's would do, and if the right wing party in Flanders would grow, that nobody even thought of what actually happened.  In Flanders extreme right gained a lot of ground and in Walony extreme left grew enormously.  This leaves us with a nation that is neigh ungovernable.  Which is exactly what the Flemmish right wing party wants, as they want to go for full on confederalism.  Yuck.  Basically imagine the south half of the USA voting all Democrate, the top half all Republican, and then having them try to make a governement together.  And now imagine that all the Democrates are extremely left wing and all the republicans extremely right wing.

So yeah, seems we're set to attempt to break our own world record for longest timespan it takes to form a government after an election.  I think our current record sits at about 540 days.

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Wed, 29 May 2019 14:18:43

The Brexit party won here. I think on the news they said they would now be the largest block in the European parliament wtf?

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Wed, 29 May 2019 14:26:00
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I think on the news they said they would now be the largest block in the European parliament wtf?

That's bollocks.  Eurosceptic parties did well, but they're by far the largest block.  Biggest shift is that the democrats and socialists together don't have enough seats to govern together.  They'll need to take aboard the liberals or the ecologist parties/green parties.

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Wed, 29 May 2019 15:21:10
Effective government seems a thing of the past. Time to go live on an autonomous collective on a giant ship in the Pacific.
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Mon, 03 Jun 2019 09:08:52

Arguably, many governments undergoing difficulties today are super effective, it's just that some of the things they're doing don't represent majority interest, and most of the stuff they're doing that does, they've decided a) relinquishing control over the narrative for profit won't do much damage or b) (more likely) getting shat on is worth it for the sake of stoking the fires of xenophobia and irrationality, which private media is significantly better at than public media, unless you're in Australia; no one does xenophobia better than the Australian government. Russia's up there too, to be fair.

Take the UK, for instance. On many popular metrics of public outrage, they're actually doing great. A public discourse complaining about things you're doing well, is a wonderful smokescreen for where you're shitting on people, such as your rampant austerity measures. Given that private media will complain about these things regardless of how they actually are, then why not just let them go ham, and keep quiet about how well things are actually going in those areas? It also makes shitting on the weak affected by said austerity measures easier, cause the average idiot thinks they're all a bunch of pregnant teen illegal immigrants defrauding the dole while simultaneously stealing jobs. I'm sure that's just a coincidence, and not by design. WinkWink

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Mon, 03 Jun 2019 13:44:47

Well, over here a main focus for years has been that labour is too expensive (read, too much taxes) and that this is our biggest handicap in attracting more internationa investments, but which was partially alleviated by our superb productivity.

We've finally closed the gap in terms of labour cost with our surrounding nations (read, taxes were cut for enterprises, taxes were raised for families) and now that's out of the way it seems the government has little to hide behind when it comes to the fact that they've been basically screwing over everyone because they're so poor at governing and actually looking ahead more than 3-4 years.

I think the above is more or less an reply to what Foolz wrote, but I could be wrong about that.  Nyaa

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Mon, 03 Jun 2019 23:44:46
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Well, over here a main focus for years has been that labour is too expensive (read, too much taxes) and that this is our biggest handicap in attracting more internationa investments, but which was partially alleviated by our superb productivity.

We've finally closed the gap in terms of labour cost with our surrounding nations (read, taxes were cut for enterprises, taxes were raised for families) and now that's out of the way it seems the government has little to hide behind when it comes to the fact that they've been basically screwing over everyone because they're so poor at governing and actually looking ahead more than 3-4 years.

I think the above is more or less an reply to what Foolz wrote, but I could be wrong about that.  Nyaa

Either way, it's interesting. yes

All I know about Belgium's politics is that Herge continued to work during the Nazi occupation, which hurt his reputation almost as much as his early comics that we find tremendously offensive today (I personally think the TNT, seemingly shooting the same animal 50 times, and monkey skin jokes are some of the best in comic slapstick ever, though; I'm also partial to the dark humour of the Soviet stuff). And, to be fair, Belgium's colonial activities were on a comparable sort of scale and horror to the Nazi's... Nyaa But Belgium had the good sense to conduct them in Africa, not Europe, so they dodged a reputational bullet there.

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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:24:41
Trump is having a rally in downtown Orlando today, and is expected to announce his run for re-election. People have been camping out for it for several days. A buddy of mine works at a building that overlooks where this is going on and has been sharing pictures. And I have to tell you, there are some real special looking people out there.
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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:07:04
Trump announcing his re-election, stay-out-of-prison-for-four-more-years, campaign.

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Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:26:27

He managed to dodge the law throughout his "illustrious" conman/money launderer real estate career (notwithstanding being done for racial discrimination and civil suits), it's hard to believe he'd be in any sort of legal danger post-presidency. Let's not forget Obama's response to Bush was let's protect our own arse for the horrendous shit we're going to do, and the media's response soon became, look at this eccentric old man painting shitty still lifes. And now we have Trump, Bush is a dignified, empathetic elder statesmen doling out candy to deserving blacks. Absolutely sickening.



But maybe he'll get Nixon'd if he does something equally ridiculous? Then again, during Nixon there were genuine anti-government mass movements unlike today, so where would the pressure come from? Social media may have some degree of power when it comes to corporations' PR strategy, but other than self-inflicted transparency, what power does it have in politics? Plus you'd probably have to actually impeach Trump, rather than force him to resign.

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Wed, 19 Jun 2019 03:48:13

I fully expect Trump will never see prision nor impeachment but I do believe he fears those possiblities. His ego couldn't take his reality show Presidency being cancelled by anyone but himself.  

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Wed, 19 Jun 2019 03:54:43
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Impeachment is a toss-up right now. Conviction in the Senate and removal from office isn't happening, but impeachment by majority vote in the House can and may, as pressure continues to mount as Republicans ignore subpoenas and obstruct House investigations.

Discussing prison is incredibly bizarre in this context because the facts are

- He's already been implicated in a crime as an unindicted co-conspirator
- He's already admitted crimes on TV
- The Department of Justice is adhering to its policy that a sitting President can't be indicted as it's up to Congress to remove them first.

I don't have faith in the US justice system to prosecute the rich and powerful. Also if Trump wins a second term, those crimes may pass the statute of limitations while he's still in office. But from a by-the-book evaluation, he should be indicted upon leaving office.
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