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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5700 on: October 07, 2019, 05:04:55 PM »
Anyway, Kyle Kulinski very much on the ball, as usual:
And a day later it looks very much like he lost it and swallowed Rudy Giuliani's conspiracy theories... Remember the Seth Rich theory? :)

What are you referring to?
Forum search gives no relevant result. But I remember your interest into this (meanwhile classical/paradigmatic polit bs).

I'm not talking about Seth Rich, but about where Kyle Kulinski "swallowed Rudy Giuliani's conspiracy theories". What are you referring to?

Well, actually the Seth Rich story is a theory of another class. (I would put it in the same box as the Clinton Body Count theory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_Body_Count )

"Look at the photograph" is (meanwhile) an example of projection and whataboutism.  Much of U.S. polit discourse is on this childish niveau: Child1 has a huge pile of manure to disguise, so finds a turd left over by Child2 and points at it screaming. (Sometimes using words like "business as ususal" as in the Kyle Kulinski video.) Paradigmatic example: "But but Obama also had child concentration camps".

This pattern is so ubiquitous that it can help sort out lots of fuss.
Child1=GOP,Trumputin,Bannon... Child2=Obama,Biden,Hillary...
Often the pattern helps guessing what Child1's big pile of manure is about. That's where projection comes in. "Look at the photograph" is (meanwhile) about Trumputin oil and gas business corruption:
https://apnews.com/d7440cffba4940f5b85cd3dfa3500fb2
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Profit, not politics: What some Trump allies did in Ukraine
[...]This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans.

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[...]The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation, said he was floored by the American requests because the person had always viewed the U.S. government “as having a higher ethical standard.”

The Naftogaz supervisory board is supposed to be selected by the Ukrainian president’s Cabinet in consultation with international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the United States and the European Union. It must be approved by the Ukrainian Cabinet. Ukrainian officials perceived Perry’s push to swap out the board as circumventing that established process, according to the person in the room.

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5701 on: October 07, 2019, 06:16:50 PM »
Speaking of 'quid pro quo' (or the 'swamp')...

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Favored Kentuckians in Meeting with Officials Seeking Grants
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/07/elaine-chao-kentucky-officials-grants-028412

In her first 14 months as Transportation secretary, Elaine Chao met with officials from Kentucky, which her husband Mitch McConnell represents in the Senate, vastly more often than those from any other state.



At least five of Chao’s 18 meetings with local Kentuckians were requested in emails from McConnell staffers, who alerted Chao’s staffers which of the officials were “friends” or “loyal supporters,” according to records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The fact that Chao’s calendar shows that one out of every four meetings with local officials was with Kentuckians is significant because the department has long maintained that it, and she, have shown no favoritism to the state represented by her husband, even while local officials from other states have complained about having trouble getting to see her.

... “There are some distinct advantages to having me as the majority leader of the United States Senate,” McConnell said at the August 2018, Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky. “I’m in a position to take special care of Kentucky.

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5702 on: October 08, 2019, 05:05:16 PM »
New Poll Shows 20-Point Increase in Support for Impeachment Inquiry—Among Republicans

Link >> https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/new-poll-20-point-increase-impeachment-inquiry-republicans.amp

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« Reply #5703 on: October 08, 2019, 05:47:11 PM »
Pigs Observed Using Tools for the First Time
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-pigs-tools.html

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in France has found evidence of pigs using tools—a first. In their paper published in the journal Mammalian Biology, the group describes multiple instances of Visayan warty pigs using sticks and bark to assist with nest building.



There was a time when scientists believed humans were the only animals that used tools—a skill that set us apart from the other creatures of the Earth. But such assumptions have long been laid to rest as multiple research efforts have shown that many animal species use tools in their own unique ways. Crows have been observed using sticks to hook prey, for example; otters use stones to crack open shellfish; elephants have been observed moving rocks and logs to cover watering holes. Tool use has long been a sign of intelligence, which has led researchers to wonder why no one had ever seen pigs using tools of any kind. They are, after all, considered to be among the smartest animals. As it turns out, at least one kind of pig does use a tool—the researchers observed several of them at a Parisian zoo using sticks and lengths of bark to dig out a nest.

The researchers were able to capture on video multiple instances of the pigs using tools to dig in the dirt floor of their enclosure. In all, over the course of three years, they observed 11 instances of the pigs using tools—all but one were female.

Meredith Root-Bernstein et al. Context-specific tool use by Sus cebifrons, Mammalian Biology (2019)

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5704 on: October 08, 2019, 05:53:09 PM »
On topic as fuck!

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5705 on: October 08, 2019, 06:58:29 PM »
Indeed!

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'In my great and unmatched wisdom': Trump Makes Modest Claim About His Intellect
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/07/trump-memes-unmatched-wisdom-claim-twitter-syria-decision

Donald Trump perhaps broke a record for aggrandizement on Monday, when he referred to his “great and unmatched wisdom” following his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1181232249821388801



Trump is no stranger to grandiose, narcissistic statements. He has frequently referred to himself as a “very stable genius” – and not tongue-in-cheek. He actually did so recently, in reference to his controversial phone call to the Ukraine president, Volodmyr Zelenskiy, which sparked an impeachment inquiry into him.

In the past, Trump has referred to himself as “the chosen one” (over his decision to start a trade war with China) and “so great looking and smart” (apropos of … nothing).

On Monday afternoon, following the great-and-unmatched-wisdom-gate, Twitter users were moved to draw comparisons between Trump and other authoritarian leaders who have inflated themselves.

Who talks like that?

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5706 on: October 08, 2019, 07:24:05 PM »
That last one is great art!

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5707 on: October 08, 2019, 08:01:17 PM »
It captured the moment

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Trump Floats Idea of His Own News Network
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/03/trump-proposes-creating-own-news-network-025988

President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed starting a news network to counter one of his favorite media targets.

“CNN is a voice that really seems to be the voice out there and it’s a terrible thing for our country,” Trump said, diverging from his speech on protecting Medicare for seniors at an event in The Villages, Fla. “We ought to start our own network and put some real news out there, because they are so bad for our country.”

“We’re looking at that. We should do something about it, too,” he added. “Put some really talented people and get a real voice out there, not a voice that's fake.”

It’s not the first time the president has floated the idea of a state-run news agency as an alternative to what he deems the “enemy of the people.”

Trump has previously suggested in a tweet the creation of a “Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are” ... (aka Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda)

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Hannity & Tucker Carlson are vying for Goebbels' old job, Reich Minister of Propaganda.

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The difference between Nixon and Trump is Fox News
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/7/20899169/geraldo-rivera-sean-hannity-fox-watergate-trump-nixon-conspiracy-theories

On Tuesday night, Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity, on Fox News, about the role Fox News would play in protecting President Donald Trump from impeachment. “You know, if it wasn’t [for] your show, Sean, they would destroy him absolutely,” Rivera told Hannity, who, when not hosting his television and radio shows, informally advises Trump. “You are the difference between Donald J. Trump and Richard Nixon.”

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« Reply #5708 on: October 09, 2019, 01:07:54 AM »
Trump Firm 'Refusing to Pay' Court Cost & Legal Bill for Windfarm Case
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/08/trump-organization-rejects-legal-bill-after-losing-windfarm-court-battle

Donald Trump’s family firm is refusing to accept a legal bill worth tens of thousands of pounds after he lost a lengthy court battle against a windfarm near his Aberdeenshire golf course, according to the Scottish government.

A Scottish court ruled in February this year the Trump Organization had to pay the Scottish government’s legal costs after his attempt to block an 11-turbine windfarm in Aberdeen Bay ended with defeat in the UK supreme court in 2015.

... He took his battle to the Scottish parliament, claiming the country’s heavy investment in onshore windfarms would ruin its tourism industry. In one famous exchange with MSPs, Trump insisted the committee did not need to call any witnesses to verify his claims.

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... “I am the evidence,” he said. “I’m an expert in tourism. I have won many, many awards … if you dot your landscape with these horrible, horrible structures, you will do tremendous damage.”

After Trump lost the supreme court case in 2015, first minister Alex Salmond branded him a “loser” and Trump retaliated by describing the then former first minister as a “has-been”.

Trump alleged Salmond promised him the windfarm would never be built when the pair met for dinner in New York in 2007, before Trump won planning permission for the resort. Salmond denied doing so.



The Trump International Golf Club posted a £1m annual loss for 2018 last week, the seventh loss in a row. Trump and his family firm have now loaned the business £43m and it has yet to turn a profit.

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Unpaid Bills Pile Up In Trump Rallies’ Wake
https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2019/10/08/trump-rallies-unpaid-bills-039631

In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands of dollars’ worth of security assistance to the president’s campaign during his Make America Great Again rallies.

In total, at least 10 cities have complained that the campaign has not reimbursed them for services provided by local police and fire departments, totaling more than $840,000, according to a study by the Center for Public Integrity in June.


The complaints from local governments echo decades of accusations by private contractors who claim that Trump didn’t adequately compensate them for their work before he was sworn into office.

At least 60 lawsuits and more than 200 liens detailed allegations that Trump and his companies failed to pay various businesses and scores of employees for their work, according to an investigation by USA Today in 2016. Those who claimed they were stiffed by the future president included bartenders, painters, real estate brokers and others.
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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5709 on: October 10, 2019, 11:56:33 PM »
"Look at the photograph" is (meanwhile) an example of projection and whataboutism.

Ah, I understand what you are to referring now. Unsurprisingly, you didn't get the gist of that Kyle Kulinksi video. Which proves his point exactly.

This impeachment stuff is simply perfect for Trump. But that's the whole idea. Smoke and mirrors.
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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5710 on: October 11, 2019, 12:02:46 AM »
Oops, foreign (Russian) friends of Giuliani’s in jail before they could escape the US indicted by federal authorities. Congress subpoena documentation related to these guys.

Less than ideal impeachment for Trump I would say.

In the meantime, the (imaginary) friends of Biden’s are sinking Biden.
Conspiracy theories better change on the fly.

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5711 on: October 11, 2019, 01:34:51 AM »
Oooh! Somebody's losing touch with his base ...



https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1064556




https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fox-news-poll-record-support-for-trump-impeachment

... "From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll," Trump tweeted. "Whoever their Pollster is, they suck. But @FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days. With people like Andrew Napolitano, who wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice & I turned him down (he’s been terrible ever since), Shep Smith, @donnabrazile (who gave Crooked Hillary the debate questions & got fired from @CNN), & others, @FoxNews doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be."

"Oh well, I’m President!" he added.


https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1182281834970980352

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Like what Evey said in 'V for Vendetta'

"... Are you, like a crazy person?"


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With reliable pollsters showing support for an impeachment inquiry rising, Trump has resorted to touting fake numbers both on Twitter and during press conferences.

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1181969511697788928

Trump tweeted: Only 25 percent want the President Impeached, which is pretty low considering the volume of Fake News coverage, but pretty high considering the fact that I did NOTHING wrong. It is all just a continuation of the greatest Scam and Witch Hunt in the history of our Country!

https://mobile.twitter.com/atrupar/status/1182031241568280576

Trump has convinced himself the fake impeachment poll he cited earlier today on Twitter is in fact real and he just cited it again

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5712 on: October 11, 2019, 03:05:52 AM »
Thanks, vox_mundi:
I have seen that clip with so many subtitles, it's good to see what was really said!
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« Reply #5713 on: October 12, 2019, 08:41:32 AM »
Five criminals walk into a prison bar :



Two are in jail. Another about to be arrested. One is being impeached. And one is wondering where mother is.
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« Reply #5714 on: October 12, 2019, 12:20:29 PM »
threaten impeachment and the bastard fucks the Kurds .. just bc .
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« Reply #5715 on: October 12, 2019, 03:11:04 PM »
threaten impeachment and the bastard fucks the Kurds .. just bc .

Doubt that there's a causal relation.  Leaving the Kurds open to genocide isn't winning the guy any defense against impeachment, much the opposite.  Acquiescence to Turkish ambition seems more likely to have to do with Trump Tower Istanbul.

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« Reply #5716 on: October 12, 2019, 04:22:32 PM »
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Reminder: Trump Has a Massive Conflict of Interest in Turkey
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/10/reminder-trump-has-a-massive-conflict-of-interest-in-turkey/

... “I have a little conflict of interest ’cause I have a major, major building in Istanbul,” Trump told Bannon during a 2015 Breitbart radio show. “It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers—two towers, instead of one, not the usual one, it’s two.”

Sound Clip: https://secondnexus.com/news/trump-conflict-of-interest-turkey-syria-kurds/

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« Reply #5717 on: October 13, 2019, 01:17:32 AM »
https://mobile.twitter.com/RichardEngel/status/1183080487243407361

Turkey’s conflict in Syria took a major turn today. First alleged atrocities by Turkish-backed Arab militias, executing Kurds. US military officials tell me it's true, and they are DEEPLY concerned it opens the door to BOTH ethnic cleansing of Kurds and return of ISIS/Al-Qaeda.

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« Reply #5718 on: October 13, 2019, 02:17:20 AM »
I have difficulty chastising any American official who opts out of a military confrontation.
It's been a long time & Bolton's probably choking on his mustache! ;D


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« Reply #5719 on: October 13, 2019, 11:16:47 AM »
I'm afraid that this is a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't, and for Trump, damned if he cares.

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« Reply #5720 on: October 19, 2019, 07:15:06 AM »
Sjursen at truthdig: trump has made democrats defend foreign wars

"increasingly apparent, is that President Trump possesses—as a foreign policy autocrat, of sorts—the power to derail the Democrats and place 2020 hopefuls in an awkward position of defending U.S. forever wars. It’s already happening, at least among mainstream “liberal” media and political personalities who’ve flooded the networks with anti-Trump vitriol since the Syria withdrawal."

"The attention suddenly focused on Syria is rather cynical, of course, with the country’s civil war only receiving notice now because it’s a cudgel used to reflexively attack Trump. It’s not about Kurdish ethnic rights or women’s, rights—and it never was. No, this is all about partisan political advantage. And it might just backfire on the Dems."

"this president knows what many congressional Republicans do not appear to realize ...  The Republican base, well, they’re just about as sick of endless war as is Trump himself. Consider this remarkable turnaround: In recent polls, 56% of Republicans supported Trump’s Syria withdrawal, while 60% of Democrats opposed it."

"A series of polls this summer indicated that nearly two-thirds of post-9/11 vets say they believe the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the military engagement in Syria “were not worth it.”  "

"I personally know dozens of these sorts of exhausted veterans. Almost none have followed my own journey toward the left. In fact, the vast majority tell me they trust Trump, warts and all, over figures like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or any of the other Democratic elites that they find even more corrupt than the reality-TV-star-in-chief ... most truly believe it, which ought to worry Democrats."

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/democrats-have-no-answer-for-trumps-anti-war-posture/

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« Reply #5722 on: October 21, 2019, 07:39:53 AM »
Donald Trump currently has:

- No Secretary of Energy

- No Homeland Security Director

- No Director of National Intelligence

- No Deputy Director of National Intelligence

- No ICE Director or Deputy ICE Director

- No FEMA Director

- No White House Chief of Staff

- No clue

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« Reply #5723 on: October 21, 2019, 07:18:27 PM »
Don't forget, the US!

Allies gone, credibility gone, trust gone, hegemony gone.

Down the drain.


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« Reply #5724 on: October 22, 2019, 06:02:28 AM »
Don't forget, the US!

Allies gone, credibility gone, trust gone, hegemony gone.

Down the drain.

Agreed.

It is unprecedented how much damage Trump has done (to the US, to our allies, to democracy, to honor and respect, to the environment, to the poor, to the disabled, to immigrants, to international trade, to just about anything and anyone else but Trump himself and maybe Putin and Erdogan) in the short time he has been in office.

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« Reply #5725 on: November 02, 2019, 10:28:00 PM »
Cole on Assad commenting on Trump:

"[Assad] expressed his happiness that Trump is president of the United States, “because he is the most transparent, so he says, ‘We want the oil,’ and this is the reality of American policy.'”  ... I tell you he’s the best American president, not because his policies are good but rather because he is the most transparent president.” "

 “All the American presidents commit all the political sins and crimes and take home the Nobel prize, and they give every appearance of defending human rights and the ‘advanced’ and American or Western principles but they are in fact a gang of criminals who represent the interests of the American lobbies, i.e. the big arms and oil and other corporations.”

“Trump speaks with complete transparency; he says, “We want the oil. This is the American political reality since at least the end of the Second World War: ‘We want to get rid of so-and-so. We want to provide a service in return for money.’ This is the American political reality. What do we want more than a transparent enemy?”

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« Reply #5728 on: November 09, 2019, 07:25:54 AM »
trump produces new impeachment reasons on a daily basis. The Republican downward spiral accelerating.

Despite ‘cease and desist’ letter, Trump calls for release of whistleblower’s name
Link >> https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/despite-cease-and-desist-trump-calls-for-release-of-whistleblowers-name


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« Reply #5729 on: November 09, 2019, 08:01:03 AM »
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US president Donald Trump will be receiving a special gift from Berlin residents on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—a 2.7-ton section of the wall itself.
The stunt is squarely directed at Trump’s vow to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, a part of his “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

“We would like to give you one of the last pieces of the failed Berlin Wall to commemorate the United States’ dedication to building a world without walls,” says a message painted on the concrete slab, which is signed by “Citizens of Berlin.”

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« Reply #5731 on: November 09, 2019, 06:20:12 PM »
Thanks blumenkraft for a couple of nice and good posts. Go jedi :)
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« Reply #5732 on: November 09, 2019, 06:41:05 PM »
Glad i could help, comrade! ;)

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« Reply #5733 on: November 10, 2019, 05:50:13 PM »
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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« Reply #5734 on: November 10, 2019, 07:26:33 PM »
The Conspiracy Theories A Conservative Must Believe Today

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1. The belief that 10,000 climate scientists all around the world are either stupid, or engaged in a massive criminal conspiracy to concoct bad science in order to receive…more government grant funding. And that no other scientists are exposing it.

2. The belief that there is a giant conspiracy across all of news media to make Republicans look bad and elect Democrats–in spite of continually unfair press coverage of candidates like both Bernie Sanders *and* Hillary Clinton–in exchange for…what? It’s never really clear.

3. The belief without evidence that there is a giant conspiracy across local, state and federal elections officials all across the country to engage in mass wide-scale voter impersonation fraud. Needless to say, this would be insanely complicated, incredibly risky and hugely inefficient.

4. The belief that that there is a giant conspiracy to push migrants to the border in order to change the demographics of the U.S., in order to…increase taxes and gain “control”? This is a pretty nonsensical conspiracy, but it’s among the most common. It’s no surprise that this sort of rhetoric echoes fascist antisemitic tropes, which is why George Soros is so commonly included.

5. The belief that there was a deep conspiracy to elect a man named “Barack Hussein Obama” to the presidency in order to implement socialism in America…and that the shadowy socialist cabal picked a guy named “Barack Hussein Obama” for the job. Or made up his birth certificate from scratch and decided on one of the most unlikely presidential names imaginable in his birth year.

6. The belief that the “Deep State” entrapped Trump with Russia entanglements before the 2016 in order to derail his presidency if he won, but didn’t use it to stop him from winning, but were blindsided when he won, but have stymied his every move afterward.

7. The belief that there is a giant unexposed conspiracy of 100,000s of teachers/faculty across PreK and higher education to indoctrinate young people. Rather than, you know, people not buying into garbage and bigotry once they learn something.

8. The belief that a tiny group of obscenely rich industrialists are the only truthtellers, the only ones looking out for the “forgotten man”, while millions of middle class professionals and civil servants are corrupt liars. This one is particularly ironic, as it represents a twisted funhouse version of Marxist theory.

9. The belief that millions of people want to disarm them to leave them defenseless against looters, burglars and Liberal Fascism ™, rather than just want their kids not to get shot at school again and again by trigger-happy Rambo cosplayers.

10. The belief that Green Energy is a scam to give connected companies money and make coal miners homeless, rather than an effort to save millions of lives from climate change, pollution and black lung.

11. The belief that social services are an intentionally corrupt scam to keep minority groups on the “Democrat Plantation” ™, rather than a good-faith effort to make up for the predations of a brutal market in a society riddled with horrific structural racism.

Link >> https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/11/10/the-conspiracy-theories-a-republican-must-believe-today/

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5735 on: November 13, 2019, 07:43:52 PM »

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5736 on: November 16, 2019, 02:30:55 PM »
Let's talk about today in Trump world...


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« Reply #5737 on: November 19, 2019, 07:02:45 AM »
Trump pardons three war criminals:

" "We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!" the president tweeted on Oct. 12. "

https://taskandpurpose.com/trump-golsteyn-pardon

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« Reply #5738 on: November 19, 2019, 08:26:10 AM »
Trump pardons three war criminals:

" "We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!" the president tweeted on Oct. 12. "

https://taskandpurpose.com/trump-golsteyn-pardon

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Bush, Clinton & Obama? ;)


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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5739 on: November 20, 2019, 08:25:09 PM »
This is not a joke. I thought this must be a hoax or something. This can't be real, right? Well, the POTUS is really that stupid. -.-

Link >> https://www.nbcnews.com/video/trump-reads-his-sondland-hearing-notes-to-press-underscores-i-want-no-quid-pro-quo-73756229686

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« Reply #5740 on: November 21, 2019, 02:34:36 AM »
So finally I had to install the Gimp...
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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5741 on: November 21, 2019, 04:33:59 AM »
This is not a joke.
Nope indeed. Who could make up "Zellinsky"? Monica Zellinsky?  :o

I failed to photoshop Nixon's ghost into the presidential helicopter. Anyhow this time is different. Pence also needs to be impeached. Pelosi for President!
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« Reply #5742 on: November 21, 2019, 07:23:44 PM »
Trump's buddy is having a bad day to...

Israel’s Netanyahu Indicted on Charges of Fraud, Bribery and Breach of Trust
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/world/middleeast/netanyahu-corruption-indicted.html

... Mr. Netanyahu, 70, who in July became the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, now also has the distinction of being the first to be indicted while in office.
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« Reply #5743 on: November 22, 2019, 03:20:07 AM »
^^
welcome news.
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« Reply #5744 on: November 22, 2019, 08:28:27 AM »
Extremely welcome news. And the guilty verdict is clear with iron evidence. But despite this it seems he is not going away anytime soon, and half the voters still swear by his godhood.

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« Reply #5745 on: November 22, 2019, 03:10:10 PM »
I want nothing in Ramones style:
https://twitter.com/SaoSasha/status/1197320791706263552

If you prefer more poppy music this is Morrissey style:
https://twitter.com/BenJamminAsh/status/1197396744876761088


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« Reply #5746 on: November 22, 2019, 04:57:09 PM »
Extremely welcome news. And the guilty verdict is clear with iron evidence. But despite this it seems he is not going away anytime soon, and half the voters still swear by his godhood.

Isn't that a quarter instead of "half" ?

Doesn't take a way much of what you mean, just thought "half" a bit many ;)


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« Reply #5747 on: November 22, 2019, 11:51:23 PM »
It's really nearly half. Voters of Shas, Yamina and UTJ are full supporters of Netanyahu, but they vote for sectorial religious parties that have committed to forming a coalition with him.

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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5748 on: November 23, 2019, 06:05:23 PM »
Trump Officials Meet With Libyan Politician Aligned With Opposition ‘Strongman’ In Potential Policy Shift
https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/11/trump-officials-meet-libyan-politician-aligned-opposition-strongman-potential-policy-shift/161479/?oref=d-river

Trump administration officials have had multiple meetings with a Libyan politician aligned with the opposition general fighting the U.S.-backed government in Tripoli, hinting that the administration may be rethinking its Libya policy.

Officially, the United States supports the UN-negotiated Government of National Accord, or GNA, in Libya. Those forces have been battling back advances by Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army, or LNA, backed by Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, the State Department issued a joint statement with the GNA calling on Hifter’s forces to halt their months-long offensive on Tripoli.

President Trump threw U.S. support for the GNA into question in April when he called Hifter — a dual Libyan-American citizen and a former CIA asset — in the early days of the offensive and appeared to endorse his campaign against the capital. The White House said in a statement at the time that Trump “recognised Field Marshal Hifter’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system.”

In two meetings with National Security Council officials in Washington this fall, Aref al Nayed, an Islamic scholar and former ambassador to the UAE, has pitched himself as a transitional political leader for Libya after Hifter, the military commander, “liberates” Tripoli, according to documents provided by Nayed and multiple sources with knowledge of the meetings.

Nayed also said that he has had “several” meetings with State Department officials over the past few months. A State Department official declined to comment on the meetings specifically, but said in a statement to Defense One, “The United States is engaged in broad outreach with a variety of Libyan stakeholders to promote progress toward an equitable economic and political solution to the conflict in Libya.”

The series of quiet meetings with NSC officials is “unusual,” the former senior U.S. official said. The former official likened Nayed’s pitch to the case of Ahmed Chalabi, the exiled Iraqi politician whose later-debunked claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction helped propel the Bush administration into invading Iraq in 2003.

Like Chalabi, the former official said, Nayef and his team “are very western, very connected, they’re businesspeople. He has all kinds of credibility as a person — it’s just that he doesn’t have the backing of people on the ground who would vote for him, so he’s looking for the West to make him into a leader.”

... “I think there’s an understanding that Hifter is trying to set himself up as the next Ghaddafi,” said Joshua Meservey, a policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation who specializes in Africa and the Middle East. “He clearly sees the solution to Libya’s problems being a military strongman. He happens to be one, so that works out great for him.”
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Re: The Trump Presidency
« Reply #5749 on: November 23, 2019, 07:20:02 PM »