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General discussion / Beirut explosion
« on: Today at 12:38:59 AM »
Dear god I hope this was an accident. So far the death toll is at least 78 but I'll be surprised if it's not in the hundreds. They say it was a couple of hundred tonnes of ammonium nitrate going up. I remember the damage that a 1.5 tonne fertilizer bomb would do during the Troubles and thinking that was big.

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General discussion / Re: The US policing crisis thread
« on: Today at 12:34:25 AM »
Today in the porcine infallibility chronicles, the cops in Aurora CO (again!) have distinguished themselves by investigating a motorcycle theft by going up to a black family in an SUV, hauling them out at gunpoint, making them (including a six year old girl) lie face down on the concrete, and cuffing two of them behind their backs.

Viewer discretion advised, the sound of children crying like this is heart-wrenching:

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/aurora-police-detain-black-family-after-mistaking-their-vehicle-as-stolen

They were completely innocent and minding their own business. Doubtless the right wing propaganda machine will be along soon with some sort of skeleton in the cupboard to justify it. Maybe the little girl didn't eat her vegetables the night before, or something. The victims will be blamed somehow.

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General discussion / Re: John Hume
« on: August 04, 2020, 05:47:30 PM »
Quiet.

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General discussion / Re: John Hume
« on: August 04, 2020, 04:54:11 PM »
The thin skin of some of you shinners is unreal......

They are the most thin-skinned people I've ever met. Never saw moaning minnies like them.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 03, 2020, 07:24:47 PM »
No surprise there. This administration is one big criminal enterprise. Trump could be the first US president to actually get locked up. Here's hoping.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:07:03 PM »
There are two possibilities.

1 - Trump diligently read his briefings and listened to his highly qualified technical advisers about the security risks posed by TikTok and decided to ban it after a careful and nuanced discussion about the advantages, disadvantages, and implications of such a move.
2 - Trump saw Sarah Cooper's latest lip-sync parody of him, took it personally, and decided to ban TikTok.

Which do you think is more likely?
the irony is Sarah cooper will be out of work if trump is out of office and the grey clad rioters in your other post are the Democrat party .

Ah, the old "Democrats used to be the racist party, therefore my conscience is clear today" defense. If Abe Lincoln tried to run for the GOP nomination today he'd be laughed off the stage and denounced on Fox News as an "SJW," and well you know it.

As for Sarah Cooper, she's an author and standup comedian. She's gonna have plenty of work when the Trump nightmare is over.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 03, 2020, 04:57:53 PM »


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General discussion / John Hume
« on: August 03, 2020, 04:50:26 PM »
We'll probably never see his like again. A towering figure in Irish politics who left a better legacy for all of us.

(I think it's noteworthy enough for a thread of its own, but feel free to lock up if you think the Death Notices thread is fine.)

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: August 03, 2020, 04:49:34 PM »
There are two possibilities.

1 - Trump diligently read his briefings and listened to his highly qualified technical advisers about the security risks posed by TikTok and decided to ban it after a careful and nuanced discussion about the advantages, disadvantages, and implications of such a move.
2 - Trump saw Sarah Cooper's latest lip-sync parody of him, took it personally, and decided to ban TikTok.

Which do you think is more likely?

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:56:44 PM »
Conservative death cult update:

The White House reportedly scrapped a national testing plan because the virus was mostly hitting blue states

Lives likely could've been saved if the White House had focused on people rather than politics when the pandemic began, Vanity Fair reports.

Unlike other countries, the U.S. has struggled to present a unified national strategy on COVID-19 testing, and the country now leads the world both in confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. But it reportedly had experts developing a testing plan since the virus' beginnings and then scrapped it entirely once it appeared the virus was largely hitting Democratic states, one expert tells Vanity Fair.

Despite his lack of scientific or governmental experience, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner took charge of the testing plan and stacked a team with "bankers and billionaires," Vanity Fair writes. But diagnostic testing experts were eventually called in, and the team created a plan to tackle testing supply shortages and delays in reporting results.

"The plan, though imperfect, was a starting point," Vanity Fair writes, and "would have put us in a fundamentally different place" today, one person who worked on it said. But it faced resistance from the top of the White House, where Trump reportedly worried high test numbers would hurt the economy and his re-election prospects. And perhaps most disturbingly, one member of the team suggested there was no point in rolling out the plan because the virus seemed to be hitting blue states, an expert told Vanity Fair. "The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy," the expert said.

All of that might explain why Kushner was so hopeful just a few months ago.

Kathryn Krawczyk

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:30:42 PM »
House Unites To Reprimand GOP Lawmaker Tied To 11 Ethics Violations

The House unanimously passed a rare ethics resolution on Friday morning to reprimand Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., for breaking congressional and campaign finance rules.

Schweikert agreed to pay a $50,000 fine and admitted to 11 ethics violations including the misuse of official funds.

The House Ethics Committee had been investigating Schweikert, who was elected in 2010, for more than two years. Its investigative subcommittee concluded there was "substantial reason" to believe Schweikert violated the government code of ethics, campaign finance laws, and House rules.

House investigators concluded that over a seven year period, Schweikert failed to disclose, or falsely disclosed, $305,000 in loans or loan repayments and failed to report more than $140,000 in campaign contributions.

A 13-page report detailing the committee's investigation and findings points to Schweikert's campaign accepting over $270,000 from his then-chief of staff, Richard Schwab, which is a violation of campaign finance laws.

A statement issued on Thursday by the Ethics Committee also said Schweikert had misused his congressional allowance for "unofficial purposes" and pressured "official staff to perform campaign work."

The findings say Schweikert made "vague or misleading comments" that "allowed him to evade the statue of limitations for the most egregious violations of campaign finance laws."

Continued the report: "Efforts like the ones Rep. Schweikert undertook to delay and impede the [investigative subcommittee] investigation were not only highly detrimental to the committee's work and reputation of the House, they were themselves sanctionable misconduct."

Rep faulted over breach of trust

Speaking before the House on Friday morning, Ethics Committee Chair Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., emphasized the consequence of breaking the public trust.

"One of our most basic obligations as members of Congress is to adhere to the principle that public office is a public trust. To uphold that trust, and to maintain civic confidence in the integrity of this body, we as members have bound ourselves by certain standards of official conduct," he said.

Deutch went on to encourage congressional members and staff to approach the committee if they have ethics questions to "avoid the mistakes like those made by Rep. Schweikert."

"The committee's nonpartisan advisory staff is always available to answer any ethics related questions, to hold special training sessions for members and employees in addition to the mandated annual ethics trainings and to issue advisory opinions upon request," he said.

Schweikert filed a response to the committee saying that while he thought he could refute some allegations, he decided to settle because the process "was time consuming and extremely costly."

The House reprimand is a major blow to Schweikert, who faces a tough race in Arizona's competitive 6th district, which spans Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Four Democrats will face off in an Aug. 4 primary.

Schweikert's top Democratic opponent, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, said Schweikert had "abused his power and betrayed the public trust."

As NPR member station KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports, Schweikert was already expected to face an intense challenge, partly because the electorate wants to see increased action on combating racial injustice.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:42:35 PM »
That's the Trump argument for four more years?

An Alzheimer's cognitive test!

Person, man, woman, camera, TV! ;D
who said that ?  Do you think joe could do it .

Trump said it.

He went on about it for more than a week.

Clearly he thinks its a winning "issue" for him, presumably to convince people such as yourself that Biden has one foot in the nursing home while he can...er... memorize a small sequence of words.

And the reason he is focused on it is that he has f**k all else going for him. COVID and George Floyd could have been his finest hour, a chance to show he is an intelligent, considered, calm leader of real substance at a time of major crisis when Biden had no choice but to stay in the relative shadows. Instead, he's making up invitations to throw out the first pitch for the Yankees (because he is jealous of Tony Fauci being invited by the Nationals) and promoting a discredited treatment and the demon sperm doctor (and that's just this week). Whatever shortcomings Biden may or may not have, Trump has failed miserably on a whole range of fronts, is clearly not up to the job, and is looking like he will go down as one of the worst presidents of all time.

That dead Missouri senator would probably do a better job.

Kinda like how he went to that half-empty rally and spent a good ten minutes rambling on in minute detail about how we so skillfully navigated the difficult task of walking down a ramp.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: July 30, 2020, 06:32:09 PM »
Herman Cain dead from Coronavirus

He attended Trump's Tulsa propaganda rally without a mask

Bill Montgomery, founder of the crypto fascist propaganda group Turning Point USA is also dead from Coronavirus

Trump is literally killing his own people and doesn't give one f**k


The conservative death cult is even taking out its own top people.
It's a nihilistic death cult

It's laughable the way these lunatics call themselves conservative - they aren't even conservative on the most basic level, which is to preserve the lives of human beings - they're nakedly pro-death, well these guys now have their wish

The human race has been infected by some sinister, evil ideologies throughout history, but the modern USAian conservative movement takes some beating. Naziism is now universally considered immoral; and fifty years from now I hope we'll look back at this era of the conservative death cult in the same way.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: July 30, 2020, 06:11:34 PM »


2020 winner:

Trump 8/13
Sanders 4/1
Bloomberg 9/1
Biden 20/1

Trump: 8/13
Sanders: 7/2 (3.5/1)
Bloomberg: 8/1
Biden: 22/1

Trump: 8/13
Sanders: 3/1
Bloomberg: 10/1
Biden: 25/1

Trump: 8/13
Sanders: 29/10 (2.9/1)
Bloomberg: 10/1
Biden: 28/1

Trump: 8/13
Sanders: 3/1
Bloomberg: 12/1
Biden: 12/1

Trump: 8/13
Sanders: 10/3 (3.3/1)
Biden: 9/1
Bloomberg: 12/1

Trump: 4/6
Sanders: 3/1
Biden: 13/2 (6.5/1)
Bloomberg: 16/1

Trump: 4/5
Biden: 13/8 (1.6/1)
Sanders: 16/1

Trump: 10/11
Biden: 6/4
Sanders: 18/1

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Trump: 4/5
Biden: 13/8 (1.6/1)
Sanders: 16/1

Trump: 10/11 (1/1.1)
Biden: 13/10 (1.3/1)
Sanders: No longer in the top 4

Trump: 1/1
Biden: 15/13
Sanders: 50/1
Deval Patrick: 50/1

Trump: 11/10
Biden: 11/10
Sanders: 33/1
Deval Patrick: 33/1

Trump: 11/10
Biden: 11/10
Mike Pence: 33/1
Sanders: 40/1

Trump: 1/1
Biden: 11/10

Trump: 10/11
Biden: 5/4

Trump 1/1
Biden 5/4

Trump: 11/10 (1.1/1)
Biden: 15/13 (1.15/1)

Trump: 11/10
Biden 11/10 (1.1/1)

Biden: 1/1
Trump: 11/10 (1.1/1)

Biden: 19/20
Trump: 11/10 (1.1/1)

Biden: 10/11
Trump: 5/4 (1.25/1)

Biden: 7/8
Trump: 5/4 (1.25/1)


Biden: 14/19
Trump: 6/4 (1.5/1)


Biden: 8/11
Trump: 13/8 (1.625/1)

Biden: 4/6
Trump: 13/8 (1.625/1)

Biden: 4/6
Trump: 7/4 (1.75/1)

Biden: 3/5
Trump: 7/4

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: July 30, 2020, 05:35:53 PM »
Herman Cain dead from Coronavirus

He attended Trump's Tulsa propaganda rally without a mask

Bill Montgomery, founder of the crypto fascist propaganda group Turning Point USA is also dead from Coronavirus

Trump is literally killing his own people and doesn't give one f**k

The conservative death cult is even taking out its own top people.

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