Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by Yossarian, May 1, 2017.
Donald Trump 'yells at TVs in White House' over Russia scandal
On FiveThityEight Donald Trump Is Making Europe Liberal Again
Has Europe gone #NeverTrump? It would be a bit US-centric to blame Trump for some European hard right parties fading. Ludicrous infighting in the likes of the AfD and "liberal" politicians stealing their policies account for a lot of that. However Trump has created a useful orange sprayed boogeyman to run against. A wealthy, deceitful swamp draining, "populist" braggart, backed by billionaires who gets elected and then packs his cabinet with Goldman guys and industry lobbyists. Plots with Congress to take health cover away from his voters while pulling the plug on beloved eco pieties. He turns out to be both incapable of governing, mired in scandals and perhaps is being played by Russia. You couldn't invent a better tricksy demagogue gone wrong figure. The likes of Merkel can now smugly point at the chaotic polities in both the US and UK led by dummköpfe bumbling along with their fresh self inflicted wounds. Not that Merkel doesn't have a few self inflicted lacerations of her own but they're currently scabbed over. However is it just a last breathing space before the great fall?
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Make Trump Tweets Eight Again
On War Is Boring Donald Trump Is Building an Alliance of Oil States
Oilys V Greenys: a clash of civilisations. Well it's a theory. More likely Trump is just set on featherbedding his retirement while in office.
It's only fair. He's made the rest of us yell at our tvs too. I might have even been inspired to throw small objects.
If this doesn't make you yell at the tv, you aren't paying attention:
Video: Trump, lawyer give conflicting statements about Russia investigation
In the second half of the tape, Trump's lawyer wants it both ways. He says Trump isn't under investigation and then literally in the next breath, says that he is. I saw the whole interview on ABC this Sunday and it's incredible how willing these people are to say conflicting "facts", within just seconds of each other, with the expectation that we'll believe both versions at the same time.
One of the reasons given for voting against Hillary: she would be more likely to be confrontational in the Middle East.
Syrian warplane shot down by US-led coalition - CNN.com
Russia threatens to target U.S.-led coalition planes that fly over Syria
In Time President Trump Says He Has Higher Approval Ratings Than Obama. That’s Not True
He's just so needy for good ratings. Sad!
Russia Vows to Target U.S.-Backed Aircraft in Western Syria
In Popular Mechanics of all things . . .
The U.S. Shot Down a Syrian Plane. Russia Is Angry. Now What?
Russia threatens to retaliate against American planes. Could they?
Story: Otto Warmbier came home just in time to die
On The Hill Poll: Bush, Obama popular in retirement
Donald Trump: making George "Dubya" Bush great again.
Bush was about 900 days into to his Presidency last time he was that popular. It's easy to forget he was near up to 90% after 9-11 hit early in his Presidency. Took him till ~1,875 days to get to where Trump is now at ~150 days.
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'We're being called Trump militia. It's something I'm probably going to wear as a badge now'
CrabbedOne - have you ever seen anything comparing these militia wankers to the likes of the UDA?
They look a good deal healthier than N.I. paramilitaries who tend to be fat fuckers these days. Though the latter do actually still kill people occasionally rather than playing at soldiers out in the woods.
Their pasty-faced basement dwelling brethren in the alt-right have already graduated to the killing people phase, don't forget. How much longer before these outdoorsmen do the same?
According to this there's loads of them, scuttling about in the woods throughout the land, with their little badges sewn on.
Militia - III% Security Force
There've always been racially motivated killings stateside. A fringe is genuinely dangerous and it has grown. There were a few militia related killings in Obama's time. Unofficial US military opinion on the chance of there being serious civil trouble in the US is pretty elevated. I'd rate most of the militia people as harmless, law abiding "walts". The tricked out black rifles look scary but most of this running about in the woods stuff is basically bullshit.
Last UDA related killing was a month ago; those fuckers are still the real deal.
We don' need no stinkin' badges.
CrabbedOne - years ago I read a piece about Malachi O'Doherty, which argued that he was part of a generation that came up between 1962 and 1969, and thus grew up thinking that everything was going to be alright; it didn't work out like that, as you know. Which does suggest that the US is different, and won't actually follow the same path. Maybe.
Where have the TV press briefings gone?
The White House Press Briefing Is Slowly Dying
best bit: "'Asked why the briefings are now routinely held off-camera, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a text message “Sean got fatter,” and did not respond to a follow-up.'
50% of them will be touts for the gubbermint they profess to despise.
Belfast and Derry in Revolt: A New History of the Start of the Troubles without Paisley and a few dozen direct force headcases on both sides everything might have been sorted out with nothing more than the odd riot as it usually had been. The Troubles is a good example of unexpected fragility creeping up on people in a flawed democracy with outdated institutions. Which is what the US is. History looks inevitable when replayed as a narrative but often a few small events or a really big mouth do the shaping. How things might go if a raging Trump is impeached out of office is a worry.
I know - or I suppose it's a case of 'I used to know', really - an historian from Tiger's Bay who was fond of saying that 'nothing is inevitable in history'. Well maybe nothing is inevitable in history, but somethings are a damn sight more likely than others - when you operate in a flawed democracy with outdate institutions, for example, your operations are likely to be funnelled in negative directions. . .
And it's not like NI regarded its founding fathers as demi-Gods who could do no wrong, as the Americans appear to regard theirs.
God bless America!
Is this evidence of collusion
The unlikely has a way of happening and becoming the inevitable when we reimagine the past. The ludicrous Trump even running for President is an example. The disintegration of Lebanon, Iraq and Syria into civil wars were another series of nasty surprises for folk living there.
At least one of The Founders didn't expect The Constitution to last a decade. In reality it's been really heavily amended especially after the Reconstruction. I think they'd be astounded that it's still held in such reverence though last time GOP lawmakers insisted on reading it out in Congress like it was Scripture they had a skip a large section of it concerning slavery as it was a teensy bit embarrassing.
On The Daily Mash Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse revealed as 'Stupidity'
Fake news but strangely compelling.
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The understanding was that the Trump state visit would be this year, but as yet there's no date.
And there's a very good reason for no date being set. The White House is concerned there could be significant demonstrations and they could be embarrassing for both countries.
One possible protest being discussed was encouraging as many people as possible to bare their bottoms - 'Show your rump to Trump' - as he arrived.
Downing Street was understandably worried that a reception like that could be bad for US-UK relations.
On TSG Trouble in the Gulf Continues
Donald Trump: President irrelevant.
Ford to move production of Focus from Mexico to China
So after pressurising Ford not to build a new factory in Mexico they haven't. Well done, Donald. Oh, wait, what? China? hahahahahahahahah
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