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Messages - el jefe

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and they react to the thought of their guns being taken away as if people are talking about taking away their dicks

and of course no one is even talking about taking away their guns, but that's a whole other point
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Tell me good USAnians: What do you think your orange oaf of a president is going to do about it?

Child soldiers.

No, seriously. Lots of people have already proposed this idea.

Anyway, it's cool that yesterday there was a piece in WSJ or something about declining fertility rates and how people who study it have been trying to figure out why it's happening because this is really a mysterious puzzle and I'm like, lol, maybe we should actually do something about children who are already alive being shot to death at school while we're at it, if we're so fucking worried about a population bust HOW ABOUT THAT FOR A THOUGHT GUYS
the avoidable deaths of children may be tragic, but they are a small price to pay for having lots of awesome guns around
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
trump has done a lot of damage, but I think it's being overstated.  examples:

he didn't repeal obamacare, he just repealed the individual mandate.  the good things, like medicaid expansion and guaranteed issue, are intact.  scrapping the mandate may lead to the unraveling of obamacare, or it just may cause a bunch of temporary damage before the system ends up being salvaged or at least propped up.

he didn't end the iran deal, he just pulled the US out of it.  all the other countries are still party to it.  like repealing the mandate endangers obamacare, this endangers the iran deal,  but it might survive this shock and continue forward.  both the Iranians and the Europeans seem intent on keeping it going.  unilateral sanctions from the US won't affect that much.  now trump also threatened to sanction European companies who do business with them.  a lot will depend on whether trump makes good on the latter threat, and on whether the europeans, in turn, stand up to him and shield those companies.  iirc, the Europeans did so before with previous iran sanctions, and they don't like trump, so hopefully they'd show backbone again.

one area of total destruction to Obama's legacy is the scrapping of carbon regulations.  but in real-world effect, even that is mitigated by natural gas continuing to drive coal out of business, and photovoltaics being competititve now and continuing to get cheaper every year.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I had to check for a second whether this was the comic relief thread.
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the left is out of control with the demeaning language and condescension, and it's only going to drive people further right. smh.
I mean, you imply that this shit hasn't been driving people leftwards for years. Did wonders for me.

Biggest driver to the Left for me was Free Republic.
and your epiphany that one day that there was no reason not to spend money on public works to fight unemployment
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https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/05/17/troy-cile-precetaj-deported-albania/619066002/

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A mother with no criminal record was deported to Albania without being offered the opportunity to say goodbye to her three children or husband: The family was not officially notified of her removal.

Despite claims from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that it would notify the woman's family before removing her from the United States, her husband said that he did not learn that his wife was deported until 4 a.m. Thursday, when she called him from Germany telling him that she was en route to Albania with two ICE agents.

"My kids are devastated. They can't stop crying," Pete Gojcaj told the Free Press Thursday morning. "My children are traumatized ...

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Precetaj, 46, has been seeking asylum in the U.S. since 2000 and has no criminal record. She was spared deportation in 2014 by an executive order, but was arrested on April 26 during a routine monthly visit to the ICE office in Detroit.

Her three children, ages 8, 10, and 16, live with their father, Pete, a Yugoslavian immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years and owns a restaurant.

USA! USA! USA! :cheer:

Another Michigan story:

https://t.co/KePeYqqJAr

"It impacts the entire community, regardless of your status," said Angela Reyes, executive director of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, which is based in southwest Detroit. "We have Border Patrol sometimes sitting outside of our building and we have to go out and ask them to leave."

That is Damian's sister in law.
I respected her until the end of the post
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and then the republicans all shed a tear for the flag, and voted to impeach the AG for being mean to this brave defender of liberty
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538 comparing stats of mueller with other special prosecutor and independent counsel investigations.  pretty awesome chart of indictments and pleas / time

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-muellers-first-year-compares-to-watergate-iran-contra-and-whitewater/
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fair enough.  and yeah, engineers often have a remarkably sharp drop in IQ when you take them outside of their area of expertise.

the way I usually answer moon landing hoaxers is to explain how faking the moon landings would have been more impressive than just landing on the moon.
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she's not an idiot.

:unsure:
she really isn't.  but she does have the suburban white tendency to think in cartoon terms about things outside her bubble.  also, like Testy said, it is amazing how easy it is to get tricked by propaganda.  sometimes it's obvious.  but sometimes the deception is very subtle.
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a few weeks ago, a co-worker was expressing bewilderment and frustration that congress is "ignoring MS13".  I asked whether law enforcement was ignoring them, and we both googled a little, and it looked like, no, law enforcement is doing plenty about them.  but she still wished congress would get off their asses and do something about it.  I asked what she wanted congress to do.  ban murder?  I reminded her that congress makes laws, and all the things she was upset about MS13 doing were already illegal.  she thought about it and acknowledged that it was a pretty good point. she's not an idiot.  but until then I hadn't realized she was a foxbot.  yes you do care about this story.  you totally feel it was worth your time to read this dumb anecdote.  maybe I should keep going.  nah nevermind.
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For real, though, I honestly don't know if Glanzman hasn't adequately worked out the mechanism behind his hypothesis, or if my lack of knowledge concerning epigenetics, and the like, just makes it so I don't understand it. The evidence is the evidence, either way, but if Glanzman can't explain how things are supposed to work, according to his proposal, then I'm still prone to skepticism.
from my handwavey understanding of what epigenetics is, it already could be argued to constitute "memory", in a loose sense.  but that wouldn't be news, so I'm guessing they're saying more than that.  and I'll trust the people here who know something about it that it smells like baloney.
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it's really bizarre how slow it is all unraveling and how much it doesn't seem to matter.
yes to both
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"but after this, it's smooth sailing for the jews.  right?"

"ehh...  more or less."
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Here is a better analogy.  The "world" decides that a bit of land is now going to belong to a certain people but there are already people living there that have been there for centuries and Jesus Christ what is the point, this shit shouldn't need to be explained anymore
Well if you're talking about Israel/Palestine as a whole, yeah I sorta get it. If you're talking about what city I put my embassy in, I'm missing some of the nuance.
it's an implied recognition that jerusalem belongs to israel.  east jerusalem is disputed territory, where the Israeli elbowing-out of palestinians has been particularly aggressive.  now, the new embassy location will be in west jerusalem (eta: which, iirc, most people recognize as israeli).  however, coupled with israel's insistence that jerusalem be undivided (under their control), it amounts to us saying jerusalem is theirs.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Israel
and posing with their trophies for instragram
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a genealogist is reminding white xenophobes that they are all descended from immigrants.  but, since that is too tricky in the abstract, she is doing genealogies of specific people.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/387553-genealogist-trolls-tomi-lahren-over-comments-on-immigrants
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Israel
it has to be uncomfortable to be a Jewish journalist covering this.  probably feels like millions of people will read all kinds of things into it about your motives if you put a comma in the wrong place.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
where are you going with this?
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I'm reminded of Glenn Beck shilling for gold investing
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
the most important thing is whether you are loyal to the conservative tribe.  everything else is secondary to that.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
The questioning did continue.
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"Senator, the president has selected me to give him advice. I would not restart under any circumstances an interrogation program at CIA - under any circumstances," Haspel replied.

On the other hand:

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"But as I mentioned to Senator Warner, this country has had the opportunity to reflect, because we have some space. We're not fearing another attack, and we have deliberated about the standard we want to use in interrogations, and that is the Army Field Manual," Haspel added.
So if we were fearing another attack...
rand paul seems opposed

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/11/gina-haspel-cia-rand-paul-218358

with mccain opposed/out, and Manchin the only defector, that leaves her getting rejected 49-48, assuming everyone else votes party line.

promising for the moment.  though paul flip-flopped on pompeo.  and I'm not seeing other potential defections from the gop.  flake and corker inexplicably support her.  lindsey graham ignored his buddy mccain's dying wishes.  ...   and there are several democrats who might join Manchin in defecting.  Doug Jones and Heidi heitkamp come to mind.

but the vote count looks bad for haspel at the moment, so fingers crossed

eta:  correction, flake is undecided.  he is bothered, not necessarily by the torture itself, but by the destruction of the tapes.