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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
John Kelly is fucking scary. He is not the "adult in the room" unless that's your way of describing authoritarian assholes.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Also W is stumping for Gillespie even amid all of the immigrants are going to rape our Aryan children rhetoric so fuck him.
This is why we test things on animals and take 10 years to reach the point where something can be used on people. I know no one likes hearing about it, but there you go.

The Trump administration is planning an increase in federal immigration jails across the country for the thousands of additional undocumented immigrants its agents are arresting.

In recent weeks, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has put out requests to identify privately-run jail sites in Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, Salt Lake City and southern Texas, according to notices published on a federal contracting website. It did not publicly announce its plans to house 4,000 more detainees at the facilities.

The detention expansion would represent the latest step in President Trump's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. From Jan. 22 through Sept. 9, the agency arrested 97,482 people suspected of being in the country illegally, a 43% increase over the same time period in 2016 under President Barack Obama, according to the latest ICE figures.

During the same span, ICE arrested 28,011 undocumented immigrants without a criminal record, a 179% increase from the same period in 2016, when the Obama administration mainly went after those who committed serious offenses.

Politics and Current Events / Re: Comic relief thread
my god do you ever fucking google anything man
okay, cut out the middle steps and skip straight to my last recommendation!

Universities shouldn't be forced to spend an entire department's annual budget to provide security so a Nazi can come speak on campus. Nobody gains a single thing from that.
Huh. Is that really an entire annual department budget? Especially at a large state school like UF (according to wiki, enrollment 52k)?

for small departments, sure

you've already got a death spiral in academia with more and more poorly paid adjuncts and fewer full time professor positions. and TA's paid a tiny amount and struggling to get by. but nope can't spend money on actual educational value, need to have a Nazi on campus instead!

The school I worked at was much bigger, and two combined language departments had an annual budget just shy of $1.1 million a few years ago, but that included heavy spending on decent benefits won by lots of union agitation. Humanities departments are very cheap. A single piece of equipment in a physics lab could cost more than that entire budget.
The university is paying this much to protect its students and its property, not just the speaker.

Golly, it's almost as if all of this shit is a disingenuous attack on universities.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Comic relief thread
I bet this is the staffer that liked the porn tweet:

Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
oh my god I honest to christ really really really hate this piece of shit:

U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that "he knew what he signed up for ...but when it happens it hurts anyway," when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens.

"Yes, he said it," Wilson said. "It's so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."

The president called about 4:45 p.m. and spoke to Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, for about five minutes. She is a mother to Johnson's surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. The conversation happened before Johnson's remains arrived in a commercial Delta Airlines flight at Miami International Airport.

eta the internet saves the day once again

A preview of what's to come if these pieces of shit get more justices on the Supreme Court:

The ACLU brought suit on Friday on behalf of the 17-year-old in the Brownsville shelter, contending HHS has barred the girl, now about 14 weeks pregnant, from getting the abortion even though she got a judge's permission to have it without parental consent and has obtained the money to pay for it. Abortions after 20 weeks are illegal under Texas law.

The girl, identified in court papers only as Jane Doe, obtained a judge's permission on Sept. 25 and had an initial abortion appointment scheduled for Sept. 28, at the end of her first trimester, Amiri said.

But officials at the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of HHS, refused to transport her to her abortion appointment, instead taking her to a crisis pregnancy center, and calling her mother in her home country to tell her about the pregnancy, according to the ACLU suit and Amiri.

"What's especially disturbing for us about this case, is that the child is in the custody of ORR [the Office of Refugee Resettlement], so she has no other choice, and she is stuck in a form of custody or detention," said Michelle Brane of the Women's Refugee Commission.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Comic relief thread

I stand for the national anthem but rub the flag into the ground with my dumb ass.
Arts and Entertainment / Re: Harvey Weinstein
Intimidation via legal threats is part of it. So is the power someone like that can have over so many people's careers and livelihoods.

But also it's kind of hard to stealthily record someone when they catch you off guard. I mean, if you had any idea you'd be having to record someone, well, then maybe you'd have enough warning signs that make it possible for you to get out or avoid the situation in the first place. You don't walk into a meeting thinking, "Hmm, this dude might try to rape me so maybe I need to get on Facebook live just in case." If you suspect that might happen, you just don't fucking go. And I can't imagine being in panic mode trapped with a piece of shit like that and thinking "oh shit I better get my phone out!". To catch the gropers, you'd also have to be recording every minute you're out among other people.

But don't forget to thank the reasonable, thoughtful, intellectual men who always - for the sake of argument, you see - helpfully remind everyone that we need to be cautious about accusations because there are crazy bitches out there who make shit up just to ruin a poor man's life. And don't forget the thoughtful men who are so very deeply concerned that things will go so far that even shaking a woman's hand will land with them going to court over sexual harassment and they're just saying that they're already deathly terrified of having any professional meetings with women or even flirting with a woman at a bar. Because the feminists will crucify them!

You may think you're making a point but what you're telling everyone else is to not bother saying anything because even reasonable people will litigate your accusation to death, and when it's he said/she said, there will always be enough people around who think it's better to err on the side of "not ruining a man's life." So unless you have physical evidence, it is literally pointless unless there are dozens of other people like you saying the same thing happened to them. Even then, you can still get elected President of the United States or end up getting away with it like Cosby or end up being "rehabilitated" and make your way back like O'Reilly. Looking at all of that, why would a single person stick their neck out to say something? It accomplishes basically nothing.
TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Raccoon thread
I want a pet raccoon but it's professionally irresponsible of me to even encourage it. Thanks a lot, Baylisascaris, you bitch.
seriously you could get much more for the pee tape alone
TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Rodents
I'm disappointed Pizza Rat isn't in this thread.
TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Rodents
Look at this cute little squirrely friend I saw at school:

Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
These are not activities that make sense in the context of a party that is concerned about a return to normalcy and which wants to just get to the business of governing.

Yeah, the reality is that there isn't going to fucking be some magical return to normalcy. You can't violate norms every single day and expect things to suddenly go back to the way they were. And it's not just Trump. McConnell's been shitting on Senate norms since before Trump was in power, and there is basically no incentive to stop.

"But it's not going to work for them! The voters won't stand for it!". idk looks like it's worked pretty motherfucking well so far, huh

You are really overestimating how much these people want to govern.

They don't know how to govern anymore. Governing is basically impossible. And the "my team rules and urs sux" mentality of voters means that literally nothing matters except getting your base all agitated over culture war bullshit whenever you need a boost.

People were marveling at the sudden and dramatic shift in opinions on the NFL based on party. What's there to marvel at? It's just people taking cues from their team leaders. It barely matters what the actual fucking substance of the issue in question is. People get the signal that X is now bad, and that's all it takes for them to get in line.

This Trump bullshit is not just some random nightmare of an aberration that we're going to suddenly wake up from as a country as soon as he's out of office. Our politics is fundamentally dysfunctional, and these shitbags are doing very real, lasting damage to our institutions.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
yes, the republicans will govern, that thing that they're really good at
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
actually i think it's a good time for men to basically shut up about everything for like a day or two, at least
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
nah more like how cute it was basically a year ago when they were so totally absolutely done with that disgusting sack of shit after the apprentice tape was released and how they've been totally absolutely done with him like a dozen times since then
Politics and Current Events / Re: Comic relief thread
the little joys you find here and there are the only things that make this nightmarish hellscape bearable

Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
between the pile-on of trump by prominent republicans and conservatives, and the flurry of not-for-attribution press reports ringing new alarms about trump's mental state, guapo says the gop establishment and conservative movement have finally reached a tipping point on trump.

lol how cute