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Messages - Testy Calibrate

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Politics and Current Events / The Kush Thread
I heard his statement on the radio today and it's time for his own thread. It'll fill. Don't worry.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Poland
It feels like this global situation is more connected than a constitutional crisis in the US and others elsewhere.
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Oh yeah
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
Pleasure in foraging
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like, I think it would be quality if testy would write songs based on various TR posters' meltdowns
We don't have good meltdowns any more. Where have all the meltdowns gone, long time passing?
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More on Manafort and the money laundering investigation:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort-idUSKBN1A70F8


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Former Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating Manafort's real estate dealings before he was fired by Trump in March, and Mueller has now assumed control of that investigation, one of the sources said.

     Bharara was not available for comment on his investigation on Friday.

lol. way to double the resources being thrown at the investigation.
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Bye bye Spicy.

Rollin Rollin Rollin

I though about putting Spicer here, but I think that's completely unrelated to the OP. 
That may be because the OP is so galactically stupid as well as that Spicy wasn't sacrificed on an altar. I hope he goes on to make tons of money, right?
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Eta. Oops. I thought it was a different article.  This one is pretty stupid in some ways although I don't see it as stupid because of the Russia position.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-breathtaking-surrender-to-russia/2017/07/20/bde94e10-6d6c-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.29a8953a42f9
This:
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If this is what Trump's version of "winning" looks like, what might further victory entail?
Is how the east coast elite say #winning

That's a very stupid article though - they seem to want a return to an anti Russian stance based on the premise that Russia = communism - things have moved on considerably. Russia politically now is much closer to the same political layer that Trump represents - a bunch of ultra right thugs and gangsters. It's no surprise he has more common ground with them, as do people like Le Pen and Wilders and 'populists' (ie neofascists) the world over - this is a new world order emerging. Trying to drum up the old cold war anti Russian rhetoric is just a backwards step and if anything feeds the backwardness.
Hmm. I didn't take the Russia stance as the big takeaway. Maybe I'm tuned into the failure of neoliberalism as a philosophical lens and so pick it out as a main idea when it is really secondary. Anyway, as an opinion piece, it suffers the normal flaws of its format, but I didn't read it as remarkably stupid.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
We're all doomed
Certainly the editorial section of newspapers like WaPo are anti-Trump, but i think the news sections are mainly just enjoying a fantastic convergence of what sells and what's in need in journalistic scrutiny.  They may miss Trump if he is forced out of public life.

The author may have a point on ideological conformity of major newspapers, though that seems like something that would also be a problem under President Clinton or President Jeb!
I think that can be true and the author may have made a valid point simultaneously.
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I feel a constitutional crisis coming on
Only now?
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I'll believe it about Rubio if he actually follows through when Trump inevitably fires Mueller.
Buy guns and ammo
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Does this mean I have to give up La Croix and use Soda Stream?
My life would be significantly poorer if I had to give up la Croix.
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lol, apparently several states have already passed laws criminalizing this over the last couple years.  wtf
Source?
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Oh yeah, you have that chronic weed habit, and probably CTE from your boxing.
I have often wondered about the cte thing. I didn't box pro or semi though. All my division matches were wearing headgear. I did take some hard blows to the head even so.
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Speaking as a man, I totally missed that part of the story.
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Probably.
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Lol. One thing about being old enough to remember that is that the memory card is degrading enough to forget.
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no article has made me dislike basic income more than this and it is all down to how matthews frames the benefits:

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Other than that, the bulk of the decline seems attributable to longer spells of unemployment, as people used money from the negative income tax to fund longer searches for jobs. That's a good thing: Research from Stanford's Raj Chetty has found that longer job searches improve matching between candidates and jobs, increasing economic efficiency.

yes, matthews, that's what's good about not having to take the first shitty job offered because you're desperate.

it just seems obvious to me that reducing the amount of work people are made to do in order to survive is one of the primary benefits of the system, but they have to defend it by saying "oh no, if you do it 'right' people will still spend many hours enriching their capitalist overlords!" it really is true that there are different kinds of basic income, and not all of them are progressive. like he keeps going on about "losing the meaning people get from work" do you really think the work most people do to survive is "meaningful" you moron?
I get your point, but I try not to hold opinions like this too much against writers. I like to optimistically think they are just trying to point out the benefits to the oligarchs running things so we plebes can get a little more scraps.
That actually makes sense.
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Driving me crazy. Who is the one on the right?