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I hope McCain gets better because he really needs to go fuck himself, and it's hard to do that when you're not well.

What better example of his legacy than a bunch of lovely, thoughtful, principled words that directly contradict his own actions.
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I'm sure the campus free speech warriors are dusting off their katanas right now :

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So glad we can all now share the experience of living in a dying democracy.   :hug:
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looking forward to the Testy hit, "Bring a Box for your Teeth"

This needs to exist. The world needs this, Testy. Please.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Poland
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
This stupid motherfucker:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/22/trump-denounces-illegal-leaks-in-new-accounts-of-his-campaigns-contact-with-russia/

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Shortly after his tweet storm, which started just after 6:30 a.m. and lasted nearly two hours, Trump flew to Norfolk, where he injected a small dose of partisan politics into the ceremonial commissioning of a new naval warship.

Speaking aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, Trump extolled the virtues of the "wonderful, beautiful but very, very powerful" nuclear-powered warship -- "We will win, win, win," he said, "we will never lose" -- but also decried the budget compromise known as sequestration, which requires mandatory and corresponding military and domestic cuts.

Trump promised to try to restore higher levels of military funding but also urged the crowd of about 6,500 -- many in uniform -- to help him push this year's budget, in which he said he will seek an additional $54 billion in defense spending, through Congress.

"I don't mind getting a little hand, so call that congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it," he said, to applause. "And by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure you get health care."

But Trump's brief appeal created a potentially awkward tableau at a commissioning event intended to be ceremonial -- a commander in chief offering political remarks, and what could even be construed as an order, to the naval officers he commands.
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Those photos are awesome, but the one you posted is the best of the bunch. :mason:
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This is not as good as the Alex Jones as Bon Iver song, but:

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Politics and Current Events / Poland
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/polands-long-march-toward-democracy-is-threatened-by-quick-steps-away-from-it/2017/07/22/45a6b976-6e46-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html

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The erosion of the rule of law also raises difficult questions for the European Union, which once saw Polish democracy and prosperity as its biggest success after the 2004 expansion that encompassed much of Eastern Europe. Now, E.U. leaders are threatening to suspend Poland's voting rights in decisions of the bloc, though they may be thwarted by the veto of Hungary's leader, Viktor Orban, another post-communist prime minister who has centralized power in defiance of democratic norms.

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The U.S. State Department sounded an alarm about the measure, which would cast out all current justices of the Supreme Court, except those handpicked by the governing party's justice minister. But Trump's visit was tacit support for Law and Justice leaders, said Michal Kobosko, director of the Atlantic Council's Warsaw Global Forum, and "encouraged them to move forward with their offensive against the courts." Another measure would dissolve the independent body that selects judges. And the Constitutional Tribunal, the authority capable of invalidating the legislation, has been filled with government loyalists.

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Gersdorf said the judiciary is the last independent institution protecting citizens from an authoritarian state whose aim, she said, is removing legal obstacles to interference in elections. The government has already clamped down on public media and restricted democratic assembly

"The last barrier is the Supreme Court," she said in an interview. "This change would undo our democratic system based on the independence of the courts. Each citizen has to know that a judge won't fall in front of political power."

According to Law and Justice, however, the courts are riddled with corruption, a product of lingering communist influence. The charge, said Jan Gross, a Polish-born professor of Eastern European history at Princeton University, is "total nonsense." He called the proposed changes "an indigenous assault on democracy and decency."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/polands-senators-approve-contentious-court-overhaul/2017/07/21/cc2bb548-6e76-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html

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Polish democracy icon and former president Lech Walesa on Saturday joined the protests that have broken out across Poland over plans by the populist ruling party to put the Supreme Court and the rest of the judicial system under the party's political control.

The European Union and many international legal experts say the changes would mark a dramatic reversal for a country hailed as a model of democratic transition over the past quarter century, and move Poland closer toward authoritarianism.

The ruling Law and Justice party defends the changes as reforms to a justice system that party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski says was never purged of former communists after that system collapsed in 1989. The claim is rejected by critics.

Walesa addressed protesters in Gdansk, his home city, where he led strikes in the 1980s against the then-communist regime that eventually toppled the government and ushered in democracy.

The 73-year-old Walesa recalled those democratic changes, saying that the separation of powers into the legislative, executive and judicial branches was the most important achievement of his Solidarity movement.

"You must use all means to take back what we achieved for you," he told a crowd that included young Poles. The 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner also said he would always support their struggle, words that appeared to rule out any leadership role for him in the protests.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/olacichowlas/this-is-why-polish-people-are-protesting-to-defend-their

Of course, state TV is rabble-rousing:



Poznan tonight:

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jill stein go fuck yourself pls thx
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We are already in a crisis, though you can argue about what exactly a constitutional crisis is and blahblahblah. It may be hard to see right now but Trump and his cronies' actions have already seriously damaged our institutions and rule of law. This administration has been a destabilizing force, and it's infecting other countries, as well. This moron basically gave the green light to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to fuck with Qatar (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/uae-hacked-qatari-government-sites-sparking-regional-upheaval-according-to-us-intelligence-officials/2017/07/16/00c46e54-698f-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html) and gave Poland a thumb's up in response to its move to become as much of a garbage country as we're becoming (http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-trump-set-poland-on-the-path-to-dictatorship) .

Rick Wilson may be an asshole, but he's right that everything Trump touches turns to absolute shit, and he's got his tiny little grubby motherfucking fingers touching just about everything on earth. He may be an incompetent idiot but incompetent idiots can cause even more damage than smart bastards.

Like seriously come the fuck on, the President of the United States and his family and members of his former campaign and administration are all being investigated by a special prosecutor that had to be assigned because the president fired the FBI director for not being loyal enough and not burying the story, and there's already a pile of damning evidence that they knowingly and actively worked with foreign intelligence services, but this is not a crisis? What the fuck does it take for this insanity to become a crisis?
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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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https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/brexit-could-have-a-catastrophic-effect-on-vital-drug

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A hard Brexit could harm patients by causing shipments of vital drugs to be delayed at borders, slow the introduction of new medicines to Britain, and make Britain a less attractive place to do clinical research, industry bodies have told BuzzFeed News.

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations warned that if Britain leaves the European Medicines Agency, the body that regulates medicines and pharmaceuticals in European Union countries, it could "endanger patient health".

A spokesperson for the EFPIA told BuzzFeed News that it is of "paramount importance" that the UK remains subject to the EMA, or signs a deal achieving "continuity".

:woop:

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Another risk is that if UK regulation starts to diverge from EU regulation, it could negatively affect research into new drugs, and British research more widely, said Thompson.

"The UK runs about 25% to 30% of all clinical trials held in the EU," she said - a very large figure given that the country only accounts for about 10% of the EU's total population. About 40% of those trials involve cross-border collaboration, meaning that data is taken from other member states, which is especially important in research on rare diseases where there isn't a large enough population of sufferers in any single country.

At the moment, she said, it's relatively easy to run a clinical trial across several EU member states under EU regulations. From 2019 a new law, the Clinical Trial Regulation, will come in, making it even easier. If the UK is no longer part of that regulatory framework, "there's a risk we'll become a less attractive place for doing research."

The same regulatory framework also governs the sharing of personal data between states. "At the moment researchers are able to transfer data between states," she added. "Because so many projects are collaborative, and because data is the currency of science, this free flow is important for how science works," she said, referring not just to clinical trials of new drugs, but to public-health research examining the impact of various environmental factors on health.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
That's the thing---wouldn't he make more money as a hedge fund manager? Maybe he sees a future career in politics in the tea leaves.

This admin is all about stealing from the public. Might not be as much money as being a Wall Street worthless leech but it's a fun change of pace!
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http://gothamist.com/2017/07/21/ice_cream_truck_noise_nyc.php

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Mackenzie, who asked that we withhold her last name for fear that she be pigeonholed as an entitled white lady whining about her new neighborhood, bought an apartment near Central Park in the spring. "This is generally a really quiet, serene block," she wrote in an email to Gothamist. However, "The arrival of an ice cream truck in May has totally [ruined] this quiet."

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To make matters worse, according to Mackenzie, "No one seems to be willing to do anything." The first time this happened, she recalls, "I went down and said to him, 'Would you mind turning off the music?' He looked at me and he was like, 'What are you talking about?'"

She continued, "I said, 'It's illegal for you to have your music on anyway, so could you please turn it off?"

His response: "Fuck off."

lmbo what did she expect?

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Since then, Mackenzie has branched out, calling 311 and her local precinct repeatedly, and emailing the Mayor's Office, ice cream truck owners, and the office of Rep. Adriano Espaillat. The responses, where there have been responses, have left something to be desired. "3 different officers at local precinct have told me they do not have time for this," Mackenzie wrote to Gothamist. And one 311 request came back with this message:

    Your Service Request was closed.

    The Police Department responded to the complaint and determined that police action was not necessary.

    BUSINESS AS USUAL

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"They moved to Harlem, and that's what the fuck happens in Harlem," said Carolyn Graham, 55, who was out catching the breeze on a St. Nicholas Avenue corner, and had not yet been told that the complainer in question was new to the neighborhood. "They need to go somewhere else if they don't like it."

[...]

Shaking her head, she ascribed the complaint to people who "wanna come here and change the way people live."

"Now they're trying to call it SoHo, NoHo, NoHa--"

"SoHa," I suggested.

"Fuck SoHa!" Graham yelled. Turning to a group of neighbors gathered on a nearby stoop, she called over, "You're not going to believe the dumb shit people are complaining about!"

i <3 ny

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Anticipating this type of response in an earlier phone conversation, Mackenzie noted that she is from New York City, having grown up on the Upper West Side

That explains everything.
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Anyway it's cool that Exxon being fined $20 million for violating the sanctions against Russia while Tillerson was in charge was just a tiny little blip in the news cycle. Tillerson, the guy who's supposed to be keeping an eye on Trump wrt Russia.

lol we're doomed
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So how long until he tries to fire Mueller?

can it be before classes start bc I'm going to need to focus

eta, some quotes for those who can't read it:
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Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump's lawyers have been discussing the president's pardoning powers among themselves.

Trump's legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller's investigation.

"This is not in the context of, 'I can't wait to pardon myself,'‚ÄČ" a close adviser said.

lol

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Trump has been fuming about the probe in recent weeks as he has been informed about the legal questions that he and his family could face. His primary frustration centers on why allegations that his campaign coordinated with Russia should spread into scrutinizing many years of Trump dealmaking. He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.

There's nothing to see in those returns which he's totally going to release after the election, buh-lieve me.
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I don't think ACLU is exaggerating, but I'd say it's a safe bet most of them have no fucking clue what the bill says or that the bills it references for the punishment section have such harsh punishments. Because these people don't fucking read anything and rely on staffers to notice things.
when you say "them" do you mean the alcu or senators?

Senators. The lol worthy one is the guy who co-authored the bill not knowing what's in it.
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I don't think ACLU is exaggerating, but I'd say it's a safe bet most of them have no fucking clue what the bill says or that the bills it references for the punishment section have such harsh punishments. Because these people don't fucking read anything and rely on staffers to notice things.