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  #3065931 20-Apr-2023 09:41
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An "idiots guide" to current Trump investigations:

 

The Washington Post - The 5-Minute Fix (today)

 

Getting Trump’s investigations straight

 

 

1. Did Trump falsify business records to keep an alleged affair quiet during the 2016 election?

 

Who is investigating: The Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, who is a Democrat.

 

2. Did Trump try to overturn the presidential election results in Georgia?

 

Who is investigating: Another Democratic prosecutor, Fani Willis. She is a district attorney in Georgia.

 

3. Did Trump incite violence in the Jan. 6 attack ?

 

Who is investigating: The Justice Department, in the form of a special-counsel investigator named Jack Smith. A special counsel is a lawyer that the government appoints to investigate a case as independently as possible.

 

4. Did Trump illegally hide classified information at Mar-a-Lago?

 

Who is investigating: Also the federal government, also via Smith, the special counsel.

 





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  #3065945 20-Apr-2023 10:47
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A fool and his money are soon parted.

Sky: Donald Trump breaks silence on Instagram to promote his NFTs - but critics say the art is 'cringey'

...The surreal pieces of digital art depict the former president as George Washington, a chess piece and a lion wrangler... but not at the same time.

A total of 47,000 NFTs were made available and cost $99 (£80) each - and the collection sold out in under 24 hours.
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  #3065946 20-Apr-2023 10:48
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quickymart:A good post-settlement analysis: https://morningshots.thebulwark.com/p/no-apologies-for-foxs-costly-lies

 

This comment on the Bulwark article is worth a read:

 

Deutschmeister

 

It is hard for me to put my anger and frustration into words at the Fox/Dominion outcome. It feels like, yet again, the bastards won. What a colossal missed opportunity to begin a necessary cleaning of the sewer. By most accounts Fox was on the ropes, looking at an epic defeat and humiliation, to stretch out over time, in the eyes of the nation and the world. There was the prospect of real accountability for people who long have deserved it. And then, at 11:59:59, a reprieve. Suddenly it all goes away. We want to think that there will be lasting consequences for Fox, its executives, and its talking heads. We also know that most people have the attention span of a gnat and will forget about this by next week now that there is nothing more of substance to see.

 

Yes, Fox is paying a ginormous sum of money. But they will not miss it, as they recoup it over time. Yes, they are forced to admit that they made mistakes. But the acknowledgement of making “certain claims about Dominion [that were] false” is so watered down and generic that it makes 3.2 beer look like whiskey. Beyond those miniscule measures, what real consequences does Fox suffer? Who takes the fall for the errors? What sanctions do the on-air personalities face for knowingly and willingly spewing lies and manipulating their audience? In order: none (of significance), nobody (of importance), and nothing (at all). This is not a defeat for Fox. It is a momentary embarrassment, and the sanctions are a minor slap on the wrist. Likely all involved will merely be admonished with a modest order from above of “next time, be a little smarter.” What would happen to you or me if we engaged in similar behavior at our level? Yet again it appears that there is one set of rules that governs corporations and celebrities, and another, harsher set that the rest of us must face.

 

I can imagine the sound of champagne bottle corks popping at Fox at how little of substance they have to give up in order to get out from underneath this debacle of its own making. Good for them. Bad for the rest of us, who both face much more scrutiny and accountability in our daily lives and who continue to face the prospect of Fox being the Great Purveyor of Disinformation – next time just a little smarter about how to do it. Dominion looked out for its own bottom line and got what it wanted: a huge wad of cash and a soundbite that says that they were a victim. It is a business acting as a business. But I was hoping that they would see a civic duty in there somewhere and be the force that history books would cite as the one that finally broke open the cesspool and began to flush it out. It was a moment that was made for a patriot. Instead it has become about just another business defending its business interests, while another business will live to fight another day under its flawed business model and only a minor black eye to show for it. So much for change and optimism. Instead we rinse and repeat.





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So Trumplican's want a KING.

 

Guess the American Revolutionary War to rid them of a KING was a mistake. 

 

Benedict Arnold's reputation to be restored. 


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  #3065951 20-Apr-2023 11:16
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The media in the US is as polarized as the population.

 

The case Dominion has just won will make no difference to Joe Average's view of the political landscape or the media. Even if Murdoch and co had been forced to testify half the US media, the right, would not have even reported it.

 

 


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  #3066002 20-Apr-2023 11:38
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kingdragonfly:  Sky: Donald Trump breaks silence on Instagram to promote his NFTs - but critics say the art is 'cringey'

 


 


I find these NFTs much more interesting than the first lot.

 

At one level, they are just more tasteless garbage from the Orange Con Man. ("But their arrival has caused the value of NFTs from the first collection to fall sharply.")

 

At another level, they are fantastic (as in fantasy) self portraits of a Narccissist as he sees himself. They could quite literally be used to illustrate a psychiatric textbook on Narcissism.

 

 

 

EDIT:  image inspired by George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River

 

 





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  #3066004 20-Apr-2023 11:42
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@SJB:

 

The media in the US is as polarized as the population.

 

The case Dominion has just won will make no difference to Joe Average's view of the political landscape or the media. Even if Murdoch and co had been forced to testify half the US media, the right, would not have even reported it.

 

 

Dominion didn't win the case. They settled. They got money to let it go without consequences for Fox News.





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  #3066005 20-Apr-2023 11:43
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kingdragonfly:  Sky: Donald Trump breaks silence on Instagram to promote his NFTs - but critics say the art is 'cringey'

 


 


I find these NFTs much more interesting than the first lot.

 

At one level, they are just more tasteless garbage from the Orange Con Man. ("But their arrival has caused the value of NFTs from the first collection to fall sharply.")

 

At another level, they are fantastic (as in fantasy) self portraits of a Narccissist as he sees himself. They could quite literally be used to illustrate a psychiatric textbook on Narcissism.

 

 

And when he dies (because everyone does), his cult followers will be left with some very ugly mementos of their demented time on this planet.





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  #3066011 20-Apr-2023 12:00
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At another level, they are fantastic (as in fantasy) self portraits of a Narccissist as he sees himself. They could quite literally be used to illustrate a psychiatric textbook on Narcissism.

 

 

Does anyone else think the overlarge hand in this image is overcompensating?

 

 





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  #3066026 20-Apr-2023 12:37
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freitasm:

 

@SJB:

 

The media in the US is as polarized as the population.

 

The case Dominion has just won will make no difference to Joe Average's view of the political landscape or the media. Even if Murdoch and co had been forced to testify half the US media, the right, would not have even reported it.

 

 

Dominion didn't win the case. They settled. They got money to let it go without consequences for Fox News.

 

 

Agreed. But there were never likely to have been any consequences for Fox other than shelling out some cash. 


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  #3066040 20-Apr-2023 13:38
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Dominion didn't win the case. They settled. They got money to let it go without consequences for Fox News.


They're lawyers looking out for the best interest of the company.

While they're some heroic lawyer looking to protect future democracy, and society, most are short-sighted.

Still they're making easier to knock over other targets, hopefully from Trump to "MyPillow" Mike Lindell

In a perfect world, the client would have had more guts, courage.


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  #3066046 20-Apr-2023 13:54
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I have hope (don't know if it is realistic) that the outrage over the Fox settlement may influence the cases to come. Someone may just make the courageous judgement that principle matters more than money. Who knows? Miracles do sometimes happen. 

 

 





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  #3066053 20-Apr-2023 14:17
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Apparently Trump is promising to have dinner with anyone who buys all 47 of his NFT collection at US$99 each.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-rages-media-digital-trading-card-release-1234717101/amp/

Based on previous promises dinner will never happen. Trump also claims he's a super nice guy selling for only $99 each.

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Rikkitic:

 

I have hope (don't know if it is realistic) that the outrage over the Fox settlement may influence the cases to come. Someone may just make the courageous judgement that principle matters more than money. Who knows? Miracles do sometimes happen. 

 

 

If we're lucky, Smartmatic won't simply settle, even if Fox offers all the money in the world, and they will insist on a trial. 


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