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  # 2103437 8-Oct-2018 16:25
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A problem for conservatives:

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/410301-powell-its-now-me-the-president-instead-of-we-the-people?

 

Do the right thing, and many conservatives will hate you for "betraying" Trump.

 

Problem is that many liberals will still hate him, as they think he's an irredeemable war criminal responsible for the illegal invasion of Iraq.


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  # 2103514 8-Oct-2018 19:00
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Washington Post - Opinions - We need to stay angry about Kavanaugh

 

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The Supreme Court’s legitimacy is in tatters. Conservative forces in the country, led by the Republican Party, have completed a judicial coup, decades in the making.

 

Republicans rushed through Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to avoid the possible consequences of an election.

 

They aborted a full investigation because they feared what it might find.

 

They made themselves complicit in a presidential attack on Christine Blasey Ford, a brave woman who asked only that her case against Kavanaugh be taken seriously. ...

 

In the process, the White House turned the FBI investigation of Ford’s claims and Kavanaugh’s (questionable) credibility into a whitewash. ...

 

A generations-long conservative majority on the court has been cemented in place by a political minority.

 

Kavanaugh was named by a president who won 46 percent of the popular vote and confirmed by senators representing 44 percent of the population.

 

When you lack a majority, controlling the branch of government not subject to the voters is vital to working your will.

 

Democracy is all that opponents of the coup have left. In next month’s elections, the party responsible for this travesty must be punished.

 

The idea that “both parties are equally to blame” is an unadulterated falsehood.

 

 

 

 





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  # 2104041 9-Oct-2018 17:33
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It's no secret that Trump and his cronies are trying to destroy the Environmental Protection Agncy to make a few more dollars for the uber-rich.

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Here's an article in ARS Technica

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/meh-its-just-a-little-radiation-epa-may-alter-rules-on-exposure/

"CANCER-SMANCER —
A little radiation may be good for you, EPA witness argues for rule change

A vaguely worded proposal could change regulations for low-dose exposures.

"Calabrese is the lead witness in today’s Senate hearing on the EPA’s proposal. Though his early research focused on pollutants, he is best known as a long-standing critic of the widely accepted methods for modeling cancer-causing effects of radiation exposure. Specifically, he has railed against the federal agency’s reliance on the linear nonthreshold (LNT) model, which essentially backs the idea that there’s no safe or risk-free level of radiation exposure.

...The Environmental Protection Agency appears to be moving forward with Calabrese’s take on things, however. The AP reports that an EPA website on guidelines for radiation effects read as recently as March that: “Current science suggests there is some cancer risk from any exposure to radiation.”

Whereas, now the site has been edited to read: “According to radiation safety experts, radiation exposures of 5–10 rem (5,000–10,000 millirem or 50–100 millisieverts) usually result in no harmful health effects, because radiation below these levels is a minor contributor to our overall cancer risk.”

In a 2016 interview with The Breakthrough Institute, a California-based think tank, Calabrese laid out his vision for what such a regulatory shift could mean, saying:

"Getting rid of regulations based on the LNT theory would result in an increase in the acceptable dosage by at least several hundred fold. And that would have a huge impact. This would have a positive effect on human health as well as save billions and billions and billions of dollars. The regulatory agencies are kind of a cult, but they don’t know they’re part of a cult."

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  # 2104066 9-Oct-2018 18:29
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The LNT hypothesis is replaced with the WWKYMYS hypothesis (what won't kill you makes you stronger).

 

It's a remarkable coincidence (not) that this breakthrough in (pseudo-)science is good for business.

 

 


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  # 2104071 9-Oct-2018 18:38
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Lie Witness News - Christopher Columbus Supreme Court Edition

"Columbus is one of the historical figures we learn the most about in elementary school.

There's a lot going on in the country now, so we decided to combine two of the big stories.

We went on the street and asked people what they thought about Trump's decision to put Christopher Columbus on the Supreme Court.

Christopher Columbus has been dead for about 500 years, but did that stop people from having opinions on whether or not he should serve on the highest court in the land?

Of course not."


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  # 2104104 9-Oct-2018 19:58
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CNS News - Extra! Extra! 'Devil's Triangle' is a Drinking Game, Confirm Kavanaugh's Classmates

 


For "Devil's Triangle," Kavanaugh explained that it is a drinking game involving three glasses, placed on a table like a triangle.
One person tries to bounce a quarter into one of the cups and if it goes in, whoever is sitting closest to that cup has to drink the beer inside it.

 

 

 

The Urban Dictionary offers another explanation ...





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  # 2104143 9-Oct-2018 21:24
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Just posting this because Trump still likes her 75% as much as he did a few days ago. 
Oh wait - he like her 25% less.

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2104220 10-Oct-2018 07:58
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I'm on the fence about that. I mean, sure good on her, but honestly I think we already have enough public opinion shaped by celebrities to know it's not necessarily something we should encourage. Jenny McCarthy was good at having her photo taken, but that doesn't mean I want her advice on vaccination. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fabulous actress, but that doesn't mean I want her advice on how to get better using biohealing stickers. Donald Trump is an amazing con artist, but that doesn't mean I would want him running my country. And I might personally agree with Taylor Swift, but I bet I'd hate what Kanye West had to say about practically anything.

 

This business of taking life advice on unrelated matters from people just because they had a happy little accident that lead to them becoming famous is a huge part of the problem.





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  # 2105848 10-Oct-2018 19:26
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This is one of several current Kavanaugh cartoons using the same shredder metaphor.





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  # 2106065 11-Oct-2018 09:29
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SaltyNZ:

 

I'm on the fence about that. I mean, sure good on her, but honestly I think we already have enough public opinion shaped by celebrities to know it's not necessarily something we should encourage. Jenny McCarthy was good at having her photo taken, but that doesn't mean I want her advice on vaccination. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fabulous actress, but that doesn't mean I want her advice on how to get better using biohealing stickers. Donald Trump is an amazing con artist, but that doesn't mean I would want him running my country. And I might personally agree with Taylor Swift, but I bet I'd hate what Kanye West had to say about practically anything.

 

This business of taking life advice on unrelated matters from people just because they had a happy little accident that lead to them becoming famous is a huge part of the problem.

 

 

I agree - but this is perfect IMO.

 

Despite never speaking of, you know, "politics" she was the darling of the alt-right, presumed to be on their side despite saying nothing at all political.  A damned fine example of a good white girl, role model, extremely popular with the demographic (regional / socioeconomic) that voted Trump.

 

The morons are spewing on alt-right forums.  This was a severe blow to the heart.  They believed she was one of them.

 

So quite a big difference from performers who've spoken out in exactly the manner you'd expect.


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  # 2106088 11-Oct-2018 10:03
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I think a lot of it has to do with her appearance. I'm sure she was the sexual fantasy of a lot of incels. No wonder they feel outraged. She is my hero. I think she timed it perfectly.

 

 





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  # 2106297 11-Oct-2018 14:49
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If Trump takes credit for the economic boom, does he take blame for the stock market crash?

 

Nope, he says it is all the fault of the 'crazy' fed.

 

 





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  # 2106400 11-Oct-2018 16:50
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Rikkitic:

 

If Trump takes credit for the economic boom, does he take blame for the stock market crash?

 

Nope, he says it is all the fault of the 'crazy' fed.

 

 

Trump inherited US$440 million from his father, but still managed to go bankrupt 6 times.  Should we listen to him?

 

 


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  # 2106419 11-Oct-2018 17:40
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Politico - Trump, no longer ratings gold, loses his prime-time spot on Fox News

 


In a crucial period with the midterms less than a month away, some in the White House are worried that the president is losing a megaphone to his base.

 

As he’s ramped up his rally schedule ahead of the midterms, viewership numbers for the raucous prime-time events have been roughly similar to - sometimes dipping below - Fox News’ regular programming, and the network has recently stopped airing most evening events in full. ...

 

A source close to Trump described the declining coverage as a “huge loss on the state and local level for Republicans because they’re certainly not going to get any of that on other cable networks.”

 

“If they stop taking them completely, that might create a problem,” this person said. “Trump is a massive consumer of the media, so he may be disappointed.” ...

 

 

 

Little Donald just hates being ignored ...





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  # 2106423 11-Oct-2018 18:04
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Trump's approval rating remains unchanged - or trending slightly higher (Gallup and RCP poll of polls has him at 43%).

 

I'd have thought...  But nah...  Many people love the idiot.


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