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  # 2245591 25-May-2019 22:06
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Having this guy on earth drawing oxygen is a collective stain upon humanity.


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  # 2245748 26-May-2019 02:51
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Judge blocks $1 billion in funding for Trumps Wall.

 

 

 

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/judge-blocks-dollar1-billion-in-funding-for-president-trumps-border-wall/ar-AABTJHl

 

There's another 3.6 billion but Judge won't rule on that yet as the administration has not identified a final plan to use those funds.

 

The 1 billion dollars was going to be diverted from military accounts including pay and pension funds.

 

Looks like declaring a fake emergency to get around congress isn't going to work.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2245755 26-May-2019 06:49
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It just stuns me that this amoral lunatic can get so many people to debase themselves in his name. Doesn't seem we will ever learn from the history of the rise of despots. 

 

And then there is the revered Constitution that has revealed itself full of holes thus letting this prick survive. 

 

America, the emperor has no clothes. Wake up, for the sake of all of us.


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  # 2245771 26-May-2019 09:03
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linw:

 

It just stuns me that this amoral lunatic can get so many people to debase themselves in his name. Doesn't seem we will ever learn from the history of the rise of despots. 

 

And then there is the revered Constitution that has revealed itself full of holes thus letting this prick survive. 

 

America, the emperor has no clothes. Wake up, for the sake of all of us.

 

 

It's time to re-post this one ...

 





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  # 2245813 26-May-2019 11:41
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https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/19/donald-trump-and-the-stress-test-of-liberal-democracy

Donald Trump and the Stress Test of Liberal Democracy

Resistance must take the form of the affirmation of the values and institutions that the President has scorned and threatened.

Minute by minute, the wheels are coming off the clown car that is the Trump Administration. The circus animals are deserting, wriggling through every available window and door. Last week, it was the chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, who had countenanced the President’s falsehoods and flights of bigotry but who finally took a stand on the question of steel and aluminum tariffs. Still others—the Secretary of State, the national-security adviser, the chief of staff, the Chief Daughter, and the Feckless Son-in-Law—are surely imagining either their own retirement from government service or multi-part indictments. Meanwhile, Robert Mueller’s investigation grows increasingly ominous for the President. Also, porn stars.

But the spectacle on Pennsylvania Avenue diverts attention from an arguably more consequential matter; namely, who now speaks for the values and the institutions of a liberal democratic country? Donald Trump did not ignite but merely joined a miserable, destabilizing trend of illiberalism that has been under way for years in Russia, Turkey, China, India, Southeast Asia, and Western, Eastern, and Central Europe. In France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, far-right parties and factions have not yet taken power, but they are contenders to do so, and they influence the debate on everything from immigration to foreign policy.

Trump is not the most extreme case. He may denounce his own Justice Department as disloyal and skeptics in the media as “enemies of the people.” But, at least for now, he operates within a constitutional order—a still-standing system of laws, a separation of powers, and a civil society—that has so far proved resilient. Yet the threat of Trumpism is unique in its scale and its influence. It is one thing for Viktor Orbán to shrink the nascent liberties of post-Communist Hungary, a nation of fewer than ten million people; it is another for Trump to assume the title of “leader of the free world,” when he has such casual disregard for democratic freedoms and assumes control of an unimaginably powerful arsenal with no sign of recognizing the gravity of his responsibility. As President, Trump is the putative guardian of a set of political values, and, no matter how often those values have been undermined, threatened, or betrayed in the course of American history, they have served for countless millions abroad as a democratic standard, an ideal.

Trump’s illiberalism—his cockeyed expressions of admiration for such leaders as Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Rodrigo Duterte, and his heedless detachment from American norms—betrays that faith.
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Mounk, who teaches government at Harvard, points out that one reason for the increasing indifference to democratic rule and the rising enthusiasm for authoritarian alternatives, particularly among young people, is the widening historical distance from any direct experience of the horrors of German Fascism or Soviet Communism.

...among US millennials, less than one-third believe that it is extremely important to live in a democracy,” Mounk writes.

In 1995, “today, one in six Americans believe army rule is a good system of government.”

It’s easy to forget that we live in alarming times when you can just switch the channel to “Vanderpump Rules.”
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  # 2245818 26-May-2019 11:46
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  # 2246230 26-May-2019 22:38
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linw:

 

It just stuns me that this amoral lunatic can get so many people to debase themselves in his name. Doesn't seem we will ever learn from the history of the rise of despots. 

 

And then there is the revered Constitution that has revealed itself full of holes thus letting this prick survive. 

 

America, the emperor has no clothes. Wake up, for the sake of all of us.

 

 

All my American friends luv him





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  # 2246259 27-May-2019 07:08
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That's sad, Batman!! 

 

Maybe a vote against their dreadful political system, but, as always, "be careful what you wish for"!

 

 


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  # 2246262 27-May-2019 07:15
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That's sad, Batman!! 

 

Maybe a vote against their dreadful political system, but, as always, "be careful what you wish for"!

 

 

 

 

What I'm saying is, yes the world might think he's mad, but to many Americans, he's like a hero. 





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  # 2246270 27-May-2019 08:19
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Batman:

 

What I'm saying is, yes the world might think he's mad, but to many Americans, he's like a hero. 

 



As a counter to that, my American friends hate him, and see him for the wannabe autocrat that he is. They also have a lot of anger directed towards the GOP, and in particular Mitch McConnell, for not putting a stop to this. 

But now they're well beyond that, and Trumpisim sits squarely along partisan lines. If you're a Democrat, you hate him. If you're a Republican, he can't do anything wrong. Ever.


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  # 2246274 27-May-2019 08:23
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Batman:

 

linw:

 

That's sad, Batman!! 

 

Maybe a vote against their dreadful political system, but, as always, "be careful what you wish for"!

 

 

 

 

What I'm saying is, yes the world might think he's mad, but to many Americans, he's like a hero. 

 

 

The same can be said of any dictator you care to name, they all had their supporters.


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  # 2246285 27-May-2019 08:51
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And now for another bizarre moment of Trump History ...

 


The New York Times -
Trump’s Ringside Evening in the Sumo Arena

 

May 26, 2019

 

 

The sumo ring is a sacred space where rules have applied for centuries. Foreign leaders do not often step inside, but President Trump came bearing a trophy. ...

 

Mr. Trump arrived in Tokyo as the first American president to come bearing his own trophy for a sumo champion - a four-foot-tall object called the United States President’s Cup.

 

So when the last match ended, a wooden set of stairs was wheeled up to the sumo mound - another innovation for this day - and Mr. Trump approached clad in slippers fashioned to look like real shoes. ...

 

Mr. Trump then addressed the champion, Asanoyama: “In honor of your outstanding achievement as sumo grand champion, I hereby award you the United States President’s Cup” ...

 



 

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The McDonald Supersize Trophy Cup

 

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  # 2246289 27-May-2019 08:55
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  # 2246385 27-May-2019 10:32
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  # 2246823 28-May-2019 09:41
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The New York Times - Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

 

May 27, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis.

 

Now, after two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault.

 

In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. ...

 

And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.

 

Trump came into office viewing agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency as bastions of what he calls the “deep state,” and his contempt for their past work on the issue is an animating factor in trying to force them to abandon key aspects of the methodology they use to try to understand the causes and consequences of a dangerously warming planet. ...

 

... the goal of political appointees in the Trump administration is not just to change the climate assessment’s methodology, which has broad scientific consensus, but also to question its conclusions by creating a new climate review panel.

 

That effort is led by a 79-year-old physicist who had a respected career at Princeton but has become better known in recent years for attacking the science of man-made climate change and for defending the virtues of carbon dioxide - sometimes to an awkward degree.

 

The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler,” said the physicist, William Happer, who serves on the National Security Council as the president’s deputy assistant for emerging technologies.

 

Mr. Happer’s proposed panel is backed by John R. Bolton, the president’s national security adviser, who brought Mr. Happer into the N.S.C. after an earlier effort to recruit him during the transition.

 

Mr. Happer and Mr. Bolton are both beneficiaries of Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the far-right billionaire and his daughter who have funded efforts to debunk climate science. ...

 



 





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