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Re: K-Dog 🦖 apologist for in-your-face evil behavior strikes again
« Reply #3030 on: January 22, 2018, 01:07:20 PM »
It's more like you're a tree that fell in the forest while no one was watching. Did you make a sound?

the sound of one hand clapping

The resistance to chaos trait is interesting to think about.  People who don't care about others could produce chaos to get what they want.  Holy Charlie Manson Batman!  That part is interesting but there is plenty in the article to justify labeling people as psychopaths just because they are interested in the bigger picture.

Psychopathology is an individual affliction but throw some social stratification instinct into the mix and what was individual becomes the norm.  Egalitarianism must be adopted as a virtue or really bad shit happens.  While there is some depth to the article it also has a dark side.  To know is not just to be informed.  There are depths to knowing and a society that always looks for boogeymen cannot see their own monstrousness.  A shallow reading of this article is dangerous.

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Carthaginians in the legend are portrayed as treacherous and deceitful practitioners of doublespeak. Like their Phoenician cousins, they are overly controlled by women and liable to suffer from such dangerous feminine traits as hysteria and envy. They are also cruel and unhealthily obsessed with death, as well as sexually lascivious and with an overdeveloped love of wealth.Ē

After a two-year siege of Carthage in the third Punic war, Scipio Aemilianus set the city alight, and for six days and nights his death squads ranged the streets slaughtering men, women and children who had survived the blaze, with teams rotated to maximise efficiency.

Those Carthaginians, psychopaths every one of them!

The psychopathology of the tribe.




K-Dog 🦖 apologist for in-your-face evil behavior strikes again.

One of the best ways to spot a psychopath is when a poster repeteadly tries to normalize psychopathic behavior as "no big deal". Et tu 🦍, Brute?

Shame on you.  No Christian are you.  Infected with hatefull lying venom you are for I have Ďrepeatedlyí done nothing.  Insulting another Diner is not to be tolerated.  RE only picks respectful people as Admins.  You have been here a long time.  Think about it and consider yourself warned again.

Concentrate on the issues and not on your imagined musings of me.  Rant as you do on how we have to stop using fossils fuels and if you ever find an alternative please share it with us because nothing can replace it.

Try very hard to be nice.

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Re: K-Dog 🦖 apologist for in-your-face evil behavior strikes again
« Reply #3031 on: January 22, 2018, 01:17:20 PM »
Infected with hatefull lying venom you are

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A Michigan man is facing federal charges after threatening mass shooting at CNN
« Reply #3032 on: January 23, 2018, 04:08:15 AM »
A Michigan man is facing federal charges after threatening a mass shooting at CNN headquarters

A Michigan man is facing federal charges after threatening a mass shooting at CNN headquarters

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  • A man was arrested on suspicion of threatening a mass shooting at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.
  • An FBI investigation determined that the man made the call last week from a Detroit suburb, a local CBS affiliate in Atlanta reported.
  • On the alleged phone call to CNN's Atlanta headquarters, the man reportedly called the news network, "fake news," echoing a familiar insult President Donald Trump uses.
  • The man allegedly told a CNN operator he planned to "gun you all down."


A man was arrested on suspicion of threatening to carry out a mass shooting at CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, the local CBS affiliate WGCL reported on Monday.

A federal affidavit cited by CNN on Monday night said the suspect, Brandon Griesemer, made 22 calls to the news network from a Detroit suburb. Griesemer called CNN "fake news," echoing a familiar insult President Donald Trump uses to describe the network and others whose reporting he dislikes.

According to court documents, Griesemer said "Fake news. I'm coming to gun you all down."

"I'm smarter than you, More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours," he said.

Investigators traced the calls and later arrested Greisemer. He's facing charges of transmitting interstate communications with the intent to extort and threat to injure, CNN reported. He was released on $10,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

Griesemer was already on the radar of law-enforcement officials after he called in threats to a mosque in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last September.

Aggression toward journalists and news organizations has been on the rise since Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and has continued well into his first term in office.

Trump in the past has castigated news outlets and reporters — at times singling them out individually during public speeches and on social media.

Media watchdogs and ethics experts have criticized Trump and allies of the president who parrot his attacks — at best, saying they are unbecoming of a US president, and at worst, characterizing them as a threat to democracy.

"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3033 on: January 23, 2018, 12:28:25 PM »
Brandon Grieserner.  What strange creatures we can be.  A 19 year old kid fond of making threats.  Now he can get fond of a cell and bread and water and Velveta cheese.
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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3034 on: January 23, 2018, 01:12:42 PM »
Brandon Grieserner.  What strange creatures we can be.  A 19 year old kid fond of making threats.  Now he can get fond of a cell and bread and water and Velveta cheese.

He can get fond of being named Sweetheart of Cellblock D.
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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3035 on: January 23, 2018, 03:51:47 PM »
Brandon Grieserner.  What strange creatures we can be.  A 19 year old kid fond of making threats.  Now he can get fond of a cell and bread and water and Velveta cheese.

He can get fond of being named Sweetheart of Cellblock D.

Perhaps but this is Federal.  That can happen down the road but for now psychological waterboarding.  The cell light stays on 24 hours a day and his food is delivered irregularly.  He wonít be able tell what time or day it is.  After he is broken the he can be fresh chicken.
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Trumpís solar tariff backfires: It hits red states and U.S. taxpayers harder
« Reply #3036 on: January 24, 2018, 03:12:05 AM »
More fuckwittery from The Stable Genius.

Trumpís solar tariff backfires: It hits red states and U.S. taxpayers harder than China

"Southern states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina among the most impacted."

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Solar panel installers. CREDIT: Don Mason via Getty Images
SOLAR PANEL INSTALLERS. CREDIT: DON MASON VIA GETTY IMAGES

On Monday, President Donald Trump slapped a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and panels.

But while the White House said the goal was to punish China for an industrial policy aimed at taking over the global solar market, the harsh reality is that the president is going to end up punishing the states that voted for him the most. On top of that, U.S. taxpayers are actually going to end up paying for half of any tariff.

Analysis provided to ThinkProgress by GTM Research concludes, “new and emerging state markets are disproportionately affected [by the new tariff], with southern states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina amongst the most impacted by the tariffs.” All of those states voted for Trump in the 2016 election.

MJ Shiao, GTM’s head of Americas Research, explained in an interview that the states hurt the most by the new tariff are the “hot markets that are on the cusp of becoming economic for solar,” or that just became economic thanks to the steady and rapid price drops for solar cells and panels. Those states are disproportionately found in the South and Southeast.

Chile exceeded 1000 Megawatts of solar this year. CREDIT: ACERA.

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down

The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

In addition to punishing emerging markets in several red states, experts say the new tariff will also backfire for all U.S. taxpayers. “The U.S. federal government will end up footing some of the bill for Trump’s decision,” Hugh Bromley, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) solar analyst, said in an email. “Half of any increase in system costs will be offset through the tax code via the Investment Tax Credit and depreciation.”

In short, U.S. taxpayers will end up footing half the bill. “The investment tax credit for solar is 30 percent of capex [capital expenditure],” Amy Grace, head of North American research for BNEF, explained — so 30 percent of any tariff-driven price increase gets paid back through the tax code. And the tax code’s accelerated depreciation for new equipment means yet another portion of any tariff-driven price increase will, again, ultimately be paid back by U.S. taxpayers.

Will the tariff provide much benefit for U.S. solar manufacturers, which is the key rationale for imposing them in the first place? BNEF’s Bromley says it won’t. “Anyone expecting a U.S. manufacturing renaissance as a result of these tariffs is set to be disappointed,” he said. “A tariff lasting only four years and ratcheting down quickly is unlikely to attract any manufacturing investment that was not going to occur anyways.”

Finally, can red state voters and U.S. taxpayers at least take some comfort knowing that China is going to suffer from all this? The answer to that is also no.

“Chinese manufacturers have aggressive cost reduction plans in place already,” Shiao said, and the U.S. is only 10 percent of the global market. But GTM’s research finds that the tariffs will reduce U.S. installations about 10 percent over the next five years. So any overall impact on Chinese solar manufacturing and sales will be quite modest indeed.

The bottom line is that Trump’s new tariff on solar imports will have a very limited impact on China or domestic solar manufacturers, but red states will take a disproportionate share of the lost revenues and lost jobs from the reduction in U.S. solar installations — and taxpayers will end up footing much of the bill. This, sadly, is the kind of counterproductive impact we have come to expect from Trump’s energy policies.

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« Reply #3037 on: February 02, 2018, 01:52:22 PM »
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This Trump Adviser Has a Plan for Avoiding the Flu: Be Christian
« Reply #3038 on: February 07, 2018, 10:45:07 AM »
This Trump Adviser Has a Plan for Avoiding the Flu: Be Christian

Get with the program, you fucking sinners.

This Trump Adviser Has a Plan for Avoiding the Flu: Be Christian

The path to better public health goes through delusion and 1980s rhetoric.

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As Dear Leader fantasizes about getting his very own military parade through the capital and suggests his political opponents committed treason by refusing to clap for his speech, his friends are having a little less fun. Last month, we were treated to the Cirque du Soleil contortions of Kim Jong Don's Evangelical allies after it emerged he'd paid a porn star $130,000 in hush money to cover up an affair they'd had four months after the birth of his child. Tony Perkins offered the president a sex "mulligan," while Jerry Falwell, Jr. suggested that Christian values need not be observed by political leaders. (So what, pray tell, is someone like Falwell doing in politics?) And Monday, we heard from another of Trump's Evangelical fans: Texas minister Gloria Copeland, who explained, via Politico, why Christians are immune to the flu virus:

Texas minister Gloria Copeland, who sat on the Trump campaign’s evangelical executive advisory board, denied the country is in the midst of a severe flu outbreak in a Facebook video that went viral because, "Jesus himself is our flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of the flu.”
"We have a duck season, a deer season, but we don’t have a flu season and don’t receive it when someone threatens you with ‘everybody is getting the flu,'" Copeland added. "We’ve already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on. And by his stripes we are healed."

Notice Copeland's quick signal to the faithful that she does believe in hunting—just like Jesus taught. It's all part of the worldview. Politico helpfully adds that public health professionals disagree with Copeland's assessment, as will any of her followers who end up getting influenza. Every day there is new evidence this administration and its allies have (way) more than their fair share of outright cranks and dangerous anti-science zealots. After all, the president once outed himself as an anti-vaxxer and said global warming was a hoax manufactured by the Chinese. In that rich vein lies Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, whose views on drug policy are best summarized as "1980s school principal caught in a time warp."

Folksy grandpaw Attorney General Jeff Sessions says pain patients should be told to "take a couple of Bufferin and go to bed" to address opioid crisis, revives marijuana-as-gateway-drug myth.

For all our readers under the age of 55, Bufferin is an aspirin product. Sessions is right that overprescription of opioids is a major problem, and that a huge percentage of heroin addictions begin with prescription opiate abuse. The seven percent drop in written prescriptions last year is indeed encouraging. But Sessions couldn't resist falling into Principal Rooney mode. No matter how many times the attorney general says it, most of the research does not point to marijuana being a "gateway drug." In fact, there's stronger evidence that alcohol is, and studies indicate marijuana legalization actually reduces opioid abuse and deaths. None of that got in the way for this section of Sessions' speech, according to The Week:

One of the ways the Trump administration is echoing Reagan's legacy, he said, is by cracking down on drug use, blaming "lax enforcement, permissive rhetoric, and the media" for undermining Nancy Reagan's "just say no" message, especially with marijuana.

"Just say no." As usual, the argument ignores that we have tried stringent enforcement and zero-tolerance policies for decades with nothing to show for it. It's like the Cuba embargo, except 175 Americans die from opioid overdoses every day. Just say no to tired strategies with no basis in scientific research.

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I Called Around. I Spoke to Generals. None of Them Want a Parade.
« Reply #3039 on: February 09, 2018, 10:49:08 AM »
I Called Around. I Spoke to Generals. None of Them Want a Parade.

President Trump's proposed ego boost is as stupid as it is costly.

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Only those who have not seen war have any desire to celebrate war. Parades, such as the one the current chief executive demands, are anathema to those who actually served. From the lowest rank to the highest, there is nothing more detested than the idea and reality of a parade. This would seem to be a key indicator of how far out of touch with the military President Trump is at this point. His only quasi-experience with service was at an “academy” that parroted the military. But at the core, it was a school for rich kids. If Donald Trump went to Basic Training, he would have had a traumatic bowel evacuation. And there would be no talk about a parade.

France has an entirely different histoire. The parades in France are apparently the drivers for his directive, but in America we have only done such parades rarely. Victory over the traitors in the Civil War, victory in World War I, World War II—that sort of thing. A parade of the professional military, at the cost of millions, for no reason? Not so much. (Nominally this would be to celebrate the end of WWI, 100 years ago, but that is a farce.)

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Here is what a parade consists of “for the troops":

Practice marching for up to 10 hours over several days. See, most of the time soldiers do not parade for show, and doing it requires practice. It is not natural, nor something generally done outside of basic training.

Travel. Travel to where? If you are bringing in 40,000 troops, they have to live, sleep, and eat somewhere. The bases near D.C. do not have the capacity to suddenly house that many temporary duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. So it’s either tents or hotels. Since the optics of tents would be somewhat problematic, I would guess it’s hotels. But whatever, it is just money, right?

On the day of the parade: Wake up at 4 a.m. First formation at 4:30 a.m. Draw weapons (that means go to the arms room and, one at a time, sign for your personal weapon). This takes hours. Chow, but if you are going to be “off-post,” that probably means an MRE, the “Meal Ready to Eat” despised by most. Formation for pre-inspection at 8 a.m., then time for corrections. Inspection formation at 9 a.m.

You realize now that we are five hours in and nothing has actually happened? That is because this is a show. And that is just for an infantry unit.

Tanks?

Are you kidding?

In the past couple of hours, I’ve heard from 14 stars worth of generals. Not a single one supported this. Many told me their stories of how they personally avoided parades as cadets or young officers. And that is just the generals. My inbox was flooded from enlisted and officers of lower ranks. Bottom Line: We all hate parades. We do not want one. What do we want? Why don't you ask us, Mr. President?

Robert Bateman is a military historian and is a fellow at New America. He is a former military strategist.

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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3040 on: February 09, 2018, 10:51:43 AM »
Fox News can find plenty of veterans who will say they think a parade is a GREAT idea to make America Great Again.

Hell, even NPR had some of these delusional people on yesterday or the day before. I heard it with my own ears. Disgusting to me.
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« Reply #3041 on: February 09, 2018, 11:05:04 AM »
Fox News can find plenty of veterans who will say they think a parade is a GREAT idea to make America Great Again.

Hell, even NPR had some of these delusional people on yesterday or the day before. I heard it with my own ears. Disgusting to me.

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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3042 on: February 09, 2018, 02:48:32 PM »
Fox News can find plenty of veterans who will say they think a parade is a GREAT idea to make America Great Again.

Hell, even NPR had some of these delusional people on yesterday or the day before. I heard it with my own ears. Disgusting to me.

Remember back in high school, in the locker room where certain swains would hold forth about their success with girls? The big talkers? Generally all bark and no bite, when the guy who was really being, uh, socially successful was the guy in the back, putting on his sneakers and keeping his mouth shut.

That's what this reminds me of.

Had several uncles who served, one of whom served in the Battle of the Bulge. He would never talk about it. And when the talk turned martial, he turned away. Lesson being as Bateman says, and long confirmed by observation, that those who have been there and done that don't need/want a reminder.

But Cadet Bone Spurs, on the other hand, needs the flower of American youth to salute him.
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« Reply #3043 on: February 09, 2018, 03:01:10 PM »
Exactly.

Nobody wants to remember an artillery bombardment so powerful that it made the rain come, and your ears rang for weeks afterward, and your buddy next to you being blown into bloody hamburger, and digging holes and praying and shitting and pissing your own pants because you are just so goddamned afraid it's gonna be you...and it doesn't stop and you just wish you were dead so it would just be fucking over and you didn't have to listen or look...

I'd like to put Trump in Syria somewhere and let him sit there helpless while huge bombs blew up all around him until he just turned into a mass of quivering jelly. A little reality check.
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What Does Netanyahu Corruption Case tell us about Trumpís Fate?
« Reply #3044 on: February 14, 2018, 02:51:06 AM »
What Does Netanyahu Corruption Case tell us about Trumpís Fate?

What Does Netanyahu Corruption Case tell us about Trump’s Fate?

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Israeli police have recommended that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu be indicted for corruption. The recommendation now goes to attorney general Avichai Mandelblit, who may or may not decide to act on it. Although 60% of Israelis in polling have said they wanted Netanyahu to step down if the police made this recommendation, he is refusing to leave and will fight the cases from office.

The police instanced two cases, one in which Netanyahu allegedly accepted a couple hundred thousand dollars in bribes from an Australian businessmen in return for favorable treatment of his business and attempting to get him a US visa. (Whether Netanyahu regularly got people visas should be looked into as a form of corruption on the US side).

In the other case, Netanyahu is alleged to have offered a deal to Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s biggest-circulation newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. Netanyahu supporter and shady casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson had begun a free pro-Netanyahu newspaper, Yisrael Ha-Yom, and it obviously was eating into the profits of the other newspapers in the country. (How this is not illegal as “dumping” baffles me.) Netanyahu allegedly told Mozes that he could persuade Adelson to reduce the publication run of Yisrael Ha-Yom, which would help his bottom line. In return, Mozes should report more favorably on Netanyahu.

 

In my view it is the second case that is explosive. In the first one Netanyahu got champagne and cigars. But the second case shows how far right wing nationalist politics is intertwined with shady businesses like casino-owning and their ability, having bilked millions of poor and working people out of their money, to turn around and buy influential press organs to convince the latter to vote for the people who screwed them over. (Although Netanyahu is notorious in the West for having reneged on the Oslo Accords and having denied Palestinians their rights, within Israel he has also led an assault on the old socialist welfare state, throwing workers under the bus and diverting money to the billionaire class.) It is a perfect vicious circle.

Sheldon Adelson, who allegedly recouped his fortune at one point by bribing members of the Chinese Communist Party to let him operate in Macao, has the dubious distinction of having ruined both the United States and Israel by pushing, repectively, Netanyahu and Trump. Adelson sidelined New Jersey governor Chris Christie in the 2016 Republican primary for having referred to Gaza and the West Bank as “Occupied Territories,” which they self-evidently are. In Adelson’s warped world, there are and never have been any Palestinians and random Arabs have no business in his Israel.

Are there parallels between Netanyahu’s situation and Trump’s?

Both came to power in part through the backing of billionaires and their fake news organs such as Fox Cable News for Trump and Yisrael Ha-Yom for Netanyahu.

Both men are being investigated for corruption.

Both have responded by denigrating law enforcement. Netanyahu attacked the police, Trump the FBI.

Both have tried to normalize corruption. Netanyahu dismissed the hundreds of thousands of dollars he received as a few gifts among friends. Trump asks his audience if they don’t want him to make money for his businesses.

And in the case of both men, if they are removed from office for corruption, they will be succeeded by political figures even farther to their right and more dangerous to the world.

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Bonus video:

AFP: “srael police recommend corruption charges for Netanyahu”

 
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