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1
Charles Johnson  May 25, 2019 • 2:14:58pm

Apparently I raised enough of a stink about it to wake somebody up at Twitter - they suspended that creepy stalker.

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William Lewis  May 25, 2019 • 2:19:38pm

re: #1 Charles Johnson

Apparently I raised enough of a stink about it to wake somebody up at Twitter - they suspended that creepy stalker.

Question is, how long till Jack reinstates him?

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 2:42:00pm

Well, you see something new every day.

wonkette.com

It would appear after a number of so-called pick-up artist blogs have been shut down by their hosting services, Roosh V has decided to have a “come to Jesus” moment.

He suspended his blog Return of Kings last year. He now has on his RooshVForum that he has taken up Christianity and is no longer a rape promoting pick-up artist.

(No link to RooshV’s blogs here, but they are in the Wonkette article)

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 2:42:50pm

re: #3 Anymouse 🌹

Well, you see something new every day.

wonkette.com

It would appear after a number of so-called pick-up artist blogs have been shut down by their hosting services, Roosh V has decided to have a “come to Jesus” moment.

He suspended his blog Return of Kings last year. He now has on his RooshVForum that he has taken up Christianity and is no longer a rape promoting pick-up artist.

(No link to RooshV’s blogs here, but they are in the Wonkette article)

Unfortunately, calling oneself a Christian does not preclude one from being a rape promoting pick-up artist. Many horrible things are done in the name of God.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 2:46:15pm

re: #4 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Unfortunately, calling oneself a Christian does not preclude one from being a rape promoting pick-up artist. Many horrible things are done in the name of God.

True enough. We’ll have to see what RooshV does. That said, he’s pretty clear on his forum that there will be no discussions of PUA stuff.

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 25, 2019 • 2:49:37pm

re: #5 Anymouse 🌹

True enough. We’ll have to see what RooshV does. That said, he’s pretty clear on his forum that there will be no discussions of PUA stuff.

Is he still denying the holocaust?

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 3:00:37pm

re: #6 I Would Prefer Not To

Is he still denying the holocaust?

He hasn’t written a post about that in a while on his RooshVForum, so I don’t know.

His pinned post is still the old rules for his forum including PUA advice and such.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 3:03:06pm

re: #5 Anymouse 🌹

True enough. We’ll have to see what RooshV does. That said, he’s pretty clear on his forum that there will be no discussions of PUA stuff.

Hey. People do change. I give them credit for that. I just wind up being skeptical of the change in the early stages.

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 25, 2019 • 3:07:10pm

re: #8 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Hey. People do change. I give them credit for that. I just wind up being skeptical of the change in the early stages.

Change doesn’t mean shit unless he attempts to undo the damage he has done.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 3:09:58pm

My wife and I were in a restaurant earlier this afternoon which had adverts running on a monitor. Emiril is selling an “air fryer” now (it looks an awful lot like a convection oven to me), and Dana Loesch hawking superbeets (I guess the NRA’s pay sucks).

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 3:16:55pm

re: #10 Anymouse 🌹

My wife and I were in a restaurant earlier this afternoon which had adverts running on a monitor. Emiril is selling an “air fryer” now (it looks an awful lot like a convection oven to me), and Dana Loesch hawking superbeets (I guess the NRA’s pay sucks).

Air fryers are actually a thing. Dunno about similarity or not with a convection oven, but an air fryer is legit. Mrs. Fish and I have one and we use it constantly in place of the deep fryer I got just a couple of years ago.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 3:21:39pm

re: #11 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Air fryers are actually a thing. Dunno about similarity or not with a convection oven, but an air fryer is legit. Mrs. Fish and I have one and we use it constantly in place of the deep fryer I got just a couple of years ago.

According to Wikipedia [citation needed] they are the same thing.

We had a convection oven when I was growing up. I guess by calling them air fryers now they can charge more for them.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 3:23:25pm

re: #12 Anymouse 🌹

According to Wikipedia [citation needed] they are the same thing.

We had a convection oven when I was growing up. I guess by calling them air fryers now they can charge more for them.

Well, I guess my millennial status is definitely confirmed.

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Mescalero09  May 25, 2019 • 3:26:34pm

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 3:26:59pm

re: #13 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

Well, I guess my millennial status is definitely confirmed.

We have an air fryer as well.

The first convection oven was invented in 1914, but not marketed until 1945.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 25, 2019 • 3:29:12pm

We don’t post much about this anymore… but global sea ice area is still at a record low:

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 3:31:06pm

(at the request of the President)

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  May 25, 2019 • 3:33:46pm

re: #10 Anymouse 🌹

My wife and I were in a restaurant earlier this afternoon which had adverts running on a monitor. Emiril is selling an “air fryer” now (it looks an awful lot like a convection oven to me), and Dana Loesch hawking superbeets (I guess the NRA’s pay sucks).

Wouldn’t blame her if she did. Then Princess Elizabeth in her ATS driver/mechanic uniform in 1945:

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 3:36:13pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 3:36:48pm

re: #18 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Wouldn’t blame her if she did. Then Princess Elizabeth in her ATS driver/mechanic uniform in 1945:

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Young Elizabeth reminds me somewhat of Emilia Clarke.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 25, 2019 • 3:37:11pm

re: #17 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

From that link:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was among those vocally opposing the reported shakeups at DHS earlier this year, but acknowledged last month that he would “have to accept” Trump’s purge of top officials at the department.

“I know the president’s goals on immigration are the same as mine, pretty much the same as mine I would say, and that the president’s gotta have people in place who will do his job, and since his goals are the same as mine I’m gonna have to accept it,” Grassley said in April.

The Republican party are willing participants in Trump’s bigotry.

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 3:39:41pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 3:42:20pm

re: #19 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 3:43:17pm
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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 3:43:59pm

re: #24 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Movie physics are not real physics, people. Mythbusters taught us that.

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teleskiguy  May 25, 2019 • 3:45:03pm

This rhyme is so DOPE!

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Archangelus  May 25, 2019 • 3:47:39pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 4:04:23pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 4:05:35pm
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Grunthos the Flatulent  May 25, 2019 • 4:10:16pm

re: #18 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Wouldn’t blame her if she did. Then Princess Elizabeth in her ATS driver/mechanic uniform in 1945:

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Is there any other current head of state who served in the Second World War?

Last one that comes to mind would have been Bush 1.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 4:10:50pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 4:18:51pm
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retired cynic  May 25, 2019 • 4:21:00pm

re: #32 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Good grief!

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Decatur Deb  May 25, 2019 • 4:21:27pm

It’s a wonderful age. Now we have Milkshake Truthers and Go Fund Me for milkshake victims.

Was a Milkshake Thrown at an Elderly Brexit Party Volunteer?
truthorfiction.com

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 4:22:57pm

re: #33 retired cynic

Good grief!

It’s not as bad as it sounds

The legislation works around the Alabama probate judges who have refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.

Under the new law, a judge will only need to record an affidavit filed in a courthouse or county office to make any marriage official.

Advocates say the new law will require judges to treat all marriages as equal under Alabama law. Critics say it provides cover to biased judges and harms the wedding industry.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 4:24:26pm

re: #35 Backwoods_Sleuth

It’s not as bad as it sounds

I saw that part. It’s an interesting solution to the problem.

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vgranucci  May 25, 2019 • 4:25:54pm

re: #24 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Saw that earlier. First thought, “Darwin Award!”

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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 4:26:07pm

He is right about the Bluebonnet Cafe though. That’s a regular for us

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 4:26:13pm

re: #37 vgranucci

Saw that earlier. First thought, “Darwin Award!”

“Hold my beer and watch this.”

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 4:27:56pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 4:28:34pm

re: #36 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I saw that part. It’s an interesting solution to the problem.

I really don’t see a downside for the wedding industry. Doesn’t appear that the law would prevent anyone from having actual weddings.

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Chrysicat  May 25, 2019 • 4:28:49pm
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Decatur Deb  May 25, 2019 • 4:29:51pm

re: #36 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I saw that part. It’s an interesting solution to the problem.

We’re sometimes progressive. The state has simply recognized that it has diminished interest if we want to marry a sibling of either sex.

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Quoth the raven, Covfefe.  May 25, 2019 • 4:32:47pm

re: #41 Backwoods_Sleuth

I really don’t see a downside for the wedding industry. Doesn’t appear that the law would prevent anyone from having actual weddings.

It only removes the requirement - which would have an impact, as I’m sure there are plenty of people who have ceremonies who otherwise wouldn’t, but plenty of others would still have beautiful (and expensive) ceremonies even without the requirement.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 4:33:34pm
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Mescalero09  May 25, 2019 • 4:39:06pm

re: #40 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

“Wazza matta? Kim cool. I know him. Good guy. It’s not like you guys have a history or anything, Right?”

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 4:50:41pm
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PhillyPretzel  May 25, 2019 • 4:53:00pm

re: #47 jaunte

And again school boy name calling and pointing elsewhere to draw attention away from himself.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 25, 2019 • 4:53:17pm

re: #47 jaunte

Holy. Shit.

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 4:54:13pm

His brain is getting worse.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 25, 2019 • 4:57:20pm

re: #50 jaunte

His brain is getting worse.

It’s been rather obvious for a while.

But the GOP still finds him useful in working the marks.

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 4:57:41pm

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 4:57:58pm
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Targetpractice  May 25, 2019 • 5:04:26pm

re: #53 jaunte

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Ben has a problem with the scene because it’s a woman. Now if it had been a naked Austrian man beating up a couple of burly bikers, much like the scene it’s a reference to, he’d be totally cool with it.

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 5:06:56pm

re: #54 Targetpractice

Seems like he’s running dry on subject matter.

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Targetpractice  May 25, 2019 • 5:08:07pm

re: #55 jaunte

Seems like he’s running dry on subject matter.

It seems that being gelded on live TV has reduced him to a whining, simpering little shit…so, no change really.

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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 5:09:03pm

re: #56 Targetpractice

“Gelded…..” WOW!

Gelded Genius!

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Targetpractice  May 25, 2019 • 5:10:37pm

re: #57 Dave In Austin

“Gelded…..” WOW!

Should have pointed out that it was in the intellectual sense, as he tried his usual shtick of trying to verbally beat the opposition into submission and instead suffering neural vapor lock when confronted with someone who could run rings around him.

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GlutenFreeJesus  May 25, 2019 • 5:13:44pm

Mail that shit!!!

facebook.com

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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 5:18:14pm
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Skip Intro  May 25, 2019 • 5:24:36pm

re: #19 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

This “thing” is the worst person in the world and there is nothing too bad that could happen to him.

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 5:30:58pm
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Decatur Deb  May 25, 2019 • 5:31:48pm

re: #60 Dave In Austin

West Point Academy: Mike Pence tells West Point grads they should expect to see combat - CBS News

Pence’s father had a Bronze Star. Pence has a Bronze Star—his father’s. Fucking feather merchant.

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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 5:37:11pm

re: #63 Decatur Deb

Pence’s father had a Bronze Star. Pence has a Bronze Star—his father’s. Fucking feather merchant.

My late Father, Who was an Aid to Col. Chesty Puller, left a leg on bloody Peleliu.

I have a Purple Heart AND the Marine Corp Medal….. And a Flag.
So there.

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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 5:38:16pm

You guys see The Gorka on this?

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Targetpractice  May 25, 2019 • 5:39:49pm

re: #60 Dave In Austin

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Did he also tell them that they and those they lead into combat can expect to suffer various mental and physical ailments that his party will do absolutely nothing to address because they’ve only two uses for soldiers: Campaign props and martyrs?

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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 5:40:19pm

Anyone else seeing any issue with Tweets embedding? The Tweet show up dead and without images until I reload the page.

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 25, 2019 • 5:41:41pm

re: #65 Dave In Austin

You guys see The Gorka on this?

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Gorka went full Q. Never go full Q.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 5:45:57pm

re: #3 Anymouse 🌹

Well, you see something new every day.

wonkette.com

It would appear after a number of so-called pick-up artist blogs have been shut down by their hosting services, Roosh V has decided to have a “come to Jesus” moment.

He suspended his blog Return of Kings last year. He now has on his RooshVForum that he has taken up Christianity and is no longer a rape promoting pick-up artist.

(No link to RooshV’s blogs here, but they are in the Wonkette article)

Sooner or later every con artist, bunco operative, crook or petty their discovers that the way to Easy Street is getting on the Tax Exempt Jesus Train and fleecing the flock!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 5:46:26pm

mah shocked face…

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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 5:48:48pm

Peleliu.
Dad got blown up by arty from the ridge on the left. A fucking meat grinder that didn’t need to happen.
A bad call by leadership here. the Island could have been bypassed and blockaded till it was over.

2,336 killed
8,450 wounded

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Patricia Kayden  May 25, 2019 • 5:49:12pm

re: #3 Anymouse 🌹

Well, you see something new every day.

wonkette.com

It would appear after a number of so-called pick-up artist blogs have been shut down by their hosting services, Roosh V has decided to have a “come to Jesus” moment.

He suspended his blog Return of Kings last year. He now has on his RooshVForum that he has taken up Christianity and is no longer a rape promoting pick-up artist.

(No link to RooshV’s blogs here, but they are in the Wonkette article)

WTH!? I’m shook as the young people say.

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bd (Emergency!)  May 25, 2019 • 5:58:49pm

re: #70 Backwoods_Sleuth

mah shocked face…

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lol

And what about that great Perry Como, what a set of pipes that guy has, what a singer!

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 6:09:12pm

A thread on Chernobyl
(13 tweets)

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Belafon  May 25, 2019 • 6:09:27pm

re: #36 Quoth the raven, Covfefe.

I saw that part. It’s an interesting solution to the problem.

They get to keep their bigoted judges this way. Since marriage is a paperwork thing to the state anyway, it’s a minor thing. What’s important is that these judges continue to make other rulings against gays, minorities, and women.

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 6:13:07pm

re: #73 bd (Emergency!)

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 6:15:08pm

re: #73 bd (Emergency!)

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lol

And what about that great Perry Como, what a set of pipes that guy has, what a singer!

One of the greatest SCTV skits…

SCTV - Perry Como Still Alive

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 6:16:02pm

re: #74 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

A thread on Chernobyl
(13 tweets)

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part of Slava’s thread today:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 6:20:37pm
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CleverToad  May 25, 2019 • 6:22:14pm

Dipping a toe back in. Politics is as discouraging as ever, I see.

On the home front, made it through my mother’s funeral, with a lot of help and support from family and friends. Bracing for the 7th of June when we go out to Fort Logan Natl Cemetery to have most of Mom’s ashes interred in my WWII vet father’s grave; her dates will go on the back of his stone. Dad’s parents are buried in the same cemetery; his father was a WWI vet born in 1899.
The snow from Denver’s week-after-Mother’s-Day storm has melted finally — took about five good-sized branches off our maple tree with it. However, it beats the weather a whole lot of folks are suffering through — no tornadoes here yet, I say knocking wood with crossed fingers.
Currently giving myself a short vacation from dealing with things — son and friend are in Las Vegas for a week, husband is in Texas for a shorter trip. Five days absolutely alone in the house. First time that’s happened in well over two decades. Probably the last time for a long while. Reading old kids’ books. Doing a little catch up on news — very little. Will face the world again on Tuesday, socks pulled up as far as I can drag ‘em by then.

Wishing the Lizards a safe Memorial Day weekend. My husband says he spent part of today putting flags on the graves of his veteran father and uncles — it means a lot to him that he was there to do it this year.
Here’s to memories of loved ones.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 6:23:54pm

Welcome to Trumpland.

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Belafon  May 25, 2019 • 6:30:22pm

If I had the influence, I would put Chris Reeves in charge of organizing the Democratic party. In this lesson, dailykos.com, he points out that while Republicans set up training retreats and other things for officials elected at all levels of government, down to school board, the Democrats don’t have the same thing. Now this would require donations that the Democrats don’t have, but someone like him could get things done I think.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 6:39:54pm

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bd (Emergency!)  May 25, 2019 • 6:42:22pm

re: #74 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

A thread on Chernobyl
(13 tweets)

[Embedded content]

The HBO show Chernobyl is incredible, sobering as hell.

It just shows that “entertainment” doesn’t have to be stupid and with laugh tracks.

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 6:42:46pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 6:47:55pm

LOL, somebody fixed the moron’s tweet to spell Biden’s name correctly

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 6:49:17pm

We get to pay if the Kushner Cos default on their loan. Yay.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 6:50:24pm

re: #88 jaunte

We get to pay if the Kushner Cos default on their loan. Yay.

Which they probably will.

Another example of Socialism For The Rich…

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 6:58:20pm

I missed out on a protest opportunity today.

I was reading the local morning newspaper just now, and Franklin Graham was in West Springfield, Mass. for both an evangelising pitch and promoting Donald Trump.

He is traveling through New England before making a trip for three days of inflicting himself on Cambodia.

His organisation Samaratan’s Purse noted to him that his mixing of politics and religion (as he is the head of that group) could imperil their 501(c)(3) status. He’s doing it anyway.

Snatch that tax-free status.

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stpaulbear  May 25, 2019 • 6:59:22pm

re: #88 jaunte

We get to pay if the Kushner Cos default on their loan. Yay.

I wonder if Kushner promised the banker that he could be Secretary of Defense?

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 7:00:06pm

re: #90 Anymouse 🌹

I missed out on a protest opportunity today.

I was reading the local morning newspaper just now, and Franklin Graham was in West Springfield, Mass. for both an evangelising pitch and promoting Donald Trump.

He is traveling through New England before making a trip for three days of inflicting himself on Cambodia.

His organisation Samaratan’s Purse noted to him that his mixing of politics and religion (as he is the head of that group) could imperil their 501(c)(3) status. He’s doing it anyway.

Snatch that tax-free status.

Franky’s pal is in the Oval Office and Trump will continue to let Franky get all that sweet sweet tax-exempt cash!

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 7:06:20pm

Angelina Jolie’s Dad Rambles Incoherently About How Much He Loves Donald Trump (goes to Wonkette)

‘Baby Geniuses’ star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and “acknowledge the truth” that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

(video, 0:45)

No wonder his daughter won’t have anything to do with him.

There are lots of crazy people commenting on that thread.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 25, 2019 • 7:10:24pm
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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 7:19:39pm

Mark Taylor (the so-called Firefighter Prophet) is calling for martial law and liberals to be rounded up.

Goes to Utah Outcasts, 8:42

Mark Taylor is OKAY With Trump Declaring Martial Law

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 7:30:05pm

More from Wonkette’s article on Jon Voight and conservative hypocrisy:

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they’re the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 25, 2019 • 7:30:21pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 7:30:46pm

re: #95 Anymouse 🌹

And here’s another asshole “prophet” how says that Trump will soon execute Hillary, Obama and his Deep State Enemies in the name of Jesus.

There used to be a place called an institution where these assholes used to be locked up in padded cells so they couldn’t hurt themselves or other people…

Vimeo

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jaunte  May 25, 2019 • 7:34:29pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 25, 2019 • 7:45:18pm
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TedStriker  May 25, 2019 • 7:50:00pm

re: #85 bd (Emergency!)

The HBO show Chernobyl is incredible, sobering as hell.

It just shows that “entertainment” doesn’t have to be stupid and with laugh tracks.

I’ve watched the three episodes so far; gripping as hell, with lots of nightmare fuel.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 25, 2019 • 7:52:30pm
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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 7:53:02pm

re: #101 TedStriker

I’ve watched the three episodes so far; gripping as hell, with lots of nightmare fuel.

It makes me fidget while watching because you KNOW everything is poison. Everything.

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De Kolta Chair  May 25, 2019 • 7:57:32pm

Headline: Trump will not receive an audience with Meghan Markle during his U.K. state visit

Now there’s a shocker!

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De Kolta Chair  May 25, 2019 • 8:04:01pm

I don’t know, maybe we’re a nation of total idiots? Wait. that’s not an original thought?

geek.com

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 8:51:27pm

[rant]

Several Websites I frequent either themselves or their commentators are writing “Happy Memorial Day.”

I get ever since the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed and Memorial Day moved that it became the unofficial “first day of summer,” and maybe people don’t mean to be disrespectful of those who lost family members in combat, but that’s the way it comes off to a lot of us (and I’ve heard this from others as well).

Back to your regularly scheduled LGF. [/rant]

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 25, 2019 • 8:55:19pm
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Dave In Austin  May 25, 2019 • 9:02:05pm
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Mattand  May 25, 2019 • 9:04:11pm

Not gonna lie; I did not expect Roger Daltrey to sound that amazing.

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Dr Lizardo  May 25, 2019 • 9:21:27pm

re: #85 bd (Emergency!)

The HBO show Chernobyl is incredible, sobering as hell.

It just shows that “entertainment” doesn’t have to be stupid and with laugh tracks.

One thing I appreciated right from the start was how they showed the disaster itself; instead of some huge Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich CGI explodapalooza, it was seen - in the distance - from an apartment building living room window.

Perfectly done.

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teleskiguy  May 25, 2019 • 9:22:29pm

I’m at a concert at Red Rocks right now, The Disco Biscuits. If you want to watch the show, here’s a YouTube live stream.

The Disco Biscuits - 5/25/19 - LIVE from Red Rocks in Morrison, CO!

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Rightwingconspirator  May 25, 2019 • 9:32:04pm

re: #111 teleskiguy

Perfect, thanks for sharing this

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Anymouse 🌹  May 25, 2019 • 9:34:47pm

I’m off to bed.

Thunderstorms are rolling through Chicopee right now. Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day however, along with Memorial Day.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 25, 2019 • 9:44:17pm

re: #107 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

Scarlett Martinez

Replying to @jdawsey1
What is gonna take from @GOPLeader @SenateGOP to stand up and rein in this man?

The whole Senate GOP is either totally compromised or totally complicit and supportive. They do not care about Russian interference.

My brother once again lectured us this afternoon on how China is the real enemy, Russia is irrelevant, there was an attempted coup against Trump, and in a few months Brennan, Comey, Page, Strzok, et al are all going to be rounded up. The GOP leadership consists of either cowards or traitors, but in either case, we will not survive their malfeasance and complete abandonment of their oath of office.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 25, 2019 • 9:55:54pm

re: #110 Dr Lizardo

One thing I appreciated right from the start was how they showed the disaster itself; instead of some huge Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich CGI explodapalooza, it was seen - in the distance - from an apartment building living room window.

Perfectly done.

The question is: are our plants so much better designed and our engineers so much better trained and knowledgeable than those in Russia that a similar disaster could not occur here? I knew an employee of the Zion plant who was an alcoholic (he was the brother of a friend of mine); it took years before they finally fired him. He may not have been in a key position — but he was there.

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Rightwingconspirator  May 25, 2019 • 10:09:39pm

Mt Wilson Echo Rock

Place of Meditation
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A hollow voice says, Inpeach...  May 25, 2019 • 10:19:40pm

re: #115 Hecuba’s daughter

The question is: are our plants so much better designed and our engineers so much better trained and knowledgeable than those in Russia that a similar disaster could not occur here? I knew an employee of the Zion plant who was an alcoholic (he was the brother of a friend of mine); it took years before they finally fired him. He may not have been in a key position — but he was there.

I read up on this during/after Chernobyl… but that was a long time ago and I’ve forgotten all but the outline. The design of the Chernobyl plant was different from ours (except, I believe, one military reactor — which may not still be online), and because of that the Chernobyl reactor was subject to hazards that ours were/are not.

Of course, our reactors have hazards of their own (consider Three Mile Island), but they’re not considered to be as risky.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 26, 2019 • 12:28:43am

O_o

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 26, 2019 • 12:48:45am
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Barefoot Grin  May 26, 2019 • 12:59:52am
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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 1:01:01am

re: #16 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

We don’t post much about this anymore… but global sea ice area is still at a record low:

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I have this ugly feeling something’s gotta give…

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 26, 2019 • 1:28:34am
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goddamnedfrank  May 26, 2019 • 1:35:02am

re: #118 A hollow voice says, Inpeach…

I read up on this during/after Chernobyl… but that was a long time ago and I’ve forgotten all but the outline. The design of the Chernobyl plant was different from ours (except, I believe, one military reactor — which may not still be online), and because of that the Chernobyl reactor was subject to hazards that ours were/are not.

AFAIK our only totally graphite moderated and water cooled design was the B-Reactor at Hanford. Later designs, even where graphite was the primary moderator, utilized water as both as an additional moderator and coolant, creating a negative void coefficient that helped prevent power excursions. The two biggest design flaws of the RBMK design at Chernobyl were:

A.) The positive void coefficient, meaning that as water turned to steam inside the reactor chamber it stopped absorbing neutrons which let more neutrons be slowed by the graphite which lead to more fission leading to more neutrons + more heat -> more steam -> wash, rinse, explode. This was why the automated systems that the crew disabled for the test and set minimum safe number of control rods that they idiotically removed in an effort to salvage the test were so crucial.

B.) They put graphite extensions on the bottoms of the boron absorber rods and those rods moved through water filled columns. So when the SCRAM was initiated those graphite extensions first displaced neutron absorbing water with neutron moderating graphite, which initially caused an increase in reactivity before the boron slid into position and could stop it.

Even worse, they didn’t tell the plant operators any of this shit, so they had no idea that the fucking nuclear reactor they were in charge of had several massively counter-intuitive behaviors baked in.

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Dread Pirate Union Local 13  May 26, 2019 • 1:42:14am

The Amazon River Basin is a strange place for an 8.0 earthquake. That’s about as remote as possible.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 1:54:09am

re: #118 A hollow voice says, Inpeach…

I read up on this during/after Chernobyl… but that was a long time ago and I’ve forgotten all but the outline. The design of the Chernobyl plant was different from ours (except, I believe, one military reactor — which may not still be online), and because of that the Chernobyl reactor was subject to hazards that ours were/are not.

Of course, our reactors have hazards of their own (consider Three Mile Island), but they’re not considered to be as risky.

Western reactors have for a long time been built with inherent stops such as the “one stuck rod criterion” and other rules basically written in blood since the early days of nuclear power. Oh and yeah, staying away from positive void coefficients and control infrastructure which doesn’t instantly SCRAM the reactor if it becomes unstable.

And with what I know about accidents and incidents in nuclear power, I would say that the threats are corporate beancounters, over-confident staff and general non-OCD application of radiological hygiene and safety protocols.

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goddamnedfrank  May 26, 2019 • 1:57:49am

This has probably already been mentioned but my favorite bit of weirdness about Chernobyl is that in Ukranian one of the translations for чорнобиль is “wormwood.”

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. -Revelation 8:10-11

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 1:58:28am

re: #124 goddamnedfrank

AFAIK our only totally graphite moderated and water cooled design was the B-Reactor at Hanford. Later designs, even where graphite was the primary moderator, utilized water as both as an additional moderator and coolant, creating a negative void coefficient that helped prevent power excursions. The two biggest design flaws of the RBMK design at Chernobyl were:

A.) The positive void coefficient, meaning that as water turned to steam inside the reactor chamber it stopped absorbing neutrons which let more neutrons be slowed by the graphite which lead to more fission leading to more neutrons + more heat -> more steam -> wash, rinse, explode. This was why the automated systems that the crew disabled for the test and set minimum safe number of control rods that they idiotically removed in an effort to salvage the test were so crucial.

B.) They put graphite extensions on the bottoms of the boron absorber rods and those rods moved through water filled columns. So when the SCRAM was initiated those graphite extensions first displaced neutron absorbing water with neutron moderating graphite, which initially caused an increase in reactivity before the boron slid into position and could stop it.

Even worse, they didn’t tell the plant operators any of this shit, so they had no idea that the fucking nuclear reactor they were in charge of had several massively counter-intuitive behaviors baked in.

Yep. Dyatlov is on record saying that the RBMK-1000 shouldn’t have been in service, that had he known about its misbehaviours, he hadn’t done the safety test to begin with, or SCRAMmed at the tiniest sign of instability. Them keeping the incidents at Ignalina low-key is one of the reasons the Chernobyl staff didn’t know.

Also, recent research suggests that the cause of one of the explosions in Unit IV was not steam, but a “fizzle”, i.e. an incomplete nuclear detonation. That’s one thing which Western designs have several safety margins against in their designs.

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Dr Lizardo  May 26, 2019 • 2:08:21am

re: #128 Teukka

Yep. Dyatlov is on record saying that the RBMK-1000 shouldn’t have been in service, that had he known about its misbehaviours, he hadn’t done the safety test to begin with, or SCRAMmed at the tiniest sign of instability. Them keeping the incidents at Ignalina low-key is one of the reasons the Chernobyl staff didn’t know.

Also, recent research suggests that the cause of one of the explosions in Unit IV was not steam, but a “fizzle”, i.e. an incomplete nuclear detonation. That’s one thing which Western designs have several safety margins against in their designs.

I recall reading that some nuclear scientists have suggested that Chernobyl #4 went prompt critical.

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goddamnedfrank  May 26, 2019 • 2:22:15am

One thing I never understood about the Chernobyl incident was that since they clearly had designated 28 as the minimum number of “fail-safe” control rods that had to be inserted at all times why didn’t they either implement that via some kind of hard mechanical interlock or by just physically padlocking those rods at full insertion?

I mean, I know the answer, cost, plus the assumption everyone would do as they were told.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 3:02:38am

re: #129 Dr Lizardo

I recall reading that some nuclear scientists have suggested that Chernobyl #4 went prompt critical.

Prompt supercritical. There’s a difference.

re: #130 goddamnedfrank

One thing I never understood about the Chernobyl incident was that since they clearly had designated 28 as the minimum number of “fail-safe” control rods that had to be inserted at all times why didn’t they either implement that via some kind of hard mechanical interlock or by just physically padlocking those rods at full insertion?

I mean, I know the answer, cost, plus the assumption everyone would do as they were told.

From what I understand, it was a recommendation without too much of a rationale, which can lead to people not understanding why it is a hard minimum. For vital safety issues like that, I’d go with pink paper and a full rationale in no uncertain terms.

And yeah, there should be a hard interlock against bonehead maneuvers like that, because the end results aren’t pretty. In SL-1, a tech extracting a control rod too far lead to the reactor vessel jumping up 2-3 m, lethally scalding two techs and pinning the third to the ceiling with a control rod assembly.

Power excursions in nuclear reactors always lead to rectal ring muscles puckering and masonry building materials being defecated, and it’s not unusual it escalates straight into nightmare fodder territory.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 3:16:51am

Wow, Slava’s scene-by scene critique of the “Chernobyl” miniseries got the attention of Craig Mazin, one of the makers :)

And I added two tweets to the pile-up :)

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Dave In Austin  May 26, 2019 • 3:42:18am
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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 3:53:43am
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Feline Fearless Leader  May 26, 2019 • 4:25:06am

re: #125 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

The Amazon River Basin is a strange place for an 8.0 earthquake. That’s about as remote as possible.

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Well, what’s the underlying geology and plate structures?

Since it’s the middle of the South America Plate, it’s a rarer intraplate quake and there is probably some underlying fault zone there. (A potential analog to the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the middle of the North America Plate.) And from a little Google and Wikipedia searching it is interesting how more than a few rift/seismic systems follow river valleys.

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Danack  May 26, 2019 • 4:28:00am

re: #120 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

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The underlying statement from the ICRC is worth reading as it is not particularly subtle.

However, it does contain rules pertaining to the granting and scope of amnesties. Under this body of law, States/governments must investigate and punish war crimes, otherwise known as serious violations of IHL.

Customary law is unequivocal that in both international armed conflicts (i.e. cross-border wars between opposing militaries) and non-international armed conflicts, governments must investigate war crimes allegedly committed by their nationals or armed forces, or on their territory, and if appropriate, prosecute suspects.

It is not our place to comment publicly on the fairness or correctness of a particular pardon or amnesty, and any concerns we may have with regard to a specific decision are raised bilaterally and confidentially with the relevant authorities.

That said, the ICRC is mandated by States through the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols to promote and act as the guardian of international humanitarian law. As such, when debates surface in the public domain on issues related to the laws of war, it is our role and responsibility to call attention to what IHL says.

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jeffreyw  May 26, 2019 • 4:33:32am

Good morning!

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Archangelus  May 26, 2019 • 5:15:01am

re: #137 jeffreyw

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Good morning!

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Patricia Kayden  May 26, 2019 • 5:18:50am

re: #133 Dave In Austin

Yeah, hopefully he’ll be in jail.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 26, 2019 • 5:29:23am

re: #125 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

East side of the Peruvian Andes does have a history of quakes:

earthquake.usgs.gov

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  May 26, 2019 • 5:30:35am

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 6:06:03am

re: #119 Dread Pirate Union Local 13

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O_o

You don’t see too many people like that in Alabama. I think the last time that happened was at my son’s wedding in Birmingham in 2008.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 6:08:19am

Is there a way to watch “Chernobyl” if I don’t have a subscription to HBO?

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 6:10:30am

You do you, NYT, even if it means ignoring a subpoena which other people would go to jail for.

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teleskiguy  May 26, 2019 • 6:26:47am

Oh snap.

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jeffreyw  May 26, 2019 • 6:30:29am

re: #143 The Vicious Babushka

There are various free trials offered - Amazon Prime and Hulu come to mind, and HBO Now.

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Feline Fearless Leader  May 26, 2019 • 6:30:47am

re: #140 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

East side of the Peruvian Andes does have a history of quakes:

earthquake.usgs.gov

That’s not surprising as there is a plate boundary immediately to the west as the Nazca Plate subducts under the South American Plate - and is also why the Andes are being pushed up there.

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Shropshire Slasher  May 26, 2019 • 6:33:44am

re: #143 The Vicious Babushka

What Jeff said or wait until it is over and buy a one month subscription. You could always bribe a lizard with a subscription with pie…

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teleskiguy  May 26, 2019 • 6:34:42am

Some pictures from the most fucked up timeline.

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teleskiguy  May 26, 2019 • 6:37:36am

I’m just… fuck, man. No words.

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Archangelus  May 26, 2019 • 6:43:35am
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teleskiguy  May 26, 2019 • 6:46:12am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 6:54:05am
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Old Liberal  May 26, 2019 • 6:58:27am

re: #153 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Why is Biden even responding? Why not just say “we aren’t interested in responding to Donald Trumps boyfriend Rocket Man. We’re here to talk about (campaign message here).

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 6:59:08am
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Barefoot Grin  May 26, 2019 • 6:59:55am

Hope they threw a lot of salt into the sumo ring before and after Trump stepped foot there.

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Shropshire Slasher  May 26, 2019 • 7:00:35am

I love discovering new food. Mango with lime juice and chili powder. Dayummmm.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 7:00:55am
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Archangelus  May 26, 2019 • 7:01:39am

re: #152 teleskiguy

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 7:04:01am
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Archangelus  May 26, 2019 • 7:11:45am

I like how JollyJack continues with the realistic depiction of Darth Orange’s hands…

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makeitstop  May 26, 2019 • 7:13:32am

re: #157 Shropshire Slasher

I love discovering new food. Mango with lime juice and chili powder. Dayummmm.

We went to a pickling class in NYC last weekend, and besides making two jars of pickles we each made a jar of pickled pineapple and mango. We used cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns and crushed red pepper in salt brine. Both were a huge hit at our family gathering yesterday.

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DangerMan  May 26, 2019 • 7:14:32am

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peguyjaures  May 26, 2019 • 7:14:33am

So I just cast my vote for the European Parliament (in France).
Now hoping for the best (or the least bad) outcome.

Sadly there are not many signs of hope around here.

The latest video by Slovenian band Laibach (the first Western band to ever perform in North Korea…) once again perfectly captures the spirit of the time with a cover of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”, complete with a very Bannonian father figure, Trumpian red ties, and transparent references ro Günther Grass’s “Der Blechtrommel”. Its terrifying and, sadly, accurate. :(

Laibach - So Long, Farewell (Official video film)

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 7:20:31am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 7:26:38am

the moron needed help lifting that yuge sumo trophy

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Old Liberal  May 26, 2019 • 7:28:40am

I was at a meeting here in South America and was in a small group discussion with a man my age and a young man and young woman in their twenties (all South Americans). The man my age was absolutely freaking out over the decline of machismo and the superiority of men while the younger man thought it was a good change for men and women. I think all the reactionary shit rising around the world is based on male fear. Hope it doesn’t destroy us while we wait for this breed to die.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 7:30:08am

re: #166 Backwoods_Sleuth

the moron needed help lifting that yuge sumo trophy

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This is how Trump wants to do the debates:

Donald Trump Beats Up Vince McMahon

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jeffreyw  May 26, 2019 • 7:34:25am

re: #162 makeitstop

We went to a pickling class in NYC last weekend, and besides making two jars of pickles we each made a jar of pickled pineapple and mango. We used cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns and crushed red pepper in salt brine. Both were a huge hit at our family gathering yesterday.

I read that as picnicking class and thought that you were describing the lab section after a lecture on foods that need no refrigeration.

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A hollow voice says, Inpeach...  May 26, 2019 • 7:34:36am

re: #154 Old Liberal

Why is Biden even responding? Why not just say “we aren’t interested in responding to Donald Trumps boyfriend Rocket Man. We’re here to talk about (campaign message here).

I agree that it might have been better not to respond at all, but it sounds more like a comment on DT’s favoring Kim than anything directed at the North Koreans.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 7:37:19am

1st world problems… But an irritation factor nonetheless:

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Old Liberal  May 26, 2019 • 7:40:45am

re: #170 A hollow voice says, Inpeach…

I agree that it might have been better not to respond at all, but it sounds more like a comment on DT’s favoring Kim than anything directed at the North Koreans.

An effective part of the playbook is “demean and pivot”. Our pols get too fancy. “We all know the president lies so there is no point in responding, we’re here to talk about xyz. “. “Everyone knows the president loves cruel dictators we’re here to talk about abc “.

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Belafon  May 26, 2019 • 7:41:09am

re: #171 Teukka

1st world problems… But an irritation factor nonetheless:

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Someone set up a bin for plastic bottles at work, and had to put up a big sign saying it’s not a garbage bag.

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Barefoot Grin  May 26, 2019 • 7:42:01am

How much that “Trump Trophy” cost us?

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 7:43:03am

re: #173 Belafon

Someone set up a bin for plastic bottles at work, and had to put up a big sign saying it’s not a garbage bag.

Here in Sweden, there are municipalities where what’s disaffectionately known as a “contaminated fraction” will set the payer of the trash bill back a couple of hundred $/€, if they even touch the container….

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 7:44:16am
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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 7:47:29am
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makeitstop  May 26, 2019 • 7:47:31am

re: #169 jeffreyw

I read that as picnicking class and thought that you were describing the lab section after a lecture on foods that need no refrigeration.

Explanation about the class - my wife found this outfit called the NY Adventure Club, which puts together outings all over the city. Prior to the pickling class, we had done a tour of the Czech Republic Consulate on the East Side. Cool building, cool tour.

The pickling class was held in the Muesum at Eldridge Street, a beautifully restored synagogue. The event was hosted by The Pickle Guys, a young crew who uses the old-school pickling methods they learned working for NYC’s ‘old-timer’ picklers.

In June, we’re doing a NYAC event that will take us on a boat trip to a privately-owned lighthouse in the middle of Long Island Sound, complete with picnic lunch and champagne toast. That one should be pretty cool.

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A hollow voice says, Inpeach...  May 26, 2019 • 7:50:59am

re: #176 Backwoods_Sleuth

Talk is cheap. McCain went on to stand with DT — for the most part — until he died.

And left instructions not to invite him to the funeral.

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 26, 2019 • 7:51:39am

I think we need to reboot this franchise

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Decatur Deb  May 26, 2019 • 7:56:00am

re: #175 Teukka

Here in Sweden, there are municipalities where what’s disaffectionately known as a “contaminated fraction” will set the payer of the trash bill back a couple of hundred $/€, if they even touch the container….

Our town has done single-stream recycling for a decade or more. The things we are allowed to include scares me, but the Works Dep’t says it’s OK. We were in danger of losing it when the Chinese got pissy about American garbage, but we found a US “buyer”. (We pay them but make out because we have a severe landfill problem.) Our recycling program including bins, weekly pickup, and large-item dropoff has always been the most progressive notion in the region. The town of about 60,000 has a long history of good management except for the disastrous school board and Klan-Kurious/Klan Kontrolled police force.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 8:01:01am

Todays dinner. Oven fried tofu with wok veggies in coconut milk and rice.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 8:12:45am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 8:23:55am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 8:31:33am
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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 26, 2019 • 8:31:33am

re: #114 Hecuba’s daughter

The whole Senate GOP is either totally compromised or totally complicit and supportive. They do not care about Russian interference.

This is what I have said all along.

Republican Senators and Congressmen are addicted to power the same way a junky is addicted to heroin. They continually crave more and more to the point they will OD.

Just watch what happens when China and the rest of the world say No More and they dump Treasury securities. With no-one willing to buy more securities to finance the Red Ink Republicans trillion dollar deficit Wall Street will melt down.

Then the fun begins for Putin and his pals.

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Hecuba's daughter  May 26, 2019 • 8:34:55am

re: #186 Joe Bacon 🌹

This is what I have said all along.

Republican Senators and Congressmen are addicted to power the same way a junky is addicted to heroin. They continually crave more and more to the point they will OD.

Just watch what happens when China and the rest of the world say No More and they dump Treasury securities. With no-one willing to buy more securities to finance the Red Ink Republicans trillion dollar deficit Wall Street will melt down.

Then the fun begins for Putin and his pals.

Putin is already having fun, especially knowing that millions of Americans don’t think of him as an enemy. He and his oligarch pals are laughing at the gullibility of much of the American public.

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Feline Fearless Leader  May 26, 2019 • 8:35:34am

re: #171 Teukka

1st world problems… But an irritation factor nonetheless:

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That reminds me of the general disgust I have whenever I take recycling or trash out to the large bins here in the apartment complex. It’s single-stream recycling with what goes and doesn’t go in the dumpster clearly marked on it in two languages. And every time I am adding my cardboard, bottles, etc. to it I see that someone has simply dumped trash and/or food waste contaminated cardboard in it. And the dumpsters for trash often have unseparated plastic bottles mixed in with the trash. People being lazy for the most part I guess. I am sort of surprised that the management company has not memo-ed at all about this issue.

In comparison, my apartment building in Philadelphia had a room and trash chute on each floor. And a second chute just for paper. Two bins - one for glass and the other for the plastics the Philadelphia recycling system took. Plus a place downstairs for placing larger items and cardboard boxes.* (I was annoyed that they did not process #5 plastic (polypropylene), but where I worked took that since the company made polypropylene and thus promoted it’s use in packaging.) And when the bins were not being used right the management did send memos out about it.

* - When I was prepping to move I checked that area once per day to see if there were moving boxes of the size I wanted there that I could salvage.

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wrenchwench  May 26, 2019 • 8:53:44am

re: #184 Backwoods_Sleuth

[Trump and Kim “agree in their assessment of” Joe Biden as low IQ]

Trump wants so badly to run against Biden. I think he’s more afraid of any non-Biden as a less-well-known quantity. Let’s get a non-Biden!

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 8:54:11am

DISCLAIMER: This is a “doctored” video. (Trump never goes out in public without his hair hat)

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Dave In Austin  May 26, 2019 • 8:54:17am

re: #176 Backwoods_Sleuth

THAT is 100% the old John McCain I used to know right there.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  May 26, 2019 • 8:55:00am

Foreign Affairs: American Hustle: What Mueller Found—and Didn’t Find—About Trump and Russia

These two lives—establishmentarian and upstart—collided in May 2017, when the U.S. Department of Justice appointed Mueller as special counsel to investigate, as the order defining his mandate put it, “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” along with “any matters that arose or may arise from the investigation.” In the two years that followed, Mueller and his investigators interviewed around 500 witnesses, issued some 2,800 subpoenas and some 500 search-and-seizure warrants, indicted 34 individuals and three Russian businesses, and secured guilty pleas from or convictions of Trump’s one-time campaign chair and former national security adviser, among others.

In March of this year, Mueller delivered to the Department of Justice a 448-page report in two volumes, a redacted version of which Attorney General William Barr made public a few weeks later. The first volume scrutinizes the evidence of a possible criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, which, the report states, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election “in sweeping and systematic fashion,” by spreading disinformation over social media and stealing and disseminating personal e-mails belonging to senior figures in the presidential campaign of Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. The second volume examines evidence of possible obstruction of justice by the president in relation to the investigation—that is, whether Trump violated the law by attempting to make it harder for Mueller to get to the truth.

The first volume reaches a more or less straightforward conclusion. “Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts,” the report states, “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” The campaign did not break the law in its numerous interactions with Russians. But as the report makes clear, Trump and his senior advisers, including members of his family, were aware that the Kremlin was trying to help them, and, rather than sound the alarm to U.S. authorities, they were thrilled about the assistance.

The second volume’s findings appear more complex. Owing to the Department of Justice’s long-standing internal opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted, Mueller decided that he did not have the legal authority to charge the president. As a result, the report does not render a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding obstruction of justice on Trump’s part. Whether Trump committed a crime is left open to interpretation. After receiving the report, Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, who had appointed Mueller and had overseen all but the final two months of the investigation, ruled that Trump’s conduct did not constitute obstruction of justice. Still, Mueller’s accessibly written compendium of substantiated facts delivers an unambiguous ethical indictment of Trump’s campaign and presidency.

Mueller’s chronicle of prevarication, moral turpitude, and incompetence is dispiriting, but his presentation of rigorous legal reasoning and strict adherence to statutes, case law, and procedural rules is inspiring. The text serves as an x-ray, revealing a venal politician and a corrupt political system. At the same time, it embodies many of the values that make the United States great: integrity, meticulousness, professionalism, public service, and the rule of law.

What’s more, as I have been arguing for years, Russian intelligence organizations had no need to collude with the omnishambolic Trump campaign. They could manage entirely on their own to hack e-mail accounts, line up cutouts such as WikiLeaks to disseminate damaging material, impersonate Americans on social media, and study elementary research available in open sources about battleground states and swing voters. The Mueller report confirms this point, despite some lingering ambiguity over the Trump campaign’s links to WikiLeaks, which is a genuinely valuable asset for Russia.

As for obstruction of justice, which Trump attempted in plain sight for months on end, the report states that “the president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons surrounding the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.” (Note the “mostly.”) Many administration officials knew that Trump was pushing them to engage in illegal acts, or at least “crazy shit,” in the words of Donald McGahn, the former White House lawyer and an unwitting star of the report. But in scene after gripping scene, Mueller demonstrates how Trump is merely a would-be mobster, worried sick that his capos are wearing a wire. Forget about burying his enemies in concrete: Trump inspires none of the fear, let alone loyalty, of a real crime boss, instead imploring staffers over and over to carry out his orders, then shrinking from punishing them when they drag their feet. It turns out there really is a “deep state” out to thwart Trump after all, but its operatives are not alleged liberal Trump haters in the FBI but Trump appointees in his administration—and when they secretly manage to thwart him, they shield him from prison.

Trump was voicing lines straight out of the KGB playbook: the press is the enemy of the people, American law enforcement is corrupt, NATO is obsolete, U.S. trading partners are rip-off artists. All the while, Trump’s family and associates were meeting secretly with Russians and lying first about the fact of those meetings and later about their substance. These meetings took place in the context of Trump’s decades-long attempts to do business in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. Overpriced real estate is, to an extent, a business built on money laundering, with all-cash buyers needing to wash funds of dubious provenance and looking for partners who neglect to perform due diligence. Any serious investigation of Trump with subpoena power that looked into his businesses would pose a grave legal threat to him and his family. (The Mueller report briefly mentions Trump’s attempted property deals in Georgia and Kazakhstan. It remains unclear whether these or related matters are part of the 12 ongoing criminal investigations that the special counsel’s office handed off to other authorities, the details of which are blacked out in the public version of the report.)

Trump’s connections to Russia were hardly a secret during the campaign. In June 2016, Kevin McCarthy of California, who was then the Republican House majority leader and is now the minority leader and a staunch Trump supporter, stated behind closed doors to party colleagues in a secretly taped meeting, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” (Dana Rohrabacher was a curiously pro-Putin Republican U.S. representative from California.) When some of those present laughed, McCarthy added: “Swear to God!”

The most revealing example of the Trump team’s attitude toward Russia was the campaign’s infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a group of Russians who promised that they had dirt on Clinton. The meeting was arranged by Donald Trump, Jr., and attended by Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was running the campaign at the time. Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart impresario who became Trump’s campaign chair a few months after the meeting and who later served as the chief White House strategist, told the journalist Michael Wolff that the meeting was “treasonous.” Bannon added, “Even if [they] thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, [they] should have called the FBI immediately.” Bannon was right, even if he went on to suggest not that the meeting should have been refused but that it should have been organized far away (“in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire”) and that its contents, if damaging to Clinton, should have been dumped “down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication.”

When even Bannon says Hair Furor’s henchmen are “traitors”…..

Ultimately, what have we learned? The report might seem merely to recapitulate, albeit in more granular detail, what we already knew. But in fact, it contains an enormous surprise. A few observers, myself included, had long assumed that during the 2016 campaign, Russians who were operating at the behest of the Kremlin (or were seeking to ingratiate themselves with it) were not trying to collude with the Trump campaign. Rather, they were trying to gain unfettered access to the campaign’s internal communications in order to obtain operational secrets and compromising material (kompromat) on Trump and his people or to implicate them in illegal acts. I took the real story of Trump and Russia to be one of penetration and assumed that Russian intelligence eavesdropped on the cell phones not just of Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, but also of Trump himself and his family. I assumed that Russian intelligence had implanted devices on the cables running underneath and into Trump Tower and wondered about those Russian-owned apartments upstairs, not far from Trump’s operations. (Trump did not return to the tower for the first seven months of his presidency, as if it were not a secure facility; in 2017, when he accused the Obama administration of wiretapping phones in the tower, I took it to be a typical Trumpian falsehood about something that was true in another way.) The idea that such surveillance was under way during the campaign seemed like a no-brainer. After all, officials in Russia whom I have known for a long time were bragging about it, and the tradecraft was elementary.

So imagine my astonishment when I read in Mueller’s report that Russians approaching the Trump campaign could not figure out whom to contact, who was in charge, or who mattered. Russian operatives and intermediaries were coming at the campaign from all angles, exploring channels with individuals who had no influence whatsoever on policy positions, to the extent that the campaign even had any. The reality was that no one was in charge and no one mattered except Trump, and he swiveled one way, then the next, capriciously, in his executive chair. But the Russians essentially failed to gain access to him, even when the campaign and the White House flung open the doors. (The report reveals that the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey Kislyak, rejected Kushner’s suggestion that they communicate using secure facilities at the Russian embassy in Washington.) I was wrong, in an important way.

Now strap yourselves….

In the end, the Mueller report provides no answer to the puzzle of what motivates Trump’s obsequiousness toward Russia. In discussing Trump’s sensitivity to any mention of Russian interference and his bizarre public statements accepting Putin’s denials, the report refers to Trump’s insecurities over how his election could be seen as illegitimate, as well as to his wish to build a windfall Trump Tower in Moscow. The report contains no section analyzing Trump’s long-standing envy of strongman rulers. Nor does the report address the mutual failures of the U.S.-Russian relationship. The three presidents who preceded Trump, all of whom served two terms, could not figure out how to manage U.S.-Russian relations over the long run. Each tried engagement, or a “reset,” followed by some version of attempted isolation, culminating in sanctions and no visible way forward. In important ways, Russian interference in U.S. domestic politics stemmed directly from those failures; so, in part, have Trump’s conciliatory gestures. But Trump did not even get his reset: despite his over-the-top expressions of admiration for Putin, his administration went straight to the phase of sanctions and recriminations.

In this light, the Russian attack on American democracy cannot be viewed as even a tactical success. Instead of getting his dismemberment of Ukraine legally recognized or sanctions lifted, Putin got slapped with additional sanctions. The cyber-intrusions and special operations to disseminate stolen e-mails were a technical success, but their contribution to Trump’s victory was at most marginal. The Kremlin did get Washington to obsess about Russia in unhealthy ways, and Moscow’s actions did play a part in launching a fury-raising investigation of a U.S. president. But the United States has resilient institutions (as opposed to Russia’s corrupt ones), a gigantic economy (as opposed to Russia’s medium-sized one), and a powerfully self-organized civil society (as opposed to Russia’s persecuted one). That is why highly educated, entrepreneurial Russians continue to immigrate to the United States.

This is also why, notwithstanding the unmet, unrealistic expectations of the Mueller report, the Trumpian moment is an opportunity. The best of the United States is there to be rediscovered, reinvented, and repositioned for the challenges the country faces: the dilemmas posed by bioengineering, rising seas and extreme weather, the overconcentration of economic power, and the geopolitical rivalry with China. Above all, what the country needs is massive domestic investment in human capital, infrastructure, and good governance. Trump’s instinctive exploitation of Washington’s recent failures offers an emphatic reminder that the country must attend to those elements of American greatness. At a high cost, Trump could nonetheless be a gift, if properly understood.

Understood how, pray tell?

And America’s “greatness”? Well….

Why America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 26, 2019 • 8:59:24am

re: #177 jaunte

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Patricia Kayden  May 26, 2019 • 9:01:39am

re: #184 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Parody? If not, why is the media reporting this as if it were news? The way the MSM has treated Trump with the utmost respect is absolutely appalling. I know they’re not going to be so deferential to the next Democratic President.

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Patricia Kayden  May 26, 2019 • 9:07:15am

re: #183 Backwoods_Sleuth

Democrats need to impeach the treasonous man in the White House and stop dithering while he destroys the country and starts another war in the Middle East. Let’s give Republicans to whine about.

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danarchy  May 26, 2019 • 9:08:46am

re: #192 Eric The Fruit Bat

Isn’t there some sort of rule about how much of an article you can post here, like for legal reasons?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 9:15:39am
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Decatur Deb  May 26, 2019 • 9:20:48am

re: #197 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Willing plant or mediocre fool makes very little difference. I think he’s a fairly stupid man with some psych problems who has long been protected by retainers for their own reasons. In the end it’s academic.

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wrenchwench  May 26, 2019 • 9:26:37am

re: #196 danarchy

Isn’t there some sort of rule about how much of an article you can post here, like for legal reasons?

Not the whole thing for copyright rules. Not ‘too much’ to avoid pissing off the source (which our host is usually not in favor of). Include a link, unless it’s to somewhere nobody should go to (kinda subjective).

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Rightwingconspirator  May 26, 2019 • 9:28:40am

I wonder if Hoosier Hoops ever lurks…
Indy 500 today.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 9:30:12am

re: #199 wrenchwench

Not the whole thing for copyright rules. Not ‘too much’ to avoid pissing off the source (which our host is usually not in favor of). Include a link, unless it’s to somewhere nobody should go to (kinda subjective).

yep..I remember when our host got several nasty communications from RawStory about that.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 9:31:35am

re: #201 Backwoods_Sleuth

yep..I remember when our host got several nasty communications from RawStory about that.

which is particularly ironic considering how RawStory comes up with its content

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wrenchwench  May 26, 2019 • 9:34:29am

re: #202 Backwoods_Sleuth

which is particularly ironic considering how RawStory comes up with its content

I try not to even go there. I find an original source when I can.

I’ve been known to downding a link to NRO. Depends on who post it for what reason, and my mood.

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 9:35:22am
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Chrysicat  May 26, 2019 • 9:38:18am

I know there has to be a thread opening in less than 10 minutes, but I’ll still take the chance someone will see this here rather than waiting:

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makeitstop  May 26, 2019 • 9:41:43am

Absolutely gorgeous day here in NY! We had our family get-together here yesterday and it went well - I caught a nice buzz early and maintained it for most of the day and night. Food and drink were great, everyone had fun. We were in bed by 11:30.

Today we’re off to my BiL’s house for a small BBQ, which I have to leave early for a by-the-water gig out in East Rockaway. So no buzz for me today, gotta go to work…

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 9:45:02am

Have you ever seen a swill bucket rattle a saber?

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 9:47:21am
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A hollow voice says, Inpeach...  May 26, 2019 • 9:55:27am

re: #208 jaunte

Link

I’m old enough to remember when they were doing the same thing when people criticized Dubya. After 9/11, obviously.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 9:55:52am

From earlier. Turns out I have egg on my face.

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DangerMan  May 26, 2019 • 9:56:15am

re: #206 makeitstop

Absolutely gorgeous day here in NY! We had our family get-together here yesterday and it went well - I caught a nice buzz early and maintained it for most of the day and night. Food and drink were great, everyone had fun. We were in bed by 11:30.

Today we’re off to my BiL’s house for a small BBQ, which I have to leave early for a by-the-water gig out in East Rockaway. So no buzz for me today, gotta go to work…

at the wild duck inn?

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makeitstop  May 26, 2019 • 9:59:57am

re: #211 DangerMan

at the wild duck inn?

The Lazy Lobster on Front Street. First time in there, should be fun.

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Chrysicat  May 26, 2019 • 10:01:12am
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Dave In Austin  May 26, 2019 • 10:04:18am

Dumbass dumbassing……..

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PhillyPretzel  May 26, 2019 • 10:07:07am

re: #214 Dave In Austin

Someone took more Bible classes then Science classes.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 10:07:23am

re: #210 Teukka

From earlier. Turns out I have egg on my face.

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So. There. Corrections emitted in the places where I posted it. Damn. It sounded like something the real Legasov would say, on top of being an apt description of the consequence of lies, along with this gem:

It’s the cost of lies. When people choose to lie, and when everyone engages in a very passive conspiracy to promote the lie, we can get away with it for a very long time. But the truth just doesn’t care. And it will get you.

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Chrysicat  May 26, 2019 • 10:11:31am

re: #215 PhillyPretzel

Someone took more Bible classes then Science classes.

Now to be fair, that’s not overly likely either; if he’d been that obsessed with the Bible he’d see tornadoes as still the result of manipulation, just divine rather than HAARP.

But for that to be true, they’d have to be divine retribution against what he sees as two of the most godly lawmaking acts in 250 years, so he dismisses that out of hand.

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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 10:25:29am
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PhillyPretzel  May 26, 2019 • 10:26:49am

re: #218 Teukka

Perfect. That person got exactly what he deserved.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 10:29:19am
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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 10:32:11am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 10:33:44am

cool!

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Dr Lizardo  May 26, 2019 • 10:33:45am

re: #220 Backwoods_Sleuth

Yeah, I’m thinking, “It was just a prank, bro!” isn’t gonna cut the mustard on this incident.

OT, but just around to seeing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. Damn….what a great film; one of the best comic-book adaptations I’ve ever seen.

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PhillyPretzel  May 26, 2019 • 10:34:50am

re: #222 Backwoods_Sleuth

Very cool.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 10:36:20am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 10:38:53am

the video:

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 10:39:22am
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danarchy  May 26, 2019 • 10:40:05am

re: #220 Backwoods_Sleuth

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So my question is, are these actually fake explosives or is it like the Boston Aqua teen hunger force bomb scare which was just an over-reaction to a guerilla marketing campaign. How about including an image of the device so people know what they are not supposed to touch.

boston.com

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Dave In Austin  May 26, 2019 • 10:42:22am
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PhillyPretzel  May 26, 2019 • 10:50:35am

re: #227 The Vicious Babushka

NJTV is running D-Day at Pointe-du-Hoc. It is pretty good.
njtvonline.org

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 10:57:29am

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peguyjaures  May 26, 2019 • 11:00:39am

While I’m anxiously waiting for the first estimates in the EU elections, I’m posting another fascinating “Sound of Music” cover by Laibach - this one shot entirely in Pyongyang…

Laibach - The Sound of Music (Official Video)

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peguyjaures  May 26, 2019 • 11:03:33am

Fuck. First position with 24% for Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National in France. :(
One. Fucking. Quarter. Of all voters.

I have no words.

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peguyjaures  May 26, 2019 • 11:05:57am

Well a few silver linings: good showing for the Green Party (14%) and two left-wing lists at 7% each.

So that’s 28% in total for Greens + left and 22% for the center (Macron).

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 11:08:28am

re: #233 peguyjaures

“It is convenient to see the Vichy regime as born of nothingness, returned to nothingness. Yes, it’s convenient, but it is false. We cannot build pride upon a lie,” Macron said in July.
theguardian.com

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peguyjaures  May 26, 2019 • 11:08:33am

I’m still gonna need a strong drink. :(

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peguyjaures  May 26, 2019 • 11:11:01am

re: #235 jaunte

Right. This dark undercurrent was always there. For one thing, ugly, overt racism was even more widespread when I was a kid. It just didn’t translate into votes.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 26, 2019 • 11:19:07am

Well, I didn’t open my mailbox yesterday so I see it was stuffed full when I came home from the gym.

Now I have another bill from Kaiser for $550. for additional services involving the pneumonia I had in March. And thanks to Trump I now have to pay a penalty copayment because of my “excessive use of medical services”.

These “excessive services” included a dilation for an ophthalmologist to examine my eyes for potential diabetic damage which used to cost nothing.

TUCK FRUMP BEFORE HE YUCKS FOU!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 26, 2019 • 11:22:25am

re: #233 peguyjaures

Fuck. First position with 24% for Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National in France. :(
One. Fucking. Quarter. Of all voters.

I have no words.

Steve Bannon rubs his hands with glee…

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 11:30:03am

The ratio on this Tweet 🤣

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 11:31:13am
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peguyjaures  May 26, 2019 • 11:34:14am

re: #242 jaunte

Yeah and actually EELV (Greens) and the PS (Socialist Party) performed better than expected in the end - especially the Greens, a very good surprise.
And since EU elections are proportional, a solid majority of French MEPs will still belong to respectable parties.

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 26, 2019 • 11:36:19am

re: #241 The Vicious Babushka

The ratio on this Tweet 🤣

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Read his bio here:

Connor was born in the late 1990s in Charlotte NC. Owns many leather bound books.

doesn’t state that he know how to read.

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The Vicious Babushka  May 26, 2019 • 11:37:13am

Here’s another video like the one featured in this thread:

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Belafon  May 26, 2019 • 11:39:02am

re: #241 The Vicious Babushka

The ratio on this Tweet 🤣

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Yeah, I’m thinking that might be a record.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 26, 2019 • 11:39:48am

re: #241 The Vicious Babushka

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Joe Bacon 🌹  May 26, 2019 • 11:42:40am

re: #244 I Would Prefer Not To

Read his bio here:

Connor was born in the late 1990s in Charlotte NC. Owns many leather bound books.

doesn’t state that he know how to read.

Criswell Bacon predicts that Connor is into SERIOUS leather and he let that slip…

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 11:50:52am

re: #244 I Would Prefer Not To

Connor was born in the late 1990s in Charlotte NC and suffers from Resting Douchebag Face.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 11:52:45am

heads up:

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Patricia Kayden  May 26, 2019 • 11:53:04am

re: #207 jaunte

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Have you ever seen a swill bucket rattle a saber?

Why not both? They can fight us liberals at home and Iranians abroad.

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sagehen  May 26, 2019 • 11:58:58am

re: #210 Teukka

From earlier. Turns out I have egg on my face.

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I didn’t realize Craig Mazin was the screenwriter; he also semi-famous for having been Ted Cruz’ college roommate. Hates him with the white-hot passion of a thousand fiery suns.

And, you know, I want to be clear, because Ted Cruz is a nightmare of a human being. I have plenty of problems with his politics, but truthfully, his personality is so awful that 99 percent of why I hate him is just his personality. If he agreed with me on every issue, I would hate him only 1 percent less.

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Patricia Kayden  May 26, 2019 • 11:59:42am

re: #204 jaunte

White privilege writ large. Plus, she’s a Republican which also helps.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 26, 2019 • 12:00:29pm

re: #250 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 12:09:43pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 26, 2019 • 12:11:24pm

re: #255 Backwoods_Sleuth

Now, that’s a party

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 12:13:57pm

A former business manager for late Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee was arrested Saturday in Arizona on charges including elder abuse, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Keya Morgan faces felony charges of false imprisonment and grand theft from an elder and a misdemeanor charge of elder abuse, police said in a news release.

A warrant had been issued for Morgan’s arrest earlier this month following an elder abuse estate investigation that began in March 2018.

Bail has been set at $300,000 and Morgan is expected to be extradicted to Los Angeles, police said.

CNN has reached out to an attorney for Morgan.

Among other things, Morgan is accused of collecting money from business transactions — like autograph signing sessions in May 2018 that totaled more than $262,000 — and not transferring the money to Lee.

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 12:16:31pm

re: #255 Backwoods_Sleuth

Good thing it was “skillfully combined.”

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 12:20:08pm

re: #258 jaunte

Good thing it was “skillfully combined.”

LOL…my thought exactly!

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PhillyPretzel  May 26, 2019 • 12:21:21pm

re: #255 Backwoods_Sleuth

Hmm. Other ingredients? It is best not to ask.

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 12:21:55pm

re: #259 Backwoods_Sleuth

Our morphia and chloroform have been carefully curated for potency.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 12:22:00pm

re: #260 PhillyPretzel

Hmm. Other ingredients? It is best not to ask.

quality ingredients…skillfully combined…

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I Would Prefer Not To  May 26, 2019 • 12:22:29pm

re: #262 Backwoods_Sleuth

quality ingredients…skillfully combined…

I would try it.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 12:22:54pm

re: #263 I Would Prefer Not To

I would try it.

at least once…

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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 12:23:11pm

Nyquil’s Great-Grandaddy.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 26, 2019 • 12:24:08pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  May 26, 2019 • 12:29:31pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 26, 2019 • 12:30:11pm
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Teukka  May 26, 2019 • 12:35:00pm

Fresh exit poll from Sweden:

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 26, 2019 • 12:38:12pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  May 26, 2019 • 12:55:36pm
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jaunte  May 26, 2019 • 1:04:36pm

re: #270 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Time for those people with a cowboy hat fetish to sue the state Agriculture Commissioner.

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Barefoot Grin  May 26, 2019 • 4:41:17pm

re: #214 Dave In Austin

Dumbass dumbassing……..

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