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by Bjinse on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 11:10:59 AM EST
by generic on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 12:55:09 PM EST
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Trump has managed to reach a less strict version of the previous agreement and to demonstrate that regional powers must develop nuclear weapons if they want the US to take them seriously. This is better than him triggering a nuclear war, but I can't think of a lower bar.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 01:53:45 PM EST
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It is also better than the status quo. If he really suspends the military exercises the North might get extra agricultural production in since not having to call in your conscripts in harvest season might alleviate some suffering in a low fuel economy. The only other thing I want is for him to spend more time with his loot so Moon can do his thing.
Also, while I take no pleasure in having to defend the orange one, everyone who hadn't learned under Bush that you should work on your Doomsday machines if you don't want to get murdered on a whim got that lesson under Obama. Same for the worth of US guarantees compared with the half-life of US grudges.
by generic on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 02:10:56 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 02:48:35 PM EST
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That's pretty lame --to "forget" a couple of years' popular protest, investigation, arrests, and conviction of Moon's predecessor this.empowerment(Park Geun-hye).

But it does neatly illustrate common US America respect for events which have not been dramatized for TV audiences.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 03:17:31 PM EST
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Don't think he forgot about the popular protests. Rather he remembers this:

Despite high expectations in the beginning,[17] his presidency encountered strong opposition from the conservative Grand National Party and media. They constantly accused him of incompetence, and insulting criticism was frequently published in the media.[18] As a result, many of Roh's policies, including a plan to move the capital, and a plan to form a coalition with the opposition, were also attacked and made little progress.

After leaving office, Roh returned to his hometown of Bongha Maeul. He ran a duck farm and lived an ordinary life, sharing it through his blog. He also ran a website called "Democracy 2.0" to promote healthy online discussions.[19] The constantly growing numbers of visits by his political supporters[20] were seen as a threat to the Grand National Party. Fourteen months later, Roh was suspected of bribery by prosecutors, and the subsequent investigations attracted public attention. Roh committed suicide on 23 May 2009 by jumping from a mountain cliff behind his home, after saying that "there are too many people suffering because of me" on a suicide note on his PC.[21] About 4 million people visited Roh's hometown Bongha Village in the week following his death. His suicide was confirmed by police.[22]

by generic on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 01:17:58 AM EST
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Hark! The Method of His Madness
When it comes to the international chess game, Trump is a master
Then there is the summit with Kim. The president's mastery in bringing Kim to the table, while right out of "The Art of the Deal," is potentially a move toward what every beauty pageant contestant wants -- world peace. The moves he has made in this effort impact China, Iran and every other nation on the globe. We will see where it goes but whatever comes of this meeting, the president is always playing a long game. That long game is restoring America's position as the global leader.
## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 03:42:40 PM EST
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hmm, Schwartz has a personal connection? 'Cause GNP-survivor fear of Trump seems like a reach to me.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 03:27:45 AM EST
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Democrats turn to Hollywood for messaging advertising help
"One of the first things we were at least talking about in the beginning meetings was how to improve upon the message advertising as to what does the Democratic Party stand for, what does that represent," said Andrew Marcus, who owns the television and film company Apiary Entertainment. "When the Republican Party or [President Donald] Trump is able to say `Make America great again' and nobody that I know can tell you what the DNC or any of the leading candidates' slogans [are], I think that's a marketing advertising problem."
[...]
"I was looking for something to do that didn't involve giving money," Gregory said. "What I like about this thing is it's not transactional."
GOTV! Dem leaders embrace pay-go

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by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 02:15:35 PM EST
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it's about time.  The Democratic Party PR and Messaging has been Ad Hoc Amateur Hour


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 03:43:44 PM EST
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There's an old ad industry tactic called "borrowed interest" to "add value" to brand ID by, say, hiring a celeb to flog the product. The DNC needs to evaluate the "assets" their working with.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 06:27:19 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 07:09:51 AM EST
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White House aide apologizes for 'special place in hell' comment
"My mission was to send a strong signal of strength," Navarro said. "The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate."

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by Cat on Tue Jun 12th, 2018 at 10:32:31 PM EST
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The "horror" summit finally happened.
< eybrows >
"If Democrats fail to impeach him, depending on the results of Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian affair, worse things could come in the next two years and a half."

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by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 12:52:50 AM EST
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America's Constitutional Crisis Is Here, Now
Our system was conceived as a means of promoting the public interest, but Trump wants to promote only his own interest.

Well, I Don't Know About That

UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, 2017

Successive administrations, including the present one, have determinedly rejected the idea that economic and social rights are full-fledged human rights, despite their clear recognition not only in key treaties that the US has ratified (such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination), and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the US has long insisted other countries must respect. But denial does not eliminate responsibility, nor does it negate obligations. ... A state official pointed to apathy, which he explained by saying that "when people are poor they just give up on the electoral system."  If this is the case, as seems likely, some political elites have a strong self-interest in keeping people in poverty.  

UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, 2016

During this country visit, the experts observed the excessive control and supervision targeting all levels of their life. This control since September 2001, has been reinforced by the introduction of the Patriot Act. We heard testimonies from African Americans based on their experience that people of African descent are treated by the State as a dangerous criminal group and face a presumption of guilt rather than innocence.

The only legal way to constrain Trump is to vote for a Congress, this November, that will stand up to him. And then, in November 2020, vote him and his regime out of office.

If he refuses to accept the results of that election, as he threatened to do if he lost the 2016 election, he will have to be forcefully removed from office.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 01:32:02 AM EST
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Latest in legitimate Human Rights Abuses by the gov that reportedly sets the standard for DPRK.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 07:02:51 PM EST
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How Andrew McCabe is spending his GoFund Me bank

## Sociopaths teaching sociopaths manners.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 04:12:39 AM EST
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Varoufakis' piece in the Guardian:

If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him?

There is, of course, little doubt that with Trump in the White House there is an awful lot we should be angst-ridden about. However, the establishment's reaction to the president's shenanigans, in the United States and in Europe, is perhaps an even greater worry for progressives, replete as it is with dangerous wishful thinking and copious miscalculation.

Some put their faith in the Mueller investigation, assuming that Mike Pence would be kinder to them as president. Others are holding their breath until 2020, refusing to consider the possibility of a second term. What they all fail to grasp is the very real tectonic shifts underpinning Trump's uncouth antics.

Then, there is this:

Behind the scenes, Trump astonished Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat's leader in the House of Representatives, by approving every single social program that she asked of him. As a result, the federal government is running the largest budget deficit in America's history when the rate of unemployment is less than 4%.

Whatever one thinks of this president, he is giving money away not only to the richest, who of course get the most, but also to many poor people. With demonstrably strong employment, especially among African American workers, inflation under control and the stock market still buoyant, Donald Trump has his home front covered as he travels to foreign lands to confront friends and foes.


[my emphasis]

[citation needed] : I haven't followed the US politics (or economics) very closely, but are there any facts and figures to support the above?

by Bernard on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 08:21:15 PM EST
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Trump is running enormous deficits - These are aimed at the rich, but on this scale, some of it does bleed through into demand. The Fed is, of course, moving to pull this money back out of circulation to guarantee that a situation with full employment comes about does not happen.

.. Which means Trump would have to also take on the fed to actually accomplish anything on this front.

by Thomas on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 09:15:03 AM EST
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Fed Raises Interest Rates and Signals 2 More Increases Are Coming -> "malinvestment"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 12:26:43 PM EST
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US department of justice model of "flight risks" for the w/e 16 June 2018

An alleged unregistered agent of a foreign state, Paul Manafort, bankrolled by Ukrainian oligarchs;

an alleged slave trader, Keith Raniere, bankrolled by a pair of Seagram's Liquor heirs;

an alleged fugitive from vacated warrant for arrest, Julian Assange, bankrolled by the Republic of Ecuador.


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by Cat on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 09:17:18 PM EST
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California primary voters considered a ballot question to be added to the general election for referendum. That is, more or less, Should the state be divided in three, creating three separate sovereign states?

Since then I have read of much excitement over the prospect of adding (4) four US senators and (3) three representatives ("for Dems") to the US House. Why? Because ##Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

Article IV, Sec. 3

New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.
The Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929 June 11
On this date, the House passed the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929, fixing the number of Representatives at 435.
Franklin vs Massachusettes (91-1502), 505 U.S. 788 (1992)
Not so fast, Mr President
When these um "structural" hurdles are vanquished with the assistance of the States assembled, if am alive, I will look forward with interest to re-calculation of electors to teh college wut robbed Who?

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by Cat on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 10:00:48 PM EST
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