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Posted in: Trump insults Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors See in context

When you talk about stamping out and eliminating the 1st and 2nd amendment

The above yet one more example of the extreme fear alt rightists have as well as their total disconnect from reality. No wonder alt right politicians and their media no longer care about trying to reach reasonable people. Instead they push their propaganda on the overly emotional crowd frightened by life itself.

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Posted in: Trump insults Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors See in context

“Thou idol of idiot worshippers” (Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida).

The Trumps have always been with us. As have been the true believers.

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Posted in: Trump insults Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors See in context

The Republicans have made their own bed by sticking with their Trump. The R's represent a minority of the country. But it's worrying that minority includes heavily armed groups like the Boogaloo Boys, Proud Boys, Oathkeepers, the various Qanon wacks and other white nationalist groups that still support Trump and threaten more violence ala Jan. 6th.

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Posted in: Brazil's virus outlook darkens amid vaccine supply snags See in context

 Bolsonaro’s administration ignored pleas to sign more than one contract for vaccines.

Another failure by a far right, authoritarian regime.

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Posted in: Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes See in context

Instead, all we hear is “White Supremacy, White Supremacy”,

Now some are claiming white supremacy was indeed a motivator for the Jan 6 attempt to overthrow the government. Trump's base, after all.

The Capitol insurrection was never about the election. It was about white supremacy.

https://whyy.org/articles/the-capitol-insurrection-was-never-about-the-election-it-was-about-white-supremacy/

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Posted in: Iran starts up advanced centrifuges in nuclear deal breach See in context

The Trump/Netanyahu/MbS/MbZ faction messed up.

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Posted in: Resurgent Ikee set for big Tokyo Olympic role See in context

Ms Ikee's comeback has been one of the most impressive I have ever seen in any sport.

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Posted in: Pumpkins, peas, peonies: New York exhibit celebrates Yayoi Kusama See in context

Much respect to Yayoi Kusama!

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Posted in: Georgia governor says loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities See in context

Kemp and his fellow Republicans have never cared a single iota for anyone not from their demographic. The shameless Republicans continue to show they are anti-democracy, that they prefer their brand of plutocracy. The R's know US demographics are changing and want to try to establish a political stranglehold fearing they will lose their power. They far right have a powerful media led by extremists like Tucker Carlson pushing messages of fear to their white nationalist base.

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Posted in: Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes See in context

Trump transformed from a reality television star to a politician and president by bending the tools of communication and the media to his will.

Indeed Trump's media are a powerful force. Though they constantly stoke fear in their ever-fearful and often violent base (see Jan. 6), and though they are heavily armed putting the rest of the country at further risk, the audience far right media targets fortunately remain a minority. The majority of the country are reasonable people able to see through Trump and his far right media's big lieS.

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Posted in: Iran starts up advanced centrifuges in nuclear deal breach See in context

Iran is partnered up with both China and Russia. The new world order is one powered by burning burning burning even more fossil fuels, and by authoritarian states - controlled by their respective 1%. Yes, I'm aware 'west is worse'.

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Posted in: Gaetz faces probe by House ethics over potential misconduct See in context

Hopefully his fellow Republicans will allow a full, impartial investigation to be conducted to determine whether his actions have been legal.

Regardless of outcome, Gaetz is one more example of a privileged class brat with zero integrity, just another Floridaman.

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Posted in: Biden forms panel to study possible U.S. Supreme Court expansion See in context

Biden promised in October, late in the presidential election campaign, to establish the commission 

Another campaign promise met. And he did so without saying Mexico will pay for it.

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Posted in: Defying Beijing, U.S. loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts See in context

Biden has vowed to keep up pressure on China,

Still far right media and their followers continue to say Biden's owned by China.

But then far right media have openly admitted their audience is NOT reasonable people.

Fortunately far right media's followers remain a minority in the US.

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Posted in: Biden's budget meets criticism from right and left on Pentagon spending See in context

Cut military spending. Increase spending on a full range of infrastructure projects that benefit the general population. Bring more US troops currently stationed abroad back to the US.

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Posted in: Pentagon to better screen recruits for extremist behavior See in context

Sorry, you don't make the cut.

Good point. When so Trump voters refuse to believe reports issued by the US government and instead believe those from the Kremlin and other foreign sources, recruits who still believe the big lieS should be throughly screened. 'Muh Russia' right wing 'Americans' continue to show their disdain for 'western' democracy while supporting global authoritarian states.

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Posted in: Grim view of global future offered in U.S. intelligence report See in context

Scientists, doctors, and other experts in their field.

Recall, however, the far right have vilified scientists, doctors and especially 'experts'. Those are the sorts 'reasonable' people trust. Trump Republicans have long stopped targeting their messages to 'reasonable' people.

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Posted in: Lavrov says U.S. policy towards Russia is 'dumb,' ineffective See in context

Which I expect they will...

I do, too. The 'muh Russia' 'westerners' will probably continue to side with Russia, continue to say they'd rather be Russian than a Democrat. But some among them, especially those who've demonized China and Iran, might be confused because Russia is partnering up with China and Iran. Most of the far rightists probably won't post comments until they've heard what to parrot from their media sources, in the 'west' and 'abroad'.

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Posted in: U.S. increasingly concerned over Russian troop build up at Ukraine border See in context

Repubs and the Trump supporters....is their partisan hate so great they will side with them against the Biden administration and their own government?

If you go by comments made on this forum, I would say the Trump Republicans and their fellow global supporters will readily side with the Russia/China/Iran axis because far rightists favor authoritarianism over democracy. The US far right have become tools of their media.

So is your "solution"

I offered no 'solution', instead expressed a frustration about the loop we're stuck on. However, I am opposed to almost all wars, including those fought over minor territorial disputes. And am especially opposed to wars fought to take control of another state's resources.

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Posted in: Biden tightens some gun controls; says much more needed See in context

We do and we have them, it’s just most of them are not strictly enforced.

Any time moves are made to enforce gun laws, gun extremists threaten 'civil war'. Gun extremists have long shown their resistance to even permit discussions of gun laws, which is typical of anti-democracy far rightists.

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Posted in: Grim view of global future offered in U.S. intelligence report See in context

It warns, for instance, that the effects of climate change are likely to worsen the problem of food and water insecurity in poor countries and hasten global migration. 

The globe has been seeing this happen for the last couple decades. The gaps among the have and have nots widen each year. The problems are inordinately complex, but one of the first places where problems can be easily observed is in systems of predatory capitalism, be it of the 'free market' variety the 'west' claims to have, or the authoritarian, state-led variety China and Russia have. Predatory capitalism is a cancer rapidly destroying the planet.

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Posted in: U.S. increasingly concerned over Russian troop build up at Ukraine border See in context

Once again a European borderland area is being put at risk of military conflict. Once again that borderland region and even the globe are at risk of escalating conflict because competing empires claim that area belongs under their control. Once again the rival empires will claim at some point in history that borderland area was rightfully theirs.

Each of the rival empires will claim they're involved only to protect their respective peoples. While the 1% profiting from any military conflict but living in either empire's protected area far away from the conflict watch their bank accounts grow even larger. Same as it ever was. (David Byrne)

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Posted in: Biden tightens some gun controls; says much more needed See in context

“This is not a partisan issue among the American people," Biden insisted.

Disagree with you Joe. Though no doubt there are many who identify as independents, Democrats, centrists, leftists, among others owning guns, I think the greatest opposition to any gun control will continue to come from Republicans and others in the far right. The people fearing 'others' and existence most, the people with the largest arsenals of weapons have long been those in the far right wing of the Republican Party. Republicans have long received the largest political campaign donations from far right groups like the NRA. The far right are the ones threatening 'next civil war' whenever guns issues are even mentioned.

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Posted in: Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss See in context

and have had little to no exposure to them, ar

That's a perspective. I had too much exposure to them and despise everything about them, especially in civilians hands.

 Civilian versions of military weapons are drastically changed mechanically,

And can be converted so their killing power equals that of the military's.

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Posted in: Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss See in context

right's attempts to underscore the seriousness of their assault on the capitol

Change 'underscore' to distract from

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Posted in: Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3 bil lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims See in context

It might be painful, but Giuliani will be able to cough up the cash, no big deal.

The above sounds like a recognition that Giulliani/Trump etal did in fact push big lieS. Cheers!

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Posted in: Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss See in context

No one wants to overthrow the government

Extremists in the gun communities and throughout the alt right have long threatened 'the next civil war' when changes to gun laws are even mentioned. Own it.

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Posted in: Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer See in context

will take China more seriously and 

It must be a challenge for those in the global alt right who've been supportive of Trump's alliances with Russia while at the same time demonizing China to see Russia siding with China. Recall, too, that both China and Russia are partners with Iran, another state many in the 'western' alt right have demonized.

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Posted in: Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3 bil lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims See in context

Dominion has similar defamation lawsuits pending against Fox News, former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, and pro-Trump businessman Mike Lindell of My Pillow Inc. Like Giuliani, they have denied defaming Dominion.

Hopefully these cases will go to the courts.

Trump and his media's big lies have done severe damage to the remaining bits of US democracy, much to the delight of anti-democracy movements around the globe.

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