• frank
    2.4k
    How can you be an expert on something you can't even spell properly?S

    You need more aluminum foil. On your head.
  • S
    9.8k
    I mean, notice how vehemently Euros hate Americans and it's the same culture.frank

    Maybe we would hate you a little less if you put a little more effort into saying "aluminium".
  • frank
    2.4k
    Too many syllables.
  • S
    9.8k
    You need more aluminum foil. On your head.frank

    Have you seen the size of my head? You'd need to hire a crane.
  • frank
    2.4k
    Just get a garbage can and make a helmet out of it.
  • S
    9.8k
    Just get a garbage can and make a helmut out of it.frank

    First of all, I should probably empty it of all of Sir2u's awful comebacks.
  • karl stone
    430
    On paper, the prognosis is good.
    — karl stone

    Without a global coalition to do it? Are you thinking that China will do it unilaterally? I mean, notice how vehemently Euros hate Americans and it's the same culture. How could a global coalition come into being?
    frank

    I do not suggest a globalist approach. I suggest regionalism. Regional trade blocs are emerging all across the world, EU, AU, ASEAN, and so on. These do not suffer, to the same extent global government would suffer, from the problem of perceived legitimacy. Regional government has a natural interest in promoting internal markets - which promote human welfare, in turn necessary to slow the growth of human population. Further, because nations tend to trade most with their immediate and close neighbours - the cost of regulations applied across a region like the EU, with 28 countries, are mitigated, because a cost that applies equally to direct economic competitors is not a competitive disadvantage. So regional government can afford to have higher regulatory standards, and the market is too large to be threatened by big companies wanting a race to the bottom for profit.
  • Bitter Crank
    7.6k
    leveling off at around 11 billion people by 2100karl stone

    Don't worry, there won't be 11 billion people by 2100.
  • Benkei
    1.9k
    It's true but a website definition and not the statutory definition. It now seems to match the statutory definition used in the Violence Against Women Act. That Act expired during the government shutdown but appears to have been extended again until 15 February. Whether there's a policy change related to the change in definition isn't clear. Reason to pay attention for now.
  • Arkady
    762
    Trump has apparently thrown another Twitter hissy fit in response to an SNL impression by Alec Baldwin, asking how media outlets get away with such mockery, and implying that there should be "retribution." Other than perhaps Richard Nixon, has there in recent memory been a POTUS with such clearly anti-democratic tendencies?

    It's bad enough that Trump praises dictators (or quasi-dictators) such as Putin, Erdogan, Kim Jong Un, and Duterte, but he himself has already floated the idea of using FCC powers to revoke the broadcast licenses of media outlets which displease him, even, apparently, when this displeasure results from the time-honored tradition of an SNL impersonation, the rite of passage for each and every POTUS over the past 30 years or so. He has also invoked yet again his labeling of the press as "the enemy of the people," a page from the dictator textbook. What a thin-skinned, cruel, vain man-child.
  • SophistiCat
    724
    "I don't care. I believe Putin."

    That's what President Trump is alleged to have said in a discussion with U.S. intelligence regarding information he was given about North Korean intercontinental missiles and whether they could reach the United States.
    CBS
  • Maw
    1.2k
    It's Bernie bitch, 2020 let's fucking go
  • Maw
    1.2k
    So did anyone else watch the Cohen testimony?
  • tim wood
    2.2k
    Some of it. I cannot stomach the republicans.
  • Maw
    1.2k
    They made it difficult to watch through grandstanding, misplaced moralizing, and incoherent attacks, and overall hypocrisy. I don't understand how some of them were elected. Higgins was an absolute moron, as was Meadows, Jim Jordan is just a boot-licking dipshit.
  • Echarmion
    322

    The bits of it I saw were a bit insane. What the hell has happened to the american democracy? Are these kinds of elected representatives the result of extreme gerrymandering? Or is there some sort of collective insanity going on?
  • Benkei
    1.9k
    From what I read in the newspapers it was really entertaining.
  • ssu
    1.1k
    What the hell has happened to the american democracy? Are these kinds of elected representatives the result of extreme gerrymandering? Or is there some sort of collective insanity going on?Echarmion
    Good question.

    I really wonder what will happen after Trump. It brings to my mind questions like a) What damage has Trump done to the GOP? b) What is the counter-response to Trump when the political pendulum swings back? Above all, c) What happens to American political discourse? Is the discourse salvageable or does the discourse continue breaking apart to two different camps that basically don't talk to each other, stay in their own worlds and result in a situation where to reach normal political compromises, that a democracy needs to function, becomes impossible.
  • Benkei
    1.9k
    So. Manafort got a slap on the wrist because the judge identifies better with the perpetrator than the victim(s). Class justice.

    EDIT: How is it even relevant Manafort doesn't stand trial for collusion? That's like doing a search in a house because of an investigation in theft and finding drugs. It's not even remotely relevant to the sentence.

    What would be interesting to see if Ellis has dealt with tax fraud before and whether he thought the guidelines were excessive then as well and that he reached very low sentences too.
  • unenlightened
    3.5k
    Class justice.Benkei

    This is a major failing of the justice system. Perhaps we need a corollary to the principle that one be tried before a jury of one's peers, that one should not be sentenced by one's peer. It would be possible to co-opt an appropriate panel of shop-workers and taxi drivers to deal with errant bankers, politicians, and lawyers.
  • frank
    2.4k
    Just based on the number of convictions of Trump's associates and the 17 investigations of Trump himself, I think we can safely say this is an unusually corrupt and inept administration.

    We went from Obama to this. If the amplitude of the pendulum swing continues to escalate, we'll have Gandhi for president in 2020.
  • Anaxagoras
    348
    Trump's presidency is proof that my fellow U.S. American citizens are very stupid. We elected a stupid racist, homophobic, sexist idiot.
  • Anaxagoras
    348


    Here is what bothers me. I am a medical professional, and my colleagues are medical professionals. It is amazing that my co-workers can exhibit the type of logic necessary to save and/or maintain the safety of human life, yet value the ideas of Trump daily. It's almost like when discussing politics they warp in time and lose all sense of reality.
  • Rank Amateur
    1.6k
    completely agree, I get narcissistic, egomaniacs exist, the fact that otherwise normal people voted and after all this, continue to support one for POTUS amazes me.
  • Arkady
    762
    The majority of voters didn't vote for him, though. The mechanics of the electoral college allow for the minority to impose their electoral will on the majority under certain circumstances. Democratic strongholds tend to be clustered in cities (low area/high population), whereas Republican strongholds tend to be more diffuse and rural (large area/low population).

    If you look at a color-coded electoral map of the U.S., it is a sea of red with a few small blue islands sprinkled in. This phenomenon, inter alia, allows Republican candidates to prevail in some national elections, even when they lose the popular vote.
  • unenlightened
    3.5k
    But it's marginal isn't it? So slightly less than half of US voters supported a complete tosspot. Hurrah for the good sense of US voters? I'd really like if complete tosspots lost by a country mile.
  • Arkady
    762
    We needn't postulate a false dilemma between "US voters are smart" and "US voters are stupid." I'd also like it if tosspots (assuming that's something bad - I don't speak UK) lost by a country mile, but it's also important to keep in mind how the electoral college system works, and how the person elected to POTUS doesn't always reflect the will of (most of) the people.
  • tim wood
    2.2k
    how the electoral college system works,Arkady
    Or in this case did not work. It's the business of the college to overrule the voters when in their judgment the voter's judgment needs overruling. That they did not, and at the time there were news reports that suggested that some college members wanted to, suggests a significant failure of the system. It takes courage to stand against the crowd; they didn't have it, even when the popular vote was for Clinton.
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