• The Road to 2020 - American Elections
    I wouldn't quite put it that way. But there's little to distinguish Trump Republicanism from neo-fascist European movements like the National Front except maybe the latter are, if anything, a bit more subtle with their tactics. Same overall playbook.Baden

    I think you can levy the fascism claim upon Trump personally, but I think his followers truly believe they are protecting democracy from being stolen by some secret society. They also are convinced that the judges haven't been following the Constitution and that the rule of law is dead. They also believe that you and I are sheep, blinded as to reality, giving them a feeling of superiority and a justification for their defiance.

    I work with a guy like this. He refuses to wear a mask because he thinks they don't work and their only purpose is to force the citizens into submission. They're sort of a gateway drug, where today they'll get you to wear masks, so that eventually they'll get you to willingly give up your first born. Then, after that, it'll get even worse, and people will voluntarily give up their guns.
  • Suicide by Mod
    I've never rage quitted in my life. It's tough being me and not able to relate to other people.Benkei

    I make mistakes only to make myself more likable. it's a godlike quality where what apparent evil I might do is for the better and what errors I make are actually for the best. That's how great I am.
  • The Road to 2020 - American Elections
    There's not much meaning to "Republican" any more. Two very different wings that should not be sharing the same name: Fascists and regular conservatives.Baden

    I agree with the first part, that "Republican" means very little anymore, but I don't think the distinction between the two types is lunatic and normal. Compare the last two Republican Presidents: GW and Trump. GW believed in military intervention in the Middle East, he courted the Hispanic voter and didn't enforce the immigration laws, he favored open trade, and he responded to 9/11 by creating a federally controlled Dept. of Homeland Security. Trump is opposed to military action in the middle east, he's built a wall on the border, he wants to negotiate what he thinks are fair trade practices, and he left entirely to the states how to respond to covid.

    I think the real meaning of a Republican is anyone who opposes a Democrat, with the best example being McConnell, who doesn't seem to be an ideologue or even a pragmatist, but really just an obstructionist, who has figured out how to make nothing happen.
  • Suicide by Mod
    I think sometimes it's like rage quitting a video game when you keep getting flustered. You rip off your earphones and throw the controller to the ground and you're like "fuck, I hope I didn't break anything."

    Once I couldn't get my weed whacker to start and I threw my shoulder out yanking on the rope. It pissed me off so I threw it into the creek. As I watched it spinning through the air, sailing over the fence, I thought to myself, there must have been a better way to deal with it.

    Little moments in time when we become unhinged only to regret it microseconds later.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    I don't understand how he can condemn a violent insurrection, considering the will of the people was subverted when the election, which wasn't even close, was stolen. Isn't democracy worth dying for?

    Or maybe he's full of shit, never actually believing the election was stolen, but never anticipating the rabble he was rousing would nut up and cost him all his influence, so now he's trying a new approach. It apparently is working with you, so good for him.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    tell me how is it possible that the most admired man in America (according to a Gallup poll) had fewer votes than Joe Blow, who couldn't bring fifty people together at a rally?Rafaella Leon

    With that sort of iron clad proof I totally get why a horned man stormed the Capitol. You are on the side of righteousness. Keep telling yourself that.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.”

    I do agree with her that Trump ought be impeached, but it's hard to overlook the sanctimony, considering daddy Dick is that charming black hearted national treasure who left office with a record breaking 13% approval rating after there was, whoopsie, no WMD.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    A picture so vivid you can almost smell the unmistakable scent of week old cabbage you know announces his arrival to the podium.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    As predicted, the Democrats will squander this great opportunity to pass meaningful law while they control both houses and the presidency. Instead, they will spend the first critical months with impeachment proceedings only to watch their efforts unravel in the Senate. And if they are actually successful in the Senate and Trump is told he can never again hold public office, the only one helped by that will be the Republicans.
  • Coronavirus
    It's really just a fever that gets as high as 102 but then drops back to normal. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't recommend it. The weird dreams are kinda cool though.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    I think Trump said he could pardon himself. All he's got to do is say "pardon me" and he's absolved from any crime.
  • Coronavirus
    in 2004, and in its vast bibliography. So-called social scientists don't read any of this, because it's "conspiracy theory", right?Rafaella Leon

    Not sure what they read, but I'm shivering under a bunch of blankets right now waiting for this conspiracy covid fever to pass.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Sure. If I own a newspaper I can demand how it's run. But your original analogy was that of a consumer. I'm just not seeing it.Benkei

    There was a time when aspiring journalists took courses in journalistic ethics and were expected to adhere to them as part of the industry standard. The enforcement was voluntary before and it seemed to work, so we were in a position where we could expect truth to be the goal of reporting. I realize that the First Amendment will serve as a barrier against direct enforcement, but I'm not convinced it cannot be enforced at all, which is what I see with the responsible owners of mass media doing (at least in the example I referenced).
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    I retired from activism when it became clear to me that nothing substantial is going to happen with nuclear weapons until after the next detonation.Hippyhead

    I do admire the quit you have in you.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    es, but that's libel law. If my car doesn't start as a purchaser I have rights. If I buy a paper and it's filled with lies, what exactly is the action I can bring? That it isn't fit for purpose? And the obvious defense would be freedom of speech.Benkei

    Here's one means of enforcement:
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    So, we should sue Fox News for pretending to offer fair and balanced news? Aren't they going to say "free speech" and tell you to fuck off?Benkei

    Dominion software got them to make a complete retraction.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Yes, it's easy for you to say that standards have worked in the past, but until you take a good look at what was going on in the past, that statement is rather doubtful because you don't consider how the standards were enforced. For most of those 1000 years the standards were strictly dictated by The Church, and if you would have stepped out of line, or even perceived to have possibly stepped out of line, you'd be subjected to The Inquisition.Metaphysician Undercover

    We don't need to go back that far. Up until the 1990s, mass media was limited to very few people and journalistic ethics were self enforced.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    You think we should go back to how it was hundreds of years ago?Metaphysician Undercover

    That conclusion cannot be inferred from anything I've said. What I indicated was that there have been editorial standards for over 1000 years, and there's no reason to abandon standards entirely simply because mass media is now generally available to the public.

    I'm not suggesting there be some subjective, whimsical approach to determining what is worthy of publication. Journalistic ethics can be arrived at and they ought be enforced if we wish for our journalism to be ethical. If, on the other hand, we want to provide a platform for those who scream the loudest or who have the most provocative things to say, we can continue forward with what we're doing.

    If we can demand that the medicine we take will cure us, that the cars we purchase start when we turn the key, that our computers properly link us to the internet, then we should similarly be able to expect the news reports we read to reflect what actually occurred. It's not clear to me why mass media should be an exception and should get a pass and be permitted to defraud those who consume those products with impunity.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Those celebrating the censorship of the right - the mass shut-down of social media accounts and the restricted access to to entire social media platforms like Parler - need to be very, very, careful what they wish forStreetlightX

    Free speech has never encompassed the right to say whatever you wish at my dinner table, nor does it include the right to speak with impunity.

    In any event, the power of mass media has always rested in the hands of the few. Historically, you first must have had a printing press, then the ability to print large scale newspapers and fliers, then access to the radio waves, then to the television waves and then to cable and such. Because market entry was difficult, the owners generally held to an ethic to be truthful, at least in the West.

    This modern problem of giving every Tom, Dick, and Harry access to mass media via Twitter, Facebook and the like is something that must now be grappled with. The solution, as is now evident, is not to allow a free for all. I have no problem with the owners of mass media doing as they always had in the past: publishing only that which meets proper editorial standards. Such worked for probably 1000 years prior to tweets and insta posts.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Yes, attempting to hang Mike Pence is pretty much the exact equivalent of calling for racial justice. :brow:Baden

    There are certainly critical distinctions between the Trumpers and the BLM protesters, but there is a similarity often overlooked, and that is that both comprise a marginalized underclass, even if the Trumpers don't realize the source of their anger and even if they are members of the majority race.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Trump insurrectionist being shot for those who want to debate it. Viewer discretion advised.Baden

    From the clip, she appeared not to be threatening anyone's life, so it seems unjustified, but maybe there's more to this.

    Your thoughts?
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    seems like the only two plausible outcomes are that Republicans let their party be completely consumed by insane Trumpers, or else the party splits. In either case the standard Republicans lose, but if they split the party the insane Trumpers lose too. I guess it comes down to whether it’s better to be effectively an undead zombie party ruining everything you might have once cared for, or just a dead party.Pfhorrest

    I predict the Democrats will take this great opportunity while their opponent is crippled to do something stupid enough to unite and energize the Republicans. Sunrise, sunset.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    didn't believe him of course because cmon. But who knows?8livesleft

    Nah. No conspiracy theory here. Things are as they appear.
  • The Road to 2020 - American Elections
    What if Jesus was just like that guy with the horn hat? Just totally nuts?frank

    The more important question is whether the horn hat man is the messiah.
  • The Road to 2020 - American Elections
    Can we just take a moment to reflect on the fact that the "coup attempt" was a rational conclusion from Trump and the GOP's politics, that it was egged on by Trump and the GOP, that Trump is still egging it on, and only at the last second when GOP members realised the optics of the coup attempt were sufficiently bad did they back out?fdrake

    My take throughout this process was that the vast majority of Republicans stood by Trump in order to maintain party unity and to avoid his vicious response to disloyalty. The hope, I think, was to allow the clock to run out with his baseless protests and conspiracy theories about the election. Despite making all his claims, no Republican effort meaningfully attempted to overturn the election. No Republican Governor, Secretary of State, election board, or legislature actually failed to certify their election results, and no Republican or even Trump appointed judge accepted his arguments. Most notably, in Georgia, Republicans took a beating from Trump for their disloyalty because it appears that Trump thought the very Republican controlled state was his best bet in decertifying results. Up to the last minute, it looked like McConnell would be able to control the Republican Senators from signing on to the objections to the election, but he was not able to. In any event, no one actually thought the objection to the Electoral College votes in Congress would result in any change to the final election result.

    As to whether the Republicans were cowards, fearful of doing the right thing, they certainly were. As to whether the rank and file actually believed the Trump nonsense, I doubt it. As to whether the Republicans can now remove themselves from Trump now that he has revealed too clearly what and who he actually is, yes. And that, as I said above, is the positive takeaway here. I don't see the rank and file GOP as much as co-conspirators in attempting to steal Biden's legitimate win, but as pathetic cowards fearful of losing their power who knew better.
  • The Road to 2020 - American Elections
    I see yesterday as a great day for the Republican party. It signals the end to the nightmare that is Trump. Mainstream Republicans can now safely distance themselves from him instead of being forced into cowardly acquiescence. Yesterday was not Normandy, but Appomattox.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    What about this part? I’m not sure where you stand.Brett

    I mean that it's ridiculous that a US president can't make comments on a website that are not appropriate enough for publication so they have to moderate him.

    I can see though how my comment might have been ambiguous.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    What do you mean?Brett

    That Trump is banned here.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    His since deleted tweet:Michael

    Twitter is considering a permanent ban. The President of the US is being moderated and banned on a website. How ridiculous is that.

    I vote for a preemptive ban here. He's going to be looking for a new home to post, and I want to be proactive.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    All that powerful, revolutionary energy. Channelled into defending a plutocrat like Trump. What an utter waste.StreetlightX

    It's such an interesting phenomenon, the influence of leadership and the cult like behavior that follows. I've got to assume these are just regular folks who go to work everyday and come home and hang out with their friends and family. They convince themselves they're fighting for a higher purpose and not just to protect Trump, their messiah. Do they not see just see the same brash, disrespectful dumbass that I see?

    This billionaire buffoon stirs up the underclass into believing their will was subverted, their election stolen, and now their guns and way of life will be taken away. I do think they really believe this and they'll speak proudly to their grandkids about how they fought for freedom like a true patriot.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    On the positive side the GOP is totally fucked now. :party: (Sorry Hanover, you know I'm right).Baden

    And when did getting totally fucked become a bad thing?
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Now you sound like BLM supporters in the summer when explaining the looting.ssu

    I'm explaining why watching looters pisses people off, but I'm not suggesting a moral equivalence, nor am I suggesting that it's all subjective, as if some looters aren't objectively right and others wrong.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Really? When was the last time the US Capitol Building was stormed by armed insurrectionists stopping the certification of Electoral College votes? Perhaps you could jog my memory?Wayfarer

    If you're just saying that this is the worst example of protestors acting out at the capital, then maybe it is. I don't know. But if you're saying this is the worst example of violent behavior against the US government, I'm saying it's not.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    People need to be prosecuted over this. I don’t recall a worse spectacle in American politics than seeing brawling mobs smashing windows of the Capitol building and rampaging through it. Trumpism is showing its true colours, as if it weren’t already abundantly obvious.Wayfarer

    Oh come now, there's been far worse behavior, but that's not to say that this behavior isn't especially bad. The streets burn every time there is any feeling of unfairness, real or perceived. Everyone always feels justified when they riot. What you're experiencing is how a riot looks when you find the rioters entirely unjustified.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    I'm wondering how the 2 hour debate rule works. If a protestor comes in and disrupts everything for an hour or so, are the congressmen left with just a few short minutes to argue their bullshit, or does a guy come in with a digital clock like in soccer and let the crowd know how much time has been added due to delays during the game.
  • The Road to 2020 - American Elections
    The $2,000 check was Trump's idea as I recall.
  • The Road to 2020 - American Elections
    So, can we blame these losses on Trump? Loeffler's apparent insider trading? Perdue's anti-semitic gaffs and ridicule of Harris? Or is it thanks to Democratic organising in Georgia this time around with great voter turn out?Benkei

    It's the mystical power of comeuppance that corrects stupidity and injustice in the cosmos.
  • How Life Imitates Chess
    Actually I think that it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that chess software can more or less simulate emotion. In my recently updated chess.con app, for example, they’ve added ‘personalities’ to the computer matches. Some of them are more aggressive than others or display varying combination (see list of aesthetic factors in my previous post) styles.praxis

    Those programmed in personalities might make for a more interesting game, but not a stronger one.

    I'm stating the obvious here. If you name your calculator George and program it to have a happy go lucky personality and to ask you about your day, it's worth as a calculator will still only be measured by how well it adds and subtracts.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Obviously if he thinks he won, he wants to find the missing votes, like you would if you lost some dollars you would want to find the missing money. Different from asking to forge money or manufacture votes.FreeEmotion

    If you're trying to contextualize this so that we can better understand the meaning of the word "find," you have to consider the whole context, not just what Trump's personal belief was about the validity of the election (and who knows what that really is). The role of the Secretary of State is to count the votes and to declare a winner, regardless of who that might be. Obviously there are times when the party of the Secretary of State will not be the party of the person who wins a given election, but that doesn't change the charge of the SoS. That is to say, the role of the SoS isn't to go out and "find" votes for a particular candidate like he's on an Easter egg hunt. What he is to do is count the votes and be sure the election was valid, which he did. In this case, the SoS counted the votes 3 times, once on election night, then he conducted a hand count, and then he did an electronic recount, and then he certified the election.

    And to further contextualize this, Trump knew very well when he spoke to Raffensperger that Raffensperger did not believe the election to be stolen, so Trump knew very well that Raffensperger would not have accepted such a strained definition of "find" when Trump asked him to find more votes. That is to say, even if Trump truly believed votes were stolen and then stuffed into some nook and cranny, he had no reason to believe that Raffensperger would take the term "find" to be anything other than a euphemism for the term "fabricate." It makes sense that one would use a term how they expect the listener to understand it, unless Trump only meant to be talking to himself.

    And to further contextualize this, within the same conversation, Trump told Raffensperger how mad Georgians were about this result and there was the allusion to criminal prosecution for some unknown sort of crime if additional votes weren't found. What this means is that we have the most powerful man in the world (although his power is fading fast) telling a local SoS to locate ballots that will swing the state's election in his favor, and if the votes aren't found, Raffensperger will lose his next election and will then be off to jail.

    That's what happened. You can fully support Trump if you want to, but trying to cast the conversation between Trump and Raffensperger as an innocuous call to the lost and found department in search of the votes Trump thinks might have been left at the booth at the diner is pretty much nonsense.
  • Donald Trump (All General Trump Conversations Here)
    Great credit to Raffensperger for not bending to someone who can destroy his career.

    The good news is that we have an honest politician. The bad news is that simple honesty is an act of heroism.

    "Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”