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Not so funny any more? May. 30th, 2016 @ 02:59 pm
There was a time when it used to be funny. At first, Trump's ascent mostly caused smirks with his bombastic, absurd utterances. But things have changed. The delegate count showed last Thursday that Trump had reached the coveted number, 1238. Cruz is out, Kasich is out, Rubio is out (poor tool). Now the July convention will formalize Trump's nomination. And it was supposed to be a contested convention. But now Trump's path to the general election is cleared. Only a miracle could torpedo him, and the risk is of a huge backlash in such a case. So now he'll face Hillary most likely, although both are suffering record disapproval ratings. A contest among two evils, where voters will have to choose the lesser of them. Doesn't sound very inspiring, eh? Hope & Change, that's all gone. Now it's Choose The Less Bad. Duh.

Full article...

Nyan-cat zombification May. 29th, 2016 @ 01:26 pm
Has anyone watched this in its entirety? Could any survivors report what it was like after 10 hours?

The duckface solution May. 25th, 2016 @ 04:13 pm
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Putin's new Guard May. 23rd, 2016 @ 04:51 pm
Last week the Russian Duma (parliament) voted on the creation of a new paramilitary police formation. That's part of Putin's plan to accelerate the reform of the police force that he announced last month:


Behold, Vova`s personal army...

Welcome to the Taliban state May. 20th, 2016 @ 03:29 pm
The backward, retrograde, reactionary legislature of the embarrassment of a state that is Oklahoma, has spoken:

Oklahoma Passes Bill That Would Subject Abortion Doctors to Felony Charges

Sliding down back to dark times...

Time to go, meine Frau May. 12th, 2016 @ 01:51 pm
Obama's visit in Germany last month caused a lot of comments, including questions why it was happening just before the Super-Tuesday in the US primaries. During the meeting, Merkel and Obama vowed to speed up the TTIP negotiations. "We must hurry", Merkel said, arguing that TTIP would be very useful as it would grant higher growth for the German economy, and by extension, to the European economy. People are not convinced, obviously (and that's quite an understatement).

In turn, Obama said he was hoping the agreement would enter parliaments for discussion before the end of his term. Then the two went on to discuss Syria, Ukraine and Libya. Obama again expressed his support for Merkel's immigration policy, saying she was "at the right side of history". All the while, 35+ thousand people protested in Hannover against both the TTIP, Merkel's immigration policies, and Frau Kanzler herself. 'Protesting' being another understatement, by the way.

There is a Grand Game being played here again...

Bye, Lyin' Ted May. 5th, 2016 @ 08:48 am

But, but, we used to be pals, bro! Apr. 25th, 2016 @ 02:15 pm
When Obama asked his good political pal, Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull what he thought of the fact that Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states were trying to export a more stringent form of Islam to other parts of the world (like Indonesia), the Oz guy responded with a question: "But, but, I thought those guys used to be your pals?" Obama hesitated for a moment and said, "Oh well. It's complicated".

Don't worry, that's just a joke published at The Atlantic. But still, it tells a whole story of America's relations with the Saudis - specifically, the change that has occurred there. The quiet mutual understanding that used to be taken for granted between the US and KSA for decades now seems to have given way to distrust and reservations.

It all began with 9-11 of course...

Congrats, you're in the Matrix. Probably. Maybe. Apr. 24th, 2016 @ 04:58 pm
Universe Is Probably A Simulation: Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Let`s discuss the theoretical and political implications of this sort of thing...

You don't mess with the Shanghai ladies Apr. 22nd, 2016 @ 01:14 pm
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