Actually, BLM and KKK are similar in that they are both fighting for identity. The KKK has history, but no future, BLM has no history but will have impact in the future (unfortunately).
Blacks ALREADY have equality in the USA. Again, if you can point me to a racist institution and show me their racist activities, I'll gladly fight along side you to bring them down.
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Zurconium, I think you need to take a step back and try to look at some facts. Trump was elected by more than 60 million voters. The KKK has a total membership of less than 5,000. They could all fit comfortably into a high school football stadium with room to spare. The idea that they could influence an election is ludicrous.
Not to mention, it would be a strange KKK member who would let his daughter marry a Jew, convert to Judaism, and allow his grandchildren to be raised Jewish.
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Wallace: Japan pulled Korea out of the Dark Ages and into the 20th century. Read a bit about precolonial Korea, it was a nasty, brutish place. Of course, it wasn't all peaches and sunshine, but there is no denying that Korea benefitted from being colonized. Much like India benefitted from being part of the British Empire.
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Wow, the US must just be awash in racists! It's a wonder that a black man got elected... twice... running against whiter than white candidates...after beating a white woman for the party nomination....
...or perhaps the hysteria about racists is just a tad overblown? These idiots in their faux Nazi regalia should be laughed at, not taken seriously. They don't deserve the attention they are getting, both here and in the mass media.
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South Korea is trying so hard to be relevant, it's cute in a pathetic way. They are a very self absorbed and xenophobic tribe....
As for the statue, let them have at it. At least they are putting the statue in their own country, instead of trying to get others to put them up. It's only a matter of time before people start taking "selfies" with it, sit on its lap, make duck face with it.
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Viking; the gender gap is gone. Women make up the majority of university applicants and students. Young women earn more than young men. They are hired preferentially against men with equivalent qualifications.
As for "institutional racism", it is meaningless. Show me specific institutions that are racist and I will fight them with you. IMHO, these days economics mean more than any other fixed "identity". Why should Obama's daughters get preferential treatment over the children of a single white parent from West Virginia?
You only need to look at the terrible treatment of Asian Americans, especially in terms of university entrance, to see the horrid result of so-called "affirmative action" taken to extremes. Identity politics at its worst.
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I agree that a twitter page like that one won't work for the BLM/Antifa crowd. You need to HAVE a job before you can be fired from one.
Let the two groups have at it. Beat the snot out of each other. I'll just get some popcorn and watch. As long as they don't interfere with anyone else. who really cares?
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I see the alt left as a mirror image of sorts to the white supremacists:
Both favor identity politics over individual.
Both use violence to silence their opposition.
Both are intolerant of anyone who deviates even slightly from their ideology.
Both feel aggrieved and ignored.
Fortunately, both groups are actually pitifully small. The KKK/Nazis could comfortably all sit in a minor league baseball stadium and have room to spare. They do not deserve the publicity they are getting.
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Takeda. You are right again! The white supremacists actually went to the trouble of getting a permit for their demonstration. The antifa/BLM thugs did not.
Again, shame on the police and especially politicians for letting the situation develop as it did.
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Takeda: you are 100% right. No question the KKK mob knew that their presence would draw out the fringe from the left. It always does.
However, that is not really the point. Both groups fed off each other, and were allowed to do so with the willing participation of the local politicians. My point is that nobody has clean hands. The supremacists were granted a permit to hold their event, the Antifa mob were not. Ditto at the news conference when the leader of the supremacists was assaulted and not given a chance to speak. I hate what he says and all he stands for, but he does have the right to say his piece without violence.
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I see a political motivation here, by a Democratic mayor and a Democratic governor who are up for re-election. First, they gave the white supremacists a permit for their demonstration. Any person with a hint of sense would know that this would attract the far left as well. Second, do not do anything to keep the two groups separated. Third, order the police to not intervene.
The result? Predictable. The permitted demonstration was disrupted by counter protestors. Both sides were tooled up and ready to rumble- nothing spontaneous, all planned. Once the inevitable violence starts, the mayor and governor can use the opportunity to beat their chests and "take a stand" against the hated far right demonstrators.
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If AntiFa and white supremacists want to beat the hell out of each other, I say "pass the popcorn". Let them have at it. I only wish they would do it somewhere that wouldn't have innocent people or their property involved.
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First, we need to give the police time to do their job, and find out who the driver was, and what their motivation was. Then, we can speak with more certainty. I'm tired of the media taking the easy road and obsessing over various politiians' reactions to a situation, rather than doing actual journalism about the situation itself. This is a product of the 24 hour media cycle, which needs SOMETHING to fill the airtime before actual information is available.
Second, protesting Robert E Lee is stupid. He was by no means a southern slave master, rather he was a patriot who saw his loyalty to his state as more important than his loyalty to Washington. He was rather liberal for his time. I oppose this kind of Soviet masking of history and looking at the past through the lens of contemporary social/political mores. How about setting up a statue beside Lee's, which gives the other side of the situation? Simply erasing the visible signs of a troubled past won't erase historical reality.
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Stranger: the article said there were about 10 million viewers. Assuming the same number watched later or streaming, it is still less than 10% of the population.
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I'm stunned that the officer who fired the shots is not required to speak about his conduct at any kind of mandatory meeting. Instead, he lawyered up and clammed up.
I'm as right wing as they come, but I am really worried about the state of policing in the USA. The cops in general seem poorly trained, paranoid, and overly militarized.
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The amount a person knows/cares about this show bears an inverse relationship to how often they get laid. Let's see, 10 million watched. That means more than 300 million did not. Still hope for humanity...
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Hmmm.... restraining someone like this (shackl1ed to a bed) until they calm down seems akin to hitting a sobbing child until they stop crying. "Stop crying! smack" "Why are you still crying?!? smack" The cure is worse than the original problem.
It seems obvioius that the correct course of action would be to restrain the person until they can have their medication, then remove the restraints once the meds take effect. Observe and adjust care as necessary. But, this would require effort on the part of the staff. Easier to just chain someone up and ignore them. It's particularly telling that the victim's family was not allowed to visit. I wonder why....
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Again, collusion to do WHAT? To damage the other candidate? Nothing illegal about that. Mountains out of molehills. Collusion to do something that is legal (such as getting dirt on a political rival) is not a crime. It may be distasteful, but not criminal.
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"An agent of Russia" is a far cry from "an agent of the Kremlin". There is nothing wrong with trying to get dirt on Clinton, from whatever source. Politics is a contact sport. I can guarantee that, if a Russian lawyer had gone to Clinton's staff with dirt on Trump, they would have taken the meeting too. Particularly if the lawyer had been introduced by a previous business acquaintance.
Again, Swift, what information during that meeting could possibly have been illegal? Particularly since there was no follow up and no evidence of any further contact.
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I'm not really interested in refighting the 2016 election. Not a real fan of Trump, I would have preferred many other candidates for the GOP, but I would have preferred anyone over Clinton.
As for the great controversy over the meeting, what exactly is supposed to have transpired at this meeting? What is alleged to have happened in that 20 minutes that had any impact on anything?
All parties concerned must really get back to the business of running the country and stop this petty nonsense. There are far more serious issues that need attention.
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I'm still waiting to hear what the significance of all this is. This is a meeting that happened even before Trump was chosen as the GOP candidate! The course of events was:
a/ old business associate contacts DT jr and says he has dirt on Hillary
b/ Jr. takes the meeting
c/ he meets the contact, who brings a lawyer who also has ties to the Russian govt.
d/ he spends about 20 minutes listening to whatever she says (via an interpreter)
e/ meeting over. No follow up, no discernible action
Seems like the kind of thing that happens all the time in business and politics. You get a lead to something that may have potential, it turns up dry, you move on with your day. Something we seem to forget is that people in campaigns like this are CONSTANTLY meeting people and being asked for meetings. It's ridiculous to expect them to remember the details of every single contact they have with every person they meet in the course of a year long political marathon.
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Luddite: In that case, you would be wrong. To quote Angela Merkel,
“The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair. Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation so that is something that other delegations also do. It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.”
Again, the media is just itching for something to hang on Trump. And as is most often the case, it turns out to be nothing.
Ivanka is a summa cum laude graduate of one of the best Master's programmes in the world. She was also a VP in the Trump empire, in charge of global acquisitions. She is hardly a shrinking violet, and certainly a very intelligent, accomplished young lady. To say otherwise is simply inaccurate
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Wow, it sounds pretty serious. The Sanders' may have to sell one of their three homes to pay the lawyers' fees. Se much for being a "man of the people". Just another greedy pol with his snou t firmly shoved into the trough.
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Again with the tired old meme that the price of food would rise dramatically should illegal immigrants not be allowed to harvest it.... any serious economic study of the impact of illegal labor on the agricultural sector says that you are wrong. Most workers in agriculture are American citizens or legal residents. Illegals' portion of the sector is minimal. And yes, I think most Americans would not mind paying an extra dime for broccoli if it were harvested by legal residents.
The same applies to other sectors that are traditionally seen as dominated by illegal labor- cleaning services and restaurant work. Again, most workers in those areas are American. And again, the impact would be a few dollars on a hotel room and a buck (maybe two) on a meal in a real restaurant. Again, a small price to pay to see Americans doing those jobs and getting paid fair wages.
Final shibboleth, that there are jobs that Americans are too lazy or proud to do. Not true. Possibly the dirtiest and most dangerous job in America is coal miner. Yet it is dominated not by illegals, but by Americans. There is simply no sector of the economy that needs illegals.
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Sorry, that is simply incorrect. Latest research shows that only 25% of the agricultural labor force is comprised of illegal immigrants. Not 90%. It would be easy to replace them by simply offering decent wages to legal residents. I'm sure most Americans would be willing to pay an extra quarter for a head of lettuce that was picked by an American. The vast majority of agriculture is done on an industrial scale using massive equipment that require few operators. Your assertion is quite popular, but a shibboleth nonetheless.
Yes, the GOP won both races. What is important to note is that, in Georgia at least, millions of dollars poured in from outside the state to support the Democratic candidate- far more than the Republican. He also got celebrity endorsements and the like. He also lost. Sound familiar?
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As a card carrying member of the right wing, at first glance this teacher seems like a bit of a tool. I can only imagine what might happen back in The World if a teacher made a comment like, "you read like a fag"! And deservedly so.
However, is there something lost in translation here? Does the word "okama" in Japanese carry the same weight and negative connotation? That is the key with a bunch of non-native speakers trying to evaluate the possible impact of such a comment.
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It's sad to see the "heckler's veto" being honored in Japan. it doesn't matter if it from the left or right, there is no good reason to use threats of violence to stop someone from speaking. If you disagree with them, there are more civilized and intellectually honest ways to do so.
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So the perp was a young illegal alien from El Salvador... possible gang connection? MS 13 recruits heavily in central America. This may explain the bat in the car as well.
Another senseless crime committed by someone who never should have been in the US in the first place. The victim's family must be beside themselves with grief.
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Cleo; your friend was right. There is no difference. Any non-endangered species is potential dinner. The whole controversy is largely cultural imperialism, with western lefties trying to impose their values on others.
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