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Posted in: Kremlin rubbishes 'stupid' claims that Trump a Russian agent See in context

@joeintoky The McCarthy isn't remembered too fondly. 

For good reason the McCarthy era isn't remembered too fondly. Times were very different then.

Then the Soviet Union was said to be governed by communism, whereas Russia today functions more closely to fascism, claimed to be the opposite of communism. The main similarity between the Soviet Union then and Russia today is both had a dictator (Stalin and later Putin) running a police state to keep the population under control, a continuation of the days of the tsars.

Technology was very different in the McCarthy era. There was no internet. Today there are paid trolls working for Russian organizations like the Internet Research Agency and others spreading fake news across a wide swath of the world and fanning anti-democracy. In the McCarthy era Russian spies and other operatives had to be intelligent so they wouldn't get captured, unlike the paid trolls of today who can hide behind their keyboards and a VPN. These trolls can't find any other form of employment. They are widely recognized as pond scum low.

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Posted in: Putin blasts U.S., West over NATO before Serbia visit See in context

He said that while the West leads wrong policies in the Balkans, Russia "knows and understands the complexity of the Balkans and history of the region."

Under the czars and Stalin Russia/USSR vied with other empires in invasions of and 'meddled' in the affairs of various Balkan states.

Putin's trying to re-establish and expand the Russian empire while leading Russia in weakening any opposition. And he's got Russian gas, oil and coal to use as leverage (and further pollute the skies of Europe).

Russia, US and China: leave sovereign states alone.

World: stop burning so much fuel. Find alternatives.

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Posted in: Blast claimed by Islamic State kills 19, including 4 U.S. personnel in Syria See in context

RIP servicemen.

@blacklable Should have been home already. Get it done.

I agree.

Why did Trump lie about ISIS being defeated?

https://www.themercury.com.au/news/world/trump-boasts-about-isis-defeat-on-surprise-visit-to-iraq/video/09931f7861376e622c61792309eb7a61

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Posted in: Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail See in context

Sounds like aeveral excuses to prepare people for the inevitable “nothing”.

If there's 'nothing', why can't full info be released?

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Posted in: Kremlin rubbishes 'stupid' claims that Trump a Russian agent See in context

 How can the U.S. president be an agent of another country?"

That's got to be a rhetorical question. 

Trump's never cared one anything for the US except to use it as a base from which to make money. He uses his birthright and inheritance to flout laws and flaunt his money.

Trump-the-brand-name, which defines him, is for sale to the highest bidder. He wants his brand name pushed in Russia, regardless cost. Why else would he offer Putin a penthouse apartment? And/or he could be in the owe to the oligarchs who'll loan him money (because US banks won't). And Russians might have other compromising info (and picts) they can use to ensure he remains their agent.

Putin and Trump have the same degree of credibility: none. This Masha Geffen (Russian-American journalist) quote nails it:

It’s not just that both Putin and Trump lie, it is that they lie in the same way and for the same purpose: blatantly, to assert power over truth itself.

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Posted in: Merkel, Abe, other leaders to attend Davos forum as Trump sits out See in context

The globalist union meets again.

Absent the Trump/Putin globalist faction.

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Posted in: Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctions See in context

The vote comes as Democrats have questioned President Donald Trump's Russian ties 

For good reason Trump's ties with Russian leaders and international gangs are being questioned. Make America great again - keep Russia from meddling any more in US politics.

@burningbush US investors are being excluded from lucrative opportunities and Russians are solidifying their control of very important companies.

Interesting that people who argue against some sort of nebulous 'globalist' grouping are defending another, one that would include Trump's bund and his Russian 'friends'.

But I can guess how liberals will respond, Mnuchin is part of the controlled by Putin conspiracy.

Given Putin's called liberals enemies, I assume by using 'liberal' you're referring to people who don't trust Putin. And given Trump also uses 'liberal' to denote enemy, I have to assume you're also referring to people who don't trust Trump. That would mean the majority of people in the US and around the world, except of course those in Russia.

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Posted in: Merkel, Abe, other leaders to attend Davos forum as Trump sits out See in context

Given the numerous criminal investigations of Trump and his family, especially those involving money laundering and involvements with global criminal gangs, maybe Interpol wants to investigate him and he's afraid to leave the US.

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Posted in: Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics See in context

@bas4 Gee, I didn’t know this is a giant massive entitlement expenditure that tax payers need for their everyday lives and that the service is necessary for everyday mental, social and emotional stability? Try again please....

What?

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Posted in: Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics See in context

@bas4 So now they're socialists???

And to think, some of these anti-American Trump supporters are getting federal moneys as US government contractors. Some even work for propaganda media like US Armed Forces Network.

Would you call it socialism when government contractors, for example journalists and sound men and other employees working for Armed Forces Network, who get paid by a 'private' corporation that gets its funding from a government agency? Some say these contractors are able to use PX facilities here in Japan.

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Posted in: Australian authorities warn about heat as temperature soars See in context

@joeint It's a good thing Russia's wheat exports have increased to pick up the slack.

Russians live in a nation economically dependent on burning fossil fuels, which of course add even more greenhouse gases. Russia has large areas covered by permafrost which could melt and release more methane adding greenhouse gases, contributing further to climate change.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/08/news-arctic-permafrost-may-thaw-faster-than-expected/

Climate change could hurt Russia's wheat growers, just like it's hurting farmers in Australia and around the globe.

The Russian government is a leading denier of climate change and uses its paid trolls to push climate change denial messages.

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Posted in: Australian authorities warn about heat as temperature soars See in context

soar to more than 45C

And rather than accept climate is changing, deniers will say 'Australian summers are always hot’.

Coal gas and oil industries in states like the US, Canada, Russia, those in MENA and elsewhere are leading deniers of climate change.

I’ll trust NASA (and other) scientists, regardless what Trump and his .01% global hydrocarbon titans, including those in MENA and Russia, their money backers and their paid scientists say.

https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

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Posted in: Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics See in context

@bas4 Well, the ones that I hang out with are laughing at these latest allegations

Only anti-Americans would laugh at even the suggestion of the allegations.

But then many Trump supporters have said all along they don't trust US intelligence agencies, instead believe what Putin told Trump; they don't want a free, for-profit press to criticize the president; they don't want the legislative and judicial branches of government to challenge the president.

In other words many Trump supporters want US democratic institutions dismantled to give Trump more control. Sounds anti-American to me.

And to think, some of these anti-American Trump supporters are getting federal moneys as US government contractors. Some even work for propaganda media like US Armed Forces Network.

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Posted in: Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics See in context

@bas4 bogus accusations without a shred of evidence

What is this claim based on? The investigations have yet to finish. 

@bas4 So then don’t need to be giddy.

What's there to be giddy about? Though I disagree with most US conservatives, the ones I know are pro-America and do NOT feel giddy about the allegations that Trump colluded in any way with Russia or any other foreign government.

@bas4 I doubt most Republicans and Conservatives don’t belive the allegations...based on....what?

What?

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Posted in: Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics See in context

@bas4  bogus accusations without a shred of evidence

What is this claim based on? The investigations have yet to finish.

I'll laugh as well as other conservatives,

Did you mean Trump followers would laugh? I doubt most US conservatives find humor in allegations Trump's consorted with foreign governments.

But now that Putin's calling himself a 'conservative' it could be his followers would laugh, and probably are laughing at how stupid Americans are for believing Trump was anything other than a reality TV conman.

Putin's various fake news purveyors like the Internet Research Agency and other GRU organizations have used US anti-democracy groups like the NRA and KKK to sway many of Trump's followers. No doubt Putin's bots find humor in that.

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Posted in: U.S. government partial shutdown drags into fourth week amid stalemate See in context

In December Trump said he would take responsibility

He said that in front of TV cameras he arranged to advertise himself - again.

but has since shifted the blame to Democrats.

Always the otherguy-did-it defense from the man who's spent his life and inheritance running from problems he's made for himself.

A growing proportion of Americans blame Trump for the closures, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Even some of Trump's key advisors (policy makers?) at Fox'news'.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-doubles-down-on-border-wall-as-polls-show-voters-turning-against-his-shutdown-strategy

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Posted in: Chinese court sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling as diplomatic row deepens See in context

Drug smuggling is routinely punished severely in China.

Except those involved in fentanyl?

https://globalnews.ca/news/4658188/fentanyl-china-canada-diplomatic-tensions/

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Posted in: Trump's attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics See in context

Barr served on the Time Warner board from 2009 to June 2018.

So Trump's appointed a media nabob. After all, the reality TV star has long ben a master media manipulator. Look how his 'wall' has distracted media from focusing even more attention on his never ending list of personal and political calamities. Trump's shutdown of the government might cover up his Russia deals, but because the US has a free, for-profit press, truth will come out.

Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, possible collusion between the Kremlin and Republican Trump's campaign, and potential obstruction of justice. Mueller has secured indictments against or guilty pleas from 33 people and three Russian companies, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Get some MORE Mueller.

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Posted in: Top Republicans oppose emergency declaration as shutdown drags on See in context

@bas4  If I were Chucky or Pelosi

But you're not. Fortunately.

Anyone with the slightest understanding and appreciation for US democracy fully recognizes the notion of opposition party and its roles, of the balance and separation of powers.

Say NO to Herr Diktator and his 'manufacturing'.

Say NO to a multi-billion dollar boondoggle that MAY make it more difficult for people to cross the southern border illegally, but will do almost NOTHING to slow illegal drug trafficking. Find more cost-effective solutions.

Get some Mueller. Ensure the US president has NOT colluded with any foreign power.

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Posted in: Top Republicans oppose emergency declaration as shutdown drags on See in context

@blacklab But it does because half of the USA feels the same way.

When posts deal with facts, they can be taken more seriously.

 screaming about Russia all the time

Thanks for the reminder; it's a serious issue of concern to Americans who don't want to have foreign 'meddling' in American politics.

Trump himself didn’t do anything illegal 

Do you have evidence of this?

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Posted in: Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift See in context

Who knows what if any role the Trump family syndicate might have played in the Qatar disputes. Given Kushner and Trump's relationships with the Qatar, Saudi and UAE royal families along with their get-it-while-they-can approach to raking in money during Trump's reign, it's hard not to think Trump etal are putting their personal financial needs above those of the US's. No surprise.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-kushner-qatar/

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180518-qatar-may-save-trumps-son-in-law-from-bankruptcy/

https://www.businessinsider.com/charles-kushner-qatar-finance-minister-meeting-666-fifth-ave-2018-6

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Posted in: Absenses among U.S. airport screeners jump as shutdown drags on See in context

IF - IF Trump and his GOP enablers were serious about security they would have thought this through.

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Posted in: Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin See in context

nstead he is bogged down with his silly wall idea, which suggests to me that he is not that nervous that Muller has a smoking gun.

Or instead he's bogged down with his silly wall idea because it's attracting attention and taking attention away from Mueller.

Or he thinks his employees will solve the problems he's created for himself like he's done all his life. Think about his hiring 'fixers' like Cohen to take care of the messes he's made, for example paying off prostitutes and porn stars.

Or he hasn't clue one what he's doing.

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Posted in: Top Republicans oppose emergency declaration as shutdown drags on See in context

which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!" he said.

Trump's once again showing his spoiled class upbringing: create a problem (he did say he was 'proud to shutdown the government') and expect someone else to fix it for you.

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Posted in: Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin See in context

U.S. President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader.

What's Trump hiding this time? Did he really offer to give Putin a $50,000,000. penthouse? If so, why?

@burningbush Translation: After 2 years of wasting taxpayer money, they still haven't found anything concrete.

Again, the US isn't Russia where decisions are quickly made by whichever tsar, marshall or 'president' in some sham, Potemkin-ish investigation.

I think employees of the Internet Research Agency and other GRU/oligarch gang funded groups must be happy knowing they've contributed to Trump's election and the further fracturing of the US that's resulted from it.

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Posted in: U.S. government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight See in context

They can get the government reopened tomorrow.

But to do that they'd have to cave into Trump's ridiculous demand to use billions of public moneys for something of questionable utility.

Hold the line D's. Get some Mueller!

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Posted in: U.S. government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight See in context

@blacklabe Chuck and Nancy can stop the shutdown anytime.

Trump shut it down. Here's a Trump quote:

"The problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top. The president is the leader, he has to get everyone in a room and lead,"

In other words, according to Trump himself he isn't leading.

Here's another:

‘I am proud to shut down the government’, Trump tells Schumer – video

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2018/dec/11/donald-trump-government-shut-down-chuck-schumer-white-house-video

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Posted in: Democrat Julian Castro launches 2020 U.S. presidential bid See in context

@bas4 Code alert!! So the man essentially wants socialism

In a far-rightist's world, would you consider government contractors, for example the thousands here in Japan, including those working for US Armed Forces Network, to be socialistic?

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Posted in: Gun seized from 6-year-old walking into Ohio school See in context

The story doesn't say if the gun was his parents, a friend's parents or was found in an empty lot, discarded by a criminal on the run.

Given there are who-knows how many million guns in the US, given there are who-knows how many million American whacks who have guns and leave them lying around, and given how many guns have had any tracking info erased some way, police - unfortunately - might have a tough time finding where it came from.

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Posted in: Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia See in context

@burningbuh Let's hope that Mueller's paycheck and expense account have been cut off.

It's probably true most Russians working for the Internet Research Agency, GRU, and various oligarch’s private gangs paid to 'meddle' in US affairs feel the same way. It could be some of them live in the ‘west’ and are at risk of losing the good life they've been able to have while doing so. 

And I think most Trump backers - including many of America's richest, its elite, the .01% who continue to get richer and more powerful because Trump and the GOP reduced their taxes, cut back environmental, worker and consumer protection measures - want Mueller out of the way. Same with ultranationalist, anti-democracy organizations like the NRA, KKK and others that have expanded under Trump.

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