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Posted in: Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back See in context

@blacklab The source of his income?

It was sourceS of his income. The world knows Trump owns those properties, and it would be good to know how much he's making off US taxpayers when he uses them himself to play golf and to entertain his fellow global .01%ers, or when foreign 'dignitaries', for example Saudi princes, use them while in the US lobbying him.

Trump's made more attacks on private businesses than any politician in recent history. Looking at his taxes the world might be able to see if he's invested in their rivals. Or if he's attacking them hoping to drive their share prices down, then US cash money he's laundered to swoop down and vulture.

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Posted in: Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back See in context

@pt Maybe if he'd release his tax info we could find out if he's getting kickbacks on these, too.

@bas4 And then what?

The world might learn the actual sources of his income and who all he might be in the owe to. And if he in fact is using his office for personal financial gain.

Here he said he'd do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y-6xqghQRc

But then by now the world knows he's not afraid to slop bop, flip flop, hip hop all around. (He can't sit down.) And just flat out lie. Or it could be he in fact is suffering dementia and just can't recall.

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Posted in: What are some movies or TV shows that had gut-wrenching scenes that made you cry? See in context

Shimura-san singing 'Gondola no Uta' from Ikiru.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDjmDHiSTm8

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Posted in: Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back See in context

But what really is churning his gut is that he isn’t getting any $$ out of someone using his name.

Point taken. Trump's using his time in office to increase the value of his brand name, and with the book sales he's not getting a cut. As far as we know. Or maybe the book sales are just increasing the value of his brand name using the rule of no publicity is bad publicity.

Maybe if he'd release his tax info we could find out if he's getting kickbacks on these, too.

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Posted in: Assad 'has been warned' on Idlib chemical use: Mattis See in context

@burningbush This isn’t a warning for Assad, it’s a hint for the rebels.

Thanks for the heads up, for letting readers know how RT and other outlets in the Putin global media plus others in the alt right media will be spinning Syria/Russia's latest use of chemical weapons.

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Posted in: Putin, Xi flip pancakes at Russian economic forum See in context

@burningbush These guys are the real international community.

The above an example of a nationalist's skewed perspective. The remainder of the international community are...?

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Posted in: Woodward book goes on sale as ex-Trump aides push back See in context

 Porter, who exited the White House after allegations of domestic violence became public, 

Porter's one more example of Trump only hiring the 'best' - from the dregs of the swamp.

burningbush influential groups like the NRA will have his back

That's another flame intended to throw more fuel on 'western' fires, an attempt to keep the threat of civil 'wars' alive. As long as Russians are paying to advertise in NRA, white supremacist and other far-right publications those groups will continue to have the funds to support Trump, 'have his back', while further dividing the US.

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Posted in: Trump visit to Ireland postponed for 'scheduling reasons' See in context

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." -Oscar Wilde

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Posted in: Trump to target foreign meddling in U.S. elections with sanctions order See in context

Trump’s decision coincides with intelligence agencies, military and law enforcement

Unless he changes his whatever it is he uses to reason. Assuming he's agreeing with 'intelligence agencies, military, and law enforcement', maybe he - and his base - will stop attacking and trying to undermine those organizations. But then his base have the 'deep state', the spectres of Hilary and Obama plus the voices in their heads (only they can hear) that once again can be blamed.

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Posted in: Trump vents anger over book; Woodward says Kelly, Mattis denials of quotes untrue See in context

@texaggie So, it's now Woodward's turn in what has become the continuing saga of "Today's the Day".

Excellent observation. Though it might not be every day that a book is published allowing the public to learn more about the train wreck that is the Trump administration, the crimes Trump's closest friends and family members have been accused of, charged with and sentenced for, the involvements of 'foreign' governments in US elections and politics, among other newsworthy issues, the books that do come out (and whose sales help businesses profit) are shedding light on the most unethical and immoral president modern America has seen.

Hopefully even more books will be published digging deeper into the fetid cesspool Trump's added to the DC swamp. Maybe more books will also come out if Trump releases his tax info. It would be good to see what he and his highly paid armies of accountants and lawyers have been hiding. 'Loans' from foreign 'financiers'?

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Posted in: Trump vents anger over book; Woodward says Kelly, Mattis denials of quotes untrue See in context

As Brit Hume said this morning, the problem with Woodward and his sources is that you can never verify them, them could be true, but when someone is Anonymous.

Many Trump supporters in the US and 'abroad' actually believe Qanon and even pass along their whack conspiracy theories. But then many Trump supporters are also haunted by the spectres of Obama and Hillary, plus the ghosts in the deep state. Along with the voices in their heads.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/8/1/17253444/qanon-trump-conspiracy-theory-reddit

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Posted in: Putin says it is naive to expect quick settling of island dispute with Japan See in context

@ossanamer It's naive to think you can trust Russia.

But resource poor Japan under the leadership of Abe and the LDP has limited the development of alternative energies, opting instead to rely on burning oil, gas and even coal for most of its energy. 

This alone gives Russia with its vast reserves of oil and gas leverage in all negotiations with Japan. 

Until Japan can become more self-reliant and use its technological expertise to come up with alternatives to burning huge amounts of hydrocarbons, among other things, it’ll remain vulnerable to the world’s empires, i.e. the US, China and Russia.

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Posted in: Pence: I'm confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column See in context

Democrats have always been for inquiry distribution, they have always been for tax hikes, they have always been for regulation, they have always been for increased government, they have always been for punishing success, they have always been for implementing their ideas are thinking that if you don’t follow then you should be punished, everyone should be the same, do the same and follow the same pattern And live a Liberals way of a Marxist socialist lifestyle, sprinkled with a dash of fascism if you don’t comply.

These are the argumentative tactics of a 7 year old.

Yep.

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Posted in: Pence: I'm confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column See in context

@serrano Trump Pence 2020

Unless Trump's in jail and Putin wants a different slate. Perhaps he'll push Bannon/David Duke knowing the aging, angry demographic that backed Trump is easily manipulated and will do what the tsar has his trolls, the NRA and alt right media tell Cult45ists to do.

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Posted in: Russia says U.S. dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria See in context

@serrano I thought Trump was Putin's poodle.

He probably is, but given all the WH confusion and fake news, the ongoing hiring and firing, things are so messed up in DC Trump's being kept out of the loop.

It could be the few remaining adults in Trump's administration are hiding Russia related papers and info from him while he's out playing golf, so Trump still thinks he's doing to do what Putin instructs.

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Posted in: NFL kneeling protests resume as Trump warns of ratings fall See in context

@texag The only way football owners will ever sellout their stadiums again

For many reasons American football will become less popular, CTE and risks of permanent injuries among them. But given football's so big in Texas, what'll y'all do to replace it as your state sport? More goat roping contests?

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Posted in: NFL kneeling protests resume as Trump warns of ratings fall See in context

Didn't Twitter ban him yet?

That couldn't have been Trump writing that; no obvious mistakes. It must have been one of the Russian trolls with a PhD in English he's hired who did the writing.

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Posted in: NFL kneeling protests resume as Trump warns of ratings fall See in context

Heading to a civil war

The RT crowds cheer wars once more.

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Posted in: NFL kneeling protests resume as Trump warns of ratings fall See in context

@serrano Off your knees, fools!

The two totalitarian regimes (one in the US, one 'abroad) you're pushing aren't in total control. Yet.

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Posted in: NFL kneeling protests resume as Trump warns of ratings fall See in context

@jcjapan The NFL above all sports trades in cheap patriotism

Google (or if you're a rightist use Russia's Yandex) how many millions the US military has paid the NFL to advertise during games.

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Posted in: NFL kneeling protests resume as Trump warns of ratings fall See in context

 Trump tweeted about 

When was the last time a US president attacked so many private businesses?

If he'd release his tax information, the world might know if some of his attacks are to benefit his investments.

Given the definition below, is the US under Trump accelerating its creep to system X, mirroring Russia?

a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the X) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

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Posted in: Russia says U.S. dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria See in context

@fredwall We either have complete obedience to international rule of law or discard it all.

A global totalitarian's utopia.

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Posted in: Russia says U.S. dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria See in context

@fredw Why do we even have international rules of law?

Do you think international law, British law, or Russian law should be used to prosecute the Russians wanted for the latest poisoning in the UK?

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Posted in: Trump wants Justice Dept to unmask author of New York Times opinion piece See in context

@burningbush The people deserve a transparent, accountable government.

100% correct. But remember it was GoTrumpers who wanted a man with a shady, at best, business history, a man who throughout his life has paid armies of lawyers and accountants to cover up his mistakes.

To have a transparent, accountable government, maybe Trump could start by showing his most current tax info. Show the public where all he's invested and who all he's in the owe to.

Let the people know who's spreading this divisive disinformation and substantiated rumors.

It's a pretty sad statement about Trump if one of his handpicked sycophants is the one who wrote this. Or even sadder if it was one of his relatives.

Regardless, whoever wrote it recognizes that the country's in trouble with such an unstable man at the helm. Especially one like Trump who's beholden to 'foreign' despots.

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Posted in: Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on ceasefire for Syria's Idlib See in context

Curious that modern Russians, proponents of rightist ideology, would defend Stalin, a putative communist. 

The one consistency is both Putin's and Stalin's systems are totalitarian, both in that way replicating the centuries of the tsars' monarchy.

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Posted in: Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on ceasefire for Syria's Idlib See in context

@asakaze  There were no "starvation of Ukrainians", there was a huge famine that affected not only Ukraine

The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р);[a][2] (derived from морити голодом, "to kill by starvation")[3][4][5] was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. It is also known as the Terror-Famine and Famine-Genocide in Ukraine,[6][7][8]and sometimes referred to as the Great Famine[9] or The Ukrainian Genocide of 1932–33.[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor

The above is from Wikipedia, but gives an overview of what's been well-documented, at least in 'the west'. I've read that Putin's re-blocked access to many historical records. Curious that modern Russians, proponents of rightist ideology, would defend Stalin, a putative communist. But then he is Russian's greatest hero.

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Posted in: Twitter's Alex Jones ban: Blip in sea of abuse? See in context

@burningbush Alex Jones 2024, I can see it now.

If GoTrumpers have their way it could be another Putin slate, maybe Bannon/David Duke.

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Posted in: Obama rebukes Trump and Republicans for abuses of power; urges Democrats to vote See in context

Will Russia be supplying assistance again?

Maybe one of the Russian posters can answer more definitely, but with the GOP in charge, I have to think yes.

After all, rightist regimes support rightist regimes ensuring their respective .01%ers stay in power.

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Posted in: Obama rebukes Trump and Republicans for abuses of power; urges Democrats to vote See in context

@bas4 How about the largest liberal owned and operated monopolized sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google?

And the attacks on capitalism by ultra-right statists continue. SMH

@PT I'd add Trump-led Republicans have also been attacking among others the 1st Amendment, a free-press, and institutions tasked with investigating criminal activity.

@bas4 Funny, the left will attack any conservatives that shows his or her face on any college campus, believe in

You seem to be saying that because 'the left' (alt right word meaning 'not pro-Trump', i.e 'enemy') disapprove of attacks on the 1st Amendment, a free-press, and institutions tasked with investigating criminal activity, that the right - using polarized reasoning - approve of the attacks?

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Posted in: Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russia probe See in context

So many questions to be answered, one of which is will Trump have his staff provide government cheese to those convicted when they're living in a van by the river after they've completed their jail terms?

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