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#381 sierraleone

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 05:18 PM

I hope all Americans here (and elsewhere) had a good Turkey meal (or vegetarian/vegan alternative ;) ) and a relaxing long weekend :)


WTFJHT - 3 min read, Day 312: Your favourite president.

- CBO scoring: Has determined that the GOP tax plan would hurt the poor more than originally thought.
- Parting ways: Trump's & Flynn's legal teams were sharing or discussing their handling the Special Council/Mueller probe. Flynn's legal teams have notified Trump's that they will no longer do so.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Currently has two bosses.... The previous Director stepped down on Friday. He appointed his Deputy Director, Leander English, to be the acting Director, following the text of the 2010 Dodd-Frank act that created this institution, until a new Director is both nominated & senate confirmed. Trump has, arguably under the purported applicable 1998 Presidential Vacancies Reform Act, appointed Mick Mulvany as acting Director, who as a House representative had voted to dismantle the institution. Leandra English has taken the executive branch to court over this.

Edited by sierraleone, 28 November 2017 - 08:36 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#382 sierraleone

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 08:30 PM

WTFJHT - 3 min read, Day 313: Pettiness.

- Planned bipartisan budget meeting: was cancelled by the democrats leaders Schumer and Pelosi. The White House accused them of being petty political grandstanders by making this decision. A decision made after Trump targeted them in petty political grandstanding tweet.
- Budget: passed the Senate Budget Committee in a partisan party-line vote, and now goes to the Senate Floor.
30 demonstrators were arrested as this budget was advanced.
- N. Korea: fired another test ballistic missile.

Edited by sierraleone, 28 November 2017 - 08:34 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#383 sierraleone

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:49 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 314: Wrong.

Poll: 71% of millennials want a third political party.

*hands everyone out some pie*
What? Its day 314, its pi day! ;)
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#384 sierraleone

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 02:05 PM

WTFJHT - 3 min read, Day 315: Rexit.

- Opioid crisis: The Justice Dept and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced together $12 million in grants to combat the addiction epidemic. Sessions tapped Kellyanne Conway to oversee the WH's response to this crisis…
- Sessions testimony: Sessions declined to say whether Trump ever asked him to obstruct the Russia investigation.
- GOP tax bill: Will add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation report, and that includes the rosy economic outlook assumed. Also, John McCain has apparently lost his appetite for regular order, and says he will vote for the tax bill.

WTFJHT - 2 min read, Day 316: Full cooperation.

- Mueller Probe: Mike Flynn has plead guilty to lying the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador. According to sources Flynn promised "full cooperation" with Mueller's investigation and is willing to go on record and testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russian.
- GOP tax bill: It appears that the GOP is confident that they have the votes needed to pass the tax bill in the Senate. If it pass the senate then either the House can accept it as is and send it to Trump, or the bill to go to an inter-committee conference.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#385 sierraleone

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:03 PM

WTFJHT - 7 min read, Day 319: Tatters.

- GOP Senate tax bill: that will add $1.5 trillion to the deficit passed the Senate 51-49. Some tax deductions for individuals were eliminated, such as medical expenses. Language was included to remove the individual mandate of the ACA. Most of the benefits of this bill will be received by rich people/corporations. Now to reconcile the differences between the Senate and the House versions, if the House won't accept  the Senate version as is.
- Muslim Travel Ban: USSC allowed latest Trump muslim travel ban to go into full effect instead of being on 'hold' while legal challenges go ahead in lower courts.
- National Monument: Trump reduced Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and shrunk Grand-Staircase Escalante by 46%, opening protected lands to possible resource extraction and other economic and infrastructure development.
- Poll: 71% of Alabamian republicans say the allegations against Senate-hopeful Roy Moore are false.

And because you all deserve some stress-reducing laughter, here is 150 seconds of hilarity completely unrelated to Trump!
https://www.facebook...dRg&pnref=story

Edited by sierraleone, 04 December 2017 - 10:14 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#386 sierraleone

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:00 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 320: Willingness to comply.

- Global private spy network: Trump is weighing plans to create such to counter the alleged "deep state" and circumvent US intelligence agencies. Erik Prince, Blackwater founder, along with a retired CIA officer, submitted proposals directly to CIA director Mike Pompeo and the White House to utilize an army of spies that would directly report of Trump and Pompeo….
I haven't read anything else about this elsewhere yet, they link to articles in the Intercept and BuzzFeed for those curious.
- Republican National Committee: has resumed funding the Senate campaign of alleged child-molestor / sexual assaulter Roy Moore.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#387 sierraleone

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:12 PM

WTFJHT - 5 min read, Day 321: Good to go.

- Mike Flynn on Inauguration Day: texted "Good to go" regarding a project to build nuclear plants in the Middle East, which would require the Russia sanctions to be ripped up, which he had promised.
- Trump Jr.: gave day long testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. He would not testify to what his father and he discussed early July this year when they were crafting his public reaction to enquires regarding his Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 . Claimed attorney-client privilege because their lawyers were present.
- Voter Fraud Commission: wants to create a centralized voter database, which experts says would be vulnerable to attacks.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(CFPB): on a case nearly concluded the CFPB reversed its position and decision less than 48 hrs after Mike Mulvaney was named the acting Director. This means Nationwide probably will not have to pay nearly $8 million in penalties for misleading 100,000 mortgage customers.
- Jerusalem: is a disputed city/territory claimed by both the nation of Israel and the de jure sovereign state of Palestine. Both claim it is, or should/shall be, their capital city. The west side of Jerusalem is also Israel's capital in practice, administratively, but only by Israel. Internationally their second largest city, Tel Aviv, is treated at their capital, with other nations typically having their main embassies there. Trump has declared that the U.S. is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and is moving their embassy there. Already protests in the Middle East are happening due to this announcement.

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 322: Making a deal.

- Government Shut Down: Possible soon, this Saturday in fact, which has been lost in all the news. The House passed today a two-week stop-gap spending bill today, but it needs to pass the Senate and be signed by Trump.
- Resignations:
DEM MN Senator Al Fraken resigned after 2-3 weeks of allegations of improprieties, largely of surreptitiously groping women's behinds while posing for photos. He maintains that some of the allegations are false, and others he remembered differently, and that he is confident an ethics committee probe would have exonerated him.
REP AZ Representative Trent Franks resigned today. The reasons appear to be related to sexual improprieties of sorts, though the details are still hazy as the details did not come out until today too.
- Conceal carry: House passed a bill to allow people with conceal carry permits in one state to take their weapons across state lines to states that they are not licensed in. Goes to the Senate now.

Edited by sierraleone, 07 December 2017 - 07:29 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#388 sierraleone

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 06:07 PM

WTFJHT - 2 min read, Day 323: Puppet.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#389 sierraleone

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Posted Yesterday, 05:03 PM

WTFJHT - 5 min read, Day 126: Heard.

- France's President Macron: will award U.S. climate scientists with "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants, totally about $70 million, to conduct research in France for the remainder of Trump's term. (is that *scheduled* term or "actual" term? Scientist might wanna know, as there could be a difference!)

Edited by sierraleone, Yesterday, 05:03 PM.

Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html

#390 sierraleone

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Posted Today, 04:53 PM

WTFJHT - 5 min read, Day 327: Sexist smear.

- Alabama's special U.S. senate seat election: is today, and we will finally learn if Alabama has a moral majority, or an Fake/Fox-news-brainwashed majority.
- Syria: Trump's WH will allow President Assad stay in power until the next election in 2021, instead of requiring he step down as part of the peace process.
- Trump's sexual harrassees: are in the news again, speaking out again in this #metoo environment. Two U.S. politicians, in response to reported questions IIUC, spoke about this. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, appointed by Trump, said that they should be heard, Trump is reportedly furious. U.S. Senator from NY, Kirsten Gillibrand, who has said others should resign, has said that Trump should resign. Trump's response to this statement that he should resigned due to alleged sexual harassment? More harassment, with possible sexual innuendo implied, this time of Gillibrand. Via his favourite medium of tweet of course:

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Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!

If one wanted to be kindly or clinical one might say it was an ad hominem argument/strategy, as opposed to actual bullying… Though pretty much a relative of the "what-about-ism" to deflect attention from one's own self or actions.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:

Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen
Source: http://www2.nybooks....r-survival.html


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