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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 11 December 2017 - 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, 11 December 2017 - 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 12 December 2017 - 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

#391 sierraleone

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:55 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 328: "I was right."

- Deep red Alabama's special election for U.S. senate: Blue Democrat Doug Jones wins with 49.9% of the vote. He won 96% of the black vote, who represented 29% of overall voter turnout.
- Republican U.S. tax bill: The House and Senate Republicans TPTB have come to an agreement and are putting the tax bill to a vote next week.

Edited by sierraleone, 13 December 2017 - 06:56 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

#392 sierraleone

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:51 PM

WTFJHT - 2 min read, Day 329: Break the internet.

- Net Neutrality: FCC voted to repeal it, 3-2.
- Tax Bill: The Republicans are looking at making the personal tax cuts expire sooner than before, as well as lowering the corporate tax rate to 21% to 20 so that they can purportedly afford cut the top personal income tax bracket…. Senator Rubio (R - FL) has also said that the tax bill will not get his support without increasing the child tax benefit.

Edited by sierraleone, 14 December 2017 - 04:52 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

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 05:25 PM

I always have to do a double-take when reading US stuff. Like buggering the English language up the arse to make the language "American", the US reversed the conservative/liberal colour-scheme, for Tory blue to red, and vice versa.

No Moore. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

I loved that interview on CNN where that pratt didn't know that you didn't need a bible to swear on in court. Just sat there gaping. Made The Daily Show cut.

Another moron who thinks studying the bible makes for an education.
Capitalism is a pyramid scheme run by the 1%.

#394 sierraleone

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 05:03 PM

^ Yeah, I sometimes have to do a double take when looking at results maps with their swaths of blue and red :D
And I saw that interview with Moore's person agape at learning that government officials did not need to swear on a bible when swearing in.

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 330: Shame.

- US Tax Bill: Rubio's spine was only on loan, has said that he will vote Yes on the tax bill. It appears it will pass next week, assuming no other hijinks.
- Trump's judicial nominees: one couldn't answer very basic law questions during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.
- CHIP: the funding for Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers 9 million low-middle class kids, ended 3 months ago. Trump's administration did send emergency funding to several states to bridge the gap.

Edited by sierraleone, 15 December 2017 - 05:04 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

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 07:15 PM

WTFJHT - 5 min read, Day 333: Not looking good.

- FBI/Trump last year: FBI warned Trump that Russia would try to infiltrate their campaign, and the FBI advised both Presidential candidates to alert the FBI to any "suspicious overtures to their campaigns". Trump was "briefed and warned" at the session about potential espionage threats from Russia.
- Trump-Russia probe: Mueller's team in Sep obtained thousands of Trump transition officials' emails, specifically of the Trump-For-America(TFA) PAC, which were housed on Government equipment. This became known to TFA mid last week, and has along with another story, led to regarding Mueller's former agent's bias, much heightening in the rhetoric around the legitimacy and integrity of the investigation.
- Dept of Health & Human Service's (HHS's) Centre for Disease Control (CDC): Communication from the Trump administration has ordered the CDC to not use, in their budget documents, the following 7 words: diversity, fetus, transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based, and evidence-based. Other parts of HHS have received similar instructions.

Edited by sierraleone, 19 December 2017 - 04:46 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

#396 sierraleone

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 04:49 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 334: "The single worst piece of legislation."

- GOP Tax Bill: The House passed the $1.5 trillion GOP tax bill that will largely benefit rich people, as well as corporations.

Edited by sierraleone, 19 December 2017 - 04:49 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

#397 sierraleone

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 10:03 PM

WTFJHT - 3 min read, Day 335: Taking Names.

- Republican Tax Bill $1.5 Billion Give-away to the Rich: has passed the Senate, and the House again, and it goes to Trump to sign.
- Individual Mandate in ACA: provision was repealed inside the tax bill.
- DACA: As funding runs out for government spending again at the end of this week some Democrats facing selection in conservative states are not willing to hold the line to insist on protections for DACA/Dreamers to keep the government open.
- Poll: 36% of Americans said that they would vote for Trump in 2020. (so is this the floor?). 38% are dead set on voting against Trump, and an additional 14% says that they will probably vote for the Democrat on the ballot.
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

#398 sierraleone

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 07:18 PM

WTFJHT - 4 min read, Day 336: A formula for success.

- Tax cut: could personally save Trump $15 million a year, Kushner $12 million.
- Flynn/WH: WH Counsel Don McGahn learned on DEC 29! that Flynn had counselled the Russian Ambassador to not retaliate against the economic sanctions imposed by Obama. McGahn then researched federal laws dealing with lying to federal investigators and negotiating with foreign governments. He also warned Trump about Flynn's possible violations. From a Foreign Policy article. Never heard of Foreign Policy before, anyone else? If true, and before Flynn's resignation, does this mean that Mike Pence knew? Or that Trump neglected to tell him and didn't correct him after he went on record?
- U.N.: rejected, 128-9(35 abstentions) Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Isreal's capital, despite heated rhetoric from his U.N. Ambassador.
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

#399 sierraleone

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 05:37 PM

WTFJHT - 3 min read, Day 337: Very intense.

- GOP Tax Bill: The rich Koch brothers network will launch a multi-million dollar push next year to sell the GOP tax bill to "educate" the masses through advertisement and town halls. Coming to a TV or community centre near you!

Edited by sierraleone, 22 December 2017 - 05:38 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

#400 sierraleone

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 05:03 PM

WTFJHY - 5 min read, Day 341: Pile of Garbage.

- Muslim Refugee Ban: Federal Judge blocked Trump's restrictions on reuniting refugee families from his Oct E.O. that banned the entry of spouses and children of refugees that have already settled in the U.S., known as "follow-to-join" refugees.
- Transgender serving in the military: A second appeals court rejected Trump's military transgender ban.
- Voter Fraud Commission: federal judge ruled that the the commission must give access to democrats. The commission is expected to issue a report early next year.
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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