Everything Is Great and Amazing

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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Mister Tee » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:42 pm

flipp525 wrote:This has been the best birthday present ever! (I’m fucking 40 today - gah!!)

I'll be the one to note for you: a day will come when you'll fondly remember the time when you were a mere 40.

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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby flipp525 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:57 pm

This has been the best birthday present ever! (I’m fucking 40 today - gah!!) Trump is apparently in complete meltdown mode right now inside the White House. I really couldn’t tell you what will happen by week’s end but, like Tee, I think this has clearly revealed that Mueller is heading into a new (last?) phase of some sort. Things are moving at a dizzying pace.
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Greg » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:01 pm

I am somewhat relieved that Mueller seems to be pivoting from Russia to porn stars. Porn stars don't have nuclear weapons.
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Postby Mister Tee » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:33 pm

I know everybody sees what's going on, and I don't have anything especial to add to it, but I just thought it should be noted that Mueller seems to have pushed the pedal to the floor, and things might start happening more quickly now.

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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Greg » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:40 pm

Trump admin sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/04/politics ... index.html
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Sabin » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:25 am

I've been losing sleep over the John Bolton appointment. One of the few sighs of relief I had during Trump's transition was that this guy was passed over. Now, I think maybe it would have been a good idea to cycle him in and out during the chaos. At this point, it's crazy to think that anybody will have any kind of staying power in the White House, but I have a very bad feeling that it could be him.
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Precious Doll » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:00 am

Okri wrote:

b) I will say that China's "grudges" are very much linked to Japanese inability to take ownership of their actions in World War II, though. Even in the mid 90s, you could see former Japanese commanders trying to tell POWs that their experiences in the camps was different than it actually was.

c) As a Canadian, it's my biggest hope that my country diversifies it's trade and economic alignment away from the USA. Don't know if that's possible, though.


b) I completely forgot about that. I know Japan has made apologies in relation to South Korean 'comfort women' a couple of years ago, though it was widely seen as a purely political motivated gesture. I can't help thinking that no matter what Japan does in relation to it's past actions China (and South Korea) will still be antsy with them. When Chuan Lu made City of Life and Death back in 2009 the Chinese Government were very unhappy as he portrayed one Japanese soldier as human. I think Japanese Government did or tried to prevent the film from playing at a film festival.

c) By the time Canada and other countries diversify their trading, which looks like they will all have to do, Trump will hopefully be gone, but the US will end up being the loser in the long term.
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Okri » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:02 pm

Few thoughts

a) Yeah, most of the people I know are thinking very seriously about Trump launching a war of aggression. His obsession with using nuclear weapons, his warmongering cabinet, his rampant instability... all terrifying.

b) I will say that China's "grudges" are very much linked to Japanese inability to take ownership of their actions in World War II, though. Even in the mid 90s, you could see former Japanese commanders trying to tell POWs that their experiences in the camps was different than it actually was.

c) As a Canadian, it's my biggest hope that my country diversifies it's trade and economic alignment away from the USA. Don't know if that's possible, though.

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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Precious Doll » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:06 am

Well, this is promising:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-28/b ... na/9596176

The last thing China wants (though I believe they would take advantage of a conflict) is a war on there doorstep, particularly one with nuclear weapons. Also forgot to mention in the post below that apparently China has been building 'camps' to house a huge influx of refugees from North Korea in the event of a war.
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Precious Doll » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:44 am

Last year I strongly believed that Trump would not launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea. That view has now changed to more chance than not that by the end of the year he will, particularly given the changes in his administration.

The article from Newsweek is surprisingly spare. Though I suppose that it because it's based on what Castro has said.

The results of a pre-emptive strike on North Korea would not only be devastating for the people of North Korea & Seoul but other major cities throughout South Korea and Japan. Make no mistake the two countries that North Koreans have had drummed into them are the ultimate enemies are the U.S. and Japan. Not helping is that China has cordial but hardly close relations with Japan. The grudges from WW2 still run deep amongst the ruling class of China.

The very thought of nuclear warheads, even smaller ones, dropped on Seoul, Pyongyang, Busan, Tokyo, Kyoto is simply beyond comprehension. It will be a humanitarian crisis that the world has not seen since WW2. It's also no wonder China tries to keep on the good side of North Korea because Shanghai & Beijing are both within easy striking distance. Nothing worse than a cornered nation has nothing to loose because they will even potentially lash out at their only alley (China).

To make matters worse there is nothing any of them can do. Japan has a missile defence system but to date have not used it when North Korea flies missiles over their territory. Two reasons for this. One because they don't want to escalate the situation with North Korea. The second is way more disturbing. The is only something like a 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 chances that the missile defence system would even work and that primary reason Japan hasn't used it is because the domestic issues that will cause the Japanese Government with the general population.

Also, a conflict in this area of the world, even a relative 'minor' one opens up the doors for other countries to enact illegal and immoral actions themselves whilst the worlds attention is focused on a ramifications of a limited nuclear exchange.

Russia is eager to have the Baltic states back in it's control, as is China with Taiwan. This would also give China an opportunity to become more hardline with Hong Kong.

There is also the economic fallout from this which will be global and could be the tipping point to another GFC, which is inevitable anyway.

Not to mention the highly possible isolation of the U.S. from the rest of the human race. Trump has recently started a trade war which is an incredibly stupid thing to do. The rest of the world can adjust itself over time and deal between themselves. Isolationism doesn't work in the 21th Century. Just ask North Korea who would be fucked if it wasn't for China.

I think the only thing that may stop Trump and his friends for this week is the fact that so many Americans, both military and civilians are in South Korea (and Japan) at any given time. It is virtually impossible to evacuate them without the South Korean's knowledge and I think this is probably the only dilemma that Trump faces.
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Greg » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:58 pm

TRUMP IS ‘DETERMINED’ TO ‘GO TO WAR WITH NORTH KOREA’ IN CONFLICT THAT COULD KILL ‘MILLIONS,’ SAYS LEADING DEMOCRAT:

Representative Joaquin Castro, a top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said Tuesday that he believes President Donald Trump is determined to launch a war with North Korea. Castro made the comments in the aftermath of Trump tapping former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as his national security adviser to replace the departing H.R. McMaster. Bolton has argued that it is “perfectly legitimate” for the United States to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea.“I just think that this president, based on everything that I've seen and heard, is determined at some point to go to war with North Korea," Castro said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Castro added that the appointment of Bolton "is an affirmation of that.”Castro then laid out what he sees as the stark dangers of a conflict with North Korea. “You’re talking about at minimum hundreds of thousands of people dead, if not millions of people,” he said. “That’s what’s at stake here.”. . .

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-north-kor ... ton-861716
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Big Magilla » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:30 pm

Very hopeful. No more trying to win the cold, cold hearts of the deadhead congress and the fake president. "Vote them out!" is trhe only way to go.
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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby The Original BJ » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:09 pm

I marched in LA. (Right next to, randomly, Marisa Tomei!)

Hugely inspiring to see the number of young people out there, who are, quite frankly, humiliating the NRA (and the elected GOP officials) in a way we haven’t really seen before on this issue. There just isn’t really a way to fight against these children demanding something as simple as the right to survive without coming off like a complete asshole, and the kids are so obviously winning this battle in the court of public opinion. (Hopefully, that will translate to winning at the ballot box in a few months.)

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Postby Mister Tee » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:45 pm

Because they had the courtesy to schedule the march just blocks from where I live, I abandoned my traditional root-from-the-couch position and joined the crowd in NY today. People, as they say, as far as the eye can see. Proud to be a small part of the number.

Thing that choked me up: Paul McCartney, in the march near the Park, says "One of my best friends was killed by gun violence right around here".

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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Postby Big Magilla » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:50 pm

Yes, and John Bolton as National Security Advisor just about guarantees that the freak show we've been living with for the last two years has been just the beginning. The end of the world could well be at hand.
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