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  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    Sensato

    The Bannon & Trump presidency is turning out to be an even greater disaster than Nixon's turn at the helm.

    Aside from presiding over Apollo 11, Nixon ended both the draft and the war in Vietnam, established relations with the PRC, took the first steps in ending the Cold War (detente and ABM treaty), desegregated schools, and established the EPA.

    Trump is only 2 weeks in. Give him time.

    Posted in: Trump to team up with Abe for round of golf in Florida

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    For the last 50 years, Quebec has adopted an official policy of language and culture purity unrivaled in the western world. Language Police literally patrol the streets looking for businesses not using French as the main language. Quebec's unique culture is funded and supported and promoted at the expense of all others. This has produced a culture of xenophobia, of bigotry and startling racism that is immediately evident to anyone stepping out of the Metropolitan areas. Casual rascism and hostility toward immigrants from politicians and government officials is frequently ignored by the English language media, and when it is picked up its given a pass - because it's part of their unique culture that must be nurtured lest Canada be divided.

    It is that environment that produced this criminal. But it's so much easier to blame Trump.

    Posted in: Quebec mosque shooting suspect charged with murdering 6 people

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @nostromo

    interesting how the list doesn't include the muslim countries that Trump has business dealings with....

    Ah, the "list".

    If you read what Trump signed, the only country named is Syria. Go ahead, read it for yourself.

    The other 6 countries were designated as a security risk by the Obama administration over a year ago, and Trump has simply extended and slightly expanded existing barriers pending review of procedure.

    In other words, what Trump has done is completely in line with existing policy. Nothing really new here, except the fake outrage. No one gave a damn when Obama cut visas to the Iranians.

    Posted in: As U.S. bans refugees, alarms remain over homegrown extremists

  • -5

    hokkaidoguy

    @strangerland

    Trump once again forgets that everything is on the internet. Here's the comparison of Obama's inauguration and Trump's: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2oW1tcXUAAW3b1.jpg

    If I'm not mistaken, that picture (which is in heavy rotation on Japanese TV) was taken about an hour before the event.

    CNN has a zoomable gigapixel image on their site here:
    http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2017/01/politics/trump-inauguration-gigapixel/

    You can clearly see that the crowds extend all the way to the white building at the bottom of the photo you posted.

    Posted in: Trump, spokesman slam U.S. media over inauguration crowd coverage

  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    @Strangerland

    And yet, still the preference of the people. Just goes to show how much of a joke the American electoral system is. The party in charge isn't the one that the people wanted, it's the one that played the game better. The game is more important than the will of the people.

    I have no idea how you can cling to that idea. The Democrats lost across the board in this election: the Senate, the House, Governor races and State Legislatures. The DNP currently has the lowest level of public support since the 1940s.

    If Clinton had won based on the popular vote, it would have put her completely out of step with the rest of the country based on voter turnout from two urban areas. The Electoral College exists to prevent that from happening, and it did its job.

    Posted in: Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights leader; protests begin across U.S.

  • 1

    hokkaidoguy

    Why not offer the option of being a Smoking establishment?

    Post signs on the door saying that people are using tobacco inside, maybe with a list of health warnings, and let customers decide if they want to enter. The regular customers can keep coming, and the occasionals can make up their own minds at the door.

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  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    Jekyll and Hyde. Should that reassure us?

    No, it should make you question the version of Trump that you've been sold.

    Posted in: Trump: Deadly violence in Germany is 'attack on humanity'

  • -6

    hokkaidoguy

    Donna Brazile, interim head of the Democratic National Committee, said the DNC was no match for a sophisticated foreign power in cyberspace that “weaponized” private emails to “sow misinformation and to sow discord” between Clinton and her primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/5205

    Utterly shameless.

    Posted in: Trump aides ask of Russian meddling: Does it matter?

  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    @lostrune

    Well, at least you glanced at the first story. That's a start.

    Posted in: Obama urges Trump to take foreign impact on election seriously

  • -2

    hokkaidoguy

    @lostrune

    Anyhow, where can one find that WikiLeaks statement?

    Besides the Wikileaks twitter feed? CNBC July 25 http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/25/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-no-proof-russian-intelligence-responsible-for-dnc-hack.html USA Today November 3 http://amp.usatoday.com/story/93245454/

    And finally from the last week, this. Apologies for it being the daily mail, but they were the ones who landed the interview. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4034038/amp/Ex-British-ambassador-WikiLeaks-operative-claims-Russia-did-NOT-provide-Clinton-emails-handed-D-C-park-intermediary-disgusted-Democratic-insiders.html

    Hopefully you get a look at this before the mods delete it.

    Posted in: Obama urges Trump to take foreign impact on election seriously

  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    @strangerland

    According to Wikileaks, all of the Democrat e-mails they received were internal leaks.

    There is very little public evidence to show that anything was hacked in this election.

    Posted in: Obama urges Trump to take foreign impact on election seriously

  • 0

    hokkaidoguy

    @strangerland

    Obama- Wars started: 0. Wars ended - 1.

    That's some nice revisionism there.

    Why doesn't the US led overthrow of Libya get a mention? Drone warfare in Yemen? ISIS? Cameroon? Any of the 130 countries Obama deployed special ops to? And how to you consider a war "ended" when you still have US forces fighting there?

    Posted in: Obama urges Trump to take foreign impact on election seriously

  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    @jimizo

    Genuinely curious - where did you find those definitions? I've been out of academia for at least 20 years, and neither of those would have been considered nationalism at the time. Probably xenophobia or exceptionalism for the first and simply "independence movement" for the second.

    My first question in this thread was genuine as well. When did this become a dirty word?

    Posted in: Why is nationalist sentiment rising in politics around the developed world at this point in time?

  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    @jimizo

    If you can't defend nationalism, should I assume you're in favor of colonialism? How else would you describe the populist movements that united nations to break away from empire? That's Nationalism.

    Nationalism was the driving force behind German expansion in WW2, just as it was the driving force for defense and resistance. Do you seriously believe Churchill wasn't a nationalist?

    If neither of these examples fits your definition of nationalism, I'd suggest re-visiting your textbook.

    Posted in: Why is nationalist sentiment rising in politics around the developed world at this point in time?

  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    @NZ2011

    Putting aside "nationalism" to fight for freedom and democracy (as defined by the ideals local to where you reside).

    Sounds like the same thing to me.

    Posted in: Why is nationalist sentiment rising in politics around the developed world at this point in time?

  • -6

    hokkaidoguy

    @jimizo

    Wouldn't you say nationalist sentiment played a large part, among other things, in those movements?

    Yes.

    I'd also argue that Nationalism played a greater role in their eradication than formation. Nazi Germany ceased to exist because of the nationalism of soldiers fighting against it.

    Posted in: Why is nationalist sentiment rising in politics around the developed world at this point in time?

  • -10

    hokkaidoguy

    @jimizo

    Why do you naturally equate nationalism with the darkest pages of history?

    Posted in: Why is nationalist sentiment rising in politics around the developed world at this point in time?

  • -13

    hokkaidoguy

    Why has nationalism become a dirty word?

    Posted in: Why is nationalist sentiment rising in politics around the developed world at this point in time?

  • -2

    hokkaidoguy

    If an article says that oil companies are backing some candidate, I know what that means.

    but that's not what the article is saying.

    The article is presenting Chris Sacca as a spokesman for the part of the industry opposed to Trump. It doesn't say that he was a frequent visitor to Clinton campaign HQ. You need to check his twitter for that. Nor does it mention his fundraising efforts - you need to check the hillary clinton webpage for that information.

    It's about proximity. He is close enough to the Clinton campaign to be considered part of it. He was also part of the past two Obama campaigns, in a more official role.

    He is beyond being a donor level supporter. He has spoken on behalf of the Clinton campaign in the past, and printing his remarks without that caveat is simply poor journalism. It gives the impression that he is speaking for the industry as a whole first and foremost, instead of speaking for the failed Clinton campaign.

    If you want to know why he's not representative of the tech industry as a whole, look up H-1B visa on any tech forum. Might be eye opening.

    Posted in: Trump tells anxious tech leaders: 'We're here to help'

  • -3

    hokkaidoguy

    It does say "No industry was more open in its contempt for Trump during the campaign." You can kind of infer that they were big Clinton donors.

    That's the problem I have with this piece. Most readers would infer that he was simply a donor. You did, and so did I before a trip over to Google.

    He was a fundraiser. He headlined events designed to raise funds for the Clinton campaign. Numerous high profile events, over a period if months.

    There is a clear distinction between being a campaign donor and a fundraiser. Given the context and scale of his involvement, I would argue that his highly visible relationship to the Clinton campaign is at least as relevant as his tech background.

    The intentional omission of this information by the press is outright dishonest, and the accidental omission is incompetence.

    Which one is it?

    Posted in: Trump tells anxious tech leaders: 'We're here to help'

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