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    PTownsend

    Trump and the Republicans want to turn the clock back to the 1950's. Big auto! Big energy! Big pollution! https://www.marketplace.org/2014/07/14/sustainability/we-used-be-china/la-smog-battle-against-air-pollution

    @bass California elected him twice,

    And it was a MAJORITY of voters who did so.

    Posted in: California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump

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    @Lizz This defeat provides the leverage the White House, especially Bannon, needs to start shoving Paul Ryan towards the exit as Speaker.

    Is undermining the separation of powers the latest Republican Party tactic? Do R's really want an executive-uber-alles? And a non-elected one like Bannon to boot. Are you admitting that Trump's not in charge, that he's being manipulated by Bannon (and the neo-tsar who shan't be named)?

    Posted in: Trump, GOP leaders pull bill to repeal 'Obamacare'

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    @Lizz He looks flexible.

    During the election campaign Trump said he had a really great healthcare plan. Is he now going to present it? Those long aware of Trump's history of bait and switch and outright lies knew he never had a plan (just like his 'defeat ISIS in 30 days' plan). By now some of his supporters, at least those who've put the kool aid down, must have also come to accept that he never had one. The slimy deal artist at his lowest. ('Lowest' might be premature; I have no doubt he can get even worse.)

    When things have gone south for Republicans they have a history of resorting to some form of wag the dog to distract attention from their screw ups. The Party is looking pretty bad now. So is Trump, though the healthcare debacle is taking attention from the investigations of his Russian connections, a plus for him. It's pretty easy to think that Trump and the Republicans will concoct some distraction, something to take attention away from their inept bumbling. An unstable and erratic DC in a world with Putin, Kim, ISIS etal?

    Barely two months in and it's time to drain the nuke protected swamp. Hopefully it's not too late.

    Posted in: Trump, GOP leaders pull bill to repeal 'Obamacare'

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    @rbBush These Russian conspiracy theories are getting wackier by the hour.

    It's doubtful anyone on this board can prove what happened with regard to intelligence agencies keeping track of Trump and his Russian contacts. However, Flynn's resignation pretty clearly suggests that Flynn had contact with Russians (which he wanted to hide for some reason) and the intelligence agencies had the means to find that out.

    Do you have evidence of any sort - perhaps a link from Russia Today, Breitbart, infowars, any of the usual alt right sources - saying that Trump or any of his appointees were NOT involved with Russians, that the allegations of involvement are just 'conspiracy theories' - or 'fake news'?

    Posted in: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

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    @rbBush And what's your obsessive beef with Russia?

    Counter: what's your obsessive beef with western institutions?

    Serious question: why would anyone say anything positive about Russia unless they were Russian?

    Posted in: Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies at 101

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    @rbBush Every University that Rockefeller funded was given a list of subjects, fields and professors to promote

    If your point is that there have always been tradeoffs to receiving funding from foundations, of course you're right.

    But once again I think you're writing just to say something negative about western institutions, this time western foundations. I suggest you look at how Rockefeller Foundation grants have been used at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, among dozens of other universities and research organizations worldwide.

    Do Russian oligarchs have foundations that help support public education in Russia? If so, are they 'given a list of subjects, fields and professors to promote'?

    Posted in: Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies at 101

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    PTownsend

    The problem is that the investigation isn't going to stop,

    And while the investigations continue to draw attention to the careening clown car that is the White House, while the WH continues to claim anything critical of the new regime is fake news, TrumpBannon and the Republicans continue to gut programs beneficial to the middle and working class, replacing them with ones that further will enrich the corporate ruling class elites, especially those in the weapons making businesses.

    TrumpBannon are playing the media ,and while some loyal Trump-enistas are buying it, many others, according to his approval ratings, are starting to admit they were snookered by the aging leopard and the global media empires that backed him. No sympathy for those hoodwinked: they bought his lies, he's theirs.

    Trump's golf trips to his palace in Florida cost the US taxpayer how much?

    Posted in: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

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    PTownsend

    American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility.

    It's easy to criticize the Rockefellers and other families whose fortunes have stemmed from the exploits of their robber baron ancestors. There's no question their empires were created using lots of nasty tactics.

    But at least the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies etal contributed billions to establish foundations that have funded universities, hospitals and numerous organizations that continue to benefit the public at large.

    In stark contrast to the Trumps of the world who create foundations for the purpose of increasing their own personal wealth.

    Posted in: Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies at 101

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    PTownsend

    @bass you didn't take a poll and he still rides pretty much unchanged with his base,

    Actually it looks like his base is shrinking.

    https://gma.yahoo.com/trump-approval-rating-sinks-low-004425343--abc-news-topstories.html

    For the last 30 or so years the working poor in the rustbelt states have seen things get increasingly worse. Now with many of them at risk of losing their healthcare look for even bleaker times ahead in the regions that voted for Trump. Opioid addiction's a big problem in the Trump states. During his campaign he promised to do something about it. How's that going? Or will any potential funds to deal with that and other problems be shifted away to build new nukes. Or a wall. Or to provide breaks and benefits for company's he's invested in.

    Posted in: Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO vast sums

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    PTownsend

    The quote below is from a post WW2 report by the United States Office of Strategic Services (the CIA's predecessor) describing the psychological profile of a certain Austrian born man who'd once been a lance corporal in the German army. However, the description seems to be generic; it could fit any despot ever, even those today ruling countries like (fill in the blank).

    His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

    From Wikipedia

    'Blame an enemy for everything that goes wrong'; that current enemy seems to be the spectre that's haunting the White House, i.e. Obama. And the Trump-enistas believe it. Squirrels, shiny objects, and the ghost of Obama; distractors that keep the public from noticing what Trump and the Republicans are doing.

    Posted in: Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

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    PTownsend

    Off to The Promised Land. RIP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCT-xMbxb8w

    Posted in: Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

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    PTownsend

    I wonder if the helicopter carrier tour has anything to do with this.

    I have to believe that's part of the dynamic, as is RExxon Tillerson's recent NE Asia visit, plus other factors like having an unstable and belligerent narcissist in the White House who's guided by a war-wanting whacko like Bannon - and who knows else.

    Posted in: Chinese shops pull Japanese food items from shelves over safety fears

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    PTownsend

    @BMlight doesn't mean Trump's supporters have to wade though these tripe comments

    During the run up to the election I recall more Trump supporters posting on this site. Their numbers seem to have dwindled since the election. Do you think that's because some Trump supporters might be questioning how he's handled his presidency thus far, that they might be concerned he's turning out to be just like those who were in the anyone-but-Trump camp prior to the election claimed he would be?

    I ask that because in reading different threads on this site and others, Trump supporters rarely say he's doing anything right. Instead they get defensive and use a "whatabout" defense, or claim any criticism of Trump is based on fake news, or simply say Trump's problems are because Obama or some another imagined demon is haunting him and the White House.

    Based on the few posts I've read from those who've backed Trump, I have to think his middle- and working-class supporters must be pretty discouraged by the man they had hoped would actually help them. So far he's only helped his fellow billionaires and the military related industries. It's still early days, though.

    Posted in: Trump's budget calls for border wall, border prosecutions

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    PTownsend

    @bass but that doesn't make him a liar because HE believes it. The man can believe whatever he wants.

    George Costanza said: 'It's not a lie if you believe it'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn_PSJsl0LQ

    Posted in: White House says Trump stands by claim Obama wiretapped him

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    PTownsend

    I looked at the website and saw some things I was interested in. I was pleased to see these items came in larger sizes than those typically found in Japanese stores. Because clothes sizing is so inconsistent, I went to a Uniqlo store to try them on. Unfortunately, the store I went to did not have the larger sizes shown on the website. I know Japanese stores cater for Japanese sizes, but it's still disappointing. Each day I see nicely dressed Japanese men who are larger than I am and wonder where they buy clothes.

    Instead of using Uniqlo, I'll continue to buy from online stores I've bought from previously; they've shown their sizing is consistent.

    Posted in: Uniqlo upgrades online store

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    PTownsend

    @sensei show some respect and delete this article

    I agree.

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    PTownsend

    “There is no question that there were surveillance techniques used throughout this,” Spicer said.

    Spicer backing off using a Maxwell Smart 'Would you believe...'

    The Apprentice and his Amateur Hour toadies in the White House know Trump's groupies no longer care whether what he says is true or not. The Trump cultist's faith in their political messiah has blinded and deafened them to all criticism of Him.

    While the mess that is the White House distracts, the Republicans are looking after their number one interest, which is ensuring the wealth of the nation's richest is made even more secure. Look for more tax breaks for the rich and cutbacks in environmental protection, healthcare, consumer protection, workers protection, in addition to other measures that benefit the public at large.

    Encore Gessen quote:

    It’s not just that both Putin and Trump lie, it is that they lie in the same way and for the same purpose: blatantly, to assert power over truth itself.

    Posted in: White House says Trump stands by claim Obama wiretapped him

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    PTownsend

    'Judicial overreach' is the Trump-itist's meme-for-the-day, joining 'deep state' and all the others previously used by BannonTrumpKushnerMillerConway and their alt right media puppets.

    Posted in: Federal judge in Hawaii puts Trump travel ban on hold

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    PTownsend

    @sangets What they do is further eliminate the chance that new car companies will be created (which has essentially been impossible for decades), furthering the monopoly the current big three have in American industry.

    You've made that point before; the article below says something different. These new companies may just be niche, they may flame out, but new car companies are being created. Truth.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/40887273/ns/business-autos/t/new-car-companies-aiming-big-leagues/#.WMo_JBhh3Vo

    Posted in: Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards

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    PTownsend

    Evidence schmevidence. Trump said it, his followers believe it. Their defense of Trump and The Party usually amounts to some variation of 'whatabout', 'liberals are worse', 'Obama did it ('it' meaning anything negative that's ever happened), 'Hillary would have been worse' or 'prove it'. Trump's true believing followers are incapable of seeing any faults in their political messiah. He's achieved cult leader status. And he's got the world's most expensive and frightening military to back him and Bannon up plus support from the media they control.

    Once more, Hannah Arendt in The Origins of Totalitarianism:

    “Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.”

    Posted in: Skeptical U.S. lawmakers pressure Comey on Trump wiretap claim

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