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Amazon keeps sending me all this air in plastic pods. Maybe we could sell those.

 :lulz: Wow.

If nothing else, the next 6-18 months are going to make it very clear where everyone's alleigances lie.  Trump doesn't have a power base and hasn't played the game...he's dead meat and he doesn't even know it.

I think it'd be worth all this just to see Trump get ousted and humiliated. Ryan's rough, but it seems like he's the type that's easier to counter because he has a plan and certain interests. Trump really only has his own interests and is too unpredictable to counter, clearly.

If we can get the damn voters off their asses, we can re-take Congress in 2018, and even if Ryan ends up in office we'll be able to lame duck him until 2020. Problem is, there's a good long stretch before 2018. Well, and the other problem is that an awful  lot of voters seem to have no idea how politics work or why midterm elections are important.

If nothing else, the next 6-18 months are going to make it very clear where everyone's alleigances lie.  Trump doesn't have a power base and hasn't played the game...he's dead meat and he doesn't even know it.

I hope this is as funny as it looks like it's going to be.

At least Paul Ryan has a plan.

It might be a terrible plan, but it's a plan nonetheless.

Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: Yesterday at 10:36:55 pm »
Seriously. PLEASE!

Well, depends on how quickly the Republicans pass their agenda, or how big the backlash is.

Current theory is that the Republicans are going to use Trump to pass most of their most wanted agenda, then let him implode and kick him to the curb so that President Pence's much safer (and larger) hands are on the steering wheel.  Maybe the Democrats would do it in 2018 if they retook the House and Senate...but that's going to take a lot of work, and I think they're also worried about any impeachment process which doesn't also snag Pence.  They may be playing wait and see with the intelligence service's investigations into the Russia links of Trump's campaign...if they can implicate Pence in that too, then I think it may happen.

Of course, you'll notice neither of these options involve people actually enforcing the law on the books as they should, only when it's politically expedient for them.

Who's next up if Pence is also impeached?

I wonder how seriously this will be taken?

Trump may like to brag about mastering the art of the deal (which he didn’t write), but the emoluments clause of the Constitution is not negotiable.

“A president is not permitted to receive cash and other benefits from foreign governments,” Norman Eisen, former special counsel on ethics and government reform to President Barack Obama, said on NPR Thursday. “And yet, Donald Trump is getting a steady flow of them around the world and right here in the United States.”

In case you think Eisen is speaking from some dastardly liberal bias, the former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, Richard Painter, has the same opinion. “The president needs to focus on protecting the United States and American interests in a very dangerous world,” Painter said. “I really hope that President Trump takes the steps he needs to, to be free of conflict of interest in that endeavor.”

Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: Yesterday at 05:04:07 pm »
Fuck this Presidency. I am noticing sexist, racist, homophobic posts and comments pop up more and more, from people I NEVER would have expected it from, along with lots and lots of posts aimed at knocking down people who support feminist and civil rights movements. This is more discouraging to me than the right-wing conservatives spouting the same garbage, because it tells me that there are a lot of people calling themselves liberals who have been allies in name only, because they got social approval for being allies, and now that they might get social approval for revealing their true feelings about uppity wimmins and queers and colored folk, they're testing the waters.

Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: Yesterday at 04:45:05 pm »
RE: Hoopla & Nigel

I was never really expecting to actually sell any jackboots. My target audience is about a dozen or so people on my facebook who are acting like they could start goosestepping any minute, but I think they're the kind who would rather let someone else handle the dirty work. They're pretty much Dominionists, though I doubt they even know what that word means. Basically, all the people I un-un-followed after the election to keep an eye on; mostly people I went to elementary/middle/high school with, and people from my church.

Having thought about it some more, I think a better plan wold be to set up a website that just looks like a legitimate e-commerce site selling jackboots and brown shirts at amazing prices, which lets the attempted buyer fill out all their information (except credit card), then just before it gets to the last page, freezes up for about two minutes, and then they get a page that says something like "Sorry, something went wrong, please try again later".

Ah, if you're just fucking with them and not actually taking their money, I'm all for it.

We even have the modern equivalent of snake oil salesmen.

Jesus, that press conference with Sean Spicer stammering about inauguration turnout and the lying media lying about it.

I keep thinking "the media has to grow a spine and start fucking them back", but then I remember who owns the media.

Yeah, that's a huge part of the problem. There are good reasons why people don't trust the media, so instead they've just started believing any stream of noise that fits their preferred worldview. Actual journalism has been more or less replaced by facebook memes.

It's looking more and more like the 19th century.

Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:27:27 pm »
I feel like my life has split into two halves; the before half, when I was a pretty young woman, a globally known artist in my field and then a star college student, PhD-bound, with three lovely healthy kids and the bloom of new love, all on our way to a secure future, and the after half, when I am a scarred old woman struggling with the aftermath of the death of my son, trudging through a Masters program and trying not to fear the future with a bumbling, mediocre, sexist, racist businessman in charge of the country and a shifting social climate in which even self-proclaimed liberals no longer feel they have to conceal their sexism and their racism, and think that this is the time to challenge feminist and civil rights movements for whatever reasons they imagine sound reasonable.

Beyond the wall / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:16:56 pm »
I emailed the other two people I want on my graduate committee yesterday evening.

My institution literally has only four biological neuroscientists, and one cognitive neuroscientist who is a complete hack. Of the four, two are not currently doing research. Of the two who research, both are superb scientists with large bibliographies, one is my advisor, and one is retiring next year.

So, yeah, pickings were slim. I hope neither of these fuckers says no.

Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:07:46 pm »
This is, most assuredly, a fit-throwing hellride.

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