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So, speaking of work...

HR have rescheduled another meeting with me.  Given we've only arranged two meetings thus far, and both have had to be rescheduled (in each case adding an extra week into the process), that is quite impressive.

Oh well, at least this means I can have some beers and watch Egypt vs Uruguay tomorrow.

And....rescheduled again.  No date given this time, just a "I will be in touch with future date".

 :lulz:

I was "joking" that this would happen just the other day with my co-worker.

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Apple Talk / Re: What's the Matter THIS Time, Bunky?
« on: Today at 01:40:53 am »
Oh, and you're gonna LOVE this:

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Answering questions from Parliament, meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that “the pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing. This is wrong. This is not something we agree with.”

There's some backroom wierdness going on with the UK lately re: anything to do with the US, so I would take what our PM says with an even bigger grain of salt than usual.

The thinking has been that May has been slow/reluctant to criticize Trump because she believes in the event of a bad Brexit deal, which is increasingly likely, the UK can pull the wool over the eyes of the US and get a far more favourable trade deal than they would with, say, someone competent in the White House (questionable, given how bad the FCO has shown themselves to be thus far, but that's the theory).

HOWEVER, lately there has been something of a shift at the elite levels in the UK, among not just sections of the media, but also the financial and administrative elite.  A lot of people are fearing a "no deal" Brexit, there are growing suspicions that Russian information ops may have been decisive in the vote (and the links between the Brexit vote and Trump campaign are even more entwined than previously thought), there are major security concerns about what Brexit will mean....and while that hasn't had a noticeable effect on the PM's conduct, it is likely exerting pressure somewhere in the background.

Just keep in mind that there is a large part of the Brexit iceberg that isnt obviously visible at the moment, and it's not clear what that means, or how it is affecting the UK's previous indulgence towards Trump.

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Apple Talk / Re: What's the Matter THIS Time, Bunky?
« on: Yesterday at 08:32:42 pm »
Exactly, this is how it will play out.  Family separation will be ended, which is undeniably good.  However, treating immigrants and asylum seekers as de facto criminals and sticking them in camps in the middle of the desert, will continue.  And so internment itself will be accepted as being OK, and then come 2020 and 2024, the extremists will come out of the woodwork and claim that family separation was too soft, that actually the children should be sent to labour camps.  And then the "moderate" position will be "send children to camps while parents do slave labour" and Serious Pundits everywhere will nod profoundly and pontificate on the moral goodness of this course.

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Apple Talk / Re: What's the Matter THIS Time, Bunky?
« on: Yesterday at 08:20:27 pm »
I just can't wait until 2024, when Ivanka Trump (running mate: Kanye West) runs on the platform of "more children in camps."

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There was some discussion about it recently, when Guiliani brought it up as a possibility.

The problem is:

1) He can't.  DoJ looked into it in 1974, it would effectively make the President the judge in his own case, which of course isn't legally permissable
2) If he did, it would mean he would have to admit his guilt on collusion and obstruction.  Can't pardon something that didn't happen.  He would also lose all his 5th amendment rights relating to the investigaton, which opens up a can of worms
3) Congress might actually spontaneously grow a spine and impeach him.
4) Pence could just assassinate Trump, then pardon himself under this legal logic.  It's retarded.

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Apple Talk / Re: DSPN Presents: World Cup 2018
« on: Yesterday at 01:45:23 am »
England will probably get through the group stage, which is more than can be said for Australia.  But I am endlessly amused by England fans who insist on the World Cup as their birthright, despite winning it exactly once, 52 years ago.  So watching England, who are IMO are a consistently overrated team, fail at what should be slam dunk games is extremely satisfying for me.

It needn't be this way, either.  Individually, England has some pretty talented players.  But I don't think I've seen a team more averse to the idea of playing as a team than England.  Compare any footage in the last 20 years of England playing, and then throw up some footage of Brazil, Portugal, Serbia or Germany (probably a better comparison for the overall style of play).  In theory, when playing football, you should be playing against 11 other men, but in the case of England, because everyone's out for themselves, they gimp themselves, and so you only ever have to worry about the one with the ball.

And then they wonder why they can't progress past the quarter finals.

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There was a recent New Yorker article about how when the children are taken from their parents, the parents are meant to be given some kind of reference number to be able to track their child.  So guess what ICE hasn't been doing?

The article followed the story of just one family simply trying to find out where their daughter was being kept.  They didn't even know where she was.  ICE could confirm that the family tried to enter with a child, and that said child was taken from them, but nothing more.

The potential for child abuse and trafficking is off the charts here.

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Apple Talk / Re: DSPN Presents: World Cup 2018
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:52:52 pm »
England have shown once again that they are a top tier team deserving of winning the World Cup by *checks notes* barely limping to victory over Tunisia.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:52:08 pm »
Does Trump....think that illegal aliens come from space?  It's about the only excuse I'd accept for his immigration policies, at this point.

But from what I can see, the family breakup policy is turning into a complete nightmare for Trump.  My Twitter feed is almost full of it, to the exclusivity of anything else going on, even the world cup.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 16, 2018, 02:17:46 pm »
You can do anything when you're a North Korean general...

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:10:58 am »
Trump's so enamoured with the North Korean way of life he's now talking about how awesome their propaganda is and how when Kim speaks, the North Korean people "sit up and pay attention" (and I'm sure being dragged off to Camp 14 to have your fingernails ripped out has nothing to do with that).

He thinks FOX News is insufficiently devoted to his leadership, and that the official propagand outlet of one of the world's most repressive regimes is a model for US journalists to follow.

Mattis is going to straight up murder him and Pence one day.  Just you watch.

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Everything about the "Great Repeal Bill" sets my teeth on edge.  It's a blatant power grab, devolving all current EU powers to Parliament once the UK exits the EU (which is fair enough) but also allowing all of those powers to be amended by secondary legislation, meaning that government ministers, not Parliament, can change those laws on a whim (which is a fucking terrible idea).

So I'm glad to see that the government reneged on a deal it made with pro-EU Tories at the last minute, now calling the vote into doubt.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:44:49 am »
The police are also taking their sweet time, so hard to say

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Didn't he become a Pastafarian or something?

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:00:52 pm »
So, speaking of work...

HR have rescheduled another meeting with me.  Given we've only arranged two meetings thus far, and both have had to be rescheduled (in each case adding an extra week into the process), that is quite impressive.

Oh well, at least this means I can have some beers and watch Egypt vs Uruguay tomorrow.

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