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More relevant for sure, but not as funny.

You know what else is funny?  Clinton is now the only Presidential candidate not to have voiced anti-vaccine conspiracy theories  :lulz:

Oh god why. Why is this happening. How did we get here? This is not what 2016 was supposed to be like.  :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth:

Indeed. This was all supposed to happen in 2012. According to mistranslations of the ancient Mayans at any rate.

(Seriously, what estimate do you guys give of the odds that a Trump presidency would cause the literal end of the world? I think it would put us at least back into Cold War era territory with regard to chances of a world-ending man-made cataclysm)

Unlikely IMO, he's more Mussolini than Hitler and Hitler didn't end the world.  He's mostly going to piss off our allies, who aren't going to provoke a war over it.

Agreed, though I can imagine at least one potential nuclear war scenario arising from a Trump Presidency.  It's not likely, but it's possible:

Emboldened by a Trump Presidency, Russia steps up covert destabilisation operations in the Baltic nations, maybe in hope of creating conditions whereby they can intervene as they did in the Crimea, with "little green men" and "self-defence militias" everywhere, maybe just to be dicks.

Concerned by Trump's lack of support for NATO unified collective security policies, Baltic nations increase military spending and adopt an aggressive posture against Russian military interference.

Cue "security dilemma", whereby spiralling military commitments to the border caused by mutual suspicion cause both sides to feel on the brink of war.

No longer certain of American intentions, the Baltic nations approach France and the UK to shore up their military and diplomatic muscle.

Neither France or the UK are suitable stand-ins for American forces, though they cannot be discounted as easily as Baltic nation military forces.  The UK and France however, are both second-strike capable nuclear powers, capable of launching a decapitation strike on Russia even in the event of Russian strikes on those respective countries.

You now have a direct military stand-off between three nuclear powers, on a very uncertain border, involving countries who have significant Russian populations who have been treated especially poorly, in a 24 hour social media driven political landscape.

One idiot with a bomb or a gun could be enough to set things off.

However, my feeling is that we will see more unrest in the Balkans, Baltic, Middle East and South China Sea generally, as a variety of nations attempt to push President Trump's buttons and see how he reacts, if he does at all.  Its what I'd do, in their place.  Give him a short, sharp smack in the mouth and see if he flinches, and whether he doubles down, is all bark or can respond effectively.

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More relevant for sure, but not as funny.

You know what else is funny?  Clinton is now the only Presidential candidate not to have voiced anti-vaccine conspiracy theories  :lulz:

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: Yesterday at 04:11:48 am »
OK Junkenstein, you get a point

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/07/26/who-funded-brexit/

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As Payne’s rather uncharitable report suggests, Banks defines himself as an outsider, and reportedly defected from the Conservative party to UKIP after a social slight by the foreign secretary at the time, William Hague. He lives in Bristol with his Russian wife Katya, formerly named Ekaterina Paderina. In 2001 she married Eric Butler, a British seaman twice her own age, but the union ran aground after three months. The Home Office questioned the authenticity of the marriage, and might have deported her were it not for the intervention of her local MP, the Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock. In a curious footnote, MI5 (the Security Service, responsible for counter-espionage) later accused Hancock’s assistant and girlfriend Katya Zatuliveter of being a Russian agent, although she was cleared in a national security court in 2011.

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His Twitter feed is somewhat similar to the output of a child who took too much Ritalin.  I'm only surprised that tweet didn't manage to work a #CrookedHillary and more ALL CAPS in there.

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https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/759191265988653056

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Hillary Clinton should not be given national security briefings in that she is a lose cannon with extraordinarily bad judgement & insticts.

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lose cannon with extraordinarily bad judgement & insticts

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lose cannon

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insticts

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Mostly so I can check my emails on the move.

Also, if I do end up leaving this place, I'll likely not be carrying around my laptop so much.  It works for me here, because of the whole living where I work deal, but chances are whatever job I end up getting next, that won't be the arrangement.  The new laptop is kinda heavy...

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The most recent hack - the one people are just reporting on a few hours ago - appears to have been carried out by "Advanced Persistent Threat 28", aka Sofacy Group, aka "Fancy Bear".

They're even more obviously a Russian hacker group than APT 29, who carried out the DNC hack last month.  As in, it's been widely known for months now.

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In other news, my current not-a-smartphone phone is dying.  As such, I've decided to move into the 2010s and get a smartphone.  Assuming, this time, the company in question doesn't decide my banking history is "too irregular" and refuses me service again, like they did in 2011 (all those drug dealers?  Yeah, that's cool.  Bank screws up your address?  FUCK NO, NO POCKET COMPUTER FOR YOU).

And then Cain joined the Pokémon Go horde.


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I told some students who went out to play Pokemon Go the other day to never come back here.

They thought I was joking.

At least they went outside to play. It's almost exercise.  :wink:

I think in central London it's pretty questionable, the health benefits of walking versus how much lead (or, down some of these roads, steel) you inhale into your lungs.

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In other news, my current not-a-smartphone phone is dying.  As such, I've decided to move into the 2010s and get a smartphone.  Assuming, this time, the company in question doesn't decide my banking history is "too irregular" and refuses me service again, like they did in 2011 (all those drug dealers?  Yeah, that's cool.  Bank screws up your address?  FUCK NO, NO POCKET COMPUTER FOR YOU).

And then Cain joined the Pokémon Go horde.


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I told some students who went out to play Pokemon Go the other day to never come back here.

They thought I was joking.

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Just the truth faggot. Every word.

No, you're meant to say "what?"

Please try to keep up.

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Neo-Nazi says what?

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Has anyone asked trump if he will parden snowden?
I'm fairly certain that given trumps winging it on the fly, there's a 50% chance he'd say yes.

Trump said if he was President there would be no question that Putin would extradite him to the USA, and that he would prosecute him under the Espionage Act, as he is a "total traitor".

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They do, but for smartphones they're a lot more expensive.

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That's pretty much The_Donald all over.  "Free speech", but no criticising Trump, while making fun of SJWs for having safe zones.  Their lead mod is also a self-admitted rapist.

Meanwhile...https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republican-security-experts-request-congressional-investigation-of-dnc-hack/2016/07/28/81fa5cb8-550e-11e6-bbf5-957ad17b4385_story.html?postshare=6821469751846917&tid=ss_tw

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Two dozen Republican national security experts signed a letter to congressional leaders Thursday asking for an immediate investigation into the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee, writing that “this is not a partisan issue” but rather “an assault on the integrity of the entire American political process.”

The letter, signed by conservative luminaries of the Reagan and Bush administrations, urges political leaders to reject any effort to seek partisan advantage from the hack and its fallout.

“Congress has a responsibility to get to the bottom of this extraordinary breach, not only to determine who was responsible but also to consider the appropriate response,” reads the letter signed by Republican foreign policy hawks such as Elliott Abrams, who served as an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration and as deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush.


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