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I am noticing a similarity between die hard berners and spousal abusers.

"I will never vote for Clinton, but if you don't kiss my ass, I won't vote for Clinton."

I am brain-farting and unable to remember the term for this sort of statement.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Cain, can I get some perspective on this shit?

Emails just released by the State Department appear to show Clinton Foundation officials brokering a meeting between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a top military leader of Bahrain — a Middle Eastern country that is a major foundation donor. Soon after the correspondence about a meeting, Clinton’s State Department significantly increased arms export authorizations to the country’s autocratic government, even as that nation moved to crush pro-democracy protests.

I'm still not gonna stop supporting Hillary, because the alternative is unthinkable, but this seems really bad.

US has been selling significant levels of arms to Bahrain for years.  The Fifth Fleet is also positioned there, poised to strike against Iran if there is ever anything approaching a reason.  I don't like it much, but Bahrain, it's strategic naval position and its not inconsiderable financial sector are of key interest to the Americans.  The House of Khalifa will not be allowed to fall.

Also, while the State Department set the policy parameters for sales, the actual details are hammered out by the Pentagon, with input from the White House and then passed onto the House and Senate (with prior imput from their select committees on foreign affairs, intelligence and arms) before they're agreed.  As we can see from this, Congress did indeed kill the deal, in the end.

I think people are vastly overestimating the influence of the State Department in these proceedings.  Clinton made State less of a lame duck...but it's been the case since the Cold War that if you want shit done, you speak to the CIA Station Chief, the NSC and the local US Army commander, not the State Department.  State's for baby-kissing photo ops, lame cultural events and uninteresting trade deals.

And lets not forget that there was not insiginificant arm-twisting by the House of Saud in this whole scenario.  The Saudis sent a full on invasion force into Bahrain...American arms may have been intended to reduce Bahraini reliance on Saudi arms...or may have been asked by Saudi Arabia fearful of overseas commitments when trouble was brewing on their own borders.

Looks like I'm through the first stage of the Oslo PhD application.

Now I just have to wait up to 3 months (!) for the selection committee to decide who they want to invite to interview.  Good thing I applied for some other jobs in the meantime.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: New york incident
« on: September 20, 2016, 01:58:35 pm »
Because idiots can't be convinced to attack America on their own initiative?

Meanwhile, Trump seems confused yet again about the Constitution and basic decency.  He appears to be crying because the accused is being given legal counsel, as is his right, and medical treatment.  What liberal madness.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: New york incident
« on: September 19, 2016, 02:28:35 pm »
I'm pretty sure any time someone uses a bomb it should be considered terrorism until it can definitely be ruled out (assassination, personal grudge, insurance scam, whatever).  De Blasio seemed much less certain on this point, and while I will concede defining terrorism is a messy and convoluted affair, it seems safe to say that putting a bomb on a crowded street is a classic tactic of terrorism.

I don't think the stabbing is linked, except in that vague, empheral way that all Muslims everywhere are linked (which is why we have to burn down mosques in revenge for suicide bombings).  The guy did definitely scream something about Allah before he was shot, and the police are treating the investigation as terrorism linked.  Stabbing attacks were also, of course, promoted by ISIS a couple of years back.  But bombings and stabbing are a very different kind of tactic.  At the very least, the bomber was looking not to be injured themselves, and may have even been undertaking trial runs, while the knife attacker had to know they were going to die.

However the safe bet in both cases is "self-radicalised lone wolf".  The bomb technique was in one of those ISIS jihadi training manuals they put on the web, and likely the other idiot had been watching propaganda on liveleak or whatever.

I have two years of backed up emails in an encrypted thumb drive with an online backup.  All it needs is to be told in a narrative fashion.

I truly admire your ethics in not taking this place down for a massive profit, already.

I must admit I do question why this hasn't occurred yet though. It's more than justified at this point.

You could even make a strong argument that it's getting to a point where it's unethical not to do so.

Honestly it just sounds like too much work.

Plus it would mean looking for a new job and a new place to live, which is not something I want to rush into given the renting situation in London.

Once I'm out, I do intend to send an extremely long letter to the board though.  And maybe the Times Educational Supplement....TES loves to hate on international boarding schools (too expensive for their main demographic now).

Aneristic Illusions / Re: New york incident
« on: September 19, 2016, 01:42:25 pm »
NYPD are looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalised Afghan born 28 year old, for questioning.

He also appears to be responsible for the backpack bomb found in New Jersey yesterday too, though it's not clear if he's responsible for the pipe bomb planted during the charity race in New Jersey on Saturday.

So, I don't know if I mentioned this, but apparently my preliminary security report for the building I work in (the A4 page I put together as a taster and freebie as my offer for a more thorough site analysis) has been kept in an office for the past year and repeatedly looked at and referenced, all while no-one has actually bothered to come and ask me anything about it or for a more exhaustive follow up.

These people are hopeless.  Literally hopeless. 

Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: September 17, 2016, 12:11:22 am »
Diane James on Romanians:

    “On 1 January 2014 the floodgates will open for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens [to come to Britain].

    “We are not just talking about pressure on services from immigration but also, and I have to say it, the crime associated with Romanians.”

Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: September 16, 2016, 03:55:43 pm »
UKIP has picked it's new leader.  Diane James was the former home affairs spokesperson for UKIP, admirer of Putin (of course) and graduate of Thames Valley University, which is disconcerting.  Thames Valley may have improved now, I don't know for sure, but when I was applying for places, it was well known the main requirement of Thames Valley was "has a pulse, can move under own power".  It was Regent University for people too poor to sit around and smoke pot all day.  And it had been that way for decades.

Meanwhile, the press and Hillary Clinton are discussing Pepe the Frog.

Just when you thought this election cycle couldn't get more surreal...

Applied to go back to Switzerland, for a doctoral program.

I think my Australian passport may give me an edge over other British applicants, in that if we do do something stupid re: Brexit, arrangements with Australia will remain unaffected and so shouldn't pose a problem for an academic or work visa.  Since these programs are all 4+ years long, and who knows what idiocy we will see in the meantime.

It's not as good as an EU second nationality would be...but I'll work with what I have.


Hillary Clinton's national lead over Donald Trump continues to narrow. Clinton now leads Trump 48 percent to 44 percent, a decline of 2 points since last week, according to results from the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

In a four-way match-up, Clinton leads Trump by just 2 points — 42 percent to 40 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson maintains 11 points, essentially unmoved even after his "Aleppo" campaign gaffe, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein maintains 4 points.


Someone posted this all over my workplace.

I am simultaneously angry and cringing.

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