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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:42:10 am »
Ah, that is just classic Trump isn't it.  Now I'm just waiting for something to be Obama's fault and for him to issue an illegal order and it will be perfect.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:40:49 am »
Considering a few hundred quid has also gone walkabout from that flat while you were away, I'd be inclined to make it a police matter to start with.

But yes, fuck them. With great vigour.

Well, that would indeed be a serious issue.  I'm going to see the exact condition of the flat upon my return before I make any decisions.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:40:39 am »
So, for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook, I had a fun event on the 22nd.

I went on the 22nd to go see my family for Xmas.  However, when I left the building, I forgot to take my ticket for the train.  I remembered in short order and headed back to my flat to go grab it.

And, because I live in the building where I work, I found that in the 5 minutes since I had left, one of my co-workers had illegally accessed my flat and was currently rooting through my things as I came back.

On the day this happened, I reported it to my boss and his boss and...it's now 5 days later and there has been no response. I asked for a response as soon as one of them read the emails, so I can only assume that neither of them is checking, despite at least one of them being the "emergency contact" for the holiday period.  I made arrangements to secure my flat with some of my co-workers (as much as that is possible, given the person who accessed my flat did so using a master key, and has unsupervised access to the whole building), but when I return my wrath is going to be legendary

I already mentioned in one of my emails that I have a significant amount of privileged and confidential information available in that flat in my capacity as a consultant for a law firm/risk analysis group, and I will have to inform that company if i suspect any of my files or accounts have been compromised.  And while that may end up getting some shit on me, it will end up getting a lot more shit on my employer...especially when I've raised concerns about illegal and improper access in the past.

That's in addition to this being an illegal entry by a staff member with no legitimate reason for entering and by her own admission was doing so to pursue a personal vendetta.  That contravenes both my contract and a written agreement I have with the company regarding the conditions under which my flat can be entered (a result of my previously raised concerns).  They've also allowed someone who has acted in such an improper manner have the run of the building during a time when a large number of students and staff are absent...

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:01:46 am »
Understandably, since he's been doing major damage to US politics for longer than the rest of those shitweasels, and they couldn't get away with it to the extent they do if he was actually at least somewhat responsible in discharging his duties.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:59:47 am »
Fox News is reporting that AT&T is giving out $1000 bonuses to employees all thanks to Trumps new tax bill. Trump himself, naturally had to personally take credit for this, as well.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/12/20/at-t-to-give-employees-1000-bonuses-after-trump-signs-tax-bill.html

So I guess all the Trumpfans should be expecting their Trump Bonuses in the near future. They should all definitely be asking their bosses about it regularly to make sure they don't forget, or anything.

Didn't AT&T just lay off a bunch of people too?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:48:49 pm »
A few reasons spring to mind:

1) if he's given them that, what else is he willing to give them?  The tax bill was shoddily bad, not just from an economic POV but a political one too.  Handwriten notes in the margins, specific exemptions to bribe senators into voting for it, no costing, no checking, no real debate...this signals to the Republican congress that they could take a shit on a piece of paper and it would probably get passed if there was enough graft to bring the votes in.

2) They own him.  If it turns out he did collude with Russia, which the evidence increasingly points to, it will destroy the (already waning) centre-right support for the Republicans for a generation.  They nominated and worked with a man who worked with Russia to win the election?  Anyone with a functioning brain will call them enablers of treason and spit on them as they pass in the streets.  They'll be a rump party appealing to hypocritical evangelicals, white nationalists and ancaps waving Kekistan flags while making jokes about helicoptor rides.  Unless they can muddy the waters and portray this as a witch hunt...

3) Going after the FBI and DoJ enables a significant amount of political lawlessness.  If the FBI is is bought to heel, someone reliable will be brought in to restructure the agency and likely have the final say over the top positions in other departments.  Someone like, say, Rudy Giuliani?  And then you can really steal.  Properly legitimised corruption without the possibility of law enforcement investigation, and perhaps even opening the door to using those tools of state to win elections and intimidate political rivals.

4) They actually agree with Trump.  Politically, I mean.  There's always been a seedy element of existential warfare and European far-right thought among certain elements of the GOP, and those elements are now firmly in control.  They view politics as warfare for survival, and in Trump they see someone who is willing to go to the lengths they deem necessary to "win".  One Congressman, a supporter of Bannon, once told a Congressional staffer years ago that he'd be happy living under a system like Franco's in Spain.  I suspect many more agree with him but just didn't say it out loud.  Or they agree with Putin's way of going about things, which to be honest isn't that much different.  They consider Russia an ally against decadent western cosmopolitan liberalism, and so any collusion is de facto justified because Hillary and Obama are worse.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:12:08 am »
Our buddy Devin Nunes is back on the case

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/20/house-republicans-quietly-investigate-doj-fbi-310121

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A group of House Republicans has gathered secretly for weeks in the Capitol in an effort to build a case that senior leaders of the Justice Department and FBI improperly — and perhaps criminally — mishandled the contents of a dossier that describes alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to four people familiar with their plans.

A subset of the Republican members of the House intelligence committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes of California, has been quietly working parallel to the committee's high-profile inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. They haven't informed Democrats about their plans, but they have consulted with the House's general counsel.

The people familiar with Nunes' plans said the goal is to highlight what some committee Republicans see as corruption and conspiracy in the upper ranks of federal law enforcement. The group hopes to release a report early next year detailing their concerns about the DOJ and FBI, and they might seek congressional votes to declassify elements of their evidence.

That final product could ultimately be used by Republicans to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether any Trump aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign — or possibly even to justify his dismissal, as some rank-and-file Republicans and Trump allies have demanded. (The president has said he is not currently considering firing Mueller.)

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Apple Talk / Re: Chao Te Markov
« on: December 19, 2017, 06:20:31 pm »
You know this means in 3 months time there is going to be creepy Chao Te Ching/Elsa porn on Youtube.

Hopefully not Loveshade.

Oh no.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:58:51 pm »
You could always join #TheResistance and post fact free conspiracy theories on Twitter all day.  I mean, they're not at Trumpian levels yet, Louise Mensch and co aside, but for instance, the freakout about Roy Moore being able to speak a sentence in shitty Russian, like DuoLingo isn't actually a thing, was cringeworthy.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 19, 2017, 02:47:32 pm »
To be fair, this was going to happen regardless.

They're painting Mueller and Comey - card-carrying Catholic Republicans from one of the most conservative institutions in the US government - as raving agents of Teh Hillary.

That is, the ones who don't believe that Mueller is a double secret agent preparing to take down the Deep State as part of a convoluted plan by Trump because #followthewhiterabbit

They cried foul over the FBI accessing .gov emails that explicitly state in their terms of use that law enforcement will be given unfettered access to in the course of an investigation.  We're not dealing here with people who are interested in the facts.  Comey and Mueller could have been shown to have voted for Trump, and they'd still be evil libtards on a witch-hunt.

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Apple Talk / Re: Chao Te Markov
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:25:49 pm »
You know this means in 3 months time there is going to be creepy Chao Te Ching/Elsa porn on Youtube.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:32:50 pm »
I believe the reasoning is that he can use executive orders to abolish the position of special counsel,on the basis that the President is the ultimate law enforcement authority. 

Or he could call on Congress to defund it - Congress are willing to get into bed with Trump for insane tax cuts, so as long as there is a quid quo pro I can't see any reason they wouldn't do this.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:23:04 pm »
I was doing some reading on this, and I can't find the article now, but it suggested that Trump would use executive orders to dissolve the inquiry.

Rosenstein, for all his issues, has made it clear he wont fire Mueller, and the person next in the chain of command from him is even less likely to do what Trump wants (crazy Cruz supporter).  Trump will have to pull the trigger himself, which is possibly the only thing that has stopped him so far.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:16:36 pm »
Naturally.  It's not like they held up an entire Supreme Court nomination recently or anything...

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