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Had a helicoptor circling around outside for about the past 30 minutes.  Guess someone important was finally murdered by an idiot on this road or something.

Apple Talk / Re: Ancapistan, take 6
« on: May 19, 2018, 11:23:30 am »
If your floating island isn't powered by blockchain, GTFO statist.

I mean, yes, you're going to need to deal with the fact that a good 35% of your country is absolutely batshit insane sooner or later.

Aside from the obvious reasons for impeaching Trump, I favour that because I think impeaching Trump may send the crazies over the edge, and give you a chance to do just that.  Otherwise, it's just kicking the problem down the road, until you get a President who can run a half competent PR campaign, knows how government works, has the respect of Congress and utterly steamrolls what is left of your republic.

It's probably better to do that now, before the irreversible climate change wrecks the coastline of most of the world and makes anywhere inbetween the tropics almost uninhabitable, sparking resource wars and flows of immigrants that make the current Middle East look minor by comparison.

Because it's all going according to plan.

Honestly, if I was a Russian intelligence operative, you know what I'd be planning right now? Blatantly and obviously supporting the Democrats in 2020, with a very clear crumb trail back to Moscow.

Trump will rage, likely declare the election illegitimate, may refuse to stand down if he loses, will definitely direct the DOJ to go after the Democrats if he somehow still wins.  Meanwhile, 50% of the voting population will think the other 50% are traitor-supporting scum.  Each side will be convinced the other is working with Russia, is illegitimate and unfit to rule.  Throw in a few coordinated protests, maybe encourage a bit of violence and then sit back and watch as the USA rips itself apart.

Russia doesn't care who sits in the White House.  It cares about paralysing the normal function of the US government, giving it a free hand in its near abroad and areas of interest like Syria.  Best way to do that is to take advantage of US hyperpartisanship, and that doesn't mean backing any one player fully.

Sure, if they don't want to get anything and put all future US negotiations into doubt by entering this one on false pretexts.

What a surprise, DPRK now says that it wont attend the summit if the US insists on denuclearisation. 

So now, the US has two options: go ahead with the summit while dropping those demands, making the US look weak and ineffective,


Insist on denuclearisation, making North Korea call off the summit, making the US look inflexible and greedy in its demands.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: May 12, 2018, 11:57:30 am »

I think the more important, strategic-level change here is North Korea's acquisition of ICBM technology

Depends how many of the Nobel Prize selection committee (whose identities are secret) have been stopped from coming into America.

It would probably go to South Korea's President...if they give it out for this.  I'm not convinced that what Trump says is happening on the Korean Peninsula ("denuclearization") is what Kim Jong Un says is happening ("recognition of North Korea as a de facto nuclear power and sovereign state, ending the Korean War").  Which means the talks are almost certainly going to fall apart.

Scottish Tories, urgh.

They're sadly not joking.  As you may recall, I used to run in these circles while they are legitimately this crazy

Apple Talk / Re: Has It Really Come to This?
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:46:48 am »
People went MADD

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:46:02 am »
Absolutely none.  That's the mystifying part, my only explanation is that they really are that stupid, that they don't realise their own liability.  But then this is the company who don't employ qualified staff, engage in wage theft, don't understand the Working Time Directive and once blocked a fire escape with a padlock and chain, so it does seem at least somewhat likely...

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:41:17 pm »
Not that I'm aware of, unfortunately.  Last firing I can remember is one of the admin staff who smoked a joint off duty and failed a drug test after one of the Operations team snitched on her, which would generally suggest a zero tolerance environment for most kinds of criminality.

Apple Talk / Re: Has It Really Come to This?
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:38:03 pm »
to prove I'm over 16 when buying a can of Red Bull


New government policy.  Alongside the sugar sin tax, you now have to prove you're a semi-adult in the eyes of the law to get your sugar-caffeine buzz on.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:29:45 am »
The solicitor noted the discplinary procedure was curiously....lacking, but there is indeed a section which states that.  I raised it myself, with my own management, who I think are sympathetic to the argument (they themselves were not part of the decision making, and were not, apparently, made aware of the decision either).

But there's a whole long list of things they can demand immediate dismissal or transfer for. And a lot of those involve theft, gross misconduct or bringing the company into disrepute.

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