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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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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:02:37 pm »
Rumour is Trump is going to shitcan Mueller on the 22nd, while Congress is out of town.

All the current manufactured outrage about the transition team emails Mueller legally requested is intended to be the opening salvo in making an immediate case for his dismissal.

Just thought you'd like to know. Nothing is set in stone, of course.  But Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, voiced his concerns that this was going to happen even before the email thing blew up.  And while he may be something of a hawk, Schiff has always come across as thoughtful and not inclined to hysterical pronouncements in the past.

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Apple Talk / Re: It's me! Ask Me Anything!
« on: December 17, 2017, 04:08:03 pm »
When speccing a Templar for the healer role, is it better to evolve Cleansing Ritual into Extended Ritual for additional healing over time benefits, or instead morph it into Ritual of Retribution so that you can deploy AoE damage alongside heals and keep your DPS up?

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: December 11, 2017, 02:48:25 pm »
A really small, metallic cupboard with an elaborate lock.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:19:22 am »
Well, at least Sorweel should come out of things OK.  Unless he literally runs into the No-God or goes on to kill Kelhus, that boy's unstoppable.

Well that was fucking prophetic.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:33:20 am »
So, I haven't made a post on actual in the office work stupidity in a while.

Here you go:

Today, our front door broke (our day shift colleague, upon hearing the engineer wouldn't be back for a couple of hours, allowed a student to try and fix it, breaking it further, but that's another story).

So, anyone could stroll in the front door.

Our reception Xmas tree requires an extension cord to power the lights. The socket for said cord is behind the office main door, while the tree is outside. So, the cord prevents the door from locking.

We have a safe in which all the master keys for the building are kept, inside the main office. No-one ever actually locks the safe.

The door broke at some point while my colleague was on a 2 hour break, meaning in that 2 hour window literally anyone could have strolled in and taken a key giving them full access to the building without even breaking a sweat.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: December 09, 2017, 04:54:17 am »
What they didn't tell you is that the test itself was an online scam.

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