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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Posted on January 19th, 2018 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

 


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  1. Does he want to see the sex videos?

GOP Lawmaker Falsely Claims ISIS Behind Las Vegas Shooting

Posted on January 19th, 2018 at 9:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Republican lawmaker on Thursday night claimed the so-called Islamic State was behind the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people in October. “I smell a rat like a lot of Americans. Nothing’s adding up,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Claiming to have what he “believes” is “credible evidence,” Perry cast doubt on investigators’ assertions that Stephen Paddock was the lone gunman in the attack and suggested a “terrorist nexus” was involved. He claimed to personally have information about “terrorist infiltration through the southern border.” “Let’s face it, ISIS, twice before the attack, warned the U.S. they would attack Las Vegas… and then after the attack claimed responsibility four times. Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection.” When pressed to provide more details on what “evidence” he has to support this theory, Perry said he was “not able” to reveal anything.

I forgot – is a “terrorist nexus” better or worse than an “axis of evil”?

The fact that he specifies that “ISIS has infiltrated the southern border” is pretty indicative that this is a targeted statement. If there is any region in America that fear mongering based on religion and race is extremely effective on, its southern states. He’s speaking directly to these paranoid, brainwashed, misinformed constituents. And they don’t need evidence.


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The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018

Posted on January 18th, 2018 at 20:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

So true

 


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Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?

Posted on January 18th, 2018 at 18:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

Abstract

No.


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Bruce Lee Lightsabers Scene

Posted on January 18th, 2018 at 15:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


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This university would rather give up $3 million than destroy its LGBT students group

Posted on January 17th, 2018 at 21:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Christian university has turned down $3 million in funding from a religious group which came on condition of shutting down an LGBT students group.
Samford University, which was founded by Alabama Baptists, rejected the hefty annual donation from the Alabama Baptist State Convention.
The university has seemingly chosen to support Samford Together, a group in which students can discuss topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, over the Christian group.
The Alabama Baptists had threatened to withdraw its contribution if when considering Samford Together, the university’s authorities “decide not to deny permanent recognition and revoke its provisional status”.
Instead of waiting to see if this threat would be fulfilled, Samford has preemptively rejected the donation.
Samford’s president, Andrew Westmoreland, said in a statement announcing the decision that all students must be respected.

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  1. Alabama Baptists must be evil to tie their contribution to hurting LGBT students. There is no other explaination.

Posted on January 17th, 2018 at 11:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Trump’s medical exam says he’s 6’3″ and 239 pounds. Albert Pujols is 6’3″ and 240 pounds. If the dementia tests are equally accurate, we are doomed.

 


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  1. Come on now. You must know half the Senate has dementia.

Donald Trump condemned by pastor during sermon while Mike Pence ‘sits in pews red-faced’

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 23:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A pastor has condemned Donald Trump during a sermon while Mike Pence reportedly sat in the church red-faced.

Maurice Watson, of the Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, Maryland, branded Mr Trump’s alleged “s***hole” remark to describe unspecified African nations as “dehumanising” and “ugly”.

This headline suggests Pence’s capability to feel shame when he proved the opposite over and over. He’s lived in shame, hiding his sexuality his whole life. He’s used to it.  It’s better to assume anger. That also helps with making sense with this public statement:

Mr Pence’s office denied he became embarrassed in an email to news agency The Associated Press.


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On Chile visit, Pope Francis apologizes for ‘irreparable damage’ by pedophile priests

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pope Francis has expressed his “pain and shame” for the “damage” caused by priests who sexually abused children in Chile. He said the Catholic Church was committed to “ensuring that such things don’t happen again.”

Pope Francis made no direct mention of Fernando Karadima, the country’s most notorious priest, who was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011, to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for sexually molesting minors.

He also did not mention the fact that Kadima, the emeritus archbishop of Santiago, knew of complaints against Karadima – a charismatic and well-connected priest – but did not remove him from ministry.

I guess with “such things” he means “people finding out about it”…


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  1. Sigh…all the hysteria about Pope Frank and he’s still a Catholic! Who knew?

0.0% of Icelanders 25 years or younger believe God created the world, new poll reveals

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Iceland seems to be on its way to becoming an even more secular nation, according to a new poll. Less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist. Remarkably the poll failed to find young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible. 93.9% of Icelanders younger than 25 believed the world was created in the big bang, 6.1% either had no opinion or thought it had come into existence through some other means and 0.0% believed it had been created by God.


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  1. How did they avoid indocrination by the churches?

  2. Civilised countries do not allow that form of child abuse,

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Prosecutors generally prefer to interview witnesses before a grand jury when they believe they have information that the witnesses do not know or when they think they might catch the witnesses in a lie. It is much easier for a witness to stop the questioning or sidestep questions in an interview than during grand jury testimony, which is transcribed, and witnesses are required to answer every question.

It’s worth noting that, for a grand jury subpoena, the witness is not allowed to have an attorney in the room. They are allowed to have an attorney available outside the room to confer with, but not in the room as a part of the process. They are also not immediately entitled to the transcript.

Can you imagine Trump in a room with no one but Mueller’s team and the grand jurors?


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Fake news

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 22:15 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Four in 10 [or 42 percent of] Republicans consider accurate news stories that cast a politician or political group in a negative light to always be “fake news.” [The corresponding figure for Democrats is 17 percent.]

It’s what worries me most about journalists these days – they seem to think “Fake news” is “factually incorrect news” and they look for ways to give people only factually correct items and filter out (at least the most blatant) lies. That’s misguided – the true definition of “fake news” is “news that doesn’t fit in my bubble” and they need to look at ways to get people to look outside their own bubble. Facebook isn’t quite helping there. Nor any other social media that’s based on getting as many clicks and eyeballs as possible


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Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 18:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A few months later, Lozman went to the microphone during open comment time at a City Council meeting; but when he mentioned “public corruption” in Palm Beach County (where the city is located), the presiding council member ordered a police officer to arrest him.

He was charged with “disorderly conduct” and “resisting arrest without violence,” but the local prosecutor dropped the charges, saying in essence that no reasonable person would believe them. Lozman then brought a federal lawsuit against the city for “First Amendment retaliation.” A federal judge agreed that Lozman had “compelling” evidence that he’d been arrested as punishment for his protected speech. But the judge then threw out the case, reasoning that he actually could have been charged with the obscure state offense of “willfully interrupt[ing] or disturb[ing] any school or any assembly of people met for the worship of God or for any lawful purpose.”

What this meant, the court decided, was that the officer who arrested Lozman would have had “probable cause” (a reasonable basis to believe a crime had been committed) to arrest him if he had known about “assembly of people” statute and wanted to enforce it. The fact that the officer didn’t know about it was irrelevant—and so was the city’s unconstitutional motive. As long as an officer could have arrested Lozman for something, in other words, the retaliatory motive didn’t matter. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed: The existence of probable cause for any offense is an “absolute bar” to a suit for retaliatory arrest, it said.

If you are not a lawyer, ask yourself: Can this possibly be right?  Did you by any chance violate, or do anything that might make someone think you had violated any statute, ordinance, or regulation—littering, speeding, failure to signal, improper parking, excessive use of car horn, leash-law or pet waste violation, soliciting beverage-container deposits on beverages bought out of stage, unlicensed cosmetology, unlicensed practice of geology, discharge into a storm drain, spitting on the sidewalk, barratry, champerty, maintenance, affray, seduction, or being a common scold—at any point today? Under the Eleventh Circuit’s rule (which some other circuits also use), police or officials can arrest and silence a Deyshia Hargrave when a politician wants to silence her—if, after the fact, some earnest lawyer can find a such a law, however obscure, that police at the time might have thought she was violating, even though they weren’t thinking about that.


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Norwegians suffer from desperate shortage of parking, will come to America in droves

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 18:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The President of the United States, discussing immigration, recently said “We should have more people from Norway.” This is a wonderful gesture; he must have been spending his executive time watching the shocking Streetfilms documentary Oslo: The Journey to Car-free and learned about the tragic destruction of parking spaces there.


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  1. Lack of parking should qualify them for refugee status. Can I move to Norway and get their free healthcare?

The 11 most anti-capitalist quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 17:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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While both parties attempt to claim Dr. King, the Republicans have a much harder time doing so without distorting history and the truth. But the truth is, most politicians would distance themselves from Dr. King’s stunning (and spot on) indictments of capitalism.


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The Age of Fire and Fury: Latest Der SPIEGEL Trump cover explained

Posted on January 16th, 2018 at 14:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Humanity as a whole is being set back just because of one single person. The achievements of decades – the fight against a climate disaster, against the nuclear threat, for equality between men and women, between blacks and whites and so on and so on. Where is the world supposed to start again if it manages to survive Donald Trump?


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  1. So – will he be remembered as Nero, who watched as the empire burned, or as Romulus, who watched as the empire fell? Or will there be any sentient beings around to even care? Maybe the post nuclear cockroaches will have a chuckle at our expense.

  2. It’s worse than that. He will be remembered as Trump.

The Radical Dr. King

Posted on January 15th, 2018 at 22:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In fact, it was Harpham/s purchase of an unusual number of fishing weights that first drew the attention of authorities in the small, unincorporated area of Washington where Harpham lived. The bomb was rigged to kill and wound as many people as possible during Spokane’s annual parade celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. Harpham meant to kill and wound as many people as possible, and he meant to do it in dark tribute to the power of Dr. King’s true message.

… At 10 o’clock Monday morning, the Unity March in downtown Spokane went off as scheduled. Unity is a fine thing, but it cannot be a narcotic that swaddles the country in a haze that softens the reality of what the day actually represents, here in a dishonest era in which the President* of the United States speaks the unvarnished language of racism. Unity is a fine thing, but it is not an answer to the real questions of this day.

If Dr. King was a figure of anodyne unity, why did Kevin Harpham plant his bomb?

If Dr. King was a figure of saintly consensus, why did Kevin Harpham soak his fishing weights in rat poison?

If Dr. King wasn’t divisive, why in the hell did someone shoot him to death, fifty years ago this April?


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Trump Puts the Purpose of His Presidency Into Words

Posted on January 15th, 2018 at 19:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It would be useless to point out that African immigrants are, on average, more highly educated and more likely to be gainfully employed than native-born Americans, or that immigrants in general are less likely to commit crimes. Trump’s is not a logic that employs facts, it is one that employs tribe. It is the logic of “us” being better than “them”, with white Scandinavians reflecting a self-definition of “us”, that excludes blacks and latinos regardless of their relationship to this country.

This is to say nothing of the fact that America’s wealth relative to the poverty of Haiti, El Salvador, and the nations of Africa is directly related to U.S. and European colonialism. It is a convenient trick to rob a person of all they have, even their own body, and then mock them for their poverty, and blame it on their nature.

To describe the issue here, as many media outlets have, as one of coarse or vulgar language, is itself an obscenity. The president’s remarks reflect a moral principle that has guided policy while in office, a principle that is obvious to all but that some simply refuse to articulate.  What is certain however, that is in the face of this delusion, the president will continue to articulate it himself.


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  1. These countries have at least one thing in common, the rich don’t pay taxes.

CES Was Full of Useless Robots and Machines That Don’t Work

Posted on January 15th, 2018 at 10:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This year’s electronics expo promised a ‘better life’ and ‘better world.’ It instead offered a folding machine that can’t fold sweatshirts.


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  1. Peak geek?

Not a shithole country

Posted on January 14th, 2018 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. The next time, “Don’t mention the war”, Fawlty Towers, please

Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars

Posted on January 13th, 2018 at 18:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Amazon ranks nineteenth among Ohio businesses in number of employees on food stamps, behind Walmart, McDonald’s, and Kroger. But Amazon is only the fifty-third-largest employer in Ohio, suggesting a higher rate of employees on food stamps than its counterparts. More important, Amazon has obtained at least $123 million in state tax incentives to place warehouse and data center locations in Ohio. This reflects a perverse form of double-dipping: Amazon gets a bounty to create jobs in Ohio, and then a good chunk of the jobs are so low-paying that workers have to seek federal assistance, providing a second subsidy for the e-commerce giant.

 


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Trumpocracy

Posted on January 12th, 2018 at 8:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“The crisis is upon Americans, here and now,” Mr. Frum asserts in only the fourth paragraph of his new book, which carries the foreboding subtitle The Corruption of the American Republic. For the next 235 pages, Mr. Frum sets out his case against Mr. Trump, his worldview, his associates, his supporters, his enablers, his funders and his publicists. The result is a breathless but also breathtaking compilation of the mendacity and mistakes of the first year of the Trump ascendancy, a J’accuse for the second decade of the 21st century, a dark portent for the future – and a warning that despotism doesn’t necessarily begin with violent disruption.

It can come on little cat feet.

He portrays Mr. Trump as an amateur, a charlatan, a con artist, a manipulator, a poseur, a serial fibber if not outright liar, a vulgarian, a swindler, a skimmer and a trimmer, a man-child lacking character, intelligence, integrity, judgment, clarity of thought, a coherent philosophy or a worldview and management and organizational skills.

His White House entourage, Mr. Frum argues, consists of a toxic combination of “bad people” and “weak people.” Plus this: “The Trump White House is a mess of careless slobs.” Mr. Frum has special enmity for conservatives he believes should have known better, for congressional leaders he believes should have stood stronger and for Republicans who should have thought harder about the man – hardly a conservative, contemptuous of congressional leaders, barely a Republican – to whom they delivered their greatest and most coveted prize, the Republican presidential nomination. Too late for that, of course.


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Veteran Nuclear Launch Officers to Congress: Rein in Trump’s Ability to Launch Nuclear First Strike

Posted on January 12th, 2018 at 8:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In a new open letter to members of Congress, seventeen former nuclear launch officers issue a grave warning regarding President Trump’s unfettered access to nuclear weapons, declaring that the current U.S. nuclear launch process “poses a clear and present danger to the country and the world: No one – not the secretary of defense, not the attorney general, not Congress – can veto that order. There are no reliable safeguards in place to contain this power”.

“Donald Trump is the last person who should possess the nuclear codes and the power to start a nuclear conflagration. Our weapons have the power to destroy entire nations, including our own nation if he initiates a nuclear war. As a former steward of the nuclear launch keys, I’ve learned about the stability, competence and temperament it takes to hold such a responsibility, and Donald Trump has shown us all he possesses none of those qualities”.


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Star Wars cantina music as a math problem.

Posted on January 11th, 2018 at 23:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

x + 4783 - x + 4v|VE| (x + 4)(f - 711) = A

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  1. (it’s now a subreddit)

  2. Han solved for X first!

IPEA

Posted on January 11th, 2018 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

Ikea wants you to pee on this ad and if you’re pregnant, it’ll give you a discount on a crib http://adweek.it/2CLrFNz

Source: The Guardian


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  1. Funny, I’ve been wiping my ass with IKEA adds for years, maybe I should have looked better?

Xerox Alto zero-day

Posted on January 10th, 2018 at 22:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Xerox has failed to respond to this severe security hole in their computer, and every day they refuse to patch this vulnerability is a day their customers run a massive risk. Irresponsible.


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  1. Ha. I worked for xerox Corp for 30 yrs. still assoc with the biz. Couple more to go.

Sport is a mechanism of control in America

Posted on January 10th, 2018 at 20:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Brown admits that, when he was 14, “It wounds you. But when I got older and went to the University of California [Berkeley] I learnt about a more subtle racism and how it filters across our education system through tracking, hidden curriculums, social stratification and things I had no idea of before. I was really emotional – because one of the most subtle but aggressive ways racism exists is through our education system.”

In his year at college, before pausing his degree to play in the NBA, Brown wrote a thesis about how institutionalised sport impacts on education. “I was super emotional reading about it,” he says of his chosen subject. “There’s this idea of America that some people have to win and some have to lose so certain things are in place to make this happen. Some people have to be the next legislators and political elites and some have to fill the prisons and work in McDonald’s. That’s how America works. It’s a machine which needs people up top, and people down low.

“Even though I’ve ended up in a great place, who is to say where I would’ve been without basketball? It makes me feel for my friends. And my little brothers or cousins have no idea how their social mobility is being shaped. I wish more and more that I can explain it to them. Just because I’m the outlier in my neighbourhood who managed to avoid the barriers set up to keep the privileged in privilege, and the poor still poor, why should I forget about the people who didn’t have the same chance as me?”


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Trump refuses to release documents to Maine secretary of state despite judge’s order

Posted on January 7th, 2018 at 18:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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President Trump’s decision last week to pull the plug on his troubled voter fraud commission was partly the result of Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s effort to force the body to behave in a transparent and bipartisan manner, a struggle that gained intensity Saturday, when Dunlap learned the administration would not be turning over working documents to him as a federal judge had ordered.

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On Friday evening, Dunlap’s attorneys received a letter from the Justice Department informing them that it would not be providing the records on the rationale that because the commission no longer exists, Dunlap is no longer a member of it and therefore not entitled to receive them. “The balance of the equities and the public interest have now shifted,” explained the letter’s author, Joseph Borson, a Justice Department attorney representing the now defunct commission, who added they intended to ask the judge to lift the order on account of the changed circumstances.

Dunlap blasted the Justice Department in a written statement released Saturday afternoon, characterizing its response as a “rich blend of arrogance and contempt for the rule of law.” He said it was “unthinkable, unconscionable and un-American that the administration would engage in actions that demonstrate such a flagrant disregard for a court ruling and the rule of law” and said he was “more committed than ever” to securing the documents.

Sam : I know it’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo : What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam : That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

 

 


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  1. Do you really think the ex-vote commission will destroy their data? It will bite them big if they don’t. Will they go to jail for trump?

Donald Trump Is a Real-Life Fredo Corleone

Posted on January 7th, 2018 at 13:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Who and what Donald Trump is has been known to everyone and anyone who cared to know for years and decades. Before he was president, he was the country’s leading racist conspiracy theorist. Before he was the country’s leading racist conspiracy theorist, he was a celebrity gameshow host. Before he was a celebrity gameshow host, he was the multi-bankrupt least trusted name in real estate. Before he was the multi-bankrupt least trusted name in real estate, he was the protege of Roy Cohn’s, repeatedly accused of ties to organized crime. From the start, Donald Trump was a man of many secrets, but no mysteries. Inscribed indelibly on the public record were the reasons for responsible people to do everything in their power to bar him from the presidency.

Instead, since he announced his candidacy in mid-2015, Donald Trump has been enabled and protected.

 


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  1. Trump is the mafia. Put that tag line in you signature.

Donald Trump suggests he wants US law to limit free speech in wake of publication of explosive new book

Posted on January 6th, 2018 at 23:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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President Donald Trump has hit out at “very weak” libel laws in the US as he branded an explosive new book detailing the inner workings of the White House as “fiction”.

Suggesting he would like to see tougher laws on speech, Mr Trump said that if libel laws “were strong… you wouldn’t have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes into your head” – referring to Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Yeah, you can say anything you want…. like  “he’s a Kenyan Musslim.” Or he started ISIS. This is like the pot calling the kettle orange.


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  1. Interesting. If you sue someone for libel, I don’t think you can avoid being cross-examined. I pity his lawyers*. It would make great TV.

    The big picture? Institutions of the US are being attacked and many people don’t seem to care.

    *Not really.

  2. Contrary to popular belief, the resistance is still strong.


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