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Is Trump the worst human being we can imagine? Here’s what 14 experts have to say

Posted on July 11th, 2017 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Trumpism is a form of collective gaslighting at Twitter speed. It is founded on the principle that velocity trumps veracity – perfect for the president’s manic personality. It reflects the president’s intuitive sense – through his own acute experience – of limited attention spans. It seeks to achieve dominance through a whirlwind of individually meaningless but cumulatively manipulative statements.


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When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?

Posted on July 11th, 2017 at 11:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Arctic also stores terrifying bugs from more recent times. In Alaska, already, researchers have discovered remnants of the 1918 flu that infected as many as 500 million and killed as many as 100 million – about 5 percent of the world’s population and almost six times as many as had died in the world war for which the pandemic served as a kind of gruesome capstone. As the BBC reported in May, scientists suspect smallpox and the bubonic plague are trapped in Siberian ice, too – an abridged history of devastating human sickness, left out like egg salad in the Arctic sun.


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Poll: Majority Of Republicans Now Say Colleges Are Bad For America

Posted on July 11th, 2017 at 0:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Pew poll released Monday shows that Republicans’ views of higher education institutions have taken a dramatic turn for the worse since 2015.

In September 2015, 54 percent of Republicans told Pew that they had a positive stance on college and universities, while 37 percent felt negatively toward them.

Today, their attitude seems to have taken a complete U-turn, with 58 percent of Republicans saying that colleges and universities had a “negative effect on the way things are going in the country.” Only 36 percent maintained that they’re good for the country.

Anti intellectualism is a disease. We’ve passed through the looking glass from willfully ignorant to aggressively stupid. Soon, watering plants with water instead of Brawndo will be considered a Liberal idea.

 


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  1. When I was a teenager – years ago now – I read a short story (worst thing is, I can’t remember the title or find it again, bugger) about a boy in his early teens just prior to a big test.
    At the end, his parents get the telegram stating that the boy had, “…exceeded the required intelligence…” and as such wasn’t coming back, presumbably having been put to sleep like an unwanted dog.
    When I was a teen, I thought it an interesting story but certainly not plausible.
    The more I watch the GOP and its followers, I begin to wonder…

  2. So why do they want the H1B visa’s?

UFC interim title challenger Yoel Romero says he’ll win because he’s flanked by God

Posted on July 11th, 2017 at 0:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Rarely a man of many words, UFC interim middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero did just about as much saluting – and posing – as he did talking at open workouts for UFC 213.

When your nickname is “Soldier of God,” that’s what you do.

“Jesus!” Romero yelled, pounding his chest before working up a sweat at the Park Theater in the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

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And why will he come out ahead against the younger upstart who’s already knocked off one contender-to-be?

“Because god is on my left, and god is on my right,” Romero said.
Now take a guess. Did he win his fight? And for bonus points, did he mention God in his post fight interviews?

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F-35 Program Costs Jump to $406 Billion in New Pentagon Estimate

Posted on July 11th, 2017 at 0:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The cost of the F-35 jet program, already the most expensive U.S. weapons program ever, is estimated to climb further, according to figures to be submitted to Congress as soon as Monday.

Total acquisition costs for Lockheed Martin Corp.’s next-generation fighter are expected to rise about 7 percent to at least $406.5 billion, according to figures in a draft document known as a Selected Acquisition Report. That would be a reversal after several years of estimates that have declined to $379 billion currently from a previous high of $398.5 billion in early 2014.

The new cost increases may come as a hit to President Donald Trump, who has bragged about his ability to get weapons manufacturers to offer the Pentagon “better deals.”

Oh, who am I kidding.

Dear US Citizen, if your representative continues to argue your nation is too broke to increase spending on social programs to improve education and healthcare…Oh, who am I kidding indeed…


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Umbrella-sharing startup loses nearly all of its 300,000 umbrellas in a matter of weeks

Posted on July 11th, 2017 at 0:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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With bike-sharing companies like Mobike becoming incredibly successful in Chinese cities, a few startups have decided to mimic the concept with shareable umbrellas. The only problem: most of the umbrellas have gone missing.

Only a few weeks after starting up operations in 11 cities across China, Sharing E Umbrella announced that it had lost almost all of its 300,000 umbrellas.

The Shenzhen-based company was launched with a 10 million yuan investment. The concept was similar to those that bike-sharing startups have used to (mostly) great success. Customers use an app on their smartphone to pay a 19 yuan deposit fee for an umbrella, which costs just 50 jiao for every half hour of use.

According to the South China Morning Post, company CEO Zhao Shuping said that the idea came to him after watching bike-sharing schemes take off across China, making him realize that “everything on the street can now be shared.”


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Donald Trump Jr. Is an Idiot of Towering Proportions

Posted on July 11th, 2017 at 0:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pay attention to the end of Trump Jr.’s statement. By acknowledging that “claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Trump is saying that he took the meeting because he had in fact been promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian source, but that it was no big deal because the lawyer didn’t deliver. Interesting way of thinking about it, Don. Let’s ask anyone who appeared on To Catch A Predator how that argument holds up in court. Oh, sorry. They’re not answering the phone. Because they’re probably in jail now.

I have some seriously bad news for Oliver Stone. The movie about this is going to fucking suck. Every viewer who didn’t live through it will assume writers just made the whole thing up because no group of people could ever be this obvious and this dumb.


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