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Re: Called It

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All's wall that ends wall.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:21 PM
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Wall, actually.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:21 PM
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Went to the wall one too many times.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:24 PM
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Alive and wall.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:25 PM
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Health and wallness


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:28 PM
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Leave wall enough alone


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:28 PM
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Living wall is the best revenge


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:28 PM
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Hail fellow wall met


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 9:29 PM
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For FA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNiF6IHsJ4U


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 10:31 PM
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I fought the wall and the wall won


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 11:03 PM
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Full cartoon here
http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/1990drumpfcartoondtny/print


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 11:51 PM
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It involves Trump and a wall, but otherwise that's about it in terms of similarities...


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-20-17 11:54 PM
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Wall-purgisnacht


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 3:47 AM
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I regret that I was sleeping for the wall puns.

Also, isn't it weird nobody mentioned this before now? It like nobody wants to admit they read Heavy Metal for the articles.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 5:04 AM
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Also, AISIMHB, in the year 2000, a Simpsons episode predicted that Trump would be elected president in the year 2016 and would run the country into the ground. (It's not explicitly specific, you have to do a little math to get the right year, but where's the fun in a more vague prediction?) Also also, the villain of a movie about time travel in the 80s - Back to the Future Part 2 - was based on Trump.

It's funny, there were so many assassination attempts on Hitler that failed, maybe time travel really is possible and the time travelers just can't change that moment of history. Likewise, there were so many predictions of a disastrous Trump presidency...


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 7:02 AM
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There were decades where if you asked a well-informed American who is the American--any American--who should least be President, Trump would be a likely answer. That Republicans found the man literally least suited to the job continues to amaze me.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 7:25 AM
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In the Republican worldview, government is inherently incompetent; electing a clearly incompetent man to run the state makes a weird kind of sense.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 7:44 AM
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Not actual logical sense, but a kind of trick-question-where-the-obvious-answer-is-wrong sense.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 7:49 AM
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16: Right? I can't imagine that a sober, mentally competent adult, one able to hold down a job and operate a motor vehicle, thought that Donald Trump (Donald Trump!) of all people, should be President of the United States. I feel like I've radically overestimated the baseline common sense of ordinary people. This isn't even a question of ideology. Trump is transparently a fraud and a con artist. It's like finding out that 47% of American adults have fallen for the Nigerian prince scam.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 7:49 AM
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I think a lot of people picture the president as being more of a queen than a prime minister. They're voting for lead singer of the lip sync band.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 7:52 AM
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It's like finding out that 47% of American adults have fallen for the Nigerian prince scam.

I think the take-home point of the Bush housing crash was that most Americans really do not understand how to recognize an obvious fraud and con.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:01 AM
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It's like finding out that 47% of American adults have fallen for the Nigerian prince scam.

The current state of ICOs suggests it's not far off.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:04 AM
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You mean fixed rate/floating rate scams? I think that's actually fairly subtle, especially when the person ostensibly explaining it to you is operating in bad faith.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:04 AM
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If that's to me, no I mean Initial Coin Offerings, aka cryptocurrency scams and/or absurd pie in the sky schemes, which have been raking in billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum this year with transparently ridiculous and often illegal pitches.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:09 AM
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Though there are plenty of slightly more subtle scams going on in in contracts for difference/binary options trading at the moment too, at least in Europe


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:10 AM
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23: I mean the general idea that houses can continuously increase in value at a pace ahead of inflation.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:15 AM
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The pretty lady on the right in the OP reminds me of the assortment of pretty ladies that my brothers had on their walls. I don't think I'd let my kids put up scanty-clad ladies on their walls? I certainly accepted it into my worldview growing up, that my body was not good enough, etc, and that bodies were what make women worth getting to know, etc, and tacit approval of things like posters on my brothers' walls contributed. On the other hand, I don't really care if my kids lust after pretty ladies and like to look at pictures of them. I'm not really sure what I'll do, but I resent the role it played in my own tween years.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:22 AM
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I don't think I'd let my kids put up scanty-clad ladies on their walls?

What about elaborately-clad but still risque ladies? Like wearing a full business suit, except with the jacket cut so there are exposed nipples?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:25 AM
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For example.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:26 AM
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Anyway, my mom would have never let me put a lady from the cover of Heavy Metal on the wall.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:29 AM
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You know what surprised me? Valerie Plame Wilson, just now.

Though I suppose her biggest supporter went off the rails so many years ago.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:50 AM
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31 to 28?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:13 AM
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The HM cartoon is parodying the Helmsleys' (remember them? I had forgotten) and Trump's real estate schemes to build super-luxury housing, isn't it? Sure, there's a wall, but otherwise not really anything but reportage.

Obviously, the cartoon was so scathing that Trump was never seen again, and New York clamped down on building gold-plated diamond-encrusted condos. Which is why there so much housing in NYC affordable by anyone. Go, satire!


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:14 AM
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She just pulled a milkshake duck.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:17 AM
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Truly, Donald Trump is the Leona Helmsley of corrupt New York real estate personalities.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:20 AM
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31.1: I had to google to see that. Holy shit.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:23 AM
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31.1: ouch. Well, as I always say, in the CIA no one can tell you're a loon.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:40 AM
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27: My sister's boys surf, and she has always made sure they have pictures of male and female surfers on their walls. The boys may start appreciating them for something other than surfing skills soon, but at least the pictures are of people in bathing suits doing something in addition to being sexy.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:40 AM
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31.1: She has since apologized and claimed she didn't read the full article, but I've got to ask how the hell she supposedly missed that headline, which was right there in the original tweet. We're not talking about missing the implications of some sentence 28 paragraphs in...


Posted by: Dave W. | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 11:30 AM
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I mean, I suppose I could construct a narrative about how as ex-CIA she's used to skimming articles from sources that she's not particularly ideologically aligned with for analysis, and may have gotten into the article and gone "hey here's some good shit about the neocon influence on FP" and hit some sort of share button to retweet without going back and looking at the title again, but then there's her initial defense of the retweet to contend with.


Posted by: Dave W. | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 11:46 AM
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Maybe Kristol's winning smile drew all her attention?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 11:47 AM
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Now can you explain 31.2, Barry? Then we'll all be on the same page.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 12:02 PM
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Larry Johnson


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 12:07 PM
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40: The linked article in 39 says she has a history of linking that site, which is really nasty.

Currently on the site, you have this explanation of why the Axis and Allies were morally indistinguishable:

Sure, Hitler was bad news for Jews and Russians, but was he really so bad news for "pure" (Aryan Germanic) Germans? More importantly, if we had been born "pure" Germans, would have have cared a whole lot about Jews and Russians? I sure hope so, but I have my doubts.

Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 12:36 PM
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Even the NYT didn't try "Both sides have problems" on that one.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 12:39 PM
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I mean Initial Coin Offerings, aka cryptocurrency scams and/or absurd pie in the sky schemes, which have been raking in billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum this year with transparently ridiculous and often illegal pitches.

There are a lot of scams, sure, but mostly they are taking money from nerds sophisticated enough to run the software. And hedge fund managers. Not Grandma.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 1:05 PM
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Sure. Doesn't mean they aren't scams though.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 1:29 PM
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Or just manifestly dumb ideas like DentaCoin or LydianCoin.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 1:31 PM
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Actually, OneCoin is the scam that is going after Grandma, but American regulations are apparently strong enough that its keeping them out of the country.

Likewise, Bitfinex: huge scammers driven out by fear of the SEC. Of course, when they blow up it might well collapse the whole damn crypto market.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 2:27 PM
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11: I don't know, the whole "have a hat" thing seems pretty prescient.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 8:27 PM
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Apparently there a big bitcoin facility near me. They're trying to keep it a secret.

I hope way smarter people than me are working to figure out how to tax the thing.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:34 PM
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It's pretty clear, too, that the journalist doesn't understand the first thing about what is going on inside the building.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:43 PM
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Why do they care so much about secrecy? (Also, why are they applying for state grants if they care so much about secrecy?)


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 9:53 PM
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Maybe so they'll have more time to sell off the servers before the repo men can find them?


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 10:13 PM
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Apparently there a big bitcoin facility near me. They're trying to keep it a secret.

Probably smart of them to keep it secret. There is a real risk that someone will take out a big short position on bitcoin, then sabotage a mining facility to profit off of market disruption.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 10:31 PM
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Real utopia in action, freed from the tyranny of central bank regulation.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 09-21-17 10:37 PM
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50: true. Unfortunately the real Trump didn't decide to run for office wearing a black beret.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-22-17 1:59 AM
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More evidence of dementia.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-22-17 10:13 AM
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She had a hat. Lois Lane couldn't recognize Superman with glasses even though they'd also actually slept together.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-22-17 10:16 AM
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At this point I don't even understand why anyone would speculate in bitcoin. It's resource-intensive and the largest factor in determining its value is the Communist Party of China. And you don't even get anything useful; at least the Dutch, at the end of the day, had pretty flowers.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 09-22-17 10:23 AM
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58 Honestly, I think that's a misreading of the remark. He's talking about how great the audience of first responders is, and saying that the First Lady really wanted to be there can more easily mean that she shares his views about them than that he doesn't know she's there.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-22-17 10:32 AM
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