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CPTPP

 
I thought that TPP was dead, apparently not! There's a new version called CPTPP which is basically TPP without the United States. As I understand it it's a bit watered down for New Zealand; corporations can't sue us to change our laws, can restrict who owns property. So things are a bit better. However I simply don't see the evidence trade deals are worthwhile. Trade deals are basically outsourcing deals and ultimately cost jobs. I am skeptical that signing it would be beneficial. In New Zealand there was no way to ensure we didn't get the TPP out of the recent election. Sure, you could have voted Greens or New Zealand First who won't vote for it, but we're getting the TPP anyway, so what fucking good does that to? Look, progressives need to go to where the power is, not isolated in some hippy party which can be ignored when it suits.

Meanwhile, it's not completely dead in the United States; from my understanding they're quietly signing agreements with individual countries without calling it the TPP, CPTPP, or whatever pee abbreviation it's going under.
 
Posted at 18/11/2017 20:07:06 EST 0 comments
 

Indictments, Mueller, Donna Brazile revelations

 
Three people from the Buffoon campaign have been indicted including Paul Manaford and his business partner. Paul was Buffoon's campaign manager until he had to quit because of ties to Russia. No surprises he was indicted. George Papadopoulos has also plead guilty to crimes including Buffoon and Russia; he was working closely with them including trying to get Buffoon to go to Russia during the campaign, that didn't happen. Buffoon insiders knew of his connections, apparently this includes Jeff Sessions who previously denied about knowing anybody involved with Russia on the Buffoon campaign, a clear lie. The investigation is still ongoing and these developments shouldn't be dismissed because they will likely lead to bigger prosecutions later.

Cenk Uygur had the right idea; the republicans are only going after Hillary Clinton's deal with Russia because Robert Mueller was high ranking at the FBI at the time of the FBI's approval of the deal. So progressive shows that are harping on about the story which was dead for a year are doing nothing but help republicans.

Progressives are shitting themselves about Donna Brazile's revelation of the fact that the DNC were rigging the primaries. Yawn, didn't everybody already knew this? Some aspects of it were still interesting. Obama starved the DNC of cash and the current chair at the time (who was also Hillary's former campaign chair prior) didn't go after fund raising like previous chairs. You can make up your own mind whether the lack of fund raising was intentional by the chair. By happy coincidence Hillary had to inject money into the DNC and the organization started working for her. This was before the so called neutral primary was over. Again the fact that it was a rigged primary isn't new information but the fact that the DNC was basically brought by Hillary is.
 
Posted at 04/11/2017 22:07:06 EDT 0 comments
 

Duh: Russia and entertainment predators

 
A few duh stories for you

A republican, Hillary Clinton and the DNC were behind the famous dossier. Duh. It's called opposition research. This is not particularly interesting. Some people suggest that this proves Hillary Clinton and the DNC were working together all along as the DNC payments to the company behind the dossier were from April 2016. Didn't we already know they were working together? I am struggling to find anything substantive to this story.

While we are on the subject of Hillary Clinton, I was going to comment on the Hillary Clinton Russia story but I actually agree with David Pakman, this seems to be a repeat of a story a year ago. The quick gist is that Russia paid Bill Clinton for speeches near the time a deal with the Obama administration and Russia was done. Firstly we already knew about the deal a year ago and Hillary Clinton was only one of many people to approve the deal. I am not sure this story has substance to it, maybe a year ago when it was legitimately news. Since at least 80% of the facts were known then I can label it a duh story.

A producer in Hollywood is a predator. Duh. I bring this up often THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IS FULL OF PREDATORS. Of course by full I don't mean everyone in the industry is a predator but proportionately I have no doubt that there are more predators in the entertainment industry. An interesting angle would be why is this? Logically people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder would be attracted to business, politics but also entertainment. Sexual abuse is more to do with power. There's a certain type of NPD that makes the person not go in the limelight but get others to do so. This perfectly explains abusive producers like Havey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Dr Luke, Lou Pearlman. Of course you also have the Bill Cosbys, Bill O'Reillys of the world. So what is the solution? I expect that the only real solution is to create societal conditions so that there are fewer people with NPD.
 
Posted at 28/10/2017 21:14:16 EDT 0 comments
 

Orange Buffoon, New Zealand election 2017

 
The latest bullshit is Orange Buffoon was insensitive to a woman that lost her loved one during war. Of course he was insensitive, he's Orange Buffoon. This story is boring. He told several lies during this story, blah blah blah, not interesting. Moving on.

More people are noticing Orange Buffoon is insane, even Republicans. When Republicans are calling you insane, then you have major problems. A Congressman has described the Whitehouse as an adult day care centre. There is talk of tacklling him if he orders a nuclar strike. Aides already have reported to be ignoring his more crazy requests; they try to distract him until he forgets about the requests. The after aides could be the only thing stopping World War 3. None of this is satire. This is the state of the world Series today. Psychologists have done a march because they think that Donald Trump is so unstable he needs to be removed from office. I will say again I predicted that he would be removed from office or resign in my biggest ever post election rant. I would be shocked if I was wrong. I expect he won't even last until the end of the first term.

New Zealand has a government, finally, it's Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party. I did softly predict in a Facebook comment that I thought New Zealand First would go back with Labour, so I can claim credit as being right. Conservatives were gloating that National got more votes, opps! It is obviously the three opposing parties that got more votes and that's the only thing that matters in New Zealand democracy. Honestly I didn't predict this outcome until Ardern was elected leader and from then it took me a while until I saw her as viable. I like to be a realist and not cheerlead for a side. I think that on the sole factor of the majority of New Zealand First being against National and at least some fractions of the party are deologically closer to Labour, the right result was reached.
 
Posted at 23/10/2017 17:50:02 EDT 0 comments
 

Rex Tillerson, NFL

 
Rex Tillerson called Orange Buffoon a moron. He is a moron, there is not much to say about the story. An additional part of the story was Rex wanted to resign but was talked out of it by John Kelly. Some speculate that Rex only wanted the job to lift sanctions on Russia to benefit the company Exoon Mobil which he was CEO of and they are probably correct. He may be next in line to go through.

I have avoided talking about the NFL so far and I am fucking sick of the story. However Orange Buffoon always has to take things further. This all started when Colin Kaepernick protested the national anthem by kneeling to protest the amount of black people getting shot by police. Conservative snowflakes cried and cried about it until he was fired. Orange Buffoon made it worse by calling the players \'sons of bitches" and more importantly have has now threatned the NFL's tax breaks and said that the players must get in line. Dear Leader is offended. I ultimately come out on the more moderate side. Players should do what their contract says but Orange Buffoon shouldn't be allowed to threaten players or owners.

Players used to stay in the locker room when the national anthem was sung, it was only because of the Pentagon paying the NFL millions of dollars that the standing for the anthem began. It's propaganda. Additionally the NFL covers up evidence of their players getting brain damage which potentially leads to depression and suicide. They also hire domestic abusers. Fuck the NFL actually. People should stop watching it.

Obviously not because of the protest. Fuck the people who say they are offended by it because the players are disrespecting the flag. Fuck off. You're a stupid person. Conservatives insist on being the victims. Black people are getting killed by police but conservatives are crying about people not standing for the national anthem. Sorry that the flag was disrespected, I will buy it some flowers. If you are offended by symbols getting offended, you are a stupid person. Flags and anthems don't have feelings, OK? You sound like a fundamentalist muslim getting pissy about someone drawing Mahummad. Try asking WHY people are protesting and try to resolve the problem, otherwise people will keep on protesting.
 
Posted at 15/10/2017 01:20:50 EDT 0 comments
 

Las Vegas, Puerto Rico

 
The worst mass shooting in the history of the US happened. I believe that I reported on another biggest ever mass shooting last year. I probably covered gun control at the time, or undoubtedly covered it when I reported on another mass shooting. I will cover different aspects this time. First, I have noticed the gun control problem is similar to the climate change problem. Taking action wouldn't necessarily stop the future events in the short term but will eventually reduce the problem. There are people who deny the cause of the problem or say there is nothing we can do about it. Politicians don't act on both issues because of corporations donating to them. Both have idiot conspiracy theorists providing alternative facts. On that note I will get to my second angle. Some conspiracy theorists are just liars; they know what they are saying is not true and their entire business model is built around lying to people, sometimes about people dying. They are scum, that call others scum. Nothing like projection! It is important to be skeptical of the media and people in power. However it is equally important not to go down rabbit holes and into fantasy land. Before I get people (being polite) saying ohhhhhhh but they've proven 9/11 was an inside job. NO THEY FUCKING HAVEN'T! For fuck sakes they have physics online that explain how the towers fell, why don't you fucking research? Oh but the towers couldn't have fallen OH SHUT THE FUCK UP, HAVE YOU SEEN MANY PLANES CRASH INTO BUILDINGS? When you say that you have seen buildings fall down you cite as evidence, not one of them had a heavy jet crashing into it, not one. If I can find physics on a 9/11 conspiracies debunked site, it shouldn't be too hard. Do you know what if you're not convinced by my unhinged rants, go and find five local physicists, don't just settle for people online, you have no idea of their credentials or motivations. Five would give a good balance in case there is one with different views.. By the way if you do that and they say it's all bullshit, feel free to let me know. OK final point on conspiracy theorists, I do genuinely hate them because they distract people from legitimate issues. You can't solve problems if you're in fantasy land with the lizard people, chemtrials, gay frogs, homosexual space cults. These people are frauds and con people out of money and time.

A hurricane hit Puerto Rico, Orange Buffoon responded late and acted like a complete clown. That's not interesting. I think that the most outrageous thing he did was say that they owe money to Wall Street after the hurricane, then say their infrastructure was in terrible shape before the hurricane. Firstly asshole, the overall infrastructure of the US gets a grade of D+. Fix your own fucking face. Secondly I agree that the President of Puerto Rico has done a terrible job, but that is also you! In fairness maybe Obama could have done better, but you're insulting victims of a hurricane, fuck you with a million rusty polls! His response was late and inadequate, why does anybody expect any different? Also stop sending him to places, every time he makes an arse out of himself so stop taking him on day trips. You're only hurting yourself America.
 
Posted at 07/10/2017 21:26:28 EDT 0 comments
 

Equifax, Russia, Tom Price, Hugh Hefner, NFL

 
Credit agency Equifax has been hacked potentially exposing 140 million customers; this included names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers and possibly drivers licenseS for some people. Obviously the sheer number is staggering. I imagine you could make a fortune on the dark web with a tiny fraction of what was stolen. There are questions here; why not have adequate security if you're in control of that many records? Should there be more regulations in this area? (although you could just setup a website in any country without them) I have personally run membership sites with thousands of members and perhaps will again. You could theoretically start a website with millions of members with little oversight. Should this be allowed to happen? What should be the threshold? I am actually am improving security in my software with things like two factor authorization. The Equifax hack in particular was caused by software that did not have the latest patches which means it could have been prevented. I'll say something controversial: the company should shut down for this; obviously they cannot be trusted. If you're a victim of this firstly join a class action lawsuit against the company. Secondly if you are particularly worried there's something called a credit freeze that could be useful which prevents new loans from being taken out under your name.

Speaking of the internet there was a big story where Russia were buying all sorts of ads on Facebook and Twitter to influence the election; this includes everything from targeting Black Lives Matter supporters, gun rights supporters and the people opposed to these groups. It is alleged that the troll army is still active and is planning things for 2018 and 2020, they rely on low information persons to spread their message; perhaps people that do not check out who is behind a particular facebook page or website although sometimes this is not easy. Perhaps to better protect yourself don't just like every page that you agree with; see if they have verifiable information first.

The Health secretary has resigned after a scandal involving private jets. I think at this point it would be quicker to name the people in the white house that haven't resigned. Tom Price was particularly corrupt because he brought stocks in companies and passing legislation to affect those company. Oh yeah you're drainning the swamp by having this guy in your administration.

Hugh Heftner died, he was like a trillion years old, this cannot be a surprise to anyone. He was credited as being a pioneer as well as objectifying women. Personally I admire people who work in the industries that they are interested in, that is what I try to do, although maybe could be better at it. Whether you agree with him or not he did have an effect on the world including fighting against sodomy laws which helped out homosexuals at the time. So he was about sexual freedom in general, which isn't a bad thing. At times the world needs controversy and someone to shake things up, so to speak, he was one of those people.

No interest in the NFL scandal, maybe I will cover parts of it next week. If you're offended by people kneeling, you're a giant special snowflake.
 
Posted at 30/09/2017 21:28:23 EDT 0 comments
 

Health-care, Pharma Bro, UN, New Zealand Elections

 
Not content on failing with health care twice, republicans are trying a third time. Will it pass? Probably not. This bill is even worse. There is no coverage of pre existing conditions and the number of uninsured people goes up from the last bill. Rand Paul wants more cuts, so apparently won't vote for it. There are three people who are additionally unlikely to vote for it, basically the same as last time. This is a bill that doesn't require the filibuster because it's passed in the budget process

Now for a hilarious story I forgot to post last week. No, this is actually not about Orange Buffoon. Martin Shkreli the infamous Phama Bro was sent to jail after requesting a lock of Hillary Clinton's hair on Facebook. I feel like I am writing satire, but I am not, this story is real. He was out on bai but the judge sent him to jail after thinking the post was a threat. To me, this proves rich people aren't that bright, it's his own fault he's unnecessarily sitting in jail. I almost feel bad. No I don't, not at all.

Orange Buffoon went to the UN, made up the country Nambia which doesn't exists, called Kim Jon-Un rocket man and threatened North Korea. I don't have time for this shit. All I will say is if anybody is going to start a war it's Orange Buffoon and George W Bush also had nicknames for leaders like PuDePu for Putin. I am reminded of a joke. Great minds think alike, but idiots also think the same. Two republican presidents, two complete idiots.

New Zealand had an election, the outcome is not great for the left but also not a total disaster, in fact we may still win. It entirely depends on Winston Peters whether he will go left or right. Now he and the Greens hate each other over some petty fucking argument they had years ago. The question is whether they can put aside their differences. Many New Zealand First voters are no fans of National. There's a real chance he will go left. I am not sure what that means for the long term stability because the public mostly hate him. Then again if he does go right he'll probably fuck the government's chances in 2020. I don't know what he'll do. I have ideas that are in limbo until I know what the king maker decides. Of course I prefer left but I have some alternate plans to enact if we get the status quo. Act is also irrelevant either way, they won't be in the next government with any luck. Good riddance to the Maori Party, if you actually represented Maori perhaps I'll be sad, you can fuck off! The Opportunities Party did not get in, absolutely no surprise to anyone that can read polls without going into some delusional conspiracy theory. Actually last thing, the polling was in fact off but surprisingly had a left-wing bias instead of a right-wing bias as the landline conspiracy lunatics would have you believe. At one point close to the election Labour was polling 42-44%, they got 36%, maybe 37% after special votes. This is a massive swing in a week or two. Two conclusions. People should shut the fuck up about polling favouring the right wing, the numbers very clearly state the opposite. Secondly we can't take too much stock in polls, although they were all over the show near the end. You can only look for the trends, percentage wise they don't appear to be accurate weeks out. The last people who should shut the fuck up are the people who say don't worry about votes early on, they're rural and Labour will increase, didn't happen! I have the data points to prove it, and I casually observed the same thing in a previous election. There's absolutely no truth to this assertion. Finally (really this time) if you're a complete moron you would take me seriously when I say shut the fuck up. Don't take my ranting too seriously, I exaggerate my feelings for comedic purposes. Don't get me wrong, you're still incorrect if you're looking at the numbers but maybe you should focus on other things instead of outright false assumptions, OK? Good!
 
Posted at 23/09/2017 22:43:51 EDT 0 comments
 

Dreamers

 
The latest drama with Buffoon Of Our Lives is he threatened to deport "dreamers" who are basically people that are undocumented immigrants but have lived in the US since they were very young. Then he didn't after a meeting with leaders from the Democrate side, Then they said a deal was made with the President. Then the President said no deal was made. The reality? He's a complete idiot with no clue what he's doing. There was a story out in which it says he listens to the last person in the room, this is completely consistent with this. The bottom line, this is a side show; it was always about making a deal with the Democrates and the business community is not going to allow a source of cheap labour to be deported. It's noteworthy that he wants to deal with the Democrates with his party can govern alone; but of course some Republicans don't want to govern and want to destroy the government. Obviously go further enough right your ideas are so unpopular you turn toxic and dysfunctional, I believe that I have said this before.

I prefer Days Of Our Lives, Friday's show ended with Wil coming back from the dead. Hell I'm not sure which is more ridiculous; DAYS or the fact Orange Buffoon is president.
 
Posted at 16/09/2017 22:52:02 EDT 0 comments
 

Hllary Clinton, disasters

 
Hillary Clinton released a new book titled What happened? Well you lost to what should have been the easiest candidate to beat ever. That's what happened. Of course she blames Bernie and Russia etc blah blah blah. She claims her aides were making her pander to progressives and told her not to alienate them. First she didn't do a very good job. Second, yeah Hillary in order to win elections you need your side to vote for you. Your aides were right. If you were a little more convincing instead of going after Republicans (who by the way have hated you for years, really smart strategy that) perhaps you would have been president. Instead I'm reporting on how much of a moron Orange Buffoon is. Thank you Hillary, thank you very much! Now take your millions of dollars, and go hide in a cave. (or probably a mansion)

Two more disasters happened or are about to an earthquake in Mexico and hurricane Irma. They should name a hurricane after the president just to see his reaction. Harvey hit Texas and oil refineries, Irma will hit America's retirement village: Florida and old people watch the climate change denying channel Fox News. There is a sad irony to this, and it is important not to take glee in people's houses possibly being destroyed, not even Rush Limbaugh's right after he called Hurricanes hoaxes. I have nothing more to add as I commented on this last week. I'll just say this his is sadly ironic and urgent action needs to be taken.
 
Posted at 09/09/2017 23:23:56 EDT 0 comments
 
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