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Christchurch Terror Attack

 
There has been a terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand where I live. The target were Muslims. I don't feel like addressing anything else. I can say I think the government has the right solution. Luckily they appear to be following the Australian solution rather than the US which frankly offers no solutions whatsoever so massacres keep happening. Luckily we don't have the NRA buying off politicians. Nobody needs access to military grade weapons except the military. I don't care about your sport or duck shooting. People claim they're being punished due to the attack. Are you being punished by the government not allowing you to have tanks or nuclear weapons? I know they're taking it away but the fact is countries without assault rifles don't have these types of attacks. For me the real question is why after the dozens of massacres in the US those weapons were still able to be purchased here? Some of those lives could have been saved. You can't kill as many people with other types of people with other types of weaponry, that's just a fact. Also this is proposing a solution, not politicizing a tragedy to be clear. I don't accept people are politicizing a tragedy by proposing solution. If you don't have a solution it would be more likely to happen again.

The terrorists will probably claim Muslims are the violent ones. This is not true. Many groups have their radical fringes; they do not speak for everyone in the group. The only violent ones here are the white supremacist terrorists.

I was once accused of defensive of Muslims. I am not defensive of Muslims, I am just not a bigot.

The problem is that people believe things about the Muslim community that are just not true. People prefer to hate than fact check and their ideas accumulate. Sometimes it leads to this.

Earthquakes, a terrorist attack, what's next? Christchurch again needs to heal. Also frankly you could better do this by staying away from Facebook comments.
 
Posted at 17/03/2019 03:18:29 UTC 0 comments
 

Michael Jackson

 
Some people believe that Michael Jackson's music should be gone because of his alleged abused. I say alleged but honestly I am just saying alleged for the sake of saying alleged. I believe he was a predator. I never believed he was, but after medical book material with graphic images was found at his home, I really don't see any other explanation, sorry. Plus he did settle a court case. If you don't believe he's a predator, you probably have a bad case of blindness due to emotional attachment. I don't want to argue with people online about this, I don't care what you believe. Maybe I am wrong. Allegations go back 25 years, and that is my problem with this. Suddenly they decided to take away his music? Huh? It's possible that the combination of the documentary and the modified culture lead to this. Perhaps it is a sign of culture evolving.

If you've been a victim of abuse I can understand why people celebrating such a man make you uneasy.

However the music industry full of creeps and abusers; mostly to a lesser extent than Jackson's allegations. The sad reality is that you'd exclude a lot of artists depending of what threshold you start the acceptable level of behaviour.

Thinking about it objectively this doesn't really affect my life and doesn't really hurt anybody, so whatever. I don't really care if he isn't on the radio but would point out they should have done that when he was alive for the sake of consistency. I also see why people may think they're punishing the fans. Ultimately I have better things to worry about than whether Michael Jackson is allowed on the airways.
 
Posted at 10/03/2019 03:23:58 UTC 0 comments
 

North Korea, Michael Cohen, CGT, Right wing leaders

 
Commander Bone Spurs is in Vietnam (finally) he has done a deal with Kim Jong-un. I use the term deal loosely as it asserts North Korea will scale back nukes but the US is not going to verify anything. In other words it's nothing. My best interpretation is that the US government knows that North Korea will not give up their nukes so they wanted to do a deal, without doing a deal. Farron Cussins speculates that Orange Buffoon just wants to build towers in North Korea; although I really don't think that would be worth his while. He bankrupted casinos and tried to sell Vodka to Russians, even if it is bad business sense, that is totally his M.O.

Michael Cohen testified against Orange Buffoon, some notes
He didn't plan on winning the election, so my first instinct was right.
He knew about the tower meeting, not surprised.
He paid back Cohen the hush money payment after the election and it was solely because of the election that he paid. Again not surprised and he theoretically could be impeached over this..
He knew about the Wikileaks email dump before it happened.
Cohen threatened Buffoon's schools not to release his grades. Proving my point that he has always been an idiot.

Apart from the last I'm not surprised by most of it. Everyone is saying bombshells but frankly I kind of assumed most of the points already. I did go back and forward on whether he wanted to win. I'll take the word of his lawyer.

Meanwhile in New Zealand the Tax Working Group recommended a Capital Gains Tax. The over cynical side of me says that they must have built a time machine as this was Labour's policy in 2011. I am not entirely clear why people say it'll be too complicated considering most of the OECD has it. You tell them that they shift the goal post saying the US has it and it hasn't reduced inequality, which completely ignores the fact that since the Regan administration taxes have gone down, which ironically is an argument for more taxation. A quick look on Wikipedia reveals there are about a dozen countries with higher income and sales taxes than us. I am not arguing for a C.G.T. here but facts are facts. I say we tax Facebook and block the site if it doesn't pay, because if it doesn't pay at least the fucking site will be blocked.

Jenny Shipley and other Mainzeal directors were ordered by the High Court to pay combined compensation of $36 million to Mainzeal creditors. My only point is why do right winger leaders suck at business?
Rodger Douglas had a failed pig farm.
George W Bush had a failed oil company.
Orange Buffoon had failed casinos, plus at minimum five other failed businesses.
Perhaps they just suck at managing things.
 
Posted at 01/03/2019 03:03:05 UTC 0 comments
 

National emergency and Bernie Sanders

 
I for one am grateful a national emergency has been declared. The president is an idiotic lunatic. One should have been declared on inauguration. Of course it's not the reason Orange Buffoon declared one, he just wants funding for his ridiculous border wall. A border wall that is completely unnecessary as crossings has remained stagnant for years, more drugs are found at legal ports of entry, undocumented immigrants commit crimes at lower rates because they don't want to be sent back, the economy feeds on immigration and people overstaying their visas is a good portion of illegal immigration. Additionally people can just dig under walls. So there is no emergency and even if there was a border wall wouldn't fix it.

Orange Buffoon said he "didn't need to do this" in reference to the national emergency. I'm not entirely sure that he knows what an emergency is.

I predict that this will get struck down in court which would give Orange credibility to say to his moronic base that he did everything possible and but the wall could not be built. Which ignores the fact that he could have gotten it very easily by holding the tax cuts hostage, luckily he's a complete idiot and never thought of this.

Bernie Sanders is running for president. Cue the hatred from the establishment because he would represent the people instead being a corporatist. I hope that he wins. Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard are good enough choices but they have their issues with electability. He has name recognition, filled stadiums of people last time and has a constant net positive approval rating. On the other hand he will be constantly demonized especially in the media. He will be a massive gamble but I say roll the dice. Ironically Orange Buffoon have conditioned a percentage of people to hate the media so that may lessen the effect. While true that he didn't win the primary last time 40% against the "Clinton machine" with the media being favorable towards Clinton was a good effort, he did even better with independents. Money could be a problem but I believe Orange Buffoon won with less money than Clinton so who knows.
 
Posted at 21/02/2019 04:57:06 UTC 0 comments
 

Democrates and stupid people complaining

 
Amy Klobuchar is running for president, I don't know who she is or her record. I do know she's not for Medicare For All so we can put her in the centrist category. She has barely been featured in progressive news shows which tells me that she's not that amazing and the lack of a public profile does not tell me that she has prepared well for a run. Meh.

Elizabeth Warren formally announced she's running for president, confirming what everyone already knew.

This week I feel like a rant: In New Zealand someone spotted an advertisement saying \'stop gender self identification, call your M.P. today". I bet these are the same assholes who would say the left is all about identity politics, while they spend time and money advocating against an identity issue. Why is self identity a problem? Why? These people should mind their own business. Right wingers say that the left wants to control people's life's, well what the fuck are you doing? If this isn't controlling people's life, I don't know what is.

Self identification isn't an actual problem. CLIMATE CHANGE IS! IT IS CAUSING WILDFIRES, FLOODS AND OCCASIONALLY EXTINCTION OF ANIMALS, CAN WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT??? It will only get worse causing food shortages and even more natural disasters. No matter how many times President Orange Fuck Face tweets about it's snowing so there's no global warming, 99.7% of scientists say that climate change is happening. Unlike him they understand the difference between the global temperature of the climate and a cold day.

Self identification really doesn't affect anyone but the people who want to identify as their preferred gender. The same people who call people on the left snowflakes are spending money on an issue that really doesn't affect them.

I also have no time for people saying Star Wars is ruined because they made characters black. Or they made Buffy black, I'm a little snowflake so I'm melting down over fiction I don't have to watch. Oh for fuck sakes. How about you get offended by poverty and the state of the global environment instead of the fact Bond is now a woman. Seriously, fuck off! Oh you're against Social Justice Warriors but spend time constantly complaining about them instead of focusing on real issues.

I spend time complaining on how I'm not allowed in mosh pits by some asshole venues that don't even have a legal requirement to do so as far as I can tell. However I acknowledge that it isn't the biggest issue facing humanity. At least I'm not getting upset over fictional characters or denying people rights because it offends me.

For fuck sakes!
 
Posted at 14/02/2019 04:33:17 UTC 0 comments
 

Venezuela , Nuclear weapons, Ojeda, Booker

 
Venezuela had its election and it was not democratic. Countries are using this to get dictator out of power. Putin also runs rigged elections I don't remember the same calls to get him out of power. Orange Buffoon lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million. Yes the people are not starving but there's billions of starving people that the US does not help.

This is about oil and the hatred of a left government, nothing more.

John Bolton said that it would be different if US oil companies could invest in the country. I guess he's OK with starving people as long as US corporations make money.

Regime change will be another clusterfuck brought to you by the Neocons.

Speaking of clusterfucks the US has pulled out of a treaty which bound them to stop building nuclear weapons. Russia has responded by saying that it will begin developing nuclear missiles. Clusterfuck!

Richard Ojeda left the Democrat primary race. He felt going up against the corporate machines was pointless for the average man and didn't want people to waste their money. I didn't think that he had a hope in hell anyway.

Cory Booker is running for president, he's a Wall Street Democrat. He voted against a bill which would have allowed the import of pharmaceutical drugs which would have resulted in lower prices and is enthusiastic about charter schools. I give him a hell no!
 
Posted at 07/02/2019 02:41:44 UTC 0 comments
 

Four shut down solutions, three corporate democrats

 
I don't have much to say, government is still shut down. You could end the shut down in two words: 25th amendment! The president is literally too crazy and stupid to keep the government open. "Bye bye" The republicans enable Buffoon. They also could open the government tomorrow if they wanted, through overriding a veto. They're choosing not to. The republicans deserve equal blame. Also the felonies are piling up. Impeachment could be an option, if the republicans had guts, which they don't. Yes blame the fucking republican politicians for this mess. Maybe they should just say they're giving him border wall funding but not put it in the bill, it's not like he will read it.

Julian Castro, Kirsten Gilibrand and Kamala Harris are running for president.

Julian Castro comes off as a extremely fake corporate politician, actually all three do.

Kamala Harris is famous in progressive circles for not prosecuting One West bank which ripped off people. The head of it is now the treasury secretary. Drain the swamp? Yeah right!

Kirsten Gilibrand was a Corporate Democrat two years ago but after 2016 she's suddenly a progressive Democrat. Even if you believe she's change there's more reliable progressive Democrates in the race. Gilibrand is more savvy than Hillary Clinton about pandering to the left. I got the impression that Ana Kasparian thought that Kirsten researched Ana's political positions and was pandering to her. She said that her campaign will be about gender issues, which I take as code for "I'm going to do fuck all about income inequality".

No to all three.
 
Posted at 23/01/2019 02:05:45 UTC 0 comments
 

McDonalds and Tulsi Gabbard

 
The US government is still shut down. It is affecting White House meals so Orange Buffoon ordered stacks of McDonalds and other fast food. I am not making this up, which is a common phrase I use to report on this administration because everything is so fucking ridiculous. You can see pictures on Twitter of him smiling near stacks of fast food, he's a fucking clown. It isn't the biggest problem of the shut down. National parks have gone to shit and workers are forced to open up GoFundMe campaigns because they aren't being paid. TSA workers are not showing up again because they're not getting paid. Having fast food at the White House isn't the biggest problem however replacing prepared meals with commercialized fast food is wonderfully symbolic of this administration and perhaps the Republican approach to governing in general.

Tulsi Gabbard is running for president; I at first was really enthused but after more information has come to my attention Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren would probably be better however Tulsi would be a much better choice than any of the corporate Democrates. Political hack Howard Dean has been attacking her anti gay past. OK let's look at the Clintons' anti gay past. Bill Clinton signed anti gay legislation and Hillary Clinton didn't support equal marriage in 2008, Hillary I believe came out in support of equal marriage in 2014 which was two years after Tulsi Gabbard did. Hillary and Obama were allowed to "evolve" on the issue but Tulsi Gabbard is the devil, fuck off! Her father was an anti gay extremist (such people are more likely to be closeted homosexuals, just throwing it out there) and Tulsi got sucked in to his hate but is now supportive of gay rights. The Human Rights Campaign gave her 90%-100% on GLBT rights. I don't know what else these people want. Before people complain I know Hillary is not responsible for Bill's signing of anti gay legislation, I agree but I don't remember her speaking out at the time either, her record isn't squeaky clean and this was another thing. I didn't want to discuss Hillary Clinton's past or Hillary Clinton at all but people are bitching about Tulsi's past and they were happily supporting Hillary Clinton just three years ago. What the fuck? Tulsi is supportive of Medicare For All and Cannabis legalization. She is generally known as being anti war and has done things like introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act and wants out of Afghanistan. However her foreign policy is also problematic. She is OK with drone strikes and even torture under the right circumstances. Maybe she's ignorant on the fact that drone strikes kill up to 90% civilians and torture often leads to the wrong intel. What really pushed me over the edge was learning that Elizabeth Warren might be more willing to regulate corporations more than Tulsi. Tulsi is apparently in favor of less regulations but I have not verified this. If that turns out to be wrong. I will reconsider my position. David Pakman said this but all I can find on Google is Tulsi being supportive of regulations. She also has ties to right-wing nationalists in India; it's possible that she has too much baggage. Gabbord endorsed Bernie in the primaries, Warren did not. This is important as it speaks to her courage. Conclusion, again if she's the last progressive standing I'd pick her but I'd probably wait for the debates to see which progressive I would favor.
 
Posted at 16/01/2019 01:55:19 UTC 0 comments
 

Manaford, Buffoon, Elizabeth Warren

 
I just heard about this. You know Paul Manaford: Trump's Treasonus campaign manager? (apologies for using his name but couldn't resist the word play) It turns out Manaford's lawyer's gave a document to prosecutors but redacted stuff out. Apparently they don't know how to redact effectively as prosecutors could highlight the redacted parts in the computer document that the lawyers sent and the letters showed up. How incompetent is that? Why is everyone even remotely associated with the Buffoon campaign either a criminal or completely incompetent? You can't make this shit up! Apparently money doesn't buy competent people. He was feeding Buffoon's polling data to people in Russia; a surprise to nobody!

The US government is still shut down. I thought Buffoon was a great deal maker. Apparently not.

Everyone thinks Elizabeth Warren is running for President; she formed an exploratory committee which pretty much confirms she is. As I understand it she's a tad to the right of Bernie but they believe similar things. I note she hasn't joined the Justice Democrats and didn't endorse Sanders in the primary. She has been speaking to big cash donors too. On the other hand she's basically responsible for the CFPB and has lectured on economic issues; her lectures are very interesting. I doubt she'd be a neoliberal but how she'll handle the republicans would be critical. If she's not a push over it'll be great and I think she's fairly strong, just needlessly responds to stupid attacks. David Pakman thinks she's not particularly relateable, perhaps give her media training.
 
Posted at 09/01/2019 08:05:45 UTC 0 comments
 

Republicans, Orange Buffoon, Google

 
I was going to say something positive about Orange Buffoon and the Republicans but the government is shut down because Orange Buffoon had a tantrom over the wall again. Sigh.

The positive things were Buffoon ordered troops out of Syria and a criminal justice reform bill was passed. This is good news.

There's speculation that the Syrian situation was ordered by Putin. However even if true this should be viewed as a positive even if the people making the decision are scumfucks.

The Orange F Buffoon Foundation has been shut down, F for fuckwitt. I just make shit up as I go along. It was ordered to be dissolved because Orange Buffoon was using it as a bank account whenever he felt like it and that's illegal. Lock him up! Lock him up!

I think Ivonka may also be in trouble for hiking the price on Buffoon properties when the Republicans used them for events. She and her husband are also involved in several other lawsuits.

It's really not a good time for the Buffoon family. That makes me happy!

The senate held hearings with the Google CEO recently and it was a bit of a shitshow. 3 senators asked about iPhones; they aren't even made by Google. Luckily I wasn't there as I probably would have called them idiots.

Speaking of idiots the Republican senators wanted to know why a picture of Orange Buffoon shows up when people type idiot into Google Image Search. As someone in the search engine optimization field. Let me explain.

Shortest answer: He's an idiot
Short answer: People think he's an idiot.
Regular answer: People think he's an idiot and regularly use the word idiot near pictures of him. This includes using the word in the content around him, the image file name and the ALT tag. It's possible that the title, the file name and how many links are going to the page has an effect too. I suspect if enough sites do this ones with strong backlink profiles and/or social signals will rise to the top but I could be wrong on this.
 
Posted at 30/12/2018 03:34:07 UTC 0 comments
 
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