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2017-04-19 06:20 pm
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Hey folks, remember this article about Bill O'Reilly?

In the Net's much less politically correct days we used to chew over weighty topics like (warning: sexist themes, bad language, feminine personal products; written in '04): Bill O'Reilly is a big blubbering vagina. Let's see how hard he cries now. Or, not *rolls eyes* I've waited years for him to get his comeuppance, so aaaaah yeah, relief.

Too bad the only reason Fox News likely got rid of him is how badly they're hemorrhaging advertisers over his ongoing presence, which goes to show just how sexist Fox News is (they'd keep him, despite all the allegations and hush money they've paid out, and despite how people like him - he's not the only one - have turned being a woman at Fox News into such a needlessly rotten, abusive nightmare).

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2017-04-06 11:05 pm
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Steve Bannon needs to GTFO

Since he thinks it's so appropriate to use foul language even while serving as Orangado's Senior Adviser, I will too: Stephen K. Bannon absolutely needs to get the fuck out of the White House. He's not mentally fit to begin with and is a national security risk for that reason.

Him standing down from the National Security Council changes nothing. He's still the Trump Whisperer - nothing's changed, no one is fooled.

Kushner is someone I'd have trouble throwing water on if he was on fire but that doesn't change the fact that everyone in the White House should treat each other with dignity and respect. Calling Kushner a "cuck" - an insulting, derogatory term that denotes a white man who likes to watch his wife cheat upon him, sexually - usually with a black man - is not treating him with dignity or respect. Saying he feels "shived" just ices that cake for me.

He needs to go.

Polls are taken every week: how popular is the President? How much do you like him, how good of a job is he doing? Well, why does no one ever do the "How embarrassed are you by him?" poll? What do you think the numbers would look like on that? I cringe to think what other countries/peoples think with him in his stolen position of power. This poll, if it's ever taken, would probably reflect as much for many, many others, perhaps a majority.

And now you have this overwrought flying monkey going on about "cucks" and "shivs", in an ode to how two-bit the Oval Office has become, with a racist, bigoted, Breitbart-running white supremacist inside of it. That idea's not working out so well - is it?

No class, no class, no class, no class, no class.

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2017-04-05 01:01 am
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From the same people who ended Internet privacy comes Internet pay lanes, yay! (updated 3-31-17)

Originally published on 4-1-2017 (according to the original DW date/time stamp - but given the update date, there might be mismatch between my time and theirs, somewhere in the system).

ETA, 4-5-17: grrr, this was supposed to be a public post from minute 1, but leave it to me to forget to unlock it until someone pointed out (five days later) that the post I was linking them to (this one) was not available. And yes, I've posted a DW Suggestion about changing the way we unlock posts when our journals are set to private or access-list only, like mine is, to prevent exactly this problem from occurring, but it got shot down last week, so we'll have to continue to depend on me to not be forgetful. Good luck!

They want to gut net neutrality now, too. As anyone who's hung around this blog might recall, I'm as touchy about net neutrality as I am about AOL's fraudulent business practices and bad customer service. In other words, I think I've found my cause, folks. Welcome to 2017!

While I could say something on what I plan to do, before we jump in, may I direct your attention to Adam McElhaney, who as of this heartbeat has raised $184,039 of his measly $10k goal (the amount has literally gone up almost $60k since I last checked a few hours ago, and goes up by many hundreds every time I hit Ctrl + R) to buy the internet histories of all the cute little Congress critters who voted to let the ISPs sell our internet histories.

You know. These people...

They betrayed you - FFTF's mock-up billboard showing names of House reps who voted against your online privacy

Their histories? We're buying them. We're using their existence to donate a lot of money to good causes! Take that, corporate sell-outs. hi-ya *does a few Chuck Norris kicks*

If the new law means what I think it means (and yeah, it pretty much does) then our non-anonymized data will be sold without our permission, knowledge or consent with our names, addresses, telephone and even Social Security numbers slapped right across it to whomever wants to publish it wherever they feel like publishing things - like in huge ads slapped across our friend's Facebook pages and data dumps about our browsing habits bought by our bosses, "friends", co-workers, families and neighbors for perhaps just pennies on the dollar.

Update, 3-31-17: so it doesn't exactly mean what I thought.

Anything not crossed out above is still true, but actually (and I have to thank [personal profile] andrewducker for posting a link on his DW, or else I might've never known!) the data still has to be anonymized before being sold to the highest bidders. So there's that.

These are some trying times for everyday people.

You can sort of laughingly say we never had any privacy to begin with because of the NSA and the CIA and overseas spying outfits and hackers and Facebook and data farmers and Russia and a so-called family tree site that knows everything about you whether you ever told it these things or not, which scares the crap out of some people (but yes, the opt-out does work).

But ISPs actually spreading our data around as casually as farmers spread manure is sort of another matter, and has worse implications. Upon hearing this, the other person I spend time with suggested they shouldn't be selling our data to others - we should be selling it to them because we pay them to access it in the first place. Which, yeah. But the point is, we pay them.

We pay them to access the fiber, cable and lines they provide us with to go online. We owe them nothing beyond the dollar bills we shove in their small, greedy hands each month in exchange for those services.

In return for allowing them the otherwise unstoppable access they have to our data, we don't willingly give them the right to actually look at it. We also don't give them the right to sell it to others to make even more money than they already get each and every damn time we pay them to go online out of our wallets. We certainly don't give them the right to do so in a way that shreds our privacy and any scrap of mystery we try to keep for ourselves.

Now they not only want to profit off of us at least twice - first by charging for access, then by selling the very data we unfortunately have no choice but to share with them just by using the internet, but now they're trying to turn the internet into a series of pay lanes you have to pull your wallet out for over and over again each time you want to visit a website.

So instead of just going to websites, now you have to sign up for a "package" with maybe 3-5 websites - say the AOL, MSNBC, New York Times (and Jesus, even I can't stand The New York Times), Facebook, and Twitter websites. These are your online "channels" in the new "package" you have to buy each month or as part of a long-term contract. To access even one more website, you'll need to have them "unlocked"...most likely on a very expensive, per-website basis. "So I'll have to pay to have each website I want to visit unlocked, beyond the 3-5 websites in my package"? Yep, that's it! Exactly!

This marks the peak of a very big and messy wet dream for ISP CEOs, stock traders and corporate bean counters alike. It's also the end of any of us freely surfing the web. That option will no longer exist - that's what ending net neutrality means. And Facebook is behind the effort to paywall the web 100%, because they want to be the top, headline item in every tiny little package on offer.

No one who gets what's going on with the effort to end net neutrality wants it to - no one, that is, except corrupt Congress critters and Ayn Rand basket cases, but getting people to see why and getting them familiar enough with the territory to explain it to others in a way that "clicks" remains one of the challenges, and that's the one I intend to spend time working on.

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2017-03-29 02:09 am
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Help crowdfund billboards with the name of every lawmaker who took our online privacy!

Excuse me, but because I'm totally outraged, tonight's post will feature a huge copypasta from a newsletter I subscribe to from the website Fight For the Future (FFTF).

tl;dr: we just lost the last shred of our online privacy to the undrained swamp creatures who voted us out of it, so see if you can spare $3 (or more) to put up billboards in their districts shaming these creatures so they can't and won't get elected again (I've donated).

They betrayed you - FFTF's mock-up billboard showing names of House reps who voted against your online privacy

BREAKING: Congress just decimated Internet privacy rules and voted to allow Internet Service Providers to spy on you and sell your sensitive information to advertisers without your consent.

The House of Representatives voted on the bill today, and it was already passed by the Senate last week. [1] The President has already said that he’ll sign it. [2]

The most disturbing part? The members of Congress who pushed for this attack on our privacy have been taking money hand over fist from the very same Big Cable companies that stand to profit from selling the intimate details of our lives. [3]

We can’t let them get away with this. We’re crowdfunding to put up billboards with the name of every lawmaker who voted for this travesty, because the public deserves to know which politicians sold out our Internet privacy to giant corporations.

Will you chip in to hold these corrupt lawmakers accountable and help us get these billboards to as many Congressional districts as possible?

Slashing these privacy rules means that ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T will be able to constantly monitor and store your most private information, like the websites you visit, the products you buy, and your real time location, and sell that data to the highest bidder.

Even creepier, it will allow ISPs to inject ads into your web browsing, install undetectable software on your devices to track your activity, and deploy systems to undermine encryption. [4]

When ISPs collect and store this information, they’ll also be making it available to the Federal government and law enforcement through bulk surveillance programs.

This is nothing less than an all out assault on our basic right to use the Internet safely and securely, and it’s putting all of us at risk.

Will you help us expose the corrupt politicians who voted to kill our Internet privacy? Click here to chip in so we can put up billboards so everyone knows their names.

Today’s vote is a crushing blow, but what’s most important is what happens next.

We need to generate a massive public backlash to make it clear to our elected officials that we will not sit back and allow them to put our friends and family in danger.

Major news outlets like USA Today and The Hill have already covered our plan to unleash these billboards shining a spotlight on the lawmakers who betrayed us. [5] [6]

Help us get these billboards into as many of these corrupt lawmakers backyards as possible. Click here to chip in.

We’ll keep fighting. And we’re honored to have you on our team.

For the Internet,

-Evan at Fight for the Future







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2017-03-27 01:17 am
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Always fight fire with more of it

When fire comes if you throw water on it, it may or may not go out. If you throw chemicals on it, you've fucked the environment and possibly your health. If you don't cover every last ember in foam, the ashes may yet come roaring back to life.

So you think, hmmph, maybe I'll pray on it. Nope, that won't make it go out, either.

Learn from the experts: controlled burns are the best.

Firefighters know a thing or two about fires. Their entire job is to save people and put blazes out. In order to not have to save people, one thing they do to prevent fires is...set them. Now pretend Trump is the fire. How do you put it out?

This is actually kind of easy. He's a Norman Vincent Peale devotee; in my twenties, so was I. While I wouldn't knowingly revisit my NVP days (see this criticism, along with the Wikipedia page), Trump is currently still living them, so so should you.

What do I mean? A lot of Peale's philosophy was "believe you can". Believe you can make the sale. Believe you can close the deal. Believe you can overcome. Believe.

Russians, Comey, white people: there are so many reasons to think "this is why Trump's in office".

Clear your mind and let yourself think, just for a sec, that none of that even matters because more than anything, he believed himself into office. He believed himself there. You simply want him out more than he wanted in. You want him out that much. More than he wanted in, you want him out.

Will it work? Eh. Odds are a long shot.

Will it destroy his time in office and give him nearly nothing to look back on with pleasure besides the rather questionable act of getting elected? Exactly. So leave him to cherish his many false memories of that; fair enough trade once he's gone.

If this sounds like religion, fear not, for in a weird way, it is. Norman Vincent Peale was not just the most famous can-doer of all time: he was also a minister - Trump's minister, to be precise. Peale's advice, therefore, has religious themes (sometimes blatant) so read his book and get a feel for how Trump thinks.

If at times he's ridiculously positive it's because he was brought up to be. If he's Teflon™ it's because nothing can stick to that sort of belief. While this might normally be an admirable character trait, Trump's use of it overall has been rather blatantly selfish and repugnant.

Be the example of what non-stick-coated belief should look like, and give it the reasons it should exist. Want him out more than he wanted in. He's not wanted in as much as you think, and wants out more than you might know.

Make him want out more than he ever wanted in. Convince him it's the only thing he's ever wanted.

Or, in firefighter terms: the whole damn forest might burn if we don't light some weeds on the other side of this, so please pass the matches.

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2017-03-24 11:25 pm
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Land On the Run (updated 3-29-17)

*dusts this thing off*

I suck. I really suck. I can go 22 days without a public post and 17 days after a locked one before posting again, so I must suck. I was thinking - even today - "Ha, maybe I'll post in April, maybe I won't." On a blog I offered to abandon for "greener pastures" months ago.

I don't feel like writing about Cheeto, though. He was among the main reasons I stopped (majority Republican Congress being the other, because you can't fight facts). I was too overwhelmed. I wasn't thorough in covering Spray Tan In Chief to begin with - I'd read what others were chewing over or linking to, then pick and choose, usually offering up bits and pieces others didn't - filling the gaps, if you will. Which was good, for a while.

But you can get tired of just being good in a pinch.

Then I started looking at bloggers like [personal profile] solarbird, [personal profile] conuly and [personal profile] gwydion - whose in-depth coverage are the bees knee's - and realized I'm never going to do that. I don't have the time, patience, or attention span. I can't sit at the computer that long verbally wringing my hands over the Deplorange regime because I'll probably go nuts. And sitting at the computer has been bad for me over time, woo-hee has it now.

So if I can't, then maybe I should stop this, because I'm already overwhelmed.

Not to mention my favorite role turns out be cheerleader, surprising even me. I'm more into victories - the first travel ban being held up and revoked, Trump being proven wrong or a liar time and again, the health care bill being held up or failing - than I'm into all the currently fashionable doom and gloom.

Even Nancy Pelosi walks around with this half-shocked, half-empty looking in her eyes like she's seen the devil, who is now running our country, the fuck. I can't sink to that level, sorry. An Irish girl's got her pride.

So I can cheer but no one cheers along, can yell "Go team!" and pump a fist in the air but the team's dragging bats, ready to walk off the diamond for good. And so many people are "scared", and I'm like, "What is that?"

No, seriously, what is it?

I was terrified for weeks - maybe months - with the election. One life ended, another began 2am on Nov. 9th. Both were my own. I've had tons of trouble, sleepless nights and fucked up days where I'm at best in an awful fog and at worst drowning in apprehension. Just for the fact that it went as it did, and that the newly majority Republican Congress moved so fast to undo everything the other side has spent decades fighting for.

And I worried anew over the first Muslim ban because of the heavy implications not just for Muslims but other communities down the road. But then the orange who fought so hard for it? L-O-S-T. For the 20 years the elevation of a piece of fruit to the highest office in the land has aged me and spooked me out of my own skin, at least 12 of them rolled off my shoulders instantly in just one night, and I haven't really felt so afraid since.

There are more holes in that piece of fruit than you'll find in five blocks of Swiss cheese. He is a joke. Hopefully one that gets thrown out of office soon, and I don't mean in four years - hopefully three and a half times as fast.

I tried to ask myself tonight while cooking dinner (liver and onions - because maybe I'm anemic) OK, if you're going online later to piss and moan about how inadequate you are against the sheer spectacular whirlwind of bullshit ejected by this ongoing orangado, what will you do about it? Because there's only one thing I hate more than other people whining, and that's me, whining. I'm like, "Action, bitch, take some".

But all that occurs to me is, "Hire a team of reporters?" Which...dudes, would be heaven. I'd *love* it. I might not run it off Dreamwidth, of course, but have a team, yes.

And a gun for potential grizzly, because you just never know.

But yeah, short of that, I've just kind of fizzled. I'm out of predictions, at least for the moment, but glad the Muslim ban got held up yet again (may it be held up into perpetuity) and glad the health care "plan" got "pulled", though I'd much rather it "die" in an actual "vote", something these cowards are a shade too pale to pull off until it's more "conservative" - Republican codespeak for "so it kills as many of their own voters as possible".

In the meantime, I realized without logging into or reading Dreamwidth that I don't run out of things to do and my old adage is true. Actually, two of them are. A poem of mine from years ago goes: "Never settle for less/When you want nothing but the best/If you've got to have more/You know where to find the door...I'd rather have nothing at all/Than have a little/But not have it all", which completely sums up how I feel about covering Rumpernado, at least for the moment.

The other adage is "it all comes back around" (actually, that's the title of another one of my poems). I realize we'll spend the next however many years (hopefully, not even one) - collectively, as a country - live on Twitter, CNN, CBS, and coming to a radio station near you - watching whomever voted this orange into office get what they asked for, and I'm going to do a lot of that thing where I haltingly laugh into my sleeve, then pretend I was coughing, then wonder how much they're enjoying it.

Live and learn!

They're getting it now. The healthcare bill - should it ever come forward - ETA, 3-29-17: aaaaand it's baaaaack - will decimate their finances, families, personal well-being, and even take some of their lives. Talk about dying for your country. The shuttering of the Appalachian programs will put the most ardent orange peel supporters - who, I don't kid myself, might very well continue to support him in spite of it - out of their very jobs. And just wait 'til the new tax laws come out. Just wait.

Mind you, I'm not exactly happy about any of this. But they deserve every last bit of it, a lot more than those who didn't vote for citrus zest ever have or will. Them I feel sorry for. His voters? Uh, maybe get back to me on that.

What happens when you get what you say only others deserve?

When you don't have a conscience until what you wished upon them comes back to bite you right in the ass?

That might be a question we'll spend decades trying to answer, starting right

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2017-03-02 11:10 pm
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Daniela Vargas's case upsets me on so many levels.

ETA, 3-29-2017: Daniela gets to stay for now.

She couldn't afford her DACA renewal - $495 - when it came due in November, so she kept saving up, but now ICE is deporting her - but not for not renewing her DACA status on time.

According to ICE, she got a visa waiver in the interim, which is good for just 90 days, so now they're trying to send her back saying she overstayed her waiver. Thing is, ICE's story isn't adding up because Argentina doesn't issue waivers anymore.

ICE also said on Wednesday they'll make sure she has a hearing. Well, that's not what they told her attorney on Thursday. They told her that Daniela's being deported immediately without any hearing or bond.

The worst part, maybe, is that if she hadn't spoken up about her family being deported at a press conference, ICE might not have gotten her. They pulled her and her driver over on the road after the conference just to take her away.

Realizing you've been taken from your home country, brought to another you don't know or understand and forced to grow up in it, then being told 15 years later that you must leave when you're trying to stay must be an awful shock. She isn't, to use Cheetolini's words, one of the "bad ones", and that should be quite clear to anyone.

It's blood-chilling how ruthless this roundup is so quickly becoming. With people like Daniela the writing is on the wall: it might only be random "good ones" right now but before you know it, it will be all the good ones.

Daniela's case makes me think no one should have to leave over lack of money: if someone's fit to stay, they should stay. She came here as a small child, as have so many others. So every time I read an update on her my question is, why didn't she have a GoFundMe or access to some other crowdfunding site to raise money for her DACA renewal?

Is anyone raising money for financially disadvantaged Dreamers to stay? If not, I think it's time the intertubes came to the rescue, and got a fund started.

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2017-03-01 12:39 am
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OK, so maybe I'm a bit tired of being right

At the rate I'm going I could rename this [profile] thepoliticalprophetess, move the political posts to their own website, run ads, add a Paypal button ("Help me prophetize - donate today") and maybe make a buck or two. Secret sauce: drink more than you would've if Hillary had won. I swear that's the whole thing. Which, yeah, might require more funding.

Here's a thing I said a few weeks ago in Egg On Your Face, emphasis added: "The ban is ordered on a Friday (all bad news from this regime is issued on weekends so the public can rage and stew and gloat and preen at each other for a few days [...]." The news today: "Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon arranged the timing in the expectation that opponents, freed from work on the weekend, would stage huge protests [...] says a senior administration official".

Where was this magical ability to predict with Obama? (Couldn't, he bored me. Voting for him was like hitting the Snooze button for eight years.) How did I not see 9/11 and still can't say if it was an inside job?

Before I get serious, I also predicted: "When Trump calls you/your outfit/your organization a 'failing pile of garbage' you need to take it as a HUGE WIN." Guess what? They did. But I wasn't just rallying the troops: I truly believe that. The more he runs his Cheeto™ cruncher at them, the more they must be getting under his skin like an army of mites - one little, annoying itch at a time - so I say keep on keeping on.

To expand on this, because I sense no one will feel reassured, Spicer holding a private presser is not an unusual move coming from any White House, and won't be until it starts looking overused, manipulative, or retaliatory. But shutting out disliked organizations - on the same day - is unheard of and fake-newsing this reporter on some no-name, sympathetic website was wrong, offensive and disgusting.

While I wouldn't let one-offs - which these all are, at least for now - impart a chilling effect if I were in the press, future patterns in the same vein coming from this regime will be something to keep an eye on.

Now for the serious part: If you're distracted by all the low-hanging fruit this regime keeps shaking at us from the tress then you might not see this train coming until it's too late - remember, it might've been Trump's idea to run for office, but once he became campaign CEO (more like "malevolent mastermind") it was Steve Bannon we swore in, Steve Bannon's Inaugural speech Trump read to us, and it's Steve Bannon's "deconstruction of the administrative state" (he should have said "dismantling", but whatever) and war on Muslims that's in the offing while we grab our smelling salts over who or whatever the guy we think got elected took a crap on today.

Question: why are people not protesting still-empty federal positions? Why is Congress not in a clearly festering rage that four weeks in, Trump still doesn't have the same budget prepared that Obama and W. submitted in their first terms by Week Two? Where is anyone's give a damn? If I'd known these things sooner I'd have spoken out sooner. Why doesn't anyone else?

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2017-02-28 08:22 pm
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Germany leaves a comment

And I'd laugh if I wasn't so shocked, pure buttoned-up, repressed American style, at just how uh, blunt the visual commentary is. While my initial reaction was, "Jesus Christ, I don't know these people" I am these people, so probably need to thank God for stuff like this to remind me.

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2017-02-27 10:59 am
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Sometimes I like it when I'm right

It just hit me while reading this that I predicted Milo's downfall; not what caused it (thank you, smart 16 year old), only that he would be used and thrown away, which happened even faster than I expected.

Context: in replying to a comment that ostensibly suggested you can judge a book by its cover, at least in AU, I trotted out Milos as an example of why covers are increasingly meaningless, at least in the US (he's Jewish and gay, yet aligns himself with antisemitic and anti-gay forces mainly via his GamerGate "leadership" and trollish writing/editorial influence on Breitbart).

The exact prediction (after the election I decided to lock certain personal posts, including this one): "[...] but the plurality of these sort of people seem to have accepted Milo all the same, and will continue to act like the[y] accept him until he's served his purposes and can be discarded along with every other gay they hate. So never say never, is my ultimate point."

Just to answer the unasked question, yes, he could be picked up again to be used as rocket fuel for whomever else finds him useful, but yes, he will be disposed of again, and just as forthwith-like. Anyone desperate enough to put his face on their group's name is doomed from the start, so we can pick out just what that doomed thing is much faster if they will.

What gets me is not that I predicted his being used and chucked over the right's collective shoulder like so much dirtied Kleenex™, but that anyone could have seen it coming. Surprise? Not really. He's one of the more obvious examples of Useful Idiot I've seen.

Since it's not fair to bring him up (which I don't do in a top-level post manner, as he's a discredit to every group he's ever feigned to represent or turned his back on despite representing - whether he likes it or not) it'd be a disservice not to mention how he got his start: with those who feign not caring because they feel it's the only way to hide or ignore their own pain.

Which, you know, cry me a river: we all have pain and feelings we'd like to forget, we all live in some shade of misery, denial or emotional degradation, but it's online bullies who cause more pain while doing nothing to make themselves feel better except in the moment (and yes, there's a whole essay to be written on how people who bully falsely believe others are happier than them and resent their happiness so do what they can to destroy it, but maybe another time).

Like any other addiction, the highs of the moment have to be continuously repeated so will eventually just wear them down...

Back in the day society had a good answer: you wouldn't dare. Now the Internet exists as a self-validating circlejerk to prove just how nihilistic they are. Which is what happens when the boys in the basement, along with extreme racists and xenophobes, take over political discourse after being given false equivalency as "the other side" or "another take" on otherwise clear-cut issues that more level heads have tossed about (with varying degrees of success, ranging from civilized debate and law-setting to outright civil and world wars) for literally thousands of years.

tl;dr: 1) don't give a book of matches to a 2 year old; what else did you expect to happen? 2) Am I blaming today's relatively standardless society for failing to rein in mindlesssly hateful discourse, mostly because the provocateurs themselves dismissed it as jk, except if they ever were, now they're not, so we should've been paying more attention and had ancient societal repercussions in place to deal with it? Sounds that way.

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2017-02-24 01:13 am
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The lengths this regime will go to piss off and scare all but the Whitest of People...

...are insane. Congratulations if you're the Whitest of People, as you're probably safe from border control harassment - for now. Anyone else, regardless of the ethnicity(ies) or race(s) they consider or actually know themselves to be, is at risk of deportation.

There's no way to break out figures on how many people this will throw into utter panic or despair, but it's safe to say tens of millions have become human bull's eyes, at serious risk of getting stopped, asked for papers, but without them, getting arrested, then without due process, dumped over the border into Mexico - even if they're not from Mexico - to be formally deported later on.

100 miles from the US border is "the border" for deportation purposes, so on top of how greatly the pool of deportables has been expanded - you simply have to not look exactly white or be slightly darker and not be able to produce papers on the spot to get arrested and sent off to Mexico - because of the 100 mile delineation, entire states around the country are border control units now.

If you thought it was "just Mexicans" or "just" the actual border being monitored, splash some cold water on your face and wake up. This is Nazi Germany-style "show us papers or GTFO" with the main difference being that Jews, since they're of mostly Northern European origin, are harder to tease apart from "whites" than Hispanic-looking people are, which in this country will save the Whitest of People from getting stopped or asked for papers - for now. But we all know where this is going; hunting Mexicans is just this regime's little warm-up act, and I mean really little, so don't say I didn't warn you.

Because who knows; I might not be around by then to even remind you that I did.

Any plans to hinder the worst parts of this or any other order through the courts might soon be made moot by this Florida representative's bill to nullify our state and federal judiciaries. The bill states only a 60% super-majority is needed to override anything the courts decide, so don't look to our judicial branch for help, as it might soon be unable to function - and all this with Cheetolini's express blessing.

Can't say we should've seen it coming - but yeah, we should have seen it coming. We all knew the dictator when we saw him, even waaaaaay back when he announced his run for office by declaring, among other things, that Mexicans are rapists; it was just a matter of extrapolating downward from there.

Lastly, after learning Cambridge Analytica won the election for El Orango more handily than Russian interference did, I forgive all but the most hateful of his supporters in the same spirit as someone who once declared, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do". Read these words carefully: I think they were brainwashed, I think they were brainwashed, I think they were brainwashed - because after reading that, there's nothing else I can think.

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2017-02-23 09:01 am
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Ok, so I tend to absorb massive quantities of news before reacting to it in words...

I need to process it, first. My mind, like most minds do, works like a series of input/outputs, with the perhaps crucial difference that quick reactions often don't serve me well (but sometimes do, surprising everyone, including myself). Imagine a stack of five coffee filters resting about a 1/4 of an inch apart throughout my brain.

Input goes in the top and hits the first filter. This one's capable of sorting out only the most primitive, highly emotional of reactions, so when it comes to most of the news, I've learned to sympathize with but otherwise ignore what flows through this one. More input comes in. More top layer/primitive output. Gah. OK. I ignore this, too.

Eventually information starts bubbling down to a second filter. As facts and opinions drip through, patterns - links between one story and another, which can be on different topics altogether - start to form, and I start weighing and contrasting things against my beliefs, instincts, feelings, thoughts, and things I understand to be true on a rational level. This is the point where I'll start seeing some of the dots not connected by the media, and feel disappointment at the sheer crush of information overwhelming us to the point what's being reported can no longer cohere.

But I want cohesion. Because part of my mind - even in dreams - is focused almost non-stop on meta-analysis. I don't want to just report the news. I want to understand it, know what it means, what it's leading to, and what we might do about it. Until I can come up with that - or, failing that, at least come up with a sarcastic-sounding way to handwave it off because of the pure fuckery it is - I sometimes can't write at all.

This leads to an attitude of caution, because I don't like jumping in with an unfounded opinion. I like having them as much as anybody - my locked posts can attest to that - but that some of the predictions I made are coming true as I write this is sort of scaring me, on the one hand, and making me wish anyone - anyone - reading those posts at the time (I'm thinking of the last year or so) had taken me seriously, on the other. I come at some of those posts from very personal places, so I can see how others can't tease out what's true from what's just me, say, personalizing the political, but some of it's coming true, either way.

Which is unfortunate, and maybe sort of annoying, if you're not directly affected by what's going on. And no, this is not an apologia for those posts; this is rather my defense of them. But I would rather have been wrong! Believe you know who would say.

In some ways, I won't be directly affected by too much of it, yet it bothers me as much as things that can or will, because this regime rides us like a wet slide at an amusement park: Wheeeeee, down we go! Yeah baby, let's go straight to hell and meet the devil and make Mexico pay for it later!

They do it one declaration, order, memo and act of Congress at a time, and enjoy holding us captive to their primitive base and campaign promises they swear must be kept, lest the base riot or not re-elect their loser asses. To paraphrase 1984, it's always the boot in your face. Power for the sake of power, pain for the sake of increasing their power. If you ignore the seemingly smaller things that don't affect you, how do you stop the train once it picks up enough speed to run you over?

To get back to where I was before I segued, so news and information has now hit my third filter. Three down, two to go. I'm now operating out of caution, not wanting to jump too soon, continuing to learn but staying non-reactionary while I wait for things to bubble down. Sometimes this process never finishes. If I can't come to a decision on *how* to present some bit of news, oftentimes I just won't. Fortunately other people on DW seem to do a glorious job of that when I can't or won't.

Until recently - due mostly to the sped-up timing of this regime - my decisions on what to write have gotten faster. I was more or less keeping up during the worst chaos, but then their timing slowed down, which threw me off because I was getting used to making decisions on how to frame things almost by the hour. You get good at something and then - without changing course - they slow up the timing so they - not you - can regroup.

I thrive not on creating chaos but on finding and organizing it, so the fact that they've slowed up some doesn't delight me because it throws my five filters off and they're going to do the same shit I've been saying they're going to do anyway, it's just going to take longer to get official word on it so I can figure out how to connect it to any other outrages they're perpetuating.

Anyway, as hours and sometimes days roll by I keep on reading and listening and thinking, and inevitably what I learn - even if I read about a hundred things in a sitting - starts hitting a fourth filter, where I go over any patterns and oversights made by the media yet again. Are they real? Are they patterns? Are there important enough oversights to mention? From there the jump to my fifth filter - if I make it - is easy and inevitable: how I will frame this for others to read and understand? Should I?

Oh, hell yeah. Doesn't mean I'm happy about it, though. This is the Sad!dest administration I've ever seen. And this particular Congress? Unfairly elected through the flimflam of gerrymandering, because they can't get in any other way because no majority wants them, so they don't try to anymore - which is the reason you see so many protests at town halls, out in the street, and anywhere else people tend to gather to point out - if not in so many words - that these essentially self-elected destroyers can pretty much go get fucked.

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2017-02-17 11:52 pm
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If his protestors are paid then why does he pay people to rally?

You know the tremendous number of people Sniveler In Chief expects this weekend in Melbourne, FL for his next ego stroking? (There are much less pleasant terms I could use than that. Most involve a part he claims has no problem with and another part he can't keep zipped, but I digress.)

Wonder how he came up with the idea of it being a tremendous amount? Wonder no more, because like many who cheer him on, he either brings them along from the inside or else hires them off of Craigslist.

Here's ardent "fans" cheering his candidacy announcement - you could buy these for just $50 a pop back in July of 2015 (this link also explains the cheering sections since he took office - hint: not spontaneous). Considering how well the entirely fake crowd worked, they probably go for up to $75 a pop, now.

Yeah, these are the folks who sold their souls for $50 apiece to our formerly wannabe regime changer:

And below is a Craigslist ad (it's a screen cap; I can't find an archival record; it's been submitted for removal from CL) for the rewards you get at his Melbourne, FL rally tomorrow night (and please for the love of God, I hope there's more protestors chanting away outside of it then there are "enthusiastic patriots" inside):

Screen cap of Orlando Craigslist ad for Snowflake In Chief's Melbourne FL rally, taken on 2-17-2017

Free to attend! Free cash vouchers! Free bling to flip on eBay (Christ, I'd go just for that and I deeply dislike him and most of his supporters*)!

You don't even have to be a Trump fan to get behind it; it's a moneymaker so of course attendance should be high. Much easier to buy people off than make them want to attend; I guess he gave up on that a while ago (like, before he even ran for president. I get the feeling he knows he's an old, crazy coot so any glimmer of "success" must be bought).

Yet protests against him/his policies/executive orders/Congressional actions are "paid", really? If he can't get anyone friendly enough to show up for free, then he knows protestors will do what they do for nothing. Right? He does know that, doesn't he?

Sometimes I wish he'd stop buying his own bull just long enough to admit - publicly, at a press conference without any paid supporters - that Howard Stern's right: he does not, has not, and will not ever want this job. He wants Hillary to do it, instead. It'd be a relief for pretty much everyone who dislikes him or is merely doubtful.

*though I'd have to handle it wearing gloves and maybe have a priest come bless my house before bringing it inside

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2017-02-17 08:15 am
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Sane reporter spotted at Fox News

A sane reporter was recently spotted at Fox News claiming the Sniveler In Chief owes the American people answers. Fat chance, buddy. You might want to record his claim for posterity - in case he gets fired. SIC also owes us his resignation and maybe some jail time. While we're waiting...

Wasn't SIC just ever-so-coherent at his latest public tirade press conference? Highlights (with the most unintelligible parts italicized):

Cut in case his blatherings make you throw up in your mouth a little )

He can't form complete sentences most of the time, nor coherent ones much of the time. Re-reading the transcript, it's just fluff mixed with word salad mixed with unintelligible vocalizations which serve no purpose except to stroke his ego as he rails at the press in classic Nazi style.

But drip by drip we'll get where we need to be, because the madness of King Donald has turned too many lives upside down, to the point many stand at the ready to act or react because what Trump is doing is not OK, and we already know the elites won't help us.

Trump is so unstable and compromised even the Kremlin is starting to worry.

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2017-02-16 01:58 am
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Restoring all politibitch posts

So, I let Obama and Clinton browbeat me into doing all this "peaceful transition" stuff, which included - for me - locking up posts about Trump made up until that point, in the interest of having all this big, wonderful "peacefulness", only to watch the day of the actual transition turn into a war between our sniveling Victim In Chief and the media over Inauguration crowd size, among other ridiculous distractions.

Soon after, I learned the press will be officially identified by the White House only while using some form of a Nazi slur, that Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer do nothing but lie, lie, lie, though sometimes just to change things up they also distort, evade, and try to mess with our heads, and watched as Trump quickly broke his last campaign promise ("drain the swamp") by instead pumping it twice as full, turning it many orders of magnitude swampier than it was to begin with.

I felt like Obama and Clinton had sold us down the road - like, did we all do something to piss you two off? Maybe not enough Dems voted, but hell, some of us did - and like it's really hard being their supporters anymore because there's just no safe haven left in which to turn. Obama should never have peacefully handed over keys and codes; he should have fought like hell to keep him out. Clinton should never have conceded; she should've asked Obama to invalidate election results over Russian's tampering and fake news pumping.

Instead, they kicked us down the road, right into Victim In Chief's waiting arms. I think how Obama and Clinton handled this was not only irresponsible; it was just plain wrong.

After stewing on these many things for a month or so, it occurred to me some days ago that the moment for a peaceful transition has been over and the fledgling administration has been such a shitshow of absolutely stupendous proportions that I have no reason (or any hope for) seeing or maintaining the peacefulness Obama clearly over-emphasized. In that spirit, since I don't like locking up public posts if they're not personal in nature to begin with, all of once-public politibitch is coming back, so if you enjoy that sort of trip down Memory Lane, go for it.

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2017-02-15 09:55 pm
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Pudzer's gone Hardee-har-har

When your party's stance is deporting people and you, the Labor Secretary nominee, don't pay taxes on your paperless immigrant housekeeper, it can look kinda bad and...OK *record scratch*, enough of this bullshit. The truth is I'm surprised six Republicans actually lined up to oppose him when they've let worse slip right past (Rex Tillerson, Betsy DeVos, and the putrid Jeff Sessions - in some ways, Mitch McConnell's ideological twin - come to mind) with nary a blink.

Not to mention it's amazing they can line up in such numbers (six is like the new thousand for these pugs) over something as petty as unpaid taxes on an undocumented housekeeper, yet they let matters of national security slide, like Mike Flynn selling us out to the Russians because hey, it's nothing, dudes, before we pay any mind to that (if we ever do; ha ha maybe we won't) we gotta bust up this Obamacare thingy, see, and deport immigrants, and end civil rights and argue about whether the choice to die in hospice equates to being subject to a death panel, among other tasks of life-or-death importance to this faction of barking dogs.

Listen to John Thune, the poster boy for every Republican in Congress who's equally busy not acting on matters of life-or-death importance for the American people concerning national security:

"We know full well that there are issues that are going to come up on a daily basis that we're going to get asked about and have to respond to," said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Senate Republican, "but we're interested in repealing and replacing Obamacare, reforming the tax code, reducing the regulatory burden on businesses, confirming a Supreme Court justice, getting these Cabinet nominees through — that's what our agenda is right now."

Not to even mention the thing that got Pudzer gone was not lack of qualifications nor how shoddily (but it's all I can do not to say "shittily") he treated fast food workers at his companies but instead some bullshit over "not knowing" he "had to" pay taxes on an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

Here's Trump refusing to answer multiple obvious questions about Flynn's Russian ties and communications (and by extension, his own...we all know Flynn was just his mouthpiece on some if not all Russian issues, like promising to lift Russian sanctions after they declared they'd hit back equally on sanctions Obama imposed after the election, then days later, declared they wouldn't hit back).

I was alive that week, and read both headlines even as they came in, and was stupefied. It should've been obvious at that exact moment what Putin's about-face was for. In any other world - where Trump or some fascist soundalike wasn't pretending to run the country while instead dividing and driving it into the ground - it would be very obvious (and immediately actionable) to most living organisms.

And all that doesn't even begin to account for Yates, who ultimately got fired for ratting Flynn out, not for defying Trump's Muslim ban (that was just the first excuse to let her go that came along after she exposed Flynn). And Trump was so mad at getting thwarted by her exposure that his usual vengeance immediately showed. I mean, you want to talk drama, my mind has been continually blown by just how far down the drain this shitstorm keeps swirling.

But the Republicans...cancellation of civil rights, health insurance, immigrant residency, regulations, any taxes on the rich or their companies...that's all they care about, to the admitted, actual, real-life detriment of our personal safety and security in this country, leaving each one of us exposed and dangling in front of the Russian's faces like the carrots we now are. Frankly, I'm getting just a bit terrified, because they've practically promised not to help us stay safe no matter how serious the Russian issue gets, as long as it becomes even more serious before they get all their hate legislation pushed through.

Heard about this? It's a Russian spy ship positioned just off of Montauk, LI. But we gotta get the legislation passed first, folks - sorry, nothing we can do!

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2017-02-13 11:21 pm
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Dive into the Deep State

If you have a good half hour (or so) to spare, then this is one of the best articles on what's going on with the Trump administration; it's not a light or easily read and depending on your pre-existing knowledge might take time to think over and process but if you're game, here's how the Trump regime was manufactured by a war within the Deep State.

Since I'm fairly good at tl;dr, the tl;dr on this is: "The elite still run everything; the more corrupt of the two elite factions is merely the one now in charge".

Which reminds me: Trump voters, how dense are you? Let me count the ways.

  • The Trump song and dance about cutting taxes? Mostly for the rich. They're getting their taxes cut bigly, you're not.
  • Any Republican song and dance on taxes: exactly ditto. Am I using small enough words for you folks?
  • Trump song and dance about bringing back "your" jobs? That's taxpayer funded - if at all - and didn't work out the last time we tried it. What you're demanding just to "bring back" a few dirty, dangerous, coal mining jobs and some work in factories or steel mills doesn't seem worth your be-all/end-all $20 an hour (chump change after taxes, deductions, 401k, etc. Get a serving job. Seriously, you'll make more money.). Ruining the economy and putting our own people out of work is how we "pay" for it.
  • Nope, the infrastructure plan won't add jobs, either, because there's literally no one to do them, and yep, your side is deporting lots of the few people who could. But this plan will raise the national debt by a cool trillion; thanks for stepping on my taxes to pay for things that likely won't help "your" family (never mine, because I don't vote Elephant) or "our" economy. It's funny how you only care about national debt during years your personal robber barons aren't in charge. And pretty fucking short-sighted.
  • Even Republican senators or house critters don't have the audacity to promise jobs in a year that Trump isn't twisting their arms like the bad deal maker he is because we've been there, done that, and even the t-shirt we got for it jacked up my taxes. Seriously, fuck that.
  • But at least you swept out the elite, right? Oh, the huge smile on my face. Every one of the people Trump "hired" to "work for him" are the elite, there to fleece not just us and our country but to shake down the world. Not for you; for them. They only pay lip service to your jobs and needs; enough of you are naive and gullible to get us in these situations again and again.
  • Those you've elected don't act in your best interests, unless your "best interests" happen to be "banning" and "deporting people". My God, will they do that. Which brings me to my last point:
  • Deporting people doesn't solve "your" problems (I don't vote Elephant, so I don't get to have the same problems). Doesn't lower taxes, doesn't give you jobs, doesn't make your towns, communities, or neighborhoods one bit safer - but does hurt people - actual living, breathing, thinking, feeling humans with jobs and kids and relationships and families and hopes and dreams just like you. If you're so full of spite and fear that eliminating them makes you happy then I don't care what else you "need", just be happy with that, because that's all your Republican controlled everything will make sure of, anyhow.

Two more years, they tell me, when I've continually felt like I don't know how to get through two more days.

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2017-02-13 11:14 pm
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2017-02-11 04:50 am
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I predicted the future, which is now

A few days ago, in reference to the Seattle court decision overturning Trump's Muslim ban, [personal profile] darkoshi said she hoped there'd be more good news like it (and as I predicted, there was: Trump's lost all his battles in court over this, and is said to no longer be pursuing a court win on the exact order in question after tweeting, "SEE YOU IN COURT" (...bluffed us, did you?)...leaving us with the final score at Human Rights 4 | Trump: 0.

But her hoping there'd be more good news brought a bad feeling out in me, which led to this rather dark response:

Will there be more like good news like it? Eh...

(Before we even get the ban sorted it'll be time to deport 8+ million Mexicans by hunting them down and forcibly removing them from their homes, jobs, vehicles, and the street, so prepare for another week of absolute fucking bedlam [...] Go US!)

My good spirits evaporated after that; in fact, since then I've felt (and feel) just as lousy as I did before the score of Human Rights 3 | Trump: 0 was achieved. There's always a reason for these otherwise inexplicable moods - especially if they drag on for days or weeks, but unfortunately they point to a near-future I can only speak to (and hope against hope won't come to pass).

Sure enough the Mexican misfortune I foresaw is now unfolding as ICE indeed works to to deport 8+ million Mexicans by hunting them down and forcibly removing them from their homes, jobs, vehicles, and the street. So much for hoping against hope.

While the usual buffoons are trying to put a good face on it (just "“routine” immigration enforcement actions") it's not just criminals being targeted in ICE home and workplace raids and Charlie Checkpoints, among other ways they're taking people away from their lives and loved ones by force in sneak attacks, terrifying one and all.

They're even raiding grocery stores shopping center parking lots (ETA, 2-14-17: my overwrought mind somehow rewrote this bit; apologies) while also using racial profiling to hoover entire neighborhoods, going from door to door, taking people away. Their methods are a bit extreme.

And every bit as awful as I predicted. Sometimes, I hate being right.

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2017-02-05 04:54 am
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