Open Thread: Rage — Rage! — Against the Dying of “HIS” Light…

The only difference between this guy and your racist great-uncle when the family had to commit him to a full-time ‘memory care’ facility is that your RGU didn’t have (theoretical) access to the nuclear codes…

“Don’t forget, the Democrats have ruled the inner cities for 100 years. This is their rule. Very rarely do you have a Republican that — but this is their rule,” Trump said on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

“That can be turned around. We can do so many things but the Democrats have truly ruled. And when I was running I would always say, ‘What do you have to lose?’ ”…

“I don’t know what they’re doing in Chicago to have this many shootings and this many killings and all of the different things that are going on,” Trump said. “When you look at the Obama years. Chicago: one city, his adopted home town, 3,900 people were murdered. In the last six years of Obama’s presidency, 18,000 shootings. I don’t think he mentioned it but three or four times.”…

“Well first of all, minorities want police protection more than anybody. They need it more than anybody. What’s going on is crazy. And you look at some of these inner cities where it’s just out of control, and remember, I was saying things like we will — you know, what do you have to lose?” Trump said. “We will fix it. We’re going to fix it. But one of the things we’re doing very strongly now is the inner cities.”…

All he can hold in his addled mind are some random word-strings related to his many longstanding grievances. Which would be quite dangerous enough, except that too many other fearful old men and their enablers have a death-grip on both the government and the Very Serious Media. Some of those fearful old men are even, theoretically, Democrats. Like Thomas Edsall:

A Pew Research Center survey released earlier this month documented the growth of the partisan divide: “the median (middle) Republican is now more conservative than 97% of Democrats, and the median Democrat is more liberal than 95% of Republicans.”… Much of the current polarization is driven by difference of opinion on issues of race and immigration…

Disrupting this linkage is an uphill battle for Democrats…

Nathaniel Persily, a professor of law and political science at Stanford, makes the point succinctly, focusing on the importance of candidate recruitment: “How can the party nominate someone, or be led by someone, like Bill Clinton, rather than Hillary Clinton?”…

Newsflash, my friends: Bill Clinton is never running for President again. Neither is Barack Obama — or, for that matter, Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon. Or FDR. Or Abraham Lincoln!

To be fair, despite many paragraphs of hand-wringing (and the usual NYTimes RWNJ-pleasing headline), Edsall pulls himself out of his bothsiderist funk to finish on a note of hope:

Clearly there are costs to political schism: gridlock, the loss of comity, the division of the nation into warring camps. But there are also, arguably, benefits: coherent party platforms and vigorous, highly invested political participation. Aggressively contested elections of the type we have at present put real choices before voters, and conflict, as the sociologist Lewis Coser argued, can overcome resistance to change, prevent ossification of the social system and generate innovation and creativity.

Real choices raise the possibility that there might be real breakthroughs, real discoveries and real advances. Perhaps the problem is not that we have had too much change, but that we haven’t had enough.

Bing-bing-bing!

I’m past sixty. When I was twenty, I expected the world to be entirely different when I got here. And it is, sometimes in ways I never expected… but there’s too much that hasn’t changed enough, often because people my age or older refused to give up our old, bad habits. I’m not gonna stop fighting for the changes we all need, but now the fact that I may not live to see those changes fills me with a certain optimism. I want the world to go on even when I no longer do.

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    lollipopguild says:

    This is just a really bad episode of “Twilight Zone” or “Outer Limits”. We will all wake up and realize that it is a bad dream or as Scrooge says “A bit of badly digested beef”. God Bless Us Everyone!

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    Rage,rage against the lying of the right.

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    Baud says:

    Aggressively contested elections of the type we have at present put real choices before voters,

    That’s why there’s so much effort in maintaining the illusion that the two parties are the same.

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    khead says:

    Amazingly, the same Democrats ruined rural WV too.

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    Hey fiction writers! Question! I’m building a website for writing/organizing stories. So like you would have works, and works would have sections and subsections, and there would be pages for characters and settings and objects that you could ‘tag’ in the various sections etc as they’re used. What sort of features would you like to see in such a service?

    Hey programmers! Anybody wanna collaborate?

    Personal update:
    Well, here I am at some resort spa in Santa Cruz, except they filled the entire schedule with mandatory teambuilding inside conference rooms that we easily could have done at the office, so I don’t get to enjoy it. I am however feigning motion sickness to skip a boat trip and have regained three hours. I might go for a hike; I’m far enough south that I can breathe outside air without dying of smoke inhalation.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Hey programmers! Anybody wanna collaborate?

    What language(s)?

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    rikyrah says:

    WHAT DA PHUCK IS THIS SHYT?

    Daniel Dale‏Verified account @ddale8

    The Interior Department has begun hoisting a special flag when Secretary Ryan Zinke enters the building:

    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/918609281603244032

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    lamh36 says:

    Ugh…I’m just now getting caught up on all the things going on today and I’m STILL in rant mode!

    RANT #1

    FUQ John Kelly. So the who dafuq is the President here! I’m tired of the media playing ALONG with NORMALIZING this behavior. Darn near the ENTIRE Washington media establishment, don’t seem to care one bit that they are aiding & abetting the normalization of bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism, erratic and irresponsible behavior of this administration, GOP & their supporters & followers..

    but hey, why should folks like Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Cillizia, Fox News, and the usual suspects of “both sides” punditry care…naw…why should they give a shit…they got too many books and clickbait articles to push out about and death, despair & juicy gossip

    So John Kelly danced the dance, smiled & flirted w/the press and now the media got stars in their damn eyes and now falling to their knees to service the great General Kelly…JOHN KELLY IS NOT THE PRESIDENT!!!

    FUQ da entire LOT of ’em…

    And FUQ folks all over the place talking about General Kelly was a “good soldier”,, he took the job cause he “just wants to keep the country…safe…” SO FUQ’N WHAT!

    BULLSHIT! He a Trump loyalist and he is perfectly happy aiding and abetting the current shitstorm…Ugh… Kelly was a horror when he was at Homeland Security…when he took the job as CoS, had folks taking bout he “kept a tight ship” at HOmeland..so fuqn’ what. Hell some might say the captain of slave ships, that were able to bring the majority of their slaves through the middle passage without incident, kept a tight FUQ’N ship…sure it was a slave ship but he ran it very well…

    FUQ THAT!

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    chopper says:

    meanwhile, more than three weeks after hurricane Maria*, dolt 45 is taking about pulling back what little aid he’s offered. dickbag.

    *or, as the political media calls it, “Hillary’s Katrina”

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    El Caganer says:

    @rikyrah: I assume it’s the Jolly Roger.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Nathaniel Persily, a professor of law and political science at Stanford, makes the point succinctly, focusing on the importance of candidate recruitment: “How can the party nominate someone, or be led by someone, like Bill Clinton, rather than Hillary Clinton?”…

    so not only did this guy say that without a trace of awareness, but Edsall quoted it the same way?

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    Gravenstone says:

    @rikyrah: Consider it a warning flag – “moron is in the office, plan accordingly”.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    curious about reading between these lines

    Rick Wilson‏Verified account @ TheRickWilson 38m38 minutes ago
    3/ Got a call from a rabid – RABID — pro-Trumper in a fairly senior elected position. Of all the “I’ve made a terrible mistake” calls…
    4/ …this serving of crow was particularly delicious. Oh….you played ball but Trump and Bannon are still going to fuck your close friend?

    ‘fairly’ senior elected… House leadership?

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    lamh36 says:

    @MSNBC 3h3 hours ago
    More
    ‘Well it’s America’: Secy. Perry corrected after calling Puerto Rico a ‘country’: http://on.msnbc.com/2gAvewE

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    ruemara says:

    @rikyrah: Authoritarian bullshit.
    @lamh36: Sit by me.
    To speak to the post, I don’t even know if it will be here after me. I swear on my honor, I feel that the GOP game of chicken we’re all in on will continue until something crashes. Either a nuke, or a complete domestic insurrection or a multi-front war. I don’t know what will unite the left, they seem to be busy debating who’s farts smell best. Many olds and many young are celebrating a return to being the disgusting brutes of yore, under the guise of freedom. So I’ll just keep working.

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    Jeffro says:

    Glad I posted about that article (and its ridiculous headline) earlier and that we’re discussing it again now – it deserves a good, um, ‘airing’, shall we say.

    Richard Florida’s half-right, though: Trumpov is anti- anti- anti-…and the thing he’s always “anti-” about is anti-Obama. Why aren’t we going there, national media? It’s clearly the only consistent thing about the Mango Menace.

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    gbbalto says:

    @El Caganer: How about a Mickey Mouse flag? He’s jealous of flag officers who get to have the one star, two star, etc flown when they are in the building.

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    Jeffro says:

    @ruemara:

    the GOP game of chicken we’re all in on will continue until something crashes. Either a nuke, or a complete domestic insurrection or a multi-front war.

    Yup, or worse. People have no idea how bad this is going to get as Trumpforce One spirals in and nears impact.

    1) North Korea stupidly, moronically bombed (even conventionally, much less a nuke or two to try and ‘decapitate’ the regime)

    2) A majority of Repub elected officials closing ranks to defend Trumpov even once Mueller drops indictments and reveals the degree to which this gang was in cahoots with a hostile foreign power

    3) Puerto Rico, a week or two from now, completely given over to armed gangs outside of San Juan

    It’ll all be unthinkable until it happens…

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Yep Dony, New Yorkers are the worst as far pompous, jerk off urbanites go. Seriously, people let him get away with this crap?

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Would this be a website for original fiction or fanfiction (or both)?

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    lamh36 says:

    @BresPolitico 36m36 minutes ago
    More
    /1 Newsweek has published one of the most irresponsible, stupid “stories” that I’ve ever seen. I’m stunned here

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert explains what’s wrong with Trump’s Congress

    https://twitter.com/BresPolitico/status/918615557049606149

    Really Newsweek…really…it’s straight clickbait.

    They talk about the Hastert rule, sure…but did they REALLY, REALLY just HAVE to hear from Hastert…they didn’t need personal testimony from child molestor Hastert for the piece…

    then when called on it…the folks at newsweek, decide to attack the dude on twitter…smh

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    debbie says:

    I’ll tell you what pissed me off. It was listening to Trump saying that people would now be able to “negotiate, negotiate, negotiate” to get “the best health care you’ve ever had.” Seriously? The insurance companies will be sitting down and negotiating with every person? Like hell they will. How fucking stupid does he think we are?

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    debbie says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Leadership doesn’t seem rabid about Trump. Committee chair maybe?

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: I guess it could be both, but I’d conceived each account as having its own stuff, e.g. no shared characters, but it’s early days…

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    Nora says:

    @debbie: As stupid as he is, maybe?

    You just know Trump never had to deal with a health insurance company in his life. He had little people do all that stuff for him. He really has no idea whatsoever what insurance is, how you get it, how much power you have to pick and choose, what kind of choices are available to you — his level of ignorance is amazing.

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    lamh36 says:

    @ruemara: I swear we are on the same wavelength…I posted the following to my FB page this morning…and that was BEFOR John Kelly came out and snake charmed the FUQ’N media.

    🚨🚨🚨WAKE UP!
    I know we all have our own lives to live and get through…but pay attention folks …. since the election of Donald Trump this country has been going on a downward spiral. Look around you…pay attention…there may no longer the “Jim Crow” laws and we have more “civil rights” but the systemic racial inequality & discrimination are being reinforced and OPENLY defended and supported by this administration and their supporters in the Republican Party! While Trump is on the surface doing his damn best to be IMPEACHED, underneath it all, the Republican party and folks who call themselves “independent” (Republicans who don’t want the racial backlash of being a Republican, but agrees with and vote Republican every damn time) are gaming the system and pretty soon when the smoke caress many of the rights we take for granted will be tarnished or outright gone. 🚨🚨🚨
    If you don’t see it, tell me why I’m wrong

    I’d finally talked myself down (barely) and then John Kelly had his presser and I saw this interview with Wolf Blitzer where the WH legislative advisor what sitting down for an interview, and Blitzer if when asking a legit question about Chump’s PR tweet, couldn’t NOT also praise the “efforts” of the WH…as if they didn’t have their on location reporters telling them…the FEMA/White House line was bullshit….

    Made me want to throw my damn shoe at the tv

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    Jeffro says:

    Meanwhile, Ryan Zinke thinks he’s worthy of Buckingham Palace-style treatment whenever he enters the building...ye have GOT to be kidding me…

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    ruemara says:

    @lamh36: I want a massive general strike to shut down this nation. We should be doing that. But I fear it will be minorities mostly and that’s just not enough. I don’t know what to do to put a fire under people’s butts.

    @Jeffro: That made me so mad.

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    Jeffro says:

    “Ryan Zinke is proud and honored to lead the Department of the Interior, and is restoring honor and tradition to the department, whether it’s flying the flag when he is in garrison or restoring traditional access to public lands,” press secretary Heather Swift said in an email.

    In garrison?!? Get the fuuuuck outta here…

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    @Major Major Major Major: .
    SQL I’ve been doing for 20 years. I must be too old to know what go is.

    Googling.

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    Cheap Jim, formerly Cheap Jim says:

    Even if the people in the cities elected Democrats, the city itself, the land, was owned by landlords. You know, the type of people who object to you getting your warmth from their heat and who inflict their own bigotries on who can and can not rent a place to live in their property. People like the President.

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    lamh36 says:

    I posted this days ago I’m sure, but posting it again, cause I need something to smile about…

    Megyn Kelly’s ratings are taking NBC’s morning slate down with her https://www.salon.com/2017/10/11/megyn-kelly-ratings-today-kathie-lee-hoda/#.WeABphcki58.twitter

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    lamh36 says:

    @shadowandact
    Tamron Hall confronts Weinstein on allegations as fate of talk show deal she signed w/ his company hangs in balance https://buff.ly/2yeZ1oI

    Damn…that’s too bad for Tamron Hall, maybe she’ll work something out with the company MINUS Weinstein? Damn…I didn’t want it, but with Megyn Kelly’s tanking ratings, maybe NBC will get their shit together and offer Tamron Hall the big bucks to come back to save that shit show…

    But even if it were to happen, I wouldn’t blame Tamron for saying FUQ you to NBC

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    @A Ghost to Most: Could definitely use some help on the SQL, I haven’t written it in a while and seem to have forgotten a lot.

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    @Jeffro: These are very troubled people.

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    Just off the top of my head, NYC and LA have had Republican mayors in my lifetime.

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    Roger Moore says:

    The only difference between this guy and your racist great-uncle when the family had to commit him to a full-time ‘memory care’ facility is that your RGU didn’t have (theoretical) access to the nuclear codes…

    And Trump’s “loved” ones didn’t get him committed soon enough.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    You definitely want to differentiate your site from others. Fanfiction.net and Archive of Our Own offer similar services to what you describe. Archive of Our Own is basically it; it allows for original work, allows tags, character tagging, etc.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @A Ghost to Most: “Golang” is the version of the name that’s easier to Google. And it came from Google.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Anti-urban = anti-Black/Brown. His racism has gotten him quite far. He has no incentive to change. He’s even clamped down on free speech when it comes to the Negroes. And he’s left the Browns to suffer in Puerto Rico. Sessions must be so pleased.

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: Those are, of course, for fanfiction.

    I was thinking of my own workflow as a writer, where I want to know where the last scene with character X was because I forgot what they were wearing, and rather than relying on memory or searching the document (which can get large and clunky in some text editors to boot) I could just go to the character index for the work in question. So I was thinking of managing internal structures rather than browsing characters shared across many people’s works.

    Other than the shared nature of some characters/settings/objects (which makes for an interesting data structure, in concept if not implementation), what else is unique about the fanfic offerings?

    @Matt McIrvin: It’s neat!

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    lamh36 says:

    pffftt…but John Kelly is there…right CNN, he’s calm and funny and make ya’ll feel giddy…ugh…he’s the ” adult in the room”…smh

    @realDonaldTrump
    Blocked Blocked @realDonaldTrump
    More
    People are just now starting to find out how dishonest and disgusting (FakeNews) @NBCNews is. Viewers beware. May be worse than even @CNN!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: Military command protocols. The Commander’s flag flies when he is on post. Given that Zinke never held a senior command position in the SEALS because they ran him out because he was playing fast and lose with Navy money, this is particularly rich.

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    Catherine D. says:

    @A Ghost to Most:

    Stealing this for a t-shirt!

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    @Adam L Silverman: I was hoping the flag was no step on snek, and I am disappoint.

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    According to The Post, no one can recall when the “arcane military ritual” has ever been used in the federal government. However, Zinke’s spokesperson claims it’s an example of the secretary’s “major sign of transparency” showing that he is in his office.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jeffro: Because Interior’s building in DC is a garrison…

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    Ruckus says:

    @rikyrah:
    Well, I’d say this guy has self esteem problems. But then most republicans that I know have self esteem issues. They over compensate with bullshit. But basically they are worthless assholes. And they know it. So they attempt to prove otherwise. It ain’t working.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: I’ve never seen it for anything other than a general officer/flag officer commanding. Or if they have a SES deputy commander or, as is the case with a couple of the combatant commands, an ambassador/Foreign Service Executive as the deputy commander. I’ve seen flags put on podiums behind speakers for their agencies at military installations as a courtesy, but this is just Zinke being an asshat.

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    mike in dc says:

    Always great when rural and suburban conservative whites have “ideas” about how to solve urban problems. Maybe urban non-whites can return the favor and dictate solutions to rural and suburban problems.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Quick, OT note: I had to step away as soon as I hit post on my post this afternoon. I am now going through and answering questions and/or responding to comments. So if you were looking for a reply, it’ll be there within about a 1/2 hour or so. I apologize for not being available in real time.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled comment thread.

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    eclare says:

    @mike in dc: Truth.

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    lamh36 says:

    Wait…call me slow, but did John Kelly really say about Chump’s tweet about PR that it was “Exactly Accurate”

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I put my Illini flag up when we went to the final four! Did you see the Emory got the famous “Joan Anderson letter”

    A 60-year-old letter that is credited by American Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac as the inspiration for his novel “On the Road” has been acquired by Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.

    Written by Kerouac’s friend and fellow Beat icon Neal Cassady and long considered lost before it resurfaced in 2012, the “Joan Anderson letter” (named for a girlfriend of Cassady’s mentioned in it) will be on display during a public exhibition opening Sept. 28 at Emory titled “The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation and Counterculture, 1940-1975.”

    http://news.emory.edu/stories/.....ampus.html

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    debbie says:

    @raven:

    They raise flags at the Queen’s residences whenever she’s arriving. Maybe he thinks the country needs a more monarchial style?

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    Ruckus says:

    @debbie:
    Well as he’s the greatest (just ask him. Or wait 5 minutes and he’ll tell you anyway) I’d bet that he thinks that everyone is as stupid or even worse than he is. IOW dumber than a box of rocks.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: I had not, but I haven’t gotten the alumni magazine yet this month.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Jeffro: We should wonder if Zinke is going to honor tradition by going to work dressed like Daniel Boone.

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    lgerard says:

    I guess no one is available to point out to the moron that the homicide rate in Louisiana is twice that of Illinois. Mississippi is 50% higher

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    Ruviana says:

    @A Ghost to Most: I want 1000 up-votes for this comment.

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    gbbalto says:

    @debbie: Look, just buy his book, “The Art of the Deal,” and you’ll be winning those great deals in no time, believe me! You’ll get sick of winning!

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    Jeffro says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I must be misunderstanding what that word means then…I thought a garrison was an outpost guarded by armed troops ?

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    Mike in NC says:

    @debbie: Trump needs to upgrade his boring attire. He’s about the same build as Idi Amin, so maybe a few of his dress uniforms are still around.

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    rikyrah says:

    Hayes has on someone back from rural Puerto Rico.
    She says that she saw NO PERSONNEL FROM FEMA.

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    MomSense says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Very interested in a site like that.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @debbie: Nunes seems to be doing everything he can to run interference for the Orange Chode. Maybe some buyer’s remorse at last?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jeffro: Eez a puzzlement!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: The good news, if there is any, is that I pushed that video he played to set up the segment to the US Army North Task Force 51 Chief of Staff deployed to Puerto Rico so he could turn it into an action item and get those folks resupplied. I did this last night. He’s a former student of mine. And I know he’s working it.

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    MomSense says:

    @lamh36:

    I despise him and everyone who fluffs him.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gravenstone: No. Compromised.

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    Wapiti says:

    @rikyrah: Zinke was Navy, passed over for senior command (for playing a little loose with his travel vouchers, so one story goes). All military branches do the flag thing for commanders. I guess he misses the routines of the service. Maybe he’ll start wearing a forest ranger uniform next.

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    Mary G says:

    I have been shaking my damn head so hard and so much that my vertigo has come back.

    When I was twenty, I expected the world to be entirely different when I got here. And it is, sometimes in ways I never expected… but there’s too much that hasn’t changed enough, often because people my age or older refused to give up our old, bad habits.

    This, AL, thanks.

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    @Wapiti:

    Maybe he’ll start wearing a forest ranger uniform next.

    …or dress up as Smokey the Bear.

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    @MomSense: Could you tell me a little about how you’d see yourself using it?

    ETA: I’m calling it Pathfork, by the way, because The Garden of Forking Paths is my favorite story about stories and it sounds like a website. Could just be a working title though.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Understood. But if it is Nunes that Wilson is alluding to, maybe he’s trying to spin a defense.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Wapiti: He was never senior enough to have his own flag. And he was run out of the Naval Special Warfare community for both playing fast and lose with travel and training funding and for lying about being fast and lose with travel and training funding.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: He’s been shutting down DC traffic riding his horse to his office.

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    Another Scott says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Nit – Smokey Bear. :-)

    Cheers,
    Scott.
    (Who is hoping that his power comes back on before the estimated 3AM…)

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    MomSense says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Sometimes I just write about one of the characters but I don’t know how it fits yet. It would be nice to be able to put down bits of stories, character development and organize them so I can come back later.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gravenstone: I haven’t seen the tweet yet, but by the way it is described, I’d go with a GOP senator not up for reelection in this cycle.

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    lamh36 says:

    After the stupidity of today…I need the laughter that a new Will And Grace will bring!

    See ya on the flip side

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    @Adam L Silverman: I think you mean garrison.

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    sharl says:

    Gotta keep beating that dead horse for your 27% core support base, I guess

    Confederate statues are THE wedge issue for GOP in Virginia right now. @brian_f_bald got this mailer in Henrico delegate race pic.twitter.com/aC96k3yRF6— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) October 13, 2017

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    MomSense says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    And I can’t draw so some kind of story board where I could put together photos, bits of text

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: He’s Navy, so maybe a base or a station.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    @Matt McIrvin: thanks. I googled it and was reading up on it on golang.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @lamh36:

    I was about to ask, was it a jailhouse interview or has the convicted child molester already served his time?

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    jl says:

    The ant-urban part of Trumpism is just BS used to get votes. Rural poor and working class will get hammered and squashed in ways that they cannot even imagine if whole Trump agenda goes through, and can’t roll back some of Trump’s executive orders and regulatory directives.

    The rural population that consists of big city swells who are uber rich enough to have several large country estates will do just great, though.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    @Catherine D.: Go ahead. I did.

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    rikyrah says:

    Attorney General White Citizens Council is saying that the Presidential Records Act doesn’t apply to him. Brief filed last Friday.

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    p.a. says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: @Another Scott:
    Yes, Smokey Bear. Pedants R Us

    Worked with a guy who drilled through a romex, caused about $5,000 fire damage. Last name Blair. Forever after he was Smokey Blair.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @rikyrah:
    I think somebody is compensating for having an undersized “flag pole”.

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    rikyrah says:

    @rikyrah:

    Just saw on Maddow.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Jesus, I hope you’re kidding. I remember the minor kerfuffle when the Secret Service made Obama’s Secretary of Energy stop riding his bike to work.

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    @rikyrah: It only applies to the Secretary of State, and only if she’s a woman and named Clinton.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: I know he’s done it once. I don’t know how many more times he’s done it.

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    amygdala says:

    Forgive me if this has been posted elsewhere, but Ophelia, that 10th hurricane of the season? It’s forecast to make landfall this weekend… in Ireland.

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    @Adam L Silverman: Wow, I hadn’t heard about that.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Knickelback?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lollipopguild: If only😣.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Lol. Why does everyone pick on them? It’s as if they’re the band version of Justin Bieber.

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    rikyrah says:

    The Head Doctor – who has done this kind of triage medical assistance in disaster zones all over the world for 20 years- HAS JUST QUIT BECAUSE OF THE MISMANAGEMENT THAT SHE’S SEEING IN PUERTO RICO.

    Just saw it on Maddow.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Major Major Major Major: That’s because you’re a west coast liberal elite.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg slowly began admitting his company’s role in the massive breach that allowed Russian operatives to target millions of voters with ads during last year’s presidential election, people who were with him at the company’s inception are horrified at the “monster” they created.

    Ex-Facebook employees who spoke to Vanity Fair‘s Nick Bilton said many who were with Zuckerberg at the beginning feel guilt for the company’s role in injecting Russian propaganda into the American election — and the election’s disastrous consequences.

    “Most of the early employees I know are totally overwhelmed by what this thing has become,” one early employee told Vanity Fair. “They look at the role Facebook now plays in society, and how Russia used it during the election to elect Trump, and they have this sort of ‘Oh my God, what have I done’ moment.”

    “I lay awake at night thinking about all the things we built in the early days and what we could have done to avoid the product being used this way,” another ex-employee said.

    Those concerns, the ex-employees told Bilton, don’t appear to extend to those still working at Facebook — including Zuckerberg himself, who many accuse of surrounding himself with “sycophants” and remaining out of touch with reality.

    A whole new breed of men without souls

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    raven says:

    Jesus, 9:30 and it’s just the 4th!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: That’s not good.

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    rikyrah says:

    The USS Comfort is now up to EIGHT WHOLE PATIENTS.

    EIGHT.

    While Puerto Ricans are dying in hospitals that have nothing to treat them.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @rikyrah: @Adam L Silverman: they organized a spa day for FEMA personnel…?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I have no idea.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Spelling it “Knickelback” to make us think you’re not a fan is a clever ruse, but not clever enough.

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    @A Ghost to Most: If I get Pathfork (my app) off the ground, I promise not to cause another Trump.

    Seriously though, if you’re interested in helping with the database, there’s a contact form at the link in my nym.

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    rikyrah says:

    This muthaphucka here!!!

    MAYHEW, DID YOU SEE THIS?

    Topher Spiro‏Verified account @TopherSpiro

    🚨 FULL SABOTAGE: Trump has decided to default on ACA payments for cost-sharing subsidies. http://politi.co/2gfZv7e via @politico

    https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/918649017231437825

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    Mike in NC says:

    @lamh36: This show has a laugh track! Seriously? Never watched and never will.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    This is what happened when your insider trading costs your congressional colleagues millions:

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @lamh36: JFC I hate it when they give these a-holes a platform.

    Earlier @nbcboston posted

    Weinstein says he’s ‘not doing OK,’ hopes for 2nd chance

    And I just reached my limit. So I broke my usual policy, not only did I tell them I really didn’t care, and I wasn’t going to read that. (It’s why I’m not linking). I said their network had passed on this and on Access Hollywood story, but now they’re giving a predator a platform? Because that’s what these reaction stories are, ways for rehabilitating these vile people by trotting them out as faux experts or to humanize them. It just one more way the news bookers limit the scope of acceptable discourse while normalizing these stains for their corporate bosses.

    ETA whoever said people get more conservative as they get older, wuz soo wrong, because that’s definitely not me.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @ThresherK: It doesn’t have a k?

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I am retiring soon (August if not sooner), so will have some more free time. I know Oracle, and some SQL server and a bit of T-SQL. How hard can it be?

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    @lamh36: We know how Kelly’s ran the DHS when he was the secretary. We also know that he hated being answerable to Congress when he was the DHS secretary. He stormed out of meetings with citizens/members of Congress more than once. What the press is telling us by fluffing this man is that every one who is not male and white is a second class citizen. Look at how the media has treated HRC and Obama when he was in office. They never got the fluffing and fawning that the general is getting.

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    @A Ghost to Most: Hell, I’m just gonna use SQLite for now. Postgres would be my instinct in production? But I’m not a database expert, that’s just what the cool kids are using nowadays. I know I’m going to write the queries stupidly though.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Not at the star–hey, that’s a good trick, making me sound like some sorta Nickleback expert!

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    Kay says:

    I know they have to transcribe what Trump says because he’s the President, but you really wonder what the effect of all this lying will be. There has to be some negative, cumulative impact of the fact that the President lies all the time.

    He’s just making up his tax plan. There’s not a shred of truth in what he’s telling people about it.

    That HAS to be damaging, right? If it isn’t all political leaders will do it and it won’t matter at all- lie, tell the truth, whatever.

    What’s that concept conservatives used to pretend to care about? Moral hazard? What happens when there’s no risk or negative repercussions from lying all the time? More lying, I would think.

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    Timurid says:

    @rikyrah:

    Trump knows default.

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    Mike in Pasadena says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Man, I would buy your software in a heartbeat if I could write anything from a paragraph to twenty pages and file it or store it with tags that are one to six words long. When writing fiction, I waste lots of time finding scenes I wrote when the iron was hot and now, many days later, I need to insert it into the general narrative that finally caught up to the missing scene.
    Sometimes I need to reorganize a long text and move large sections from one place to another. Cut and paste can be tedious and comes with certain risks, like the loss of the very section I was trying to move. To avoid that, I use copy and paste, but then I must return to the original location and delete.
    Naturally, a flexible search system that allows me to search by an individual word not necessarily tagged as well as tagged words and phrases.
    I have not found satisfactory software and I have given up searching.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I’ve been walled off in “Larry needs a bigger yacht” land for too long. Time to find out what the yoots have been up to.

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    jl says:

    @Wapiti:

    ” Maybe he’ll start wearing a forest ranger uniform next. ”

    Zinke’s new game warden corps: “Protect violators. arrest wildlife!”
    They can dig Nixon’s old 1890s operetta Central European palace guard uniforms for the Secret Service out of mothballs. It’ll be cool.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @jl: Maybe Zinke should have some HMS Pinafore-type uniform. That would help morale!

    The flag they were raising for him wasn’t a confederate or Nazi flag, was it? I mean, I kinda doubt it, but at this point I feel I have to at least check.

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    @A Ghost to Most: Postgres is actually pretty cool.

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    rikyrah says:

    Mayor of San Juan says that 3 towns sent out SOS today 😥😥

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    Gary K says:

    That incredible POS in the same office graced by Barack Obama! If you want to know what President Obama thought about the gun violence in Chicago, cue up this video to 35:00. If you have time, watch the entire video. We were lucky to have him in charge for 8 years.

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    Timurid says:

    I stumbled across this while googling stuff, and I was stunned… even though I should know better by now.

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    sukabi says:

    Are the Google “suggestions” a product of completed searches or are they googles super secret algorithm that’s really just some assholes list of “things” you might be interested in?

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Timurid: I just tested it. Had to type “Hurricane Mari” before Google’s auto-complete kicked in.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    It doesn’t have a k?

    Correct. It’s spelled Knicelback.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Tenar Arha:

    ETA whoever said people get more conservative as they get older, wuz soo wrong, because that’s definitely not me.

    A to the fvcking men.

    Of course, the Overton window has shoved the Rs into a radical mob odder than any time in my life, so there’s that as well. My parents wouldn’t recognize them.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @rikyrah: Did you see Mayhew/Anderson’s brand new post on this very subject?

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    Chris says:

    @ruemara:

    To speak to the post, I don’t even know if it will be here after me. I swear on my honor, I feel that the GOP game of chicken we’re all in on will continue until something crashes. Either a nuke, or a complete domestic insurrection or a multi-front war. I don’t know what will unite the left, they seem to be busy debating who’s farts smell best. Many olds and many young are celebrating a return to being the disgusting brutes of yore, under the guise of freedom. So I’ll just keep working.

    Obligatory statement that IMHO, the country is headed for a Civil War/Great Depression level system failure. I lack the imagination to say what it’ll be, but it’s not possible to have a party as thoroughly radicalized as the GOP, with as few restraints on its behavior, that continues pushing as hard as they have, without that kind of result.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Ohio Mom:
    I just did

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    rikyrah says:

    @ruemara:
    I feel you. Man, I feel you.

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    khead says:

    @Kay:

    He’s just making up his tax plan. There’s not a shred of truth in what he’s telling people about it.

    That HAS to be damaging, right? If it isn’t all political leaders will do it and it won’t matter at all- lie, tell the truth, whatever.

    What’s that concept conservatives used to pretend to care about? Moral hazard? What happens when there’s no risk or negative repercussions from lying all the time? More lying, I would think.

    Yeah, sure. Ok.

    Try, IOKIYAR.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Betty alerted us earlier to the Twitter meltdown after the Women’s March people decided that their keynote speaker at the “Reclaiming My Time” Women’s Conference will be … Senator B. Sanders. Because who better to talk to women about women’s issues than an old white dude, amirite?

    The organizers are getting dragged and it’s pretty amazing. They’re trying to claim that he’s just “a” speaker on the first day, but then why did USA Today quote one of the organizers calling him the “headliner”? 🤔

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    divF says:

    @Mnemosyne: That must have been Steve Chu. When he was lab director where I worked (pre Secretary of Energy), he was an avid / fanatical bicyclist.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Yo. Worldbuilding a bit.

    Does the name “Federated Republics of [Singular Noun] make any sense grammatically, if the constituent parts are similar to US states?

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    divF says:

    @jl:

    1890s operetta Central European palace guard uniforms

    You mean like these ?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @divF:

    Yes, him! I was too lazy to Google his name.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Kind of. Remember that story idea from a month ago about the evil immortal emperor? The unnamed fascist human empire vs the multi-species social democratic (though somewhat plutocratic) Federated Republic of Systems (FRS). The larger idea is meant to symbolize two differing visions of America (and by extension the world). A “(literal) white ethnostate in space” vs a somewhat idealized United States in space, like Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets, just not a total utopia, in a deadly cold war-like situation. A dissident resistance movement made up of “degenerates” (non-white humans, humans unable to be mentally controlled, conqured alien races, led by another immortal human from the 20th century) is being funded and armed by the FRS.

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: I do remember that, but you were asking about grammar so I gave an example of a place with that exact naming scheme :)

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Yeah, I thought about it after I posted it and thought it made more sense as I formulated.

    Do you think the plot is too on the nose?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    “the median (middle) Republican is now more conservative than 97% of Democrats, and the median Democrat is more liberal than 95% of Republicans.”

    This is precisely what Richard Viguerie and Grover Norquist have been working to accomplish for decades; to drive anyone who doesn’t buy into their reactionary agenda railing at the demise of the old aristocratic order of the 19th Century. To create a “conservative” party that will in effect save the parasite overclass from their own rampant stupidity.

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: a bit, but if I had something like that I would write a couple short bits here and there and see what came up organically to change the setting with.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    What do you think is specifically obvious about it?

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: perhaps it’s just the way you described it as cobbled together from other things.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    I will admit, I have taken elements from other works. It’s all in my head atm, and I should write some of it down. My creative process is one that works by inspiration from other sources and cobbles a story through “daydreaming” in some of my spare moments. Some elements are intended to be homages, like the FRS.

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    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: of course :) but you described it as nothing but allegory and lifted material!

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Hey! I prefer inspiration :). I hope it wouldn’t be perceived as a rip-off or anything; and I suppose it is a pretty allegorical work in the vein of 1984. I’ll work on it. Its a fanfiction anyway, so I doubt anyone will sue me for copyright infringement.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Eww. Smokey the Bear doesn’t wear a shirt.

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    gammyjill says:

    I marched in the Women’s March on Jan 21st in DC, along with hundreds of thousands of other people. I had hoped it wasn’t the last march I did, but I’ve seen no others planned. I am absolutely heartbroken about the last eight months. I spend sleepless nights, like tonight, and finally fall asleep, if I do at 5am or so.

    I’m lucky to be financially secure and still have my health. My children and grandchildren are healthy and doing well financially, too. But what of the millions of others who either are or will be suffering under this madman and those who go along with him. Words can’t properly express the anguish I feel.

    I feel that all the gains society made under Obama will fall away and we will go back to the bad old days. Why? I find it hard not to be furious with the democrats who weren’t “inspired” enough to go to the polls and vote for her. I’m just mad at everything and everybody these days.

    And where are our Democratic leaders? Enough of this “sitting back as the Republicans shoot themselves”. We need Democrats – both elected officials and private citizens – to be out in the streets protesting Donald Trump and those who support him. I repeat, where are our leaders?

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    Kayla Rudbek says:

    @Major Major Major Major: check Archive of Their Own for some ideas on how to organize

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    marjowil says:

    @Major Major Major Major: definitely an annotated timeline. I have the most trouble with that — remembering how old a character is, how many years went by, what season it is.

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