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Holding Kids Hostage

Donald Trump is literally holding kids hostage. He has basically admitted that they are keeping kids in cages in inhumane conditions in order to force Democrats and principled conservatives to support funding for the border wall. This asshole is literally keeping kids locked up without adult supervision (other kids who aren't even related have been having to change kids' diapers because adults aren't taking care of them)...and this fascist fuck has the audacity to say "well, we'll stop doing this to these kids when the opposition caves on the border wall."

Risk tolerance and income

Food for thought: As a person's income rises, their risk tolerance increases. If the money is saved or invested, then as the risk tolerance increases, the average return on investment also increases. As the average return on investment increases, the net present value of that income also goes up. If you take the resulting net present value and tax it at a flat rate, you get something that looks an awful lot like a progressive tax system.

The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax

Here is an update on the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax:

In the 12 months that Robert Mueller has been conducting his witch hunt hoax, 20 witches and three witches’ businesses have either been indicted or admitted guilt and a total of 75 charges (none concerning witchcraft) have been laid.

Five witches are now cooperating with the witch hunt.

The Witch-in-Chief has begun insisting that he has the constitutional right to pardon himself from charges that might result from the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax.

Real Republicans

Conservative: "America is a Republic, not a Democracy."

Dude, shut the fuck up! You are a fucking idiot.

Republicanism is a philosophy of democratic government that specifically defines liberty in such a way that their very definition of freedom entails universal healthcare, elimination of poverty, abolition of wage-slavery, free college, et al. Bernie Sanders is basically the only real republican in American politics.

Kissinger's War Crimes

"Mistakes were quite possibly made by the administrations in which I served"
-- Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger received a Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war in Vietnam before the war had even ended. Meanwhile, as Secretary of State, he orchestrated mass murder and carried out the illegal bombing of Cambodia (a neutral country). The number of bombs dropped on Cambodia during the Vietnam War era exceeds the number dropped on Japan during the entirety of WWII.

Swedish Economic Figures and Swedish Propertarians

Sometime ago I encountered a Swedish propertarian, who was horrified at the level of his country's national debt, and citing the number exclaimed:

Haha this is swedens national debt. But you are probably a "an"com that doesn't understand economics XD

Well I might only have a modicum of knowledge of economics, but I know the difference between gross public debt and net public debt. Here's how the rest of the conversation went.

See through the eyes of a White Supremicist

In the context of the horror of immigrant children stolen from their parents and sold into oblivion, Ivanka's post today is being seen as e.g. "tone-deaf." This gives too much credit by half. Try to see this image through the eyes of a white supremacist. It's advertising.

It doesn't surprise me that a lot of the people calling it "clueless" or "tone-deaf" are center/liberal public figures. Habitual deconstruction of advertising and rhetoric inevitably leads to radicalization, simply because humans innately dislike being lied to and manipulated.

Syria Update: May 2018

SYRIA UPDATE: The Assad regime is now in complete control of Damascus and the surrounding region. This means the strategic map of Syria has been greatly simplified.

The rebels are now down to four pockets of territory: Idlib province in the north, the Turkish occupation zone north of Aleppo, rural Daraa province in the south, and the area around the Tanf border crossing. Idlib and north Aleppo are both under the protection of Turkey, Tanf is under the protection of the US, and Daraa is probably under the protection of the US and/or Israel.

The NTEU Strike

On May 9 the NTEU called a short strike as part of renegotiations on an enterprise bargaining agreement with the University of Melbourne. The union wants to ensure that everyone is covered by one agreement, that everyone receives the same rate of superannuation, and that academic freedom is part of the agreement.

Science is real, even when you don't like it

Science is real, even when you don't like it. I appreciate the thought behind this, but it's absolutely the wrong approach to take. Our energy grid is not set up for distributed solar. In order to dramatically increase the amount of distributed solar, you first need to either build up a large amount of grid-scale energy storage infrastructure, or you need to repurpose nuclear plants so you can use them for frequency regulation.

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