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Old 02-18-2019, 04:11 AM
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Reminds me on some levels about the rise and rule of Chavez.

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All of it but the harem part. Most striking is the fiddling with democratic institutions common to autocratic regimes.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:36 AM
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OK. Let's start at the top.

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Chavez banned all private enterprise and unsound books were burned. He also had dissidents based abroad murdered. Freedom of speech and association were absolutely squashed and acts of violent repression were numerous.
Something like that?
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:57 PM
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You can skip ahead to the punchline. Use a sock if you need to.
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:47 AM
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You can skip ahead to the punchline. Use a sock if you need to.
It's very simple. I think your comparison of Chavez to Gaddafi is bullshit.

Let's strike book burning and murdering dissidents abroad off the list.

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Freedom of speech and association were absolutely squashed and acts of violent repression were numerous.
Not sure about that, but I doubt it.

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With a population of only six million and annual oil revenues of US $32bn in 2010, Libya's potential is huge. Most Libyans do not feel this wealth and living conditions can be reminiscent of far poorer countries.
Translation, they have a shitload of oil that the US want to get their grubby hands on. There's a slight similarity.

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Old 03-07-2019, 12:09 AM
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Alex Trebek has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but a remarkably positive attitude.
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So, I was reading an article on the [latest] college admissions scandal when my newsfeed put up a story claiming that Roseanne Barr is planning to leave the U.S. and move to Israel.

Okay. A related story popped up in the feed, noting that she gave a speech in Tel Aviv claiming that her show was canceled because of her support for Israel. Apparently, her long and well-documented history of making racist comments had nothing to do with it.


Golly. All I can say is: "Don't let the door hit you on the way out."
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:31 PM
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And speaking of college admission scandals, speaking as someone who has spent pretty-much his entire adult life working in academia, I'm shocked -- shocked I tell you -- to learn that rich people have come up with yet another way to game the system in order to get their undeserving kids into college.



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Old 03-13-2019, 08:27 PM
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One soldier to face charges over Bloody Sunday killings | UK news | The Guardian

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“In respect of the other 18 suspects, including 16 former soldiers and two alleged Official IRA members, it has been concluded that the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction.”
This can only be good news for peace in Northern Ireland, coming while there is an increasing possibility of a tougher border threatening the Good Friday Agreement. The Northern Ireland Assembly (Stormont) hasn't even been functioning for a couple of years.
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An MP (member of parliament) in the UK has shown just how intelligent some MPs are, by suggesting that all knives should be fitted with GPS trackers.

Cornwall MP ridiculed over knife GPS tweet - BBC News

Presumably it would be a crime if you failed to keep all your knives charged up so as to power the trackers.
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Dead whale washed up in Philippines had 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach | Environment | The Guardian

Two minutes grr.
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This is pretty bad.

Cyclone Idai 'might be southern hemisphere's worst such disaster' | World news | The Guardian

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Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe over the past few days, destroying almost everything in its path, causing devastating floods, killing and injuring thousands of people and ruining crops. More than 2.6 million people could be affected across the three countries, and the port city of Beira, which was hit on Friday and is home to 500,000 people, is now an “island in the ocean”, almost completely cut off.
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