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Comment Re:Answer part 2 (Score 0) 1548

Lameness filter encounter: Oh, I easily found the problem. I had written "House N______" and that word was the problem. I don't see how a word can be a problem. What you express with it maybe.

Here in Sweden and I assume in many others places too the common picture is that national-socialists are the ones who risk destroying democracy through democracy / by being elected and who can cause fascism and dictatorships because that's the message they have been brought up with all along but back in reality it's those same people who are the real fascists, anti-democrats, racists and sexists who want to limit freedom of speech, don't respect democracy and elections, don't want people to have their vote, think that "he's a middle-class white male!" is a reason to ignore someones opinion / not let them speak / ignore whatever interest that person had. There people call immigrants who are pro actual freedom rather than their socialist dreams house n*, traitors of "their people" and like a few days ago our prime-minister commented about how one woman with immigrant background had expressed her opinion in some foreign magazine about Swedish immigration(?) politics and how that was damaging and it also happen that those same people claim that those who are against their political view are "traitors of the nation"... Sure they aren't fascists and anti-democratic and pro freedom .... Such great "liberal"s and "democrat"s.

by demonizing the other side. This dehumanizes them and allows you to make ridiculous statements like the above post

That's the default method to operate of the left.

The people in charge like it when you do this because it divides people and allows the people in charge to pit the people against each other to their own benefit.

The left all the time talk about how the other side turn people and groups against each other but of course they are the most active ones of doing so against anyone who don't share their socialist view of equal outcome.

Ahem, I am going to try to frame this politely, but American politics differ from Swedish politics rather significantly. What you would know as a liberal in Sweden is roughly known as a Libertarian in the USA - Republicans tend to include some elements from them. The "traitor to nation" talk you describe is an example - listen to Obama and Trump talk for a while, watch which one of them starts turning into the "I'll build a nation for you, my loyal supporters". Before you engage on a primarily American forum, about American politics, knowing these distinctions is rather important.

Also, I'd like to enlighten you to a less socialist viewpoint. In my country, as an immigrant, you are not eligible for subsidized healthcare, you are not eligible for retirement income or social security, and you are fully expected to work as many hours as your job demands, sometimes without compensation or any sort of union representation whatsoever. We have no mandatory sick days laws nationally, and in fact any sort of vacation or off-time from work isn't required at all; only 10 days off per year is required for national holidays, and that's all some people get. Some of the states are ranked with Chad and Kyrgyzstan on quality of education due to lack of funding, teachers are required to repeat the exact words off a prewritten script with no deviation in some districts, and we suffer the lowest overall quality of life in the developed world. We have some of the weakest international privacy laws, we have some of the worst environmental standards and policies in the developed world, and we are getting an incompetent buffoon for a president. Officials are routinely and openly bribed by businesses to support a certain viewpoint, and this is 100% legal; Half the country is convinced evolution is a lie, that atheists are sinners sent by Satan to burn humanity, and that global warming is a conspiracy by the Chinese to undermine America's superiority over every country in the world, including Sweden, which is obviously a hellhole that uneducated immigrants flee from for a better life in the USA. If you still want to live in this system, then I suggest you exercise your EU movement and move to a refugee camp in Germany. Between the strongly held religious beliefs, regressive social policies, terrible economies, and widespread corruption, their home countries are a slightly darker shade of an accurate representation of this country's current situation, and if you pretend the accent is different, they will provide you a remarkable insight into what some of the poorer areas of the US are like, and what will await you if you really want to bring American politics to your country.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 2) 1548

Based on his original SAT score of 1206, Bush's IQ was about 123. He also got good grades at Yale, which correlate with that as well. Also, whether or not you are defending Vietnam or Texas, or if your buddy runs the local guard air group, you still have to pass the same tests to go to and graduate from fighter pilot school in the military. Pretty sure that's what the OP was referring to.

Obama refused to release his specific school info, but we know the class average for his acceptance group of 67 was an SAT score of 1100, which would correlate to an IQ of 115, so that's the best info we have available for him.

Just because Bush spoke like a Texan, people make assumptions around intelligence based on his accent and choice of phrases, but don't let your regional prejudice override the actual facts available.

P.S. Trump's estimated IQ based on his Wharton acceptance is 156. Try not to be taken in by his carefully calculated public persona.

Stephen Hawking's IQ is 160. To clarify, you believe Trump's intelligence is comparable to Stephen Hawking's?

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 1) 1548

Here's what I'm mainly worried about -- now that Trump's President, the gloves come off of every single loud-mouthed, opinionated angry citizen who loves to moan and complain.

That's what you're "mainly" worried about? Christ almighty, but that is depressing. That was the second most cringy anti-Trump argument we kept hearing. Judging politicians as role models for the entire nation is getting really, really old. Didn't we, as a culture, mostly outgrow this shit in the late 90s with Monica? Can't we analyze presidential candidates in terms of policy and ability instead of their fucking manners (or their manner of fucking)?

The world's complex enough already and life's short, so why waste processor cycles arguing pointlessly? ... One thing I did like about the Obama years was that he was a very approachable President.

Approachable... and Ineffective. He was an ineffective president. Yes, that is due in no small part to the Republicans' unprecedented scorched earth strategies, but he didn't respond to it appropriately. The two things he could have done were help reform his own party to minimize the influence of self-absorbed nutters and extremist elements, thus (hopefully) cementing the Democrats as The Sane Choice among swing voters... or he could have forcefully and repeatedly confronted the Republicans with the full reality of their rabid and moronic attacks, accomplishing the same thing whilst also possibly demoralizing some of the Republican base. Instead, he stayed classy and low-key, fighting back largely through finesse, including utilizing that horrendous, repeatedly failed strategy of trying to give the Republicans enough rope to hang themselves. I don't want a serene Buddha that children everywhere can look up to and emulate. I want someone who can get things done. The right things done. Trump, obviously, is not that person. But it's not too difficult to see how someone with a radically different values (and a less skeptical attitude) might think that he was.

Ehh, would you really? I mean, remember the situation that Obama came into. We were in the middle of a severe economic crisis, we had millions of people without healthcare, we were dealing with several massively expensive overseas wars that were the equivalent of Syria today. Would you really have wanted him to neglect these to yell things like "I grabbed yo wife's pussy McCain #Obamabinyolo08!"? For whatever you say about him, he hauled some serious ass in the first two years of his presidency, dealing with three major crisis at once, and while I wished later on he'd been a little more outspoken later on, what exactly was he supposed to do? I don't get the impression Ted Cruz would have backed down the whole Kenya thing if Obama had pointed out he'd also be ineligible since he was born in Canada, and it's not like he could close Guantanamo Bay with a congressional budget of exactly $0. He did try to do shit with his Executive Orders, and he made some major progress on environmental matters, but his hands were tied everywhere else, and of course when he does that stuff people complain of an abuse of power (helpful to remember Bush expanded many of these powers for himself...). Trump has the advantage of a supportive Congress at the moment, but once he pisses them off and they dump him for their 2020 candidate, you can watch as Trump struggles to do anything too. Congress always was, and always will be, far more significant than the president; Had they not blocked every idea stupidly just because it had Obama's signature, we probably wouldn't even be looking at some of the issues we are today.

Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 2) 1548

Oh, it works, if my discussions with friends who voted for Hillary are any measure. Every last one of them conceded Hillary's weaknesses, but insisted she was a better pick than misogynistic, homophobic, racist Trump. And I can't really blame them for that opinion based on how much the media drilled that impression in. But while I agree that there are people who voted for the Great Pumpkin specifically because of the exaggerated and hysterical rhetoric used by the media, I think Hillary's defeat primarily came from her campaign's smugness about victory. The final weeks before the election, the message was consistently "Hillary's got this one, and Trump doesn't stand a chance." What hubris! What stupidity! That basically told all her supporters that it wasn't critical they get out and vote, while telling Trump's just how desperate the situation was. But then, Hillary's campaign was a series of mismanaged debacles.

Errrrr, Trump was spouting the "I'm going to win, just wait and see!" line much more than she was. I mean, you don't remember his constant Twitter posts raving about how wrong the polls are and how he was destined for victory? I don't mean to come off as aggressive, but I have to say I strongly disagree, that was... trumpeted... out by both parties. And if I may, many of those articles about her were written by newspapers with the evidence we had, whereas he personally engaged on his tirade with no evidence. I mean, I'm just saying...

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 1) 1548

It is because Left Wingers keep parroting "Clinton won the Popular Vote" as if that mattered. When liberals offer that up, it opens up every other comparison out there. Hillary lost the election, popular vote doesn't count. If you wanted it to count, the vote totals would change, substantially. A lot of Republicans in California don't vote because what is the point?

The point is what it represents, a minority making a decision for the majority. Imagine if Texas' system was Austin on one district, Houston on another, and all of Texas' suburbs in the third. New social programs? Austin says yes, Houston says yes, so fuck the rest of Texas. You'd be pretty angry - so now, let's get a situation where someone in Wyoming has a vote four times as powerful as someone in California. It's pretty hypocritical to say that every vote is equal, and yet some votes get to be more equal than others. As much as I respect the idea of voting along cultural guidelines, the current system needs to change, because the balance of power is absolutely idiotic - It's bad enough when a city tramples the rest of the county's rights, but when small suburbs are now dictating their ideas over actual population centers? It's exactly what the system was created to guard against, and fails miserably at.

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 1) 1548


A riot is a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people. Riots typically involve vandalism and the destruction of property, public or private. The property targeted varies depending on the riot and the inclinations of those involved. Targets can include shops, cars, restaurants, state-owned institutions, and religious buildings.

To answer your question: no, tweeting and speaking are not riots.

So... if Trump's comments, which lead to death threats, don't classify as race rioting... How exactly do Obama's count?

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 2) 1548

California hasn't had a Republican senator in so long that I can't actually remember who it was.

Arnold was Governor, because well ... he's Arnold. Nothing happened on his watch because both houses of the Legislature were D controlled. Now we have "Moonbeam" a complete and utter nutjob.

I've lived in California my whole life. I've lived in both Southern California, and Northern California, and have a pretty good idea how things are going here. Taxes are pushing just about everyone to the breaking point, and even left wing supporting industrialists are moving their plants to other parts of the country because of all the taxes and regulations.

It is so bad, that almost a 1/3 of California (land) wants to form a new state.

But if all you hear is the echo chamber, your views will be skewed.

Nothing happened? Seriously? You don't remember him passing budgets that scrapped hundreds of millions of dollars towards welfare and childcare, while raising taxes to soaring heights at the same time? I'm not going to lie, the 2/3 rule was awful, and the two chambers dragged their feet plenty, but ultimately Mr. Schwarzenegger's budgets were awful, and even after they were put into place they flopped. Mr. Brown, while undoubtedly boueyed a little bit by the recovery from the recession, as been pretty smart with the money so far, and while I have my complaints to, I would like to hear the case for him being worse than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Also, to counter, there is a movement for the entire state of Texas to succeed the country, and Austin wants to succeed from Texas. Alaska wants to become its own country. Washington and Oregon want to become their own country. I'm not sure what California's has that's unique in that regard, especially when "Republican" doesn't correlate to "succeed" at all.

Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 2) 1548

The United States is three times the size of India.

If you're talking about population. India is by far the world's largest democracy. If you're talking about land size. Canada is the world's largest democracy. (unless you consider Russia democratic- then it is). If you're talking about weight of the average person then... yes... in that scenario, the US is the largest democracy.

Actually, your last point is technically wrong. Mexico is. So now we don't even have that one :/

Make America Great(er in mass) again!

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 4, Insightful) 1548

Here's what I'm mainly worried about -- now that Trump's President, the gloves come off of every single loud-mouthed, opinionated angry citizen who loves to moan and complain. By providing an example of "acceptable" behavior via his constant personal attacks on people

As opposed to all the race rioting spurred on by Obama's stupid comments about Trevon, Harvard Professors, Hands Up Don't Shoot, inviting BLM to the White House?

Or do those don't count because you agree with the cause?

Obama saying that blacks have a disadvantage after a shooting is race rioting, but retweeting an open neo-nazi and calling Mexicans rapists isn't???

Comment Re:Perhaps globalism might be in fear for once. (Score 1) 1548

Yes, just think about what terrible things the Clinton Foundation did, like: Raised $313 million for R&D into new vaccines and medicines; Helped provide better maternal and child survival care to more than 110 million people, and; Provided treatment for more than 36 million people with tropical diseases. Even worse, it spent 88% of its 2014 outlays directly on programs (rather than overhead) and that it only has to spend $2 to raise $100. A performance that poor gives it a solid "A" rating from charity watchdogs. We're all clearly better off without groups like this funneling money from rich donors to help poor people in underdeveloped countries around the world. Source:

Exactly, that's why you support the Trump foundation, obviously. I mean, alright, so the foundation itself admits it's basically a scam to be a slush fund for its owners, and yes, it did buy that one painting for what was pretty obviously a transfer of cash, and alright, the owner refuses to release his tax return so we could check, but hey! At least it's not named Clinton, and that's what matters.
Even if that one actually does do verifiable charitable work.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 5, Insightful) 1548

More people in 49 states. If you take California out of the Popular Vote tally, Trump wins handily in 49 states. So much so, that the ONLY reason she won popular vote was because of the landslide that was California. And given that California Democrats just put Bernie supporters in power, we'll see how that plays out on the national level.

I am pretty sure that most Americans, including national Democrats don't want California Commies running things.

We can also take out Texas and she'd have won the electoral vote. What exactly is your point??? California's the most populous state in the country, they should get a correspondingly larger amount of say in what people are doing. I mean, should we exclude Montana because there are more moose than people?

Also, I think you should take a look at California's politics. There was a Republican senator in power until 2011, a Mr. Schwarzenegger, and California had a weak economy with a broke government that mostly floated on large companies, and he made it like that. Democrats won, now the state has a powerful and emerging economy, is restoring and modernizing its infrastructure, and is at the for front of civil rights. If you compare the record of Indiana and Louisiana vs California or Oregon Ohio and Oklahoma vs Massachusetts or Washington, I think I'm ready to cave in to the "commies". Education, public resources, things to actually spend your money on, and a much higher standard of living... Those are all pretty attractive I think, even though Nigeria's low cost of living and taxes are nice in the short term, I'm pretty sure you'll want Norway's standard of living after the romance.

Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 4, Interesting) 1548

When I take an objective look at the policies of President Trump, they differ significantly from those of Nazi Germany.

Trump doesn't bring in Nazi Germany's policies, definitely, but let's not kid ourselves here when he retweets people who are very open Nazi supporters. He may not be directly peddling their beliefs, but he sure as hell doesn't shy away from them either, and I'd have thought people who be a little more opposed to that. I'm German as well as American, and I still have a little chest in my attic that contains the Nazi papers for my grandmother, proving her "racial purity" and "ability to support the fatherland through childbirth". Next to that are the papers that notify her her husband was executed for "violations of peace and order", with his protesting. It serves as a nice reminder sometimes, what we were all collectively lucky enough to avoid. It's really not a sexy time period to have lived in, and I really would have thought that'd be more of a detriment to people who champion being against the Soviet Union and Russia, places with an absolutely awful record on human rights and standards of living. Ahhhh, but that's not a problem for people today either, eh?

isolationism and self-sufficiency

For the US, these don't really work. Think about it; what are our greatest industries? If you said agriculture, entertainment, and the dominance of the tech industry, you'd be correct. What use is a ridiculous surplus, movies, and a strong control of the industry if there's no use to sell them too? What exactly are we going to do with the ridiculous excess of corn we make every year if nobody wants to buy it?

The emphasis on greater border security, including the building of physical barriers, also backs up the idea that America won't be trying to expand its borders beyond where they are today. These are well-established borders, and have been for a very long time.

Fully agree. Once we collectively realized what asses we were to the Native Americans, thankfully, we (mostly) left behind our expansionist bullshit. I both think and hope we keep it that way. Fortunately, Obama was pretty in favor of border enforcement, as was Hillary Clinton, and virtually every other Democrat. The debate is about what we do with people who've lived in our own country for years but don't have our citizenship; it's probably worth noting that many people born, raised, and died in America also lack these papers or documents proving their citizenship except for maybe a birth certificate.

Actually enforcing long-standing immigration and border regulations is not "racism", as some people appear to incorrectly believe. These regulations apply to all people, regardless of race or other such attributes.

Not sure who this was aimed at, but Obama most definitely enforced immigration rules, and he even gets shit for that from some Democrats. If he let too many people stay, better ring up Bush, Bush Sr, or Reagan, because they all enforced their rules less than he did. (Regan even gave those criminal immigrants a permanent stay, clearly he must've been from Lithuania and only pretended to be an American and isn't really one)

Based on everything we've seen so far, President Trump's administration is actually putting the interests of all Americans first and foremost. This is the first time we've seen this in many decades.

The first comment I think you're flat out wrong. When you get past the Goldman-Sachs guy who wants to lower regulations on his industry, the EPA guy who wants to sue himself and then set precedent for stupid standards for his industry, and the president who wants to get insider deals for hiiiiiis industry, we can maybe start with Republicans & Trump repealing an act that will kill tens of thousands of people, or a guy who wants to concentrate on publicity stunts and shows focusing on his own glory instead of the people in Louisiana who need the Red Cross to bring in drinkable water. And that's the start, I want to see how Trump even remotely reflects supporting the Republican half of the country, let alone people like myself who lack representation in any branch of federal government. Donald most definitely supports Americans; those whose last name have Trump, and their associates. You and I are not among the Americans he likes, wants, or is willing to work for.

All of the evidence available so far suggests that Americans will be much better off in four years, at the end of President Trump's first term. They'll be better off economically and socially, thanks to sound policies, which history has shown directly translates into an improved standard of living.

What economic policies? The ones Trump deflected from and still hasn't made up his mind on? Seriously, if you can show me what he intends to do to improve the job market, I'm all ears. I've yet to hear of any concrete ideas though, let alone plans, and I bet you'd be hard pressed to find any even from the likes of Breitbart or Fox news or such. What about social policies? Are you planning to ensure every American gets their basic rights respected? On privacy from the government, on ensuring the law is actually enforced? Because a guy who's openly violating the Constitution right as of this minute ("no president may have outstanding ties to a foreign government") and has absolutely no respect for it ("why can't we shut the press the hell up, why can't we deport American citizens") is hardly the guy I'd nominate to back it at all. Or maybe are we gonna ask that Texan senator, Mr. Cruz, about how exactly supposedly being Kenyan born is illegal for presidency, yet actually being Canadian isn't, and the president who backed that whole spiel? Constitutionalists my ass, I think we're about to witness the gravest mauling of it in 4 years that we've had for the last few decades, and a party that has as much respect for it as he does.

I suspect that as time goes on, and as life improves for many Americans, we'll see a rapid shift away from the leftism that has defined American politics for some time now. I don't doubt at all that this is a very scary thought for many leftists. Their failures over the past number of years will only serve to amplify the success that President Trump's policies will bring to America and all Americans.

Leftism for some time? Dude, we had one democrat president for 8 years. This has happened while states are dominated by rightwing nuts, Congress and the Supreme Court have become increasingly conservative, and the Republican party went batshit insane after the tea party. Outside of the presidency and people's attitudes on social issues, what you have been seeing is a gradual right wing shift. Seriously, the Iraq war, Congress refusing to pass any legislation whatsoever after 2012, the standouts, a 10 hour inquiry over nothing, the idiocy that is the Patriot Act? You haven't connected these to a surging debt, massive debate over an all-seeing collection of intelligence agencies, and a law making body that doesn't do anything at all? I'm not sure what bubble you live in, but it's pretty clearly not the one of 08'-17'. Scary thoughts for me are thousands of people dying, a guy with the self control of a toddler, a congress that thinks it's more important to legislate against gay people than for the people starving everyday in a supposedly first world country, and the potential destruction of our land, rights, and middle class. If hunting trans people and market monopolies are your thing, I guess, but I'd count it much more of a win in a country with clean air, healthy and happy people, and a solid economy. Trump is adamantly opposed to all three of these, so by my metric, I have trouble seeing how we're going to be doing well these next 4 years.

Comment Damn... (Score 3, Insightful) 181

Surely a stern talk and a 100 hours of community service would be a saner approach? He didn't do anything other than sell a tool, and while it's dubious where and who he sold it, he hasn't actually committed a crime yet, and it's not like a keylogger doesn't have legitimate purposes, nor is it illegal to possess one. Fucking over some kid for the rest of his life, in an environment where he's almost certain to repeat an offence, and turning him into a perpetual lifelong drain on the public, is not the answer - for either us or him. Yet another demonstration of my country's collective idocacy...

Comment Uh-huh... (Score 1) 133

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On a more serious note, NPM's claim is dubious at best because they split programs up into so many packages, some only providing a single function. A WHOLE PACKAGE FOR A FUNCTION. That view is largely dependant on what exactly you consider a package, and me personally, I need something more substantial than a literal copy and paste.

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