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Comment Re:More examples (Score 1) 608

Also of note, Scott Adams got shadowbanned [] from twitter, for no apparent reason, and has seen invitations for speaking go from several per month (for decades) to none. He estimates that blogging about the election has cost him $1 million in speaking fees alone.

Sorry, could you just remind me again why the world owes Scott Adams a living giving lucrative speeches? Or are you claiming that there is literally nowhere in the US/world that isn't run by some imaginary liberal mafia? I suppose everyone who's ever worn a Trump badge has been fired from work, banned from their local pub and forced to sell their home and live in a cardboard box?

Comment Re:virtue signaling (Score 1) 608

I don't care of someone votes for Trump, or for Hillary either. However given them $1.25 is a terrible waste of money. The smart investor would say "screw it, I'm spending my money on a ballot initiative instead of either of those bozos".

If I were a Trump supporter I'd be concerned that a donation of $1.25 was considered noteworthy.

Comment Re:virtue signaling (Score 1) 608

All this is is more virtue signaling; heaven forbid the other silicon valley lefties do not publicly show their disapproval. It's this public displays that lefties live for, after all.

Funny enough it's the same people who watch movies like Trumbo and are outraged by the actions of the HUAC and McCarthy. Bunch of hypocrites.

There is a pretty big difference between a group of like-minded individual citizens expressing disapproval, and a government-led witchhunt.

Comment Re:Ellen Pao (Score 4, Insightful) 608

I realize that Trump cannot be pinned on any of the issues and does not really deliver on promises much,

Wait... What? What promises are you talking about? Unlike Clinton, Trump has not ever been a part of politics (directly). There's yet to be any broken promises from him.

That's an interesting way of spinning the fact that Trump has no political experience.

It's like saying that as someone with no medical qualifications whatsoever I'd make a good doctor because I haven't killed any patients yet.

Comment Re:Ellen Pao (Score 4, Insightful) 608

Anybody afraid of Trump is moron. Yes, he's sexist, he's racist, and he's just a complete jerk - but he hasn't "attacked" anyone, or threatened to implement any policies that should make anybody feel "threatened." He's not fueled by hate, he's fueled by greed and a sense of self grandeur, and when has he ever encouraged violence?

What people are afraid of is him becoming President and having his finger on foreign policy (and the nuclear button).

Comment Re:"Gay Culture" is blind devotion then? (Score 1) 608

If I was gay I might be a little scared of Trump, but I'd be fucking terrified of Mike Pence.

What exactly do you think Mike Pence could or would do that would be reasonable grounds to be "terrified"?

Do you think he might do something as outrageous as George W. Bush? You know, the US President that spent billions of dollars fighting AIDs in Africa? (As opposed to Bill Clinton that signed DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.)

Unless you have something quite specific that seems to be at best a highly exaggerated response to any policy he would be likely to support let alone get through Congress. At worst it is a groundless smear.

Comment Re:Fascinating .... (Score 1) 308

I think it goes without saying that Ecuador controls their own embassy. The question is, why such a major change in direction RIGHT NOW, essentially "turning on a dime."

I head speculation that someone was threatening to either call in some big loans to Ecuador, or call their bonds unless they unplugged Assange. That sort of raw political pressure might explain the sudden turn by Ecuador. Hillary has some very rich friends and backers.

Where Has Hillary Clinton Been? Ask the Ultrarich

Comment Re:The Goldman talks... (Score 3, Insightful) 308

So what does defending bragging about sexual assault say about the Trump campaign?

Good question. I've got a better one: What does actually raping women, silencing them through intimidation, plotting with campaign staff to attack them in the media, and coordinating with members of the media to silence, harass, and discredit those rape victims say about the Clintons and their campaign? (And that was going on for decades.) And what about Bill's many trips to pedophile island?

As bad as Trump is, the Clintons are worse. Of course the Clintons are "Progressives" so it's all good, right?

Comment Re:Droning justification [Re:I'm just surprised... (Score 1) 308

That "material support" argument was made at Bradly Manning's trial and was not allowed, so legally that isn't going to cut it. I'm not sure that is or should be the final word, but there it is.

As to that "making videos and speeches" line .... I assume you're referring to Anwar al-Awlaki? If so you considerably understate his role. Were the propagandists of the Soviet Communists, Italian Fascists, and German National Socialists unconnected to their crimes and aggression? al-Awlaki was more than just a propagandist, he was a recruiter, operational planner, and more.

Anwar al-Awlaki: Drone kills US-born preacher who inspired lone wolf terrorists

One official said Awlaki was involved in the printer bomb packages found at East Midlands airport last year.

The Yemeni outfit had developed bombs that contained no metal and were so hard to detect that police missed the material on first inspection.

To distract police, Awlaki put a copy of Great Expectations in the packages. His finger prints were found on the book.

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