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Comment Re:Thank god for Trump! (Score 1) 311

But what happened to all the good Republican candidates? I'm a long way away from the US, but trying to make sense of it.

The short summary: The primaries are extremely dominated by special interest groups (SIGs), because if they can get a sympathetic candidate the actual election will be a coin flip of who people dislike the least. So what happens is that a lot of moderates get caught in no man's land because the SIGs support their hardline candidate and if you can't get any momentum out the gate the chances of recovering 5-10 states down the line as people realize their favorite won't make it is slim and none. It's hard to find a moderate that many people would be happy with, until it's clear they'd lose and would rather compromise.

Comment Re:What a mess (Score 1) 423

Hillary has praised many dictators, including Putin, and supports Iran.

Reagan supported Iran with cold hard cash and he's seen as the equivalent of a Saint.
Going back even more there's "good old Uncle Joe Stalin".
People in politics just keep on saying this stuff. Look at how there is hardly a bad word for China for example.

I suggest you look at what very much appears to be blatant bribes from Pfizer associated with dropping the penalty against them or a pile of other things instead of such distractions which apply almost totally across the board.
Who seriously was proposing getting involved in the Ukraine? Anyone?

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 1) 423

yeah, but these days the plurality of people are independents and not actually democrats or republicans. A fact that both parties like to ignore.

The 2 party system is a joke

So much so that a speech by Obama's wife only needs the word "dignity" to be removed to work perfectly when used by Trump's wife :)

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 423

How the fuck do you mange to keep twisting things like this?

The twist is red tape in the bedrooms from the "freedom" and "small government" party. For added hilarity there's the strange fear of the impossible with worries about Sharia law by the people who are actually trying to enforce something similar with pointless red tape in the bedrooms.
The Republican party was not always like this. People keep on using "1950s values" as an insult but they've actually gone backwards in some ways since then due to a fringe taking things over.

Comment Re:Rethink (Score 1) 182

Of course Putin is doing his best to revive those old days.

You are thinking far too short term. He mostly wants to revive the days of Tsars that dramatically increased the size of the Russian Empire, but he also has Stalin's library in his office.

A Trump v Putin game of chicken does not sound like a wonderful thing, I must admit...

They are both authoritarians but Trump is very much Putin-lite. Trump is like a spoiled trust fund child of Putin that would like to be thought of as being as great as his dad but has nothing to use other than half of his dad's book of speeches. A better analogy would be comparing Henry Ford to Edsel Ford (with apologies to both - similar politics but Putin is a murderous thug). A Trump versus Putin game of chicken would result in a Putin win every time. Trump may talk like a gangster but Putin has dealt with gangsters and had them killed (as well as effectively being a gangster himself at one point).

The change of management at Fox could drastically change the way Trump is seen by the world. Trump is a lame puppy in business compared with Rupert Murdoch and Rupert likes to be a kingmaker just as Hearst was. Rupert's contempt for Trump (as seen on his other outlets) could end up coming through on Fox in a major way if Rupert can get some advantage from Hillary and decides to bring his media empire down on her side.

Comment Re: A brief history of Slashdot tr0lling (Score 1) 302

Oh, thanks, I totally forgot about the Slashdot bitchslap.

And I'm not claiming the tr0lls weren't clever and occasionally hysterical. I'm just saying that the continual repost of "BSD is dying, Netcraft confirms it" on every single story had long degenerated from trolling to nothing more than protoplasmic copypasta spam, right down there in the sewage with the casino links. (And yes, there were many funny on-topic variants of the BSD meme that brightened up lots of different comment threads.)

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