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Comment Re:He's certainly *different* in many ways (Score 1) 1289

It depends how you define it. They certainly gave him very large bank loans that we do know of. That isn't a contribution (unless it gets written off some time in the future) but the other banks were very reluctant.
He was funded by a lot of Russian cash but there is nothing illegal about that. So the Russians did help and he does literally owe them a great deal. So long as it is paid back in cash and not some special favors it's not a problem, but people are worried that it's going to be special favors. It's not a good look for a leader of a country.

Comment Re:He's certainly *different* in many ways (Score 1) 1289

Exhibit one of that conflict: In the two weeks after his meeting with Japan's leader while still PEOTUS some legislation was drafted and passed to allow casinos to operate on Japanese soil for the first time. Co-incidence? Are people willing to lay bets that the first casino in Japan will not be sending money in Trump's direction?
I thought it would take him longer but he's already been up to that game.

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 27

Well, I am saying that YOUR [561790's] post "is a complete waste of everyone's time". Not even a nod to substance or relevance. Can't even say there is a discussion to regard as pointless and closed.

If you had nothing to say, why didn't you just say nothing?

Comment Re:He's certainly *different* in many ways (Score 1) 1289

I imagine he fought Meryl Streep because she was given so much prime time

He did it because he's incredibly petty and didn't ignore something so trivial and get on with any of a million other things that should be more important to him. It's this aspect of his personality that means that the Russians, Chinese, Iranians and just about everyone else will be able to play him like a flute. Take a look at how he's reacted to Putin's comments about Trump for an example. Putin's flattery had already got Trump doing some things that a level headed President would avoid doing if only to show that they can not be so easily played.

Comment Re:Let them eat Tweets! (Score 1) 1289

I think I largely agree with you, but I can't tell if HornWumpus is making his point badly or just trolling. I would say that the communists certainly could invade and conquer Taiwan if they wanted to, but there would be a real cost and they would have to evaluate the benefits, including the effects on "domestic politics" in their peculiarly anti-partisan one-party system.

They could even imagine making a profit out of the invasion, but that obviously depends on not destroying too much infrastructure and a belief that the majority of the people on Taiwan would accept the new situation. An expensive insurgency could absorb all of the potential profits for as long as it lasts. On that aspect, they are obviously much more capable than we are of assessing the popular sentiment of their fellow Chinese.

Having said that, they might be able to invade relatively inexpensively by merely filling the next batch of cargo ships with soldiers rather than cargo. If they land and successfully seize the ports in a surprise attack, then they could quickly ferry a few million soldiers over and have quite substantial beachheads. I'm not even sure if the relative air forces would matter if the communists pulled a surprise with clouds of cheap drones...

There is a really important time-related factor, too. There was a known date for Hong Kong and they just had to wait. Taiwan has no schedule and they do NOT want to wait forever. They may well see #PresidentTweety's apprenticeship as the golden opportunity they've been waiting for.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1289

Losing a major war to an invading force is about the only way a country can "end" in that short a time period

You forgot about going from a Republic to a Dictatorship. A lot of countries as people know them have ended that way. Chile was a good example of that. Last year a SF editor would throw out any suggestion of that as being way too unrealistic for the USA in even fiction, but now all bets are off.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1289

You expected a constitutional lawyer to be a radical? He was never going to do anything more than a few minor changes to the system that was already there - hence an extension to a fucked up insurance system instead of an actual health care system.
A lot of people say that having to start by digging America out of a hole in 2008 took the wind out of his sails and he could have done more, but that's irrelevant since it was obvious that there was going to have to be a lot of repair after perpetual vacation boy Bush.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1289

Trying to find VPOTUS IQ scores

Mostly because it's irrelevant.
Actions are what matters.
The results of an IQ test are not going to get you into a University for a good reason - it's a very rough test that doesn't indicate much at all and is probably going to give different results on the same person two days in a row.

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