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  1. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Last I saw early voting in alot of Texas's more liberal parts are up by a lot. Like double from 2012 or something.
  2. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Speaking of downticket: Hilarious.
  3. Maybe they should have not previously established a pattern of anti-semitic tweets instead? There's no getting away from the fact that at the very least the phrasing and complaint dog-whistles for the kind of anti-semitic conspiracy theorising they've already shown a penchant for. Ya keep wanting to view this in isolation for some reason. Assange himself has previously made noise about conspiracy theories and jewish connections. There was the hastily deleted tweet from earlier this year talking about the same kind of thing.
  4. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    No dude, I am not proving your silly point. That he has always done this is exactly the point. He's always been a authoritarian and a petty vindictive person. He's always been interested in using political and economic power to attack those that criticise him. (from his many lawsuits to his central park 5 letter and onward) It is about silencing his critics and if he has political power his critics will be enemies of the state itself. Stop trying to excuse this shit.
  5. Don't be naive dude. This is not the first time they've pulled out the "secret jewish cabal" conspiracy theory shit. At the very best, they are only dogwhistling.
  6. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Yes, it is. This is literally what Trump does all the time. Any history of the man goes over it extensively because it's his MO. When he feels wronged, he sues. Often frivilously in order to use his wealth to bully his opposition into silence. His threats of suing these women are just like his threat to jail Clinton, they are an attempt to attack those that challenge him.
  7. Wikileaks dropping some more of that spicy anti-semitism today: These are good people doing good work though. And totally not bigoted conspiracy theorist nutters acting pushing a political agenda and fuck the consequences: No sir, good people!
  8. This is all irrelevant to the point, which is that why are you bringing up the 1st Amendment to the American Constitution in a situation where the American Constitution does not apply? If there's a violation of rights going on here with Assange and his internet access, it's got nothing to do with the US constitution.
  9. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Trump doing some more waving of his fascist flag: Yup, that's his post-election plans apparently. Jailing his political opponent and anyone who spoke out against him.
  10. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    It's one poll and who knows what the crosstabs are (because I haven't bothered to look). Don't get worked up till you start seeing a larger overall pattern. Patterns will also likely be more accurate this close to the election too as alot of polling firms will be regressing to the mean as they try and look more competent.
  11. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    I said Sanders would be a disaster in the debate. Because nothing from the primary showed me he had the kind of control, the kind of team around him and the kind of organisation to pull off a trap like Alicia Machado. His style doesn't suit it and he doesn't respond that way in the debate format. He'd confront Trump directly and get into a shouting match or cede Trump the ground of being the "Oh you /eyeroll" one on stage. This would be an issue as well because it would play into the exact kind of attack the GOP would use against Sanders. Because as a guy who doesn't mind calling himself a socialist and a guy who frankly looks a bit wild and is very loose and fiery in his rhetorical style, there's no question they wouldn't be trying to paint him as a crazy communist nut. Basically Sanders v Trump looks alot more like the GOP primary debates with arguing and yelling on both sides and that's not a good thing. As for the general election overall? I think the map would look overall, probably vaguely similar. Worse likely because I think Sanders is just not near as competent at running a campaign, as the primary demonstrated. He would also have issues with the above line of attack because he'd be alot less palatable to alot of voters. You'd be a fool to think this wouldn't be very effective on alot of voters. There's no way they'd be able to push the whole strategy of peeling off disgusted-with-Trump Republican voters with a guy like Sanders at the top of the ticket. He'd also run into problems with alot of the more pro-corporate/capitalist/pro-trade elements of the voter base that are around. His fiery populist anti-trade, anti-corporation message don't resonate with everyone. At the same time he'd have less ingrained negatives with a bunch of people but I think that would be offset to some degree or other by the ease of portraying him (by the media and by the GOP) as a leftist radical. That he'd be running against Trump wouldn't matter because we've already seen that Trump being a fucking crazy person has not hurt him near as much as it should have. You'd likely see alot of "Both parties put up crazy candidates!" false equivalencies going around too. He'd still win imo because there's alot going for him, both specific to him and just as a general Democrat, but it would be a different race and I think probably a tougher one. And certainly the debates would not have been as decisive imo.
  12. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Please. When the guy for the Democrats is easily painted as every stereotype of radical old school commie-lefties, it's dead easy to portray him as a nut. That Donald Trump is in the race too would be irrelevant to alot of voters. And especially to the media.
  13. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Sanders would have been a disaster I think. He doesn't have the temperament to hold back and he would have come off as a bit unhinged and given Trump an easier time of portraying him as a left-wing loonie. (which would almost certainly have been the narrative the GOP would be pushing against Sanders) Biden? That would have been interesting yeah. But I can't see his tactics from 2012 working on Trump the way it worked on Ryan. Or, more accurately, on the audience. It would all depend on how good Biden would be at switching to a new tactic and trying the same thing Clinton did, which is poking Trump till he exploded.
  14. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    I don't see it working near as well. Trump dominated the GOP primary debates despite none of those candidates having any restraint. Trump thrives in a macho personality contest. Clinton knifed him repeatedly, especially in the first and third debate, precisely because she didn't try that kind of shit. She held back, she play a part that was acceptable for a women to play by not being too aggressive, she didn't rise to anything Trump did and then she simply poked him over and over again till he exploded. Because that's the easiest way to deal with Trump. He's thin-skinned and narcissistic and she played him like a fiddle. And in a strange way her need to not come off as "bitchy" to conform to stereotypes of how a woman is supposed to act kind of helped her because she was both equipped and experienced in a more passive style where she simply rolled her eyes at him rather then fighting back and because the probably far less successful tactic of direct confrontation with him was not really available to her.
  15. I think it's hilarious you make so many threads about the decline of things not in decline. But anyway, let's talk about the two things mentioned: Firstly, the Philippines. The important thing to understand here is that Duerte is kinda like the Filipino Donald Trump. Donald Trump as presidential candidate anyway. He's an unstable authoritarian loon prone to wild outbursts, violence and taking shit personally, among various other horrible things. He's basically throwing a tantrum here over criticism of his rather horrific actions but where this goes is anyone's guess because, again, unstable authoritarian lunatic. There is really not much one can DO with these kind of people. What this has to do with human rights is anyone's guess. Secondly, on the subject of China and Africa, yes it's alot about the fact that China is alot easier with it's money as they are desperately trying to buy international influence over the past few decades. The idea that this is a big change is, of course, absolutely ludicrous as any even cursory perusal of, say, US dealings with foreign nations, in business and in anything, shows that making deals without concern for human rights is a long held tradition. The idea that this represents some sort of fundamental change beyond a new state trying to get in on the game is nothing but a silly attempt to push a particular narrative, as always.