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by Shem
Today, 01:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 117
Views: 1129

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

Eric the .5b wrote:
Yesterday, 22:35
Moore may actually lose or face expulsion from the Senate even if he does win,
Nah. Well, he might well lose, but he won't be expelled if he doesn't. The GOP won't paint that target on their back.
by Shem
Yesterday, 17:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 117
Views: 1129

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

Fun new twist: rumor has it professional decompensating manic-depressive Roger Stone was apparently making comments about how it'd "soon be Franken's turn in the barrel" yesterday. Question: does the fact that Franken issued an expanded apology and requested an investigation, and his accuser accepte...
by Shem
Yesterday, 11:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4200
Views: 66137

Re: Orange is the new President

Rape victim treated unsympathetic, too.
by Shem
Yesterday, 11:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

This sounds like semantics. Have you ever heard of an argument about taxonomy that didn't turn on semantics? I wasn't talking to you. I was talking to the guy who just above said populism isnt a thing. I'm pretty sure calling someone a demagogue presupposes misuse of "oppression narratives." I just...
by Shem
Yesterday, 02:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4200
Views: 66137

Re: Orange is the new President

I think the whole "making puppies into coats" thing would be a pretty hard sell. I mean, they didn't exactly give Nordstrom a ticker tape parade when they got caught turning Gǒu and Wangwang into women's couture.
by Shem
15 Nov 2017, 21:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread
Replies: 117
Views: 1129

Re: No touching! - sexual impropriety thread

the innominate one wrote:
15 Nov 2017, 21:46
Thanks. Brett Ratner has also been accused of harassment and general assholery.
Gal Godot refused to be in Wonder Woman 2 if he was involved.
by Shem
15 Nov 2017, 21:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I bless the rains
Replies: 26
Views: 400

Re: I bless the rains

Can you point me to Africa's five biggest success stories? Botswana. Ghana. Namibia. Gabon. Zambia. And even places like South Africa have massive swaths of land that are essentially global middle class. It's like saying "five neighborhoods in Chicago are hugely unsafe; time to write the whole city...
by Shem
15 Nov 2017, 21:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Counter - is populism a thing? Not really. Mostly it's just a pejorative that means "people attempting to induce others to use the franchisee in a manner, or to ends I find unacceptable." Electioneering is inherently populistic. What makes it problematic is when demagoguery is introduced. Which, by...
by Shem
15 Nov 2017, 20:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Lessee. My selection criteria would be a) there are lots of people; b) those people are primarily motivated to action by the story that they are in some overarching sense oppressed / marginalized by elites and c) they are seeking some large overhaul of the system. Moderates are not populists. Wonks...
by Shem
15 Nov 2017, 16:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: heroes of the day
Replies: 456
Views: 20614

Re: heroes of the day

I would argue that it worked great for Mugabe until Mrs. Mugabe decided to upset the apple cart so she could take over when Bobbert went to the big land grab in the sky.
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 19:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

So, we either have rule by disinterested wonks, or mob rule. Those are the choices. Got it.
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 18:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4200
Views: 66137

Re: Orange is the new President

If he trusted his caucus, he could even give them a vote.
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 16:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

I don't think we have to take Marx as an authority on anything to note that some people want a piece of the pie within a framework that still lets others have plenty of pie and keeps the bakery running, while others are pissed and just want to see the system burn. Some people break windows to make ...
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 16:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

I am familiar with the term as meaning something like “the type of exploited labor which cannot or will not achieve class consciousness and therefore remains part of the problem”. Like a property criminal might be one because they are unconnected through labor to their consumption. My sense is the ...
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 15:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Bill Clinton, #MeToo, Feminism, and 1998
Replies: 94
Views: 928

Re: Bill Clinton, #MeToo, Feminism, and 1998

Lewinsky was not simply a subordinate; she was an intern. A cask of office supplies has more power than an intern in that setting, especially with the most powerful man in the world. It was less potentially criminal than the other accusations, but no less immoral. I agree, but the fact that she was...
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 15:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Er. Hmm. Only if you take Marx as essentially correct in his view, which, I don't see any evidence that would lead me in that direction. I don't think political mobs of what he calls lumpenproles have ideas. I think they are temporarily malleable to sound like leftist (Own Your Labor!) or rightist ...
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 14:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Bill Clinton, #MeToo, Feminism, and 1998
Replies: 94
Views: 928

Re: Bill Clinton, #MeToo, Feminism, and 1998

Lewinsky was not simply a subordinate; she was an intern. A cask of office supplies has more power than an intern in that setting, especially with the most powerful man in the world. It was less potentially criminal than the other accusations, but no less immoral.
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 14:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

I see minimal distinction between lumpenproles and bolsheviks. I think that's even a direct translation from the russian. You're completely wrong. Lumpenproles are people displaced or disconnected from the interactions of labor and capital. It leaves them with no connection to the economic system a...
by Shem
14 Nov 2017, 12:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 308
Views: 5475

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

JasonL wrote:
14 Nov 2017, 11:42
Until you note that these current people are the output of Bolshevik instincts. The bad old people were the aristocracy.
Nah bro, this is all the lumpenproles. It's the 18 Brumaire of Donald Trump up in here.
by Shem
09 Nov 2017, 17:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6154
Views: 164978

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

So Louie ck pulled the best Larry Craig since Larry Craig. Weird how this was discussed years ago, to very little notice. Now that it's A Thing, it gets attention. Apparently justice needs a bandwagon. Kind of like how Sinead O'Connor called out the Pope for knowing that priests were raping kids an...
by Shem
09 Nov 2017, 11:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4200
Views: 66137

Re: Orange is the new President

I can't think of a defensible reason why this deal would require the divestiture of the Turner networks. Right now AT&T doesn't have any TV networks. http://www.businessinsider.com/att-time-warner-deal-cnn-sale-department-of-justice-regulators-2017-11 They own DirecTV. It's pretty much the same rea...
by Shem
05 Nov 2017, 14:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6154
Views: 164978

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Dude, Aydën. Umlats or GTFO.
by Shem
02 Nov 2017, 15:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4200
Views: 66137

Re: Orange is the new President

the innominate one wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 15:22
And reportedly Trump is blaming Jared for his bad advice causing the investigation.
That came straight from Bannon, and we all know how Bannon feels about Jews the cosmopolitan. So, I'm taking it with a grain of salt for now.
by Shem
02 Nov 2017, 13:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4200
Views: 66137

Re: Orange is the new President

The imagery is a terrible mishmash. Why are all these kids having the same dream? Why is it the cinematography this realistic? Why can we see the driver's face so clearly? You could make a commerical that was 20 seconds shorter and genuinely shocking with exactly the same message if you cut the plan...
by Shem
02 Nov 2017, 00:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4200
Views: 66137

Re: Orange is the new President

Well there's your problem; you're supposed to wave your arms around and look big when you encounter a pickup truck. Make lots of noise, and they'll withdraw. If you run away from them, they just wind up chasing you.