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FigTree

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July 2016: "As the odds of another idiot taking over in the USA are non-negligible, I come back to DU at this time."

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Removed AP and Reuters from my personal home-page.

I added the WP.
The NYT is still not even on my list due to the continued lack of apologies about their role in the Iraq war bandwagon. Trust has been seriously broken.
The Guardian and the WP are for now my 2 main sources of information. They both do serious investigative journalism. Which is in very short supply in the US, or the world for that matter, at this time.
Reuters and AP used to be solid news agencies but seem to be slowly veering towards populism and/or information with limited investigation.
I think investigation should be rewarded with interest.

"Lying Hillary Doll"

I keep on seeing a TV commercial about such doll, available online for your typical 19.99 or somehting. This is in WY and on TBS I believe.
The choice of WY is interesting, since presumably, TV space is cheaper there. However, it might be enough to maximize investment through the hope of an internet-powered virality. Which reeks of Breitbart/Bossie tactics.

Walk ten feet in my shoes.

Interesting to compare this with this:

I will float this etymological aspect...

Trump

"fabricate, devise," 1690s, from trump "deceive, cheat" (1510s), from Middle English trumpen (late 14c.), from Old French tromper "to deceive," of uncertain origin. Apparently from se tromper de "to mock," from Old French tromper "to blow a trumpet." Brachet explains this as "to play the horn, alluding to quacks and mountebanks, who attracted the public by blowing a horn, and then cheated them into buying ...." The Hindley Old French dictionary has baillier la trompe "blow the trumpet" as "act the fool," and Donkin connects it rather to trombe "waterspout," on the notion of turning (someone) around. Connection with triumph also has been proposed. Related: Trumped; trumping. Trumped up "false, concocted" first recorded 1728.

Snapping up cheap spy tools, nations 'monitoring everyone'

Source: AP
Link : http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_STATE_SURVEILLANCE_FOR_SALE?SITE=AZTUS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

So for all the subversive or merely clandestine people around the world, it's back to standard practices and Bourne-like methods.
When you think of it, the only boost from IT over all these years is not in anonymity but in potential disinformation.

Buffett challenges Trump to exchange tax returns, answer questions.

Source: Reuters

U.S. investor Warren Buffett, speaking at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, challenged Republican Donald Trump on Monday to release his tax returns.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-buffett-idUSKCN10C3AS?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29
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