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I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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Russian State TV Brags About Victory In Syria, Strength Over America



It's important not to give Putin too much credit. The New York Times reports that anti-Putin activists and scholars find all the US talk about Russia interfering in the election just makes Putin look competent and strong to the Russian population:

More surprising, some of Mr. Putin’s biggest foes in Russia, notably pro-Western liberals who look to the United States as an exemplar of democratic values and journalistic excellence, are now joining a chorus of protest over America’s fixation with Moscow’s meddling in its political affairs.

“Enough already!” Leonid M. Volkov, chief of staff for the anti-corruption campaigner and opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, wrote in a recent anguished post on Facebook. “What is happening with ‘the investigation into Russian interference,’ is not just a disgrace but a collective eclipse of the mind.”

What most disturbs Mr. Putin’s critics about what they see as America’s Russia fever is that it reinforces a narrative put forth tirelessly by the state-controlled Russian news media. On television, in newspapers and on websites, Mr. Putin is portrayed as an ever-victorious master strategist who has led Russia — an economic, military and demographic weakling compared with the United States — from triumph to triumph on the world stage.

But boy howdy, is Trump giving him plenty to crow about. Not to mention Syria's authoritarian leader Assad:


[link:https://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/russian-state-tv-brags-about-victory-0|

Heh MAGA........

Abortion providers brace for new Trump funding fight



The Trump administration has a new opportunity to target the funding of Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions.

The Department of Health and Human Services Department (HHS) will soon set the terms for obtaining grants under Title X, a federally funded family planning program long reviled by conservatives.

Officials within HHS who have been critical of Title X in the past now have the opportunity to reshape the program to fit the anti-abortion views of the administration.

Teresa Manning, the deputy assistant secretary of the office of population affairs at HHS, which oversees Title X, is a prominent anti-abortion advocate and a former lobbyist for the National Right to Life Committee. That group led the charge for restrictions on the program under President Reagan.

“This is the administration’s first attempt to really kind of redefine what they want the family planning program to look like,” said Audrey Sandusky, communications director for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), which represents Title X grant recipients.


[link:http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/361609-abortion-providers-brace-for-new-trump-funding-fight|

Unsurprising but depressing

The Irish border problem is the ultimate barrier to hard Brexit



Is Northern Ireland the first crack in the dam? There is no solution to hard Brexit along the Irish border. Negotiators have been chasing this will-o-the-wisp for over a year. They have not found it because it does not exist. A border is a border, it is not “not-a-border”. It means barriers, checks, queues, papers, regulations, tariffs. No one wants it in practice. Does anyone want it in theory?

The trouble is politics. If Theresa May agrees special status for Northern Ireland to remain in a trading union with Ireland it will effectively “move the border” to Belfast. Her fragile Unionist coalition collapses. If the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, fails to win such special status and sees a border installed, his confidence and supply government collapses. There is no way round this. It is the Schleswig-Holstein question of the age.

There can be no iron curtain across the Irish countryside. Not 10% of the British public would want that. Even the fiendishly complex use of electronic tags would still leave in place the fact that leaving a customs union would mean monitoring different tariffs and regulations north and south of the border. It would be a licence to smuggling and piracy.


[link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/24/irish-border-hard-brexit-ireland|

Trump: Todays Terror Attack In Egypt Proves We Need A Wall To Keep Mexicans Out Of The United State



Trump logic:

President Trump on Friday revived his calls for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and a travel ban targeting certain countries after an attack on a mosque in Egypt left at least 235 people dead. In a tweet announcing an upcoming phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Trump lamented the terrorist attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula, and said that the U.S. would have to “get TOUGHER and SMARTER” in dealing with terrorism.


Donald J. Trump


[link:http://www.joemygod.com/2017/11/24/trump-todays-terror-attack-egypt-proves-need-wall-keep-mexicans-united-states/|

Heh - the man is a tool

Research finds that your drunken personality is the same as your sober personality




We've all been there. After a few drinks, you're up on the dance floor living like there is no tomorrow.

While in your day-to-day life you wouldn't dream of being so outgoing.

You may think that your drunken and sober personalities are akin to a Jekyll and Hyde situation; where alcohol unleashes a side of you that you didn't believe existed.

Indeed, some research has shown that there are definite characteristics that come dominate when you are drunk, but a separate study argues that these hidden traits are a part of your personality after all.


[link:https://www.indy100.com/article/drunken-personality-sober-might-be-the-same-alcohol-drink-science-research-extrovert-8074131|

oops....hic....

Government shuts down homemade rocket launch by man believes the earth is flat



In an effort to prove the Earth is flat, 61-year-old “Mad” Mike Hughes plans to launch himself thousands of feet in the air in a homemade rocket. But his launch—which was originally set for Saturday—has been postponed, The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon.

Hughes was originally planning to conduct his experiment over Amboy, a ghost town situated along Route 66 in California, that has a population of 4. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reportedly informed him that he cannot launch his scrap metal rocket on public land.

According to Hughes, the federal agency told him his experiment was a no-go, but Samantha Storms, BLM spokeswoman, said she was unaware of any communication between the self-taught rocket scientist and the agency.


[link:https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/government-shuts-down-homemade-rocket-launch-by-man-believes-the-earth-is-flat/|

Indeed

Clinton Accuser Juanita Broaddrick Not Sure She Believes Women About Trump, Though



Juanita Broaddrick, the former Arkansas nursing home operator who accused Bill Clinton of rape, is not so sure she believes the sixteen women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

“I don’t think it’s ever too late to say you believe me,” Broaddrick tells Newsweek. “But the coming days and months will tell us if they’re sincere.”

Broaddrick has “no idea” whether they are lying or not. “I felt sorry for them,” she says. “I felt like they had a right to be heard. But I also felt at the same time that they should bear investigation, scrutiny and vetting. I think it’s only fair for all parties involved.”


[link:https://deepstatenation.com/clinton-accuser-juanita-broaddrick-not-sure-she-believes-women-about-trump-though/|

Cat hair helps to catch would be Barack Obama assassin, authorities say



A tiny cat hair helped to identify the women behind a plot to kill Barack Obama, according to legal documents filed in a Texas court.

Julia Poff stands accused of posting explosives to the then president, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Maryland’s Social Security Administrator Carolyn Colvin last October.

While the packaged intended for Mr Obama was intercepted, Mr Abbott did open the one that was sent to him but it failed to explode.


[link:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cat-hair-barack-obama-explosive-device-post-julia-poff-sealy-texas-court-documents-houston-a8075091.html|

Don Jr.'s friend explains his 'very smart' Russia investigation strategy

Donald Trump Jr. is increasingly at the center of the Trump-Russia investigation, what with the Trump Tower meeting with Russians who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton and the Wikileaks messages. But that’s not stopping him from continuing to run his mouth as if he faces no danger, and one of his friends explains the keen strategic thinking involved:

“He’s very smart to be in the spotlight,” said Charlie Kirk, a friend and the founder of the conservative college and high school group Turning Point USA. “Would they stop the investigation if he stopped tweeting? He’s in a situation where either you defend yourself, reassure the base, reassure the supporters, or stay silent. And if you’re totally silent, it only increases suspicion.”

The Trump base is with him, Kirk added: “Most people can’t even keep up with this stuff, anyway.”
It’s almost like this guy is intent on making Josh Marshall look like a prophet. Back in July, Marshall wrote:

The abiding sense I get is not simply that they don’t know the magnitude of the legal threat but that they don’t understand the nature of the threat either. Again and again they seem to think the legal vulnerability can be trumped by good news cycles or getting the press to focus on some other individual. They don’t seem to get that a big, sprawling federal investigation like this, untethered from the political chain of command and led by one of the top law enforcement professionals of his generation, trundles onward with a perfect indifference to whether you win the morning or kill it in 10 or a 100 different news cycles. Those things just don’t matter.


[link:https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/24/1718304/-Don-Jr-s-friend-explains-his-very-smart-Russia-investigation-strategy|

The stupid - it burns
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