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Trump's plan to give Putin YOUR voter data!

Here's my theory of the REAL reason Trump wants the voter data:

It's becoming increasingly clear that #PresidentTweety owes "HIS" new house to (1) Fake News attacks on Hillary Clinton and (2) Putin's hackers who propagated the FAKE news.

A lot of this was micro-targeting, which will be GREATLY improved in 2018 after Trump gives Putin all of the voter data. The Donald is such a nasty child that he was probably planning to pay Putin back personally by handing him the data at their coming meeting.

Or maybe it isn't the nastiness. Maybe it's the fear because Putin has already started leaning on him? Should we hope Putin busts a kneecap for being late with the payment?

Trump is now CLEARLY impeachable for attacking the First Amendment of the Constitution. It's right there in the presidential oath. I'm certain that blackmail against the First is clearly a "high crime".

In theory, the so-called Republican Party could help save the country, but they lost their souls long ago. They sold them for cheap political victories, and along the way they destroyed America and made it possible for such TERRIBLE and incompetent leaders as Dubya and Trump to occupy the White House.

How? They had to destroy a lot of critical thinking to do it, but that's exactly what they did to America's public schools, beginning back in the Reagan years. Divide and conquer is great, like Julius Caesar said. Split the public schools into a FEW good ones and a LOT of terrible obedience schools you wouldn't send your dog to.

We wound up with a country where NASA has to deny building a secret Martian space colony of enslaved children, because there are now some voters who are ready to believe that FAKE news. We are so phucked.

Trump stinks to the level of bags of cash on Agnew's desk

Didn't think #PresidentTweety could get there, but blackmailing journalists HAS to be against the First Amendment. Anyone remember Spiro T Agnew? Just barely, right? He went quietly when he phucked up big enough, and I think Trump has finally passed Agnew on the way down.

I'd include the original link to the Washington Post article, but it's paywalled, so that's just a video version. It's not so strong, and after I saw it I didn't realize the full implications, but think about it for a few minutes. There are MULTIPLE witnesses. Joe is able to name names, but I hope he doesn't name them in public. Leave them wondering who is going to sing first.

Trump is impeachable. NOW. As in RIGHT NOW.

What does the GOP have on me?

An open letter about my personal data. To WHO?

Recently it was revealed that the so-called Republican Party has a comprehensive dossier on hundreds of millions of American voters. It was only revealed because a subcontractor left the database exposed on the Internet. Apparently this was an accident?

I want to know exactly WHAT data the GOP has collected about me. I want to know exactly HOW that data has been used to manipulate me and control me. That's because I want to be free.

I also want to know if my personal data collected by the GOP has been shared with other organizations, including corporations and especially if it's been shared with anyone associated with Vladimir Putin. Even worse, I think ALL of my personal data should belong to me and I have a right to know EVERYONE who has ANY of it.

I would like to compare that data with any of my personal data that is held by the Democratic Party, though that's just for reference. The Democrats have abundantly proven that they are completely harmless, regardless of whatever personal data they have collected.

Who should I ask? Obviously the so-called Republicans would never tell me the truth. Today's GOP is just a gang of pathological liars led by the greatest liar and biggest hypocrite of them all, #PresidentTweety. They mumble a lot about respecting the Constitution and loving the country, but the GOP politicians have proven that they only love three things: Party politics, private profits, and personal power.

Now for the punchline. It doesn't matter. Too many voters could not care less. Being free is rather hard work. Much easier to do what they are told, and if the GOP abuses their personal information to manipulate them, those voters could not care less. Following orders is much easier than freedom.

Why does the GOP love childhood poverty?

Trying to open up a research topic here, but I think I need to start with a couple of premises and questions.

(1) Childhood poverty is bad, even a form of child abuse.
(2) The GOP supports a lot of policies that increase childhood poverty.
(3) The children who grow up relatively well off have better lives as adults.

Research questions:
(1) Do adults who grew up poor tend to vote for the so-called Republicans?
(2) How many of Trump's voters grew up in poverty?
(3) What are the relationships between abortion and childhood poverty?

My thinking on this topic may have started from the wrong basis. I was initially thinking that the children of wealthy women obviously do not grow up in poverty, but those are the same women who can get an abortion if they want one. They have that choice simply because they have enough money. How much of childhood poverty is caused simply by making it hard for poor women to get abortions?

At first it might seem odd to increase the number of children who are suffering. However, if those children grow up to vote for your party, it starts to look reasonable (for rather twisted and politicized values of "reasonable". Is that why the particular issue of abortion rights is so central to today's GOP? (I thought it was just confusion about the nature of genetics.)

Then again, my personal evidence seems to point the other way... I'd say that I grew up on the poor side, but it's clearly made me want to do what I can to prevent other kids from growing up that way and led me to oppose today's GOP.

Looking over these questions, I see they are typically dense, but I'm unsure what might need to be explained further... Of course I'm willing to answer your questions about clarification (or I wouldn't have published this comment), but mostly I'm hoping for links to some answers. Also recommended books.

Is Putin playing Trump like a cheap fiddle?

Let me start with a few questions:

(1) If Assad was winning, why would he resort to sarin?
(2) Is Assad still making his own bombs, or getting all of them from Russia?
(3) Has the sarin been analyzed to find out where and when it was made?
(4) After Trump called Putin, did Putin call his stockbrokers or his generals first?
(5) How accurately can Putin predict Trump's half-cocked reactions?

Mostly I think no one on America's side has answers to these questions, so now I'm speculating. In short, I'm certain Assad had opportunity, he probably had means, but I'm not seeing his motive. In contrast, I think Putin had much better means and many motives, but it's unclear how well he could control the opportunity for the war crime. Also important to consider how well Putin could predict #PresidentTweety's half-cocked knee-jerk response.

If you have solid evidence of some urgent military reason why Assad needed to use sarin, then I'd be quite interested in examining your evidence. The only thing I can imagine is that Assad's reign of terror was getting weak, so he decided he needed to ramp up the terror, but all of the evidence I've read about says Assad was winning, not losing, so no reason for him to rock the boat so hard.

In terms of Putin controlling the opportunity, I think the most important data involves his logistics network. How well can the Russians track the flow of their weapons? If he slipped a few sarin bombs into a shipment, could he predict where they would be used?

In terms of motives, I doubt that helping Trump is important to Putin, even though that will probably be one of the results. Much more important is how much money Putin and his friends could make on the fluctuations in oil prices. In particular, Question (4) could involve a LOT of money--but some of the profits might be on the American side if the Donald tipped off any of his cronies. In between is the motive of increasing Assad's dependence on Putin (but which would also explain why Russia is trying to muddy the waters with claims of sarin already being on the ground).

Gee, that reminds me. Do you suppose the Secretary of State still knows anyone in the oil business?

When Kellyanne Conway punched someone in the face, what had he said?

While "celebrating" the "winning" of #PresidentTweety, Kellyanne Conway went even more nuts than usual, and wound up punching someone in the face. Repeatedly.

What had he said that pushed her over the edge? Well, I guess I mean farther over the edge, because I knew she was nuts after the first time I heard her speak for about 30 seconds, but over the edge into violence?

Considering the VILE things that #PresidentTweety has said, I can't imagine what could be so vile as to make her come out swinging. Or was she just trying to restore proper party discipline, comrade?

Not so concerned if she was drunk, though the details could be titilating.

P.S. Already at a loss for picking the worst part of #PresidentTweety's first 10 days. My Trumpitis is getting worse and worse. So far it was probably the liar-in-chief's press secretary's defense of his first lies about the size of the crowd. There are NOT different facts. For any specific thing, there is ONLY ONE fact and anything else is a flaming LIE.

Remember when corporations "loved" a certain German leader? (Mussolini, too)

Trump is now trumpeting how he saved American jobs at Carrier. All it took was promising (via his VP) a few million bucks in tax savings. Increase the deficit? Who cares? Have to do it again next year? Maybe, but by then Trump will be telling us to look somewhere else.

Maybe that tax money could have been used for better education to make American workers more productive and more competitive? Or do you think American companies better start doing whatever the Donald says? When Trump says "Jump", the only acceptable answer is "How high?"

Another example involves IBM's recent overture to Trump. That one already cost one employee her job when she objected to the CEO's overture (or kowtowing?) to Trump. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2016/11/29/this-ibm-employee-quit-over-her-ceos-letter-to-donald-trump-2/?utm_term=.9a420f8c2de7)

Has your employer or boss told you to get in line behind the Donald? Or maybe they also said not to tell anyone about the corporate cheerleading?

To sue or not to sue? Whether tis nobler to perjure or be Bill Cosby-ed?

About those Gettysburg promises to sue ALL of the women who have accused him of sexual assault... My analysis:

If Trump sues them, then he has to testify under oath. Then he has to confess or perjure himself. Therefore Trump won't sue.

If Trump doesn't sue them, then all of the other women he's sexually assaulted will start coming out. Therefore Trump MUST sue.

Damned if he sues, and double-damned if he doesn't. How many women are just waiting for the monetary value of their Donald stories to skyrocket after he's in the White House? How much silence can he buy before he's Bill Cosby-ed out of office?

I think the funniest part is that the Donald must have some idea how many women are out there. Has he really deluded himself that thoroughly that he can't remember all his affairs and one-night stands?

One word of warning to the journalists who are likely to get dragged into the mess: Don't forget Dan Rather. Trump's minions are quite likely to set up some fakers to play against the media. They better be quite careful of the fakers. The way they burned Dan Rather was by taking the real story and getting him to overplay it. I'm still convinced that there was real evidence that was used to create the fake evidence there...

Defensive humor? How to laugh at the Donald?

Stock picks for the reign of the Donald

Makers of anti-anxiety medications, makers of wife-beater T-shirts, and for-profit prisons.

Plastics? What a silly idea! Get in on BIG poverty now! It's gonna be YUGE!

Don't know if I can retitle this thread more broadly. Jokes are not really an adequate response, but I do think that Trump hates to be laughed at. Meanwhile I think he is laughing at the tears of the people who are weeping for the death of democracy.

P.S. Not a joke: Hillary got the most votes, and yet the so-called Republicans, the personal and rebranded party of the Donald, now has absolute control of all three branches of government. The nominee he isn't yet talking about in public is that stolen Supreme Court justice, but you can bet that he's picking the most supremely loyal candidate. The Donald needs personal loyalty uber alles. I wish I could figure out a joke about that bit...

Corporate responses to the election of the Donald?

The CEO of IBM wrote an open letter to Trump soon after the election. IBM had a long tradition of staying out of politics, but I don't see any way to interpret this letter that isn't some sort of endorsement of Trump's administration. At the optimistic end, maybe it's just saying IBM doesn't care as long as Trump lets them make bigger profits, but at the pessimistic end it could be taken as a warning to IBM's employees and business partners to keep their mouths shut.

Has your employer done anything along these lines? I'm guessing that Ginny Rometty's letter was emailed to all hands and posted on the intranet, as well as the public posting at https://www.ibm.com/blogs/policy/ibm-ceo-ginni-romettys-letter-u-s-president-elect/ for everyone. If you've gotten something along these lines from your employer, do you care to speculate about why?

Are you worried yet? Nobody expects the Email Inquisition.

(I'd add a poll if I could, but I'm afraid I don't like the financial model here. Am I confessing too much to say my last media donation was probably to Mother Jones, and my main campaign donation this year was to Bernie.)
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