Hello my fellow poors, we need to smash capitalism. I only got paid $8 million for the last Avengers movie!
Beep boop, don't think: support brand.First of all I want to preface this by saying I'm very excited by the Democratic brand altogether
Supporting the nuclear annihilation of the United States by Cuba, supporting genocidal Communist regimes, getting kicked out of communes for being too lazy to work, renaming post offices and leeching off the taxpayer?The rest of the United States is just finally caught up to what this cat's been doing already for his entire career.
So is this guy pro-Chicom over plastic crap from Walmart; or anti-Chicom over the fact the country is an oppressive shithole and that "Tariff Man" apparently is such an idiot, his policies are working to reveal what people have warned about for years but ignored over plastic crap?Some real food for thought here. You've seen my various observations about China's problems, and this seems to follow right along.
You see it in the maps. In 2015, 1.4 million Hong Kongers voted in elections in which pro-Beijing candidates swept the city's 18 district councils. Last week, 2.9 million Hong Kongers voted and pro-democracy candidates won every district but one.freebeacon.com
The Broken China Model
Column: A weak and unstable China is also more dangerous
Police arrest anti-government protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University / Getty Images
Matthew Continetti - NOVEMBER 29, 2019 5:00 AM
You see it in the maps. In 2015, 1.4 million Hong Kongers voted in elections in which pro-Beijing candidates swept the city's 18 district councils. Last week, 2.9 million Hong Kongers voted and pro-democracy candidates won every district but one. That is an increase in turnout of more than 100 percent and a stunning rebuke both of Beijing and of chief executive Carrie Lam, who has failed to respond adequately to the demands of the pro-democracy movement that has disrupted Hong Kong for the past six months. Maps of the city once shaded pro-mainland blue are now pro-liberty yellow.
Yes, the vote was symbolic. The councils have little say in the operations of government. But symbols matter. For Hong Kongers to express discontent with their rulers through one of the last vehicles for accountability is no trifle. Beijing was surprised. It had counted on a supposed "silent majority" of voters tired of the upheaval and violence to legitimize the mainland's authority. That was a mistake. The prefabricated copy that Communist propagandists had been ready to spread was abandoned. "The problem is that under the increasingly paranoid regime of Xi Jinping, even these internal reports have become much more geared toward what the leadership wants to hear," writes James Palmer, who a decade ago worked for the pro-China Global Times.
Hong Kong is the most visible reminder of the tenuous nature of Communist rule. The city has become a postmodern battleground where masked protesters wield social media and lasers to avoid armor-clad police and facial recognition technology powered by artificial intelligence. When one looks at Hong Kong one sees a possible future where champions of freedom the world over employ desperate measures against the overwhelming resources of a mechanized Leviathan. One also sees the brittleness, confusion, and embarrassment of despotism when challenged by subjects assumed to be grateful for growth and security and immune to the will to freedom.
What is happening in Hong Kong is not isolated. The China model of authoritarian development is damaged and scarred. What seemed as sturdy and invulnerable as a Borg Cube looks more like a fragile and wobbly mobile by Alexander Calder. The regime of Xi Jinping is under economic and political and diplomatic pressure that it is not handling well. This beleaguered combatant in an era of great power competition is more dangerous to the United States than before.
What legitimacy the Communist Party possessed was based on the decades of economic growth inaugurated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. But growth has slowed to its lowest level in decades as the Chinese workforce ages, low-hanging investment opportunities disappear, and the trade war with the United States reduces manufacturing output and sends supply lines to Vietnam and Mexico. Capital is fleeing China at a record pace as the bourgeoisie hedge against stagnation and turmoil.
For all of the Chinese government's much publicized investments in research and development and defense, and despite the size of its economy, per capita gross domestic product is $10,000, slightly less than that of the Russia Federation ($11,000) and a fraction of that of the United States ($65,000). Recent weeks have brought an uptick in bank runs. The government's response to slowdown has been to tighten state control. "Between 2012 and 2018, assets of state companies grew at more than 15 percent annually, well over twice the pace of expansion of China's GDP and double the pace of growth of gross domestic capital formation," writes Nicholas R. Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. This is not state capitalism. It's statism.
The Chinese authorities use mechanisms of repression to maintain control over what can only be described as an internal empire. The New York Times recently published a horrifying and damning trove of documents relating the extent of Beijing's efforts to detain, imprison, intimidate, and reeducate Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities in western Xinjiang Province. China wants to override the Dalai Lama's choice of successor in its continuing efforts to police Tibetan Buddhism and aspirations to sovereignty. China leads the world in the number of political prisoners, its Great Firewall has become more difficult to penetrate, and its influence operations in Taiwan, Australia, and other democracies more sophisticated. Defector Wang Liqiang has told Australian officials of his personal involvement in the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers who had the temerity to advocate democracy.
These are not the moves of a regime confident in its ability to win the allegiance of a multi-ethnic population of 1.4 billion people. They are the policies of an insular and jittery faction whose uncertainty toward a changing economic and demographic landscape has made it suspicious of and opposed to even the slightest hints of liberal democracy. The ambitions of Chairman Xi for a Eurasia integrated under the Belt and Road Initiative, where the preponderance of the latest equipment in key sectors is manufactured, are both grand and mismatched for a nation whose leaders are concerned most with the operation of the surveillance state that keeps them in power.
The resistance to Beijing is both domestic and foreign. Lost in all the predictions of Chinese dominance were the voices of China's neighbors in the Pacific. Neither Japan, nor Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, nor Australia want to live in a Chinese lake. Most extraordinary has been the response of the United States. Within four years, the American elite has swapped its belief in China's "peaceful rise" for the recognition that it may be in the opening phase of a Second Cold War whose outcome will determine the ideological character of the 21st century. While Tariff Man wages his trade war, opposing Chinese theft of intellectual property and arguing for structural changes to China's state owned enterprises, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speak of the political and security challenges presented by Chinese authoritarians who become more willing to lash out as they lose their grip.
Senator Josh Hawley spoke for the emerging consensus when he wrote in the November 24 Wall Street Journal: "And everywhere, in every region, we must ask whether our actions are contributing to the great task of this era, resisting hegemony in the Asia-Pacific." A few days before Hawley's op-ed, Congress passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Though the president already may possess the authorities to sanction Chinese officials granted him by Congress, the bill remains both a powerful statement of American support for the principles of liberty and democracy and a sign of American resolution before the specter of autocracy.
Good for President Trump to have signed the Democracy Act—and better still if he would link human rights to trade and refrain from speaking of his "friend," the "incredible guy" who seeks nothing less than the defeat and displacement of the United States.
The classical approach to actors, for most of Human History, was that they had to be outside the City Gates by Sunset for fear they would molest the chickens. This was a good well reasoned policy and civilization went to shit when they stopped enforcing it.Rome had the right idea putting them on the same social strata as whores.
No but you see, collectivism will work better on the West because of our commitment to individual liberty and objective science.Fun fact: the worst ecological disasters were commited by communist countries. Chernobyl, Aral Sea, Four Pests, Yellow River, and of course the inumerable famines that seem to follow communism like ducklings.
But never mind that. Capitalism in America is the biggest threat to the planet. Not an unaccountable imperial cult.
This is absolute nonsense. Student loans have been nondischargeable in bankruptcy since as long as I can remember, apparently in 1976, with subsequent laws making them even more nondischargeable up until 2005. This is not anything new at all. And guaranteed student loans have existed since 1965.The real thing that largely robbed the "children of their future" was as his first act as President Obama Nationalized the Student Loan Industry and guaranteed no questions asked Tuition Loans to anyone, regardless of financial means or ability to repay. In order to insure that the money would be collected he made these Federally Backed Loans for Morons Non Dischargable in Bankruptcy, and then started handing them out to the complete financial illiterates being pumped out of the failing liberal controlled public schools.
I'll give you the Bankruptcy element. I never really looked that deep into it back then. But most of the damage came when Obama Nationalized the Loan system. Prior to that defaults were relatively rare as the loans were matched up to both the students ability to pay, the families ability to pay, and the estimated earning potential of the student post graduation. Loans were not a guarantee. And you could not over borrow. The new Obama system bundled in over borrowing as a feature. "We'll approve anything" and the Universities tripped the tuition rates and went on a massive building spree.This is absolute nonsense. Student loans have been nondischargeable in bankruptcy since as long as I can remember, apparently in 1976, with subsequent laws making them even more nondischargeable up until 2005. This is not anything new at all. And guaranteed student loans have existed since 1965.
Sony's PlayStation marks 25th anniversary
Sony's flagship home video game console, the PlayStation, marked its 25th anniversary on Tuesday.
The first PlayStation was released on December 3, 1994. The latest version, PlayStation 4, is sold in more than 120 countries and territories.
At a ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sony officials said more than 450 million consoles of the PlayStation series have been sold so far.
They added that the Guinness World Records recognized the series as the best-selling home video game console of all time.
Former Sony executive Ken Kutaragi, who is called the father of the PlayStation, said he wants to express thanks to users around the world for enjoying games on the consoles for so long. He said he'll be looking forward to further PlayStation achievements.
Sony plans to start selling the PlayStation 5, the first new model to be released in about seven years, during the year-end shopping period next year.
Last month, Google launched a cloud gaming service that does not require consoles.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan referred to Google's move by saying newcomers are welcome, as they liven up the industry. He said the PlayStation is loved by people all over the world, and that there is no doubt about the importance of hardware.
The original, if anyone cares:A fraudster led illegal immigrants through the fake border of Russia and Finland for a large reward
In the Leningrad region [TN: correct], illegal immigrants fell for the trick of a fraudster. According to the FSB border department of Russia, four foreigners hired a man who volunteered to transfer them across the Russian-Finnish border for a fee. The guide gave them a difficult march and led them to the fake border posts, which he himself had installed a little earlier.
The FSB said that four South Asian immigrants found an assistant for the illegal border crossing on the Internet. A CIS citizen [TN: correct] responded to their offer. The guide was promised an advance, after which he was supposed to escort a group of potential migrants to the state border, where the remaining money was supposed to be paid - more than 10 thousand euros.
A man who called himself a guide decided to get the money without actually providing any services. Before setting out with his clients, he installed fake border posts that marked the fake border between Russia and Finland in a forest.
“The very fact that the unlucky migrants were brought to the aforementioned improvised place to which they were so eager to get added drama in this story. The path from the Northern capital [TN: St. Petersburg, not actually the capital] first ran along public roads, then along country roads, then a short forced march around one of the picturesque lakes in the Vyborg region and, at the final stage, a hike to the destination in the forest thicket,” the border department said.
The department added that "the incredible adventures of foreigners in the night silence of Vyborg forests ended with a decision of the Vyborg District Court." Four illegal immigrants were fined and forcibly deported from the Russian Federation.
A criminal case under a fraud article may be instituted against their guide.
The Border Department of the Federal Security Service of Russia for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region reminded that violation of the state border is a criminal offense punishable by a maximum of two years in prison.
New York-based dermatologist Jeremy Fenton isn’t surprised Brolin feels a little burned by the experience.“Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did.
“My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain.
“I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless. Seriously.”