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Aside from being just as insufferable as Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo is a gigantic rétard. He's a 9/11 truther, seeks to stop MSNBC from hiring white male conservatives, and has no understanding of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Anything he says should be treated as shit coming from a man with an ass for a head. I'll take him seriously if he would donate more of his money to where he isn't a fucking millionaire.
 

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First of all I want to preface this by saying I'm very excited by the Democratic brand altogether
Beep boop, don't think: support brand.
The rest of the United States is just finally caught up to what this cat's been doing already for his entire career.
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?
 

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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.
 
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Some real food for thought here. You've seen my various observations about China's problems, and this seems to follow right along.


The Broken China Model
Column: A weak and unstable China is also more dangerous
Police arrest anti-government protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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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.
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?
 
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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. This was a purely Socialist Policy. The prior free market College Lending System had some points of evaluation that largely prevented the Morons from borrowing more money than they could ever hope to pay back. Instead we got a parade of Masters Degree Candidates in Feminist Ethno Basketweaving, who can't understand that they would never ever be able to pay back $400k in debt working at the Lesbian Bookstore part time.

Rome had the right idea putting them on the same social strata as whores.
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.
 

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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.
No but you see, collectivism will work better on the West because of our commitment to individual liberty and objective science.

Despite the fact that the most vocal proponents of western socialism are trying to abolish both of those things as fast as possible.

But for real, Socialists in America are unironically racist. They see white supremacy under every rock then turn around and have the hubris to assume that they can pull off communism better than the Asians.
 

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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.
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.
 

RodgerDodger

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 
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Google-translated with light editing:
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.​
The original, if anyone cares:
 

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A father has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving after killing a man who was being abusive to children. Scott Hamshire, 39, got a call from his son to say that there was a man running around their estate in Rainham, Essex, who was also being threatening. The man, later identified as Andrew Huston, 54, smelled of alcohol, was staggering and had slurred speech. One witness told him to ‘go home and put the kettle on’. But when Mr Hamshire arrived and tried to speak to him, Mr Huston punched him in the face through the open window of his Vauxhall Astra. He then jumped on the bonnet and started punching the windscreen before climbing onto the roof.

Mr Hamshire started driving with Mr Huston still on the roof before hittingthe brakes. Prosecutor Max Hardy: ‘(Witness) Keith Hinton saw the car come to an abrupt stop and the man on the roof was catapulted off the roof, slammed the bonnet, landed on the road and slid along the road before coming to a stop against the reversing car with some force.’ Mr Huston died as a result of a head injury but Mr Hamshire drove off in a panic. He was cleared at the Old Bailey yesterday after the jury heard that he did not intend to kill Mr Huston and he only went to the scene to speak to him. As the jury returned a not guilty verdict, Mr Huston’s family wailed and left the court in tears. Meanwhile, Mr Hamshire breathed a sigh of relief and looked up at his family as he was told he could leave the dock.
 

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I resent that my tax dollars go towards feeding and housing these things.

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma couple who was charged with crimes related to child abuse will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

The investigation began when an agent with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office received two cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that were reported by Facebook.

“They were seeing activity on the internet that suggested there was a minor being exploited,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said. “The investigation discloses that the crimes that involve the minor child are incredibly distressing.”

Investigators generated over 6,000 pages of communication between the co-defendants and tens of thousands of photos and videos.

Authorities determined that underage victims were beaten, handcuffed and raped. Officials also say there was a plan to commit incest with an unborn child.

Investigators arrested and charged 25-year-old Gerrad Coddington and 30-year-old Christina Nelson-Coddington with 29 counts relating to child abuse including first-degree rape, incest, child abuse, manufacturing child pornography, and lewd acts with a minor.

A Garvin County judge recently sentenced the couple to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“These two individuals engaged in horrifying acts of abuse and violence with innocent children,” Attorney General Hunter said. “These are evil people who presented a danger to society. I commend Judge Edwards’ decision to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. I applaud the investigators with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the investigator in my office with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the attorneys who worked on this case to achieve a successful result.”​

 

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Josh Brolin Tries ‘Perineum Sunning’ And Burns His ‘Pucker Hole’
The “Avengers: Endgame” star said the pain was so bad he had to spend the day icing and using aloe and burn creams on his perineum instead of hanging with his family.

Actor Josh Brolin has a message for today’s youth: Tanning your taint isn’t a good idea.

The actor learned that hard lesson a few days ago after he engaged in “perineum sunning,” a new trend in which people expose the area between the anus and the sex organs to the sun, according to the New York Post.

One practitioner, who calls herself Metaphysical Meagan, claims that perineum sunning can regulate hormones as well as sleep patterns.

The man who plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw the Post story and decided to try it out.

It wasn’t such a hot idea, he admitted on Instagram this weekend, and he hopes others don’t make the same mistake:
“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.”
New York-based dermatologist Jeremy Fenton isn’t surprised Brolin feels a little burned by the experience.

“This area is vulnerable for two reasons,” Fenton told Yahoo. “Number one, it is an area that has not received much sun exposure in most people, thus it would be lacking in the body’s normal response to sun exposure that protects it from future sunburn, such as producing pigment. Number two, it is sensitive skin to begin with, so any burn in that area may be more significant and more uncomfortable.”

Fenton warns people who insist on baring their buns to the sun that they could increase their chance of getting a sunburn.

“There is some evidence to suggest that the genitals may be more susceptible to skin cancer than other areas of the body,” Fenton said. “A skin cancer developing in this area may be more difficult to detect because people don’t regularly view this area on themselves.”

 
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