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Hard News: The next four years

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  • nzlemming, in reply to nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2829 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

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    Time isn't holding back either.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1336 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    This report from Michael Moore is disturbing. Trump is already future-proofing his reign.

    Michael Moore
    19 February at 11:23 ·

    Just so you understand: The rally Trump is holding right now near Orlando, Florida is, as his aides are calling it, "an official Re-Elect Trump 2020 campaign rally." On Inauguration Day, Trump filed the legal papers with the Federal Election Commission to establish the "Re-Elect President Trump 2020 Committee." No president has ever done this. Today's rally is sponsored by and paid for by "Re-Elect Trump 2020". I'm serious. This is happening. Trump doesn't intend to leave until January, 2025. He'll be close to 80 then. His filing, this rally, is his way of saying, "PRESIDENT FOR LIFE." HIS life. Not exactly "a Reich that lasts 1,000 years," but when you're a massive narcissist, you don't really give a shit about a thousand years from now -- just the years when you're going to be around to do the damage. Over 50,000 rabid Trump faithful have shown up to this massive rally now underway. This airport hangar can't hold them all. My crew, unbeknownst to the Trump operatives, is inside. Welcome to Nuremberg. Florida.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Well, that's one way of looking at it.
    But more simply: narcissist sets up yet another group to feed his ego.
    What else could we really expect?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1779 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    That's classic Michael Moore. He's a real showman. But unlike nazi Germany, the American population is heavily armed with semiautomatic rifles to say the least. And I still don't think Donald Trump is going to be allowed to use the bomb.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3976 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The worrying thing I’ve noticed is that recently Trump refers more often to ‘his’ or ‘our’ Movement
    Maybe they’re the ‘Minute-hand Men’?

    …something I think of much more scatologically when I see Kellyanne Conway ill-advisedly say:

    "I’m the Face of Trump’s Movement”

    source

    I see the ‘bright Bart’ idea has already been run with…
    http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon-012517-bright-bart-news

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Over 50,000 rabid Trump faithful have shown up to this massive rally now underway.

    Except that it was only 9,000. Far fewer than the 15,000 the place could hold (and did when it was used during the 2016 campaign, along with 12,000 outside that they couldn’t fit in). If Moore is getting the basic facts wrong, he’s actually doing the “fake news” that Trump trumpets about. Of course, he could be just trying to bait the WH to decry his incorrect numbers, because then they’d have to note how many people did show up. But I think he just let his hyperbole get away from him.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2829 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    much more scatologically […] the Face of Trump’s Movement

    Which brings to mind Tokyo’s own “Trump Tower” –
    the Asahi beer hall statue known locally as the “golden turd”.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1779 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    This report from Michael Moore is disturbing. Trump is already future-proofing his reign.

    Trump of the Will?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5367 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    The Age of Aquarius…
    Trump bans all travel into the USA from the Trappist 1 system!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Dimensional irregularities detected
    Potential escalation and proliferation of transuranic elements!!
    Life exists, so medium atomic weight elements Sapphire and Steel have been assigned!


    …or is it Lady Penelope and Parker?


    pic source

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    The Indian cricket team suffered a dramatic seven wicket batting collapse on day two of the first test in Pune, the worst such slump in its history. From the relative safety of 3/94, India lost seven wickets for eleven runs to be all out for 105. Left arm off-spinner Steve O’Keefe took 6 wickets in 24 deliveries on the way to career best figures of 6/35.

    The match has also attracted attention for a pair of unusual medical stoppages. Digestive discomfort forced Australian opener Matt Renshaw into a rare retirement before K.L. Rahul’s stomach problems caused a delay in the Indian innings, prompting commentators to inaugurate the "curse of the opening batsman".

    Since Nov 2006 • 744 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2829 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    By way of postscript, Australia has won the first test by 333 runs and ended India's 19-match unbeaten run.

    India suffered a second consecutive seven wicket collapse to be all out for 107; man of the match Steve O'Keefe returned 6/35 in each innings to end with figures of 12/70.

    Since Nov 2006 • 744 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Ross Douthat writes:

    For some time now it has felt as though God or the muse of History or some mischief-making demiurge has been placing thumbs upon the scales of Western politics, with an eye toward achieving the most disruptive and unlikely seeming outcomes.

    From the shock of Brexit through the rise of Donald Trump (and I would go further back and include Pope Benedict’s resignation and Pope Francis’s ascent), events have seemed scripted to confound the experts, and whatever stars have needed to align for crazy things to happen have moved smartly into the required position.

    On a different note, the campaign theme Labour probably won’t be using:

    Since Nov 2006 • 744 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Anthropocene alert!!
    Amitav Ghosh has a really interesting viewpoint.
    I just finished his short treatise The Great Derangement: Climate change and the unthinkable - I probably need to read it again to fully digest the content, sobering stuff.
    He mentions a prescient warning from the Burmese statesman U Thant in 1971:

    "As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask ourselves seriously whether we really wish some future universal historian on another planet to say about us: 'With all their genius and with all their skill, they ran out of foresight and air and food and water and ideas', or, 'They went on playing politics until their world collapsed around them'."

    It's also a cauldron of other ideas about partitioning in literature, language, empire, Carbon economics, town planning, history and the Anglosphere (Five Eyes members), a bracing dip! ...and only 160 odd pages plus notes

    But don't just take my word for it:

    "On very rare occasions, a writer marshals such searing insight and storytelling skill that even a well-trodden subject is blown wide open. New connections are made, new futures appear. Ghosh is that kind of writer, and this is that kind of book."
    - Naomi Klein

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Thanks for that link – I have a slightly irrational susceptibility to U Thant quotes.

    With all their genius and all their skill they ran out of foresight

    Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.

    I understand that a sequel is being released in July.

    Since Nov 2006 • 744 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Comedian Peter Serafinowicz takes Trump's own words, and reads them in a slightly more camp style.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1336 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Why dosn't Twitter ban Donald Trump? He is trolling and distabilising the civilised world. Twitter, what the...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3976 posts Report Reply

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    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2149 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

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    Let’s keep him away from the new one.

    Since Nov 2006 • 744 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    Let’s keep him away from the new one.

    He's 'working tables' in New Regent Street these days...
    ...saw him haranguing some tourists there just the other day.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,


    Back when Sunday public speakers were a thing in Sydney Domain's version of Hyde Park corner, Webster was the undisputed king. When he appeared with his distinctive yellow ladder crowds would desert the freethinkers and the Bible Ladies for some real entertainment.

    Everything the Wizard knows about public speaking he learned back then from Webster. Before he fetched up in Christchurch, even before his first official wizarding gig as Grand Alf Wizard of Aus for the University of NSW, the Wizard would occasionally do a guest spot on Webster's ladder while the maestro went among the crowd browbeating holdouts into purchasing the single-sheet 'newspaper' from which he made his living.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4547 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    While I'm firmly against wizards and the like I hope he's going well on a personal level. I understand he's a holder of the QSM.

    Since Nov 2006 • 744 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    ...a holder of the QSM.

    Quidditch Senior Master?
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

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