Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow

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  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Wow, that's unusual, harsh, and true.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10655 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,


    Even in small groups, he is completely incoherent.

    ETA: Jaw dropping moment:

    DIEHL: What about China and the South China Sea. What do you think they’re up to and—

    TRUMP: I think it’s a terrible situation, I think it’s terrible they have no respect for–

    DIEHL: –and what should we do about it?

    TRUMP: Well look, we have power over China and people don’t realize it. We have trade power over China. I don’t think we are going to start World War III over what they did, it affects other countries certainly a lot more than it affects us. But—and honestly, you know part of—I always say we have to be unpredictable. We’re totally predictable. And predictable is bad. Sitting at a meeting like this and explaining my views and if I do become president, I have these views that are down for the other side to look at, you know. I hate being so open.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    If he fails the medical, does he still get to be commander and chief?

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4442 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The Manchurian Candidate redux?

    not to mention

    The book General Motors and the Nazis notes that in September 1938 Knudsen met personally with Hermann Göring at the Nazi leader's hunting lodge. On Oct 26, 1938, the New York Times quoted Knudsen’s remarks upon his return from a trip to Europe: “He said that Germany had been transformed since his last visit several years ago and that the Reich today was ‘the miracle of the twentieth century.’ ” The following year, according to General Motors and the Nazis, Knudsen set into motion the construction of “a plant designed, at the request of the German Air Ministry, to utilize American technology to develop advanced components for aircraft engines in which the leaders of the Luftwaffe were particularly interested.”

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Man. Chur, Ian.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1935 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to linger,

    Chur, mate!

    H/T Robyn Gallagher

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Well, that escalated quickly.

    The Democratic National Committee reported some weeks back that it had suffered an attack on its email systems by Russian hackers.

    The fruit of that attack showed up yesterday in the hands of Wikileaks, which has now published 20,000 emails. The contents of the emails may make some DNC staffers cringe – there might even be someone let go by the time it’s done – but there are no bombshells so far. It’s not like it was a secret that the DNC and the Sanders camp weren’t getting on at the time, but one email in particular suggesting that the committee's CFO was looking for a way to publicly play on Sanders' atheism is a bad look.

    The problem is that the email dump contains the unredacted personal information – credit card and Social Security numbers, passport details – of more than a thousand donors who have done nothing wrong. They’ve been doxxed by Wikileaks and it seems like a deliberate attempt to intimidate.

    Quite a few people are drawing the conclusion that Putin is behind all this. Which wouldn’t be too surprising given Assange’s previous accommodations with the Russian leadership.

    Meanwhile Josh Marshall has gathered evidence suggesting that there’s more than mutual admiration binding Putin and Trump. Notably, the Trump projects that have received very big infusions of cash from shady interests close to Putin.

    There is something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of circumstantial evidence for a financial relationship between Trump and Putin or a non-tacit alliance between the two men. Even if you draw no adverse conclusions, Trump’s financial empire is heavily leveraged and has a deep reliance on capital infusions from oligarchs and other sources of wealth aligned with Putin. That’s simply not something that can be waved off or ignored.

    Meanwhile, Julian Assange has lost the plot on the Wikileaks Twitter account as he touts the DNC emails; tweeting weird anti-semitic messages, deleting them, then tweeting again. It really seems there’s something very ugly going on here.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Democratic National Committee reported some weeks back that it had suffered an attack on its email systems by Russian hackers.

    Is anyone else having Nixon flashbacks?

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Russell Brown,

    there’s something very ugly going on here.

    Im not sure if the term laissez-faire can be applied to ways we fool ourselves.
    But some people seem to think so...aint nothing second guessing them.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Here's the Wikileaks DNC email dump -- 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments which they describe as "part one of our new Hillary Leaks series." Implying there's more to come.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1436 posts Report Reply

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