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Random Topics / Re: Which books kicked your butt?
« on: Yesterday at 01:16:15 AM »
This sounds like a good B.S test opportunity.  Maybe say "I hope you liked Volume 5 as much as I did ... Tell me, what did you think about my favorite part: 'THE TWO EASTERN EXPEDITIONS OF STILICHO AND HIS ILLYRIC POLICY', and don't leave out any details."

(I've never read it, just copied that chapter title in.)  :D

Personally I preferred Volume I in particular The Death of Severus – Tyranny of Caracalla etc. :P

It is far too imposing for me to even try though I love Roman history. If there was an equivalent lengthy modern version, I would give it a shot .

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Here's the link:

I'd love to know more about this video, but I can't find any info whatsoever.

I believe in a lot of this stuff but I have to tell you, I think this is fake.  If it was real, the photographer wouldn't be zooming in or getting closer.  They would be hauling ass.  Plus rarely do those things ever stand still.  I'd also have to sort of agree with miku.  It looks like a girl with a burka.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 12:53:26 AM »
Marine Le Pen ~ a sampler . . .

MARINE Le Pen – leader of France's *Far Right* National-Front party

The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/21/donald-trump-marine-le-pen-french-presidential-election

Le Pen also has close ties to Russia. The National Front financed itself with a loan from a Russian bank and Le Pen has praised Vladimir Putin and has falsely claimed that Russia did not invade Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula it has occupied since 2014.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/04/marine-le-pen-national-front-jews-muslims/523302/
The Atlantic

La Pen made waves this month (April 2017) with her insistence that France was not responsible for the infamous “Vel d’Hiv” roundup of July 1942, in which French police chose to arrest more than 13,000 Jews and deport them to Auschwitz. Many were stunned by the comment. It not only contradicted decades of official presidential statements and consensus among historians, but also seemed to clash with Le Pen’s recent effort to court Jewish voters.

For all Le Pen’s efforts to "rebrand" her party, she has reminded voters throughout this campaign season that the French far right remains wedded to a politics that has a special place for Jews and Muslims—as closely aligned racial “others.” Le Pen, like so many before her, regularly treats the two faith groups as sources of danger residing at the edges of the French nation, while also seeking to pit the one against the other.

More recently, Le Pen proposed that all dual French citizens of non-European countries would be required to forfeit either their French or non-French citizenship. This measure undoubtedly targets France’s large population of Muslims, many of whom hold citizenship both in France and in a North African country.

A glance back at history reinforces the impression that Le Pen’s new look is in fact not very new at all. As I detail in my book The Burdens of Brotherhood, since at least the 1930s, the extreme right in France has repeatedly invoked Muslims and Jews in the same breath, at once highlighting both groups as different from the rest of the population and seeking to rally them against one another. In the far right’s vision of a mythical France with Gallic ancestry and shared Catholic culture (if not faith), Jews and Muslims inherently hold a tenuous place at best.

[much more on the history of 20th cent French anti-semitism in the Atlantic article]

https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/Marine_Le_Pen

At a gathering in Lyon – Marine Le Pen: Muslims in France 'like Nazi occupation', The Telegraph ... The EU is deeply harmful, it is an anti-democratic monster.

Now, the dividing line is not between left and right but globalists and patriots

Fortune
http://fortune.com/2017/04/21/marine-le-pen-french-presidential-election-2017/

The younger Le Pen took pains to distance herself from her father and become a credible candidate: “She has undertaken a delicate balancing act: to position the party, long associated with fascist tendencies, as within the mainstream of French republican and democratic values, while also maintaining the National Front’s longstanding far-right constituency...But cosmetics can only get you so far.” Ethan Katz writes in The Atlantic.

“[A]t its core, the National Front remains a faction rooted in xenophobia and ultranationalist bigotry,” the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor writes, explaining that “Le Pen's candidacy has soared alongside growing anti-Muslim sentiment,

As Politico’s Nicholas Vinocur writes, Le Pen’s platform “promises radical, jarring change that starts with rewriting the constitution; enforcing the principle of ‘national preference’ for French citizens in hiring as well as the dispensing of housing and benefits; reinstating the franc as the national currency;...pulling out of NATO’s integrated command structure; and slashing immigration to one-tenth of its current annual level.”

If she does win the final vote, France should prepare for an administration defined by “constant crisis,” paralysis, and brutal economic blowback.

BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38321401

She described Britain's vote for Brexit as the most important event since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Donald Trump's US presidential victory as "an additional stone in the building of a new world".
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's National Front (FN), is fighting to achieve a similar earthquake in France in the presidential elections in 2017.

. . . in December she upped the ante by announcing that she would end free education for the children of undocumented immigrants, though this did not appear as a pledge in the party's manifesto.
"If you come to our country, don't expect to be taken care of, to be looked after, that your children will be educated without charge," she said in a speech in Paris. And, more threateningly, "playtime is over".

Putting 'native French' first
Treatment of immigrants in France is probably the standout, far-right policy of Marine Le Pen's FN. And it is central to the party's platform.
Jobs, welfare, housing, schools, or any area of public provision should go to French nationals before they get to "foreigners".
The centre of gravity of French politics may have shifted to the right. But no other party has adopted favouritism across the social services - and it could breach the law.

"She is upholding a policy that not only is thought by constitutional experts to be unconstitutional, but has been judged by the law to be unlawful," says Prof Shields.

"She's managing to get these approval ratings by doing a Trump," says Prof Shields.

But what sets her European views apart from the rest of the French right is the company she keeps. The FN has strong ties with the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), Austria's Freedom Party (FPOe), Belgium's Flemish Interest (VB), Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the Italian Northern League (LN).
They are all part of the FN-led Europe of Nations and Freedom grouping in the European Parliament and are either right-wing populist or, in the case of the FPOe, far right.

Geert Wilders, of leader of the Dutch PVV, wants to ban the Koran. The Italian Northern League's leader Matteo Salvini is known for his praise of fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
These views are toxic to the political right in Europe, and many centre-right parties have said they will not form coalitions with them.

RUSSIA/PUTIN & Le Pen

BBC
France's Marine Le Pen urges end to Russia sanctions - BBC News

telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/21/marine-le-pens-russian-links-us-scrutiny

Marine Le Pen's links to Russia under US scrutiny

 DECEMBER 2016
American intelligence has been asked to look into Marine Le Pen's links to Russia, following her request for a $30 million (£24.3 million) loan to help fund her French presidential campaign from a bank close to Vladimir Putin

BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39478066
there is more to the relationship between Mr Putin and Ms Le Pen than ideological convergence. Because of the National Front's racist and anti-Semitic past, French banks have declined to lend the party money.
So Marine Le Pen has been forced to look elsewhere for financing.
In 2014, the National Front took Russian loans worth €11m (£9.4m). One of the loans, for €9m, came from a small bank, First Czech Russian Bank, with links to the Kremlin.

Russia did want to use Ms Le Pen to legitimise its actions in Crimea. We know this because a group of Russian hackers, known as Shaltai Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, published a series of text messages said to be between a Kremlin official and a Russian MP.

BBC March 25 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/24/vladimir-putin-hosts-marine-le-pen-in-moscow

Vladimir Putin has received Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin in a surprise move likely to reignite fears in Europe about Russian support for the European far right.

Speaking after their meeting, Le Pen said Putin represented “a sovereign nation” and “new vision”.

“A new world has emerged in the past years. This is Vladimir Putin’s world, Donald Trump’s world in the United States, Mr [Narendra] Modi’s world in India,” she added.

“A new world has emerged in the past years. This is Vladimir Putin’s world, Donald Trump’s world in the United States, Mr [Narendra] Modi’s world in India,” she added.

Russian support for Le Pen appears to have similar roots to the well-publicised backing of Donald Trump. There is both the pro-Moscow rhetoric of the candidate, and the broader goal of supporting a “chaos” candidate who would be likely to erode European unity on issues such as sanctions against Russia.

Le Pen has publicly backed the Russian annexation of Crimea and frequently expressed admiration for Putin.

A Russian hackers’ collective released emails that appeared to show Le Pen had received a loan from a Russian bank in 2014 in return for taking pro-Moscow positions in public."

You're going to have to go to a French forum if your goal is doing your part to make sure Marine doesn't get elected.  Just saying.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 02:43:07 PM »
Did he sympathize with the 6-10 million Ukrainians the fucking communists murdered?

To be fair to him, that only came out after Stalin died.  Hopefully he felt some guilt afterwards for supporting that beast. I don't know much about Trumbo post-1955.  I'd truly like to read a biography on Trumbo, one that does not wallow in worship of the man but examines his life, warts and all.  He was clearly enormously talented.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 02:07:58 PM »
Politicians start wars. Not people. Maybe the world would get along far better without politicians.

On that we can agree.  Damn politicians.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:56:19 PM »
Here's an article about Trumbo that any enthusiast should read.  There is one fact that is slightly in error, while he always sympathized  with and supported the Soviets in the 1930's, he did not formally join the Communist party until 1943.  The rest of the article is correct as far as I can tell as I have read the same details in other books.

https://www.visionandvalues.org/2015/11/the-truth-about-trumbo/

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:47:57 PM »
While I don't care for Trumbo, I do not think he should have been put in jail.  That was a bridge too far for even me.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:37:34 PM »
Dalton Trumbo, like many of the blacklisted film and literary figures, was anti-war, at a time when anti-war meant anti-American. He wasn't a Communist sympathizer in that he supported the regime, but rather sympathized with Russian people who would be the victims of an all out war with the US.

This quote from Trumbo following WWII in 1946 is especially relevant today for the people of any country fearing annihilation in a mutually assured destruction scenario. For example, cross out Russia and replace it with America.

"If I were a Russian...I would be alarmed, and I would petition my government to take measures at once against what would seem an almost certain blow aimed at my existence. This is how it must appear in Russia today"

Dalton Trumbo supported the Soviet regime in the 30's and railed against the Nazi regime as he should have.  Then when the Nazi's and Soviets signed the nonaggression pact in 1939, he wrote and spoke about the glories of the Fuhrer until the Germans broke the pact in 1941.  Believe me, I've read up on Mr. Trumbo on this subject.  Coincidentally, he wrote his anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, during this period. 

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Politics / Re: President Vladimir Putin thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:17:40 AM »
They won't use it because their whole objective is just to try to tie Putin to Trump. They couldn't care less about Putin, really.  ;)

I know but I thought I'd give it a try, anyway.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:12:19 AM »
Or the late Senator Kennedy's offered a quid pro quo with the communist's against Reagan.

Search Committee on State Security of the USSR
14.05. 1983 No. 1029 Ch/OV

Yep, the '84 election.  That is an even more contemporary example of the alliance between the libs and the Soviet regime.  Thanks!

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Politics / President Vladimir Putin thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:10:15 AM »
This is for Pud and others who like to discuss the evils of the regime.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:08:25 AM »
Little history lesson. After the collapse of the Berlin wall, the establshment and subsequent self rule of former SU states, thngs looked far rosier in Europe than they had in decades. Okay, Yeltsin (after Gorbechev) was a baffoon in many ways, but things were looking up. Putin at this time, ex KGB and now a deputy mayor resented the fall of the old guard. He greased the hands along the way to rise up to where he is now.

If you don't have an issue with Putin's Russia as opposed to a Russia without Putin and instead one of the opponents to him he hasn't had murdeed yet, you're frankly stupid. It isn't a 'lib' thing. Its common human decency.

I give you a hard time about Putin because you and others on here keep talking about him incessantly.  Yes, he is old KGB and I'm sure he still uses some of their tactics.  However, perhaps you should start a Putin thread rather than go on and on about him on this one.  On second thought, I'll create it for you.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:58:29 AM »
Get out of this 'lib' shit okay? There was nothing liberal about the former SU or the current Putin regime. Many many 1000's died trying to escape the SU. Many of whom you'd describe as 'liberals'. Similar 'liberals' tried to help them escape.

It wasn't turning a blind eye, the Iron curtain was said for good reason, very little information came out of the SU unless the elites decided it was useful.

Then tell me why people like Dalton Trumbo hailed the greatness of the Soviet regime.  Him and others among the blacklisted in Hollywood in the late 40's and 50's.  He was far from being alone.

To clarify, I have enjoyed Trumbo's work but not a big fan of the man.



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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:53:26 AM »
Amen.  I only wish they had a "none of the Above" on the ballot, a vote of no confidence in our government.

I have to go along with you two. I like several people in Trump's administration and liked several of the things he has done but he's pretty much lived up to my expectations which is he's done little.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:53:58 AM »
The USSR wasn't as appealing to the old counter culture as was the mystique surrounding China's Proletarian Cultural Revolution lead by Mao, with its impassioned pro-worker, anti-capitalism campaigns. The anti-establishment youth of late 60s America were the same age as China's Red Guards, and Mao's Little Red Book found its way to Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, where I was once handed a copy. Of course at that time Mao's horrific reign of terror and murder wasn't widely known. But I think many young Americans terrified of being sent off to an increasingly unpopular war in Vietnam by self-serving politicians, fueled a legitimate climate of mistrust about our own government's motives.

Curiously, in spite of the fact that Mao Tse-tung was responsible for more death and suffering than any other leader in history, there are those in China who are nostalgic for his Cultural Revolution period. What on Earth could make people look back with fondness at at time when so many of their countrymen suffered and died, and their lives were reduced to nothing outside of the State?

Totalitarian governments are aided by opportunistic leaders who govern by fear and mistrust of outsiders, which is why people are closely watching Turkey's situation after their constitutional referendum toward an "executive presidency". Meanwhile, Trump's popularity is heading downhill and despite his bluff, he knows it. It's especially frightening to me that he's come so close to involving the US in escalating military action without the support of the American people.

Nice post and well-stated though I may disagree with your conclusions in your last two sentences.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:50:22 AM »
In keeping with my earlier posts.   Just want to throw this out.  This comes from a speech John Adams made to the Massachusetts Militia in 1798.


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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 05:27:41 AM »
Unrelenting ambition and in particular greed are bad no matter if you are a Christian or an atheist.  Of course there are many who call themselves Christians who are greedy.  Very few people in our society truly do as Christ would have done.

I was reading Dodge City last night and how a church's congregation became angry with their pastor for counseling prostitutes.  He had no salacious motives. He was merely doing what Christ would have done and the church membership was enraged.  That tells you a lot about how rare truegood Christians are in our society. Very little has changed.

Wanted to change this but couldn't modify it after waiting too long.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:44:21 AM »
The fact that there are so many Christians motivated by greed and ambition involved in American politics will ensure Communism never takes hold here.

What would Jesus say?

Sarah Palin: "Jesus was booked, so yes, I invited my buddies Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, some bold, courageous, all-American dudes..."

But Nugent has a history of stoking controversy with inflammatory remarks often condemned as racist, sexist or just generally out of line.
Notably, he has made comments interpreted as threatening Obama. In addition to describing the first black U.S. president at one point as a “gangster” and a “subhuman mongrel,” he said in 2012: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”...

Nugent, who like Palin supported Trump’s campaign for president, made headlines last year when he grabbed at his crotch at a rally in Michigan.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.


http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/trump-ted-nugent-kid-rock-sarah-palin-237402

Unrelenting ambition and in particular greed are bad no matter if you are a Christian or an atheist.  Of course there are many who call themselves Christians who are greedy.  Very few people in our society truly do as Christ would have done.

I was reading Dodge City last night and how a church's congregation became angry with their pastor for counseling prostitutes.  He had no salacious motives. He was merely doing what Christ would have done and the church membership was enraged.  That tells you a lot about how rare true Christians are in our society. Very little has changed.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:40:53 AM »
It could only make sense to you. It's not so much Russia as the leader of Russia. But Putin's iron grip on his country makes him Russia.

It's ok with you that he has his enemies, journalists, political opponents or just people who disagree with him jailed, tortured, killed or all three. Steals billions of dollars from the Russian people for his family and cronies. Has shut down the free press. Commits war crimes in Syria. Invaded Crimea. Meddles in democratic elections throughout Europe and the U.S. through cyber crime and blackmail. He wants Russia to be the only world super power. Has replaced Russian democracy with oligarchy. He is a gangster, a war criminal and a despot. And hates a strong U.S.

Didn't know you had to be a liberal to think he and by extension his whole country is not our friend. Your theory needs work

Libs are all up in arms about Putin whereas many turned a blind eye towards the abuses under Soviet Russia.  I'm not saying you, TL, but many of your older compadres did.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:35:37 AM »
Since its the middle of the night and I can't sleep I have a question for a good Christian. If Jesus were an American citizen, do you think He would have voted for Trump?

LOL.  I'm not a good Christian but I do know right from wrong.  My guess would be is that Jesus would vote for none of the above.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:28:46 AM »
Anything is plausible in this crazy world. But to prove your theory we need to know how and why "Communism failed in Russia". Perhaps you could go over and do some investigative journalism. I'm sure as an American "ally" defending the Trump administration they'd welcome you, comrade.  ;)

I know why communism failed in Russia.  It wasn't true communism but a totalitarian government.  Power was in the hands of a few not the people. The people got fed up with it and overthrew it. True communism could only succeed in a world where humans are free of greed and ambition.  In other words, a truly Christian world where all talked the talk and walked the walk.  Humanists and libs don't understand this and can't ever hope to understand this unless they have a Road to Damascus moment.  True communism goes against human nature.

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Blondie!  >:(

YOU SON OF A BIT......AYAAYEAYAYAYA WA-WAH-WUH.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is my favorite Western but I also like those 1930s John Wayne Westerns with Yakima Canutt and Gabby Hayes.  I also like the 1930's Hopalong Cassidy's too.

Do you know Tuco's (the Ugly) full name in The G.B.&U.?  I looked it up online once but have since memorized it.  The hangman announces it shortly before (trying to) hang him.  It is 'Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez.'  And he was being hung for tons of reasons that I haven't memorized. Things like murder...assaulting a Justice of the Peace...raping a virgin of the White race...statutory rape of a minor of the Black race...of derailing of trains in order to rob the passengers; ...robbing an unknown number of post offices...catching and selling fugitive slaves...setting fire to a wagon train, etcetera and etcetera.



That is my favorite spaghetti Western largely due to the additional presence of Wallach.  Tuco is the best character ever to emerge from the spaghettie western.  I also enjoy Wallach in How the West Was Won where he played a really smarmy character as well.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 02:25:03 AM »
I have a theory why so many libs are willing to throw Russia under the bus these days.  Communism failed in Russia and the libs are enraged at the Russians for letting it fail.  So whereas they once thought of the Russians as an ally, now they are the enemy. Makes sense to me.

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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:07:39 AM »
Hot Off the Press! ~ Reuters
Thu Apr 20, 2017 | 3:42 AM EDT

🚨 Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election — w/documents proof


http://reuters.com/article/idUSKBN17L2N3


Thu Apr 20, 2017 | 3:42 AM EDT
Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election

Exclusive: Russian think tank hatched plot to tilt '16 elections

By Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott | WASHINGTON

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.

They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [en.riss.ru/], after the election.

The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office.

The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals.

It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said.

A second institute document, drafted in October and distributed in the same way, warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election. For that reason, it argued, it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency, the seven officials said.

The current and former U.S. officials spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the Russian documents’ classified status. They declined to discuss how the United States obtained them. U.S. intelligence agencies also declined to comment on them.

Putin has denied interfering in the U.S. election. Putin’s spokesman and the Russian institute did not respond to requests for comment.

The documents were central to the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia mounted a “fake news” campaign and launched cyber attacks against Democratic Party groups and Clinton's campaign, the current and former officials said.

Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map,” said one of the sources, a former senior U.S. intelligence official.

Trump has said Russia’s activities had no impact on the outcome of the race. Ongoing congressional and FBI investigations into Russian interference have so far produced no public evidence that Trump associates colluded with the Russian effort to change the outcome of the election.

Four of the officials said the approach outlined in the June strategy paper was a broadening of an effort the Putin administration launched in March 2016. That month the Kremlin instructed state-backed media outlets, including international platforms Russia Today and Sputnik news agency, to start producing positive reports on Trump’s quest for the U.S. presidency, the officials said. . . .

Putin himself called me up and told me to vote for Hillary.  Naturally I did the appropriate thing which was to vote for the other major candidate.  Now you are telling me I was hoodwinked!!!


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I'm gonna get into this online dating industry, it sounds like it is lucrative.  I need to decide between HubridDate.com, ETDate.com, or GhostDate.com. If you're single which entity would u be most interested in dating - a hubrid, an extra-terrestrial or a ghost?

How about succubusdate.com?

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Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: April 20, 2017, 04:46:12 AM »
Found out about this today.  Song written by Ronald DeFeo Sr. to win back his wife after he screwed around.  If you know the name, that is because he was the father that was murdered by his son, Ronald Jr. along with the rest of the family in the Amityville house.  If you ask me, unlike the rest of the family,  the father deserved it because he was physically and psychologically abusive.  He was a real bastard.


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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:23:13 AM »
Calling out Trump's BS is not trolling. If 21st thinks he's bored now, imagine if this thread consisted of only Trump boot lickers;)

This is true.  A large reason why I don't go to GLP much anymore.

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Random Topics / Re: Where was your worst public bathroom experience?
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:06:05 AM »
I took a train 58 hours, Beijing to Urumchi.  It stopped at every town along the way.  Turns out, that's a lot of towns.  Once we got out on the desert, it following what was left of the Great Wall, until that petered out.  The last car was the bathroom car.  They'd lock it 15-20 minutes before and after each stop.  Other than the staff, the only other people on the train for the most part were Uigers - Muslims - heading home.  At some point it dawned on me that, unlike the rest of the trip, I wasn't really any worse off than anyone else - no one else spoke or read Chinese either.

The bathroom car.  A full sized train car with nothing but a hole in the middle of the floor.  And again, the car wasn't open when the train was stopped.  No rails, no handholds, no sink or stalls, just a hole in the floor.  There were small steps sticking up a couple inches off the floor for people to walk on from the door to the hole.  They were shaped like the bottoms of feet, probably for dumb tourists to know where to step.  Good thing they were there, slightly above the floor, because with the train swaying and lurching, peoples aim wasn't so good and the whole floor was soaking wet.  Anything that made it through the hole dropped to the tracks.

It is times like this when I am glad that I have stayed in the States for the most part outside of a couple trips to the Bahamas and Puerto Vallarta.

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