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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 10:53:58 AM »
I just happened to be on-line the same time as you, and was pointing out the true purpose of the book.  I didn't expect you to understand it.

You ignored my example of the Left-wing Fascists always insisting their riots are ''peaceful'', and they are now attacking others in the name of ''free speech''. 

Perhaps you can address that in your next post.  Or do you first need to wait for someone to write a book discussing how it's actually businesses burning and looting their own stores during ''peaceful demonstrations'', and that people standing up to the Left are beating themselves up just to make them look bad?

You aren't capable of discerning, understanding, or appeciating "the true purpose of the book", it's value, you're not even in the right solar-system, you're so far "off".

And again, you're going to have to take-up you're hysterics over imaginary Legions of Violent Lefties with someone else.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 09:29:46 AM »
When you want to know what the America hating-Left is up to, look to see what they are projecting onto the rest of us.  It blunts discussion of their tactics by muddying the waters.

In this example they demonstrate how they manipulate the language and present themselves as mainstream.  They know they MUST do this or their support falls to the low single digits, if that. 

I'm sorry, but do you honestly not see how pathetic you look when you turn around and prove my (the) point not 1 minute later? What part of "inversion" and "projection" don't you understand?

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 09:12:36 AM »
When you want to know what the America hating-Left is up to, look to see what they are accusing the rest of us as doing. 

In this example they demonstrate how they manipulate the language and present themselves as mainstream.  They MUST do this or their support falls to the low single digits, if that.

You pitiful defective excuse for a humanoid.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 09:11:04 AM »
I can only imagine that if I were some head of sate or high ranking diplomat how I could keep myself from wondering who the President had fellated lately and how I was going to keep a straight face while talking about open ended negotiations.

Has anyone ever told you that you were a Vile piece of shit and that you are not capable of masking your true self for more that a day or two?  oh, wait . . .

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 08:52:01 AM »

Here are some other examples of liberal euphemisms of "Ridiculous Liberal Euphemisms We Accept:"

Pro-Choice = Pro-Abortion

War on Women = Forcing others to pay for your birth control

Undocumented worker/American = Illegal alien

Would-Be Americans = Illegal alien

Single-Payer System or Public Option = Government-Run Healthcare

Fetus = Baby to be aborted

Affirmative Action = Opportunities for those who don’t deserve them

Man-Caused Disaster = Terrorism

Workplace Violence = Terrorism at Fort Hood

Raising money = Taxes

Giveaway for the wealthy = Tax cut

Fees = Taxes

Investment = Government spending

Projectionista Kidnostad3;  you "forgot" to include the link to the author of the above.

If you'd like to see a whole book devoted to such "Euphemization" we have just the thing for you. But you do understand of course that historically, classically, speaking, it has has been the Far Right Nationalist Fascists who are KNOWN to be the recognized authorities/masters at destroying/usurping/hijacking/misappropriating an inverting the language to suit their evil ends -- you do know that, right?

Doublespeak: The Rhetoric of the Far Right since 1945 (Explorations of the Far Right: Book 3) pub March 2014

"This timely intervention exposes *the euphemized language* of the extreme right as a deceptive attempt to secure greater influence over public policy. Since the end of World War II, the extreme right has made strategic use of "doublespeak," which apes the language of liberal democracy. Attentive observation and accurate recognition of these tactics means taking the extreme right's deliberately crafted slogans, symbols, and themes seriously. These essays investigate the extreme right's attempts at "repackaging" contemporary Ultra-Nationalism to make it more palatable to mainstream European and American tastes."

"What is really important in the world of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that don’t fit an agenda or program."

"The second strategy is the European New Right’s deliberate translation of the Nazis’ nationalist biological racism into culturalist, metaphysical, and pan-European terms, with a stress on the need to maintain cultural difference and separation rather than assert cultural superiority, let alone exterminate inferior races. As has been shown extensively elsewhere, this tactic was adopted in the mid-60s in French Neo-Fascist circles, which recognized the ineffectiveness of any discourse directly reminiscent of the inter-war period, except among hard-core Fascists. The task of forging a new discourse was carried out with considerable intellectual verve by Alain de Benoist .  .  ."

You get the picture, putz.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 08:24:18 PM »
"Always a good time
for a little Classical Revival"

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 08:06:36 PM »
Well i know you you are to big of a pussy to punch anyone. But be warned that it is assault and you can be legally put down so be careful i wouldent anything bad to happen.

What are friends for.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:37:17 PM »
Almost 80 years late for that desu~

Always a good time for a little "Classical Revival" -- that's what Western Civilization does, that's how we keep Culture alive and Tyrants under-foot, we remind and remember the famous and the infamous, SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE!

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:21:53 PM »

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:13:06 PM »
Poli-Sci 2017

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 10:14:32 AM »
Earth Day 2017 ~ Science March
Saturday April 22nd

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 10:01:38 AM »
Die Bräute von Drumpf

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 09:28:15 AM »
That explains everything.

Thank you for revealing this about yourself (((Meister_000))).

Wait, let me guess . . . you wouldn't be a Donald Trump supporter would you?  Who'da thunk?

Die Drumpf-kinder hymne

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:57:33 AM »

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:42:37 AM »
Congratulations this is the stupidest thing I have read in a long time. Get your ass up and go to Auschwitz, 1.1 million humans were killed there. Get a feel for what true evil is, what it is feels like. What ever education system you went though failed, in short you do not know what you are talking about. Do your self a favor and read what really happened prior to the US entering WW2 making the comparisons Trump to Hitler is not only foolish, it is a slap in the face to every human that died in those camps. It is insulting and a display of how little regard / understanding you have of what happened. Read a damn book.     

This was me being nice           

I was talking about the current GLOBAL wave and trend. The reason that our current situation is (far) worse, is that, in the 1940's most of the Globe was united *AGAINST*  NAZI / FASCIST /AUTHORITARIAN aims. Now, you and your retarded "bros" world-wide are voluntarily and gleefully *embracing* those very same "ideals", and what's worse-still is that you-all are literally TOO FUCKING STUPID to recognize that! So yes, we, as a civilization and one with some kind of forward looking "direction" are in VERY MUCH WORSE circumstances and likely outcomes right *NOW*.

And just by the way, if you insist on bringing it "home" your President was perfectly willing to let 25 million Americans go without healthcare and THAT is as good as a death sentance no more humane than Auschwitz. And I am Jewish so you got nothin to school me about soldier boy.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 22, 2017, 12:33:05 AM »
Marine Le Pen ~ a sampler . . .

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

The Guardian

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.
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]

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


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.


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.


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

Marine Le Pen's links to Russia under US scrutiny

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

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

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."

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:44:46 PM »

Comedy Gold -- we already know how you'all feel (or can't feel).

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:40:41 PM »
What a fucking DRAMA QUEEN you are.  Take a couple Xanax and have some drinks.  It will help your hysteria and pants wetting.

Pull your heads out of your asses and start reading the news. Just today Trump is complimenting Marie La Pen -- but no doubt that reference will go over your *pin*-fucking-head.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:29:22 PM »

Good Lord, that article is frightening. Thanks for pointing it out...I had no idea it all went that deep, was that diabolical. It's like a kind of cultural fascism or assault on sanity, a headlong plunge into the darkest times of yesteryear.

We're going to need a bigger boat.


Yes, it is THE most frightening, threatening and global turn in all of human history (I believe), worse than WWII 3rd Reich, worse than the 7th cent Islamic conquests, etc). It's of medieval "Plague" proportions. And the sickening thing is that Trump-tards think this all 'funny", just a big "game", a joke.   tee-hee

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:30:36 AM »
EUobserver ~ April 20 2017
Russia-linked Fake News floods French social media


"Almost one in four of the internet links shared by French users of social media in the run-up to elections were related to fake news, much of which favoured anti-EU candidates and showed traces of Russian influence, according to a new study.
The survey, by a UK-based firm, Bakamo, published on Wednesday (19 April), looked at 800 websites and almost 8 million links shared between 1 November and 4 April.

Of the links, 19.2 percent related to media that did not “adhere to journalistic standards” and that expressed “radical opinions … to craft a disruptive narrative” in what the study called the “reframe” category.
A further 5 percent of links related to “narratives [that were] often mythical, almost theological in nature” or discussed “conspiracy theories” in what the study called the “alternative” section.

The sources shared in these categories favoured anti-EU candidates both on the far right and the far left: Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Francois Asselineau, and Philippe Poutou.

They also favoured Francois Fillon, a centre-right candidate who is friendly toward Russia.

Bakamo’s research found that one in five sources in the reframe section were influenced by Russian state media known for spreading anti-EU disinformation, such as RT or Sputnik, and that one out of two sources in the alternative section had Russian roots.

“The analysis only identified foreign influence connected with Russia. No other foreign source of influence was detected”, Bakamo said.

The study said that “established sources of political news” were “still driving public discourse” and were “being shared in greater proportion than all other non-traditional media sources”.

They also noted that while the far-left candidate Melenchon’s campaign team often shared bogus material, Le Pen’s team mostly propagated its own content on sites such as Twitter or Facebook.

But it added that social media users in the reframe category were “very prolific” and “very engaged”, sharing links almost twice as many times as those who followed mainstream sources.

Pierre Haski, a French journalist who took part in the research, noted that there was another “worrying trend as election day nears”.

He said there was a “growing gap among citizens” based on “news reliability and respect for professional and ethical [journalistic] rules” rather than on political affiliation.

The gap meant that people increasingly did not agree on basic facts as opposed to political opinions and that those who no longer trusted traditional media were impervious to debunking efforts, such as Les Decodeurs, a group of fact-checkers working with Le Monde, a French newspaper of record.

Bakamo’s study said the main political themes in the reframe category were those that championed French identity and attacked Islam.

Minor themes also attacked globalisation, big corporations, and US or EU “imperialism”.

It said the influence of Russian sources was the strongest in the French identity, anti-Islam, and anti-globalisation areas, as well as in the areas of “confusion” and “conspiratorial/anti-system” sources shared in the alternative segment."

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:58:47 AM »
I heard her interview on NPR last week. Fascinating stuff. Evidently the Mercers are Bannon devotees and are largely responsible for him being in the WH. And that connection would explain one major rea$on why he'$ $till there, in spite of his animosity toward favored son-in-law Jared.

Thanks for the link to the NYer article.

Yup. One other huge Mercer linkage is with the UK's "Brexit" leaders. Mercer's company "Cambridge Analytica" does personal-info-data-collection-and-analysis (on a "psy-ops" level, i.e. weaponized data). This article from The Guardian, Feb. 2017, covers that angle of the story (but of course he also later used his same tech in the U.S. to help Trump win (e.g. Facebook-data-driven fake-news ad targeting). So Mercer had a big hand in destroying the UK, the EU, and the U.S. !

So this all-out assult on and destruction of Western Civilization came not from Islam but from Extremist Conservative Right-Wing Nationalist Christofascists.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:15:42 AM »
. . .  there are so many Christians motivated by greed and ambition involved in American politics . . .

The scope and magnitude of the trace-able provable (faux)-"Christian" Far-Right Conservative funding and fake-news generation/propigation this past election cycle is freaking off the charts frightening! The Kochs and Mercers (billionaires) are the two largest top of the food-chain funders nationwide in ALL races large and small around the country (and has been going on for decades) including House Reps, Senators, Judges, you name it, very deliberate targeted well-funded evil. I didn't use the term Christofascism lighty last week. It led to my buying four books on that topic alone (Conservative Christian Extremist Political funding, organizing, and action since the late 70's early 80's).

Good newer title is by Jane Mayer's: "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right".

She also did a 30 page article on "the Mercers" for New Yorker mag in March 2017 which is basically an appendix or extention/update extra chapter to "Dark Money"

Two nights ago MV had an advert running here on Bellgab that I had to follow down a bit. It was from an entity called "Judicial Watch" -- another notorious and evil "Conservative" funding/action source who were big-time Hillary bashers and faked Hillary story peddlers last year. This ad was about Fighting Immigration with a ready-to-go petition to sign-sent to your local Governor's office -- lest people think the Christian-Right evil-doing is over just because the election is!
Read that yellow Petition txt.
The last img below is of the actual ad running on BG, note txt "Help Judicial Watch fight against *DEADLY* Immigration policies".

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:31:34 AM »
Please tell us what criminal act Trump is guilty of.  As always, your allegations are totally free of facts.   You do know that there are those of us here that are going to enjoy rubbing your nose in such statements when the truth is known?

By the time this is over, you and your Klansman will have less nose tissue remaining than Michael Jackson had. But that will hardly qualify as payment-in-full. The damage you (evil putz's) have done is incalculable, irreparable, inexcusable and unforgivable. And those last two terms form the Definition of "Indefensible Crime".

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:07:53 AM »
White-Trash House:
- Donald Trump
- Sarah Palin
- Kid Rock
- Ted Nugent

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 20, 2017, 03:58:16 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

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 [], 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. . . .

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 20, 2017, 03:52:11 AM »
Even Paul Ryan knows that RUSSIA influenced the 2016 U.S. Presidential election -- but the Trump-tards at Bellgab haven't gotten "The Memo" yet!


Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 20, 2017, 03:32:01 AM »
Ghost Fleet
the "Armada" that couldn't


Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 20, 2017, 03:16:07 AM »
Forget Sanctions: Exxon Would Like Access to Russian Oil Anyway

With the simple submission of a technical sanctions waiver, oil giant Exxon Mobil created a potential PR headache for the White House. On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported Exxon is seeking a greenlight from the U.S. government to bypass sanctions on Russia and resume doing business with the country’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft.

The State Department is one of several government agencies that will oversee Exxon’s waiver application, though a State Department spokesman told the Wall Street Journal Tillerson (who received the Russian Order of Friendship in 2013) is recusing himself from any decisions relating to Exxon for two years.

More on this at NYTimes (can't see WSJ without paying crazy expensive subscription, i.e $400 yr! $100 for 6mos at 50% off! ffs)

"Exxon Mobil could lose its contractual exploration rights in the Black Sea if it did not begin drilling operations by the end of 2017"

"Exxon’s waiver request drew criticism Wednesday on several fronts. Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is a fierce critic of Mr. Putin, asked in a Twitter post, “Are they crazy?”

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 19, 2017, 11:40:49 PM »

Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

Good thing you prefaced your BS FAKE NEWS with "For What it's Worth" Pye. That "story", it's author, and Outlet (USA Spectator) are *Worthless*.
You might begin your studies by reading the original Guardian article upon-which he claims to draw or relay this alleged "Confirmation" from.

And a further "refresher" for you;  the orginal FALSE allegations came from Fox's "Judge" Andrew Napolitano -- who was then "let go" (benched, off-air, with the exception of one repeat "performance" March 29th ) specifically because of those exact UNSUBSTANTIATED claims.

So much for your unending attemps at playing "the Sophisticate" -- LOL"

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:21:26 AM »

I see what you mean about the English Aesthetic Movement...all those dimly lit pre-turn of the century landscapes; the dreary persistence of it all. The influence just sometimes looks so Dutch to me. Oh well. It's been quite a few years since my art history and philosophy classes.

'Course, I can't now seem to get the image of thousands of excited Noritake employees riding English and Italian tour buses all muttering to themselves 'art for art's sake, but money for God's sake'. Thank-you-very-much.

Aristotle would plutz.

One loose thread; I'm pretty sure (not positive) that this-all might help explain the origin or underlying meaning of term "Pre-Raphael(ite). Raphael, not Michelangelo, has always been considered THE High Renaissance master. So, that which came "before" (pre) the High Italian Renaissance is probably being invoked and certainly jives with the overall movement back to slightly older models at least -- if not the full blown Gothic antiquity quite yet (it's relative simplicity if stripped of ornament).  Pre-Raphael is a highbred, not abandoning the "higher" but revisioning it's skill-set employed within a slightly earlier simpler. . . I just cheated and looked/Googled it, it's characterized by being "vaguely medieval" -- so I was right. Blah blah, nuff said.

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