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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2021
     
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2021
     
    I don't. Sorry.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2021
     
    I just need it for the phone. Maybe China can break it.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2021
     
    It would be very collectible. And it's nice to imagine something that St Elon and Little Jeffie couldn't afford.
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2021
     
    I can loan you enough for a phone call.
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      CommentAuthorjohnq
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2021
     
    they should have made it splittable, like doubloons
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2021
     
    I will get a parrot that can say "Pieces of 125 billion, pieces of 125 billion".
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    Nobody knew how to speak Pirate until Robert Newton came along.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2022 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2022
     
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2022
     
    Posted By: DuracellThe next US civil war is already here – we just refuse to see it

    Guardian click bait crap.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2022
     
    @BOR
    Did you neglect the Fe bbc or do you really think that?
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2022
     
    The United States has burned before. The Vietnam war, civil rights protests, the assassination of JFK and MLK, Watergate – all were national catastrophes which remain in living memory. But the United States has never faced an institutional crisis quite like the one it is facing now. Trust in the institutions was much higher during the 1960s. The Civil Rights Act had the broad support of both parties. JFK’s murder was mourned collectively as a national tragedy. The Watergate scandal, in hindsight, was evidence of the system working. The press reported presidential crimes; Americans took the press seriously. The political parties felt they needed to respond to the reported corruption.

    You could not make one of those statements today with any confidence.


    The right has recognized what the left has not: that the system is in collapse. The right has a plan: it involves violence and solidarity. They have not abjured even the Oath Keepers. The left, meanwhile, has chosen infighting as their sport.

    There will be those who say that warnings of a new civil war is alarmist. All I can say is that reality has outpaced even the most alarmist predictions. Imagine going back just 10 years and explaining that a Republican president would openly support the dictatorship of North Korea. No conspiracy theorist would have dared to dream it. Anyone who foresaw, foresaw dimly. The trends were apparent; their ends were not.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2022
     
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2022
     
    A year after the Capitol attack, what has the US actually learned? - Cas Mudde

    Clyde is illustrative of another ongoing development, the slow but steady takeover of the Republican party by new, and often relatively young, Trump supporters. In 2015, when his massive gun store on the outskirts of town was still flying the old flag of Georgia, which includes the Confederate flag, he was a lone, open supporter of then-presidential candidate Trump, with several large pro-Trump and anti-“fake news” signs adorning his gun store. Five years later, Clyde was elected to the House of Representatives as part of a wave of Trump-supporting novices, mostly replacing Republicans who had supported President Trump more strategically than ideologically.


    The increased anti-democratic threat of the Republican party can also be seen in the tidal wave of voting restrictions proposed and passed in 2021. The Brennan Center for Justice counted a stunning 440 bills “with provisions that restrict voting access” introduced across all but one of the 50 US states, the highest number since the Center started tracking them 10 years ago. A total of 34 such laws were passed in 19 different states last year, and 88 bills in nine states are being carried over to the 2022 legislative term. Worryingly, Trump-backed Republicans who claim the 2020 election was stolen are running for secretary of state in various places where Trump unsuccessfully challenged the results.


    In short, a year after the Capitol attack, US democracy is in a different but still fragile place. Most importantly, the extremists are no longer in the White House, encouraging and protecting the far-right mob. In fact, the state is more aware of and vigilant towards the far-right threat than ever before this century. The threat of far-right direct violence is probably less severe than before – not because the movement is weaker, but because the state is stronger.

    At the same time, the Republican party has become increasingly united and naked in its extremism, which denies both the anti-democratic character of the 6 January attack and the legitimacy of Biden’s presidency, and is passing an unprecedented number of voter restriction bills in preparation for the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential elections. As long as the White House mainly focuses on fighting “domestic violent extremism”, and largely ignores or minimizes the much more lethal threat to US democracy posed by non-violent extremists, the US will continue to move closer and closer to an authoritarian future.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2022
     
    Democracy in action.

    It has happened before that the USA has had to send in its agents when some small country mistakenly elects itself a socialist government. To help correct that obvious error... Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an anti-CIA that could set things right from the other side. Nobody rescued the Weimar Republic.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2022
     
    https://edition.cnn.com/videos/business/2022/01/03/trump-supporters-on-january-6-one-year-later-orig-jm.cnn

    "Because of disinformation, denial and diversion, Americans do not have a shared understanding -- a shared history -- of what happened here on January 6 last year. In our Monday night report for 'AC360,' I spoke with Trump supporters about how they remember, and misremember, January 6. Many of the people I met who are genuinely convinced the 2020 election was rigged now seem to genuinely believe it wasn't Trump supporters who were at the Capitol that day."
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2022 edited
     
    The news that Harris was, for a time, vulnerable to a potential explosion adds a new dimension to the events of 6 January. Harris is the first female US vice-president and first woman of color in the White House


    BBC

    Er....
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2022
     
    Based on Merrick Garland's past as a prosecutor, his method appears to be building a bulletproof case, keeping the details secret until it's time to present it to a jury. Witness the Timothy McVeigh prosecution. The defense essentially had nothing to say after his presentation.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTime7 days ago