Now that Donald Trump has Won

Ugh. That’s based on that ridiculous staged nonsense at AOC’s town hall where a woman showed up advocating eating babies in order to save the planet. The woman was a plant but that didnt stop far right wing outlets acting like AOC, or at the very least, AOC’s supporters are fully behind this idea. The worst part is, the people who follow such media outlets are more than sheltered enough (fucking dumb enough) to believe this to be reality.

oh so that is where that is from. Someone I know was posting that and I was wondering where that made up nonsense was from

With Trump giving Erdogan the green light, we can now add “enabling genocide” to Trump’s list of “accomplishments”

So not to dredge up the past, but years ago Adobe made the decision to go subscription model and our lovely podcast hosts said this was good and had no downsides. I’m being hyperbolic there but they generally said this was a good thing and gave a bunch of reasons why it was.

Well here’s the flipside:

https://helpx.adobe.com/la/x-productkb/policy-pricing/executive-order-venezuela.html

Honestly I feel like it should go without saying but this kinda shit right here is why I basically consider software piracy to be fundamentally good. Not because it’s free but because of control.

That’s some BS that they aren’t able to issue refunds.

If my indignant anger and petty smugness were numerical they’d be 100. Refunds would bring that to 99.

:100:

[fifteen characters of 100]

He already had that title when he kept letting the Saudi’s genocide the Yemeni population

It’ll be really odd if Kurdish pull out is the straw that broke the Republicans back.

Again, going by the Freep thread on SA, that might actually be happening

THE STUPID IT BURNS MY SOUL…

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The fuckery of this administration knows no bounds…

Exclusive: Turf War Blocked CFPB From Helping Fix Student Loan Forgiveness Program

"Starting early last year, the nation’s most powerful consumer protection agency sent examiners into companies that run student loan call centers to try to fix a troubled loan forgiveness program. But the Department of Education blocked the bureau from getting the information it needed, NPR has learned…

Several sources familiar with the matter tell NPR that the bureau sent teams of examiners into servicing companies that run student loan call centers. Such examinations typically go on for two months, with the team embedded at the company. There’s months of follow-up after that.

But the Trump administration’s Education Department told loan servicing companies not to share information with the bureau about the vast majority of student loan borrowers, citing privacy concerns.

That’s even though the companies are allowed to turn over private financial information to credit reporting companies. But the Education Department told the firms it was not OK to share information with a law enforcement agency. The CFPB is charged with enforcing consumer protection laws."

Wow, bold move and it proved as underwhelming as one would imagine. One report was that only 7 students of the college (2,100 enrolled students) actually attended. I wonder who made up the rest of the crowd? Random Trump fans from the surrounding areas probably.

If you just make the correct assumption that the GOP are fascists, then it all makes perfect sense. Not one of them cares about law as a device for justice, just as a tool for harming others. They’re intentionally been packing courts with judges who, similarly, don’t give two shits about actual law, and want to protect party members and allies. When you have enough corruption where a judge will look at you and determine guilt based on skin color or party affiliation, you can do anything you want without fear of immediate repercussion because you’ve essentially neutered the entire system.

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I had heard about this. The on-campus students were confined to their dorm rooms during the rally. Mostly because the Secret Service determined it would create a safety issue or similar nonsense.

I only found out about this today due to the resignation of Richard Spencer (no, not that one) but I think it is a microcosm of the U.S. under Trump. People in the U.S. are probably already familiar with this, but just to see if I got everything correct I’ll recount my understanding of things:

  • A Navy SEAL named Eddie Gallagher was reported to his superiors by his SEAL teammates after he murdered a prisoner of war in cold blood, stabbing him multiple times. He then took photographs with the body. He gets court martialed. At the trial the team’s medic had gotten immunity, took the witness stand and then confessed to the murder, contradicting both that medic’s earlier testimony and the testimony of other witnesses. The case is basically dead due to the medic’s immunity. Gallagher gets still convicted for posing with the dead body, but is released on time served. Still gets demoted.

  • Trump intervenes, undoes Gallagher’s demotion and meddles in the Navy’s affairs regarding the trial in several ways.

  • The Navy starts a review of Gallagher’s conduct. This is not good news for any Navy SEAL as it is basically certain death for their career, a precursor to them being kicked out of the Navy. Trump tries to get the review halted, making that public in a tweet. When asked about this Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer responds that a tweet is not an order.

  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper demands Spencer’s resignation. The official reason given is that Spencer supposedly went behind Esper’s back and appease Trump by undercutting the review of Gallagher by letting Gallagher retire while keeping his rank before the review starts. The only source for this claim is the White House, and it is not exactly believable because 1) that course of action is what Esper is now trying to enact; and 2) Spencer’s letter of resignation is extremely sternly worded, including this passage:

Unfortunately it has become apparent that in the respect, I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline. I cannot in good conscience obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family, my flag and my faith to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

So yeah, the Trump administration, where the entire chain of command is undermined to protect a fucking war criminal.

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Don’t forget that this is all underpinned by the desire to appeal to the racist Republican base who think the SEAL didn’t do anything wrong because he killed a brown Muslim terrorist.

Now Trump has ordered the prosecutors in the case to be stripped of their medals.