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The Trump ascendancy is really the most significant and fascinating phenomenon of our time.

Once he scored the upset win, and after the Berkeley-Brooklyn-Brookline axis dried its tears and exited their safe spaces, they swore that all sorts of horrible terrible things were about to happen: the incipient fascism of corporate and government consolidation, the criminalization of dissent and Otherization of half the country, the destruction of all sorts of social precedents, an unleashed torrent of hatred, a totalitarian government and weaponized FBI out to punish dissidents etc etc.

And they were right! But it never crossed their minds that it could be them and their side that would be guilty of committing all these offenses.

There just seems to be something very ugly that happens to humans (most esp humans in groups) when they become convinced that they're opponents are so Evil that anything and everything is justified in defeating them.

It looks like Team Social Justice is delivering the same fate to America that the American military did to Vietnam: they are going to destroy the country in order to save it.

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Trump goaded the left into letting the mask slip. That was a public service; now we know what we are dealing with.

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"Trump goaded the left into letting the mask slip." True. It, arguably, is Tump's most significant achievement.

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His only positive achievement

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far from it. Abraham Accords. Funding for black universities. Lowest ever unemployment, lowest unemployment for blacks, hispanics, non college educated males. There's lots to consider.

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Killed off TPP & revised NAFTA with good results for the Mexican labor force.

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...and after consideration dismiss...

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The Abraham Accords are an overblown nothing burger. Were Dubai and Israel ever actually at war? The Saudi royal family has always had back-door ties to Israel. The Gulf states who were signatories are not border states with Israel and never went to war against them. Meanwhile Syria and Lebanon are not signatories.

It's also kind of interesting that all the nations who Israel is "at war" with are secular "dictatorships" (according to the same people who call trump a fascist). Dictatorships with Parliamentary democracies, no less, while all the Arab countries who are signatories are conservative islamic, totalitarian theocratic dictatorships. But that's neither here nor there.

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Funny, but the signatories of the Accords, as well as many pundits, don't agree with you. As well, the Accords were seen as a diplomatic success that could lead to further inroads into the mess that has been the Middle East.

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Anyone using the phrase "nothing burger" is a brainwashed propaganda drone.

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*Writing in notes* "Iran is secular". Got it!

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I disagree, the Abraham Accords were a major turning point because the various ties between Israel and Arab states were legitimized by the Accords. And the increasing willingness of Arabs to tie themselves to Israel and vice-versa indicated Iran was the primary enemy of Arabs and Israelis, and that the US was not the central arbiter of ME politics anymore. These are pretty substantial changes.

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Iran is secular? Wow!!!!!!!

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The Abraham Accords were only started, and like anything else, with willing partners. They were meant to be continued with more Arab States, but without leadership have not.

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Most of the good stuff he did has already been reversed. Except the inflation he helped cause.

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OK genius, explain to this economist how Trump caused inflation. I’ll wait, because this is going to take you a while

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The Abraham Accords are an agreement between several countries that violate human rights because they are opposed to a common enemy which also violates human rights. The tacit alliance already existed.

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Citation please. Sorry, but I don’t accept your opinion. Nor do any of the signatory to the accord, just to be clear. And I think they likely know better than you.

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I've been seeing your crap here, and frankly, I think you're a fool after reading some of it. Explain for us, please, just how Trump allowed China to do this.

Since you cannot, I'll thank you to shut up and not bother me again with your foolishness.

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Trump inherited an economy that was in the midst of the most low growth, stagnant period in history. Also inherited a nuclear DPRK and a looming disaster in Iran. Those are just a few examples… he also inherited a political situation where half of congress and the senate was trying to impeach him from the time he took the oath of office, aided and abetted by a mainstream media ecosystem that lost its mind and threw all standards out the window, to the point of routinely running completely baseless stories that were nothing but smears.

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False, Gene. Trump inherited a stagnant, low-growth economy from Obama/Biden, who had spent years promising the "Summer of Recovery" but the damn economy wouldn't budge due to their crap leftist policies. Despite the fusillade against him, Trump cleared regulations and the economy was in perhaps the best shape since Reagan left office. Trump was taking on the Chinese as well on all fronts.

Thank you for inadvertently confirming that COVID was, indeed, a bioweapon, brought to us courtesy of Anthony Fauci. Of course Trump couldn't stop the release of a virus, no man could stop that. You'd have to be a complete fool to think such a thing, Gene.

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The question I always ask myself about anything when one or the other party controls the White House is if in this case, if Hillary Clinton was President, what would have been different with CV-19?? Same thing with 911. As an example, Al Gore while VP had met with the airlines way back much before 911 and the airlines resisted cabin-door reinforcement measures, etc. So that never took place. Obviously we had our warning shot with the WTC truck bombing in 1993 and nothing really changed.

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Deep State Gene is (again!) in the house!

Deep State Gene ain't no fool, he is a Deep State professional!

DeepState Gene, stop your deep statin.'

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I guess this must still be a free country since you (meaning Gene Frenkle) are still here. :(

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Right...Trump funded gain-of-function viral research...

Then how did he get Fauci and his virology allies to use cut-outs to bury the research in other, less threatening research?

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Do you mean to say it's no longer racist to suggest a lab leak?

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"Allowed"? Was he in the CDC/Wuhan lab loop with Fauci?

Or are you referring to his efforts to fast-track the M-RNA shots that have proven to be so effective and safe?

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Mr. Deep State Mouthpiece. Executive Glowie.

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allowed? The virus was around the world before it was recognized. And was Trump backing Fauci's gain of function research?

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Ask Lizzard Cheney about that.

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True. Although I think Trump also revealed the emptiness of the right as well. Both.

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yeah the GOP was ripe for a hostile takeover, esp after the Romney/Ryan plutocrats' dream ticket...but at least Trump's depantsing of the 2016 field was hilarious and well-deserved...him kneecapping Jeb! was comedy gold.

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I always thought trump just wanted power and adapted his belief system to the opportunity that existed. In 2015 he realized that the Democratic party was in firm control of the Obama/Clinton team but no one was using the Republican party, so he took it over. The funny thing was that having adopted their issues to win, he felt compelled to deliver on them. something no serious Republican would ever consider.

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I don’t think he was that calculating, honestly. I think Trump thinks about Trump. I’ll give him his due credit: he had his instinctive finger on the pulse of (understandable) white working class anger. Dems helped him a lot by failing to deliver what old school Dems used to; they became the party of wealthy elites versus caring about the working class.

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Watch his Oprah interview from 25 year ago. Most people are wrong about Trump in terms of his beliefs driving his politics and not some opportunist changing his stripes to please his handlers like Biden.

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I agree. What i was describing is the tactical approach, I do not think three was a long term strategic plan other than to expand the Trump brand.

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Yes, the liberal values I grew up with went missing. Democrats no longer embraced them.

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It's quite possible for a narcissist who thinks only about himself that he could be calculating; in fact, it's one of their symptoms.

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Good point. It is theatre and good comedy! And the mainstream media should really cut DJT a fat check.

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not to mention the late night "comedians"

a lot of the supposed opposition ate very well off the Donald, they will miss him when he's gone.

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It's interesting that the current crop of late night comedians all got put in place in 2015, just in time to cheerlead Her into office.

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It was. Too bad the party takeover never materialized.

I dearly hope Trump wins again so the globalist faction of the RP decamps, is driven out by America-First populists who can end this constant bleeding out of treasure for a global fraud (global warming) and end the US proxy war in Ukraine by brokering a settlement instead of perpetuating that stupid slaughter.

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Trump and the far-righties are idiots. So are the radical lefties. Perhaps DeSantis can save us from ourselves?

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I doubt it.

Frankly, I feel much more at home these days with the "far-righties." The radical lefties have ruined American Liberalism.

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Although there is a lot to like with DeSantis, he strikes me as Chris Christie, part 2. If he does go for the nomination in 2024, I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see him heavily moderate just as Christie did.

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Careful, Bull, the previous "America-First" iteration came with a Nazi-endorsed certificate of approval.

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Poor choice of slogan. Henceforth I will use "isolationist."

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This comment really underscores the extent to which you have no idea what you’re talking about

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Deep State Gene (and his wingman Fedspar) are not trying to make sense, they are trying to disrupt the conversation we are having here...and with a fair degree of success, unfortunately.

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A lesson well-learned.

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I agree if by “right” you mean the GOP. The uniparty revealed itself like a cheap stripper.

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AND he pulled the covers off the corporate press, revealing them to many more people as the pack of lazy, venal, climbing schmoozers rubbing up against the politically powerful that they have always been. Their humiliation at being wrong about his election prospects led them to go all in as the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party.

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Not always. Jimmy Dore just showed some clips of journalists commenting on Joe Biden when he first got into politics and they were doing their jobs then. The good old days

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is very true

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job well done. he can leave now.

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I agree. he did his part. let’s pray he leaves now. he can only damage us further

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Democrats are not the Left.

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I use the term more broadly than an academic would. "The Left" = democrats, identity groups, ESG investors, environmentalists, the MSM, feminists, academia, the administrative state, K-12 education, the DEI Industrial Complex, hollywood, madison avenue, social media moderators, Big Tech etc.

The Left = The Borg.

Real leftists usually quibble with this, but it is what it is. The Borg needs a name, and it has been dubbed "The Left."

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Well said, Brent. What we call "the Left" has always been evolving--in its current iteration, it looks pretty much like you describe.

But yes, self-apponted "real Leftists" will not doubt continue to quibble with you.

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In other words, a meaningless term for everybody you don't like. Thanks for helping strip all the meaning out. Granted, it was always pretty vague.

It's never legitimate to name your opponents, because that's just propaganda.

On ther other hand, we really need a new name for the "real left." You'll just have to take a Green's word for it that the Dems are not - in fact, they're a right-wing, neoliberal party closely allied with the Repubs, except for competing with them for the big money.

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I didn't come up with the term. It is the name the Borg has been given.

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but the problem is, as I stated below, that everything is a binary. In some cases that broad brush works, but it has become insane. because Taibbi is no longer singing from the same book he is, not only banished, he is now a conservative, (you hav to admit, that's funny.) But it has allowed the establishment to divide the world between th pro and anti Trump with the stipulation that anyone who agrees with a single Trump policy is pro and thus outcast.

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I think the Borg will get more and more repulsive to normies and it eventually people will leave it.

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Not until things are FUBAR.

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Hate tp tell you friend, but Democrats are now run by "the Left"...them and the corporate globalists. There are few if any "liberals" remaining in the party. A bitter truth, but true nonetheless. And I say that as a (former) lifetime Dem.

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You've got it backwards. The liberals are running the Democratic Party, and they aren't "the Left." Chris Hedges calls them "the liberal elite" or "the liberal class."

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Sorry, I see very few (if any)"liberals" of a traditional sort left in the Dem party. Who, specifically, would you place in that category?

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Actually I would say the rank and file of the democratic party is filled with traditional liberals who continue to support the party either out of inertia, revulsion, (real and/or imagined) of the Republicans, or just blind loyalty. Anecdotally I see it all over my family who, willfully, never connect the dots, complain about the insanity that is occurring, and then faithfully vote blue on every ballot down the line.

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You could not possibly be more wrong.

The Dems are pro-war, pro-crony capitalism, anti free speech, anti-choice when it comes to toxic experimental gene therapy. In what universe are those leftist positions? If the Left runs the DNC, how do you explain their reaction to Bernie Sanders's platform?

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Because your modern Leftist is "pro-war, pro-crony capitalism, and anti free speech, etc." Bernie, the pro-war Socialist-with-three houses is exhibit A of what I am talking about. AOC is exhibit B. Both pro-war and anti-free speech. Wake up, it's 2022, not 2016. Much has changed in a very little time.

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You wouldn't recognize a modern Leftist if one passed you on the sidewalk. BTW, we look a lot like the old-fashioned leftist.

What you have created is a picture in your mind of what "a Leftist" looks like, according to you.

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Leftists are not pro-war and anti-free speech, though liberals are. It’s a matter of definition though. Leftists have always used “liberal” as a term of derision.

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and Taibbi is not a conservative jorno but these days its a binary, you are one or the other. Fluidity only exists in the sexes in the genders it seems

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How about this binary: Pro- or anti-establishment? In this political moment, that one works for me.

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I put it this way - your focus is what you inevitably create in your life. Democrats created all the evil behaviors they were projecting onto Trump.

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Jung's concept of shadow projection is a key one to understand the otherwise inexplicable behavior we're seeing among the illiberal elite.

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Once an elite establishes its power, no horrifyingly awful behavior it pukes, oozes, or ejaculates is necessary to understand outside the context of the continued maintenance of that power. The alleged fundamental ideology is a complete pretense.

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I’d agree with this: It’s ultimately power they’re after, on both the right and left.

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Our country was founded upon the concept of restraining government power. One side still wants that, the other wants totalitarianism in the name of socialist revolution.

But I agree that DC Republicans do little if anything to restrain government power now.

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DC Republicans have always voted for bloated defense budgets, more power for the CIA and FBI and more and longer jail times.

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The Party apparatus sole purpose is to accumulate and retain power. Can't blame if for being what it is. The two Parties take turns venturing too far outside the norm. Currently it is the Democrats' turn; they seem unwilling to cede their ignoble turf, and instead press ever outward, intent on dragging the rest of us in their direction. They appear to be mostly successful.

It's possible Democrats have perfected the Art of the Deal. Instead of merely starting at a ludicrous position and then meeting your opponent halfway between you and the mean, they instead raise the stakes higher every time anyone says No, and label them a racist for their impertinence.

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David, absolutely! I made this point to my formerly liberal friends on Trump's Inauguration. Too much of what's happening now in US politics is shadow projection and then fighting those shadows. "Shadow boxing the Apocalypse" as the Grateful Dead once sang. As an amateur astrologer, much as I've heard all the quick dismissals of astrology, we all knew that the US was going through its Pluto Return from 2016-2024, which meant we knew the shadows were going to surface and to not waste time in fighting them, but rather to expect a very deep dive into the American psyche, facing all of its collective demons and the many projections from those unwilling to face them.

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Also, Trump is a Gemini with Leo rising. 'Nuff said.

https://www.glamour.com/gallery/presidents-zodiac-sign

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He was also born on an eclipse day. So was I. Makes us a bit, umm, touched. But it’s a matter of how you use those energies.

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"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

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I can’t find it online, but I would love to go and rewatch that leaked video of the google executives bitterly complaining about the election result to their employees. One certainly gets the impression that just the core mission of all these supposedly profit-maximising, publically owned social media giants post 2016 became to stop Trump or anyone like him ever being elected again, screw the profits. The best obvious example of foresaking profits was on YouTube where the wrong voices were demonetised at some cost to shareholders as well as the creators. But twitter hiring thousands of hall way monitors (as did Facebook I guess) to rub out conservative/wrong views is another example. They all did their bit, as did the mainstream media.

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I have you covered, friend:

https://euphoricrecall.substack.com/p/googlegov-part-2

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Brad on the spot!

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Saving that is a great public service!

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This should have been a lawsuit. There is no way you could be a Trump supporter there and have a safe working environment while your colleagues weep and rend their garments over your candidate.

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people are leaving. staff is crying. wow. that was an hour of amazing BS..

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Brilliant.

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I was waiting for Subhar to say that he was an immigrant and a refugee after Sergey Brin did.

I waited to subscribe until I had familiarized myself with your blog, and I didn't, because you are not just comparing apples with oranges, and you haven't just made fruit salad with them like many people do, but you seem to have put them in a blender and made a congee!

You indiscriminately mix progressives, liberals, the Democrats, and others together in a word soup. You need to clarify your thoughts.

Of course, you probably have a devoted following that agrees with you, so you won't.

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You feel better now, Susan?

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Not just conservative voters; they didn't like those who aren't into regime change wars, US global hegemony, and heavy-handed social rule enforcement.

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They were rewarded with Coronavirus lockdowns and the resulting boom of digital commerce that resulted.

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That was a great comment. The reason why Trump is such a lightning rod is because he hijacked one of the two captive parties that has been used for decades to cement control over the US electoral system. And he did so as a "populist" and while openly declaring war against the nearly concensus interests massed to resist him. Politically Trump was an existential threat to the swamp aka status quo. It was a death match and it isn´t quite over. His supporters were necessarily punished to teach them to never try that shit again! We are witnessing the lengths that the SQ will go to to keep a grip on power. Now we get to see how badly Americans want their country back.

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Yes. Well said. Beyond the left/right narrative are The Exhausted Masses. We’re all sick of the bullshit toxic duo. Sanity again! MAKE AMERICA SANE AGAIN!!!

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absolutely!!

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If we don't get off our lazy keisters and vote for Trump or whoever gets to run against Dementia Joe, we deserve to be slaves to the globalists. We need to vote in such overwhelming numbers no vote fraud can make a difference.

The DP has played out its hand. The only card they have left is vote tampering. However, challenging results has now become meaningless as both parties bitch about it whenever they lose, despite the reality or falsity of individual instances, and anyone from either party who challenges a count is immediately labeled as a "paranoid conspiracy theorist."

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First they laugh at you

then we take back free speech

then we win

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Well stated, as someone here previously said, this discussion thread would indeed make a fine substack article in itself. Perhaps I'm revealing my own tribalism in concurring.

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Berkeley-Brooklyn-Brookline axis...first time I've ever heard that one! Hilariously on point! Well done!

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thanks!

was gonna go w Axis of Sanctimony but didnt wanna gild the lily.

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That may be even better!

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This is really the story of the last several years of American politics. And 1/2 the country has no idea it’s happening.

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I dunno. I think a lot of folks know...they just ALSO know they have no access. We've seen this before with Snowden & Assange. Which is why Greenwald, Taibbi, Mate, Gabbard, even Weiss are so damned important!

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"they are going to destroy the country in order to save it"

They already have. The bloodshed may continue but the war for the most part is lost. The cancer of woke and of Marxism has metastasized into all of the vital organs of American governance. The long march through the institutions is complete.

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That's my view as well. All companies like Twitter et el accomplished was the start of the parallel economy and the creation of new social media sites for refugees of "wrong think" effectively creating echo chamber's, where idea's are not throughly challenged or debated.

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I'm familiar with Marxist theory and history but am still dissatisfied with the myriad definitions of "woke" that I have solicited from others (in good faith) and subsequently received.

Indeed, one definition often covers terrain completely uncharted by another---I just hope I'm "woke" if it's a good thing, hoping I'm not if it's a bad thing.

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If that's the case then it's time to get off these threads and find a job.

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He said, without irony.

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But, but, Phisto---this is my job...

I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....I AM THE CANCER OF WOKE AND OF MARXISM....

And I'm fixin' to metastasize on your ass...

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My mistake. As you were.

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Marxism is the idea that the government should control the means of production. What we have now is an oligarchy who controls everything which is about as far from Marxism as it gets.

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Not to overpraise out of turn, but your comment stream by itself would make a hell of a Substack.

I guess our brains are still wired to overvalue tribalism-based emotion over rational thought, just like enough human beings are smart, lucky, and avaricious enough to lower the quality of life for 99.9999 percent of the planet for no reason other than succumbing to the instinct to hoard more resources than the rest of the monkeys. They are not representative of the kindness and generosity I still believe is foundational to the human ape, else we probably would have gone extinct a while ago instead of, eh, soon.

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Well stated Kevin. Some would argue that the loss of the belief in a higher being that has contributed to our current state of affairs. Or, a loss of a moral compass as a society.

Either way our tribalism has become more acute since Trump got elected.

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Perhaps the cause & effect were reversed. The pendulum always swings; 2016 was premature, but the populace was ripe for it.

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Beautifully said, Kevin. You might like my stack, where I write about this often :)

"Sincere American Writing"

https://michaelmohr.substack.com/

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It really was a surreal reaction. A riot at the Inauguration, Thanksgiving discussing the 25th Amendment.

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Another excellent comment. Yes, they felt they had to nullify the First Amendment in order to save "our democracy".

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So well said!

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thanks!

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Very well said.

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thanks!

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Great comment. But you misspelled the Palo Alto-Brooklyn-Brookline axis.

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Lol. Weird, isnt it? Remember when Stanford was the bastion of Conservatism? Hoover Inst, et al? And San Jose/SC County/Peninsula were the 'red' parts ofvthe Bay Area at large? Much like OC down south. Now the wealthy enclaves hold water for the Business Class, but wear a blue tie. Wasnt that long ago.

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The preponderance of the wealthy, in the Bay Area or any other enclave in this much-damned country of ours, don't wear "blue" ties, chum. And the monied cats who do, PMC democrats and a smattering of corporate types, are a thin minority at any white tie cocktail party---despite what you're told by Newsmax editorialists, make-up padded, long-haired blonde correspondents and influencers who patrol twitter, fist-gaveling substackers, James Lindsay, Ron DeSantis, Randy Quaid, et al.

Any sort of perceived self-identification with the scraps and scrawls of the so-called "woke" is purely designed to strengthen the bottom line, or at the very least maintain it. Period. They don't give a fuck about the woke, the anti-woke, antifa, the Mormon Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the local Rotary club, Kim Kardashian's 64 million twitter followers, or the sociopaths occupying the mansion next door.

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Cut back on the huffing is sound advice. Chum.

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Yes exactly right 💯🔥❤️🫰

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In other words, "the gloves came off." All semblance of a two party democracy (whatever you think of it) was out of the picture. The Left declared war.

And it's not just "othering" by announcing pronouns, or even the demand to acknowledge the bullshit it is. (Thank you Elon for mocking this). It's the declaration that all of us must do so as well.

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I can't stand those otherfuckers...

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The Left has always been at war.

I think what happened is that the establishment, the elites, the swamp, the deep state or however you choose to describe them decided to join forces with the left. It's like they concluded that their enemy's enemy is their friend.

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It’s always been money vs. working folks and for a long time the Right supported the people with money.

The real war on the American people accelerated when The Supreme Court declared that money was speech and it was legal to buy any politician.

“The Left” doesn’t support big companies or the FBI but liberals sure do. We probably just define the term differently.

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I supported the people with money most of my life because I thought it was either that or support bigger government. That was a lesser of evils choice. Now, it appears that big money and big government are on the same side against me. I think Trump brought that about somehow.

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Daryl, for most of your life the people with money have either been busy sucking the government dry, or busy organizing it into a fully owned subsidiary of whatever enterprise they happen to be engaged in.

Ask Taibbi---if blood funnels were horses...

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Right. I was a little slow to open my eyes to it. Actually it wasn't people with money I supported. It was businesses who built things, created jobs, etc, etc. But big businesses kept buying little businesses and getting bigger, and then buying politicians to the point that big business and government are now merged and operating against the individual. The other reason there's a right wing populist movement.

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Trump pulled back the curtain.

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The emergence of a right wing populist movement scared the shit out of the rich global elites who meant to centralize all power and forced them to show their cards. The WEF strategy doesn't account for much individual choice.

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"Trump pulled back the curtain."

An illogically common (and tiresome) refrain from those American citizens who harbor grievances, some legitimate and others not so legitimate, and who ascribe those grievances to epistemological differences they might have with such ephemera as the U.S. mass media, politicians of a certain stripe, fellow citizens of different "persuasions," loudmouth entertainers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends, bad weather, and the 600 million or so "leftists" and "Marxists" who evidently call "America" home.

To anyone remotely paying attention, the curtain-less stage show "America" predates Donald Trump by at least several hundred years. The same grievances have been around just as long.

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You've got the establishment, the elites, the swamp, the deep state and the left on the other sideline, Deryl.

That's a lot of social, political and economic kick-assery, Deryl. Bad mouthing them on a public forum might be ill-advised.

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Bending over doesn't lead to any acceptable conclusion either.

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Asking to be called by one’s preferred pronouns is declaring war? You are easily triggered.

It’s just a respect thing and of course you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to. You might be considered rude but it doesn’t seem like that matters to you.

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I don't respect anyone who thinks they have to tell me up front how to address them.

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No one is forcing you to. Though if I told you I had changed my name to Jamie I can’t see how that is any skin off your back.

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It's not. Just don't de-platform me or unperson me if I don't address you as you please.

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Stop with the coyness. Changing a name is a far cry from changing language itself. Not to mention destroying 'social constructs'. (As if social constructs dont provide important and NECESSARY norms). Pronouns and gender are just proxies for the real issue: does subjectivity take precedent over objectivity, no matter the costs.

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Wow. And all this time I thought pronouns were just pronouns and gender just gender. It's, like, my car loan payments and Range Rover are just proxies for the real issue: does the subjectivity of my new Range Rover take precedent over the objectivity of my bank's attitude toward the 10 months of late payments on the Range Rover?

My guess is that tow truck outside in the driveway is motivated by all things objective.

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Yeah I remember when hating gay marriage with the thing too.

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Their hegemonic activities were a reaction to what the left perceived to be the opposition's power structure to be.

The problem came from the erroneous perception, and it is now the left that is holding onto the fascist expressions of political power. The Twitter files represent the smoking guns.

Sadly, I hold no belief that there is anyone in our Department of Justice, certainly not the current Attorney General, who will see and act to hold the state actors in this melodrama to account in a court of law.

This whole mess may not end up being swept under the rug, but then again, it very well may. Those of us who believe in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights must stand firm in defense of our freedoms when they are challenged. And the ARE being challenged by this nefarious activity.

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The new Republican House of Representatives will have a House subcommittee investigating the excesses of the FBI and other agencies here. According to the WSJ they plan to call it "The Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government" which is an unnecessarily politicized name but at least they are looking into it.

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Imagine a 4-hour movie with all the elements of Duck Soup and The Poseidon Adventure and then some. Groucho Marx and Ernest Borgnine, both FBI agents, vie for Shelley Winters' affection, unaware that she is a republican sponsored "honeypot" trained and programmed by Tesla and Twitter engineers...with all the algorithms fit to print.

Or "Casablanca" and "Joker?" Humphrey Bogart and Paul Henreid both "come out" but stay in Casablanca and turn Rick's Place into a gay-friendly bed-and-breakfast that does double-time as a refuge for rogue FBI agents on the run from the republican congressional committee. Meanwhile, Joaquin Phoenix and Ingrid Bergman, now married and registered libertarians, are "turned" by Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, and willingly, under oath, expose the "dirty deeds" unfolding at Rick's Place.

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It is politicized for sure. But from that which has been so far revealed in the Twitter File, the name and the aim would seem to be well within reason.

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Nate Silver seems to have a habit of reminding people he's no intellectual titan.

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Yes, it was a profoundly stupid remark. I'm sure most of Vito Genovese's phone calls were quite benign, and ordering hits was just occasional. So that made it OK? Did the FBI have Hunter Biden's laptop for a year and apparently fail to authenticate tens of thousands of the emails, a task that a junior programmer who understood DKIM could easily have accomplished? I find that hard to believe. The FBI was intentionally lying or extraordinarily stupid. Take your pick, Nate, and stop babbling about irrelevancies.

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Is Nate Silver so thrilled with his unlikely membership in the elite media establishment, that his brain has turned off?

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Turning off his brain was Nate's price of membership in the elite media establishment.

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To his credit, he’s a great fit.

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Yeah but his PhD-style language is so seductive, almost as good as a Malcolm Gladwell book.

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The myth of Silver's brilliance is just that, a myth.

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He's a former baseball analytics whiz, not the same thing.

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Ruined the game. Now he's helping ruin the country.

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I thought Marvin Miller ruined the game.

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For a while, he did. But look at all the major sports. The going rate for an elite star is $50m/yr. The union couldn't have gotten here on its own.

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Marvin Miller merely pulled back the curtain, with an assist from Peter Seitz, exposing what colossal cheap fucks the owners were. They were operating a profoundly insidious monopoly, screwing the players through the "reserve clause" for almost a century.

Successful businessmen, aggressive capitalists all, pay the going rate in any market. Do I like the fact that baseball players make $50 million a year? No. But do you know why they get paid that much? Because other people, the owners, exist in a very competitive market who can afford to pay them that much. Take away the billions, and you ain't got the millions.

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To Nate's credit he has displayed autonomy of thought, especially as related to COVID. That said, 538's editorial section has become unreadable under his leadership

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You’re a true American in the best sense of the word. Thank you for all your hard work exposing this unethical and unconstitutional corruption.

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Yes, Matt is a true American. Doing lovely activities with his children, like seeing the giant redwoods. Hope the General still stands. Bullit great movie. I lived in San Fran back in the day. Two blocks over from the Haight. Worked at the free medical clinic. Ah nice trip down memory lane. Thanks Matt!

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Hey, I lived on Ashbury Street, a half block from Haight back in the day. And the free clinic saved my life once!

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There are few things sadder than being (comparatively) young and realizing that San Francisco and New York City used to be interesting places that you didn't have to be a doubleplus-millionaire or homeless to live in. A lot of us missed that bus.

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San Francisco is still interesting especially if you are young and you don’t have to be rich to live here. You just have to do what we did when we were young and that is live in a big house with roommates.

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Did you also need to avoid winos shitting in the streets and meth heads masturbating in public? Were stores closing because the cops wouldn't bust shoplifters? How often were your cars broken into?

The romance of partying and surviving in an urban hellhole usually fades by age 30.

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"The romance of partying and surviving in an urban hellhole usually fades by age 30."

I did this in Detroit before I was 30 and it was fucking awesome. To your point,

...but I could not have afforded New York, San Francisco, or probably even LA at the time.

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My car has never been broken into. If you avoid the Tenderloin and nearby areas you won’t ever see people shooting up and shutting on the streets.

Both of my kids are in public schools which are very good. The oldest is in Lowell, which is one of the best public schools anywhere. The ride the excellent public transit everywhere which gives them a personal freedom most suburban kids don’t have.

It’s a beautiful and quirky city with many great cultural institutions. You should come visit and see for yourself. It is generally regarded as one of the most livable cities in America. It’s a lot like Amsterdam. If cities aren’t your thing, that’s fine. Good that we have choices!

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"You just have to do what we did when we were young and that is live in a big house with roommates."

This is something like my particular idea of Hell, as according to Sartre and Charlie Brooker's DEAD SET, but I sincerely do thank you for the response. I have found that roommates are not too good about cleaning the bathroom and the refrigerator. As HST put it, "Nobody washes a rental car."

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Good to know, Susan. A lot of lives were saved at the clinic. Peace

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BULLITT's good. MAGNUM FORCE is great. "A man's got to know his limitations."

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Since I actually got some likes on this comment -- and against the titular wise guidance -- I will foolishly, as is my habit, elaborate.

The DIRTY HARRY corpus is an unironic love letter to San Francisco and the Bay Area at a particular place and time. It is about how a lot of different people from a lot of different economic and cultural backgrounds were dumped there and had to find a way to survive in close proximity, as much as they may have disliked each other. (Pauline Kael's characterization of DIRTY HARRY as a "hard-hat THE FOUNTAINHEAD" is not altogether inaccurate, if bitchy.)

Despite the frequent characterization of John Milius as "right-wing" (whatever the fuck that is supposed to mean any more, and whatever the fuck it meant in the 1970s, he had a much freer hand in the screenplay than in DIRTY HARRY and it shows) MAGNUM FORCE may possibly be the most aggressively and wonderfully intelligent/stupid anti-fascist political screed dumped into pop-culture trash fiction prior to Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (sp). Harry be like, "Kids, just because *I* run around breaking the rules and doing this shit, please do not institutionalize it, it's a bad idea."

Thing I like the best about MAGNUM FORCE is that Harry shoots his qual course with .44 Specials instead of .44 Magnums and makes no pretensions about doing so.

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Good stuff, Grisha. I was always partial to DIRTY HARRY but you make me want to check out MAGNUM FORCE again. What was the third one called, I can't remember. Kind of an urban version of John Ford's cavalry trilogy, with Clint Eastwood in the lead instead of John Wayne.

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"What was the third one called, I can't remember."

THE ENFORCER! Sadly I think it kind of sucks, but I should probably check it out again and look for the virtues instead of the detriments. If I remember correctly the villains are hirsute 1970s leftists with bazookas and his partner is Tyne Daly and she gets killed, according to the running gag that Harry's partners always get killed.

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The Peoples' Liberation Front! Lol. They cop the Moscone character on the L.O'Doul Bridge. Ahh...nostalgia...

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Cannot believe I forgot this line.

HARRY: "If they all shot like that, I wouldn't care if the whole damned department was gay."

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Nice!! Former bay area native here as well ❤️

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Whats back in the day? By the 90s, Cole Valley was the next Noe Valley, etc. Divisadero and the Lwr Haight defined gentry. By the early 2000s, the real SF was all but disappeared (although Richmond/Outer Sunset still remain somewhat).

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To answer your question, the 1960’s

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The FBI during the Trump Administration and under his direction took control of Twitter. Why are you ignoring this obvious fact?

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The same FBI that cooked up the Crossfire Hurricane plot, Alfa Bank plot to do him in? FBI had another master since 2016.

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…and let Hillary off the hook (“no reasonable prosecutor…”) for crimes specified by Comey himself; and allowed a private company to conduct the forensic analysis of the hacked DNC server, never proving that the Russians were the culprit…

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"Under his direction" is really stretching it at best and gaslighting at worst.

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What does that have to do with my comment?

Which administration is irrelevant. They’re all corrupt. The crimes are bigger than that and much more institutionalized in the permanent bureaucracies.

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We're not ignoring the fact that you are a deep state mouthpiece doing your glowie best to discredit all opposition to the deep state.

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I just don’t understand how the point is germane. It shocks me to hear this trope pulled out and I agree that it fundamentally is gaslighting.

If the assertion is true, wouldn’t the outcomes that Matt & others are uncovering run in the opposite direction?

In the words of the greatest moral philosopher of our time: “Come on man!!”.

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Under his direction??? He was subverted by them for his entire term. How can you not see that???

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Great work , what is infuriating is that other journalist organizations should be attacking this at every angle forcing the censors into a corner so that all of the work wouldn’t be on a handful of journalists

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But they obviously aren't going to do that, because somewhere out there there's an ABC files, and a CBS files, and an NBC files -- and those places are still taking their lead from government.

https://simulationcommander.substack.com/p/its-no-surprise-medias-ignoring-the

Know what my initial reaction was, and what I would think would be the initial reaction of all journalists?

“LET ME SEE THE FILES, TAIBBI!”

The very little of that I saw was from people who were banned from social media or part of a major news story. Crickets from the ‘media’.

But that’s no surprise at all. The story is about government directing its preferred narrative via controlled media outlets. The media isn’t going to cover it because — you should already know this one! — government is directing its preferred narrative via controlled media outlets!

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