Tagged: Vladimir Putin

Victim of love

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Americans don’t understand college admissions at all. So much ignorance in the age of Trump.

I have no problem with legacy admits or an admissions office giving extra-weight to non-traditional students (older than 18-22), or quarterbacks, or skilled flute players, or students from rural areas, students from impoverished urban areas, etc.

As the self-proclaimed leader of a revolution, perhaps Bernie will use an executive order to create single-payer and bypass the established legislative procedures.

Such an embarrassing moment for the Bernie supporter, but preserved forever.

Please note the macro-aggression came from a Sanders supporter. To be precise: it’s not the “far left”. It’s about the failure to see a distinction between liberalism and the current conservative/right-wing political formations.

Re MLB three batter rule for relievers: I can’t think of another major sport that specifies how long a player must play once they enter a game.

Putin has his Night Wolves, Trump has his MAGAts. Shock troops of reactionary politicians.

Rhinoceros

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From grift to graft: the story of the Trump presidency.

Trump has a tendency to fire people after they’ve resigned.

“My relationship with the leaders of Europe is as good as my relationship to Ivana, Marla, Stormy, and Maria Butina.” – DJT

Trump watches RT as much as he watches Fox News.

Putin’s investment is paying off.

If you look closely, you can see Putin’s fingers moving Trump’s lips.

Pro-reality articles are by definition anti-Trump.

Muskrat love was not legal in 38 states in 1976.

I was a little bit busy.” That’s says it all about Sanders. He’ll never recover from this. Could be his political epitaph.

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Looting museums to meet the emotional needs of the present is foolish and dangerous to art. To treat culture as property is philistine.

Nationalists instrumentalise art to embellish their power. Museums are a bulwark against such abuse of art.

National populism is an international menace.

Bernie Sanders will push 80 in 2020 and is damaged goods politically (dismissing southern primaries in 2016). Moreover, he should run as an Independent to avoid the charge of opportunism (i.e., using the Democratic Party when it’s convenient, ditching it when it is not).

Opportunism: After losing the nomination in 2016, Mr Sanders renounced his membership in the Democratic Party and was soon busy raising funds for his revolution on YouTube.

The nineteenth-century bases of industrial capitalism are no longer the leading edge of liquid capitalism (to paraphrase Zygi Bauman). The social disruption caused by AI and the “flexible” labor arrangements of the twenty-first century capitalist economy is not addressed by Trumpist and Sandersite ideas (neo-mercantilist protectionism and “socialization,” respectively), which remain locked in a nineteenth-century perspective of the nation state and labour-capital relations.

Consumers are primarily concerned about quality of service and consumer rights, not ethics and workers rights. The twist is workers are also consumers.

Smart twentieth-century Marxists used Freud’s work. Dumb ones didn’t.

Althusser liked Freud. Zizek is also cathected

Freud’s essay on group psychology explains the craving for the love of a strong leader among the populist masses.

Smart socialists are never motivated by envy. However, the dumb ones are.

There’s no litmus test for holding office other than being elected or appointed. To apply one to “wealth” is undemocratic and discriminatory.

If you like family dictatorships:

Hafez al-Assad 12 March 1971 – 10 June 2000
Bashar al-Assad 17 July 2000-

Putin aims to restore the glory of the Russian Empire. His ideology is neo-imperialism. Externally, he found a useful idiot in Trump, whom he plays like a balalaika. His investment in Brexit appears to be paying off as May and Corbyn unwittingly (or wittingly) do his bidding against the EU. Internally, the economic outlook for Russia remains bleak, as its leading exports — orphans, mail order brides, and political violence — have remained unchanged for at least a decade.

The civilised world will have to come to terms with the Black Hand of Donetsk sooner than later. One observes that what appear to be relatively small slights (see Pussy Riot’s stunts and WADA’s ban of Russian athletes) are more of an affront to his fragile ego than the threat of military reaction. Like Trump, Russia’s Eternal President can be played.

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Incitement to disgust

Want rules over need in economies based on consumption, not thrift. Asceticism is anachronistic.

Envy of the rich and hatred of the poor are co-dependent on each other. Neither emotion should be affirmed.

Simple language is for simple minds.

Americans tend to exaggerate; everything is the biggest, the most beautiful, the greatest. If you disagree with them, they call you little and sad.

Rights are taken, not given. They don’t fall down from heaven.

The Assad dictatorship has a track record of brutality. Ignore that at your own peril.

Conspiracy thinking is rife today. Those who doubt even their own existence are complicit with Assad and Putin.

Conspiracy thinking is insincerity par excellence. Taken to its logical end, conspiracy thinkers must consider that their own thoughts might be part of a conspiracy. And then the doors of the mental ward close behind them.

Alas, we are beset by fools and mountebanks.

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Kate Beckinsale will always be Selene to me.

Fox News has purveyed fake news for two decades. Breitbart is riding on old Rupe’s coattails.

Steve Bannon is the bin Laden of journalism.

Mr Trump is Thatcher on steroids, Reagan on donepezil.

It is not surprising that a billionaire tops the Forbes’ list.

Hatful of hollow

There’s no point in writing about Labour again until Corbyn is out.

Mr Corbyn is what he is: a street activist/ backbench careerist. He’s out of his depth in his current position.

Elizabeth I is a pretty good role model. If only Corbyn had one.

Nothing about the Infant-Elect indicates education.

I give it a week into his presidency before the first financial scandal breaks.

I’m thinking Mssrs Trump and Putin will hold their first summit in a Russian banya.

A handful of clever Bolsheviks took down a nation of millions. However, Communists today are fossils, like the skull of a T-Rex.