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Brexit campaign was ‘totally illegal’, claims whistleblower by Ray3142 in worldnews

[–]EATMYLONGJOHNS -9 points-8 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure of anyone on the leave side that I know who had any interest at all in the "leave campaign". Most were decided long before. The remainers fore closed any kind of public debate by refusing any rationale discourse on even the top topics such as immigration. Since the EU and the political/media elite refused any negotiation or discussion on that topic the only remaining outlet was the vote.

In following this entire saga I have only seen one person representative of remain that I couldn't call a complete cunt or a nutter. That young chap discussed his desire to be able to easily move around. It was a fair argument.

Everything else coming out of all levels of the remain camp from the campaign to the person on the street has been hate filled lies, intimidation, sophistry, spite and self superior grandstanding. This has only gotten worse since they lost. They can't possibly conceive that they were wrong. Genuine arguments and debate are as far as they are concerned a waste of time since they are morally right by manifest destiny and shouldn't have to be challenged on their positions.

Where to start on deception, lies, sophistry, foul play, etc from the remain side I don't even know. First literally any debate on a deemed taboo subject by remainers becomes instant ad-hominem. Instead of discussing the issue at hand instantly attack the opposition. Accuse them of being racist, vilify them, attack their motives never their argument, threaten them, dehumanise them, make up ridiculous consequences for discussing issues such as genocide and then declare them guilty of genocide and if they can't be prosecuted within the law enact social justice where people must do all they can with the liberty and facilities they're given to persecute those who dare challenge doctrine. The remain side unilaterally declared the narrative and would refuse to discuss the issue outside of the context of a handful of economic arguments. They choose this not so much because it was their primary concern but because they felt it was the easy argument for them with the additional bizarre notion as to present people's objections to colonial scale immigration as merely economic concerns. The constant insistence on control and conceit rather than engaging in debate and mutual understanding led to the downfall of the remain religion.

Where do we start on the lies and dirty tricks?

  • Shifting the burden. Some how making out that liberal immigration policies or immigrants can never in any way have any kind of a negative impact but if they do apparently that's on us as though the entire duty of our country is to cater to mass immigration. The lie is either that no problem can possibly arise from massive colonial scale immigration or that if it does that curtailing massive colonial scale immigration (the large scale import of labour and voters to serve government and business) is never an option.
  • The false claim that mass colonial scale immigration is an unstoppable force of nature rather than the result of various UK government and EU policies.
  • The false claim that perpetual mass colonial scale immigration (or any immigration at all for that matter) is needed and a viable solution to an aging population.
  • Conflating identifying problems arising from mass colonial scale immigration as "blaming immigrants". Also conflating problems that are specific to certain categories of immigrants with pre-existing internal problems.
  • The claim that anything other than colonial scale mass immigration precludes any kind of benefit from immigration such as being able to import doctors, scientists, etc.
  • Tarring all immigrants by the same brush. If one immigrant is Einstein, they must all be Einstein or may all be so no one can prevent anyone who wants to migrate just in case (could make the same argument against abortion).
  • The claim that anything other than massive colonial scale mass immigration is an extreme opposite such as no immigration, deporting ten million people or will lead to WII 2.
  • The bizarre claim that we need the EU to protect us from Russia and other external threats when we're a nuclear power and we don't have any kind of difficult to resolve conflict with those nations.
  • The bizarre notion that the EU will somehow magically prevent World War II from happening all over again and has prevented it. When people do present a realistic impression of that it's a cure worse than the disease. A bit like how the Borg managed to stop war between all of the races it incorporated.
  • The notion that everything the EU does is set in stone and that somehow everyone else has to bend to its will. These things are more flexible that people realise. The EU is a social construct. It's only people who choose to be inflexible.
  • The false claim that the UK's relationship with the EU is as a recipient rather than a member of a mutually cooperative union that has made a net contribution.
  • Rewriting the history of Britain as "a country of immigrants" picking out prior cases while completely ignoring the scale. Scientific racism, recently, claiming ancient Britons were black based on speculative genetic evidence.
  • The hate crime hysteria. Go any look for the actual figures yourself. Who is behind them, how they are measured, what they measure, etc.
  • The false claim that we have total control over immigration because we're not in the Schengen Area.
  • Stereotyping to an extent that is beyond extreme. The ridiculous and false notion that anyone who doesn't believe as they do is a Daily Mail reader. It doesn't stop there. If you say something such as "I support us having control over immigration." and watch as people describe you as this entire other person they have a mental model of rather than ask you why you might believe that.

With such a huge arsenal and array of bigotry it's impossible to entertain any kind of a rational debate with the remain camp. If you find someone rational it wont be five minutes until their cohorts swarm in an put a stop to that nonsense. This is a tiny fraction of the absurdity that comes out from their hardline fundamentalist religious support for the governments trainwreck mass immigration policies that are so horrendous the entire country is being subjected to the same kind of laws we saw for Northern Ireland. We're a country rapidly progressing towards martial law. Why people still support this colonialism tooth and claw is beyond me.

Following the response from the referendum with a massive retaliation of ageism, academic elitism and other bullshit the opposition has shown its true colours and there's no going back from that.

Leaked email shows how Cambridge Analytica and Facebook first responded to what became a huge data scandal: An email exchange showed an early exchange between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica amid a rash of negative press in 2015. by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]SanguinePar 216 points217 points x2 (0 children)

If ya give permission for an app ta use ya data, Know that we'll be snooping on ya friend soonah or latah.

We'll be selling all ya info to the highest payah, And they might be using it to be the conveyah,

Of a lottah stories that you don't 'spect to receive But you gonna change the way ya think, bettah believe

When it comes to voting, fair is gonna take it's leave, And ya gonna end up giving power to a thief.

French police 'hero' dies of wounds by pipsdontsqueak in worldnews

[–]ThePr1d3 186 points187 points  (0 children)

I am a Frenchman and I don't think someone doing something that heroic should shame the one who does not

Facebook fell 13 percent this week to below $160, the stock's worst week since July 2012 by Abscess2 in worldnews

[–]maxwell-alive 171 points172 points  (0 children)

I considered buying some, but realised doing so would be immoral. Equity is one of the few tools we have to reward/punish companies.

Asia could run out of fish by 2048 and Africa may lose half of its mammal species by 2100, U.N. says by rubberbandrocks in worldnews

[–]Katerena 200 points201 points  (0 children)

It's not the people in Africa or other third world countries who are using the most resources and polluting the most.

The problem is us, not them. Overpopulation is not the issue, over-consumption is. Buying a new phone every year, instead of repairing household items we just throw them out and buy new ones. Over 40% of all the food we buy goes straight into the trash. Practically everything we use and buy is wrapped in or made of plastic.

We're wasteful, and gluttonous and we're destroying the planet. Not them, they're just the scapegoats we use so we can keep on eating our burgers and pizzas.

Cambridge Analytica search warrant granted by ITSTHEDEVIL092 in worldnews

[–]MsPenguinette 316 points317 points  (0 children)

крикет крикет крикет

[edit] asked an actual Russian.

Пилик Пилик Пилик

Elon Musk has set aside $15 million for an XPRIZE contest for entrepreneurs who can find the most effective way to use software to teach illiterate children living in extreme poverty. by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]ClockworkAeroplane 19 points20 points x2 (0 children)

This isn't a new idea by any means. It's actually been researched to death over the last 30 years.

Computer-based instruction doesn't work for most people.

The reason, I think (I'm an educator, and a technically-literate one at that... and I've taught online/distance courses, and I'm designing a MOOC now for a large university) is a fundamental misconception of what education is. Far too many people think of it as information transfer. It's not. If it were, no schools would be necessary. We'd have stopped with libraries. The information, I think, is actually incidental to what it it really is: behavior practice.

All animals, but especially primates, are very good at copying modeled behaviors. When we get a bunch of people in a room and have a model that everyone looks at and tries to imitate, education is happening. We learn as much from our fellow students as we do from the teacher. The teacher him/herself is really just there to guide the process.

The moment you remove the human component from education, you remove the single most important vector of learning. You remove the model. You remove the part of the process that works at the instinctual level. Reading, parsing syntax, tapping at screens or keyboards... These are all skills that operate on top of the animal, instinctual, inborn layer of learning. They simply aren't going to have the same impact.

My PhD is from one of the top universities in the world for my field. Like, one of the top 3. But I did it distance. I studied online and with my own reading. My advisor and my examiners and everyone at the university were and are very impressed with my work (so much so that they tried to hire me fulltime after I taught a course for them, and I still work off and on for them—my current job pays more, though). But in my heart of hearts, I know that people who had a sit-down degree program there learned more. I can tell when I talk to them. They just had more interaction, more models to work off of. I also know that if I had only had my PhD course, I would not impress anyone there. I was very fortunate to work with some amazing (and very famous) people early in my career, and they taught me. I just kept showing up to their offices as an adjunct and asking their advice on my projects, etc., until they unwittingly became my own private tutors. The depth I have comes from them, not from anything I did during my PhD.

I'm a quantitative researcher, but all of the classes I've taken in the various statistical methods I use have been online, blended courses. "Blended" means there is an actual teacher on the forums, etc., and that is the kind of e-learning I've done as a teacher as well. They aren't as good as a sit-down, but if I didn't have the teacher at all, if I just had to work with the material, and maybe take quizzes that are so simple that a machine can grade them (and I'm saying that as a guy who uses a lot of Moodle quizzes in his classes—they are great for making sure your students are keeping up with their reading, or at least cracking open the textbook, but that's about it), I can promise you I'd have no idea what I was doing.

As a result of my education, which included a lot of these new, technologically-based models of instruction, I have gone completely in the opposite direction with my own classes. I use technology a lot, but just for the boring, fiddly business parts of running a class. Disseminating information, checking understanding, coordinating groupwork... that kind of stuff. But my classes have become hyper social. I spend as little time talking as possible, and instead have the students work through things in groups, and I zip around the room hopping in and out of their work to check and help and talk to them individually, then we bring it all back together to see what and how everyone did. For assessment, despite being an assessment researcher who works primarily with multiple-choice data, I do essay tests, 100%. I do essay tests when I'm teaching statistics or quantitative research design. They take a shit-ton of time to mark, but they actually require the student to know what he/she is doing to do well. I get a granularity of information about their development that I just would never get from a list of numbers or letters. I get a look into their behavior.

I know that "never" is a very long time, but... Computers will never replace teachers. I don't mean that people won't try. I don't mean that governments won't run off half-cocked, ignoring the mountain of literature on this topic, and create some idiotic dystopian "education system" that has scant few human teachers. I mean that the job that human teachers do will never be replaced by an e-learning suite, an algorithm, or even an advanced AI. Ne-ver.

And I'm saying that as a guy who started his adult life in the tech sector, and who is a heavy user of tech in his classes.

They're tools. They facilitate human interaction, which is the actual core of education.

And I was very surprised to come to that conclusion.

‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer by PatrickPlan8 in worldnews

[–]DorkusMalorkuss 584 points585 points  (0 children)

I hate to admit this so, so much and actually struggle with the reality of it, but I do believe I was manipulated. As a matter of fact, before the election, I left the Democratic party because of the anger that had built up, due to how they treated Sanders. I still stand by being "No Party Preference" because the Democratic Party as a whole has shifted a bit too far to the right for my liking, but I hate that I left due to a lot of influence from whatever Trump/Russian/any other trolls. I don't think I'm particularly intelligent, but I have a Bachelors in History and Masters in Counseling and feel like critical thinking is something I practiced not only in my formal education but as a part of my professional career. With that said, it's nuts to think how easy it is to influence and manipulate.

‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer by PatrickPlan8 in worldnews

[–]PoppinKREAM 6214 points6215 points x3 (0 children)

Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone admitted being in touch with Guccifer over Twitter’s direct messaging service. And in August 2016, Stone published an article on the pro-Trump-friendly Breitbart News calling on his political opponents to “Stop Blaming Russia” for the hack. “I have some news for Hillary and Democrats—I think I’ve got the real culprit,” he wrote. “It doesn’t seem to be the Russians that hacked the DNC, but instead a hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer 2.0.”

Huh, well former Trump Campaign Aide Sam Nunberg went on live television and exclaimed that Mueller was asking questions about Roger Stone. Sam Nunberg proclaimed that he did not want to testify against his long time friend Roger Stone.

For those that don't know Sam Nunberg was having a melt down on multiple networks earlier this month for being subpoenaed by Special Counsel Mueller. He claimed that he didn't have the time to sort through his emails and go to the grand jury court order.[1]

The former Trump adviser made a succession of appearances on US news channels in which he – among many gaffes – called the president an ‘idiot’ and threatened to tear up a subpoena from Robert Mueller

He spent half a day on national television with the most ridiculous excuses, even going as far as to egg Mueller on to arrest him. He has since said he will cooperate.[2] The subpoena of Sam Nunberg asks for all communications/correspondence with Carter Page, Corey Lewandowski, Donald J. Trump, Hope Hicks, Keith Schiller, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Roger Stone, and Steve Bannon dating back to 2015.[3]

Now a little more on Roger Stone;[4] While Roger Stone has attempted to downplay his communication with Guccifer 2.0, he has admitted to have been in contact with the DNC hacking suspect.[5] According to the Daily Beast report, investigators have found out that Guccifer 2.0 is a Russia Intelligence Officer that worked for the GRU. The discovery was made because the Russian officer forgot to use a VPN while logging into Twitter and Wordpress. Last month investigative journalists discovered direct contact made between Roger Stone and Wikileaks.[6] We also know that Special Counsel Mueller has been asking questions about whether or not President Trump knew of the hacked DNC emails before they were released. They've asked about the relationship between GOP operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and why Trump took policy positions favorable to Russia.[7] WikiLeaks can be considered an extension of Russia's 2016 disinformation campaign,[8] we knew that WikiLeaks shared material hacked by the GRU[9] before The Daily Beast report was released today.

1) The Guardian - 'It would be funny if they arrest me' – Sam Nunberg's TV interview disaster

2) Bloomberg - Nunberg Says He Enjoyed Defiance But Will Comply With Mueller

3) The Hill - Mueller subpoenas witness for documents tied to Trump, campaign associates: reports

4) New York Times - Roger Stone, the ‘Trickster’ on Trump’s Side, Is Under F.B.I. Scrutiny

5) Chicago Tribune - Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone swapped messages with DNC hacking suspect

6) The Atlantic - Roger Stone's Secret Messages with WikiLeaks

7) NBC - Mueller asking if Trump knew about hacked Democratic emails before release

8) Foreign Policy - WikiLeaks Turned Down Leaks on Russian Government During U.S. Presidential Campaign

9) CBS - How did WikiLeaks become associated with Russia?

‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer by PatrickPlan8 in worldnews

[–]supertrollritual 341 points342 points  (0 children)

Two words combined that can't make sense

Edit: Gold for quoting some Megadeth :) Thanks stranger

‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer by PatrickPlan8 in worldnews

[–]Donjonfon -13 points-12 points  (0 children)

If the democrats actually cared about Russian interference they would pass Tulsi gabbards bill for paper ballots across the country, but they don't because they don't really care about fair elections, they just want to get back in power and keep the Obama era Republican lite style of politics going.

Charges dropped against most Turkish officers who beat protesters in US by musaler in worldnews

[–]kingestpaddle 251 points252 points  (0 children)

The video of Erdogan giving the order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5urNZi6THh0

Head guard talking to Erdogan (inside car) at 0:00

Head guard giving the order (directly and presumably also via earpiece) at 0:12

Flying kick at 0:27

Erdogan himself steps out at 0:59 to watch the show

This second video, the closeup of the attack, is much more disturbing. They're kicking people on the ground, including in the head (0:23). What's worse, the American cops barely lay a finger on the bodyguards, just weakly telling them to move back (0:15, 0:29, 0:35), and start detaining the protesters who just got attacked (0:47).


Charges dropped against most Turkish officers who beat protesters in US by musaler in worldnews

[–]IAm94PercentSure 489 points490 points  (0 children)

I’m from Mexico and it has been sad to see how the U.S. system devolves into one more like ours. The prosecutors “misidentifying some of the suspects” is a classical example of a maneuver used by the Mexican government when they want to protect someone. Prosecutors are told to intentionally screw up their job so the courts have no choice but to drop the case, since proceeding would violate the right to to due process.

The Latest: Trump says he’d like to testify in Russia probe by Will_Hack_4_Food in worldnews

[–]Beeftech67 910 points911 points  (0 children)

Yeah, Trump will testify just like he'll release his taxes....or fulfill his promises to never golf, or release his findings from that super secret Obama birth investigation, or his healthcare plan that has everyone covered, his plan to defeat ISIS, proof of those 3-5 million illegal votes, the paperwork separating him from his company....such a man of his word.

He'll probably do it the same day he locks up Hillary...

edit: damn, thanks for the gold. I know I missed a bunch of lies, but you gotta pick a few main ones with how much he's built up in a year.

The Latest: Trump says he’d like to testify in Russia probe by Will_Hack_4_Food in worldnews

[–]PoppinKREAM 3443 points3444 points x2 (0 children)

Can you blame Dowd for resigning? His client, President Trump, wants to go against a team of prosecutors[1] composed of the best lawyers in their respective fields.[2] The attorneys on Special Counsel include attorneys who left lucrative partnerships in the private sector - further indication that Mueller has a strong case. Here are the people investigating Russian meddling of the 2016 election.[3]

They include an attorney who has over 100 supreme court cases under his belt and is finding loopholes in Presidential pardons, an attorney who took down Enron and previously flipped a Russian who helped President Trump win the election, an attorney who has never lost a Supreme Court case, an attorney who was an Assistant Special Prosecutor on the Watergate investigation, an attorney who has prosecuted counter-espionage cases, attorneys who have investigated white collar crime and money laundering, a veteran prosecutor that specializes in cyber-security, I could go on. This investigation is moving at light speed when compared to other administrations and indictments.[4]

However, stay vigilant. We know he has gone back on innumerable claims. President Trump recently hired a lawyer who has been peddling the deep-state conspiracy against Trump, I would not be surprised if the President attempts to fire Mueller.[5]

James Quarles:[6]

Quarles worked as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He came with Mueller from the law firm WilmerHale.

Andrew Weissmann:[7]

Weissmann served as the chief of the Justice Department’s fraud section, where he oversaw corruption investigations, including the probe into cheating by Volkswagen on diesel emissions tests.

Greg Andres:[8]

Andres is a white-collar criminal defense attorney at the Davis Polk firm. He had worked previously in the Justice Department's criminal division as a deputy assistant attorney general.

Andrew D. Goldstein:[9]

Goldstein headed the public corruption unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York. He had worked there under Preet Bharara, whom President Trump fired as U.S. attorney after he refused to resign.

Elizabeth Prelogar:[10]

Prelogar is a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office.

Rush Atkinson:[11]

Atkinson is a trial attorney in the Justice Department's fraud section.

Aaron Zebley:[12]

Zebley is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and served as Mueller’s chief of staff when Mueller was FBI director. He came with Mueller from WilmerHale.

Michael Dreeben:[13]

Dreeben is a Justice Department deputy solicitor general who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court.

Adam Jed:[14]

Jed is an appellate lawyer from the Justice Department’s civil division.

Aaron Zelinsky:[15]

Zelinsky is an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland.

Kyle Freeney[16]

Freeney is an attorney on detail from the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section. In 2016, she was part of a Department of Justice team seeking to recover over $1 billion from an alleged corrupt Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

Zainab Ahmad:[17]

Ahmad is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York who specializes in counterterrorism cases. She was recently profiled in the New Yorker, which reported she had successfully prosecuted 13 terrorism cases since 2009 without a single loss.

Jeannie Rhee:[18]

Rhee is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. She also came from WilmerHale.

Brandon Van Grack:[19]

Van Grack is a Justice Department national security division prosecutor.

Ryan K. Dickey:[20]

Dickey’s addition is particularly notable because he is the first publicly known member of the team specializing solely in cyber issues. The others’ expertise is mainly in a variety of white-collar crimes, including fraud, money laundering and public corruption

1) Washington Post - Here are the people investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election

2) Business Insider - What you should know about the lawyers investigating Trump

3) CBS - These are the lawyers on Robert Mueller's special counsel team

4) Five Thirty Eight - The Russia Investigation Is Moving Really Freaking Fast

5) New York Times - Trump Hires Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

6) The Independent - Watergate lawyer drafted in for Trump-Russia investigation, special counsel Robert Muller reveals

7) Slate - An Intriguing Link Between the Mueller Investigation, Trump, and Alleged Money Laundering

8) Washington Examiner - Robert Mueller enlists former DOJ official who worked on foreign bribery cases: Report

9) New York Times - Manhattan Prosecutor Joins Inquiry Into Russian Meddling in Election

10) Daily Kos - Mueller just added a Russian-speaking former Supreme Court clerk to his special counsel team

11) ABC - Special counsel Robert Mueller has assembled a team of 16 seasoned prosecutors

12) Wilmer Hale - Former FBI Chief of Staff Aaron Zebley to Join WilmerHale

13) Bloomberg - Mueller Tasks an Adviser With Getting Ahead of Pre-Emptive Pardons

14) The National Law Journal - Mueller Bolsters Russia Team's Appellate Readiness in New Hire

15) Huffington Post - Aaron Zelinsky

16) The Daily Beast - Money-Laundering Prosecutor Joins Trump-Russia Probe

17) New Yorker - Taking Down Terrorists in Court: Zainab Ahmad has prosecuted thirteen international terrorist suspects for the American government. She hasn’t lost yet.

18) Find Law

19) Linkdin

20) Washington Post - Mueller adds veteran cyber prosecutor to special-counsel team

The Latest: Trump says he’d like to testify in Russia probe by Will_Hack_4_Food in worldnews

[–]test_tickles 4074 points4075 points x2 (0 children)

is going with the full deep-state defense

When one is accustomed to privilege, equality seems like oppression.

Charges dropped against most Turkish officers who beat protesters in US by musaler in worldnews

[–]murdering_time 1793 points1794 points  (0 children)

Nothing screams "quickly heading to a police state" like a prosecutor being afraid for her life due to police retribution.

Charges dropped against most Turkish officers who beat protesters in US by musaler in worldnews

[–]CyborgHighlander 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I'm not.

I'm ashamed of the rest of America. We've done shitty things in the past and we'll do it again. But through it all there was this spark of humanity, this consciousness of what it meant to be a good guy. That's why the civil rights movement didn't sputter, even when it's leaders were killed. That's why the civil war resolved with slavery abolished, despite all the economic benefits of a captive labor force. That's why we made the Bill of Rights a part of our Constitution. There was no way it could be applied to every man, woman, and child in our country when it was written, but it was written so that One day it would be.

I'm ashamed of the people in my community, the people in my family, that feel that people who look different or lead different lives have fewer rights than us. I'm ashamed of those of us too foolish to see that our President is a traitor to our nation, along with many Republican members of congress. I'm ashamed of all the people that refuse to acknowledge that the opposing party, Hillary's Democrats, were corrupt as well. We should have demanded a better candidate instead of an easier one.

I'm ashamed of the people that would rather dismantle the Bill of Rights than address the emotional neglect of our people, their inability to feed and medicate and educate themselves.

I'm not ashamed to be an American, because all of the people above have lost their perspective of what they are supposed to stand for.

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket” by charging_bull in worldnews

[–]Droidball 399 points400 points  (0 children)

I'll echo what /u/dahhhkness said from a different perspective.

In August I'll have been in the US Army for thirteen years.

I'm terrified, not just for the misery and pain and upset I very well might have to endure in the evening of my career, but also for what the current state of things mean for my immediate and post military life. This very much could overshadow the Watergate scandal. And who knows how Russia, or China (I'm sure they contributed to this somehow, even if not directly in collusion with Russia) are going to react to this - whether Trump or the Trump administration or campaign team or both get found 'guilty' or not (because if this ever goes to court, that's another 2/3rds-4 years of courtroom drama, easily) of colluding with foreign actors.

I would bet money that another legit shooting people with ground forces war will result from this, be it in twelve months or 72 months.

People, more than already have, will have their lives ended, from this political bullshit between egotistical politicians and economists.

And the shittiest thing from my perspective is that they'll be killed by people like me, who are only going to return fire or reasonably preemptively fire. While they're equally manipulated to move to attack us.

I joined the army because I couldn't afford college and I didn't want to work at home depot.

The people who attack us are in the same category - accepting a big payout to engage in military actions.

I killed a guy who threw a dud grenade (introduced into distribution by US Special Forces and PSYOPS) at me, he couldn't have been more than nineteen.

He died doing what he felt was right because of external manipulation, I killed him in self defense because of a situation I was placed in because of external influence on a political sense.

I sincerely fear that in the next seven years, I will be placed in a situation where the life or death of a young man, woman, or even child, directly opposed to my own life or death, or that of my fellows, will rest on my trigger finger...as a distant consequence of the political bullshit we're uncovering today.

And that's beyond fucked. That's the way human existence has been for eternity, but today we're facilitating it with the tools to see through it being a few keystrokes away. There was an excuse in 1300. There's not in 2018.

Former CIA director thinks Trump is afraid of Putin and that Russia might have leverage over president by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]incaseofevidence 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I shouldn't have been. I read hostility in your text because I was getting flack I felt unnecessarily from a few people, and you got put in the mix.

I also quit cigarettes and drinking alcohol at the same time after many years of chain smoking and binge drinking. I have no fucking way to regulate my stress, and as I'm fixing up my home to sell, struggling with all the snow I'm dealing with in my current town (I am a groundskeeper at a hotel so my job has been to snow shovel and remove all the ice from a property the size of a city block by myself with no machinery, just a snow shovel and a sidewalk scraper. (EDIT: We've received like 5 feet of snow in 2 weeks in particular) I'm even more stressed in my life than usual, and normal stress would be wrecking me, but what I'm dealing with now is a lot more than usual.

None of these are excuses for it, just an explanation.

I apologize. I am seeing demons where there aren't any. That wasn't cool on my part.

I really am sorry, my dude.