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    They are the worst scum on the planet. Savages, barbarians, neatherthals ... there aren't enough words to throw at these cunts. I hope each and every one of them dies with shrapnel from a Jordanian airstrike right through their fucking hearts.

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    Russian opponent to Vladimir Putin, Boris Nemtsov has been killed as he was crossing a bridge over-viewing the Kremlin. I mean, RIGHT FACING THE KREMLIN. And then Putin says he will have "personal control" on the investigation.

    An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say.

    He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lágnætti View Post
    They are the worst scum on the planet. Savages, barbarians, neatherthals ... there aren't enough words to throw at these cunts. I hope each and every one of them dies with shrapnel from a Jordanian airstrike right through their fucking hearts.
    There was an interesting editorial on CNN the other day re: why they are so "who gives a fuck" about pretty much anything, doing things that seem unfathomable to normal human beings.

    (Or, you know, a couple weeks ago...my life all blends together and "the other day" seems to apply to anything that's happened in a couple months.)
    I am the beginning. The end. The one that is many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabih View Post
    And then Putin says he will have "personal control" on the investigation.
    The cover of the current issue of The Eye.

    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    Exactly. I hope he is successful

    Meanwhile, I can't with Netanyahu anymore, and not just with his horrid speech. Why is a mass murderer giving a speech about peace? Why is he telling Americans what to do? And why does he want all Jews to leave Europe and return to Israel because it is safer when he can't maintain safety in Israel because of the "Iranian threat"? I just wish this guy would STFU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanstew View Post
    The cover of the current issue of The Eye.

    This is just like when OJ dedicated his time looking for "The Real Killer"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabih View Post
    Meanwhile, I can't with Netanyahu anymore, and not just with his horrid speech. Why is a mass murderer giving a speech about peace? Why is he telling Americans what to do? And why does he want all Jews to leave Europe and return to Israel because it is safer when he can't maintain safety in Israel because of the "Iranian threat"? I just wish this guy would STFU.
    Excellent piece on why he was allowed in front of (a Republican-controlled) Congress. Guess what? $$$



    Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor's gallery of one man -- Sheldon Adelson.

    The gambling tycoon is the Godfather of the Republican Right. The party's presidential hopefuls line up to kiss his assets, scraping and bowing for his blessing, which when granted is bestowed with his signed checks. Data from both the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics and the Center for Public Integrity show that in the 2012 election cycle, Adelson and his wife Miriam (whose purse achieved metaphoric glory Tuesday when it fell from the gallery and hit a Democratic congressman) contributed $150 million to the GOP and its friends, including $93 million to such plutocracy-friendly super PACs as Karl Rove's American Crossroads, the Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republican Jewish Coalition Victory Fund, Winning Our Future (the pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC) and Restore Our Future (the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC).

    Yet there's no knowing for sure about all of the "dark money" contributed by the Adelsons -- so called because it doesn't have to be reported. Like those high-rise, multi-million dollar apartments in New York City purchased by oligarchs whose identity is hidden within perfectly legal shell organizations, dark money lets our politicians conveniently erase fingerprints left by their ink-stained (from signing all those checks) billionaire benefactors.

    But Sheldon Adelson was not only sitting in the House gallery on Tuesday because of the strings he pulls here in the United States. He is also the Daddy Warbucks of Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu is yet another of his beneficiaries -- not to mention an ideological soulmate. Although campaign finance reform laws are much more strict in Israel than here in the United States, Adelson's wealth has bought him what the historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg calls "uniquely pernicious" influence.

    Adelson owns the daily Israel Hayom, a leading newspaper, as well as Makor Roshon, the daily newspaper of Israel's Zionist religious right and NRG, a news website. He gives Israel Hayom away for free in order to promote his hardline views -- the headline in the paper the day after Obama's re-election was "The US Voted [for] Socialism."

    More important, he uses the paper to bang the drum incessantly for Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud Party, under the reign of which Israel has edged closer and closer to theocracy. As Hebrew University economist Momi Dahan put it: "De facto, the existence of a newspaper like Israel Hayom egregiously violates the law, because [Adelson] actually is providing a candidate with nearly unlimited resources."

    Sheldon, meet Rupert.

    In fact, as Israel's March 17 election approaches, Adelson has increased the press run of Israel Hayom's weekend edition by 70 percent. The paper says it's to increase circulation and advertising, but rival newspaper Ha'aretz reports, "Political sources are convinced the extra copies are less part of a business plan and more one to help Netanyahu's re-election bid." Just like the timing of Netanyahu's "State of the Union" address to Congress this week was merely a coincidence, right? "I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political," Netanyahu told Congress. "That was never my intention." Of course.

    In Gershom Gorenberg's words, the prime minister "enjoys the advantage of having a major newspaper in his camp that portrays the world as seen from his office: a world in which Israel is surrounded by enemies, including the president of the United States; in which peace negotiations are aimed at destroying Israel; in which Israel's left is aligned with all the hostile forces, and even rightists who oppose Netanyahu want to carry out a coup through the instrument of elections."

    So Netanyahu gets the best of both of Adelson's worlds -- his powerful propaganda machine in Israel and his campaign cash here in the United States. Combined, they allow Netanyahu to usurp American foreign policy as he manipulates an obliging US Congress enamored of Adelson's millions, pushing it further to the right on Israel and the Middle East.

    There you have it: Not only is this casino mogul the unofficial head of the Republican Party in America ("he with the gold rules"), he is the uncrowned King of Israel -- David with a printing press and checkbook instead of a slingshot and a stone. All of this came to the fore in Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday: the US cannot determine its own policy in the Middle East and the majority in Congress are under the thumb of a foreign power.

    Like a King Midas colossus, Sheldon Adelson bestrides the cause of war and peace in the most volatile region of the world. And this is the man who -- at Yeshiva University in New York in 2013 -- denounced President Obama's diplomatic efforts with Iran and proposed instead that the United States drop an atomic bomb in the Iranian desert and then declare: "See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development."

    Everything you need to know about Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor's gallery of that man. We are hostage to his fortune.

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    This is so ridiculously funny that I wanted to share it with you:

    The national government of my country (Argentina, btw) created the Direction of Transportation by Bike.
    Yeah, no kidding.
    We have a part of the goverment that is dedicated to bicicles.

    PJ Harvey should come to visit us.
    When he woke up, the dinosaur was still there.

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    Is anyone else concerned by Macron's bizarre, pompous and authoritarian statements and behaviour? I'm supposed to be too overcome with relief that a steady-handed, sensible, understandable politician won the presidency to pay attention to his anti-worker agenda, how does that work when he's turning out to be such a fruitcake?
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    I am still not over his opinion on Syria's Bashar Al Assad.

    "The new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that Bashar al-Assad's departure is a pre-condition for everything because nobody has shown me a legitimate successor."

    I mean we're still talking about the guy who murdered and displaced more than half of his people...

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    You're right; that's a troubling statement. Even being neutral on Assad is not OK.

    I'm almost a pacifist, but I seriously wish someone would bust a cap in his ass.
    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

    Barack Hussein Obama

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    This is fine


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabih View Post
    I am still not over his opinion on Syria's Bashar Al Assad.

    "The new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that Bashar al-Assad's departure is a pre-condition for everything because nobody has shown me a legitimate successor."
    I know it's an old post but....What the fuck is that? Is he serious? That's just such a bizarre statement. I don't know how I missed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just owls View Post
    This is fine

    Oh, right...it's been over a week no one has paid any attention to the other toddler in power. Fuck.

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