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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:34 pm 
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Maybe they should, but seeing as Trump is President and wields far more power and influence, it's probably not entirely surprising he finds himself under greater scrutiny.


The Media can't criticize actual acts of violence inflamed by Democrat rhetoric - because Trump is President?

That is the standard we want to set?


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Maybe they should, but seeing as Trump is President and wields far more power and influence, it's probably not entirely surprising he finds himself under greater scrutiny.


The Media can't criticize actual acts of violence inflamed by Democrat rhetoric - because Trump is President?

That is the standard we want to set?


Not what I said.

Nice try though.

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He still president?


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He still president?


Of Dicks? Yes.

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Someone needs to figure out a way to set his hair on fire.


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Someone needs to figure out a way to set his hair on fire.


Any nearby naked flame should ignite the hairspray.

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Whilst repeatedly stamping on his face.......

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The 4 congresswoman Trump told to go back, held a conference to denounce Trump and proclaim themselves.........


“The Squad”


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The 4 congresswoman Trump told to go back, held a conference to denounce Trump and proclaim themselves.........

“The Squad”


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JULY 17, 2019

Epstein, Jane Doe, and Trump

by GARY LEUPP


MSNBC calls it the “Epstein Firestorm.” Billionaire philanthropist and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested again July 6 on sex trafficking charges dating back to the early 2000s.

Post-Cosby, post-Weinstein, #MeToo movement era America learned (suddenly, for some reason) that the Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta while a U.S. attorney in Miami in 2008 secured a lenient deal for this character. Alan Dershowitz and William Barr also served on his legal team. He was convicted of solicitation and sentenced to 13 months in prison but allowed to work in his office 12 hours a day.

We’re reminded that Epstein has had powerful friends, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Dershowitz, Woody Allen and Prince Andrew. Some of them have noted (jocularly) his passion for young women, and perhaps they’ve admired his ability to use his money to procure and train underage females for group sex. And to offer free air travel plus sex with teenage girls in international airspace. Epstein’s private jet is referred to as the “Lolita Express.”

It appears that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend of Chelsea Clinton’s who attended her wedding, may have been a partner with Epstein in the recruitment of underage females for prostitution for many years. There’s good evidence that Clinton and Dershowitz both visited Epstein’s private island Little St. James Island in the Virgin Islands that had a reputation among locals as “Pedophilia Island.”

In 2016 a “Jane Doe” filed a lawsuit charging Donald Trump with “a savage sexual attack” in 1994, in Epstein’s house, when she was 13. The lawsuit included witness corroboration of her account that she was raped by both Epstein and Trump. The lawsuit was dropped days before the November election after the claimant had been threatened.

This is probably going to be a big story, affecting many powerful men.

There being a lot of Clintons, Trumps, Dershowitzes and princes in this world, I imagine there is much scandal to follow. There has been in my generation a sea change in attitudes towards gender and sexuality, and the articulation of a general abhorrence of patriarchy. Sexual harassment has been generally recognized as a problem and condemned. Sex involving adults and partners who are of underage status (as defined in any particular place) has been problematized.

Here the issue is the possibility that famous, powerful men had sex with girls that would by U.S. law be underage, courtesy of Epstein.

Multiple women accuse Trump and Clinton of rape. These have so far been deniable accusations, “he said, she said” situations supporters can dismiss. But the exposure of elite men as statutory rapists secretly enjoying a culture of underage sex trafficking may be impossible to dismiss. It is one thing to be called out for paying for sex with adults who may or may not be “trafficked” (like Patriots owner Robert Kraft) and another to be outed as a child-rapist.

Justifying his role in the 2008 legal case, in which he helped Epstein receive a slap on the wrist while neglecting to inform victims of the verdict and sentencing, Acosta told reporters at his news conference: “Today’s world treats victims very very differently.” As though the world 11 years ago was insensitive, and he admittedly insensitive too, but it was a matter of the times! The arrangement, perhaps, of the stars.

It’s in fact a different world from 1994, when Jane Doe claims Epstein and Trump raped her at age 13. If she would come forward now, after Epstein has been so well-exposed, and tell her story it could mean impeachment more surely than any bogus Russian ties.

Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Religion. He is the author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan; Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan; and Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, (AK Press). He can be reached at: gleupp@tufts.edu

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Slacks wrote:
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The 4 congresswoman Trump told to go back, held a conference to denounce Trump and proclaim themselves.........

“The Squad”


For every retarded action there is always an opposite and equally retarded reaction.


I dunno about the name. It should be “Angry Ethnic Women Including One Who Wears Diaper On Head.”


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The 4 congresswoman Trump told to go back, held a conference to denounce Trump and proclaim themselves.........

“The Squad”


For every retarded action there is always an opposite and equally retarded reaction.


I dunno about the name. It should be “Angry Ethnic Women Including One Who Wears Diaper On Head.”


Four Horsewoman of the Apocalypse.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:31 pm 
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[b]Epstein, Jane Doe, and Trump



I dunno - typically pedophiles like Epstein have a long history of buggering young women/boys.

Don't recall Trump ever being linked to under aged girls.

Also, Trump banned Epstein from Mar Lago 15 years ago after one of the workers accused Epstein of aggressively harassing her.

We have documented evidence and flight logs of Clinton flying all over the world with Epstein and visiting his pedophile island. We have documented evidence that Epstein was a massive donor to numerous Democrat politicians and their powerful friends like Dershowitz. We have documented evidence of major liberal Media members like Katie Couric and George Stephenopolis partying with Epstein AFTER he was released from prison for being a pedophile.

And here is the Media digging up and hyperventilating over 30 year old videos of Trump talking with Epstein at a party. SMOKING GUN!
https://www.businessinsider.com/video-t ... ago-2019-7


Face it, just like all of the Hollywood pedo's and rapists - this is almost 100% exclusively a Democrat/Liberal problem.


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Not racist, sorry.

Being a complete jerk, yes. Being , I'll informed and saying stupid shit, absolutely.

Somalia is not a race it's a country. And telling illan Omar to go back where she came from, is not racist, period. He didn't do it because she's apparently black, he did it because she's a completely anti-American, hateful, and venomous individual.

It's completely insane, the United States rescued her from a Kenyan refugee camp, provided her with incredible opportunities, gave her a Nationwide voice in one of the highest elected bodies, they even change the rules for the entire Congress just for her so she could where her hijab. And still she's a completely ungrateful, bitter, and venomous individual. She needs to stop making shit up and be grateful.
(As a side note they're apparently a some credible evidence that she committed immigration fraud, by marring her own brother, and some other weird shit or she was married to some other dude, I think at the same time.)

Now the other three were born here, although only slightly less nasty than Omar, telling them to go back where they came from is triple assholearee.

I made it clear before I'm not a fan of social media, especially Twitter, especially Trump's tweets!!!

Although ironically, The squad, the Democratic candidates for president, the Media and the Democrats has a whole, seemed to have fallen into a trap by supporting the squad, who are the most unlikable, insanely radically stupid bitches in Congress.

Just as the main body of Democratic politics was trying to distance themselves from the squad Trump made them come running back and go all in for the squad. He also completely distracted the media from the fact that he changed rules and how people can seek asylum by trying to close a bunch of the loopholes that were getting abused. Trump also highlighted a bunch of hypocrisy and double standards that the left has regarding all this shit.

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No idea what’s going on as I don’t follow the news.


Once or twice a day for me these days. Even that's probably too much.

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Yes, it's just like this.

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JULY 22, 2019

The U.S.-China Trade War: Will Workers Lose?

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One of the central themes in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was that U.S. workers were being badly hurt by trade. His story was that the country had signed bad trade deals that were put together by “stupid” trade negotiators.

Trump’s story was half right. Workers in the United States were badly hurt by trade, a fact that many in the mainstream are still reluctant to acknowledge in spite of overwhelming evidence.

The basic point is a simple one that has a long pedigree in economics dating back to the famous Stolper-Samuelson trade theorem. The United States has relatively more highly-educated workers (college degree or more) than developing countries and relatively fewer less-educated workers (less than a college degree). This means that when we open trade to China and other developing countries, we would expect to see more highly educated workers benefit and less highly educated workers lose.

We saw this story in action in the last decade in a really big way. From 2000 to 2007 we lost 20 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the United States. (This is before the Great Recession; the job loss was due to the explosion of the trade deficit in these years, not the collapse of the housing bubble.) We lost 40 percent of the jobs held by union members in manufacturing in these years.

It is important to remember that the Stolper-Samuelson prediction on non-college educated workers being losers (roughly two-thirds of the labor force) is a balanced trade story. The picture is of course worse when the U.S. runs a large trade deficit, since most of what we import is manufactured goods, a sector which employs a disproportionate number of non-college educated workers.

The Stolper-Samuelson effect is also amplified by the fact that we don’t have free trade in the items produced by the most highly educated workers. Doctors and other highly paid professionals from foreign countries cannot freely compete with our professionals. We have maintained and even strengthened professional barriers that keep pay for our doctors far above levels in other wealthy countries and even further above their pay in the developing world.

In short, our trade deals had the predicted and actual effect of redistributing income upward. But this wasn’t because our trade negotiators were stupid, as Donald Trump charged. In fact, I’m sure the vast majority of our trade negotiators were hard-working highly intelligent people. They crafted deals that redistributed income upward because they were working for the beneficiaries of this upward redistribution.

They wanted trade deals that would make it easier for Boeing and GE to outsource jobs to take advantage of cheap labor in the developing world. They wanted deals that would make it easier for Walmart to set up a low cost supply chain to undercut competitors. They wanted to increase Goldman Sachs’ market access in China and elsewhere. And, they wanted Pfizer and Microsoft, and now Facebook and Google, to get more money from patent, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property.

Our trade negotiators did their jobs very well. The problem is that their goals were largely antithetical to the interests of most American workers.

Okay, but now Donald Trump has declared trade war against China, in the name of the American worker. What are the prospects?

Unfortunately, the picture does not look bright. Although “currency manipulation” by China was a major theme in Trump’s campaign, this issue seems to have largely disappeared from his trade war agenda. (I prefer to say that China “manages” its currency, since there is nothing hidden or sneaky about China’s intervention; it has an official exchange rate that it acts to maintain.)

Many economists insist retrospectively, that China did deliberately keep down the value of its currency in the past (they did not acknowledge this fact at the time), but it is not currently doing so. The argument is that China has stopped buying large amounts of reserves of foreign currencies, the tool used to suppress the value of the yuan. What these economists ignore is that China continues to hold massive amounts of reserves, which lowers the value of the yuan relative to what its value would be if China held more normal amounts in reserve.

China’s reserve holdings have the same effect on the value of its currency as the Fed’s asset holdings does in keeping down long-term interest rates. While most economists acknowledge the impact of the Fed’s asset holdings, for some reason they ignore the impact of China’s reserve holdings. No one ever said economists were consistent.

By keeping its currency below market levels, China’s products become more competitive internationally. This allows it to continue to run large trade surpluses, even though a fast-growing country like China would typically be expected to run large trade deficits.

If Trump focused on currency, he would likely be able to reach an agreement with China, which would reduce its trade surplus with the United States. This would create more jobs for US manufacturing workers, which would likely be a boost to the large segment of the work force without college degrees.

But currency no longer seems to be a focus of Trump’s trade war agenda. Instead, he is pushing for policies like requiring China to show more respect for the intellectual property claims of US corporations. That may be good for Boeing, Pfizer, Merck and other companies that are heavily dependent on intellectual property for their profits, but it is bad news for most American workers.

There are three reasons that most workers should not want to see Trump win his battles on intellectual property. The first is obvious. If major US companies know that they can offshore operations to China without having to worry about transferring technology to China (a frequent complaint), they will be more likely to offshore operations to China.

It is really amazing that this obvious point never seems to appear in discussions about the U.S. trade war with China. How would workers in the U.S. benefit from a policy that would make it more profitable for large U.S. companies to outsource jobs to China?

The second reason is a tiny bit more complicated. If China has to pay Merck and Microsoft more money for their patents and copyrights, it will have less money to spend on other US goods and services.

The way this works out practically is that, other things equal, the money China needs to pay Merck and Microsoft, will increase their demand for dollars. For example, if they need an extra hundred billion dollars annually to pay royalties and licensing fees to U.S. corporations, then this increases the demand for dollars in international currency markets by $100 billion annually. That will raise the value of the dollar against the yuan, making other US goods and services less competitive than if China was not paying Merck, Microsoft, and the rest for their intellectual property.

The third point is that by increasing the enforcement of intellectual property claims, both in the US and overseas, the government is redistributing even more income to those at the top. If you need a visual aid to understand this point, think of Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest people. If the government did not threaten to imprison anyone who made copies of Microsoft software without Gates’ permission, it is likely that he would still be working for a living.

Economists often talk about how technology is rewarding people with technical skills in areas like computer science and biotech. That’s a lie. It is our intellectual property policy on technology that has explicitly structured the market to give more money to the Bill Gates crowd.

Rather than challenge a policy that has been a huge part of the upward redistribution of the last decade, Trump’s China policy seems to be a further step in this direction. It is absurd to both complain about the upward redistribution of income, as do most progressives, and then support a trade policy that is explicitly designed to make the rich even richer.

The refusal of most progressives to understand the ways in which we structure markets to redistribute upward is striking. I will skip amateur psychology, but it is worth noting that the standard view, that the winners in the market economy did it through their hard work and natural abilities, is flattering to those who come out on top. It is even flattering to those who might favor a policy of redistributing downward through taxes and transfers.

Getting back to the China trade war, an agreement crafted to help workers would instead focus on sharing knowledge and technology. China, along with India, Brazil, and many other developing countries, has actually been pushing in this direction in the case of pharmaceuticals. If we had some mechanism for sharing research costs across countries, then new drugs could sell for a few dollars per prescription, instead of a few thousand dollars, since the research costs would have already been paid.

There is a similar story with clean technology. China has more installed wind and solar power than the rest of the world combined. It also sells more electric cars. A forward-looking administration would be negotiating ways that we could share these technologies as quickly as possible, not have them locked up with patent and copyright monopolies.

At this point it is too early to tell who will win the U.S. –China trade war, but given the turf on which the war is being waged, we can be pretty certain that U.S. workers will be losers.

Dean Baker is the senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.

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Well the Mueller testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday came and went. I was trying to pay attention to as much of it as I could.

The cliff notes of the entire thing can be boiled down as:

Republicans: "Mr. Mueller please explain <insert inconsistency/out of regulation moment/apparent bias/citation of New York Times/otherwise problem here>."

Democrats: "Did Trump commit obstruction of justice?"

It was plainly a huge (and boring) disaster for anyone hoping for some kind of anti-Trump anything to succeed. Even the liberal pundits are pouncing all over it.

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