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Postcards from the Trumpocalypse

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, January 26th, 2017 - 65 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, activism, us politics - Tags: , ,

Who can even keep up with it all? This is what an unfettered right-wing government looks like:

Trump signs order to begin Mexico border wall in immigration crackdown

Trump to put limits on refugees, immigration

Trump’s impending executive order heralds ‘dangerous’ return to torture, official warns

Trump budget plan could add $6tn to public debt in a decade, analysts say

Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama

‘Global gag rule’ reinstated by Trump, curbing NGO abortion services abroad

Donald Trump still holds baseless belief that millions voted illegally

Trump Hotels to triple US properties in defiance of ‘no new deals’ pledge

A watchdog sues Donald Trump over foreign payments to his companies


https://twitter.com/Max_Fisher/status/824347987707121665


https://twitter.com/purcellpw/status/824084680634814464


https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/824329667717005312

65 comments on “Postcards from the Trumpocalypse”

  1. weka 1

    Ace post r0b.

    And the National Park Service!!!

  2. Sabine 2

    the pesky Dutch are creating (hopefully) an international fund to counter the relgious fervor of the Tea Party and its presnit the orange turd.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/01/25/netherlands-counters-trump-international-abortion-fund

    “Banning abortions does not result in fewer abortions,” Dutch Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen said in a statement.

    “It leads to more irresponsible practices in back rooms and more maternal deaths.”

    The World Health Organisation estimates that 22 million women experience unsafe abortions every year, the vast majority of whom are in developing countries. … Minister Ploumen said that the Trump administration’s decision risked undermining recent advances in women’s health.

    “We must not let this happen,” she said.

    “We need to compensate for this financial blow as much as possible, with a broad-based fund—which governments, businesses and civil society organisations can donate to—so that women can remain in control of their own bodies.”

  3. Skeptic 3

    It took Rome 500 years to be transformed from a republic to the worst empire the planet has ever seen (based solely on slavery) by an insecure egotistical megalomaniac named Octavius Caesar (he later renamed himself Augustus, had lies written by his sycophants and had himself deified). He was succeeded by Tiberius (sexual predator) Caligula (insane) Claudius (the only sane one of the family) and finally Nero (also insane). I see USA republic has lasted just 240 years as a republic. Now they’re stuck with King Donald, soon to be officially declared a God and compulsorily worship by everyone in the new “Make America Great Again” Empire. Failure to worship will result in your twitter acct being closed and you being stoned to death by Chump supporters whose combined IQ is pretty close to that of Dolly the cloned ewe.

    • DS 3.1

      Rather overlooks that the Roman Republic was screwed a long time before Octavian (or even Julius). And that the Republic practised slavery too.

  4. Glenn 4

    “Sadly, as the protest movement developed into a women’s march, people in New Zealand decided they would join in.

    This is sad is because the whole marching protest idea is premature and ill-advised. Nothing has happened yet and it still may not.

    It is not as if American females are victimised or downtrodden. If they have a problem with their president probably more of them should have voted in the election.

    If New Zealand women are so outraged about how men treat women then how about aiming your anger at those countries that don’t allow girls to be educated, who allow honour killings and who won’t allow women to drive. And don’t get me started on genital mutilation. And where were all you women when 200 school girls got kidnapped in Nigeria? The list goes on.

    Perhaps attacking a freely elected president is easier than actually trying to make a real difference”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/88726542/editorial-antidonald-trump-protesters-do-democracy-a-disservice

    About what I would expect from the Taranaki Daily News. A pathetic editorial.

    • weka 4.1

      “Nothing has happened yet and it still may not.”

      Hard to know if that’s gross ignorance, cognitive dissonance, or part of the propaganda.

    • Nick 4.2

      Wow Glenn……wake up

      • red-blooded 4.2.1

        To be fair to Glenn, he was quoting (and criticising) an editorial from his local paper. That (I assume) is what the ” ” quote marks were for…

        • Glenn 4.2.1.1

          Yes…that’s why I called it a pathetic editorial. And that’s why I placed the web page. Trump’s a fascist.

  5. weka 5

    #resist

    Wow, what an image: Protesters hang giant #Resist banner near White House. https://apnews.com/bb007a57228745b6a8375cf3cb3bebec/The-Latest:-Protesters-hang-'RESIST'-banner-near-White-House … via @AP

  6. Ovid 6

    In the meantime, 1984 has become a bestseller and there’s been strong growth in It Can’t Happen Here, The Winter of our Discontent, and The Origins of Totalitarianism.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/1984-george-orwell-alternative-facts-trump-kellyanne-conway/514259/?utm_source=feed

  7. Thanks Anthony – many more to add to that list too. We knew it was coming and we were correct. Sad, bad and mad daze ahead.

  8. weka 8

    Following reports that the Trump administration had ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take down its website on climate change, the administration reversed its order and will let the site remain active for now, Inside EPA reported Wednesday.

    Reuters reported early Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s team directed the agency to remove its climate page website that includes research on climate change and data on carbon emissions, citing two unnamed EPA employees.

    Inside EPA reported later on Wednesday that the Trump team currently running the EPA has “agreed to stand down” on its order to remove the climate change site. The source had told Inside EPA Tuesday night that the Trump team had planned to remove the site as soon as Wednesday.

    Though the Trump administration has halted plans to remove the site for now, the Office of General Counsel has been ordered to review the potential impact of removing the website, Inside EPA reported.

    The website remains online, but the Trump team has already begun removing certain climate data from the EPA website, according to Inside EPA.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-epa-climate-change-website

  9. weka 9

    Eric Holthaus Verified account
    ‏@EricHolthaus

    There are now at least 14 “rogue” Twitter accounts from federal science agencies:
    https://twitter.com/StollmeyerEU/lists/twistance/members

    List here,

    https://twitter.com/StollmeyerEU/lists/twistance/members

    Forest Service
    FDA
    NASA
    HHS
    EPA
    USDA
    NIH
    CDC
    Park Service
    Science Service

  10. Brutus Iscariot 10

    It would be helpful to have a definition of “far right” – if this is indeed the yardstick, it kind of makes a mockery of all those on here who have labelled the Key government “Far Right” over the last 8 years.

    • McFlock 10.1

      Why?

      If you take the political spectrum over the last hundred years as being a normal distribution, if you want to accurately reflect the bulk of people’s opinions then 3 standard deviations to the right is graphically insistinguishable from 4 or 5 s.d.

      There’s not much difference between 99.7% and 99.9999%.

      • Brutus Iscariot 10.1.1

        Well, at least you’ve embraced the new post-truth era to implement your own version of gibberish…

        • McFlock 10.1.1.1

          OK, in smaller words, just for you: it’s not the distance between Key and Trump that puts the “far” in “far right”. It’s their distance from the middle.

          • Brutus Iscariot 10.1.1.1.1

            And conveniently, you get to define the middle.

            • McFlock 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Well, I just figured a rough proxy as being a guesstimate of the range of political opinions held over the last hundred years.

              You’re welcome to come up with your own benchmarks, rather than just proclaiming that the gap between “key” and trump” somehow constitutes a “mockery”.

            • Skeptic 10.1.1.1.1.2

              Brutus – it’s not rocket science – just a little research into a children’s encyclopedia – the terms left and right come from the first French National Assembly after their Revolution in 1789. The Monarchist/Conservative sat on the benches to the right of the speaker and the Liberals/Radical sat to the left. These terms survived pretty much throughout Western politics until the 1980s. Many left wing parties were infiltrated by neo-liberal and neo-conservative elements that followed the Chicago School of Economics resulting in Reaganomics, Thatcherism and Rogernomics/Ruthenasia here in NZ. Many so-called left-wing parties in western democracies now seek the center/swinging voter at the expense of their core ideals. What they forget is that Toryism/Conservatism (Republicans in the US) seeks to preserve the rights and privileges of aristocrats/autocrats/wealthy and uses deception to achieve that end, while democrats/Socialists/Greens hold to the ideals that all are created equal and deserve an equal chance at the resources of the planet – that government is charged with protecting all citizens equally, nit the privileged few. “Far Right” encompasses Nazis, Xenophobes, Fundamentalists, Laisse faire Capitalists, and others of extremist views, in the modern context.

    • Rae 10.2

      I suggest http://www.politicalcompass.org where you can understand that the political spectrum is not as simple as just left and right. Do the test, though.
      If you can get a handle on what it is driving at, you can begin to see how there can be so many political “boxes” you could find yourself in, and where they might sit on th graph.
      Someone referred to that Peter Thiel guy as a Libertarian Conservative, once you understand the concept of up and down as well as left and right, you will be able to see that there is no such thing.
      See if you can see where the person we think of as Jesus Christ might fit on that graph, then look where many of his worshipers come from. It is enlightening.

  11. Ad 11

    Therapeutic collection there Anthony.

    The German and Dutch elections will be the ones to watch as future signals.
    The big sign will be if Merkel’s grand coalition falls.

    If Trump and Brexit are a trend towards dissolving international politics and dismantling liberal norms and structures, the left will need to re-tool and adapt rather than keep losing and shrinking.

  12. joe90 12

    The ironing.

    “You’ve got to build roads to move the materials and machinery and get the workforce to the location as the wall is being built,” he said. “You would need a very big labour force to build it – some 40,000 people working over five years.”

    Steer said the workforce would probably be drawn mostly from the Mexican side of the border as semi-skilled construction wages are much lower and there are more Mexican settlements close to the border.

    “There would be a certain irony of getting Mexicans to build it,” Steer said. “It would likely be a mixed labour force, but Mexicans would be much less expensive.”

    The high cost of transporting the approximately 44m cubic yards of concrete and 9m tonnes of steel to the site is likely to lead builders to rely on mostly Mexican-owned cement and concrete plants.

    Analysts at Bernstein investment bank plotted the location of nearby plants and quarries and found that the Mexican building company Cemex was best-positioned to provide materials on both sides of the border.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/25/donald-trump-border-wall-mexican-construction-firms-workers-biggest-winners

    • joe90 12.1

      and more..

      President Trump called for an investigation into voter fraud, alleging that registration in two states could be an indication of fraudulent activity.

      […]

      Tiffany Trump is registered to vote in both Pennsylvania and New York. Steven Mnuchin is registered to vote in both New York and California. Steve Bannon is registered to vote in both New York and Florida.

      http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-01-25/tiffany-trump-steve-bannon-steve-mnuchin-registered-to-vote-in-multiple-states

    • Sabine 12.2

      i raise you US Prison labour. It’s even cheaper then the Mexicans and you can house them in tents and mistreat them at your leisure.

      I am sure this fellow would love to suck on the US Government dick for a few years now that he is out of his gig as Sheriff.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio

      Joseph Michael “Joe” Arpaio[1] (/ɑːrˈpaɪ.oʊ/; born June 14, 1932) is a former American law enforcement officer and was the elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona for 24 years from January 1, 1993 to January 1, 2017, when he was succeeded by Paul Penzone.
      As of September 2015, cases involving Arpaio or his office had cost Maricopa County taxpayers $142 million in legal expenses, settlements, and court awards.[1] In October 2016, Federal prosecutors charged Arpaio with criminal contempt of court, saying he willfully defied a judge’s orders to stop targeting Latinos — including citizens and legal immigrants — in traffic stops and other law enforcement efforts, behavior the judge said showed a pattern of discriminatory policing.[2]
      Arpaio styled himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”[3][4][5] Starting in 2005, he took an outspoken stance against illegal immigration. In 2010, he became a flashpoint for opposition to Arizona’s SB1070 anti-illegal immigrant law, which was largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.[6][7][8][9][10] Arpaio is also known for his investigation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and his continuing claim that it is forged.[11][12][13][14][15]
      On November 8, 2016, Arpaio lost re-election to Democrat Paul Penzone, who succeeded him as sheriff on January 1, 2017.[16]

      or this guy

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_A._Clarke_Jr.

      David Alexander Clarke Jr. (born August 21, 1956) is the 64th Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. In 2002, Clarke was appointed to a vacancy by Governor Scott McCallum, and later elected that same year to his first four-year term. He was re-elected in November 2006, 2010, and 2014, and is currently serving his fourth full term. Although registered and elected as a Democrat in a heavily Democratic county, Clarke’s political views align with conservative Republicans.[1][2] Clarke frequently appears as a guest on Fox News and was a speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

      “The Milwaukee County Jail turned the water off to inmate Terrill Thomas’ cell, resulting in his death by profound dehydration on April 24, 2016. According to inmates, the water was turned off for six days and the staff refused to provide water to Thomas. On September 15, 2016, the Milwaukee medical examiner ruled Thomas’s death a homicide.[40] Later that day Clarke’s office sent out a press release which stated it would not be commenting on the matter until the investigation was complete.[4

      all good and fine upstanding godly men.

  13. Glenn 13

    John Oliver talks about the 25 billion dollar wall.

  14. joe90 14

    Priorities…..

    We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States

    ….meanwhile …..

    While all eyes were focused on failed House efforts to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics — the only independent watchdog with jurisdiction over House members — Republican congressmen led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) quietly succeeded on another dubious ethical front: They adopted a rule designating records created, generated or received by a member’s congressional office “exclusively the personal property” of that member and granting members “control over such records.”

    Making congressional records the personal property of members seems tailor-made for the next lawmaker who, like former congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), hopes to evade criminal responsibility by barring access to material allegedly showing how he misspent public funds.

    […]

    Now, by making the records of congressional offices the personal property of members, the House has ensured that none of these records will be available for posterity. How ironic that Republican-controlled congressional committees have relied on statutes such as FOIA and the Federal Records Act to fault the practices of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, yet members have cloaked themselves in an impenetrable secrecy that allows them to escape public accountability.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-new-house-rule-is-a-gift-to-lawmakers-trying-to-hide-criminal-acts/2017/01/25/acbbcb1e-e27e-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?utm_term=.43ea09fba293

  15. Tautoko Mangō Mata 15

    This article written by an ex-neoNazi and the effect of violent responses on outcomes.

    I see all sorts of well-meaning and otherwise intelligent and thoughtful people applauding neo-Nazi Richard Spencer being punched in the face. Here’s why this is not something to celebrate:
    Punching this fool validates all of his victimhood narrative. It helps him recruit, and it strengthens the resolve of existing members. It is a gift to them. The ideology of the “alt-right”, like all violent extremist ideologies, is rooted in delusions of grandeur and delusions of persecution. Said delusions cannot exist in a vacuum. They absolutely depend on outside events to seem valid for the person experiencing them.

    My life changed because people demonstrated the courage and inner peace necessary to defy my hostility rather than reflect it. They were not subject to my actions, as the “anti-fascist” who hit Spencer was subject to his. People who I had claimed to hate — a Jewish boss, a Lesbian supervisor, black and Latino co-workers — refused to lower themselves to my level, instead choosing to model the way that we human beings should treat each other.

    View at Medium.com

    • Sabine 15.1

      ahhh, yeah, when they go low we go high.

      nah, sometimes all you do is punch a fucking neo nazis in the mug. full stop.

      why does the extreme right always demands to be ‘educated’ away from their believes? Why do they keep the rigth to be arseholes all their lifes and the ‘left’ or ‘assorted others’ have to be polite and show them the better way?

      Seriously? Cause he can’t think for himself? cause he needs education to see others as humans worthy of peace? cause he is a special ‘snowflake’ that is allowed to be rude, brutal and callous and the other should fight back by offering the other cheek cause Jesus?

      fucking no way.

      • Draco T Bastard 15.1.1

        +111

      • mac1 15.1.3

        Just possibly because the man changed his behaviour due to example given? It worked.

        Whereas a man offered physical violence to his verbal violence rarely changes, as his ‘way’ is confirmed. Only the ante raised.

        • Sabine 15.1.3.1

          the last time no one stood up to that kind of human scum – in my birth country – we – my ancestors/my fellow Germans/the collective of Germany (and i have no idea what both of my grandfathers did until they died somewhere in Russia) – killed
          – Quote ” By genocide, the murder of hostages, reprisal raids, forced labor, “euthanasia,” starvation, exposure, medical experiments, and terror bombing, and in the concentration and death camps, the Nazis murdered from 15,003,000 to 31,595,000 people, most likely 20,946,000 men, women, handicapped, aged, sick, prisoners of war, forced laborers, camp inmates, critics, homosexuals, Jews, Slavs, Serbs, Germans, Czechs, Italians, Poles, French, Ukrainians, and many others. Among them 1,000,000 were children under eighteen years of age.1 And none of these monstrous figures even include civilian and military combat or war-deaths.”.

          https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NAZIS.CHAP1.HTM

          so excuse me if i am not a pacifist. When they say the shit they do, when they advocate genocide, the removal of undesirables, undocumented, un americans etc. you do take them at their world.
          You do not hold hand, sing kumbaya, and hope that they change their ways. Chances are they don’t. chances are they look at you and see you as an Untermensch who needs to be abgeräumt.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_Nazi_Germany

          • mac1 15.1.3.1.1

            Sabine, I thought you may have been coming from the how do you stop the fascist armies point of view.

            The examples given in the piece above in 15 however was nowhere that magnitude. Warfare is not usually used to respond to verbal violence .

            Tautoko Manga Mata’s original is way far away. Sabine, from WW2. I do not know how I would responded then. It is a question, at 67 years of age, I am still challenged by.

            I share your distress.

            • Sabine 15.1.3.1.1.1

              this my friend is how it started in Germany.

              and no one fought back until it was to late.

              I don’t like violence at all, i do abhor it, but i am no pacifist. There comes a time when one has to fight.
              Should the guy not have smacked him in the face? Maybe. Can i understand that he did, to an extend yes.

              And to anyone who says that he does not want to be called a Nazi – because he is a different Nazi then the ones that ravaged and destroyed my birth country, killed millions on a whim without remorse, altered the face of the earth politically then no, that does not work.

              A nazi is a nazi is a nazi is a nazi. And he so very much wants to be one. Well times have changed since the late 20 / 30s in Germany, People know what happened and they know that it can happen again. So he should be made to feel no safer then the ones that he would like to get rid of.

              Watch this little video in this article and explain to me how you want to reason with this guy and how long you would last before you gave him a smack over the head.

              http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/hail-trump-salute-recalls-a-powerful-message-of-hate/

              • Skeptic

                You make several good points Sabine. After conducting many interviews with high ranking Nazis after WWII, an American psychologist re-iterated the often used quote “for evil to succeed all god people have to do is nothing.” That is exactly what the vast majority of Germans did after 1933 – nothing – when Hitler used is 33% of the Reichstag and a couple of manufactured incidents to impose a dictatorship. Later they blamed fear “of socialist/communists/ unemployment/Jews etc for failing to act. Not good enough in my opinion – that whole generation of Germans is culpable for the deaths incurred and they are rightly held so. The second good point you make is “A nazi is a nazi is a nazi is a nazi”. Too true, and not many people realize that racial Nazis are but one of a series. Religious Nazis like the fundamentalist Christians/Jews/Muslims who refuse to acknowledge the validity of other religions are another. Social Nazis like the bash-a-crim brigade (i.e Sensible Sentencing Trust) or the bash-a-beneficiary brigade are another form. Privileged Nazis – those who think that the “poor are responsible for their own poverty”are yet another type – are a particular variety usually practiced bu those born with a silver spoon in their mouths and haven’t done a days work in their lives. Should all these, and other varieties be resisted – hell yes – daily, hourly, every minute, least they gain power. Even then we must resist. My uncles got medals for shooting Nazis – Charles Upham got two VCs for it – do they still give them out for this action?

  16. joe90 16

    Coming soon – Two Minute Hate.

    Trump administration will publish a weekly list of crimes purportedly committed by undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities. pic.twitter.com/GzTOo2Iub4— Will Sommer (@willsommer) January 25, 2017

    https://twitter.com/willsommer/status/824348441505648648/photo/1

    • joe90 16.1

      The kommissars return.

      BREAKING: Trump administration mandating EPA scientific studies, data undergo review by political staff before public release.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 25, 2017

  17. Infused 17

    Sucks having a president come into power saying he will do exactly what he promised eh.

    • McFlock 17.1

      but we were assured that his nuttier promises were just platitudes to his “red meat” supporters /sarc

    • Andre 17.2

      Especially for those of his supporters that knew to take him “seriously, but not literally”.

      • Sabine 17.2.1

        especially for those that wanted him to repeal Obama Care but not the Affordable Care Act.

        cause, reasons.

    • emergency mike 17.3

      Yes it sucks having a dumb president doing the dumb things he said he was going to do. Point?

      Or do you mean it sucks for those smug Trump supporters who said he were taking his dumb pledges too literally? I guess they voted for some other policies that Trump didn’t offer and that existed only in their minds.

    • dv 17.4

      Actually all he has done so far is talk and sign papers.

      Lets see what has happened on the ground a year down the track

      I read an interesting article which argued that thee emphasis on US factories etc, will cause an increase in the importing of Chinese robots.!!!!!

      And this am a piece in the herald talking about the sever shortage of labour down by Mexico, and currently about half of the labour are undocumented.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 17.5

      @Infused

      I think you are wrong to assume this makes it a good thing. It depends entirely on what was promised.

  18. Sabine 18

    oh yeah, he is looking after his country

    disaster doctrine

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/25/im-begging-fema-for-boots-on-the-ground-donald-trump-leaves-gop-leaders-begging-for-aid-after-deadly-storms-in-the-south/

    Quote: As four severe storms moved south from Georgia and Mississippi into the Florida Panhandle, 50 unconfirmed tornadoes have been reported from Thursday to Sunday, according to the Weather Channel. Experts believe weeks of cleanup will be required, but so far, the Trump administration has all but ignored the crisis.

    NBC News reported that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant sent a letter to Trump pleading for help after four people were killed in his state and more than 1,000 homes were damaged in one county alone. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal expanded a state of emergency in his state — where 15 people have been confirmed dead — from seven counties to 16 on Monday afternoon and extended the order through Jan. 30.

    Chris Cohilas, Georgia’s Dougherty County commission chairman, said he was “begging FEMA for boots on the ground” and “asking President Trump to cut through the red tape and get people on the damned ground here.”

    snip

    Quote;”“The tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong, and they suffered greatly,” Trump said Sunday, according to The Hill. “So we’ll be helping out.” Quote End.

    Yeah, right Tui. Poor fuckers, all believed that they would get a guy into office who was gonna make ‘america’ great again, but all they got was a grifter.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/25/mar-a-lago-membership-fee-doubles-to-200000.html
    Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by the Trump Organization, doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 following the election of Donald Trump as president.

    ahh, it must be so nice to be able to say “l’etat c’est moi”

  19. joe90 19

    Barking.

    That location was given to me. Mike Pence went up before me, paid great homage to the wall. I then went up, paid great homage to the wall. I then spoke to the crowd. I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time. What you do is take — take out your tape — you probably ran it live. I know when I do good speeches. I know when I do bad speeches. That speech was a total home run. They loved it. I could’ve …

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/transcript-abc-news-anchor-david-muir-interviews-president/story?id=45047602

    (autoplay)

    • joe90 19.1

      The Stalin Trump Clapping Test

      In the passage below, Solzhenitsyn captures the frenzied but eerie atmosphere at one political rally. Being the first one to stop clapping had dramatic consequences. (And, as will become clear, you did not want to be the first one to stop!)

      At the conclusion of the conference, a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for. Of course, everyone stood up (just as everyone had leaped to his feet during the conference at every mention of his name). … For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the stormy applause, rising to an ovation, continued. But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. And the older people were panting from exhaustion. It was becoming insufferably silly even to those who really adored Stalin.

      […]

      The squirrel had been smart enough to jump off his revolving wheel. That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were. And that was how they went about eliminating them. That same night the factory director was arrested. They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him:

      “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding.”

      https://mannerofspeaking.org/2010/05/12/some-chilling-public-speaking-history/

  20. North 20

    Anyone seen NZ’s Trump-sucking, self-proclaimed supreme leftie, CV ?

    • Andre 20.1

      He’s got three and a bit weeks to go on his latest ban. Yes, he only got in a few hours of commenting when he got off his last ban before he earned another one.

    • mauī 20.2

      I don’t know but I guess it provides the opportunity to have a mindless hate-in and jump up and down on Trump and Putin.

  21. North 21

    Projecting with the “mindless” there Maui…….

    Good riddance to Archie (CV) Bunker in my book. He thought he was fuck’n’ royalty on this site. Said months ago he was destroying it. To think it all came out of a tatty internecine scrap in Dunedin ??? Talk about The Hubris-Fucked Vain Child Trump !

  22. mpledger 22

    Trump wants 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for wall

    “White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the comprehensive tax reform package Trump and Republicans are looking to put together will include taxing imports from *** other countries ***, like Mexico.”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/26/politics/donald-trump-mexico-import-tax-border-wall/index.html
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It’s really time for other countries to put together a mutually beneficial treaty excluding the USA and all their rules about IP and trade dispute panels.

    Like the TPPA, before it was hijacked by the American corporates.

  23. joe90 23

    But..but…Trump is going to be great for gay rights

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly and indefinitely postponed planning for an LGBT youth health summit after Donald Trump’s election to the White House, a source at the agency told TPM.

    “This was supposed to be a big deal,” said the source, who requested anonymity given the politically sensitive nature of the cancellation. “They had a whole communications team on it, it was going to be on Facebook live. The intention was to plan a 5-year agenda.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/cdc-postponed-lgbt-youth-health-summit-after-election

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  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    1 day ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    2 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    2 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    3 days ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    4 days ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    5 days ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    5 days ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
    1 week ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    1 week ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Ron Mark asks NZDF to conduct fire risk assessment from defence point of view
    Defence Minister Ron Mark said there was nothing to prevent similar large-scale bushfires seen in Australia from also happening in New Zealand, and has asked the New Zealand Defence Force to conduct a nfire risk assessment from a defence point of view. The defence assessment would help prevent a disaster ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Mark expresses “absolute confidence” in NZDF forces stationed in Iraq
    While feeling worried about increased Middle East tensions, Defence Minister Ron Mark said he had "absolute confidence" in New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) leadership. His statements come as the fate of Kiwi troops stationed in Iraq comes under intense scrutiny. Forty-five Defence Force personnel were thought to be in the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘No Body, No Parole’ Bill is pointless dog-whistling
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order National MP Tim Macindoe Member’s Bill, Concealment of Location of Victim Remains Bill does not do what he claims. The Bill specifies a requirement for the Parole Board to only “consider” denying parole if an offender refuses to disclose the location of the body. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia
    Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark today announced New Zealand is sending three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and crew, and two NZ Army Combat Engineer Sections as well as a command element to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling the Australian ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Ron Mark: “NZDF focused on protecting troops in Iraq from retaliation”
    As tensions in the Middle East continue to grow after the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the New Zealand Defence Force is focusing on the protection of Kiwi troops deployed in Iraq. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says that "recent attacks on coalition bases and embassies constitute unacceptable ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
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  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
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    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
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    1 day ago
  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
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    1 day ago
  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
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  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
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    2 days ago
  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
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    2 days ago
  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
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    2 days ago
  • More people getting into work
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    2 days ago
  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
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    3 days ago
  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
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    4 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
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    4 days ago
  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
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    4 days ago
  • Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes
    Aucklanders are another step closer to getting rapid transit to the airport, with the start of construction to upgrade State Highway 20B to the airport, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. SH20B will be upgraded with additional lanes in each direction, dedicated to bus and high-occupancy vehicles between Pukaki Creek ...
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    4 days ago
  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
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    6 days ago
  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
    Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia.  “The son of Pōrangahau was a staunch advocate for Māori development and served his people for over ...
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    7 days ago
  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
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    1 week ago
  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
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  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
    Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast community of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. Police Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the new station, which was relocated almost 20 kilometres along the coast from the nearby ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
    With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. “The need for action for a healthy whitebait fishery has never been greater,” Eugenie Sage said.  “Four of the six whitebait species are ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
    A new Ministry of Education resource available for schools in 2020 will increase awareness and understanding of climate change, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The resource, Climate Change – prepare today, live well tomorrow, will help students understand the effects of climate change at a local, national and global ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Getting more out of our most productive firms
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has approved the terms of reference for an Inquiry into the economic contribution of New Zealand's frontier firms. Frontier firms are the most productive firms in the domestic economy within their own industry. “These firms are important as they diffuse new technologies and business practices into ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZDF sends more support to Australia
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New South Wales, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran
    Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters says that developments suggesting a surface-to-air missile is responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight in Iran is disastrous news. “New Zealand offers its deepest sympathies to the families of the 176 victims. It is ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Staying connected to Australian agriculture
    Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, says the Ministry for Primary Industries is continuing to stay connected to federal authorities in Australia as devastating fires affect the country.  “The Ministry is using an existing trans-Tasman forum for discussions on the agricultural impact of the fires and the future recovery phase,” says Damien ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in schools – a commitment to communities
    Thousands of school-age children, their teachers and wider communities are benefiting from the Government’s multi-million dollar investment upgrading and renewing schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “We want New Zealand to be the best place to be a child and that means learning in warm, comfortable and modern classrooms,” ...
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    2 weeks ago