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  1. Trump Presidency

    You can like or dislike whomever you want. It's the justification or lack thereof that I'm interested in. I know US politics is not your cup of tea, but expect that once you enter a conversation and express an opinion to be evaluated for it. And I expect you (or anyone reading this) to evaluate my post and opinion accordingly. While this is not the topic to discuss the Democratic 2016 Presidential campaign, this is how I see the two issues that you touched. a) Hillary Clinton has never committed a crime when it comes to the handling of the private email server (her predecessor Colin Powell did the same) - it was however a political misjudgement. Given the choice of candidates and what they brought to the table, she was my choice for leadership in the US. b) Bernie Sanders is a populist, albeit a little more on the socialist side. Just like Trump he was promising things he would not have been able to deliver. He too benefited from the Russian misinformation campaign. There is always a difference in the policies of governing parties. Sometimes smaller than others. Sometimes policies don't make it into laws. But to say it is all the same is ill advised and exactly what conservatives would like people to believe and keep them from exercising their voting choices. Why go vote if it doesn't make a difference? Every vote counts and one should make sure their vote is cast at every election. Thumbs up my friend! Now, you really hit the nail on the head! That would be a great subject to discuss, and if you were to start a topic on that I would jump right in. You're onto something here... Do I smell a little Marx (not the Groucho kind )? So many things to talk about, so little time. While that is true, it does mean however that the side that is wrong is ...wrong. And one weighs the alternatives that both sides offer and the cost to coexist with the 'lesser evil.' It buys time and keeps things moving. And when the next election comes, one still has to evaluate the alternatives. Who do I vote for, what will I get in return and what will it cost me? Life goes on - and if one is lucky they will see small improvements along the way. Sometimes one has to look at things short term. Not every vote is going to be a home run.
  2. Trump Presidency

    The Asshole in Chief held a listening session with survivors of mass shootings. This is what he held in his hands: 1.) "What would you most want me to know about your experience?" 2.) "What can we do to help you feel [unclear]?" And the last visible point on the sheet was not a question, but seemingly a reminder to be empathetic: "5.) I hear you." A freakin' cue card? He has no words of empathy for people that lost kids, family and friends? Instead he proposes arming teachers with guns? Is this the Twilight Zone we are living in?
  3. Trump Presidency

    Huh? I'm really floored (and disappointed) to hear this far-right wing unsubstantiated name calling coming from you. Even though this could be a separate topic on its own (The Bill Clinton Presidency), please be informed that the US experienced an extended period of economic prosperity during the Clinton presidency, and that Bill Clinton left office with high approval ratings - these are the facts. Back to the subject though... The Russian interference in the US 2016 elections is not simply about leaking information. Athinaios was kind enough to provide a couple of links referencing the latest developments. It's about the active involvement on the ground and in the digital world to influence, penetrate and alter the outcome of the US Election system. It is part of an active and ongoing war and the US finds itself on the receiving end. One could argue that the US has been engaging in such behavior in other countries for decades now. That's a valid point and (again) a topic for a different discussion. What we have here is a case where the Russian government is actively trying to alter the electoral landscape in many countries across the globe using similar tactics. In the US, they succeeded in changing the (anticipated) electoral outcome. What remains to be seen is how exactly did they accomplish it. Hopefully, time and investigations will show. There is a lot of misinformation going on and it is difficult to navigate through the streams of falsehoods. That being said, we need to stick to proven facts and not perpetuate rumors, falsehoods and unproven facts. An Op-Ed, by Thomas L. Friedman, worth reading from the New York Times: Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now Maybe non-US citizens can understand the magnitude of what is at stake in the US after reading the op-ed.
  4. Trump Presidency

    Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
  5. Trump Presidency

    Let's look at some facts.... Is there anybody on this planet that thinks that Russian meddling in the USA 2016 elections had zero impact on the outcome? Anybody that thinks that the Russians are wasting money and resources in world wide interference campaigns and are doing so without getting the results they seek? Anybody else that thinks that this Orangutan of ours is elected fair and square? Anybody, other than scary Pence, that is....
  6. Houston Texans

    I wish you all the best. Deshaun Watson had a promising short spell. Let's see if this promise materializes and he takes the next step. Looking forward to seeing the Texans have a solid new season.
  7. Trump Presidency

    Let's talk about the Swamp. The one Trump was going to drain... The Swamp that squanders taxpayer money at first opportunity...
  8. Another Mass Shooting in the US

    The US has a big-big problem. We are surrendering to the NRA (National Riffle Association) and the Republican Party. Has nothing to do with religion, nothing to do with constitution - it's all about money, profit and political power. The Republicans get greased by the gun lobby and in turn stifle the US Congress from passing laws that would regulate guns. In return the NRA helps politicians fund their election campaigns. And then you have the intellectually challenged individuals that voted for Trump, that do not understand what the Second Amendment of the US Constitution is about, don't want to know and don't want to discuss. Cornell Law School has an interesting reference on the Second Amendment and it's interpretations by the US Supreme Court over the years. And since we're talking about States regulating gun control (my reference to Cornell) this is about Florida: CNN: You don't need a permit or license to buy a gun in Florida. (And you don't have to register your gun either) @tantra129 How big is your igloo?
  9. Trump Presidency

    Don't you worry! Trump and the Republicans are working at it. Start shopping for a crown.
  10. Trump Presidency

    Oh, man! Thanks for the words of encouragement. We're so screwed.
  11. Trump Presidency

    He's on a (asshole)Sphere of his own. The US is rapidly becoming a Banana Republic.
  12. Argy joins the Phantis moderating team by volunteering to help with the moderation of the Greek Players Abroad forum. It's our honor sir having you join the team. Thank you and all the best!
  13. The Philadelphia Eagles are crowned Super Bowl LII champions with a win over the New England Patriots (41-33) These are the game highlights.
  14. Trump Presidency

    It seems your intention was for some people to fall for it. That's no different from people posting fake stories. Let's try not to mislead people, shall we?
  15. Trump Presidency

    That's a fake tweet. For more on that, please read: https://www.snopes.com/did-trump-tweet-president-dow-joans/
  16. Trump Presidency

    And this is the other bozo, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, touting their tax cuts: a full $1.50 a week. Paul Ryan received $500,000 in campaign contributions from the Koch brothers after passing the tax reform bill. Wells Fargo, fresh off of defrauding millions of Americans, gets $3.4 billion. An extra $1.50 a week should be good enough, right? Following public condemnation, he deleted his tweet.
  17. Trump Presidency

    It's draining living in the time of Trump. Really! For somebody living in the USA and used to following political life and paying attention to his elected officials, it's like a black hole sucking you down. Can't escape it and that sinking feeling just adds to the agony. Here's from CNN: 52 major news stories. 31 days. One month in Trump's Washington. President Donald Trump demonstrated a unique ability during his first year: He can bend time. Never before have more twists and turns been packed into each day of a presidency. Read the story Anybody have any good ideas of how to "drain the swamp"?
  18. Trump Presidency

    Something to read, something that could get us thinking: Dream Coal: Clean coal is more of an idea than a reality, and many scientists doubt it will ever become an effective countermeasure to the emission of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion. -- From Snopes, a project that begun in 1994 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends that has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet.
  19. Trump Presidency

    Best idea I've heard in a long time! One little modification (maybe). Drink the Molson, build the wall with piss. We're really screwed.... It's not just the orangutan. Both bodies of Congress (controlled by the Republicans) are complicit in this savage dismemberment of Democracy, our Judicial and the US Constitution. Dark times are coming.
  20. Trump Presidency

    Yes, we are screwed. Do you feel sorry for us now?
  21. My Favorite Guitar

    As guitar players go, I'm sure each one of us has a favorite instrument. Whether it's some Fender old time classic, or a newer model of some unknown manufacturer, let's start talking about what makes us happy. For my part, some of my favorite guitars are the Samick Greg Bennett semi-hollow and hollowbody guitars. I love the LaSalle series. Also love the Royale series (shown below).
  22. ♪♫♪  Fly Eagles, fly, on the road to victory...♪♪♫

  23. From the BBC: Humanity 2.0... Smarter, fitter, better? "Philosopher Julian Baggini explains the radical vision of transhumanism - where humans become part-machine." https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/humanity-20-smarter-fitter-better/p05t8q6h?playlist=the-a-z-of-isms Julian Baggini seems to think that part machine, part human is the only way forward.