Dead Man Walking

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blindboy started the topic in Saturday, 3 Jun 2017 at 4:33pm


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AndyM Friday, 9 Jun 2017 at 4:13pm

I reckon this author nails it.

Just remember -

You are a goddess! Never change! Do not ever engage in healthy self-reflection or personal growth because you are perfect! #PERFECT!

Because you're worth it...

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blindboy Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 7:37pm

Still walking but we are getting closer to the day Congress takes the walking frame away.

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factotum Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 at 10:53am

Nothing to see here...and all coming in under time too!

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Pops Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 at 11:17am

Cohen's opening statement had some bombshells too (though perhaps nothing unexpected).
This one in particular:
"Mr. Trump directed me to find a straw bidder to purchase a portrait of him that was being auctioned at an Art Hamptons Event. The objective was to ensure that his portrait, which was going to be auctioned last, would go for the highest price of any portrait that afternoon. The portrait was purchased by the fake bidder for $60,000. Mr. Trump directed the Trump Foundation, which is supposed to be a charitable organization, to repay the fake bidder, despite keeping the art for himself. Please see Exhibit 3B to my testimony."

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AndyM Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 at 11:32am

Standard practice for the wealthy, including Trump's father.

Rather immoral but illegality is a grey area it seems.

"A lot of this, a lot of the wealthy clients do. I think Americans don’t know what they do, and they’re shocked. I think the New York Times reporters were shocked by some of this, and I was like, “No, that’s not illegal.” Probably all uber-rich Americans do this. It’s in the statutes, the courts have approved it, they just do it."

At the same time -

"it would be illegal if they knowingly submitted false valuation reports to the IRS."

I expect Trump is slimy enough to make sure it doesn't stick.

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sypkan Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 at 12:06pm

geez facto, a business man manipulating figures to reduce his tax burden, that's disgusting. I can't believe it.

Look him up!

Better check out 90% of tradesmen in oz while you're at it.

Lock them up!

Tackling the big issues today mate.

What's goin on with russia collusion?

Or, why haven't you given us a rundown on cortez's high school wish list, or any number of other ridiculous statements for that matter. If you're gonna quote the girl at least give us something interesting.

Yep, the new green deal would be good, or deal green new, deal new green?....whatever pelosi said...

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stunet Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 at 11:35am

All that, and probably much, much more, and it wont make a lick of difference.

You just grab 'em on the pussy...

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Westofthelake Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 at 11:48am

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tux Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 at 1:57pm

I didn't read your whole diatribe but I can only assume your seeing his presidency through the prism of your chosen media outlets. Either way foreign media controlled by a very few is an inaccurate way to view whats actually happening in a country run by someone who is pursuing a more isolationist foreign policy than his pre-decessors (sp).

In the eyes of many in the US he would seem to be doing a good job (I'm not saying its his doing) :

Employment is up
Terrorism is down
The US hasn't jumped into any new wars
War in general has been sidelined in the press due to his big mouth
Obamacare is out

I believe the lack of respect for his position is in fact due to his Tweets, somehow he has become the every man for a lot of people. While this may play out deplorably to the left wing media it actually enamores him to the voters that he needs.
My suspicion is that he will definatly be a two term president, mainly due to the lack of suitable opposition and his ability to mobile a nation of people with limited attention spans who will only remember the latest catch phrase.

On a side note he reminds me off Brick from Anchorman "LOUD NOISES"

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factotum Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 2:34pm

“I’m not a cutter. I’ll probably be the only Republican that doesn’t want to cut Social Security.” -Donald Trump, January 24, 2015

“I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.” –Donald Trump, May 7, 2015

“I am going to save Social Security without any cuts. I know where to get the money from. Nobody else does.” –Donald Trump, May 21, 2015

“Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it.” –Donald Trump, June 16, 2015

“I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security.” –Donald Trump, March 10, 2016

"It gives me no pleasure to say this: our president is a pathological liar. His budget is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises to the American people." - Bernie Sanders

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Westofthelake Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 2:45pm

Yea facto Trump thinks Socialism is a dirty word and is trying his best to link it to the Dems.
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. ... Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” - Trump at his State of the Union Speech.

Besides they need all the money they can get to fund their greatest zombie industry, the military.

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Blowin Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 3:58pm

Zombie industry ?

Without their military the USA would be nothing. It’s their military might that has allowed them to shape the world. It’s also very effective at redistributing income throughout their domestic economy . Their military is directly and indirectly one of their greatest employers particularly for those individuals without many alternative job opportunities.

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indo-dreaming Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 4:11pm

That spending is pretty crazy.

Im glad the USA is our friend and not our enemy.

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Westofthelake Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 4:28pm

I'm not going to argue with your facts because they are the facts.


Zombie Industries are those that need to be sustained by the government when they cannot sustain themselves. This is practically the definition of “malinvestment” — putting capital and energy into investments that don’t pay off. When an industry is only profitable with government backing it means that the industry uses resources — labor, energy, raw materials — and turns them into finished products that are worth less than the inputs required to make them. The more of these zombie industries the government supports, the poorer the society becomes.

What goods and services does the military produce that return a financial income back to their people? (I'm not talking about the direct effects of personnel spending their hard earned dollars in the economy)

Does it in anyway compare to the amount of investment it receives?

E.g Spending $50 billions on submarines will produce a zero return on investment. i.e it's dead money.

The military is without a doubt the greatest money sucking zombie ever invented.

But you're right, we'd be fucked without it.

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Blowin Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 5:20pm

It’s actually the best investment the US has ever made.

When they won WW2 they were able to create an empire that spanned the globe with all monies flowing back home . Regime changes , access to resources, buying favours- all due to military threat , coercion or support.

No way in hell that Chevron etc would be raping our country the way they do without either US stand over tactics or conditional US protection and that’s just a single example of a tactic that is replicated the world over. The US demands access to our markets and they get it , in proportions far exceeding that of any balanced trading partner . Why is that ? Military power.

It underlines every decision that any nation makes when dealing with the US.

Literally everything the US has is because of their ability to project military power. This includes their intelligence communities.

Allow for the fact that the majority of their world beating technological advances have arisen through offshoots and reappropriation of military developments and it’s safe to say that the US economy and the history of their nation hinged on the power and sheer omnipotence of their military .

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blindboy Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 5:24pm

Fair enough, but never refer to it as defence spending.

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AndyM Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 5:43pm

Blowin, as we've discussed before, the economic well-being of the U.S. (and by extension, that of Australia), comes on the back of the deaths of at least 20 million people.

This article "documents the more than 20 million lives lost resulting from US led wars, military coups and intelligence ops carried out in the wake of what is euphemistically called the “post-war era” (1945- )"

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factotum Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 6:29pm

"I'm not going to argue with YOUR facts because they are THE facts."

Hahahaha! Blowipedia has crashed again!!!!

Germany post-war? Japan post-war (until relatively recently)? On the other side of the ledger, that other big military spender USSR post-war? Where does your fave China fit in, Blowin'? India?

"...never refer to it as defence spending."

Too true.

The Department of Defence nomenclature is Orwellian in the extreme.

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Blowin Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 6:01pm

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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factotum Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 6:07pm

“Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work.” - Albert Camus

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Blowin Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 6:22pm

When US forces give the nod.....

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factotum Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 6:29pm's a setback for your country.

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blindboy Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 6:47pm

....... from a bloke who went on to vote for a US base in Darwin. I still can't listen to Midnight Oil. I just cringe.

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 7:32pm

L. Ron Hubbard can't save your life
Superboy takes a plutonium wife

(and for a chuckle:

"The implication was obvious: the PC-815 had fought a two-day battle with a magnetic deposit." )

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Westofthelake Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 7:35pm

The truth is

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” - Dwight E. January 1961

Even now US military spending is more than half of the federal discretionary spending.

Most (if not all) wars since WW2 were motivated by greed and power,
After-all war has the unquestionable effect of making the very few very fucking rich, at the expense of the many.

If priorities are determined by values, diplomatic compromisation should be the numero uno civilised way to deal with problems....or there's Twitter.

I am not saying that military should be cut completely, but just enough to have it so that “our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action” — while avoiding being a “theft” from the hungry and the cold.

The bottom line is that the military industrial complex is the dragon that was never tamed. (let alone trained)

"When you bring together the national security state and the military-industrial complex, when you bring together the prison-industrial complex and all the profits that flow from it, when you bring together the corporate media multiplex that don’t want to allow for serious dialogue... and then, when you bring together the Wall Street oligarchs and the corporate plutocrats, and they tell any person or any group, 'If you speak the truth, we’ll shoot you down like a dog and dehumanize you the way we did to dehumanize the brothers in Attica,' the only thing that will keep you going is you better have some love in your heart for the people.”
― Cornel West

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spuddyjack Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 8:31pm

The right to defend oneself is one thing, but when approximately one in 16 Americans (20 million) reside in trailer parks you know things are pretty fucked up. Mention that to any Republican and you're written off tersely as a communist.

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Blowin Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 8:39pm

What are you on about ?

Germany ? Japan ?

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factotum Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 9:28pm

Post-war world economic powerhouses. Little military spend.

USSR, opposite.

China? India?

Saudi Arabia? Norway?

Your US conjecture?


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Blowin Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 11:15pm

I don’t understand why you’re discussing those other countries ?

I’m certainly not.

What do they have to do with whether or not the US military is a zombie industry ?

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factotum Thursday, 14 Mar 2019 at 12:29pm

Military spend and might post-war does not equal economic might and power post-war. In fact, quite the opposite.

Big military spenders USSR bankrupt and collapsed.

North Korea are now the biggest military spenders per capita. How they travelling?

Then there's the war 'losers': Germany and Japan. Non-military spenders.

And what about your fave, China?

Where do they fit into your post-war 'military spend and might = economic might and power' formula?

The continuing US military spend post-war - its perpetual war-time economy and ever burgeoning military-industrial complex - has ultimately fucked them. Well, the little people anyway.

Time to wind the military spend back? Maybe try and 'Make America Great Again' (whatever the fuck that actually means)?

Um, except Trump is doing the opposite. More military spend. Bigger King Kong sized military budget.



"War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength." - George Orwell.