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Jul 7 Brooklyn Reader commented on Morning News: Black Man Hunting Season Opened This Week, Median Home Value in Seattle Now $666,000.
If you're going to mention the Zimbabwe strike/stay-away/mobilization, you should at least mention that the trigger for it was that government employees were told they weren't getting their June paychecks because the government didn't have any money. Oh, and please keep working. Finally -- all 14 civil service unions went out.

No pay, no play, and who can blame them? And who can blame the rest of the country from walking off, too? With the government workers out, they have no services or support.
Jul 6 Brooklyn Reader commented on Trans Comic: Ideal Bathroom Exit Would Be Disappearing in a Cloud of Smoke.
@1, @2, @3, @4, @5: Yes, because everyone loves smartass nerds. Jesus. Just let up once in a while. Maybe comment on the video or something.
Jun 29 Brooklyn Reader commented on Emails From Reasonable Bernie Supporters Pour Into My Inbox.
@8 Props for the sig. Otherwise, no.

@7 Well, first let's hope she can handle this conflict with The Donald and his fascist supporters. Seriously, you're looking to THAT madman to be some dove of peace??

@2 Brilliant! I LOL'ed. So, will they grow up, or end up on a dusty shelf in the back of a closet?

@1 Sage words. On top of that, the reactionaries are more viscerally driven by their lizard-brain emotions: fear, greed, hate. Which makes them rather impervious to reason and higher aspirations.
Jun 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on Who Sent the Dumbest Tweet in Reaction to Brexit?.
@25 This is Parliament we're talking about, not the U.S. House. It would be unprecedented and nearly unthinkable for them to fuck over the voting public like that. They can stall for awhile, which is what they seem to be telegraphing that they're going to do, while they take the national temperature and/or wait for some sign that there's an honorable way to back down that won't bring out the torches and pitchforks, but I wouldn't count on anything turning up short of civil unrest, a fallen government, and a new Parliament. And maybe not even then.
Jun 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on Who Sent the Dumbest Tweet in Reaction to Brexit?.
@18 The old world order was forever at war, including two devastating World Wars. (The next one may well be nuclear.) But, two generations after a serious war, people tend to forget, which is what seems to be happening. Europe without Russia (which Google says is "approximately" 49 countries) is basically the same size as the first 48 states of the US. Can you imagine if every one of our states was a completely separate country? It's not a formula for long-term peace.

One of the reason older, uneducated working people voted to Leave was because they were promised prosperity and pride. I'm not sure they're that committed to theoretical libertarian ideals. If there isn't a tangible improvement in their lives and economic status, they won't be pleased.
Jun 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on Who Sent the Dumbest Tweet in Reaction to Brexit?.
@9 Some of the commentary I'm listening to on the BBC seems to be suggesting a) that it's partially a "fuck you" to Cameron's government and its austerity policies, and b) worries about immigration. They want to be able to "control our own borders." Of course, this fucks over a couple million Brit ex-pats, particularly retirees, who live in the EU, who are going to lose reciprocal benefits, like healthcare. Now the EU gets to "control their borders" against the Brits.

Apparently, this is entirely a self-inflicted wound, too. It was Cameron's brilliant idea to hold the referendum to gain some sort of political leverage for their upcoming Parliamentary elections. There was no way for anyone to force the election otherwise. Even more brilliantly, they had no "plan B," what to do if they lost.

This is a colossal fuck-up, one for the history books.
Jun 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on Who Sent the Dumbest Tweet in Reaction to Brexit?.
Trump is running for President on promises of a) he knows what he's talking about and how things, like business and the economy work, and that b) he's going to work for American interests like no one has ever worked for them before.

And here, the dumb fucking schmuck is celebrating an economic maelstrom that's going to hurt ordinary people in the United States, who are going to lose jobs, see lower income, and in those cases where people have invested for their retirement, lose money. Why? Because his fucking golf course might get some international customers attracted to Scotland because of its relatively cheap prices. Of course, he forgets that a world-wide recession is going to hurt his potential customers. This man has zero understanding of economics: personal, business, national, or international. If he can't fuck money out of someone for his own benefit, it's nothing he's capable of comprehending. He can't even sustain his own enterprises, which is why he's always starting new ones. I suspect we'll find out that Trump is his own Ponzi scheme and has been skating pretty close to the edge. If he's borrowed money in dollars to build that Scottish golf course, it's probably bankrupt now, with the cost of that capital suddenly 10% higher than the numbers he counted on.

Please, Lord, fuck him before he fucks us.
Jun 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on Who Sent the Dumbest Tweet in Reaction to Brexit?.
So... What exactly is the WA GOP proposing? That Washington secede from the United States? That the United States exit NATO?

Jun 24 Brooklyn Reader commented on U.K. Votes to Leave the European Union.
Stupid Trump couldn't resist the opportunity to say stupid stuff. There he is, crowing about how well his loser golf course will do now that the bottom fell out of the Pound. In Scotland. Which voted to Remain. To their faces.

Meanwhile, when other currencies fall, they fall against the Dollar, which becomes more expensive, along with all products and services produced in Amurica. This event is highly recessionary for the United States, and all he can think of is his stupid golf course, which sits in Scotland, a country which is about to call a second national referendum to leave Great Britain because they're so pissed at it yanking them out of the EU. Which, he's crowing about.

Nero only fiddled while Rome burned. Trump fiddles while the whole world's economy and alliances burn.
Jun 23 Brooklyn Reader commented on Donald Trump Campaigns in the Swing State of Scotland.
Is there a no-fly list for private corporate jets? Can we get his on it? Alternatively, does Scotland have airplane safety inspectors? Would they consider condemning his as unsafe? Can we phone in a drug tip on it? I'm absolutely certain there's at least half a pound of blow on that plane. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to be that much of an asshole, let alone for a 70-year-old to stay up all night tweeting assholish things, without chemical assistance.