Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

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No wonder you're an expert at yoga, Loretta - you'd have to be to get your head that far up your ass.

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4 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

No wonder you're an expert at yoga, Loretta - you'd have to be to get your head that far up your ass.

 

 I am not a yoga person, but Alex mentioned on another thread that she is doing yoga and even recommended its calming effects to someone else.  

 

Give it a try Jeffo.  Maybe it can help you deal with your anger and lack of fitness.

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Oh dear...

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/covington-catholic-student-files-275m-defamation-suit-against-cnn-n983041

 

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A Kentucky teenager sued CNN on Tuesday for defamation, saying the cable network falsely conveyed to viewers that he was the "face of an unruly hate mob" confronting a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January.

 

Regards yoga, I practice it daily, a sort of old ladies version related to Tai Chi. I get up 5.40am and light my fire and drink tea. Gets into the day nicely. 

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25 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:

Will be thrown out, but not before the kid's ambulance chaser takes several grand off this trust fund puppy. He will have to prove that CNN definitively knew he wasn't actually "the face of unruly hate mob" (whatever that is), but reported as such anyway. I guarantee CNN has better lawyers. But lemme guess, there's a Gofundme hat being passed around?

 

The whole thing exploded too quickly, and in my estimation is a good cautionary tale about the junk quality of social media twattle masquerading as journalism, and cable media ("both" sides) looking to hawk a narrative regardless of facts. A plague on both their houses.

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9 minutes ago, alderhill said:

Will be thrown out, but not before the kid's ambulance chaser takes several grand off this trust fund puppy. He will have to prove that CNN definitively knew he wasn't actually "the face of unruly hate mob" (whatever that is), but reported as such anyway. I guarantee CNN has better lawyers. But lemme guess, there's a Gofundme hat being passed around?

 

The whole thing exploded too quickly, and in my estimation is a good cautionary tale about the junk quality of social media twattle masquerading as journalism, and cable media ("both" sides) looking to hawk a narrative regardless of facts. A plague on both their houses.

 

Forget about that. The article is from February. It is a big who cares at this point.

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1 hour ago, balticus said:

 

Yoga, Alex.

 

Yoga on arm day? You need to get with the program.

 

EZ bar curls 5 drop down sets starting at 30kg going to the bar.

 

Damn gym hasn't got enough weight on the cables for my tris so nosebreakers with 45kg on the EZ bar and max out the dip machine because apparently spaghetti arms are the look for European men. (Excl my man Markus)

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Trump the billion dollar loser

 

 

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On Tuesday, the New York Times scooped the world on the news that from 1985 to 1994, Donald Trump incurred the biggest business losses of any single taxpayer in American history. What was it like for him to lose more than $1 billion in a decade? Was he perpetually ashen-faced with fear? Or smirking at the thought of outwitting the IRS “for sport,” as he said in a Wednesday morning tweet?

I happen to know, because from late 1988 to 1990, I was his ghostwriter, working on a book that would be called Surviving at the Top. Right in the middle of this period, I can tell you that the answer is that he was neither. Except for an occasional passing look of queasiness, or anger, when someone came into his Trump Tower office and whispered the daily win/loss numbers at his Atlantic City casinos, he seemed to be bored out of his mind.

I tend to see my time with him — the first part of it, anyway, before things started going bad in a hurry — as his “King Midas” period. I never said this to him; if I had, he probably would have thought I was suggesting he enter the muffler business. But it was a stretch of months when everything he touched turned into a deal. The banks seemed to accept the version of him depicted in his first book, The Art of the Deal, which we now know from his previous ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, was entirely invented. They believed it over what they saw on his balance sheets or heard coming out of his mouth, and never said no to his requests for more money. Often they came up with things he could say yes to before he could think of them himself. As a result, a failing real estate developer who had little idea of what he was doing and less interest in doing it once he’d held the all-important press conference wound up owning three New Jersey hotel-casinos, the Plaza Hotel, the Eastern Airlines Shuttle and a 281-foot yacht.....

 

 

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Donald Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr, has been subpoenaed to testify before the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee over his contacts with Russia.

The White House remains at daggers drawn with Congress after the House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday to hold attorney general William Barr in contempt of Congress over his failure to release the full, unredacted Mueller report into alleged ties between the Trump administration and the Kremlin.

The president himself meanwhile addressed a rowdy rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Wednesday evening, where he pledged to deliver $448m (£344m) in disaster relief funding seven months after the Panhandle was hit by Hurricane Michael but laughed about the idea of shooting asylum seekers from Central America, who he said constituted an “invasion”.

 

 

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10 hours ago, fraufruit said:

 

 

What is the point of the Democrats subpoenaing their own failed investigation?

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I am sure it has nothing to do with the redactions of the CI information and the secondary witnesses. Nothing at all.

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Nothing wrong here. Nothing at all. All the Trump ass kissers can sit down.

 

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Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, is encouraging Ukraine to wade further into sensitive political issues in the United States, seeking to push the incoming government in Kiev to press ahead with investigations that he hopes will benefit Mr. Trump.

 

Mr. Giuliani said he plans to travel to Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, in the coming days and wants to meet with the nation’s president-elect to urge him to pursue inquiries that allies of the White House contend could yield new information about two matters of intense interest to Mr. Trump.

 

One is the origin of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The other is the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s sonin a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

 

Mr. Giuliani’s plans create the remarkable scene of a lawyer for the president of the United States pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that Mr. Trump’s allies hope could help him in his re-election campaign. And it comes after Mr. Trump spent more than half of his term facing questions about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with a foreign power.

 

“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” Mr. Giuliani said in an interview on Thursday when asked about the parallel to the special counsel’s inquiry.

 

“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he said. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”

 

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2 minutes ago, AlexTr said:

Nothing wrong here. Nothing at all. All the Trump ass kissers can sit down.

 

 

"What? I've been accused of obstruction of justice and accepting foreign assistance to my presidential campaign? Wait here while I obstruct more justice while asking for more foreign assistance to my presidential campaign!"

 

It would be comical if it weren't so serious.

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The court, sensing an easy decision, fast tracks Trump's attempt at lawbreaking by putting his "injunction" on the docket for Tuesday.

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4 minutes ago, AlexTr said:

The court, sensing an easy decision, fast tracks Trump's attempt at lawbreaking by putting his "injunction" on the docket for Tuesday.

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Trump to tweet complaints about the "very Unfair Obama Judge" (which will be echoed by our local forum Trumphumpers) in 3... 2... 1...

 

He just can't help undermining our democracy.

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Nope, not possible that there are entanglements that Trump doesn't want us to know about. Nope, not at all.

 

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The FBI has opened a public corruption investigation into Republican donor and South Florida massage-parlor entrepreneur Li “Cindy” Yang, focusing on whether she illegally funneled money from China into the president’s re-election effort or committed other potential campaign-finance violations, the Miami Herald has learned.

 

Investigators obtained a federal grand jury subpoena Tuesday seeking records from Bing Bing Peranio, an employee of Yang’s family’s spa business who last year contributed a maximum $5,400 to President Donald Trump’s re-election effort, according to a source familiar with the probe. Yang came to Peranio’s workplace and helped her write the check, Peranio told reporters from The New York Times, who first reported the contribution. Peranio told The Times she didn’t “say no.”

 

The subpoena asked for any records related to that March 5, 2018, donation and possibly other contributions between 2014 and the present, said the source, who asked for anonymity to discuss an ongoing federal investigation.

 

In a brief phone interview with the Miami Herald, Peranio confirmed that she had received a subpoena and that FBI agents had interviewed her at her home Thursday.

 

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14 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:

 

Here is the bill introduced 3 days ago which would audit US Gold holdings:

 

https://projects.propublica.org/represent/bills/116/hr2559

 

Will fit nicely with Thomas Massey's Fed audit bill waiting to take off after the next 08 style crisis which is coming. Let's hope the UK and Europe is doing the same to return to sound money.

 

 

If you ask me, the sound money narrative is false.   

 

Current problems are being caused by a lack of US Dollars and stress on the Eurodollar system.   Trump's call for interest rate cuts is correct, but they won't happen without a crisis.

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12 minutes ago, balticus said:

 

If you ask me, the sound money narrative is false.   

 

Current problems are being caused by a lack of US Dollars and stress on the Eurodollar system.   Trump's call for interest rate cuts is correct, but they won't happen without a crisis.

 

You may be correct. Central to the times we live in are that the crisis of 2008 was just a foretaste of things to come. Absolutely nothing was done then to solve the structural weaknesses in US/EU economies. According to Chris Martenson we are about to hit the big one in the next few years, maybe a wobble in Deutsche, or some PIIGS bank, but the system is running on fumes.

 

 

He asserts that global debt is something like 250 Trillion dollars which is a serious pothole waiting to be fallen into. There's a tech bubble about to blow. Almost all the alt-finance guys are gold/silver/bitcoin people. Those will be the only hedges against what is coming. Time for prepping! :)

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But we've already been subsidizing farmers since the first tariffs were announced. Everyone knows that the American consumers will pay for all of the tariffs with higher prices. WTF?

 

 

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President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will boost its purchases of domestic farm products for humanitarian aid in an effort to offset lost demand from China as trade tensions flare between the nations.

Trump said on Twitter on Friday that the U.S. will use its money from the tariffs to buy American agricultural products “in larger amounts than China ever did” and send it to “poor & starving countries” for humanitarian aid. The president indicated potential purchases of $15 billion from farmers. Soybean and grain futures held mostly steady after the announcements, while industry groups opposed Trump’s additional U.S. tariffs on China.

“In the meantime we will continue to negotiate with China in the hopes that they do not again try to redo deal!” Trump said on Twitter. “Our farmers will do better, faster and starving nations can now be helped.”

Soybean and grain futures plunged this week as U.S. trade talks faltered with China, the world’s top oilseed buyer, and the Asian nation vowed retaliation as the U.S. boosted tariffs on $200 billion in goods. On the Chicago Board of Trade, soybean, corn and wheat futures for July delivery were little changed at 10:22 a.m. local time.

“We have heard and believed the president when he says he supports farmers, but we’d like the president to hear us and believe what we are saying about the real-life consequences to our farms and families as this trade war drags on,” Davie Stephens, a soybean grower from Clinton, Kentucky, and president of the American Soybean Association, said in a statement.

The soybean group joined the National Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers in a joint statement.

“These additional tariffs will continue to put a strain on our export markets and threaten many decades worth of market development,” Ben Scholz, a Texas wheat farmer and president of the wheat group, said in the statement.

In the 2017 fiscal year, the Agency for International Development gave 3.12 million tons of foreign food aid valued at $3.62 billion, according to a report.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a tweet said that while China may backtrack, Trump is “steadfast in his support for U.S. farmers” and that he directed the USDA “to work on a plan quickly.” Perdue also said he was in Japan for trade discussions with the fourth-largest consumer of U.S. agricultural products.

In 2018, the U.S. administration said it would deliver as much as $12 billion to farmers after Beijing slapped retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products.

Last month, the the World Trade Organization ruled that China didn’t follow proper procedures when it imposed trade restrictions on agricultural imports.

 

 

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41 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

But we've already been subsidizing farmers since the first tariffs were announced. Everyone knows that the American consumers will pay for all of the tariffs with higher prices. WTF?

 

I hear he's allowed cannabis cultivation in the US. What a guy. That'll mess up old Poppy Bush's drug empire.

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