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lol!! for later reading.. :D He will be easy to defeat if he runs.. (he has a habit of taking the money and quitting .. ) people might hate Hilary .. but most people hate racism more..
 
As of today, the second seal has been broken and a rider on a red horse has come forth Donald Trump is essentially the guaranteed Republican nominee for president. Let me give some predictions of what's going to happen next:

(1) People will start to argue harder and harder that Trump isn't really that bad, and he doesn't actually mean all the things that he says. Even while you'll never hear this from his campaign, it'll be a major theme among commentators, especially those tied to the Republican establishment. 

The main thing driving this will be cognitive dissonance: if you believed that the American public had just nominated a not-particularly-crypto-Nazi, then you would have to conclude that the people around you are either evil or fools, and that's not something nice to think about. But if he's not really that bad, then it's OK. The second thing driving this will be the underlying urge of many disaffected (white, working or middle class) people to support him and the things he actually says; if you've got a narrative where it's not really that bad, it's fine to vote for this, then you can feel more comfortable considering it. And the third thing (affecting mostly professional politicians and media heads) will be simple professional party loyalty; the cost of defection away from a nominated candidate, in terms of career and so on, is just too high.

(2) You will hear a strong campaign from the Republican establishment (not Trump) that Clinton is the Devil and must be beaten. They won't be able to put together a clear story of why; to be honest, almost nobody ever has been able to. It's become so reflexive to see her this way that people have forgotten where it started. (That's not to say that Clinton isn't deeply flawed, but none of those flaws have anything to do with the weird conspiracy theories that will be circulating) 

This is mostly a way for the people in the establishment, the ones with the most dissonance to deal with, to focus themselves on saying "not Clinton" so they don't have to spend too much time saying "yes Trump."

It's going to be an incredibly nasty campaign, but that shouldn't surprise anyone.

(Yes, Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee. I know Sanderistas can come up with arguments until the cows come home about how it's still perfectly statistically possible for him to win 64% of the remaining pledged delegates or somehow convince all the superdelegates to join him but... no. There is no way that actually works. Sanders gets to shift the party platform but he has no serious chance of being the nominee)


And if, God forbid, Trump were to be elected? I suspect that we would find that he is quite an honest man after all, at least insofar as he has no incentive to lie. I suspect that his promises about immigrants will quickly become a priority for him, with a certain amount of reality gating. Things we'd actually see:

(1) Punitive taxes and/or seizure of remittances abroad. This would cause massive economic disruptions all over the world (about $125B per year, most of it going to poor communities) and would probably ultimately be moderated in some way, but not before causing tremendous pain and chaos.

(2) Laws demanding strong proof of citizenship to work, and enforcing severe penalties against employers who violate them. These would cause a different kind of chaos, because a good quarter of citizens don't actually have such strong proof. Presumably offices would be set up to help people get that, and deployment of the law would be staged -- but that assistance would be sharply canted towards white communities. The intent, and effect, of the law would be to cause mass unemployment among Latino and Black communities. This would, indeed, cause many to flee the country, but even more to be dropped into extremely dire straits. I have no idea how this would play out.

(3) Laws enforcing Draconian penalties against anyone who helps people without knowing their immigration status. This would run into actual trouble for Trump once it started to affect better-organized churches; the Vatican may actually end up being a major counterforce, and this might have long-term consequences.

(4) Laws restricting employment of legal immigrants in various ways. Not in service industries, but in places where a demonstration of nativism will be politically useful. This will often be used as a negotiating tactic against businesses.

(5) Actual wall-building might start in a symbolic fashion, but the absurd logistics of it would prevent anything other than a flashy display.

Of course, none of this even starts to deal with his plans to institute trade wars with both China and Mexico (two of our three largest trading partners), or the effects that would happen when the leaders of politically savvy rival countries (e.g., China) realize that he can easily be goaded into foolish moves. Or what might happen if someone else (e.g., Kim Jong Un) tried to rattle sabers; I doubt that he has any deep understanding of just why the US hasn't tried to blow up North Korea in the past. (Answer: we could do it, but in the process South Korea would be turned into rubble, and Japan would probably lose a city or two. And it might escalate into a full regional war.)

So even though I anticipate several months of people telling me how he really isn't that bad, and of the curious experience of seeing a politician's supporters get exasperated and angry ("you're not repeating that old lie again!") when I suggest that their candidate might be honest, I don't think that just because he's the nominee, he's suddenly going to change his white sheets stripes.
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I don't think many, and certainly not Hillary Clinton, take victory for granted. It is going to be a long, tough fight, but she is an endurance fighter. My one big worry is that Sanders will go against both custom and commonsense and refuse to either endorse Clinton or encourage his followers to follow her. That would be extremely divisive and distracting, and hugely detrimental to the progressive cause, but he's not showing many of the normal signs of tamping down his attacks in preparation for a fairly inevitable defeat.
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hahahahahaha via +George Station  :D  
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Welcome to the loosely affiliated states of northern America
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The supreme Court needs an emergency session. It needs to unilaterally strike down any interference in access to an abortion on a federal level.. Sadly this won't happen and these people are going to sponsor a lot if death.. 
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A range of diseases—from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer's disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.
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+Mari Thomas go for the real maple syrup! You'll never go back. And it's not more expensive per serving because you use less and it's more tasty. And it has vitamins since its tree sap.

So it's a health food!

Last night I checked iTunes, and Prince had the top 16 songs in a row. A friend went to his last concert in Oakland. He only had a piano and that's it for 2.5 hours. He blew away the audience!
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Read this. Pieter always has a special place in my heart. We share a lot in the way we think and observe. I am not looking forward to the final message, but I am really happy for all the fun we had when talking, creating religions, fighting against stuff like software patents and The System in general. http://hintjens.com/blog:115 
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May the fourth... be with you :D and i totally need these lol
May the Froth be with you Heat change mugs remind us of something else Star-Wars-related in the real world. We can't quite put our finger on it. But something else that looked one way the first time you saw it, and then when you saw it again, it was different. In many technological ways vastly improved. Definitely changed. Possibly in relation to who shot first. This Star Wars Yoda Heat Change Mug starts out as a black mug with Yoda looking like...
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+Gabriel Cooper Not since Lawrence v Texas.  Law may still be on the books, but the DA is going to have a bitch of a time actually prosecuting anybody.
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eyeroll....it's various church groups, not God, who are into this issue... One could clearly make a case that his attitude to early pregnancy termination is probably indicated by how few fertilizations make it to birth, actually....about 30%.   
An Oklahoma lawmaker pushing a bill that would more-or-less ban abortion in the state dismissed concerns that the legislation would drag the cash-strapped state into a costly legal battle by suggesting God would take care of the state's financial issues. "Everybody talks about this $1.3 billion deficit,” state Rep. David Brumbaugh (R) said during Thursday evening's deliberations of the bill, before invoking a saying he said a friend told him. "...
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Im so so .......... tired....
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Black men in Alabama were racially profiled and made criminals by a group of racist police. According to the Henry County Report, the incidents occurred in Dothan, Alabama where at least 12 White police officers involved. The officers were a part of a narcotics team and were supervised by Lt. Steve Parrish, who is now
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I wonder if they'll place something over the seats for people experiencing their special time of month and for those people who can't wipe cleanly to save their life 😉...
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