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Tim Clary
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“If you engage in travel, you will arrive.” — Ibn Arabi
“If you engage in travel, you will arrive.” — Ibn Arabi

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Yer Sunday morning #musicbomb

Cheers Pluskatoons!

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End of year (world?) #musicbomb

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RIP John Glenn.

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I suspect that, had I been a fly on the wall in Putin's office at the Kremlin last Wednesday morning (Moscow time), I would have learned a wide variety of fascinating obscenities.

There would have been a moment of elation – of hushed bozhe mois as they realized that they had just achieved the absurd masturbatory fantasy of every KGB recruit, of installing their agent as President of the United States.

But as the article below argues, this probably shifted fairly quickly to an even quieter oh, shit, because while the Kremlin certainly didn't want a President Clinton, at least she counts as a sane adversary; a President Trump risks unleashing forces well beyond their ability to control, and this is something that they have been well aware of for the past several months, ever since the incident with Trump attacking the Khan family at the DNC. Their "useful idiot" has a bit too much emphasis on the "idiot" part.

I doubt that anyone said the word "Barbarossa" out loud. But the more history-minded of Putin's advisers may have been thinking it: the last time we made an "alliance" like this, it did not end well.

There's a reasonable claim which has been made that Vladimir Vladimirovich excels at political tactics, but at the strategic level is prone to large bets, many of which backfire.

The article below isn't arguing that Putin actually determined the course of the election; statistics make it quite clear that it was Americans who did this, fair and square, because a majority of people either actively wanted it or were willing to be silent fellow-travelers. Putin doesn't have that kind of leverage, Sanders doesn't, and to be honest neither Clinton nor Trump have it; the forces which Trump harnessed for his purposes, from populist resentment to white supremacism, have deep roots in American culture, and were making strong inroads long before either candidate declared an interest. But Putin definitely encouraged it, and quite openly took steps to aid it – steps which he may be beginning to regret.

An enemy that you can trust may be better than a friend you can't.

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Only an hour left on this auction! Help me pay some bills before the snow flies! ;)

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Powerful opening to SNL from Dave Chappelle.
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