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During Biden's inauguration, "Lopez said part of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish during her performance." This will surely make right-minded Americans plot another assault against a branch of the federal government peaceful demonstration to take back the country and to avert the imminent threat of illegal Socialist godless Communist totalitarian takeover.

Having stolen the elections, Biden swore himself in with an oversized Bible.
Biden was sworn in with a late 19th-century edition of the Douay Rheims translation of the Bible with extensive commentary by Fr. George Leo Haydock, the scion of an old recusant family who spent much of his life serving in Catholic missions in rural England.

DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
According to fake news:
Trump has been asking aides, friends and other associates whether they'd like a pardon. When one such person declined Trump's offer for a pardon -- explaining that they faced no charges, committed no crimes and therefore had no need for clemency -- "Trump's response was, 'Yeah, well, but you never know. They're going to come after us all. Maybe it's not a bad idea. Just let me know,' " according to another senior administration official briefed on the conversation.
In other fake news, Rudy Giuliani offers Trump pardons for $2m. However, Trump did not pardon himself before leaving office.
Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
No, I did not see that. By the way, I find all "eye protection" marketing with regard to screens dishonest. All reading is strainful to the eyes. To protect the eyes, read less!
Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
Dasung plans to roll out a bigger eink monitor: 25.3 inches, 3200 by 1800 pixels. This amounts to about 145 dpi
DnD Central / Re: ...plan to kill it
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
The plans changed. The story has been updated:

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake.

The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 was a racing pigeon that had left the U.S. state of Oregon, 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) away, two months earlier.

On that basis, Australian authorities on Thursday said they considered the bird a disease risk and planned to kill it.
So it was fake news!
DnD Central / ...plan to kill it
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.
"E Pluribus Unum" ("Out of Many, One"), the original motto of the US. It fits what the state said they were looking for; a "unifying" flag.
There are at least two arguments against it. First, it's already taken. Second, it sounds kind of diverse, not terribly unifying.

How about something like "Mississippi First!" This is not taken, is it?
The surest way is probably by getting yourself elected to the legislature. Or maybe better the governor.

I intend to keep up a campaign to remove the Dominionist phrase, "In God We Trust" from it.
What would you replace it with? More stars to that spot?
DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Schwarzenegger (currently a US Republican politician, if you did not know) compares the Capitol looting to Kristallnacht and says that Trump is a failed president.

@ersi Did you see the Brussels one from 1-2 months ago?
No. Did something happen in Brussels two months ago?
DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Twitter is deleting Trump's attempts to circumvent ban
Trump is currently deplatformed from most social media.

If Trump tries to use a non-government account (say, if he created a new account), it would be permanently suspended "at first detection" according to Twitter.

Later on Friday evening, Trump tested that policy by tweeting the same messages from @TeamTrump, the Trump campaign's official account. The messages remained active for a few minutes before the account was suspended.
Trump's last extraordinary success in the office is managing to get another tweet out.

In the insta-famous Georgia call he said, "It's not social media. It's Trump media!"

Come back, Oakdale, to hail Trump's latest extraordinary achievements!
7:20 "Something you learn well in Mississippi is that there isn't exactly much to do."

DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
What's the 25th Amendment? Plead insanity?

By the way, both Bill Kristol and Rachel Maddow demand another impeachment against Trump immediately. Who would ever have thought these two can agree?!
DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Congrats, Trump! You made history!

"Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify," Trump wrote. "USA demands the truth!"

Trump's tweet was censored by Twitter. A label was attached which said it, "can't be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence."
Protesters Storm Capitol, Electoral College Debate Halted
"We will never give up, we will never concede," Mr. Trump told supporters gathered on the Ellipse near the White House around noon, as he implored Vice President Mike Pence and Republicans to work to overturn the election results. "You don't concede when there is theft involved."


City officials had braced for potential violence in a repeat of unrest stemming from earlier pro-Trump gatherings. As debate got under way on the House and Senate floors, a mob of protesters broke into the Cannon House Office Building, prompting police to order an internal evacuation. About an hour later, the chaos forced both chambers to recess.
Republicans are now attempting the turn to totalitarianism that they have been warning about. We'll see how Trump's version of Reichstag fire plays out. Hopefully with failure, as has his entire career.

In (un)related news, Trump recently made a phone call to Georgia administration requesting them to hand him the win, stating "I won this election, there's no way I lost Georgia" and "there's nothing wrong with saying that you've recalculated." This is quite an awesomesauce to top off the insane Trump presidency.
Breakthrough: UK and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreement
Just a week before the deadline, Britain and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Thursday that should avert economic chaos on New Year's and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil.
A week before the deadline? It always worked thus far to postpone all deadlines. It would have worked yet again as many times more. The negotiations were supposed to be over and out years ago.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "It was a long and winding road, but we have got a good deal to show for it."

"It is fair, it is a balanced deal, and it is the right and responsible thing to do for both sides," she said in Brussels.
What does the EU have to show for the deal? The EU members lost fishing rights. UK will not be slapped with trade tariffs as any normal third-party country is. EU has removed BVI, SKN, ATG, CYM, and BMU from the list of tax haven countries in 2020, obviously giving in to UK, because all those countries are the worst tax havens by all measures.

The EU has long feared that Britain would slash social, environmental and state aid rules after Brexit and gain a competitive advantage over the EU. Britain denies planning to institute weaker standards but said that having to follow EU regulations would undermine its sovereignty.
And how will this agreement prevent it? As soon as UK notices that some of their goods will be examined in customs and their citizens cannot retire to Spain and Portugal without any obstacles anymore, they will start whining about their sovereignty yet again as if no relevant agreement had ever been negotiated. The only sovereignty UK is happy with is when nobody else has any sovereignty.

EU gained nothing. UK gained the same special treatment as when they were in EU. Maybe UK gained even better, because UK will push for own sovereignty (i.e. the right to interfere in the affairs of the continent) and EU will simply give in as always.

Johnson, who staked his career and reputation on extracting the country from the EU, said Britain will always be a strong friend and partner to the bloc.

"Although we have left the EU, this country will remain, culturally, emotionally, historically, strategically, geologically attached to Europe," he said.
...and yet...!
And yet what?

Sanctions on "hacker groups"?! :)
What's the sneer for? I am getting a feeling you don't know what sanctions are. Trade embargo (such as U.S. has against Cuba) is sanctions in its stupidest form. Diplomatic and financial sanctions targetting specific individuals and companies, preferably at the highest level, is occasionally effective.

"Badin is also on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's wanted list for his involvement in the hacking of the 2016 presidential election."
This happens to be a sanction too, you know. But it is not international, not at the highest level. And it goes directly against the alt-factology of Trump, according to whom there was no Russian hacking of 2016 presidential election.

America survived Trump because several key state institutions not only refused to cooperate with the president, but also worked actively against him. However, such a country is hardly healthy.

Meaning the supposed hack of the DNC, I suppose. The one where the FBI was denied access to the affected servers...
My underline. Got any substantiation for this? I can substantiate the opposite.
DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Trump's Longtime Banker at Deutsche Bank Resigns
The reasons for Ms. Vrablic's abrupt resignation were not clear. Deutsche Bank in August opened an internal review into a 2013 real estate transaction between Ms. Vrablic and a company owned in part by Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Mr. Trump and a client of Ms. Vrablic's. Dominic Scalzi, a longtime colleague of Ms. Vrablic's who played a role in that transaction, will also leave the bank.

Ms. Vrablic and Mr. Scalzi joined Deutsche Bank in 2006 from Bank of America. Ms. Vrablic quickly made a name for herself as one of her division's leading rainmakers. In 2011, she landed a prominent new client: Mr. Trump, who for decades had been mostly off limits to the mainstream banking world because of his tendency to default on loans.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Recycling (of plastic) does not work. It never worked.

Sure it did, when it was profitable.
No it didn't, because no country figured out a workable system. Dumping Western junk in developing countries is trade colonialism - profitable only to the West who got too much profit on their hands already.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Recycling (of plastic) does not work. It never worked.

The mild suggestion for improvement in the video - consumer choice - will not work either. The radical suggestion - shut the whole thing down, in the video as well - might work. I think it might also work to ban and punish the production of plastics, unless the producers accept the waste they have produced - not outsource it, but take the waste in the same factories that produce the products.
..and  :psmurf: Merry Christmas!
Should I spend my time "studying" why command-and-control economies fail?
It's only because of libertarian brainwash that you have the idea that command-and-control economies fail. This is one of the presuppositions that you will have to let go of.

In reality (that is the world when you move away from your tv, go to work, go shopping, etc.) every economy necessarily has a governing element of command-and-control, namely regulation. Without this, economies invariably fail - because the society around them fails, if not for purely economic reasons. Unregulated economies fail at least as surely as misregulated economies. E.g. an unregulated financial market would be taken over and eaten up (thus ending in fatal market failure) by whichever Bernie Madoff gets there first and is the most ruthless.

Here's an easy book to start with
It is hopefully largely free of the usual stupid associations that you tend to make, communists and liberals and whatever other ghosts you have. But if you fail to draw any parallels at all from there to current modern economies and societies, then you have lost the ability to read properly.
"The attacks, which also may have been coordinated through email hacks, were still ongoing when they were made public Sunday and stretched from North America and Europe to the Middle East and Asia."
I post this for your benefit, ersi, because you might have missed it...
You mean they attacked Europe too? We give them sanctions
Whereas Trump denies anything happened. Quite a difference.
Der gleiche Himmel about spy games between DDR and West Berlin. The first episode is promising.

If you enjoy Estonian subtitles, here you go
If not, turn them off.