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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:59 pm    Post subject: Dates Reply with quote

Any behavior AFTER Trump was elected could have been a result of empowerment for the right.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:00 am    Post subject: Re: Dates Reply with quote

vu wrote:
Any behavior AFTER Trump was elected could have been a result of empowerment for the right.

Your point is unclear. confused
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:01 am    Post subject: Re: Dates Reply with quote

UnMask wrote:
vu wrote:
Any behavior AFTER Trump was elected could have been a result of empowerment for the right.

Your point is unclear. confused

You're saying that it happened while Obama was still president (ergo: blame Obama). I'm saying that Trump's election freed bigots to act even before inauguration.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:55 am    Post subject: Executive Branch About to Be 'Reorganized' into Oblivion Reply with quote

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53848/trump-executive-order-reorganization/

Esquire
Steve Bannon's time has come: The Executive Branch Is About to Be 'Reorganized' into Oblivion
BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
MAR 14, 2017

This was ominous from the first tweet. While everyone was breathlessly
awaiting the CBO numbers on the Republican tax-cut plan, the one that was
so well-camouflaged beneath gauze and surgical gloves, the president*
announced that he would be signing an executive order through which he
planned to "reorganize" the executive branch of government. On Monday, not
long after the CBO numbers lit the entire healthcare debate aflame again,
he made good on his threat. He signed the "Comprehensive Plan For
Reorganizing The Executive Branch." I didn't like the sound of this at the
time, and it sounds even worse now that it's here.

Quite simply, this empowers the president* and his advisers simply to
eviscerate the federal agencies that might inconvenience them by actually
acting like they're part of the government or something. Not long ago, the
president*'s plans for drastic budgetary cuts in discretionary spending
leaked. People howled. (The Coast Guard? Really?). This latest move
impresses me most as a backup plan in case those cuts don't fly in
Congress. And considering that the White House really is being run by
Steve Bannon, last heir to House Harkonnen and destroyer of the
administrative state, it seems likely that this is the fundamental purpose
behind the order.

In theory, the job has been handed to Mick Mulvaney, the new head of the
Office and Management and Budget, most recently seen throwing shade at the
CBO, and one of the original Tea Party fanatics elected in response to the
Obama Presidency. (Mulvaney was one of the chief architects of the 2013
government shutdown.) But the fine print of the measure shows that it is
likely more a creature of Bannon's professed love for vandalism for its
own sake. From the order itself:

The proposed plan shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to
eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency
programs, and to merge functions. The proposed plan shall include
recommendations for any legislation or administrative measures necessary
to achieve the proposed reorganization. This "reorganization" of the
executive departments sounds very much like how a polar bear "reorganizes"
your innards prior to making a meal of you. That the job has been handed
officially to a guy who doesn't believe in what many of those agencies
do—and, unofficially, to a guy who wants to blow them up simply to see
how pretty the shrapnel is—gives something of a lie to the public face
of the initiative as a good-government effort to root out the unholy
trinity of waste, fraud, and abuse.

This isn't a cost-cutting measure. It's a function-cutting measure. It's
not about what the agencies are. It's about what they do. This is like
handing a group of drunk teenagers a flamethrower and pointing them toward
a lumber yard.

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http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53810/corruption-unprecedented/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:33 am    Post subject: Dates - Trump was already elected Reply with quote

Vu is correct because while he was President Elect Trump supporters started doing atrocious things to various people and the hassling of people by his supporters started even before he was President elect and even before the electoral college farce happened. Border harassment increase more over the past few months remember because the border enforcement officers who support Trump thought they could get away with being like the Gestapo at US borders....
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Watch the Border Agents Reply with quote

This was published before the new travel ban was blocked.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/when-the-new-travel-ban-goes-into-effect-watch-the-border-agents

When Trump’s New Travel Ban Goes Into Effect, Watch the Border Agents
By Jonathan Blitzer

[...]

How ICE and C.B.P. agents act once Trump’s new order goes into effect will be nearly as important to watch as the fate of the legal challenges that are mounted against it. The first time around, the Administration put its ban in place without providing guidance to C.B.P. officers on how to execute it. “Having to implement that on the fly, without prior instructions or direction, it essentially defined chaos,” James Tomsheck, the agency’s former head of internal affairs, told me. “There’s no way the frontline C.B.P. officers could be expected to implement an order of that type without considerable warning.”

On Monday, a top official at D.H.S., who spoke on background because he was not authorized to comment on the record, told me that C.B.P. was making preparations for the new ban, which will go into effect nine days from now. “The agency will be monitoring court cases,” the official said, and department “secretaries will send out messaging to D.H.S. personnel and provide clarifying operational guidance.” These precautions directly address the problems created by the hastiness of the earlier order, but the official said that the agency stood by the way it handled the first ban. “C.B.P. implemented it as written,” he said. “We feel very good with how agents responded to implementing the directions of the first executive order.” It seems that within the agency, the new order is seen as a validation of the earlier version—not as an acknowledgment of a past misstep. On Monday, John Kelly, the head of D.H.S., declared, “Unregulated, unvetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake.” With their leaders talking this way, C.B.P. agents could hardly be expected to feel chastened at all.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:01 am    Post subject: Big Brother is watching! Reply with quote

LOL they can read all my history ... Je les emmerde !

House Republicans Vote To Let Your Internet Service Provider Share Your Web History
The change could also expose your Social Security number and information pertaining to your children and health.
By Dana Liebelson

WASHINGTON ― House Republicans jammed through a measure on Tuesday overturning the Obama administration’s rules that would have banned telecom and cable companies from sharing customers’ personal information, including web browsing history, without their consent.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republicans-are-about-to-kill-rules-banning-internet-providers-from-sharing-your-web-history-without-your-consent_us_58d9a4cbe4b00f68a5ca2c7c

House Republicans just voted to let your internet provider sell your browsing history without your permission
Jeff Dunn

The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to kill a set of Obama-era privacy regulations for internet service providers created by the Federal Communications Commission last October.

The most notable part of the rules, which has not yet taken effect, would require broadband providers such as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T to obtain explicit consent before selling their customers’ web-browsing histories, app-usage data, and other personal information to advertisers and other third-parties.

The resolution was adopted in a 215 to 205 vote, with most Republicans in favor of the repeal and most Democrats against.

http://www.businessinsider.com/house-republicans-kill-fcc-broadband-privacy-rules-2017-3
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:30 pm    Post subject: No More Internet Privacy Protections Reply with quote

House: No More Internet Privacy Protections

House Republicans voted Tuesday to repeal a set of privacy protections for Internet users that was enacted under the Obama administration. In a 215-205 vote, the measure now heads to the White House where President Trump is expected to sign it. It’s a move that could allow Internet providers to collect and sell customers’ browsing history, location information, and health data, among other things. Privacy advocates were obviously upset with the vote. “Today’s vote means that Americans will never be safe online from having their most personal details stealthily scrutinized and sold to the highest bidder,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. “Donald Trump, by giving away our data to the country’s leading phone and cable giants, is further undermining American democracy.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/28/the-house-just-voted-to-wipe-out-the-fccs-landmark-internet-privacy-protections/?utm_term=.7513d9e8583c
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Turkey's lurch towards dictatorship Reply with quote

Here’s How Turkey Lurched From Democracy Toward Dictatorship
Again and again, Erdogan exploited what might have been huge political threats—including war, terror, and electoral losses—to make himself in fact more powerful.
Roy Gutman

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s move to abandon parliamentary democracy and adopt one-man rule fulfills a long-held dream of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who not only expands his powers but also gets a chance to stay in office for another 15 years if, as expected, the current referendum ballot count holds up.

The official Anadolu news agency said the country voted on Sunday 24.3 million to 23.2 million, a margin of 51.1 to 48.8 percent, in favor of a package of constitutional reforms. But the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said it will challenge well over 1 million ballots which lacked the seal of the election oversight board.

If Erdogan prevails in the end, as many here expect, the result will be a system under which there’s no prime minister, where the parliament will be weakened to the point of being a rubber stamp, and the judiciary will become still more subservient than it is already.

The path to one-man rule—opponents talk of a “dictatorship”—is the story of a politician with a gut instinct for gaining power who’s seized on every political setback that’s come his way in the past two years and turned it into an opportunity to advance his ambitions.

Using adversity as a stepping stone, he’s accreted so much power—far more than is constitutionally accorded to his ceremonial post as president—that the referendum in a sense only formalizes what he’s already accomplished.

Dealing with Turkey after the referendum will present big challenges to the U.S. and Turkey’s other NATO allies. Ankara and Washington are already in a major dispute over how to defeat the Islamic State terror group in Syria, which President Donald Trump has set as a top priority. Soon the two countries are likely to be bickering over how to retain the semblance of democracy in Turkey and thus prevent the alliance from splitting up.

Read more:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/17/here-s-how-turkey-lurched-from-democracy-toward-dictatorship.html
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:22 pm    Post subject: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors Reply with quote

Turkey referendum: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected criticism by monitors of Sunday's referendum in which he won sweeping new powers.

"Know your place," he said, after the observers said the president had been favoured by an "unequal" campaign.

The narrow victory was ruled valid by Turkey's electoral body, despite claims of irregularities by the opposition.

US President Donald Trump congratulated Mr Erdogan on his victory, as 51.4% of voters supported the changes.

In a phone call, Mr Trump also thanked the Turkish leader for supporting the US missile strike on a Syrian government airbase on 7 April, the White House said.

In a separate development, Turkey extended the state of emergency for three months. The measure, introduced after a failed coup last July, was set to expire in two days.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39622335?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition
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