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What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

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And it would mean the Russia scandal began far earlier than conventionally understood and ended later — indeed, is still happening. As Trump arranges to meet face-to-face and privately with Vladimir Putin later this month, the collusion between the two men metastasizing from a dark accusation into an open alliance, it would be dangerous not to consider the possibility that the summit is less a negotiation between two heads of state than a meeting between a Russian-intelligence asset and his handler.

It is often said that Donald Trump has had the same nationalistic, zero-sum worldview forever. But that isn’t exactly true. Yes, his racism and mendacity have been evident since his youth, but those who have traced the evolution of his hypernationalism all settle on one year in particular: 1987. Trump “came onto the political stage in 1987 with a full-page ad in the New York Times attacking the Japanese for relying on the United States to defend it militarily,” reported Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “The president has believed for 30 years that these alliance commitments are a drain on our finite national treasure,” a White House official told the Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin. Tom Wright, another scholar who has delved into Trump’s history, reached the same conclusion. “1987 is Trump’s breakout year. There are only a couple of examples of him commenting on world politics before then.”

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lkeeney
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lmoffeit
6 days ago
whoa!
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JimB
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This is what I've been thinking for the last year...
awilchak
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good times
Brooklyn, New York
SteveRB511
6 days ago
Based on Trump's behavior I have wondered if he's a real life Manchrian Candidate but sold out to self-interest rather than brain washing.
satadru
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Just... wow.
New York, NY

California Sober

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To abstain from all drugs except marijuana and alcohol.

"No thanks," Jane said as Paul racked up lines of cocaine, "I'm California Sober this month."

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lmoffeit
25 days ago
lol!
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In case you've forgotten: Microsoft is still a vile garbage fire of a company.

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E-waste recycler Eric Lundgren loses appeal on computer restore disks, must serve 15-month prison term:

A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the "restore disks" he made to extend the lives of computers had no financial value, instead ruling that he had infringed Microsoft's products to the tune of $700,000.

The appeals court upheld a federal district judge's ruling that the disks made by Eric Lundgren to restore Microsoft operating systems had a value of $25 apiece, even though they could be downloaded free and could be used only on computers with a valid Microsoft license. [...]

But he said the court had set a precedent for Microsoft and other software-makers to pursue criminal cases against those seeking to extend the life span of computers. "I got in the way of their agenda," Lundgren said, "this profit model that's way more profitable than I could ever be."

Lundgren said he wasn't sure when he would be surrendering. He said prosecutors in Miami told him he could have a couple of weeks to put his financial affairs in order, including plans for his company of more than 100 employees. "But I was told if I got loud in the media, they'd come pick me up," Lundgren said. "If you want to take my liberty, I'm going to get loud."

"I am going to prison, and I've accepted it," Lundgren said Monday. "What I'm not okay with is people not understanding why I'm going to prison. Hopefully my story can shine some light on the e-waste epidemic we have in the United States, how wasteful we are. At what point do people stand up and say something? I didn't say something, I just did it."

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

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lkeeney
79 days ago
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This is crazy!
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futurile
81 days ago
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Such an odd situation!
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Turn Touch Wooden Smart Home Remote

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My thanks to Turn Touch for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote their beautiful wooden smart home remote. Ever wanted to control Spotify on your phone without looking at your phone? Do you have smart lights like Philips Hue and want a phone-free way to change scenes and colors? Turn Touch is your answer.

Turn Touch is a wooden smart home remote. Forget plastic, this is a remote as stylish as your home. It controls every smart home device that speaks Wi-Fi. You can also use it to control your Mac and iOS devices over Bluetooth. This includes Keynote, iTunes, Quicktime, Spotify, Sonos, and lots more.

Buy a remote for your home or office for only $59 (with free shipping). It’s a great gift for friends or yourself.

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lkeeney
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lwscroggins
82 days ago
we have a couple of these, but they only work on iphone and mac. we're android and windows people.
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chrisrosa
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Get yourself something nice to hold to control your home. /ref @turntouch
San Francisco, CA
satadru
86 days ago
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My first ad share, for a very nice product.
New York, NY
samuel
86 days ago
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Turn Touch has launched and I’m now shipping them out. I bought an ad on DF and it’s doing pretty well.
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ptnik
84 days ago
awesome :)

Background Apps

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My plane banner company gets business by flying around with a banner showing a <div> tag, waiting for a web developer to get frustrated enough to order a matching </div>.
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zwol
129 days ago
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I used to live in an area where plane banners were popular and they were always some boring ad for cars or insurance or some shit. I wish people would use them for culture jamming more often.
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Covarr
129 days ago
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Closing apps is a lifesaver when they go haywire. Everyone always forgets that part.
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zwol
129 days ago
Damn straight. I regularly have to close all the apps on my ancient iPad because it’s the only way to make the network start working again. This is really apple’s fault for dropping support for perfectly good hardware though (apart from the cracked screen)—I never have to do it on devices that are fully patched up.
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My plane banner company gets business by flying around with a banner showing a <div> tag, waiting for a web developer to get frustrated enough to order a matching </div>.

American teens have had it with this authoritarian crap

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Dina Leygerman is a high school teacher who teaches George Orwell’s novel 1984 to her students every year. Before she does, with the assistance of other teachers and the school’s administration, she turns her classroom into a totalitarian regime to give the kids a taste of life in Oceania. Rules are strict and favor is given to students who report on rule-breaking by their classmates.

I tell my seniors that in order to battle “Senioritis,” the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has “been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success.” I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is “Senioritis.” I tell the students that in order to help them succeed, I must implement strict classroom rules.

However, when Leygerman tried the experiment this year, the students weren’t having it. They rebelled. They protested. They fought harder as the rules became more onerous.

The President of the SGA, whom I don’t even teach, wrote an email demanding an end to this “program.” He wrote that this program is “simply fascism at its worst. Statements such as these are the base of a dictatorship rule, this school, as well as this country cannot and will not fall prey to these totalitarian behaviors.” I did everything in my power to fight their rebellion. I “bribed” the President of the SGA. I “forced” him to publicly “resign.” And, yet, the students did not back down. They fought even harder. They were more vigilant. They became more organized. They found a new leader. They were more than ready to fight. They knew they would win in numbers.

An upcoming book edited by Cass Sunstein asks if authoritarianism can happen in America. The experiment in Leygerman’s classroom and the inspiring movement started by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL suggest perhaps not. The nation’s youth, raised on The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, are reminding the baby boomers that considering what their own parents went through in the Great Depression and World War II, they should fucking know better than to slam the door on succeeding generations.

Tags: 1984   books   Dina Leygerman   George Orwell   politics
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lmoffeit
145 days ago
good! I am glad the kids are starting to rebel!
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tedgould
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A limited case study, but perhaps a window of hope.
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TimidWerewolf
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This is some wonderful news!
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Hope.
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