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Friday, September 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton made a very pertinent comment this week: "‘Why aren't I 50 points ahead?' you might ask."

My single explanation would be this: Clintonworld is a semi-closed system that operates according to its own calendar. Donald Trump is egregious, but at least he's living in the 21st century.

Clintonworld is a decades-old interlocking network of donors and friends that hasn't quite caught up to these fundamental shifts. That's because Clintonworld is defensive, distrusting and oriented around avoiding errors.

Her donor base and fund-raising style is out of another era. Obama and Sanders tapped into the energized populist base, but Clinton has Barbra Streisand, Cher and a cast of Wall Street plutocrats. Her campaign proposals sidestep the cutting issues that have driven Trump, Sanders, Brexit and the other key movements of modern politics. Her ideas for reducing poverty are fine, but they are circa Ed Muskie. read more


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, international relations was roiled by "paradigm wars," pitched theoretical battles between realists, institutionalists and constructivists over the best model to explain world politics. Beyond those grand paradigms, the end of the Cold War unleashed an additional wave of speculative theorizing about what the future would hold, ranging from Francis Fukuyama's "End of History" thesis to Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" counterargument, to pitched debates over the meaning of the democratic peace or American hegemony. In contrast, international relations has experienced two similar inflection points in this century (9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis) along with the rise of China, but there has been no similar outpouring of theory to explain the meaning of these events.

This is a shame, for several reasons. It's not like the old paradigms have done all that great a job explaining world politics in this century.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

North Korea will have enough material for about 20 nuclear bombs by the end of this year, with ramped-up uranium enrichment facilities and an existing stockpile of plutonium, according to new assessments by weapons experts.

The North has evaded a decade of U.N. sanctions to develop the uranium enrichment process, enabling it to run an effectively self-sufficient nuclear program that is capable of producing around six nuclear bombs a year, they said.

The true nuclear capability of the isolated and secretive state is impossible to verify. But after Pyongyang conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test last week and, according to South Korea, was preparing for another, it appears to have no shortage of material to test with.

That project, believed to have been expanded significantly, is likely the source of up to 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of highly enriched uranium a year.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:

The Clintons' Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.

An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost.

2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn't have their SIM or SD data cards.

13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed.

Various server backups were deleted over time.

After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit.

After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton's email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server "PRN" with BleachBit.

Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted. read more


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: the open sky.

For the next eight hours, with American airspace completely cleared of jets, a single blue-and-white Boeing 747, tail number 29000 -- filled with about 65 passengers, crew and press, and the 43rd president, George W. Bush, as well as 70 box lunches and 25 pounds of bananas -- traversed the eastern United States. On board, President Bush and his aides argued about two competing interests -- the need to return to Washington and reassure a nation and the competing need to protect the commander in chief.


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I haven't ever heard of Pepe...so I used the magic Google machine. See if you can figure out what word is missing from the Wikipedia entry:

Pepe the Frog is an Internet meme originating from a comic drawing by Matt Furie. Its popularity steadily grew across Myspace, Gaia Online and 4chan in 2008, becoming one of the most popular memes used on Tumblr in 2015.

Pepe is often portrayed as a green anthropomorphic frog, having a frog-like face and a humanoid body. The meme's original use has evolved over time and has many variants, which include Sad frog, Smug frog, Feels frog, and "You will never..." frog.

History

Pepe the Frog was created by American artist Matt Furie. The meme came from his comic, Boy's Club #1. The foundation of Boy's Club was a zine that he made on Microsoft Paint called Playtime.[3] He posted his comic in a series of blog posts on Myspace in 2005. In the comic, Pepe was found urinating with his pants pulled down to his ankles and the catchphrase, "Feels good man" was his rationale. He took those posts down when the printed edition was published in 2006.

Pepe was used in blog posts on Myspace and became an in-joke on Gaia Online. In 2008, the page containing Pepe and the catchphrase was scanned and uploaded to 4chan's /b/ board, which was described by Motherboard as his "permanent home". It took off among 4chan users, who adapted Pepe's face and the catchphrase to fit different scenarios and emotions, such as melancholy, anger, and surprise. Color was also added, originally a black and white line drawing, Pepe became green with brown lips, sometimes in a blue shirt. "Feels Guy", or "Wojak", originally an unrelated character typically used to express melancholy, was eventually often paired with Pepe in user-made comics or images.

Around 2015, as Pepe's usage was increasing, a phenomenon began on 4chan where users would declare certain variants as rare, known as a "rare Pepe". These images, sometimes as physical paintings were put up for sale and auction on eBay and posted in listings on Craigslist. 4chan users referred to those who used the meme outside of the website as "normies" in response to the meme's increase in usage. That year Pepe was #6 on Daily News and Analysis' list of the most important memes and was the most used meme on Tumblr.

During the 2016 United States presidential election, Pepe became associated with Donald Trump's campaign, and the campaign website for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton released an article stating that Pepe was associated with white nationalism.

Notable uses
Katy Perry once tweeted a Pepe to illustrate her jet lag. OMG, KATY IS RACIST
Nicki Minaj posted a twerking Pepe representing her on Instagram. OMG, NICKI IS RACIST! Wait....
When the New Zealand government was accepting proposals for a new national flag, a design with Pepe was submitted.
Donald Trump retweeted a Pepe representation of himself that was associated with a video, "You Can't Stump the Trump (Volume 4)".
On August 25, 2016, a self-identified member of the alt-right movement yelled "Pepe" when Hillary Clinton mentioned the alt-right movement during a speech in Reno, Nevada.

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