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I just realized something deeply disturbing by Lydia Blibbertod - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:12:28 EST ID:PrJHLMRG No.399191 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Trump is not fighting a so-called "deep shit", he's conditioning people into helping him create one.

In fact, all of his policies (drain the swamp, bring jobs back home, eradiate ISIS, etc.) are all Trojans executed through pure reverse psychology (#1 is actually flooding the swamp, #2 is send more jobs overseas, #3 is make ISIS even stronger and so forth), if you really think about it.
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Betsy Shakegold - Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:11:44 EST ID:RECqzvsy No.399453 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399431
Hey, I responded to that. In no way do I mean to defend any of it, I'm just pointing out that it's still more democratic than e.g. China or Russia since the discussion was about democracy specifically. I also don't want to sit in a smug ivory tower and shit on a country I last visited a decade ago.
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Nell Chenningville - Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:26:30 EST ID:qZrc2mz7 No.399458 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399453

That pic is proof of reptilians.
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Phoebe Trotman - Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:01:56 EST ID:RECqzvsy No.399460 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399458
It throws me for a loop every time. There's the political stuff about an actual monarch and a "president" who took power in a military coup along with fuckface von clownstick. Then there's the fact that someone thought this was a good idea/photo op. There's the thing that this didn't have to be photoshopped for some reason. There is plutocracy and the question if that is why Trump suddenly likes Muslims or if it is vanity or possibly pandering. Ultimately just so much tiresome WAT?
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Edward Gosslestere - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:33:24 EST ID:+w32cACS No.399505 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399206
Jihadism vs McWorld

This was all predicted twenty years before.
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Simon Blonnernon - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 16:15:34 EST ID:RECqzvsy No.399513 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399505
dīvide et īmpera


Tax Bill by Albert Honeywill - Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:31:53 EST ID:FZwyp5B6 No.398825 Report Reply Quick Reply
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Surprised there wasn't already a thread on this so let's discuss this absolute fucking travesty of a bill. Lining the pockets of the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor in the US while also adding over $1 TRILLION to the national debt.

So much for "fiscal conservatism" and "Responsible spending". This bill is nothing but a cash giveaway to the wealthiest people in the country and a big "FUCK YOU" to everyone else. I hope every bastard who voted in favor of this bill gets lynched in the street.
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Jack Cinningfirk - Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:18:28 EST ID:C5iEuOZI No.399425 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399424

Oh and you do know individuals in this investigation were held in prison even when proven to not be present during any crimes for a refusal to speak to the grand jury? Funny can't remember the last time the grand jury sent police to prison for KILLING without a trial. But muh property nooo how dare they support property destruction without even committing it, off to prison!!
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Polly Blathercocke - Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:36:16 EST ID:D3IZqUk/ No.399432 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399233
Followup story. What happened in Ferguson is starting to make more sense now reading this.

>Sessions Says to Courts: Go Ahead, Jail People Because They’re Poor
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/opinion/sessions-says-to-courts-go-ahead-jail-people-because-theyre-poor.html

>Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions retracted an Obama-era guidance to state courts that was meant to end debtors’ prisons, where people who are too poor to pay fines are sent. This practice is blatantly unconstitutional, and the guidance had helped jump-start reform around the country. Its withdrawal is the latest sign that the federal government is retreating from protecting civil rights for the most vulnerable among us.

>The Justice Department helped shine a light on the harms of fine and fees when it investigated Ferguson, Mo., three years ago after the killing of the teenager Michael Brown by a police officer. As one of the lawyers on that case, I saw firsthand the damage that the city had wrought on its black community.

>Ferguson used its criminal justice system as a for-profit enterprise, extracting millions from its poorest citizens. Internal emails revealed the head of finance directing policing strategy to maximize revenue rather than ensure public safety. Officers told us they were pressured to issue as many tickets as possible.

>Even the local judge was in on it, imposing penalties of $302 for jaywalking and $531 for allowing weeds to grow in one’s yard. He issued arrest warrants for residents who fell behind on payments — including a 67-year-old woman who had been fined for a trash-removal violation — without inquiring whether they even had the ability to pay the exorbitant amounts. The arrests resulted in new charges, more fees and the suspension of driver’s licenses. These burdens fell disproportionately on African-Americans.

>At the time of our investigation, over 16,000 people had outstanding arrest warrants from Ferguson, a city of 21,000. Untold numbers found themselves perpetually in debt to the city and periodically confined to its jail.
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Edward Fiddlepure - Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:44:49 EST ID:oVgdLazO No.399433 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399432

This is exactly why bootlickers make me sick. Between the straight up racists who suck the long dick of the law and the liberals and centrists who downplay the neccesity of rebellion against authoritarianism the USA is a gigantic hell hole for individuals who value autonomy and freedom. Not because the rest of the world is a utopia but because of how compliant people are. What do you think Italy or France would look like if police started executing people for refusing to pay fines?? White people denouncing rioting sure as hell would be a minority of nationalists and cops. Here it's a majority because whites are so concerned with holding their places of privilege that they wouldn't dare stop sucking the cocks of the law let alone disobey it. It's pathetic stallion shit.
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Hedda Ceffingwill - Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:32:49 EST ID:FZwyp5B6 No.399434 Report Quick Reply
>>399432

This just further highlights the nightmare that is the "criminal justice" system in the United States. It's sickening.
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Fuck Durringforth - Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:38:48 EST ID:C5iEuOZI No.399437 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399434

They're going to expand the debtor prisons when the next recession aka a full on depression hits. Mark my words roaving bands of cops in tanks will be sending people to jail for student loans so the banks can deal with the even larger sums of unemployed people in a way that maximizes profits. Meanwhile chaotic riots will break out, loyalists to Trump and cops will commit more murder against dissidents and pence.Trump regime will blame "violence in many sides"


Good Job Alabama by Oliver Gembletedging - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:11:27 EST ID:8b+KEEa8 No.399019 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Nice one!
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Doris Sanningbanks - Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:04:15 EST ID:HAwORYOd No.399394 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399384

Read the book immigrants against the state. It talks about this decline. Reform may appear to improve conditions but it doesn't do anything to change the power relations of class, and it instead emboldens them even creates a sort of Stockholm syndrome with our rulers. This creates an illusion of class coexistence as the wealth gap continuously expands. It creates a situation in which people are less willing to recognize their own power. They are all temporary improvements as well, because the logic of capital and it's inevitable crisis always comes in full swing. Sure we have an 8 hour day, but how many of us are from job to job? Sure we have food stamps, but how much of us have access to healthy food? Sure, sweatshops packed up shop and exported overseas, but how many prisons in America are signing contracts with corporations for near free labor? Sure, were not all dying of TB but the domination of investors has expanded over healthcare. Sure, police arent opening fire on strikers,because they found ways of repression to stop revolt before it even begins,rather than blindly kicking hornets nests. Sure, we aren't leaving school at age 11 to work, but our schools are set up like prisons and higher education is a scheme to fatten the pockets of bankers. Sure, the streets of Irish neighborhoods in NYC aren't littered with feces, but the environment, what sustains us all, is in a very real state of crisis and NYC could be under permanent flooding.

Not to mention in America,the racist nature behind the new deal. They had to widen the scope of who was considered white and give platforms and capital to non white European migrants because it doesn't exactly work to have more than half of the population visibly under the heel of capital. When people think things improved, it was really only for certain others. The domination of class and caste systems still existed if not grew. Reform is a carrot and stick scheme. The same way they gave MLKs peaceful movement reforms, yet 50 years later cops shoot a black man in the back. They wanted to quiete people down as they rearranged the mechanisms of oppression. This is all reform was and all it is - it's an extension of the mechanism…
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Doris Sanningbanks - Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:17:22 EST ID:HAwORYOd No.399395 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399384

For an example of dual power would be finding ways to build a commune not on the logic of reform but instead on the logic of expropriation (historically how communes come about) but also there has to be more offensive wings, which in the end are inherently defensive considering the repression of capital is always in existence and any thing that even remotely renders this useless or stretched thin would be considered defensive.

On a more minor scale. Say a squat is providing services for refugees in Athens. Will golden dawn and police attack it openly? Will they have to approach the situation carefully because they know of the offensive side of the people logistically supporting that squat? Yes. If not, the daul power would be weak and the commune could be crushed without even a worry. But since in Athens there are over hundreds of communal interests and thousands of people who are considered belligerents against the State it's a more volatile situation than say the USA when SWAT could rush in and shoot someone in the face without even a worry of sparking major political upheaval in a metropolis.
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Doris Sanningbanks - Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:23:11 EST ID:HAwORYOd No.399396 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399395

I even underexagerate. If a swat in Athens kicked the door if a squat and shot an anarchist and refugee in the face it would have political repercussions in all of herevin South Europe and it would quite possibly lead to a widespread guerilla movement in greece. In America? Maybe a rowdy protest that some how gets labeled a riot.
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Nell Dudgeforth - Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:41:14 EST ID:5I6O3037 No.399404 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399396

You kidding? If they shot another anarchist in Greece a full on social revolition would be afoot. They can rally thousands of people to the streets within hours and have way more support than golden dawn. The police in Greece are golden dawns biggest supporters and even then political pressure and chaos forced them to make sacrificial arrests of nationalists

>>Public reaction to the case indicated the change in Greek attitudes. When it emerged that police had digitally altered Romanos’ mugshot, and those of the other three suspects, to hide bruises sustained during their arrest, the four quickly rose to near-hero status in many people’s eyes.

>>leftist commentators and blogs accused the police of heavy-handed tactics. Police denied that, saying the injuries stemmed from the suspects resisting arrest.

>>public sympathy was apparent when one alleged member of CFC, Costas Sakkas - who denies being a member of the group but says he is an anarchist - began a hunger strike in June to protest his 31-month detention without trial. Mainstream leftist parties and labor unions expressed outrage at his plight. Some actors and lawyers threatened to go on hunger strike themselves

>>in the early hours of June 7, two Greek news organizations received a call warning that a bomb would soon go off in the residential Athens neighborhood of Dafni.

>>this is not a hoax, the caller said before hanging up.

>>twenty minutes later, a bomb with at least 1 kg of dynamite exploded under a BMW car used by Maria Stefi, the director of a high-security prison in Athens where suspected anarchist guerrillas are being held. The explosion destroyed the car and smashed windows in nearby buildings; Stefi, who was not in the vehicle, was unharmed.
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Nell Dudgeforth - Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:47:07 EST ID:5I6O3037 No.399405 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399404

Btw Romanas was a part of a series of armed bank robberies "allegedly". So consider that. Anarchist bank robbers are more respected than the police there. Someone in America can't even get killed by cops for selling cigarettes without people voicing support for how glad they are criminal scum is dead. Meanwhile in Athens old grandmoms are clapping for anarchist robbers and throwing hate towards coppers for not even killing, yet beating suspects. Imagine that, Greek Brad Pitt and lawyers saying "so what? The banks are the true criminals robbing us! Free them!".


what the fuck? by Betsy Burryville - Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:02:49 EST ID:5DUHt+6R No.399123 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Priscilla Hannersone - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:36:24 EST ID:xQbV1JEs No.399205 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399160
Pretty much. Everything in the USA is rightwing. The Democrats are rightwing. There are rightwing parties in Europe that have more leftwing policies than the motherfucking Democrats.

Americans are so fucking retarded, when they open their mouth about "the left" I just want to fucking bash their brains in with a fucking brick!
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Lydia Blibbertod - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:07:48 EST ID:PrJHLMRG No.399210 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399161
I really wish this documentary got my exposure.

I've been saying this a lot. I think right wing talk radio, Brietbard, Fox News, Project Veritas, InfoWars in its current incarnation and OAN are Videodrome come to life.
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Lydia Blibbertod - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:08:55 EST ID:PrJHLMRG No.399212 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399210
meant to say "wish it got more exposure".

nb
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Nicholas Dopperpadge - Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:15:07 EST ID:RobOdtJ3 No.399366 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399202
Everything heavily politically opinionated now is an echo chamber. It’s incredibly, incredibly sad.
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James Turveyhall - Sat, 30 Dec 2017 11:18:43 EST ID:RECqzvsy No.399373 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399210
Pirate it?


"perfect political ideology" by Phoebe Singermedge - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:46:13 EST ID:T16ZzFdu No.399085 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Is there such a thing? In a liberals viewpoint, they're the heroes and conservatives are the bad guys. In a conservatives viewpoint, its vice versa. Is anyone actually right? Is nobody right? I'm new to politics and I'd like to learn why there's always a conflict between the two things and what can be done, if anything, to alleviate said conflict. I'm very much a moderate and libertarian, if anything I'm probably center right.
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Eliza Sunkinham - Thu, 28 Dec 2017 21:38:01 EST ID:dg9+O20y No.399344 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>in 1921, during the inauguration of the Great Kursaal in San Sebastian, members of this group attempted unsuccessfully to assassinate King Alfonso XIII. Shortly after Buenasca, the then president of the recently formed anarchist controlled Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo (CNT), persuaded Durruti to go to Barcelona to organise the workers there where the anarchist movement, as well as the syndicalists, was being brutally suppressed and most of its members jailed or executed. Here, with Juan García Oliver, Francisco Ascaso, and other members of Los Justicieros, he founded Los Solidarios ("Solidarity"). In 1923 the group was also implicated in the assassination of Cardinal Juan Soldevilla y Romero, as a reprisal for the killing of an anarcho-syndicalist union activist Salvador Seguí. After Miguel Primo de Rivera seized power in Spain in 1923, Durruti and his comrades organised attacks on the military barracks in Barcelona and on the border stations near France. These attacks were unsuccessful and quite a few anarchists were killed. Following these defeats, Durruti, Ascaso and Oliver fled to Latin America. They subsequently travelled widely, visiting Cuba and carrying out bank robberies in Chile and Argentina.

>>Durruti and his companions returned to Spain and Barcelona, becoming an influential militant group within two of the largest anarchist organisations in Spain at the time
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Lydia Gadgefield - Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:55:33 EST ID:qIUC5SK3 No.399360 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Political ideologies are formulated by imperfect people, who are themselves both products of imperfect conditions and constantly evolving alongside -- as both cause and consequence of -- the forces and relations of production etc. The notion of some kind of platonic ideal of politics is, you guessed it, idealist, detached from the concrete situation in which political thought and action actually takes place. One should be more concerned with refining the method or science of understanding this situation rather than tweaking some list of bullet points on a political platform or finding the perfect collection of timeless universal values to pledge fidelity to. Marxists, including myself, often misunderstand or forget this, but at its heart this is what dialectical materialism is all about. Identifying the primary contradictions and evaluating the best avenues for action under the conditions we're given rather than trite moralism or rattling off out of context slogans from 1848 or 1871 or whenever.
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Lydia Gadgefield - Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:02:49 EST ID:qIUC5SK3 No.399362 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399360
I should add, importantly: and using the things learned through practice and experimentation to update this system of understanding the political terrain. Hence the "immortal science" meme.
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Fucking Chinningman - Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:46:15 EST ID:AlSBcc6F No.399371 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>he doesnt know monarchism is the perfect system
>he doesnt believe in one will and one people
>sits around doing nothing waiting for approval of politicians
>monarchists dont need to vote about infrastructure
>or colonial wars for expansion

some people man.
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Fucking Chinningman - Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:49:56 EST ID:AlSBcc6F No.399372 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399371
Sincerely though, true blooded monarchs can act as a force between leftist boogeyman capitalists, and rightist commies and bankers.
Just not when they have foreign allegiances, or are Caligula tier.


Directors by Eugene Brecklehit - Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:49:25 EST ID:6zMbvvFZ No.399330 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Discussion: Steven Spielberg makes films glorifying the bourgeoisie? I say not necessarily. Fidel Castro loved Jaws.
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Cyril Fumbledale - Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:01:20 EST ID:Vwoc9qnJ No.399332 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399331
jesus christ, american sniper was such a jingoistic piece of blatant propaganda. it's shit like this that's why the US would be hypocrites for bemoaning the jingoism in wolf warrior 2. i mean not as bad i guess, but still.
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Shit Lightridge - Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:40:44 EST ID:Onlk2tRe No.399335 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399332
The real problem with that film is that they didn't show the entire story.
It could have been amazing if it included some of the other adventures Chris Kyle was fond of sharing, such as his shooting armed looters in Hurricane Katrina from the top of the superdome, gangsters trying to hijack his pickup, solved veterans homelessness by giving all 100%, $50,000 of his 2 million dollar book, 100% to charity, or when Jesse Ventura insulted the Navy Seals and Kyle knocked him out right there, or when Chris Kyle found WMDs in Iraq.
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Simon Broblingstock - Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:59:13 EST ID:kZUMXybj No.399336 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399335
I think it's funny as fuck that Jesse Ventura still kept his lawsuit going even after Chris Kyle got shot like a bitch. Based Jesse coming for his share of the royalties.
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Shit Seshfield - Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:34:39 EST ID:pVxAcU5t No.399337 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399336
The case was settled the other day and Jesse came out looking good.

Spielberg movies are for the bourgeoisie class, but I'm not saying there is no artistic merit, it's just centered around what rich people's idea of the middle class based on outdated idealism and Norman Rockwell paintings. Look at the time lots of coming of age movies came out, it was a recession with drug wars in the city, the 80's were no where near as prosperous as the 90's, but a majority of his movies reflected stable, affluent people. Lots of it was escapism not just because the aliens or dinosaurs, it was more subliminal, the average people in these movies had a lot going for them and while we suspend our disbelief for the ghosts and monsters we buy into a rich person's vision of living on a modest income is, and it's product placements all around. Even ET liked Reese's Pieces until M&Ms paid more and they changed it in the post release. Most his war movies and even the villains in Indiana Jones were Nazis, what used to be an all-American bad guy because they were like the Russians but we beat them and could feel good about ourselves for it. He never writes the Russians into any of his WWII movies either even though they are all based on the European theater. An American Tale was a cartoon Russian mouse fleeing to America for freedom from cats who hate Jews for some reason, then the squeal shows his family in America moving west and shows the Indian mice as being dumb and wanting him to move there, he's not a cat, he's a good guy, not opportunistic and predatory at all, it's just mouseafest destiny, it's different when the cats do it. It's a really shitty allegory that falls apart as soon as it gets going.
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Lillian Bevingkit - Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:27:49 EST ID:dg9+O20y No.399340 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399337

Sucks film is dominated by industry. Like in France, they have a movie about the tiger brigades with a decent budget,good actors (pretty much the first mobile police force). Yet no modern movies from the perspective of the bonnot gang, the reasoning behind authorities paranoia and necessity to become mobile. If anyone's read books about the Bonnot gang they'd know they're way more exciting than the tiger brigades. They lived like Gs and went out like Gs. Yet because they were anarchists no movie will be made about them. If they were just normal criminals robbing so they could be rich, and vacation in some bourgeise home there'd be a movie about them. The bonnot story, if done right in a movie would be a perfect modern noir, and it would be on godfather level because the content of such a crime drama would be THAT juicy.

There was a movie made about them a week after their demise. It was sympathetic to police and almost propaganda. One worker stood up in the theater and shouted "were sick of honest men, we want to hear about the bandits. We want bonnot!". It was met with whistels cheers, and sarcastic shouts of workers.

On a side note, there may be a bonnot video game in the works but we need a more dedicated and diverse team first before the kick-start. Pic related.


Realistic Emigration from US by Simon Crummlenore - Fri, 22 Dec 2017 02:20:13 EST ID:ekxO0rLB No.399224 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Mods, I'm not sure where this would belong (maybe law? world languages? idfk), but I'm curious if anyone knows about realistic emigration destinations for US citizens? I've tried looking around online and I'm so fucking lost. Does anyone have any experience with this? Are there any resources for getting hooked up with international employers? Graduate school doesn't seem feasible as a direct option because you seem to be expected to raise about $10,000 for self sufficiency, whereas I could only realistically pull together 2 - 4k in savings beyond travel expenses and such in a given year or two.

I'm looking to get anywhere with a comparable standard of living without the absolutely fucking retarded rightwing mind numbing constant fucking political circus. I know politics isn't exactly intelligent anywhere, but goddamn I am convinced that the United States political rhetoric and theater has to be in the bottom five or ten most rock fucking stupid discourses on the planet. If any y'all have successfully emigrated please share your experience and/or resources that might help.

Appreciate any replies. Mods if this isn't the best board for this please redirect me.
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Cedric Wockleperk - Fri, 22 Dec 2017 05:08:30 EST ID:Q6IzfYKt No.399225 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Unless you’re moving to other anglophone countries, you’re usually expected to learn the language if you want a job. And getting a job is pretty much necessary if you want to immigrate somewhere, unless you’re admitted to some university or other higher education.

Emigrating requires some years of preparation. It’s not a spur of the moment thing, unless you’re already inside the Schengen area ofc.
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Phyllis Wocklefoot - Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:21:12 EST ID:WQQ+NOb5 No.399226 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399224
https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/node/475

I went on a vacation to New Zealand last year and meet ex pats from all over, people in the service industry and professionals. One guy said NZ made it easy cause they want people.
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Nell Denderway - Sat, 23 Dec 2017 04:09:09 EST ID:RjzUJS5u No.399241 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Germany has promised free college and university tuition for all american refugee
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32821678
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lumpen !rGOAfuB3jA - Mon, 25 Dec 2017 18:56:35 EST ID:rMcHdRgH No.399296 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399241
Holy shit that's cool.
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Ernest Hebbleshaw - Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:13:38 EST ID:8Jh2i/ky No.399417 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399241
Just FYI: These rent and groceries "bills" are for living with friends or relatives.

If you don't know people who'd be _very_ generous to you there double to quadruple these numbers.


A solution to Gerrymandering by Nathaniel Clazzlelock - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:32:39 EST ID:D3IZqUk/ No.399091 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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The problem with allowing districts to be drawn by politicians is that politicians will draw districts which give their political party an advantage. To me the solution seems obvious, stop making representation tied to a specific geographic region and instead randomly assign people throughout the whole state to different "districts". In an age where everyone communicates electronically and travel is cheap and easy, there's really no need tor districts to be geographically localized. Politicians can hold town halls all over the state. In today's interconnected, standardized economy, the issues facing individuals are less geographically driven. Local politics can still be local, but for state-wide politics it makes no sense to say the people in one geographic region will all have certain interests unique to that geographic region. The way that districts are drawn and redrawn currently should certainly dispel that notion.

Now you can make it so that each household has the same district, or even expand it so that each neighborhood has the same district as long as the neighborhoods involved are small enough and equally distributed statistically and it would still solve the problem and allow family members and neighbors to talk to each other about the candidates running for election in their district.

What are the problems with this that I'm not seeing? Why hasn't this been implemented already?
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Barnaby Dropperfitch - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:26:49 EST ID:rSCOCuPW No.399107 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399104
whoops, i got the math wrong, but you get the idea, >>399105 said it a little more succinctly though :)
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Hamilton Sennerdock - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:11:24 EST ID:D3IZqUk/ No.399114 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399095
Just for selecting congressional representatives state wide


>>399104
Well if you run a bunch of different races you get a bunch of different candidates with a bunch of different individual opinions. This is still a desirable thing in my view. Even if the state has a majority of liberals it doesn't mean the candidates selected will all be liberals because the candidates would be different in each district. Over time if one representative ends up screwing their constituents, the people in that district would be more likely to turn to the other candidate.

I guess the major flaw is that this still would tend to just give more power to the party that is in the majority in the state and decrease representation to the minority, but if they end up screwing over the people hopefully the members of the party would change. IDK, it's probably actually a shit idea now that I think of it.
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Simon Pockhall - Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:09:53 EST ID:Onlk2tRe No.399119 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399114
Local representation doesn't preclude proportional representation.
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Jarvis Nimmletodge - Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:26:36 EST ID:8Jh2i/ky No.399143 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The US should just get rid of the winner-takes all type of system then the whole gerrymandering problem goes away completely. That's how the rest of the world does it.
The whole argument about winner-takes-all being better for local representation is bogus these days since campaigning has been all over the area where the elections take place since almost forever.
And the whole "call your representative" process can be replaced by direct democracy now.
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Nicholas Turveydock - Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:37:03 EST ID:/h88H9uC No.399249 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Normal majority vote and professions that actually matter learn unions and influence politics that way directly? Look at south/middle europe; if government tries some shit with the farmers, the tractors are sideways blocking the highways in no time. If bosses try some shady shit in the factories, the factory workers take over the whole building(until S.W.A.T. equivalent comes and kills a couple of workers and beats up the rest of them. Nice lesson for the employers anyway?)


Well fuck by Martha Hummleleg - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 03:40:50 EST ID:5DUHt+6R No.399196 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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http://thehill.com/homenews/media/365811-trump-to-reporters-before-prayer-you-need-it-more-than-we-do

I posted this in a local facebook group and so far all the Trumpets are praising him. One guy started accusing me of treason and he has spent time in jail for murder so I am not sure if I should be worried.
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lumpen !rGOAfuB3jA - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 04:03:03 EST ID:ktmbqmO1 No.399200 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Man really does love trolling
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James Worthingshaw - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:35:03 EST ID:FZwyp5B6 No.399203 Report Quick Reply
>>399196

See shit like this is beyond what the founding fathers ever really expected to happen in the future.. Maybe they thought the people would give a shitheel like him the boot, literally and metaphorically. Thing is, people have lost their spine as well as their minds.
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Nell Denderway - Sat, 23 Dec 2017 05:50:13 EST ID:RjzUJS5u No.399243 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Trump pretty much turning blind eye to far-right violence, and his rhetoric of "fake news" and "lock her up", really reminds me of Mao's cultural revolution.
>hurr durr Im your leader, if you really like me then you do the needful and punish the traitors
>I wont tell you who those are, but I think you know ;)
Then just sit back and watch your country go into chaos as people are being violently punished for criticizing leader. The punishers are working officially against the law, but police aint stopping them. Basically you just got yourself a totalitarian police state, without the negative that anyone can accuse you for it, since its your fans doing it and not police.

Sort of ironic that it was the "muh freedoms!" party of america that finally turned it to 1984 or worse.


Dispensaries for Dealers by Priscilla Borrywill - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:59:45 EST ID:D3IZqUk/ No.399208 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I live in Baltimore, which is currently the city with the highest or second highest murder rate in the country. People tried doing all sorts of things to get the drug gangs to stop killing each other and innocent bystanders but nothing has worked. I've got an idea though, what if you legalized weed and somehow encouraged drug dealers to start dispensaries?

Now I know these gangs aren't going to be perfect little angels at first, and this would end up allowing those who sell illegal drugs to also profit legally, which some people might have a problem with, but to me that's a desirable outcome because if they're profiting legally, they have something to lose when they get caught doing something illegal. If their legal drug dealing businesses become more profitable than their illegal drug dealing businesses, a lot of guys might think they might rather avoid the risk of getting caught dealing illegally, especially if you ramp up enforcement of illegal dealing at the same time you implement legal dealing. You can even make arrangements for extra inspections and oversight by the police if you legislate it correctly and make sure it's in line with the 4th amendment.

It gives the dealers a way to save face culturally too, they can claim victory saying the police just couldn't handle them so they had to let them do what they do when they're really walking away from that life and becoming proper businessmen, something I'm sure everyone in the ghetto has thought about at some point but felt it was impossible because of the way our society ostracizes people like them, especially ones who have been convicted of felonies. Work programs could be setup to help convicts get jobs in the weed industry so they feel like they have an alternative. These could all be funded with money from drug bust asset forfeitures. Use the dealers money to pay for the programs which make them go straight.

Last of all, it might possibly get the addicts to switch from dope to weed. You introduce some of them to cheap dabs of indica shatter and they're going to get tired of going to greater lengths and spending more money and taking more legal risks to get dope which would hopefully become more expensiv…
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William Blythehall - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:22:46 EST ID:pVxAcU5t No.399216 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Legalized weed won't happen until everyone in charge gets their ducks in a row and is sure they will make money in the long run. The states that legalize it make it illegal to grow and still pursue and prosecute non-state licensed dealers. The licenses to grow or sell in most states are given out by a lottery that costs several thousand dollars just to enter which is non-refundable, then they are offered a license. To grow in the state of WA one of these licenses, that is transferable from the owner if they choose to sell it, goes for $1mil minimum.

In short, they rig it just like all other forms of capitalist trade in the US and the illegal drug trade is only changed slightly by lower profit margins for weed. It's been legal in my state for years and they just busted up a huge illegal grow operation with over 200 tons of weed and are sending lots of people to federal prison for a long time. It's okay, we can still go to the legal dispensary on the edge of town owned and operated by trustifarians in MAGA hats (I wish this was a joke, it's not).
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Shitting Chucklegold - Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:15 EST ID:q3Gx1WUh No.399223 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I live in bmore county and I know they already legalized it medicinally. They are creating dispensaries in AA county.

I think creating brick-and-mortar stores wouldnt really help the crime rate. The reason the city has such a huge number of murders is because of the lack of good educational institutions. Which in turn prevents people there from having a better life and in turn they sell drugs.
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Matilda Sapperken - Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:48:58 EST ID:Onlk2tRe No.399227 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399223
>I think creating brick-and-mortar stores wouldnt really help the crime rate.
A portion of the crime is drug-related. If the potential market for illegal drugs decreases, drug-related crime decreases.

On one hand, decreasing the potential return for crime by decreasing the profit and increasing the reward for a legal job by increasing the number of unskilled jobs these people are competing for will decrease crime.

On the other, poor, uneducated people generally don't have the capital to start businesses.
High startup costs and efficiencies of mass production would create market pressures that don't select for locally-owned business or artisanal growers.
Assuming we don't get regulations to deter mono/oliogoplies, the dispensaries out-competing local dealers will be owned by entities outside the community, sucking wealth out of them, walmart style, while on the supply side, megafarms will out-compete guys growing in their homes.
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Ebenezer Hubbertedge - Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:19:57 EST ID:kKrFWK5N No.399229 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399227

It's not really black and white. If someone snitches on someone or is talking to police they have it coming. If someone's being killed over envy or jealousy that's a problem that stems from the logic of capitalism infesting the minds of broke ass mother fuckers that should be uniting to make sure people are good and the rich don't feel safe. Then there's robbery gone wrong, which depending on who's getting robbed for what reason isn't inherently "good or bad" (though I'm kind of Nietzschian when it comes to morality and crime). Then there's revenge killings, for a wide scope of things like black market and someone beating someone for a High volume of cash or someone
Knowing who killt a loved one, or things like rape which police barely prosecute on and ppl who don't trust the law aint gonna report a rape they know they plan on killing for. Then there's drug addicts playing with guns who really don't know what's going on.

Violence aint suddenly going to end for the poor, it's just a matter of are they gonna utilize it or squablle amongst each other? Imagine if all the mother fuckers dying over envy,jealousy, and dope money were instead dying over freedom,diginity, respect?
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Ebenezer Hubbertedge - Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:27:08 EST ID:kKrFWK5N No.399230 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399229

Also how many "dealers" are having their records wiped clean when weed becomes legal or decrim? None. Which is why any legalization while good for the individual not being paranoid is really just handing over a source of capital the poor have depedended on and giving it to a more wealthy, privileged sect of society, with the state profiting off of it thru taxes. There's something to be learned from the trailer park boys "don't legalize it". There's a reason dispenseries get robbed.

Those of us already with weed charges in our past aren't suddenly becoming "not felons" when laws become more LAX. If this was the case with Obama what makes us think anything good can happen under Trump, a candidate who quite literally thinks cops are currently too restrained (what's next mass graves?).


New Intifada brewing? by Samuel Cheblinghall - Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:55:44 EST ID:TLKEQYNG No.398883 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hamas, Hezbollah, and PFLP are openly calling for a third intifada
http://pflp.ps/english/2017/12/06/pflp-our-struggle-not-trump-will-decide-the-fate-of-jerusalem/
http://reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1E11BR

Abbas doesn't even seem to be trying to diffuse the situation much
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/mahmoud-abbas-lambasts-trump-decision-jerusalem-171206184655902.html

Israel is reportedly already shelling into Gaza.
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Caroline Shittingford - Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:00:04 EST ID:e7JQhiYB No.399172 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>399158
Tazers, beanbag guns, mace, pepperspray, etc. etc. used to be called non-lethal but are referred to as less-lethal now since a bunch of people were killed by them. Its pretty laudible, if true, to try to include an actual gun with actual bullets on that list.
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Hedda Drenkinlad - Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:08:16 EST ID:IaepfqX2 No.399186 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399171

At a time when the U.S. really fucking need to check their behaviour in order to retain their partnerships during the rise of China, Trump goes ahead and does the complete opposite, alienating everyone except Israel and some pants-on-head retarded Christian voters.

U.S. foreign policy has been a trainwreck for some time, but now it has definitely entered the twilight zone. Trump really can't into international politics and it is drastically speeding up the decline of the American empire.
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William Blythehall - Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:44:15 EST ID:pVxAcU5t No.399190 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399158
.22 bullets can be more deadly with head shots, because they are small and don't have the velocity to make an exit wound most of the time so they bounce around like a pinball until they get lodged somewhere hard. Body shots usually have .22 bullets get stuck in muscle mass and bone and usually aren't too severe, being shot in the head by one usually means a hot piece of metal ricocheting around inside the skull unable to exit the other side and burning holes through any brain matter in the way.
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Cornelius Dommermidging - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 03:23:34 EST ID:T8Cv5OCh No.399193 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399186

She's cashing in on political clout and dependency that has been developing for a long time. The amount of foreign aid money that we give to other countries isn't a blank check. Nikki Haley isn't retarded, she is a typical neoconservative politician hell bent on demonstrating herself as an All-American Israel lover.

The sad fact is that this political soft power is being spent in to an abyss that will never help the average US citizen, rather helping defense contractors make more profits and their employees which represent a tiny fraction of the population.

Nikki Haley is simply stating what should have been and probably already was obvious to these third world countries- either you vote with our bloc or part of your cash supply is cut off.
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lumpen !rGOAfuB3jA - Thu, 21 Dec 2017 04:14:03 EST ID:ktmbqmO1 No.399201 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>399193
Foreign aid is usually about 1% of the total budget, and about half of that is military aid. Even if he could convince Congress to restrict money, it won't be devastating to the world. We're far less charitable than most Americans think.


Brexit beggining to hit the fan by Edwin Bockleman - Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:48:41 EST ID:RECqzvsy No.398452 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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https://behindthepaywallblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/theresa-mays-brexit-strategy-hits-a-legal-minefield/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/31/theresa-mays-brexit-strategy-hits-legal-minefield/#comments

Basically the Brits seem to be waking up to the idea that global trade rules aren't some sort of elaborate bluff by the EU.
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Cornelius Peshhare - Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:28:05 EST ID:xQbV1JEs No.398887 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>398452
Welp, there is a (temporary) Brexit agreement, and as expected - the EU won on almost every engagement because the Brits didn't do their fucking homework.
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Frederick Blucklechit - Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:17:57 EST ID:ml7JC9ez No.398888 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>398887
Hilarious. Who wants to bet this "temporary" agreement will still be in force in 50 years?
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Cornelius Peshhare - Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:47:02 EST ID:xQbV1JEs No.398889 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>398888
I'm sure a lot of Brits would like that, but the EU doesn't want that. Either the British bend the knee like a bitch, or they'll sink beneath the waves like Atlantis.
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Doris Bunhall - Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:58:20 EST ID:NtsAMKUO No.398890 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>398863
As a Swede (not the vegetable) I can say that we have our reservations as well and so do the Finns. However this is a defense cooperation, not a military alliance. It's basically about developing economies of scale on defense matters. The UK has been vetoing the idea partly because their influence is stronger within the NATO framework and partly in the interests of American defense contractors (the EU will have a stronger negotiating position and will be more likely to buy European than individual countries).
Also the fact is that having a few greedy sluts in Brussels means that member-states can cut down on domestic greedy sluts and save money overall.
>>398887
Didn't do their homework, didn't know what they wanted and had no leverage...

For the record I wasn't the least emotional about any of this but I've been unable to avoid some degree anger at the near contempt with which HMG and part of the UK commentariat have treated the Irish. And I don't even know any Irish!
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Lillian Croddleforth - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:57:58 EST ID:NtsAMKUO No.399094 Ignore Report Quick Reply
https://qz.com/1153966/britain-rejected-the-eu-and-the-eu-is-loving-its-new-life/


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