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  1. #2001
    For all its flaws, Twitter makes it pretty easy to ignore garbage comments if you stick to reading the original tweets. I can't say that about ostensibly comparable sites providing real-time updates to developing events, like, say, /r/politics, for which it is impossible to gauge the credibility of any given post on the same time scale that it takes to judge the post of a trusted figure like Frum.
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  2. #2002
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    I take less issue with the tweet about the map, and I will concede that there is an argument for documenting/sharing it. I'm unsure that Twitter is the appropriate avenue, but that's not an argument I'm interested in having.


    My main complaint was the anecdote from the diner (restaurant?), i.e. the original picture that I quoted.
    Last edited by Zloc_Vergo; 05-11-2017 at 02:16 PM.
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  3. #2003

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zloc_Vergo View Post
    Here's an idea: write an article about how Pence's favorite sexual position is missionary, extrapolating from his highly religious background. Use this as a segue into sexual repression of conservatives, and end it with a dose of SJW feminism.
    I'm willing to bet Pence does it wilder and harder than Trump.
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  4. #2004
    I didn't spend too much time thinking about the dinner thing, and I admit it is sort of fanciful to dwell on. Just another data point that the guy is a dick though.

    But let's be honest here about why people like me bother to check in on this stuff (beyond coping): we're all holding our breath and waiting for one of the president's character flaws to get him into enough real trouble that it costs him his job. All these minor cock ups sort of paints a hopeful picture of that actually happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOMAN View Post
    I'm willing to bet Pence does it wilder and harder than Trump.
    **** it, let's interview someone and tweet that instead.
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  6. #2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zloc_Vergo View Post
    Tweets are the optimal source of news and best method of preserving history. Twitter is cool and good.
    Whoa, whoa. You don't have to be so crass.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Jones View Post
    I didn't spend too much time thinking about the dinner thing, and I admit it is sort of fanciful to dwell on. Just another data point that the guy is a dick though.
    well okay I guess pence can have a special dessert, as long as I get pop and TWO scoops of ice cream.

    eww, italian dressing?

    I mean, it's ****in hilarious is what it is. He knows what he likes, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    Whoa, whoa. You don't have to be so crass.
    I had a blog. It sucked.

  8. #2008
    And by the way, this was from a much longer TIME magazine article about life in the oval office in the Trump era (well let's not get ahead of ourselves and call it an era yet, it's only lasted a few months so far)

    http://time.com/donald-trump-after-hours/

  9. #2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zloc_Vergo View Post
    **** it, let's interview someone and tweet that instead.
    Are you an expert in doing it hard and wild?
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  10. #2010
    Quote Originally Posted by Zloc_Vergo View Post
    diner (restaurant?)
    Nope. From the paragraph before the passage I posted, in the full TIME article:

    the Blue Room has been lit with nearly a dozen votive candles, the table is set with yellow roses, and the Washington Monument is neatly framed in the South window.
    Bill Clinton may have left behind another substance on the oval office carpet, but with Trump it's probably going to be thousand island dressing.

    Which is rather fitting, since he is himself an orange stain on the country.
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  11. #2011
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    George W Bush seemed like a "ranch" guy.

  12. #2012
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    Trump is what happens when a garden-variety bully never gets their comeuppance.

  13. #2013
    I present to you: second generation capitalists

  14. #2014
    Too bad comeuppance can't be inherited

  15. #2015
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    If it could, maybe there'd be an estate tax.

  16. #2016

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    I'm sure Bill made sure things were properly swallowed.

    edit: why was ranch in quotations
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  17. #2017
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOMAN View Post
    I'm sure Bill made sure things were properly swallowed.

    edit: why was ranch in quotations
    Um because he was also a literal ranch guy, duh.

  18. #2018

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    You're right, quotation marks are fun to use!

    Barbara "Bush"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECHOMAN View Post
    You're right, quotation marks are fun to use!

    Barbara "Bush"
    "fun"

  21. #2021
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    "Quotation marks"

  22. #2022
    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Jones View Post
    Well this story that hit HN today has a funny headline.

    "Uber hit by major legal setback in Europe"

    In the United States, apparently, brazen disregard for the law comes with no such "legal setbacks".
    Going back to Uber for a second: also on HN today was Alan Kay's lecture at a "startup school" held at Stanford. It didn't take more than a minute before he took the chance to vent some pent up frustration and rip on the SV startup culture to which his audience of "entrepreneurs" belong:

    ... another Picasso quote: "learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist". And not doing this is probably the greatest sin of Silicon Valley since the 80's. Nobody has bothered becoming a pro in software (in particular in user interface design). So when they break the rules, they break them like a dumb child does, by throwing rocks through windows.
    I never thought of putting together the idea of "disruption" and dumb children together (wait a minute, why didn't I?), but seeing that the dumb children we've been discussing ITT were the class of people among which the president belongs to, it sort of starts to make since.

    But then we have to modify Paul Graham's definition of SV as rich people + nerds to simply SV = rich people + other (less dumb?) children.
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    SV = dumb, rich children + pre-proletarian craftsworkers

  24. #2024
    Whoops

    The New Yorker

    WE COULD HAVE BEEN CANADA
    Was the American Revolution such a good idea?
    By Adam Gopnik
    The Revolution is the last bulwark of national myth, but in sanctifying it we forget that it was more horrific than heroic.
    The Revolution is the last bulwark of national myth, but in sanctifying it we forget that it was more horrific than heroic.

    And what if it was a mistake from the start? The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the creation of the United States of America—what if all this was a terrible idea, and what if the injustices and madness of American life since then have occurred not in spite of the virtues of the Founding Fathers but because of them? The Revolution, this argument might run, was a needless and brutal bit of slaveholders’ panic mixed with Enlightenment argle-bargle, producing a country that was always marked for violence and disruption and demagogy. Look north to Canada, or south to Australia, and you will see different possibilities of peaceful evolution away from Britain, toward sane and whole, more equitable and less sanguinary countries. No revolution, and slavery might have ended, as it did elsewhere in the British Empire, more peacefully and sooner. No “peculiar institution,” no hideous Civil War and appalling aftermath. Instead, an orderly development of the interior—less violent, and less inclined to celebrate the desperado over the peaceful peasant. We could have ended with a social-democratic commonwealth that stretched from north to south, a near-continent-wide Canada.
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...ve-been-canada

  25. #2025
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    A contented majority dragged down a rabbit hole by a few loudmouths who mainly just don't want to pay their taxes <- US history in a nutshell

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  27. #2027
    Your authoritarian intimations only make my Republican penis harder!

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    (More people will see these tweets if I post them here than if I retweet them because I don't have many followers. )

  30. #2030
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    Replacing press briefings with equal access press releases would be an unironically great thing. It would destroy the current system of access patronage, forcing media companies to actually compete on their merits instead of coasting on rents.

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    (They aren't gonna answer your tricky questions anyway, guys.)

  32. #2032
    So it looks like the president is trying to blackmail against "leaking to the media" the man he fired for investigating his crimes.

    Can somebody remind me what the next step the mafia playbook says about how to handle snitches?

  33. #2033
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    This is super funny.

    For real though. Morgan Lewis is a huge international full-service law firm with offices in 12 countries. They probably are the best lawyers in Moscow. They're probably also the best lawyers in Kazakhstan, and a lot of other places.

  34. #2034
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    "Someone" at the WH was upset that WaPo published a story claiming Sean Spicer was hiding "in the bushes", saying it was more accurate to describe him as hiding "among the bushes".

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    Someone should tell him that "hiding in the bushes" means you are being hidden by some bushes. It doesn't mean you are literally standing inside of a bush.

    Unless the implication is that he's being protected by the Bush family.

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    Spicer seems like a man who is just dead on the inside.
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  37. #2037
    And why not? Worse things happen at sea, you know.

  38. #2038
    Is there a Spicr clone of Tumblr yet?

    I'm not sure what that would be, but it sounds horrible.

  39. #2039
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Jones View Post
    Is there a Spicr clone of Tumblr yet?

    I'm not sure what that would be, but it sounds horrible.
    Bush-hiding club.

  40. #2040
    I keep coming back expecting to find SOME good news, but nope. It just keeps getting worse, and worse, and worse, and worse........
    Nothing to see here, move along.

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