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oak23:the level of pettiness, stubbornness and thriftiness

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the level of pettiness, stubbornness and thriftiness

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deezil
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This is like watching power washing. So satisfying.
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Putin’s playbook for discrediting America and destabilizing the West

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Last week, journalist Jules Suzdaltsev wrote:

Just wanna make sure you all know there is a Russian handbook from 1997 on “taking over the world” and Putin is literally crossing shit off.

The book in question is The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia by neo-fascist political scientist Aleksandr Dugin, whose nickname is “Putin’s Brain”. The book has been influential within Russian military & foreign policy circles and it appears to be the playbook for recent Russian foreign policy. In the absence of an English language translation, some relevant snippets from the book’s Wikipedia page:

The book declares that “the battle for the world rule of [ethnic] Russians” has not ended and Russia remains “the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution.” The Eurasian Empire will be constructed “on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the USA, and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us.”

The United Kingdom should be cut off from Europe.

Ukraine should be annexed by Russia because “Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics”.

The book stresses the “continental Russian-Islamic alliance” which lies “at the foundation of anti-Atlanticist strategy”. The alliance is based on the “traditional character of Russian and Islamic civilization”.

Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke “Afro-American racists”. Russia should “introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements — extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics.”

Ukraine, Brexit, Syria, Trump, promotion of fascist candidates in European elections (Le Pen in France), support for fascism in the US…it’s all right there in the book. And they’ve done it all while barely firing a shot.

Tags: Aleksandr Dugin   books   Brexit   Donald Trump   politics   Russia   The Foundations of Geopolitics   USA   Vladimir Putin
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deezil
22 days ago
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Louisville, Kentucky
angelchrys
22 days ago
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Overland Park, KS
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DMack
23 days ago
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haha, nice
Victoria, BC

What did Donald Trump do today?He called on the Senate to change its rules to pa...

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What did Donald Trump do today?

He called on the Senate to change its rules to pass his healthcare and tax reform plan.

Trump tweeted this morning that "The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy." Setting aside the fact that the Senate does not take orders from the president--or that this GOP-controlled Senate is openly hostile to Trump's legislative ideas--the tax reform and health care plans he has proposed would be adopted by the Senate under budget reconciliation rules. 

Budget reconciliation rules already require only a simple majority.

Who cares?

  • The president should probably know something about how the Senate works.
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deezil
28 days ago
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This site is quickly becoming one of my favorite things on the internet. Thanks @angelchrys for sharing it first where I saw it.
Louisville, Kentucky
angelchrys
28 days ago
You're welcome!
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Breaker Adds Support for JSON Feed

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Erik Michaels-Ober:

The decentralized structure of podcasts creates a chicken-and-egg problem for JSON Feed to gain adoption. There’s no incentive for podcasters to publish in JSON Feed as long as podcast players don’t support it. And there’s no incentive for podcast players to support JSON Feed as long as podcasters don’t publish in that format.

Breaker is hoping to break that stalemate by adding support for JSON Feed in our latest release. As far as we know, Breaker is the first podcast player to do so. Unlike other features that differentiate Breaker, we encourage our competitors to follow our lead in this area. The sooner all podcast players support JSON Feed, the better positioned the entire podcast ecosystem will be for the decades to come.

Three years ago I wrote that podcast players had replaced Twitter clients as the leading UI playground — the space where there’s a lot of competition and new ideas being tried out. I still think that’s true. Overcast and Castro keep getting better, and Breaker is a new and interesting take. The big difference with Breaker is that they have a social networking model, where you can follow your fellow Breaker-using friends and get podcast recommendations based on what they’re listening to.

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deezil
29 days ago
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PocketCasts, PocketCasts, PocketCasts. If you love podcasts, give it a try.
Louisville, Kentucky
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Opening Crawl

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Using a classic Timothy Zahn EU/Legends novel is bad enough, but at least the style and setting aren't too far off. If you really want to mess with people, try using Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
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deezil
30 days ago
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My eyes keep tricking me into seeing a crawl that's not happening...
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CaffieneKitty
30 days ago
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I frigging LOVED Splinter of the Mind's Eye as a kid.
JayM
30 days ago
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Ha!
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alt_text_bot
30 days ago
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Using a classic Timothy Zahn EU/Legends novel is bad enough, but at least the style and setting aren't too far off. If you really want to mess with people, try using Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
glenn
30 days ago
I remember liking Splinter of the Minds Eye as a kid. What's different about it?
lukeburrage
29 days ago
It was written before Empire and so the love story between Leia and Luke is strong in this one.
glenn
29 days ago
haha... ok now I feel like I have to read it again :)
lukeburrage
29 days ago
It's really not good. It only exists as source material for a the low budget sequel to Star Wars that was contracted if the first movie was a flop. Only the actors who were signed up for a second movie had characters in the book (so no Han Solo) and the locations were kept as cheap as possible (mostly caves) and no expensive space battles. It's only worth reading as a historical artefact.
davebelt
28 days ago
Worse than Phantom Menace though?

New Restaurant Hit With $300K Water Bill Before Doors Even Opened

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Unless you have a blue whale hanging out in a tank in your backyard, it’s pretty difficult to use $300,000 worth of water. So imagine the surprise of two brothers whose new restaurant was slammed with a bill for $308,000 before it even served a single customer.

The brothers had operated a different restaurant on the same site but had closed it for remodeling, with a plan to reopen under a new name, reports the Charlotte Observer.

The monthly water bill at their previous restaurant was usually about $1,000, so they were shocked to receive a statement from the city in March claiming they owed $308,000 — for a 13-day period. The city then shut off their water.

“We were scared and didn’t know why we received it,” one of the men told the Observer of the astronomical bill.

“I couldn’t even sleep,” his brother said. “How’s that (bill) even possible?”

They hired a plumber to check for leaks but none were found, so they called the city to have the water reconnected. In April, they met with a city water supervisor who said the city would fix the billing mistake and someone would be in touch to let them know when it was resolved.

But no one called to update them, the brothers say, and the water was shut off again in late April. They got it back on again, and the restaurant opened in early May. But then they received a new bill, with $4,001 in late charges tacked on in addition to the previous balance of $308,805.

Shortly before the restaurant was set to open on Wednesday, the water was turned off again, forcing the restaurant owners to turn away 17 customers before they could get the city to restore service.

On Thursday, the city said the issue was resolved, and told the brothers that someone had apparently misread the meter. While declining to address specifics of customers’ bills, a spokesman for Charlotte Water told the Observer that it took so long to resolve the issue because sometimes it takes multiple visits and discussions in a process that can take weeks or months.

“In rare cases, a human or technical error occurs and Charlotte Water works with customers to resolve it, identify how the error occurred and take measures to prevent it from happening again,” the spokesman said.

The brothers are worried about how this all looks to customers of their new restaurant.

“I’m worried they’ll come back and do it again,” one said.





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deezil
33 days ago
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As someone who used to work with water companies, it does not take more than two visits (95% of the time, one) to get a misread meter corrected. Once misread, it's corrected in the billing system and the charges are recalculated. Don't even get me started on why Charlotte doesn't have some sort of meter reading system in place, it ain't that hard.
Louisville, Kentucky
sjk
29 days ago
[Insert joke about lazy incompetent government employees]
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