Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Waterview: The giant up the road,

    New official time-lapse video of the Alford Street bridge construction:

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to DeepRed,

    Regarding the issue of The Establishment – at the moment, not one mainstream newspaper has endorsed Trump. Traditionally conservative papers have gone for Johnson. It is conceivable that no significant newspaper will endorse Trump.

    That sound you hear is white American cleaving away from its own institutions.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Conal Tuohy,


    … many of them could have been won to the Democratic candidate if the Democratic Party had elected to run their left candidate. Sanders would have been a far more electable candidate, and importantly would have enabled the Democrats to unite the balkanized working class around some much more progressive economic policy.

    Hmmm … maybe. But even the utterly patrician Romney got 63% of white non-college votes according to this WaPo commentary from May. But that’s disproportionately men – support among white women is relatively even.

    The same holds nearly as true for white male Democrat voters in the primaries.

    The Economist notes that even in New York, where she won pretty handily, she only picked up 42% of the white male vote, vs John Kerry’s 53% in 2004 – although, intriguingly, Clinton did very well in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

    It does seem evident that white men do not like Hillary Clinton. So Sanders would presumably have done better there – or maybe his tax and healthcare policies would have been a massive issue once the Republicans got to negative campaigning on them, which they naturally didn’t do during the primaries.

    But yeah, non-college white men in America love them some Trump …

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Conal Tuohy,

    Have you seen this very recent poll? It backs what it calls the ‘conventional wisdom’ about Trump’s strength in working class support

    It shows that white working class voters are dissatisfied, in part because they're "nervous about cultural changes taking place in the United States" and feel "Christian values are under attack".

    It also indicates that as a group they're doing quite well and largely have secure jobs. Also that they're pretty racist.

    If you were trying to convince me that culture-war isn't a factor here, I'm not sure this is right survey to do it with.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I don’t believe Russell claimed support for a virtuous Hillary, he just pointed out that she would be a safer alternative, and that ‘her’ charity is not as grotesque and fraudulent as you would like to believe – especially compared to Trump’s confection.

    Yes. She’s compromised. She could be described as a liberal hawk. But a good deal of what people believe they know about Clinton simply isn’t true – witness Andrew’s venom on the topic of the Clinton Foundation.

    And more to the point, on every measure, including regulation of Wall Street and foreign policy, Clinton is a better choice than Trump.

    Is she an establishment candidate? Well, yeah. You can see that in her tax proposals, which are small-c conservative, slightly more redistributive.

    Trump’s published tax policy is summed up by Business Insider’s headline last month: Trump’s tax plan sounds populist, but it aims its key benefits at the rich

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Another right-wing Silicon Valley billionaire backing Trump. Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, has been funding the production of racist, misogynist Clinton "shitmemes".

    We know Hillary Clinton is corrupt, a warmonger, a freedom-stripper. Not the good kind you see dancing in bikinis on Independence Day, the bad kind that strips freedom from citizens and grants it to donors,” Luckey wrote on a Reddit thread introducing his initiative, using the pseudonym NimbleRichMan.

    Luckey’s support for Trump may be unusual in a tech industry that has a tendency to support Democrats, but it is his embrace of the dark side of Trump’s internet army that is so alarming. We may be used to the incredibly wealthy supporting pro-business politicians by writing checks to the Republican party, but the full-on embrace of “shitposting” and the bigoted online harassment that so often comes with it is something else entirely.

    Shitposting is not intended to add to an online discussion but to shut it down with, well, shit. It is the opposite of the ideals of good faith, open discussion made possible by the internet.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Conal Tuohy,

    Because racial minorities have been made scapegoated by his campaign? Like right-wing populists always do? I mean, obviously you know that; so why are you asking?

    Mother Jones has a story this week listing the various neo-Nazi and white supremacist organisations to endorse Trump. Not a single one of those endorsements has been disavowed by the candidate or the campaign Not one.

    That is not business as usual. Except in the sense that’s it’s mirrored in the violent anti-immigrant rhetoric of the Brexiteer fringe, Len Pen’s mob in France, etc.

    Why do you think that negates the idea that Trump’s support is riding a wave of legitimate grievance with joblessness, homelessness, and hopelessness, and social alienation?

    I don’t doubt that Trump has found some purchase among poor, disenfranchised white voters.

    But the idea that he’s riding a wave of the jobless and homeless simply isn’t backed up by the evidence.

    Pew Research found Clinton with a 29-point lead over Trump among the poorest voters (< $30,000 pa income).

    A big Gallup poll reported by The Guardian found Clinton with a 25-point margin among Americans earning $24,000 or less.

    For annual incomes between $30,000 and $100,000, Pew found support basically equal, with Clinton having a slight lead over $100,000.

    But overwhelmingly, poor Americans do not support Trump.

    The strongest determinants for supporting Clinton look to be, in order: (non-white) race, (low) income, (young) age, (female) gender, and (high) education.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to AndrewH,

    A fucking political turd circling the bowl, in the gravitational embrace of her grotesque “charitable foundation”.

    The foundation that gets an "A" rating from CharityWatch, publishes all its accounts, works with the Word Heath Organisation and is universally acknowledged as having played the key role in reducing the cost of HIV/AIDS medication to African nations, thus saving millions of lives? That one?

    Or are we talking about some fantasy organisation in your head?

    If you had the courage to admit you just don;t get it about Trumps supporters (and Brexit)

    You know, in the week after the Brexit vote, my reliably left-wing friend in London didn't want to walk to work because there had been a series of racist assaults carried out by apparent Brexiteers in the area. She's non-white.

    I’d have some sympathy, but your condescension is just awful.
    Russell Brown – student hero. has somehow morphed into middle class, Auckland property owning wanker.

    Well, I was never a student, but thanks for illustrating my point about the alt-left.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Yikes. Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page – a former Merrill Lynch investment banker with money in Russian oil – is under investigation:

    U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue.

    The activities of Trump adviser Carter Page, who has extensive business interests in Russia, have been discussed with senior members of Congress during recent briefings about suspected efforts by Moscow to influence the presidential election, the sources said. After one of those briefings, Senate minority leader Harry Reid wrote FBI Director James Comey, citing reports of meetings between a Trump adviser (a reference to Page) and “high ranking sanctioned individuals” in Moscow over the summer as evidence of “significant and disturbing ties” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin that needed to be investigated by the bureau.

    Some of those briefed were “taken aback” when they learned about Page’s contacts in Moscow, viewing them as a possible back channel to the Russians that could undercut U.S. foreign policy, said a congressional source familiar with the briefings but who asked for anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject. The source added that U.S. officials in the briefings indicated that intelligence reports about the adviser’s talks with senior Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin were being “actively monitored and investigated.”

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: We're not…, in reply to Sacha,

    Thanks, Greg. Christchurch always had a high degree of community engagement and volunteering. Glad to hear it hasn’t been completely destroyed by the bozos.

    You see it all over the place – but as Greg notes, everyone's busy with something.

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