The guilty parties blame rape and sexual harassment on 'exposing uncovered meat'. But the very same guilty parties also want Muslim women to 'strip off'. This tweet illustrates just a few examples of that inanity. They also think anything to address the 'boys will always have raging hormones' is PC gone mad, especially when it's the likes of Tony Veitch.
The common thread? The guilty parties somehow think women are their copyright. I'll leave it to Laurie Penny to deconstruct the whole thing better than I can.
We will also discuss whether Christchurch should organise a solidarity sleep-out in cars to highlight the housing crisis here.
If if happens, how about holding it outside Gerry Brownlee's electorate office?
Or maybe a STASIesque bank of people watching a video stream, statistically narrowed down by triggers. It will employ 50 geeks for 5 years designing it. At the end it will be 90 percent as reliable as a dude sitting there and smelling some arsehole puking in his car.
A variant of the “Russians used pencils in space” theory: in Russia, dash cams are commonplace in cars, as the number of YouTube videos go to show. But only because they’re required by law for insurance purposes.
Just when we thought communal toilets in Sochi 2014 set records, along comes #RioProblems.
I know exactly who I'm voting for: anyone who believes that ladders of opportunity are a public good rather than an accident of privilege.
No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio, and 538 rate it as the third most likely tipping point state
And given that Trump has made a strong pitch to left-behinds in Rust Belt states like Ohio, it’s a plausible scenario. He’s a master at peddling snake oil, and politics is no exception. In this case, he’s basically promised the Rust Belters that he’ll bring back the car plants & steelworks, while conveniently ignoring that his clothing merchandise is made by the same Mexicans he wants to wall off, and by the same Chinese he wants to tariff.
Finally, although the RNCinCLE is the gift that keeps on giving, this:
The Republican Party nominated Donald Trump as its candidate for president of the United States - and I responded by ending my 44-year GOP membership.
I hope his feeling spreads.
Then again, Pipes endorsed Ted Cruz, who's equally insane as Trump but for different reasons.
But elections aren't won or lost off convention week dead cat poll bounces. They're won on the ground, and I'm not seeing any evidence that Trump's ground game isn't (to use one of his favourite sneers) "low energy."
If Trump somehow manages to win, it'll be over issues that have been brewing over the past generation or two. A big part of it has been that the traditional working class as we know it has splintered into the following:
- The working-class heroes who've kept the faith, as sung about by Bruce Springsteen. Under threat of becoming an endangered species.
- The nouveau riche, who've joined the establishment and tell the rest of us, "I've got mine, so eff you!"
- The precariat, who've fallen off the ladder, given up all hope and accepted their lot in life. Prone to non-voting out of sheer cynicism and disillusionment.
- The neo-nativists who've fallen off the ladder and blame the reds/greens/yellows/blacks/browns/pinks/rainbows for it. They think Donald Trump will reopen the Detroit car plants and Pennsylvania steelworks, and make Mexico pay for the border wall. Cut from the same cloth as those who smashed up Japanese cars in the 1980s, if they aren't the exact same people.
Here in the UK, too. Our new unelected PM, when some MPs spoke up against the renewal of Trident in the debate yesterday, had this in response: “Sadly...some members of the Labour party, seem to be the first to defend the country’s enemies”.
Theresa May's remarks on nuclear strikes echo Ted Cruz wanting to find out "if sand can glow in the dark". She sounds even more hardline than Maggie Thatcher and David Cameron combined, and it's not just defence and foreign affairs.
A crash would definitely jolt the economy out of something, but I don't know what it would jolt it into. It could something much worse.
One possible scenario is that those who are too narcissistic and born-to-rule to get the message if/when the bubble bursts could go full-on Trump or even Weimar Republic. They'll continue to blame anything and everything for the sudden loss of their wealth, except themselves.
I liken it to a financial equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan, which went out of its way to bring back the old order in the American South following the Civil War.