Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…,

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  • Hard News: The Long, Strange Trip,

    Oh well, Michelle Obama will save America in 2020.

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  • Hard News: The Long, Strange Trip, in reply to simon g,

    Those probability numbers were based (obviously) on the polls, which simply missed – or misread – millions of voters.

    First brexit now this - polling is completely broken in the post MSM age.

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  • Hard News: The Long, Strange Trip,

    Trump has won Florida.

    Time to pull out of all defense ties with the USA. I used to support the American alliance as the most rational realpolitik choice, but I'll be buggered if I'll agree to us supporting a fascist.

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

    What I find interesting about this whole schemozzle is the number of Trump supporters infesting New Zealand based web forums,

    I think we under-estimate the influence of alt-right US based online media here on our NZ right wing. Increasingly the sort of aggressive, paranoid style of the US right pops up here as well.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Whereas those who paid attention realize that none of the traditional point-scoring matters a jot. Because one candidate just pissed on the election itself.

    Pretty much. Tomorrow isn't going to be about how the judges scored it, or the latest "sensational" anti-Clinton video. Tomorrow's headlines are going to be about Trump hedging on accepting the outcome. According to RNZ, when he did that people int the studio audience gasped. He lost everything that one moment.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Anyone else followed the gruesome descent into Trumpism of the once normal Colonial Viper over at the The Standard? It is fascinating from a forensic viewpoint, because he is a textbook example in our own online community of how an aggreived person with an issue with "the establishment" can be turned by alt-right online media into a raving lunatic.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    The 1860 US presidential campaign featured a fractured Democratic party, a huge and antagonistic sectarian divide, paramilitary groups parading around in support of their party, lots of shots fired at political rallys, all sorts of political violence in local elections, and the main losing Democratic candidate going on to be come a leading general in the Confederate army....

    The key difference between 1860 and 2016 is any Trump insurgency would be just that - wild milita groups and crazy individuals might carry out random lynchings and attacks, but Clinton will have full control of and loyalty from the US military and governing apparatus at federal and state level. Nothing like succession, and therefore civil war, will come from this election.

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  • Hard News: Helen,

    I couldn't help but think of the premature death of Bruce Jesson, and wonder again what might have been.

    RIP Helen Kelly.

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    This morning I took the trouble to watch all 46 minutes of Trump's latest frightening, rambling rant at West Palm Beach.

    Trump, rather than tacking to the centre, seems to have tacked harder to the fringe as the campaign has gone on. To me, it speaks of a man of no great intellect who is drunk (and I suspect high on cocaine a lot of the time, seriously) on the hype of his own PR.

    Crazy times.

    BTW, the US could do worse than elect Michelle Obama in 2020. She was great in her most recent speech.

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