President Trump?

I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton.  My reaction to hearing she would be the Democratic choice back in 2015 was “what the fuck are the democrats thinking?”  I went for Bernie and made the Demexit a little after the AP called the primary for Clinton.

That said, this pretty much sums up what I feel about the US election

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Posted 11/11/2016 by lacithedog in Uncategorized, US Election, US Elections

Arguebot!

It is well known that this blog doesn’t take comments for a lot of reasons, but it seems there is a tool for dealing with Twitter trolls.

The bot is programmed to respond to all the main phenotypes of angry, unfulfilled internet bro, including alt-righters, Gamergaters, MRAs, Anonymous, Julian Assange fanboys, and the ever-present Infowars conspiracy theory crowd.

It posts endless provocations of the sort that invariably attract a creeping cloud of Twitter harassment, and it often names names.

I have to admit it would be fun to have an automated service bait people to a post and then let rip on them.

It seems that some of these trolls can’t figure out they are dealing with a bot and can spend hours arguing with it!

seriously, the bot is just like honey for internet jerks they spend hours and hours yelling at it

(although I did have a fun conversation with the early Eliza AI programme which I am sorry never was saved, but that is another story that would preclude me from ever serving in US public office.  Just in case having multiple nationalities also wouldn’t stop me.)

As the post said, you have to wonder about people who would spend 10 hours arguing with someone on the internet.

As the article pointed out people should stop seeking out and arguing with strangers on the internet if they don’t want to make fools of themselves. A bot can’t make you look foolish; you can only do that to yourself by taking the bait.

While I don’t really like pointless argument–it’s nice there is an obliging bot out there to keep people who do amused.

Posted 11/10/2016 by lacithedog in Facebook, Social Media, Troll, Uncategorized

Yes, it is a problem.

I have to admit to wondering when and where the email thing will take us.  She HAS violated a couple of laws relating to FOIA and keeping government records, which happen to only incur civil penalties. They also only apply when someone is still in government office.  That’s good for the Clinton camp since she hasn’t done anything criminally illegal that she has been convicted of (RefCo was a close call).

Yet.

The real issue for me is the FBI investigation, which Clintonistas would like to think is somehow irrelevant and innocuous.  Hardly. The Feds aren’t too keen on wasting time if there is no case to be had.  They like winnable cases. The fun part is guessing what laws and by what parties.

The whole private server thing is pretty obvious in that She didn’t want to be under public scrutiny, despite laws to the contrary.  Toss in the Clinton Foundation for an interesting twist to this story.  My guess is that there is some form of mixing the position as Secretary of State with Clinton Foundation business, which is a serious no-no.

We can toss in the bit about her server being hacked as well with all those secrets. Ultimately, the emails are on Wikileaks.  Anyone who tries to even imply she doesn’t have a problem will be laughed off by me.

Doing a search on Clinton Foundation reveals a treasure trove of information about how this whole thing could blow up (and explain my last post).  The issue isn’t a “right wing conspiracy”, “left wing conspiracy”, “Bernie Bros”, “Obama Bros”, and so on:  It’s that Hillary is Hillary’s own worst enemy.

Her penchant for secrecy was one of the many things that cost her the nomination in 2008.

There is another post here on how this election is a prime case for how the US political system needs to be totally overhauled, but the fact that Hillary Clinton is even remotely considered for being President is a serious biggie. She will go into the arena with a set of political baggage which makes it laughable that anyone in their right mind would have considered supporting her.

That would be amplified if there are indeed federal criminal indictments, which would most likely be followed by convictions (see federal conviction rate if you don’t believe me).  Federal Criminal Practice isn’t really a trial practise, it’s “let’s make a deal” to try and get the best terms and sentence.

The really bad part of a Clinton nomination is that the Scandals will be hashed out very publicly, which is something most Clintonistas have been in denial about all along. But I have  feeling that the email circus is going to be the final word in Clinton Scandals.

Posted 19/05/2016 by lacithedog in Uncategorized, US Election, US Elections

Today’s French Lesson!

Hillary est un gros cauchemar putain.

(She is a fat fucking nightmare)
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And While we’re at it, here are the results from when I was trying to find a better res image of a meme:

Fuck Off SC

Posted 07/04/2016 by lacithedog in Election 2016, elections, Uncategorized

Smart car driver overcompensating for his massive penis

THE owner of a Smart car has admitted that the car he drives is overcompensation for his prodigious penis.

Source: Smart car driver overcompensating for his massive penis

Posted 31/03/2016 by lacithedog in Uncategorized

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada

Posted 01/03/2016 by lacithedog in astroturf, propaganda, Uncategorized

Alternative History–British North America

bna-actThe really silly thing about speculating what would have happened had the British won the War for Independence (AKA US Revolutionary War) is that there has been a British North America: Canada. Books such as For Want of a Nail and the Two Georges seem to miss that point.

Did the Tories want to stay dependent to Britain, or  were they interested in a peaceful transition to independence?  The problem was that the “patriots” in the War for Independence were rather hot headed and intolerant of other opinions.   There wasn’t a debate as to the prudence of armed rebellion.  And it was hard to go back one blood was shed.

Canada did get its independence, but Canada’s transition from a self-governing British colony into a fully independent state was a non-violent, evolutionary process that came about in such a gradual fashion that it is impossible to say independence came on a particular date.  When the Dominion of Canada was created in 1867 it was granted powers of self-government to deal with all internal matters, but Britain still retained overall legislative supremacy. Total Independence didn’t come until 1982 with the passage of the Canada Act by the British Parliament.

Like Britain, Canada’s Constitution is an amalgamation of codified acts and uncodified traditions and conventions which outlines how the government functions and the rights of Canadian Citizens.

The real question isn’t what would a British North America be like, but what would be its boundaries?