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Why does a guy who is so talented chose absolute charlatans as his heroes?? Steve Jobs, Donald Trump and now Elon Musk. Get it together Kanye.

> One of his main priorities is chemicals: “In our deodorant, in our toothpaste, there are chemicals that affect our ability to be of service to God.”

I get the impression they are trolling him for the lulz at this point.

It's like Dudley is saying I suppose, it's not clear if the people are exploitatively trolling unwell people for hilarious copy, or you have an realistic candidate whose positions should be documented.
 

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Sorry for making up this word to prove my own point but the same cybersocial economy that elevates every outlandish statement hasn't gone a way, nor has the social concept of someone being so loud that people think they might have a point. He'll do great. He just needs to keep talking for a another few months and not get bored of not being a musician.

He'd probably try and make a single with Kim Jon Un like.
 

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The world has moved on



and poor depressed trump knows it
From what I was reading he essentially is doing the the classic 'overcook the economy' think to make his numbers look better than obama for election month and was gonna cause a mini recession covid or not.

You wont hear the looney right talking about this though.
 

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During the early portion of the rally, Kanye invited fans to the stage to speak about the issues that matter to them. In between these remarks, Kanye offered his own personal andecdotes. Notably, he accused social media and prescription drugs of brainwashing culture.

Additionally, Kanye boasted about having a 132 IQ and how he went “to the hospital because my brain was too big for my skull.”

He also said Harriet Tubman “didn’t free the slaves, she had them go work for other white people.”

He explained his stance against Planned Parenthood, at one point revealing that his wife Kim Kardashian was considering an abortion prior to the birth of their first child before Kanye had a vision from god. Kanye broke down crying after saying he almost allowed his child to be “murdered.”

Elsewhere during the event, Kanye threatened to cease his relationship with adidas and Gap unless the companies put him on the board, and encouraged his followers to cease watching porn.
 

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Probably an important step in the US's path towards proper authoritarianism has been happening over the last few days. Republican paramilitaries have been mobilized and deployed, and have been up to some exploratory violence in Portland.


The dude from the video Pete linked to above is a US Navy Vet. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/20/christopher-david-portland-protest-video/

Republicans are planning to deploy the Paras in other "Democratic" cities allegedly. So we have anonymous, unmarked, Federally backed, Republican Paras, allowed to grab you off the street and detain you indefinitely, without due process.You do not have the normal rights once these guys have you detained.

Oregon is suing (which is cute but we know the law doesn't apply to correctly aligned Republicans). Something about the way this is being handled it is reminiscent of Neville Chamberlain's comfy chat with Hitler asking him if he wouldn't mind cutting it out. Or Obama thinking he needed to negotiate across the isle.

Terrorism is a bullshit weasel word, but we're getting to the point that it's possible people are noticing that the Republicans are a terrorist organization, and the US is becoming increasingly fascist. We're not there yet, anonymous government thugs are literally rounding up dissenters, and the response is ho-hum.

It's also a battle being fought on two fronts:
The normal legal/debate/RBG is sick? I wonder how this would affect the rule of law in the future?
And then there's this other fight, flagrantly illegal, not worried about norms, just pressing as hard as possible as quickly as possible, where the future/current rule of law is already irrelevant.

But yeah, we're pressing along nicely.
 

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I don't know how well voter suppression is going this year but my current prediction is that Trump loses by a comfortable margin, causes a big ruckus about the results being illegitimate, there's lots of pearl clutching over how this is definitely fascism this time but eventually at the last moment the US Secret Service ask him to leave and he of course does.

He'll take one last, very vocal potshot at/from the White House, something similar to him pointlessly dropping the biggest non-nuclear bomb in the world. It'll make a lot of news, probably hurt some poor people, but ultimately not be much of a thing. He'll continue to tweet like he is president, he'll have many, many vocal supporters online and also in the real world who will stand around with guns stopping traffic here and there but not doing much else. Effectively the same as all the marches against him when he became president.

Biden will actually bring a bit of calm to the top, if not much else.

Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell will continue to run their parties with almost identical economics, albeit with very different cultures.
 

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