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Yeah, I was expecting this (see here). Didn't have to wait too long (see here).
Oh boy, I think we are really hell-bent on carrying him into the White House for the second term.
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So if Brexit and now the results of the world's most important election were not enough to make Vladimir Putin ecstatic, the world's least important election (I talked about it here) has just ended with the pro-Russian candidate beating the pro-EU candidate solidly (by ten percent of the votes). Igor Dodon (I took a picture of him here) is the president-elect of Moldova. He ran under the "Re-establish and strengthen our relations with Russia" slogan.

Well if that is not enough, then in Bulgaria, an actual EU member, the pro-Russian air force commander general Rumen Radev is now winning the election too.



And if that is not enough too, in Ukraine the very famous heavily pro-US former president of Georgia (a huge Putin's adversary) who was appointed by the new pro-west Ukrainian president the mayor of Odessa has resigned with much noise and heavy condemnations towards the Ukrainian new pro-west government, accusing it of corruption and everything else basically.

Seriously, it could not get better for Vladimir Putin. I bet he has the tears of the US protesters and media collected for him by the undercover KGB agents and flown to Moscow on fighter jets for him to bath in in his gold bath tub probably designed by the same Italian designer to the rich who gold leafed Donald Trump's penthouse.



We fucked up. Many people seem to have stopped voting for our message all over the world. I think I could agree with Seth MacFarlane quite a bit:



As much as I find the protests going on in the US ridiculous, I could still be this guy right now (the only protester in NYC who made sense to me):

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Nov. 10th, 2016 07:35 am
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I am waiting for "Free Election =/= Hate* Election" and "Universal Suffrage =/= Bigots* Can Vote" really. I guess these kids are young enough to never have seen someone they didn't vote for win before and it is a real shock that it can happen in a democracy, which it turns out can be a bitch.

* everything / everyone you do not agree with or like.
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What a night. I have to say that watching democracy at work is exhilarating. And nobody does it quite like the Americans.

I cannot imagine voting for Trump (same goes for Clinton actually) and I predicted a different outcome (I also got it wrong with Brexit) but now that "we the people" have spoken, I wish the best of luck to the president-elect Donald Trump in rising to the challenges of the world's no 1 job and hope that he will do great (and prove me wrong again).

Congrats to my friends who supported Trump, I can imagine how justifiably intoxicated you are with this victory. And I hope that the understandable but still very ott hysterics of many Hillary supporters will subside in a couple of days or weeks and they will not double down on calling everyone racists and -phobes (I think that was one of the things that brought you Trump) and the US, awesome as it is, will move on to what it does best, business as usual (and providing entertainment for the rest of us every now and then).

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So we are all ready here for the season finale which is the U.S. election night. Multiple screens are set up in our community house, which our American volunteers decorated with campaign posters (makes it look very Halloween-like), beer free flow has been arranged and we can't wait. I hope it will be a cliff hanger and will not end very early in the night by Trump losing both New Hampshire and North Carolina.

I did not follow the scandals in the last couple of days and decided not to go into the details of the spirit-cooked-in-semen thing (I have to say though that it is unfortunate that the first woman president's campaign has been so much about wiener and what comes out of it). I think Hillary will win (I also thought Brexit wouldn't happen), which will be good news but mostly because of Trump's loss.

Come on Americans, give us the new leader of the free world. And the first female leader of the free world. It is a bit ironic though that even in this great victory she will still be walking three (actually five) steps (actually elections) behind her man.

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This might be my favourite article of all time. I could easily mistake it for satire, like many other things in this election (including Trump actually getting the nomination). But unfortunately it isn't. I wouldn't disagree with the first sentence though. This is so good. Who needs comedy.

Hillary Clinton’s Emailgate Is an Attack on Women

Robin Lakoff is a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Language and Woman's Place

I am mad. I am mad because I am scared. And if you are a woman, you should be, too. Emailgate is a bitch hunt, but the target is not Hillary Clinton. It’s us.

The only reason the whole email flap has legs is because the candidate is female. Can you imagine this happening to a man? Clinton is guilty of SWF (Speaking While Female), and emailgate is just a reminder to us all that she has no business doing what she’s doing and must be punished, for the sake of all decent women everywhere. There is so much of that going around.

'It's not about emails; it's about public communication by a woman’

Full article in Time is here.

DITL

Sep. 8th, 2016 08:25 pm
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of Americans. This is how America runs.

Nathan Yau looked at microdata from the American Time Use Survey from 2014, which asked thousands of people what they did during a 24-hour period. He used the data to simulate a single day for 1,000 Americans representative of the population to the minute.

Just look at those couple of bastards that go from "sleeping" to "leisure" then to "eating" and back to "sleeping" again. At least go to "personal care" first!) Or volunteer for an hour.

The US seems most asleep just before 4AM.



You can see it better here: http://flowingdata.com/2015/12/15/a-day-in-the-life-of-americans
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We worked in the nearby nature reserve today in the morning and this guy was listening to Ben Shapiro this time.

Wow. If you cannot hide from U.S. politics in a Moldovan forest I don't know where you can hide from it. At least nobody can blame me for not trying. I had that weird feeling all morning that Hillary might jump at me from behind a tree at any moment.

PS: Yes, the guy really liked whatever he was hearing from Ben Shapiro.
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"Moist" is the early front-runner in a search to find the most-hated word in the English language. The word has topped polls in the UK, US and Canada, according to those behind the global survey. It is joined by "no", "Brexit" and "British" as the UK's four most-despised words.

"No" is least popular in the early running in the Netherlands and Germany, while "love" and "sorry" find the least favour in India.

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This American guy asked some Danes in Copenhagen what stereotypes they have about Americans and also what are Danish people like.

This dude was hilarious, he cracked me up. Basically, "We are down to earth, kind, may be a little reserved at first but very friendly and you are dumb, fat and have ridiculous laws." Cool.

And yay to "free money, free education and beautiful women" of course.

Here he is at 7:49:



And here at 2:49:

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In the morning we had some work to do in a nature reserve nearby. The entrance to the reserve is gated and one has to register at the "reception" to drive in. At the reception a young Moldovan guard was watching an interview with Ann Coulter on his laptop. I thought I heard her voice and just had to ask him.

- I am sorry, is that Ann Coulter you are listening to?
- Yes (he turned the laptop so that I could see the screen and there she was). She is smart. Are you American?
- No. No, I am not American.

I thought it was really funny. Deep in the woods of a nature reserve in Moldova a young guard is listening to Ann Coulter. And really liking it.

We had to check out when we were leaving the reserve and the guy was watching Dinesh D'Souza vs Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks. He saw me, turned his laptop towards me again and said "Dinesh is intellectually brilliant. Cenk is an embarrassment."

Wow, Ann Coulter's voice carried by the wind and echoing over the pristine wooded valley in the depth of easily the most forgotten country in Europe was an experience. For the outside world the US seems to be becoming this giant reality TV show (which can bomb you occasionally too) and people everywhere are really getting into it apparently.
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Berlin-based Israeli director Noaz Deshe — an acclaimed cinematographer known for his award-winning Ryan Gosling-produced feature White Shadow—talks about his video for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’s track “Wake Up The Sun.”

“Outside Chișinău, the capital of Moldova, you find time stands still — communism and religion are still the backdrop of an identity not yet conquered by the east or the west.

“It seems like any minute chain stores will spring up, but for now it is undefined by the powers that be. I was struck by the beauty of an identity not yet overtaken by what has become all - too familiar—the song struck that chord with me."

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CNN put this picture of Trump at the top of their homepage today.



Is it photoshopped? He does not seem to look so ridiculously orange in the video (although pretty orange too).

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/06/politics/trump-campaign-overhaul-manafort-lewandowski/index.html

How can he be that orange? There are people around him, right? Family, countless advisers, professional make up people? How comes a billionaire who is constantly on TV and is running for the top job in the world still ends up with the Tango shade of orange face?

And why fake tan looks orange anyway? Is it really impossible to fake tan people without turning them orange?
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"I also use Kabballah, numerology and the occult. Jung’s archetypes. Social engineering. It’s not the technology but the human factor that makes the difference.”

One of the most successful hackers of all time is not an IT guy, he is a Romanian cab driver. He hacked Clinton, Bush and Powell among others. We visited the famous Hackerville he operated from during our trip to Transylvania http://topum.livejournal.com/22997.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/hacker-who-exposed-clintons-private-email-bush-paintings-appears-in-us-court/2016/04/01/85c55c9a-f798-11e5-a3ce-f06b5ba21f33_story.html
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US election is taking its toll on people. A couple of days ago I was subjected to this http://topum.livejournal.com/36276.html at lunch and today I sat next to a group of people who played "which one of the republican candidates would you sleep with to save the Earth from destruction?" Everyone had to pick one and only one. I understand that all twelve candidates who made it to the primaries were available for the Earth-saving one night stand because Carly Florina and even Rick Santorum and Rand Paul were valid choices.
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At lunch people at the next table were playing "elect, marry, kill" using Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Is sex getting replaced with the election?

Feel free to share your take if you want.

Update from comments: Judging by their accents two of them were Americans, the other two were Brits and one of them was Dutch. The Dutch one married Trump!

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