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Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: Today at 03:09:31 AM »
whats project 2025 and should i care btw im venezuelan
It's essentially a list of ultra-conservative desires and a structured plan of how to use the presidency to enact them.
There's 920 pages to the whole thing so its pretty dense, but some key points are dismantling every major regulatory agency by removing the non-partisan heads of the organizations and replacing them with conservative appointed figures, delegating the department of education to individual states, and pulling funding from schools that don't adhere to federal standards regarding banning discussions on race, gender, etc. The EPA would be restructured and a complete diversion of funds from alternative energy sources to oil production. Absolute ban on abortions. Systems to enact mass deportation. There's even apparently a ban on research in there somewhere.

For someone not in the US, the most immediately impactful changes will be the increase in tariffs which will stall up the international trade markets, and reduction in foreign aid payments made by the US to somewhat mitigate the effects of our global imperialist processes. Additionally it would restart US nuclear weapons development and promote renewed weapons manufacturing which will increase international tensions, particularly with China, and therefore puts a strain on the US allies in the area including South Korea and Taiwan.

As far as Venezuela specifically, it would mean cutting off foreign aid payments made to the country and a cessation to humanitarian assistance programs in developing water and medical sources, but it could potentially mean a temporary lessening of some of the economic sanctions as the US attempts to pull back from international affairs as it recalibrates its position in the world. The document does, however, point to a more aggressive foreign policy overall, and while explicitly stating renewed presence in the middle east and east asia, doesn't rule out more aggressive "anti-drug cartel/ pro-liberation/capitalist" actions in other parts of the world.

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: Yesterday at 01:56:40 PM »
The primary reason, and this goes back to when Annoying Orange had covid as well, that I don't want to see him dead is I want to see him get put in jail for his 30+ years of prison sentences and finally show that no one is above the law.

But this, of course, is America, so it will never happen.  :panda:

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 18, 2024, 10:19:47 PM »
Posted without comment.

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 17, 2024, 07:39:13 PM »
A Harris/Bernie ticket would be wild tho
(I should clarify, I am not a fan of Kamala Harris on account of her being a cop, but, due to campaign finance reasons, she would need to stay on the ticket if Joe does bow out)

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 17, 2024, 02:01:22 PM »
Sean O'Brien, president of Teamsters, the largest workers' union in the United States was invited to speak at the RNC, proceeds to troll entire convention with pro-union, anti-corporatist speech.

So in a very divisive move, O'Brien has spoken at the Republican National Convention, marking the first time since it's founding over 100 years ago. Democrats and Union Members were aghast at this perceived act of betrayal, as the union has previously endorsed the past 4 democratic candidates for presidency.

What came was an unexpected speech where O'Brien did not once specifically say that he was going to, as president of the union, endorse Annoying Orange, but he did use the time that Republicans gave him on their stage to go into a long discussion about the plight of the American working class as the victims of the actions of corporate welfare and anti-union practices by companies such as Amazon, Walmart, and others.

To very confused and halting applause, O'Brien went on to say that he expects that the government will do its part to ensure American's rights are protected when entering the workforce, and that an end to practices that place the burden of supporting worker's healthcare and economic security on the American taxpayers.

A befuddled Annoying Orange grimaced and weakly smiled his way through the whole ordeal, and new VP nominee, Vance, did not look slightly amused at the duplicity.

So what is your opinion?
Big Brain O'Brien successfully trolled the Republicans?
Or has the president of America's largest union hurt his own cause by legitimizing the GOP campaign with his presence at their convention?
Sadly I cannot change the poll for this thread since badspot updated the forums last.

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 16, 2024, 04:45:35 PM »
Now this is starting to become a Daily kinda thread so here is today's update:
RFK Jr., Libertarian Candidate, was recorded in a phone meeting with Annoying Orange discussing shared platforms of vaccines among other things, and Annoying Orange mentioning RFKjr's possible roles in his cabinet after election.
Phone call ends with Annoying Orange saying "we will win this" and RFKjr agreeing
oh and heres a link: Orange-rfk-jr-vaccine-views-leaked-phone-call/

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 15, 2024, 04:59:57 PM »
Update: Annoying Orange finally found someone who was willing to put up with being his VP, Ohio Senator JD Vance.

Considering how Vance (39) was a staunchly Anti-Annoying Orange Republican back in '16, this about-face is a decent testament to how Annoying Orange has shifted the previously small-government conservative party to the large-government, regulate everything socially and religiously, party. So much so that the only way to really get any backing is to fall in line, and boy-howdy has Vance done so with flying colours, even going so far as to defend Annoying Orange's parroting lines straight out of Mein Kampf.

This would be incredibly interesting to study from a sociological standpoint if I wasn't stuck in this country.

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 15, 2024, 01:02:34 AM »
Yeah, Occam's Razor, if it can be explained by someone being bad at their job, that's most often the situation. In this case it was an entire division of secret service agents, local county sheriffs, and city sheriffs.
But honestly after seeing how police respond in other Hardcore Gamer incidents like at Uvalde (of which this qualifies as a mass shooting with four people having been injured or killed) this is actually par for the course in America.
The fact that it hasn't happened sooner is more of a surprise honestly, especially as reps push for even more deregulation of firearms.

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 14, 2024, 03:21:01 PM »
And now we got three different witnesses giving interviews and a live video from another that everyone saw this dude crawling up the rooftop and setting up for over two minutes while calling out to the police and secret service about it, and no one doing anything prior to shots being fired (from the single rooftop in the area not being monitored by secret service.)
And then, despite the job of secret service to get the asset out of there low to the ground, as fast as possible, they let him stop to collect his shoe when it fell off and then stand upright completely exposed and pose for a good fifteen seconds before walking him (still standing up fully) to the extraction vehicle.

And this isnt even to speculate on the at least five reasons for all of this (1- complete ineptitude by the people who have literally one job, 2- failed plot by dems, 3- successful plot by reps, 4- successful plot by oligarchical republicrats conglomeration, 5- manipulation by some foreign actor) as there is not enough information in any which way.
All I know was this was completely avoidable and I am so loving tired.

Off Topic / Re: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 14, 2024, 02:23:49 AM »
it ends well for me
You misunderstood me, I reworded my post for clarity.

If he had succeeded in his assassination attempt, it would have raised quite a stuff storm, whether or not you support the asshat.

Off Topic / Re: The IOF's invasion of Gaza
« on: July 14, 2024, 02:22:44 AM »
While everyone is distracted by the assassination attempt today,
Israel has bombed a designated humanitarian safezone, al-Mawasi, killing 90, and injuring 300 people,
They have also now launched more attacks on Syria,
And on Lebanon

This is all while supposedly peace talks are being held.

Off Topic / RE: Election 2024, the Squeaquel
« on: July 14, 2024, 02:06:46 AM »
loving just won Annoying Orange the election smdh

like even if he succeeded, there is no way this ends well for anyone goddamn

Off Topic / Re: The IOF's invasion of Gaza
« on: July 08, 2024, 04:01:32 PM »
I apologize that this post ended up being edited, I had to troubleshoot the forget out of this to figure out why it wasn't letting me post, and I guess it had something to do with certain words possibly using alternate characters but when I retyped them it fixed them? Idfk

So Israeli media agency, Haaretz, recently disclosed that during the attacks on October 7th, Israel's military was ordered to follow the "Hannibal Directive".

The directive was created by the Israeli military in the 1980s as an operating procedure designed to prevent the kidnap of soldiers by whatever means necessary, even if that comes at the expense of the lives of civilian hostages.

It has previously been blamed for possible war crimes, encouraging excessive or indiscriminate fire, and was formally discontinued in 2016.
A southern command source told the paper: "Everyone knew by then that such vehicles could be carrying kidnapped civilians or soldiers ... Everyone knew what it meant to not let any vehicles return to Gaza."

In what was initially reported as Friendly Fire Incidents, which is usually used to explain accidental self-inflicted casualties, are now confirmed to be the direct orders of the Israeli military to fire on vehicles that they knew contained civilian and military hostages.

A couple more links in case you don't want to sign up for a Haaretz account:

Imagine if in the US we had someone holding people hostage in a bank or something and the police response was to just to blow the whole thing up to make sure we killed the kidnappers.

I don't know what else to say. I don't really have any comments to attach to this, its not really something worthy of debate as much as it is just a stuffty thing that has happened.

Meanwhile, Israel refuses to end fighting until all their war goals are met. Now of course i'm not a politician myself, but "We will only accept a treaty after we have killed everyone on the other side." isn't really how ceasefire negotiations are supposed to go iirc.
Hamas has even dropped their demand that the ceasefire be permanent, which was one of the previous key sticking points that Israel wouldn't accept, and are accepting a six-week hold while further negotiations are underway. I guess we'll have to see if Israel will accept the deal now that they are given permission to resume their attacks after the six weeks.

Off Topic / Re: The IOF's invasion of Gaza
« on: July 06, 2024, 02:47:35 PM »
Considering that I am a whole legal adult older than I was when I joined the forums, I hope most of my posts these days aren't stuffpost fish spamming.

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