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The Trump Presidency (take 2)

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Just now, Jpowers said:

Donald Trump says Iraq war was a horrible mistake......hires guy who still thinks Iraq war was a great idea.

 

Trump says he doesn't believe in military interventionism......hires guy who is all about some military interventionism.

 

Donald Trump is going to be sitting in a room with a dude who has been pushing for nuclear war forever now. Awesome.

Drain the swamp :rolleyes:

 

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We warned what would happen if you elected the giant man child. 

I hope all the Trump voters are cool with whatever comes from all of this because you **** sure can't play the "we didn't know card" 

Trump is behaving EXACTLY like everyone knew he would. 

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On 2/7/2018 at 2:05 PM, Monoxide said:

To hopefully limit all of this, much fewer warnings will be given out on this topic. Please be as civil as possible without making comments that could be insinuated as racist, sexist, or trans/homophobic. 

Thanks!

I'm curious as to what you would consider "racist, sexist, or trans/homophobic", since liberals are quick to condemn pretty much anything they disagree with as being one of those things. To most Democrats, thinking that transgender individuals shouldn't serve in the military is a 'trans-phobic' aggression. If that topic can't be fairly discussed and debated in a poilitics thread, then you're not really interested in debate. lol I've been called racist for agreeing with the President that we should build a wall along our southern border, and I've been called xenophobic for wanting to stop immigration from third-world countries where terrorism is rampant. Of course, none of those accusations are true...and hopefully you wouldn't think there's anything wrong with expressing those opinions, even if you vehemently disagree with them. What's most important to free speech and fair debate is making sure that everyone has a platform to express their opinions. Unless someone is being a total racist jerk, if someone gets offended, they probably should learn to grow up and remember that they're on a message board. 

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9 minutes ago, Da Bird is Da Word said:

Globalist HR McMaster, you're FIRED. B) Good to see that guys like McMaster and Cohn are being shown the way out. I think next John Kelly should be replaced. 

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5 minutes ago, WOR said:

This was at the top of the bolton trend results. 

That gif is great. 

Just know as you watch the nuclear shock wave roll in from the horizon after hitting downtown Atlanta that Trump and Bolton are probably perfectly safe in a hidden bunker somewhere :tiphat:

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12 minutes ago, AF89 said:

 

What better way to get NK to give up nuclear bombs than to hire a guy that says in bold letters "YALL STILL GON NEED THEM *****" 

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I'm beginning to not even care anymore... can this administration get any worse? I mean honestly... can it? It some ways, it just can't. As long as Trump is the head of government, we are ******.

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wasn't this mentioned the other day...
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43500714

YouTube gun ban drives bloggers to PornHub

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YouTube has banned videos that show people how to manufacture or modify guns and their accessories.

It had already banned videos linked to the sale of guns and accessories.

Many firearms enthusiasts noticed that some of their videos had been removed from the video-sharing website and some had their channels suspended.

Prominent gun video-bloggers said the move was an erosion of US citizens' rights, and some said they would move their content to PornHub instead.

YouTube's policies now prohibit videos that:

  • show how to make a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazine or homemade silencers
  • are designed to sell guns or specific accessories including high-capacity magazines and tools that convert a firearm to automatic fire
  • show how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated-automatic fire
  • show how to install such accessories or modifications

The change was met with anger from some videomakers who modify guns and show off their creations as a hobby.

Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum, who run the gun review site InRangeTV, said they had started posting their videos on Facebook and pornography site PornHub.

"We will not be seeking any monetisation from PornHub... we are merely looking for a safe harbour for our content and for our viewers," the pair said in a statement.

Firearms manufacturer Spike's Tactical said the change reflected attempts to "slowly chip away at our freedoms and erode our rights".

Videomaker Joerg Sprave said he appreciated YouTube was "now defining their guidelines" more clearly.

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I think we should erect a giant war boner in front of the statue of liberty. 

Nothing gets America harder than death and blowing **** up. 

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6 minutes ago, lostone said:

Please tell me that Bolton at least gets a vote?!

Nope. While were on the topic, He's such a warhawk he couldn't even escape without a filibuster in 2005....think about that. Two thousand and five. Sweet dreams.

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Just now, AF89 said:

Nope. While were on the topic, He's such a warhawk he couldn't even escape a filibuster in 2005....thank about that. Sweet dreams.

I bet trump fans are excited for this guy.  I thought trump fans didn’t like war hawks 

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Just now, lostone said:

I bet trump fans are excited for this guy.  I thought trump fans didn’t like war hawks 

Dude is positively schizo. 

America first.....oh, also, let’s feed the military industrial complex. 

I’m not surprised. But man, has anyone ever stood for absolutely no core principles like Trump?

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9 minutes ago, lostone said:

 

McMaster MAY have been on his way out...or may not, but the leak about the NSC memo this week sealed his fate. Only a few ppl knew of it and it had to be from his personal staff.

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People thinking your too warhawk even in a post 9/11 world is like being the guy in the 1950s everybody thinks is maybe a tad too racist.

Enjoy your new deep state Trump voters :sadwave:

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Fear and Anxiety Drive Conservatives' Political Attitudes

Can brain differences explain conservatives' fear-driven political stances?

Peer-reviewed research shows that conservatives are more sensitive to threat. While this threat-bias can distort reality, fuel irrational fears, and make one more vulnerable to fear-mongering politicians, it could also promote hypervigilance, perhaps making one better prepared to handle an immediate threat. 

1. Conservatives tend to focus on the negative

In a 2012 study (link is external), liberal and conservative participants were shown collages of both negative and positive images on a computer screen while their eye movements were recorded. While liberals were quicker to look at pleasant images, like a happy child or a cute bunny rabbit, conservatives tended to behave oppositely. They’d first inspect threatening and disturbing pictures—things like car wrecks, spiders on faces, and open wounds crawling with maggots—and would also tend to dwell on them for longer. This is what psychologists call a “negativity bias”. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. When attention is biased toward the negative, the result is an overly threat-conscious appraisal of one’s surroundings. Essentially, to many conservatives the world looks like a much scarier place. This would seem to explain why so many major conservative viewpoints tend to be rooted in irrational fears—like fear of the president, immigrants, Muslims, vaccinations, etc.

2. Conservatives have a stronger physiological response to threat

A 2008 study (link is external) published in the journal Science found that conservatives have a stronger physiological response to startling noises and graphic images. This adds to a growing body of research that indicates a hypersensitivity to threat—a hallmark of anxiety. But why exactly would those that scare more easily tend to support conservative views? One social psychologist from the University of Central Arkansas, Paul Nail, has a pretty interesting answer: “Conservatism, apparently, helps to protect people against some of the natural difficulties of living. The fact is we don’t live in a completely safe world. Things can and do go wrong. But if I can impose this order on it by my worldview, I can keep my anxiety to a manageable level.” This could explain the two parties’ different stances on gun control. It only makes sense that those who startle more easily are also the ones that believe they need to own a gun.

3. Conservatives fear new experiences

2008 study (link is external) catalogued items found in the bedrooms of college students and saw that while liberals owned more books and travel-related items, conservatives had more things that kept order in their lives, like calendars and cleaning supplies. This tells us that liberals more often seek adventure and novel experiences. Conservatives, on the other hand, seem to prefer a more ordered, disciplined lifestyle. This could help explain why they are so resistant to change and progressive policies.

4. Conservatives’ brains are more reactive to fear

Using MRI, scientists from University College London have found that students who identify themselves as conservatives have a larger amygdala than self-described liberals. (link is external) This brain structure is involved in emotion processing, and is especially reactive to fearful stimuli. It is possible that an oversized amygdala could create a heightened sensitivity that may cause one to habitually overreact to anything that appears to be a potential threat, whether it actually is one or not. This disproportionate fear response could explain how, for example, Bush’s administration was able to gather wide public support amongst conservatives for invading Iraq. They knew if they said the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” enough times that it wouldn’t matter whether they really existed or not.

Now we see that empirical evidence tells us that conservatives and liberals don’t just have different outlooks and opinions. They also have different brains. This means that our choice of political affiliation and overall worldview may not really be all that much of a choice. Still, we must work to understand these psychological and biological distinctions so that we can ultimately use this knowledge to work better together and find middle ground. Such information may also make us less vulnerable to those who want to exploit these dispositions for their own selfish agendas, using tactics like fear mongering.

Furthermore, knowing why someone is the way they are helps us to be more tolerant and patient with one another. But we must also be honest about the situation. When important choices are being made based on gut instinct rather than logical reasoning, it is everyone’s responsibility to point this out so that it doesn’t result in catastrophe. And in a time when there actually are real threats present, like Ebola and ISIS, it is essential that we keep the paranoia at bay and a calm collectedness when making decisions.

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