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    Funny thing. My husband mentioned Russel Brand the other day because someone looked like him. I mentioned that Russell had moved away from the tabloid lifestyle and into more contemplative or spiritual stuff.

    The next day I was listening to one of these videos in the kitchen. He came in, saw, and said, "Hey, it's that guy." He listened for a bit and liked what he heard.

    It's funny because we had watched the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, funny film, and Brand played a New Age Guru. Kind of the opposite, or a caricature, of what he's actually doing.

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    So what's your opinion about Bill, Vern? I know that Aragorn doesn't like him because he created Windows.

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    Quote Originally posted by Aianawa View Post
    Really good one ... I'll start by saying most rightists around the globe are staunchly against giving power to the people. In America, we call them Unions.

    Man vs Nature ... so far nature is winning. Governments won't help US ... too many rightists in the mix. Brand hits it on the nail head. Bill Gates is situated to use his power AGAINST governments. Transitions are painful, I wonder how many common folks were displaced and literally destroyed by the first Industrial Revolution? Many, I suspect.

    Gates is the power broker but there are too many greedy hands in the supply chain route to the people that need help the most. Will that ever stop? One thing we know pretty certainly. The population keeps growing and the devastation of natural resources forges full steam ahead.

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    So what's your opinion about Bill, Vern? I know that Aragorn doesn't like him because he created Windows.
    Check PA and you will know. It is just blindness to the realities we are faced with.
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    I stopped listening to this first one before it ended. Russell's guest makes a lot of observations that I don't think stand up. Like the idea that concern over Russia has suddenly disappeared. It hasn't. It's just maybe not the first headline right now. Headlines aren't all there is.

    There are ongoing investigations to the varied hacks and long-term attacks. It's damaging and an ongoing threat.

    But maybe not to Russell's guest.


    He talks about hysteria during Trump's term, and then acts like nothing really happened. Not true at all. I'm not sure what specifics he has in mind, but Trump caused all kinds of major changes.

    I just couldn't listen anymore.

    Perhaps Russell's follow-up video is better. But I'm gonna listen to that a bit later.

    The political landscape has changed quite a bit. It's barely business as usual right now. We have one of our two parties cleaving, we have a personality cult going much stronger than Reagan, we have agencies deliberately eroded and undermined which leads directly to stress, economic loss, and worsening problems which are already exacerbated by an utterly failed response to a pandemic.

    We have never had the kind of politics before where our President flat out denied a clear and present danger to the well being of the American people. Night and day to the response to either 9/11 or Ebola.

    The idea that it's just politics as usual holds no water as far as I can see.

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    The Bill Gates one was good.

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    As the NSA and GCHQ hail the 75th anniversary of their alliance, successive presidents refuse to pardon #EdwardSwowden​ and a growing number of convicted whistleblowers. Were they traitors to their country, or is there another reason?



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    10 months imprisonment is the average sentence for a whitstleblower/revealer of info. Snowden made some very bad decisions AFTER he did the right thing. I'd bet dollars to donuts Obama was sincere in his statement that Snowden had the right of 'rule of law'. Snowden eschewed that option and headed for the hills .... a very bad move.

    Is Trump talking about Assange?
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    I think yesterday here in Finland there was a rather big Covid protest, inspired by Germany...


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l5_wMFvY8M

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    Quote Originally posted by Wind View Post
    I think yesterday here in Finland there was a rather big Covid protest, inspired by Germany...


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l5_wMFvY8M
    If I had known that it WASN'T against the law to taunt, hurl insults, or challenge the police, I would have had a hell of a lot more fun in the last 40 years. If I had survived it.
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