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The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.

The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with sus...

I want to wake up and read a headline where Trump and a whole slew of people are indicted for treason and high crimes.

Then I want to read the funnies for a bit to feel a little more normal.

That's why Rudy G and other Trump supporters were going on talk shows and claiming new stuff was due in a few days.

That was just before the FBI director talked about Anthony Weiner's laptop problem and Hillary's tie to the investigation.

Trump knew what was going on.

I hope Rudy flips too. I'm sure he will, considering he was left out of (cabinet) appointments.

Wow this thread is instantly being overrun by Russian operatives working overtime, like they are trying to take Stalingrad in the winter.

Can we talk about this seriously and not have a thread of shit jokes

Studies in Canada show that microfibers used in garments such as yoga pants have become a bigger threat to aquatic animals than microbeads. Microfibers made up 95% of the plastic pollution in waterways as compared to microbeads which constituted only 5%.

Studies in Canada show that microfibers used in garments such as yoga pants have become a bigger threat to aquatic animals than microbeads. Microfibers made up 95% of the plastic pollution in waterways as compared to microbeads which constituted only 5%.
Studies in Canada show that microfibers used in garments such as yoga pants have become a bigger ...

Sorry, so 100% of plastic in waterways is constituted of microbeads (5%) and microfibers (95%)? So I've been lied to about plastic shopping bags and six pack beer holders?

Could some explain why these microfibers present a bigger danger than traditional fibers? Is it that we can't effectively filter them like microbeads or something else?

I had the same reaction, but on further reading it's 'water samples' not waterways.

If you are sampling river water with little 100ml jars dunked in, you're unlikely to come up with a shopping bag or turtle necklace in your jar.

Think of it as 100% of suspended plastic was micro fibers and micro beads.

It's mainly that plastic can't be broken down by most organisms, so it stays around for basically forever, unlike cotton or other organic material.

Power Rangers gets 18+ age restriction in Russia over inclusion of LGBT character

Power Rangers gets 18+ age restriction in Russia over inclusion of LGBT character

Jesus Christ, watch your thinking there, pal.

Wait... which one was gay?? Was is the yellow ranger??

Mildest of spoilers:

She was telling the issues she was having with her family and said something along the lines of, "We move around a lot which is good because my parents never approve of my friends or my relationships." "Oh, boy problems?" -doesn't respond- "Girl problems???" -still doesn't respond-

And that was it. Not the exact lines because it was SO insignificant that I didn't feel like it was even worth remembering when I watched it.

How we (Americans) see Russians on this issue, is how other more progressive countries than the U.S view Americans on a lot of issues

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Photos reveal more than 200 bright blue Arctic lakes have started bubbling with methane gas

Photos reveal more than 200 bright blue Arctic lakes have started bubbling with methane gas
Photos reveal more than 200 bright blue Arctic lakes have started bubbling with methane gas

This is how post-apocalyptic movies start.

In Siberia there is a lot of permafrost, that is it never melts. Under this is a gargantuan quantity of trapped methane. As the world warms up, the ice melts and then the methane escapes.

Methane is a far worse greenhouse gas than CO2. Seriously burning it to make CO2 is the environmentally friendly option.

We're fucked

What exactly does it all mean?

Mike Flynn secretly met Turkish officials to plan illegal ‘dead of night’ extradition of fugitive cleric

Mike Flynn secretly met Turkish officials to plan illegal ‘dead of night’ extradition of fugitive cleric
Mike Flynn secretly met Turkish officials to plan illegal ‘dead of night’ extradition of fugitive...

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Woolsey and other people present at the meeting confirmed that Flynn was coordinating with officials from the cabinet of right-wing Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan in anticipation of extraditing Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey should Trump win the presidency.

The “dead of night” operation was intended to circumvent normal U.S. extradition laws, Woolsey said. The meeting took place on Sep. 19, and Woolsey said he arrived late only to be startled and alarmed that the discussion was treading into potentially illegal territory.

This is jaw dropping. What the fuck is going on here?

Why is everything shady and everybody around Trump always doing illegal things?

Trump has a long history of shady dealings with criminals going back to his early days in New York real estate. He had money, buildings, and no ethical constraints. Those are prime conditions for mob involvement the world over.

Add to that his status as a far-right fringe candidate for most of the 2016 campaign. Few thought he would win. Few thought his chances of winning were worth the risk of associating with his scandals. So who was joining him? People with nothing to lose, like extremist billionaires and Bannon, or people who had burned all their other bridges, like Christie, Giuliani, and Gingrich.

Once he'd won the election, he became an instant magnet for all the usual greedy power-seekers. But unlike most presidents, he offered nothing in exchange for traditional competence. He fired large numbers of experienced, nonpartisan experts from the State Department and other agencies. Why would skilled, ethical people seek out jobs under him? Most want nothing to do with him.

He's turning away good people and attracting desperate or greedy people. He's not interested in monitoring what they do that might be illegal, or if he is, he just wants a piece of the action. With that approach, and nobody to tell him no, it's inevitable he'll assemble a collection of the most ambitious worst people.

Flynn playing 4D Treason

FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites

FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites
FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites

The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said.

Weird how all these outlets were on the exact same page. It's also strange how these conspiracy theorist nutbags almost always gravitate towards supporting foreign dictators.

Alex Jones is going to have a field day with this. He's going to make those noises.

I cannot, for the life of me comprehend, how could someone put InfoWars and "news" in the same sentence.

The CEO of the national enquirer is a good friend of trump. Likely all that was needed.

Civilian deaths from US-led airstrikes hit record-high under Donald Trump

Civilian deaths from US-led airstrikes hit record-high under Donald Trump
Civilian deaths from US-led airstrikes hit record-high under Donald Trump

People ITT think its fucking funny to make jokes about how until trump bombs a wedding or more people than obama it doesn't count. Kids are getting killed in these strikes. God forbid you're ever in a situation where your life is even remotely threatened like these people. Sitting here criticizing the other side over who kills more gets us nowhere.

You should hold your own "team" responsible. Ask them to hold our military accountable. Our leaders. I was vocal to my reps and senators about Obamas drone strikes and weapons sales. I will do the same for trump. But not enough of you people care either way, apparently.

This shit isn't a game. Real, actual lives are ended over this. It's just luck that we aren't born into a similar situation. We're responsible for voting our leaders in and not holding them accountable. Just like that, we all have some blood on our hands.

Show some empathy before you start hurling insults

That's the whole problem. In 8 weeks he killed more civilians than Obama in 8 years. He gave a blanket approval to carry out air strikes instead of reviewing them. Obama personally reviewed air strikes and denied 75% of them.

Edit: Other people have repeatedly posted the stats on airstrike deaths. No less than 6 different times in the comments so far. Are you willingly ignoring them?

From the article:

"Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March - a record claim," the statement said. "These reported casualty levels are comparable with some of the worst periods of Russian activity in Syria."

Some figures from 2016.

"President George W. Bush authorized approximately 50 drone strikes that killed 296 terrorists and 195 civilians in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia, Obama has authorized 506 strikes that have killed 3,040 terrorists and 391 civilians. (Using the average estimates provided by three non-governmental organizations.)"

"Americans will never know much more about these operations than what the Obama administration has selectively revealed, because, unlike the C.I.A. rendition program (which involved 136 victims), drone strikes (which have killed 3,922 people) occurred under both Republican and Democratic presidents. And there is no interest in Washington to fully investigate government programs that both political parties are directly responsible for."

source: NYTimes

Thank you.

It is not unreasonable to make comparisons between Presidents but the issue is the focus.

Over 400 comments have been written in this thread, and barely a handful have shown any sense of empathy or compassion for these people being killed, or even so much as viewing them as human beings; innocent men, women and children whose lives actually matter.

Rather, these lives are reduced to statistics, to argue over or metaphorical sticks to beat ones opponent with.

As a non-American and spectator to America's politics this is all I'm seeing here; just comment, after comment of bickering and arguing over whose team is better...and it's fucking disgusting.

I've asked this before and I'll ask it again:

Think about your first reactions when seeing the title and reading the article. Did you actually feel so much as a flicker of emotion? Any empathy at all? A need and desire to hold your military/leaders to account? Anger at what your country is doing in the world, and has been for the last several decades?

Or was your immediate reaction a comment about Trump vs Obama, Democratcs vs Republicans, left vs right?

Please just think on this, and reflect on whether you really have your priorities in order, because, from my perspective and I would guess the perspective of the rest of the world, it really doesn't look like you do.

FBI Director James Comey expects that Russian intelligence services will launch similar influence operations against the 2018 congressional and 2020 presidential elections after finding success in 2016

FBI Director James Comey expects that Russian intelligence services will launch similar influence...

The Russians have said that the only way to wage successful cyber warfare is to do so continuously, not just during elections. The fact that the election is over doesn't mean their operation is.

The part that freaks me out is that now we have an administration that actively encouraged them at one point. It's like living in a funhouse.

I wonder if Russia plans on buying any internet browsing history?

It is interesting to see how this has become a cold war 2.0 but with information and propaganda rather than nukes. I suppose looking back this was inevitable. I just hope at least we can learn from history and take the appropriate measures to counter it.

There is now 'more than circumstantial evidence' Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to disrupt election: There is evidence 'very much worth of investigation' says Adam Schiff

There is now 'more than circumstantial evidence' Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to disrupt election: There is evidence 'very much worth of investigation' says Adam Schiff
There is now 'more than circumstantial evidence' Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to ...

It's absolutely fascinating jumping back and forth between right wing sites and left wing sites right now. On left wing sites, everyone is convinced Trump collided with the Russians and that a phishing scam that Podesta fell for amounts to treason. On right wing sites, they are beside themselves over Trump being monitored by the FBI while Obama was in office. To them, that was worse than watergate because it was the same action (spying on the opposing party), but using government resources to do it.

Two groups of people watching the same events unfold with radically different interpretations of narrative and the likely outcome. It's maddening.

I hope whatever they find, collusion or not, that it is 100% conclusive because if not the already massive chasm between right and left is going to fucking double.

The trouble is, everyone treats everything with unbridled hysteria. President Obama is golfing in Hawaii??? What a monster! President Trump is golfing at one of his resorts??? What a monster! So when genuinely concerning things come up (Hillary's emails, Trump's potential Russia connection, Obama's monitoring of Trump), we're all desensitized to the hysteria. You can't just bump it up to 11, and suddenly everyone is all, "Oh, I understand the difference between your irrational political vomit from 10 minutes ago and this genuinely concerning political vomit right now."

It's called outrage fatigue.

If everything is a scandal, nothing is.

Marine Le Pen meets with Vladimir Putin on visit to Moscow

Marine Le Pen meets with Vladimir Putin on visit to Moscow
Marine Le Pen meets with Vladimir Putin on visit to Moscow

she says that russia did not invade crimea because crimea was always a part of russia. she wants to remove all sanctions on russia for interference in ukraine because they are "counterproductive". she wants to bring dual citizenship to french and russian citizens. and she owes money to russian banks. i like how recent right wing nationalists end up doing more for putin than their own countries

Russia has a sparse, and shrinking, population inside a huge land mass, governed by corrupt oligarchs. If you took the middle of the US (no east/west coast) and ran it like Mexico, you might have something comparable.

I just don't understand Russia at all. Their nominal GDP should be in the range of $2.2 trillion at worst and $4.5 trillion at best. They are a large country with vast resources, a huge industrial base and a relatively educated population -- if they wanted to, they could really be a US-alternative to the world order. Instead, they prefer to meddle with backwaters which in turn lead to sanctions which cripple their economy. They prefer an opaque economy which focuses on natural resources only at the expense of consumer-driven and service industries. I don't get Russia.

yeah dropping dual citizenship for israel and america but adding it for russia. she is pretty open about the fact that she is in bed with putin. and its all just a coincidence that her manifesto is perfectly aligned with putin's

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