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Russian Interference with American Institutions and Elections

Children being forcibly removed from their parents and transported to places far from where they were separated from the families by Government officials

Sex Scandals

Legal Scandals

Now, merging of the department of Education and the department of Labor (they don't really do the same thing)

Wow, seems like things in the Revolutions Universe are being mirrored, if imperfectly, in our current situation in the United States. No matter what you may believe politically, seems like many of the things the RU authors have written about are hitting really close to the mark about what's happening now.

Ashwood would be proud of the chaos and angst flying about.

Thoughts, comments, counterpoints?

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No counterpoints. These are alarming times. Fascism has reared its ugly head and it has a bad comb over and orange skin. I feel deeply affected by the idiocy and cruelty of this administration because my brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews are all Trump supporters. I asked my sister if she was still proud of Trump and she seemed surprised that I would ask. She said, "Of course."

I can understand a bit of a backlash after the legalization of gay marriages and the Black Lives Matter movement, but it seems that half the country is filled with hate and anger. Where did all of that hate come from? It's shocking and I wonder now how we will ever get back on track. I know that people will get used to these new freedoms eventually if we have the time, but it is essential that we win back the White House and Congress. We have to undo some of the damage that Trump, McConnell and Ryan have created. Let's all vote.

Truck Fump


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As a former Resident with a home in the US and who has worked in the United States several months each year for the past 20 years or more, but who obviously was not born or brought up in your country nor inculcated in the what seem to outsiders to be the three Holies of America beyond God :  the Flag, Guns, and Veterans ( in no particular order) your current resident of the White House has successfully associated himself with all three inextricably.

It is ironic how close a match he makes for Ashwood. A silent or recumbent, or self-copulating Republican party is doodling while von Tromp forms up with the new G3 - US , Putin's newly oligarchical  Russia, and the emerging President for Life in China, to destroy the post-war order by dumping the GOP holy cow of free trade and thus free us of all our NATO and G7 allies. The US will become, by 2025, totally financially beholden to those self same other two of the  G3. 

And meanwhile, von Tromp's hardcore support - and this is where non-Americans get lost, I'm sure you understand, are Evangelicals. For I am a committed Christian myself. I am pro-choice. The choice to use a condom or have a baby conceived if that first choice  is not made, put up for adoption, but not killed in vitro. But then I'm a physician too, so twice biased. But once that pro-life choice is made, I cannot square that with espousing state taking of a life in cold blood, I.e. the death penalty. Which many of Tramps Evangdielicals do. These also voted for him knowing him to have cheated his multiple wives, and spoken disparaging about women. Now they still cling to him after knowing he paid hush money to a hooker, and of course he  makes lying a federal industry.

He claimed he would "Drain the Swamp"? Gentlemen there is a veritable mangrove spread from Mara largo (Oh! So very apropos ) to Camp David and the alligators are the Tramp, tromp, trump family, their far right puppet masters being funded by the Silk Road Axis, and the small brained, opportunistic, hypocrites calling themselves Evangelicals, but whom our Lord called Phylistines. 

I believe I've made my foreign mind clear on the matter. I cease having a US green card in August after 25 years in all. My home is being sold as I write. I'll miss friends, vistas, the can-do spirit, the Virginia friendliness, the supermarket checkouts, so, so, much. I shan't miss the way people buy elections, only the rich can run, or the cost of healthcare, why it isn't included in the taxes as in Canada, but the thing I will miss least, definitely is guns. As a medic, treating kids for gunshot wounds in a western country seems obscene. So enjoy Trump while you may.....But if you're not careful Castle Roland will have proven horribly prophetic.

Are you prepared?


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As a writer in the RU I must I am terrified by the similarities. Some of the very views of the conservative right are being twisted and manipulated right under their noses. Its a wolf in sheep skin. "I will keep you safe from the big bad ugliness (Myself excluded of course). I will protect your rights (until I need to infringe on them for security reason). I will make sure no (but me) will interfere in your private life. I will protect the rights of the states  (Unless they disagree with me). I will protect your families. (as long as your white and born here). I will guarantee you the freedom of Religion (as long as its christian). 

Remember this-

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Here is the new version

"Keep, ancient lands, your tired, your poor!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your storied pomp,
Your wealthy, aristocracy, your secrecy,
The lies and swindling of your venerable families.
Send these, the privileged, the arrogant ,
I lift my lamp beside the door to gold!"


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Here is another classic for you with its modern day translation

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Muslim.

Then they came for the Latino's, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Latino.

Then they came for the transgender, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not transgender.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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  • 2 weeks later...

This week's events surely put paid to any doubts concerning Mr Trump's motivations. 

He flagrantly lies that Germany is 80 per cent dependent on Russian oil and gas for its energy supplies in attacking an allied leader, Frau Merkel, when the true figure is 35 per cent. 

He inflates the US contribution to NATO, saying it is 90 per cent. In fact America spends 22 per cent of the running costs of NATO, but the military spending of the US is 64 per cent of all NATO countries, but much of that is spent in the Pacific and elsewhere.

He blames President Obama for permitting Russian annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, rather than Russia for the invasion. Meanwhile he conveniently fails to explain how, had he been president at the time, he would have done this.

He gives a newspaper interview attacking Prime Minister May's EU exit policy, then 12 hours later claims it to be "fake news" but is caught out by the fact it was recorded in its entirety, so makes an 180° and gives May a love fest!

His claim that "we already have the first 20 remains" from the Korean war dead, the single tangible result of the billion dollar Singapore Kim Love In was proved another lie when even almost two months later, PRK representatives due to discuss repatriation of remains were no shows at agreed meetings this week.

His invitation, made publicly at a campaign rally, for Russian intelligence agents to tap into Hillary Clinton's email servers to see if they could find more incriminating messages in July 2016 was obviously taken seriously. The indictment brought down on 12 officers of the Russian Military Intelligence Service on Friday includes one listing enhanced and new phishing and other hacking on DNC servers commencing on the day following the Trump Rally!!

But perhaps the most telling of the events of the week was the US President's attack via the British newspaper article on the London Mayor, whom he called terrible, and responsible for increased crime, and terrible terror attacks in the city. 

In the same article, at the NATO summit, and at the press conference with Theresa May, he condemned immigration for threatening European culture and values.

The Mayor of Greater London responded by saying that yes, indeed, 14 people died from terror attacks in London in the past 3 years. But 44 died tragically in Manchester. More died in Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin, and of course in the United States too. There had been a 4 per cent increase in crime in London, particularly knifings, but there was a 40 per cent increase in South Yorkshire, for example, and even 60 per cent in another northern city. And, of course, there had not been a school shooting in Britain in 20 years. So why was Mr Trump focussing on the Mayor of London.

The reason is easy to see of course. It is similar, but not the same as why he be picks on Merkel and May. He picks on them as women because he is a misogynist. He picks on Sidiq Khan, the foremost directly elected Moslem in Western Europe, because he, Trump, is a bigoted racist.

How Lincoln and FDR must be turning in their graves today.


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