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One of my OH's favourites. Have seen one episode (or tried to), it's interesting but tbh I can't see any more dystopian series....reality seems to be catching up with movies/fiction ?
Yeah, the show is prophetic in many ways and usually reflects darker aspects of modern-day society. Usually, each episode deals with the dangers of technology in some way or another, but often in a symbolic manner. I think it's one of the most brilliant shows that has ever existed.

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Well, as we had talked about the other day, it seems to be easier to be in the middle or not take Trump so seriously when you're "on the outside" / not an American.
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Define American. I am an American, but I’m not from the US, nor an US National.
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Define American. I am an American, but I’m not from the US, nor an US National.
That makes you an undocumented American.
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Trump didn't create the division, he just exploited it.

That's what makes these empty platitudes about 'bringing the country together' so pathetic.
So you believe Trump made the division worse but you do not believe somebody else could improve the situation; illogical and/or hypocritical.
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Define American. I am an American, but I’m not from the US, nor an US National.
You could be from North, Central or South America, other than the USA. Like Canada, Mexico, Argentina and so on. it's unfortunate and imprecise, but those of us from the US call ourselves "Americans".
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I found a very good article about Trump's frenetical last-days-in-office-moves.


https://www.srf.ch/news/internationa...is-zu-arbeiten


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SRF News: How do you explain Trump's activism in recent days?

Stephan Bierling: It's not difficult to explain. He has certain groups of voters whose concerns he has promised to satisfy. He has promised the withdrawal from all wars. He promised to deregulate. And now he wants to offer the economic liberals, the angry citizens and also the evangelicals something in his last days in office.

Many of his decisions concern foreign policy. Why?

Trump has achieved the least there so far. The repatriation of all the troops he promised did not take place. He has even been much more active with Iran in Iraq. This means that now he has the last opportunity to lead the USA on the path he promised.

The troop withdrawal is an election campaign promise from 2016. Why now?

For one, Trump is trying to work on his legacy. He knows that he will leave the presidency on January 20th. But he wants to remain an important force in the Republican Party.

He wants to offer the economic liberals, the angry citizens and also the evangelicals something in his last days in office.
There is speculation about his re-running for the 2024 elections. That means that he has to keep his core clientele, who have brought him into the White House, to the bar. So he offers you everything you expect from him again.

Mike Pompeo is the first US Secretary of State to visit controversial settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights. How come?

Trump's foreign policy is always about his domestic election opportunities. The visit to the settlements is an initiative to keep a second major constituency, the evangelicals, who overwhelmingly voted Trump in motion. You are absolutely loyal, not only to Israel, but also to the expansive policies in the occupied territories. In this respect, it is another signal to this group.

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Trump wants to move forward in the controversial production of oil and natural gas in a nature reserve in Alaska. For the same reason?

Yes. The third major group of voters he had in 2016 are the business liberals. He has promised you tax cuts, deregulations, and dismantling of requirements in the social sector, but also in the environmental sector. Opening up nature reserves to oil and gas production is exactly that.

With every hour that Trump announces something that America is not keeping engaged in the world, the US's negotiating position weakens.
At the end of his term of office he wants to hammer in stakes there too, in order to bind the group to himself. That gives him power, even after the presidency.

Trump serves his clientele again in the last few meters. From a strategic point of view, he seems to have thought about a lot.

In terms of election strategy, what he is doing is very clever, but it is a catastrophe for the global political situation in the USA. His closest security advisers, including many Republican MPs, are against the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq because Trump is reducing bargaining power. Talks are ongoing between the US and the Taliban in Qatar. And with every hour that Trump announces something that America is not keeping engaged in the world, the US's negotiating position is getting weaker.
Edit: always amused by the naivety of people who think he's an idiot.....
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Edit: always amused by the naivety of people who think he's an idiot.....
I don't really think he's an idiot, although I've said so in the past. He's impulsive, reactive, and frankly not particularly intelligent. But he is surrounded by some very smart, very persuasive, and very influential individuals who are very good at working their personal agendas into his.

And so it has been for just about every US president, ever.
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Law of unintended consequences strikes again!

And it’s because of an unspoken rule set by President Donald Trump: "Do not acknowledge Biden’s imminent White House takeover."

Consequently Republican lawmakers, PACs, and similar are unable to attack Biden's agenda because that would be an implicit acceptance of Biden's success; there is an eerie silence.

Meanwhile, the typical Trump chaos permeates the post-election scene.
Republican members of the Board of Canvassers in Wayne County, Michigan asked to rescind their votes to certify the election one day after casting them during a contentious meeting.
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Edit: always amused by the naivety of people who think he's an idiot.....
Start laughing

Trump reminds me of a manager I used to have 7yrs ago. She was a dominating, bullying force but not blessed with much else in the way of competence and social skills. When the contract was relocated internally and my colleagues absorbed into other teams, nono of the other teams wanted her and she was left with redundancy as her only option.

What the US desperately needs if a core of high standing Republicans to stand up to him.
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Trump didn't create the division, he just exploited it.

That's what makes these empty platitudes about 'bringing the country together' so pathetic.
I would believe this urge to bring the population together if there were some actual effors to understand what the oponents think and why.
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You could be from North, Central or South America, other than the USA. Like Canada, Mexico, Argentina and so on. it's unfortunate and imprecise, but those of us from the US call ourselves "Americans".
Chapeau !

And Swiss people call themselves Europeans...
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And Swiss people call themselves Europeans...
Except for Guy Verhofstad, I don't think that there is any European that calls himself European.
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We, Bohemians, call ourselves Europeans.
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I would believe this urge to bring the population together if there were some actual effors to understand what the oponents think and why.
I've made the effort. I've read a lot of QAnon material. Why anyone would willingly choose to believe it is completely beyond me, thankfully.
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Except for Guy Verhofstad, I don't think that there is any European that calls himself European.
I'm a European.
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Define American. I am an American, but I’m not from the US, nor an US National.
Sorry, I guess people like myself who are from the US should refer to ourselves as "Unites States of Americans?"

Or how about U.S.ians?

How exactly should we refer to ourselves so that we don't inadvertently piss off people from other parts of the Americas?
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Edit: always amused by the naivety of people who think he's an idiot.....
I would define him more as a psychopath who sometimes behaves like an idiot. e.g. Suggesting that people could inject bleach to kill COVID or telling Americans that COVID would just "go away like a miracle," etc.

Here are some of the common traits of psychopaths, as established by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders used in Psychiatry:

Deceitfulness (1b, ANT—Deceitfulness)
Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead (2b, DIS—Impulsivity)
Irritability and aggressiveness (1d, NEGAFF—Hostility)
Reckless disregard for safety of self or others (2c, DIS—Risk Taking)
Consistent irresponsibility (2a, DIS—Irresponsibility)
Lack of remorse (1c, ANT—Callousness)

Characterizing Psychopathy Using DSM-5Personality Traits
https://patrickcnslab.psy.fsu.edu/wi...sment_2013.pdf

Psychopaths do actually tend to have above-average IQs, though (but not all).

Personally, I think Trump is also exhibiting signs of schizophrenia (delusions and paranoia), which in part could be due to excess dopamine caused by his heavy use of Twitter (the excess dopamine could be triggering psychopathic behavior as well, see below -- excess dopamine is correlated with both psychopathy and schizophrenia).

"Dopamine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter involved in the pathology of schizophrenia. The revised dopamine hypothesis states that dopamine abnormalities in the mesolimbic and prefrontal brain regions exist in schizophrenia."
The Role of Dopamine in Schizophrenia
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032934/

Twitter as the ultimate dopamine dispensary

https://abnormalreturns.com/2013/03/...ne-dispensary/

Brain Region's Dopamine Levels Linked to Psychopathy Trait
https://psychnews.psychiatryonline.o...hnews_45_9_022
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Sorry, I guess people like myself who are from the US should refer to ourselves as "Unites States of Americans?"

Or how about U.S.ians?

How exactly should we refer to ourselves so that we don't inadvertently piss off people from other parts of the Americas?
USers.
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