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Sarkozy humiliated in French Primary

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/20/nicolas-sarkozy-defeated-primary-french-rightwing-presidential
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The former French prime minister François Fillon, a socially conservative, free-market reformer who admires Margaret Thatcher and voted against same-sex marriage, has topped the first round of the primary race to choose the right’s candidate for the presidential race next spring.

With three quarters of votes counted, Fillon, who served as prime minister under president Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2012, had topped the poll by a large margin. He now faces a second-round run off against Alain Juppé, the more moderate mayor of Bordeaux who was prime minister under Jacques Chirac.

But the divisive former president Sarkozy suffered a humiliating defeat, knocked out of the race after he ran an extremely hard-right campaign on French national identity, targeting Muslims and minorities. His poor score after a campaign in which he suggested banning Muslim headscarves from universities and was forced to protest his innocence faced with several legal investigations into corrupt campaign financing, showed he had become just as much a hate-figure on the right as on the left.

Will the Tax Returns be released before inauguration?

What's the deal with this Fascist scumbag?

The most amazing reaction I'm seeing so far

is all these lovely diverse ads for Christmas.

I'll be buying those Blue Diamond smoked almonds and I sure love the Florida Publix Thanksgiving one

Who thinks Rmoney will take the position?

I don't.

Don the Con is a Fascist

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/irish-lawmaker-stand-up-to-donald-trump_us_5830b4cfe4b058ce7aab802d
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Irish Labour Party Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin ripped into his country’s government for its warm response to the election of Donald Trump as president in a passionate speech that’s gone viral.

“Edmund Burke once said that the only way evil can prosper is for good men to do nothing. America has just elected a fascist,” Ó Riordáin said on Nov. 10. “And the best thing that good people in Ireland can do is to ring him up and ask him if it’s OK to still bring the shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day.”

“I’m embarrassed by the reaction of the Irish government to what’s happened in America,” he added.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, leader of the more conservative Fine Gael Party, apparently did confirm in a phone conversation with Trump that he would attend the White House’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Kenny, who has previously condemned Trump’s bigoted remarks, offered the president-elect his “sincere congratulations” and shared his belief that “under [Trump’s] leadership our bilateral relations will continue to prosper.”

But Ó Riordáin argued it is not time to let up the pressure on Trump.

“Can the government not understand what’s happening? We’re at an ugly international crossroads. What’s happening in Britain is appalling, what’s happening across Europe is appalling,” Ó Riordáin warned.

“It has echoes from the 1930s. And America ― the most powerful country in the world ― has just elected a fascist,” he added.

Facebook announces new push against fake news after Obama comments

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/19/facebook-fake-news-mark-zuckerberg
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new steps to counter fake news on the platform on Saturday, marking a departure from his skepticism that online misinformation is, as Barack Obama said this week, a threat to democratic institutions.

“We take misinformation seriously,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post on Saturday. “We know people want accurate information. We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously.”

Zuckerberg said that the company has “relied on our community to help us understand what is fake and what is not”, citing a tool to report false links and shared material from fact-checking sites. “Similar to clickbait, spam and scams, we penalize [misinformation] in News Feed so it’s much less likely to spread,” he wrote.

This summer Facebook fired the human team of curators who watched its “trending” news items, leaving its algorithm to sort links. Fake and misleading news proliferated further, and Facebook earned scorn for high-profile embarrassments, for instance the deletion of a Vietnam war photo deemed too graphic. On Saturday, Zuckerberg called the problem “complex, both technically and philosophically” and said the company erred “on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible”.

“We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.”

Zuckerberg also said Facebook would experiment with warning labels on stories, and try to better screen the quality of links in the “related articles” section, where the site has linked to false conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks and Michelle Obama, among others.

He also said the company was “looking into disrupting the economics” of fake news, conceding that misinformation was driven, at least in part, by people profiting off of Facebook’s ad mechanics.

Who will be this man this time around

The rich pro-fascists are back

http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/major-general-smedley-butler


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028291593

What do you think he meant by 'Only I can fix it'?

Rules don't apply - that's the plan and of course loyalty over competence.

The media is already spinning it for Don the Con

Settlement doesn't mean that's there's any wrong doing on his part Yeh right!!!

The Mind of Don the Con (Atlantic)

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/06/the-mind-of-donald-trump/480771/
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Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency
Trump’s personality is certainly extreme by any standard, and particularly rare for a presidential candidate; many people who encounter the man—in negotiations or in interviews or on a debate stage or watching that debate on television—seem to find him flummoxing. In this essay, I will seek to uncover the key dispositions, cognitive styles, motivations, and self-conceptions that together comprise his unique psychological makeup. Trump declined to be interviewed for this story, but his life history has been well documented in his own books and speeches, in biographical sources, and in the press. My aim is to develop a dispassionate and analytical perspective on Trump, drawing upon some of the most important ideas and research findings in psychological science today.
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