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Old 19 January 2018, 04:28 PM
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I'm pretty sure the last time I had my license renewed I needed to stand up against a pole that was marked with a ruler for height, but whether that's an official policy I couldn't tell you. Weight was self-reported, IIRC.
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Old 19 January 2018, 04:54 PM
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I don't think there is a way to appear shorter than your height that does not involve slouching of some kind ...
Maybe he carries a hole around with him so that he can stand in it to avoid embarrassing people with his enormous height?
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Old 19 January 2018, 05:18 PM
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Maybe he carries a hole around with him so that he can stand in it to avoid embarrassing people with his enormous height?
The greatest height, the best height!

Makes sense, but what kind of 'hole would it be, if he's standing in it?
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Old 19 January 2018, 08:11 PM
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I'm not sure that lying about his height would require collusion from medical staff. I'm fairly certain that when my doctor (well, her assistant) last measured my height, I was not asked to remove my shoes. And I likely could have cheated, even, by lifting my heels a little while they measured--the assistant made sure I had my heels against the wall at first, but once they shifted to moving the little measuring bar, it's not like someone was watching.

The weight, though, my doctor's office checks every time, and they record what the scale says. And I think the most likely ways for it to be inaccurate would be to let him cheat, by say, holding onto a surface not attached to the scale, or recording something other than what the scale says. (A variation on the latter would be to agree to zero the scale with some weight on it.)
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Old 20 January 2018, 01:19 AM
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Makes sense, but what kind of 'hole would it be, if he's standing in it?
A Trump-hole, obviously. He speaks from his Trump-hole all the time.
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Old 20 January 2018, 05:57 PM
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Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?

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The test, called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or Moca, is a 10-minute screening exam meant to highlight possible problems with thinking and memory. But it is by no means definitive, nor even diagnostic, experts pointed out.

Screening tests like these cannot rule out declines in reasoning or memory, or difficulties with planning or judgment. The test is just too blunt an instrument, and for many high-functioning people, too easy.
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Old 20 January 2018, 07:38 PM
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The test may be too easy, or there may be nothing clinically wrong with him. Not every idiot or jerk can point to a diagnosis.
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Old 20 January 2018, 10:45 PM
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If you actually look at the test (which seems to be freely available) it's pretty obvious that any fully-functioning adult should be able to get 30 / 30 on it without a problem. If he hadn't done so, then it would have been worrying.

But it's quite clearly checking for fairly basic mental deficiencies, rather than for "suitability to be US president or other extremely demanding roles". So it's telling in itself that the White House is advertising that he got a score that doesn't clearly indicate a mental disorder, as though that's a kick at his critics. It does tend to act against the idea that he's going senile, but even Michael Wolff's book doesn't put forward that idea. The book just suggests that the people around him also tend to think that he is in no way suited for, and can't cope with, the presidency, and may be getting worse at that.
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Old 20 January 2018, 11:17 PM
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Now, if you call the Whitehouse Comments line, you get a message blaming the Democrats for the shut down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx-tebD7uws&app=desktop

It is on this line: 202-456-1111

I thought Americans were not allowed to push partisan agenda points using taxpayer funds or systems paid by taxpayers.

Oh well.
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Old 20 January 2018, 11:48 PM
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Now, if you call the Whitehouse Comments line, you get a message blaming the Democrats for the shut down.
But of course. Everything is the Democrats fault according to Trump. Honestly though how childish can you get?
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Old 20 January 2018, 11:48 PM
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It's hilarious that Republicans are trying to push the idea that somehow it's the Democrats who want to shut down the government.
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Old 21 January 2018, 12:02 AM
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But of course. Everything is the Democrats fault according to Trump. Honestly though how childish can you get?

Killary! OBuymmer!!!11

Bengazi

Her emails..

Did I miss a talking point?
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Old 21 January 2018, 12:20 AM
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You forgot "Lying Hillary"
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Old 21 January 2018, 12:48 AM
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It's hilarious that Republicans are trying to push the idea that somehow it's the Democrats who want to shut down the government.
It stops being hilarious when there are enough people around who believe it.

~Psihala
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Old 21 January 2018, 01:04 AM
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I was in a bit of a Facebook debate about this. I'm paraphrasing here:

He: Democrats to blame for shutdown. They want to ruin the country.

Me: How, GOP has both houses and the Presidency, all they need to do is vote as one. How does the minority Dems block them?

He: Minority in this country hold all the power.

Me: So that is why Trump has so much power, because he came in second on the popular vote?

He: .........

ETA: went to link to the convo, and it has been deleted. Frustrating.
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Old 21 January 2018, 01:57 AM
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It stops being hilarious when there are enough people around who believe it.

~Psihala
The people who believe it would believe that Trump poops solid dark matter if he said so. So far, I'm seeing mostly blame being leveled on Trump and the Republicans, which is not surprising since their approval ratings were already low before this happened.
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Old 21 January 2018, 02:19 AM
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You forgot "Lying Hillary"

And Crooked Hitlery.


i'm just no good at this stuff anymore.
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Old 21 January 2018, 02:54 AM
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I get daily newsletters from The Atlantic. Today, it contained a quote from a Trump Apostate:

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I voted for him because I believed that we had a worse-of-two-evils scenario at play: leaked emails, possible trials for not safeguarding classified information that led to a serious failure of leadership, versus the best businessman in the country. Id assumed, as I am sure many assumed, that the act we saw during the election was going to wear off after he was sworn in. Instead, my patience has worn thin. You can say that it doesnt matter how he gets the job done (Ive heard this from my father repeatedly), but Id like him to get the job done; be ethical, someone worthy of our respect; and to stand up for the little guy

I spent eight years serving our country on active duty at Minot Air Force Base. During this time, I was part of a very large force to protect and secure part of our nuclear triad. I took my job very seriously, and I hope that we never have to use these weapons. To have the president of the United States boasting on social media about how powerful our nuclear program is, then to taunt another nation I cant believe it

I feel duped. I have to exercise leadership every single day. I have to make decisions about what I do and the possible repercussions of my actions, not just on me, but on my family, city, and profession. He should too.
And I know I should be more sensitive, but every time I hear anything from a Trump apostate, I feel like shouting, "Seriously?! He spent his entire campaign, being himself and saying exactly what he's going to do, and now that he's elected, you're shocked, shocked that he's being himself and trying to do what he spent an entire campaign saying he would do."

Trump seemed to be something of a shitty Rorschach picture in that his supporters just saw and heard whatever they wanted. There is also the distinct possibility that they were onboard with everything, okay with throwing PoC, women, Muslims, and the poor under the bus, but now, it's turned out that Trump's horrible policies will hurt them and people they care about so they're like, "Hey wait a minute here!"

And of course, I don't think "the best businessman in the country" would have gone bankrupt as many times as Donald has. One time he went bankrupt, running a casino, which takes some kind of anti-talent. He had a business where the model was "Give me money with little expectation that you'll get a return on your money" and he still went broke. The guy has a well-documented history of being a grifter/con artist and just overall, being a shitty human being.

Clearly we have a massive outbreak of critical thinking failure, though from what I've seen, I'm not sure how much critical thinking even exists in this country. From what I can tell, when it comes to fake news or any news story really, the average citizen reads the headline, then closes their eyes and makes the conscious decision as to whether to believe. Once the decision has been made, what few, if any, critical facilities the reader has, cease to exist.
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Old 21 January 2018, 04:17 AM
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Yep, he did all that before being elected, up to and including making reckless comments about nukes. All I can say is (g)you did something very stupid. Doing something doesn't mean you are stupid but you weren't "duped". You voted for exactly what you got.

The one that's impossible to believe is "standing up for the little guy". Really? Where did that even come from? This is a man who called on people to beat up the little guy at every chance - even literally doing so at his rallies - then lamenting that there was a time when leaders could bully the little guy. Again, you weren't duped: You made a very stupid and uninformed decision based on a delusion rather than readily available facts.
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Old 21 January 2018, 04:40 AM
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They thought that he meant beating up some other little guy, not them.

You know, like how they don't think they're poor, they're just inconvenienced millionaires.
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