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For some reason, I’m reminded of this:

“Then he waited, marshaling his thoughts and brooding over his still untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something.”

― Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey

 
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  1. That’s beautiful. The protesters have no idea that they have actually created a subliminally good image.

    If they really wanted something evil, they should have gone with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:

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    SPMM was my immediate thought
    , @Hanoi Paris Hilton
    Right on! My first hit also was that our esteemed host was referencing the end (almost) of Ghostbusters.
    , @TontoBubbaGoldstein
    Dr. Raymond Stantz: [sigh of resignation] It's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: [while seeing Stay-Puft walk towards the building and the Ghostbusters] Well, that's something you don't see every day.
    Dr. Raymond Stantz: I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something that I loved from my childhood. Something that would never ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay-Puft.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Nice thinking, Ray.
    Dr. Raymond Stantz: We used to roast Stay-Puft Marshmallows, by the fire at Camp Waconda.
    Dr. Peter Venkman [looks at Egon]: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon. What have you got left?
    Dr. Egon Spengler: Sorry, Venkman. I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.


    Hillary Clinton: [swirls her firewater and sighs] We lost to Donald Trump.
    John Podesta: [while watching Trump's victory party on TV] That's something I never thought I'd see.
    Hillary Clinton: We tried to set up the least threatening opposition. Someone who had given us $$. Someone who could never destroy us.
    John Podesta: Nice thinking, Hil.
    Hillary Clinton: [looks at Huma] Ivanka and Chelsea are BFFs.
    Huma Abeden : Hillary's gone bye-bye John. What have we got left.
    Johm Podesta: I'll go congratulate Trump.
    , @dr kill
    TL/DR. But I'm thinking, does no one here have kids but me? Thunderpants, for the win.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NR9C338hbQ
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  2. Anon7 says:

    I kind of like the Trump baby balloon. It doesn’t make me think of movies, though. It makes me think of those playful, bulbous mascots that you see in Korea and Japan, like the ones for the olympics. The people of those countries love making up new mascots for all sorts of festivals, or really any occasion.

    I can see the next Kim Jung Un / Donald Trump summit meeting with stylized Kim and Trump mascots.

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    It makes me think of those playful, bulbous mascots that you see in Korea and Japan, like the ones for the olympics

     

    You really have to get a hold of this, from (SF) Chronicle Books. My kids keep swiping my copy.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51G5n8FYcKL._SX369_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    This genre is called "kawaii" (which rhymes more-or-less with "Hawaii", though most Westerners probably pronounce it "Kauai"; it's a term also used for those super-cute manga girls), and prolific cartoon instructor Christopher Hart as several books on how to draw them.

    My twisted theory is that the mid-century Low Countries cartoon icons Miffy and Musti got together in the mascots' booth at the Sapporo Olympics and spawned the love child Hello Kitty:

    https://cdn.waterstones.com/bookjackets/large/9781/4711/9781471123368.jpg

    https://alchetron.com/cdn/musti-character-650ad238-5a1d-4da1-8566-04a27593be0-resize-750.jpeg

    Some folks surmise that Hello Kitty got her name from a bad translation of maneki neko, the "beckoning cat" you see in Japanese and other Asian restaurants.
    , @Lagertha
    Agree. When I first saw the "baby Trump" balloon, I immediately thought of the devious, smart and evil baby ...was it Swea'Pea? I can't remember. I had just moved to the states and I was puzzled over the sardonic, basically, mean characters in cartoons on Saturday mornings. I had no idea there were evil and devious cartoon characters who hated everyone! Anyway, insulting Trump with that balloon was Epic Fail! bigly. I thought it looked charming and cute. And, the effort people put into this must be like using a sawzaw on their wrist, now! What a bunch of losers. I would order a Baby Trump at Party City if it is available. People forget: Babies are cute and innocent. Trump got the last laugh. The Brits showed us once again, how wussy and uncool they are.
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  3. anon[118] • Disclaimer says:

    Liberals are once again overplaying their hands. All they’ve succeeded in doing is turning more ordinary Americans against them.

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  4. BenKenobi says:

    My God… it’s full of winning!

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  5. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Along with Emmett Till Breaking News, the Flying Trump Baby is the #1 story on many major-media news sites today. Such are the times we live in…

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  6. Anonym says:

    I was thinking this.

    But I like your Nietzschean take better. Maybe some day I should even read Nietzsche. The following also came to me. Maybe the worlds destroyed include those of the Hindu apostate Mayor of London, but that’s only a coincidence after the fact, it’s mainly just the evocation of awesomeness that makes me recall the quote.

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  7. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Trump as the Star Child. That’s good.

    Someone else was reminded of the Watchmen, with Trump as Dr. Manhattan:

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    That's a reference to this scene.

    https://youtu.be/5xPMpm_eCKM
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  8. istevefan says:

    On conservative social media today they are showing photos of the nearly empty scene surrounding the surprisingly small Trump balloon. I think many of us were led to believe this thing would be the size of a small blimp and tens of thousands would gather round to protest.

    Liberals promptly pointed out on many of these feeds that the real protest was in another part of London and provided photos of impressive crowds. However, the cons just ignored this and kept showing the pitiful balloon with the meager crowds. This caused the liberals to continue to insert photos of the larger crowds, which the cons continued to ignore.

    And then it came to me. The cons are doing to the libs what the libs did to us after Trump’s inauguration. They circulated the famous empty photo of Trump’s inauguration that was taken a few hours before the ceremony, and passed it off as proof Trump was unpopular. Conservatives tried to counter this by showing the photos of the crowd during the ceremony which the liberals ignored to piss off the cons.

    So now it appears the cons are doing the same thing today with regards to the Trump protests in London. Ignore the large protests and focus on the pitiful balloon display.

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    "So now it appears the cons are doing the same thing today with regards to the Trump protests in London. Ignore the large protests and focus on the pitiful balloon display."

    The problem with that statement is that frankly the balloon is the only thing vaguely interesting about their protest.

    So without the ballon, eh I wouldn't bother to click on an article about a London protest against Trump.
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  9. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Dave Pinsen
    Trump as the Star Child. That's good.

    Someone else was reminded of the Watchmen, with Trump as Dr. Manhattan:

    https://twitter.com/isawrobertsmith/status/1017890915497730048

    That’s a reference to this scene.

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  10. Anonym says:

    This was the day that Trump revealed his power level.

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  11. Anonymous[384] • Disclaimer says:

    Trump steamrolled his opposition on this trip.

    He is mistake prone and inexperienced in diplomacy but he adapts, improvises and demonstrates real talent…

    Trump’s interview in The Sun is tattooed onto the brains of everyone in the UK. Hard truths were delivered like it was a visit by the Enola Gay.

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    “Hard truths were delivered like it was a visit by the Enola Gay”. Brilliant. The Hiroshima allusion will send the Leftoids into screaming fits.
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  13. Anonym says:

    He hasn’t built his wall yet, but on days like this I want to believe. From the campaign trail:

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  14. BTW, the balloon is only 20 feet tall. Pic, with brits for scale..

    This “blimp” in the back of that short one storey house would not be seen by someone standing in the front yard.

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  15. Coudn’t it be, that the Space Oddysee ending, seen, from Donald’s perspective, doesn’t show him as a baby, but rather his baby -and the hips and legs of Melania? – The background of the baby is clearly is hip-and-legs-shaped.

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    It's hard to laugh and type at the same time - Space Odyssey
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  16. Anonym says:

    The Japanese do some awesome work with the all-powerful baby trope.

    *Spoilers*

    For Nausicaa and Akira respectively.

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  17. @Buzz Mohawk
    That's beautiful. The protesters have no idea that they have actually created a subliminally good image.

    If they really wanted something evil, they should have gone with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nph-3nljPJ8

    SPMM was my immediate thought

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  18. MEH 0910 says:

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    That's the one!
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  19. When you really think about it, the whole situation is just wildly absurd.

    The American President goes on a formal visit to the UK. While there, protesters fly around an amazingly huge diaper-wearing baby balloon of the American president.

    Can you imagine this ever happening to any major world leader at any point in history?

    I’ve seen leaders burned in effigy. I’ve seen effigies that looking bizzare……… but I’ve never seen anything of this size and scale. It truly is remarkable. The balloon flew over 100,000 protesters in London.

    We have descended (or, depending how you look at it, ascended) to untold levels of absurdity and hillariousness.

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  20. Well this is good.

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    God, if that's true it's absolutely epic.
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  21. It reminded me of the pink pig flying above the battersea power station turned museum in “children of men,” for more than one reason.

    “100 years from now, there won’t be one sad fuck to look at all of this.”

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  22. Alpha male body language.

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    New York levels of enjoying the item's historicity.

    May bullshits as hard as she can and drones on and on and on and churns through all the establishment talking points like a tugboat churning through raw sewage (I particularly like the mention of how much she spends on US weapons systems i.e. MIC wealth enabler F-35) then affirms the UK "good doggy" status under US management.

    Trump says what happened on the trip so far and emits CEO mantalk.

    https://youtu.be/PdLcfWuFQEk
    , @Anon
    If he were a typical black or hispanic on the NYC subway, he'd be manspreading to prove his manhood.

    "True manliness is not to be confused with Alpha-soaked testosterone. That is mere pose. It’s not about chest-beating. It’s not about strutting through a room to make sure everyone knows you’re a man. A real man doesn’t need to pose. He doesn’t announce his manliness. He lives it."

    -- James Scott Bell
    Manliness: The Robert Mitchum Way
    My review here: https://www.counter-currents.com/2018/06/the-way-of-mitchum/
    , @Roderick Spode
    Blacks seem to have a strong cultural proscription against men sitting with crossed legs.

    Myself, I was skeptical about men crossing their legs until I saw Werner Herzog speak at a live Q&A-- If he can fit his huge balls between crossed legs the rest of us will be OK.

    https://youtu.be/HrRNM9cMBDk
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  23. El Dato says:

    How about….

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  24. The actual balloon was rather less impressive than the CGI mock-up which was used to raise the £30,000 it cost.

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  25. @Buzz Mohawk
    That's beautiful. The protesters have no idea that they have actually created a subliminally good image.

    If they really wanted something evil, they should have gone with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nph-3nljPJ8

    Right on! My first hit also was that our esteemed host was referencing the end (almost) of Ghostbusters.

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  26. @Dieter Kief
    Coudn't it be, that the Space Oddysee ending, seen, from Donald's perspective, doesn't show him as a baby, but rather his baby -and the hips and legs of Melania? - The background of the baby is clearly is hip-and-legs-shaped.

    It’s hard to laugh and type at the same time – Space Odyssey

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  27. Tyrion 2 says: • Website

    Being away from London, I can’t comment on the protests. It seems likely that about 70,000 turned up on a Friday, which is quite a bit. The complete absence of violence suggests it was a pretty boujee crowd. Perhaps mostly made up of confused eloi with pockets of psychologically damaged freaks that websites like Breitbart have covered with great wit.

    The strange, lagubrious, almost positive way that the lead article at the SJW Guardian describes Trump’s visit is fascinating. Are SJW types on the verge of living so deeply in anxiety over Trump and associated groups that they’re having to sexualise their anxieties in order to cope with them?

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/13/trump-leaves-london-after-wreaking-diplomatic-destruction

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    Did the general public watch the England-Croatia match at home, in the pubs, or in public venues?

    My understanding (which I could be wrong about) is that the overwhelming majority of English like to watch football in the pubs. That's where the English go to watch their games.
    , @El Dato
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/13/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trump-in-britain-this-was-the-visit-from-hell

    A president who supported the Atlantic alliance, the stability of Europe and liberal democratic values – in short, every other US president of the postwar era – would never have done such a thing. Such a president would have tried to help, would have seen the EU-UK problem as one that needed solving, and would have used his influence to get America’s European allies to find a shared way forward after Brexit. Such a president would have been doing the right thing.
     
    Obama: "You better vote NO to Brexit ... or else!" "Oh..."


    But Mr Trump is not such a president. He is not our ally. He is hostile to our interests and values. He may even, if this goes on, become a material threat. This week he deliberately inflamed the politics of Europe and of Britain. Yes, Mrs May brought it on herself, but it was hard not to feel for her as a person over the last day and half. She now needs to learn the lesson, and to lead Britain, Brexit or no Brexit, into a constructive and effective relationship with our more dependable allies, who share our values, in Europe.
     
    Is it pure concidence that the Guardian website pulls JavaScript from a domain called "guim.co.uk"?
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  28. @Tyrion 2
    Being away from London, I can't comment on the protests. It seems likely that about 70,000 turned up on a Friday, which is quite a bit. The complete absence of violence suggests it was a pretty boujee crowd. Perhaps mostly made up of confused eloi with pockets of psychologically damaged freaks that websites like Breitbart have covered with great wit.

    The strange, lagubrious, almost positive way that the lead article at the SJW Guardian describes Trump's visit is fascinating. Are SJW types on the verge of living so deeply in anxiety over Trump and associated groups that they're having to sexualise their anxieties in order to cope with them?

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/13/trump-leaves-london-after-wreaking-diplomatic-destruction

    Did the general public watch the England-Croatia match at home, in the pubs, or in public venues?

    My understanding (which I could be wrong about) is that the overwhelming majority of English like to watch football in the pubs. That’s where the English go to watch their games.

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    Both. Well set up pubs had queues outside and many people guessed that this would be the case and hosted parties at their homes.

    There were also places like Hyde Park that held very large events.

    , @Simon in London
    I watched it in a pub function room.
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  29. Sunbeam says:
    @istevefan
    On conservative social media today they are showing photos of the nearly empty scene surrounding the surprisingly small Trump balloon. I think many of us were led to believe this thing would be the size of a small blimp and tens of thousands would gather round to protest.

    Liberals promptly pointed out on many of these feeds that the real protest was in another part of London and provided photos of impressive crowds. However, the cons just ignored this and kept showing the pitiful balloon with the meager crowds. This caused the liberals to continue to insert photos of the larger crowds, which the cons continued to ignore.

    And then it came to me. The cons are doing to the libs what the libs did to us after Trump's inauguration. They circulated the famous empty photo of Trump's inauguration that was taken a few hours before the ceremony, and passed it off as proof Trump was unpopular. Conservatives tried to counter this by showing the photos of the crowd during the ceremony which the liberals ignored to piss off the cons.

    So now it appears the cons are doing the same thing today with regards to the Trump protests in London. Ignore the large protests and focus on the pitiful balloon display.

    “So now it appears the cons are doing the same thing today with regards to the Trump protests in London. Ignore the large protests and focus on the pitiful balloon display.”

    The problem with that statement is that frankly the balloon is the only thing vaguely interesting about their protest.

    So without the ballon, eh I wouldn’t bother to click on an article about a London protest against Trump.

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    I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I'm rather disappointed ...
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  30. El Dato says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Alpha male body language.

    https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1017798174948413441

    New York levels of enjoying the item’s historicity.

    May bullshits as hard as she can and drones on and on and on and churns through all the establishment talking points like a tugboat churning through raw sewage (I particularly like the mention of how much she spends on US weapons systems i.e. MIC wealth enabler F-35) then affirms the UK “good doggy” status under US management.

    Trump says what happened on the trip so far and emits CEO mantalk.

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  31. @Sunbeam
    "So now it appears the cons are doing the same thing today with regards to the Trump protests in London. Ignore the large protests and focus on the pitiful balloon display."

    The problem with that statement is that frankly the balloon is the only thing vaguely interesting about their protest.

    So without the ballon, eh I wouldn't bother to click on an article about a London protest against Trump.

    I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I’m rather disappointed …

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    "I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I’m rather disappointed …"

    It would be funny if 4chan or someone got together and decided to show them how it's done.

    4chan seems a little weak with the resources to pull it off, but they do seem to have a lot of know how... about everything.

    Well except for how to get laid probably.
    , @The Alarmist
    That's what £20k gets one in London these days. Mass migration is driving up the costs of everything.
    , @Alfa158
    Same here. Our civilization has gotten to the state of Clown World where I’m feeling like whoever it was that first wrote; “At first I was concerned, then I was outraged, now I’m just amused”.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Yeah, it's not real big for something that cost $40k+
    , @Lagertha
    It was the $49.99 mega (MAGA :) ) balloon from Party City.
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  32. I was kind of reminded of The Right Stuff. Walking away without a scratch after fall to earth.

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  33. El Dato says:
    @Tyrion 2
    Being away from London, I can't comment on the protests. It seems likely that about 70,000 turned up on a Friday, which is quite a bit. The complete absence of violence suggests it was a pretty boujee crowd. Perhaps mostly made up of confused eloi with pockets of psychologically damaged freaks that websites like Breitbart have covered with great wit.

    The strange, lagubrious, almost positive way that the lead article at the SJW Guardian describes Trump's visit is fascinating. Are SJW types on the verge of living so deeply in anxiety over Trump and associated groups that they're having to sexualise their anxieties in order to cope with them?

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/13/trump-leaves-london-after-wreaking-diplomatic-destruction

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/13/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trump-in-britain-this-was-the-visit-from-hell

    A president who supported the Atlantic alliance, the stability of Europe and liberal democratic values – in short, every other US president of the postwar era – would never have done such a thing. Such a president would have tried to help, would have seen the EU-UK problem as one that needed solving, and would have used his influence to get America’s European allies to find a shared way forward after Brexit. Such a president would have been doing the right thing.

    Obama: “You better vote NO to Brexit … or else!” “Oh…”

    But Mr Trump is not such a president. He is not our ally. He is hostile to our interests and values. He may even, if this goes on, become a material threat. This week he deliberately inflamed the politics of Europe and of Britain. Yes, Mrs May brought it on herself, but it was hard not to feel for her as a person over the last day and half. She now needs to learn the lesson, and to lead Britain, Brexit or no Brexit, into a constructive and effective relationship with our more dependable allies, who share our values, in Europe.

    Is it pure concidence that the Guardian website pulls JavaScript from a domain called “guim.co.uk”?

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    This week he deliberately inflamed the politics of Europe and of Britain.
     
    Gasp! Oh where are my clutching pearls?
    , @Reg Cæsar

    He is hostile to our interests and values... more dependable allies, who share our values, in Europe.
     
    What do you mean, "our", Kemo Sabe?

    What do you expect from a paper that betrayed its hometown of Manchester to follow the smoke?
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  34. @MEH 0910
    https://cinemashame.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/968full-the-simpsons-screenshot1.jpg

    That’s the one!

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  35. Tyrion 2 says: • Website
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Did the general public watch the England-Croatia match at home, in the pubs, or in public venues?

    My understanding (which I could be wrong about) is that the overwhelming majority of English like to watch football in the pubs. That's where the English go to watch their games.

    Both. Well set up pubs had queues outside and many people guessed that this would be the case and hosted parties at their homes.

    There were also places like Hyde Park that held very large events.

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    Yeah, I saw the pictures from Hyde Park. The crowds were huge in London and Birmingham.

    England's second loss must've been devastating.
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  36. Sunbeam says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I'm rather disappointed ...

    “I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I’m rather disappointed …”

    It would be funny if 4chan or someone got together and decided to show them how it’s done.

    4chan seems a little weak with the resources to pull it off, but they do seem to have a lot of know how… about everything.

    Well except for how to get laid probably.

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  37. Any old-time adman would have cautioned the protesters that the image of a baby throwing a tantrum might, through a process of transference, be forever associated with them, rather than the object of their ire.

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    • Replies: @Lurker
    Exactly!

    The MSM here have made much of this pathetic balloon and how Trump is gonna be pissed about it cos he's so petty and childish.

    But in focusing on it and its creators they've highlighted who is really petty and childish.
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  38. @JohnnyWalker123
    Did the general public watch the England-Croatia match at home, in the pubs, or in public venues?

    My understanding (which I could be wrong about) is that the overwhelming majority of English like to watch football in the pubs. That's where the English go to watch their games.

    I watched it in a pub function room.

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  39. Anonymous[255] • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Well this is good.

    https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/1017971417214849024

    God, if that’s true it’s absolutely epic.

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  40. Anonymous[255] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/13/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trump-in-britain-this-was-the-visit-from-hell

    A president who supported the Atlantic alliance, the stability of Europe and liberal democratic values – in short, every other US president of the postwar era – would never have done such a thing. Such a president would have tried to help, would have seen the EU-UK problem as one that needed solving, and would have used his influence to get America’s European allies to find a shared way forward after Brexit. Such a president would have been doing the right thing.
     
    Obama: "You better vote NO to Brexit ... or else!" "Oh..."


    But Mr Trump is not such a president. He is not our ally. He is hostile to our interests and values. He may even, if this goes on, become a material threat. This week he deliberately inflamed the politics of Europe and of Britain. Yes, Mrs May brought it on herself, but it was hard not to feel for her as a person over the last day and half. She now needs to learn the lesson, and to lead Britain, Brexit or no Brexit, into a constructive and effective relationship with our more dependable allies, who share our values, in Europe.
     
    Is it pure concidence that the Guardian website pulls JavaScript from a domain called "guim.co.uk"?

    This week he deliberately inflamed the politics of Europe and of Britain.

    Gasp! Oh where are my clutching pearls?

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  42. Zoodles says:

    lol

    the left cant meme.

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  43. From a recording of Kubrick explaining the ending of 2001:

    Anyway, when [the god-like aliens] get finished with him, as happens in so many myths of all cultures in the world, he is transformed into some kind of super being and sent back to Earth, transformed and made some sort of superman. And we have to only guess what happens when he goes back.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=160&v=er_o82OMlNM

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    In the book, he comes just in time to rip the nuclear poppers out of their orbits as politicians apparently have overplayed their hand one final time. "He" then settles in for meditation (which should be about 42ms given his hopefully vast computational powers...).
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  44. Bronxite says:

    I was also expecting a Hindenburg sized Zeppelin; but the balloon was not even Mr. Pitt’s Woody Woodpecker equivalent.

    Good comment regarding conservatives flipping the crowd size narrative
    ( inauguration crowds vs the balloon launch). Seems DJT is inspiring more and more Alinskying the Alinskyites. Very effective because the left is built on hypocrisy, though the Rino’s are trying hard.

    Oh the humanity!

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  45. Yep, An der schönen blauen Donau fits the scene perfectly.

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  46. @Steve Sailer
    I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I'm rather disappointed ...

    That’s what £20k gets one in London these days. Mass migration is driving up the costs of everything.

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  47. TTSSYF says:

    It really is cute. I think Trump should ask that they give it to him.

    They got his hair wrong, though. He parts it on the left, not the right. But then, we’re talking about England, where they drive on the wrong side of the road.

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  48. Anon7 says:

    Mr. Trump knocking politely on the door of Europe. There are those who would oppose him.

    Time for tea with the Queen.

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  49. Astorian says:

    Actually, he looks like Baby Brent, the diaper clad sardine can mascot ( “Uh Oh”) from “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.”

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  50. Alfa158 says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I'm rather disappointed ...

    Same here. Our civilization has gotten to the state of Clown World where I’m feeling like whoever it was that first wrote; “At first I was concerned, then I was outraged, now I’m just amused”.

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  51. El Dato says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    From a recording of Kubrick explaining the ending of 2001:

    Anyway, when [the god-like aliens] get finished with him, as happens in so many myths of all cultures in the world, he is transformed into some kind of super being and sent back to Earth, transformed and made some sort of superman. And we have to only guess what happens when he goes back.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=160&v=er_o82OMlNM

    In the book, he comes just in time to rip the nuclear poppers out of their orbits as politicians apparently have overplayed their hand one final time. “He” then settles in for meditation (which should be about 42ms given his hopefully vast computational powers…).

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    Yes, apparently the original screenplay had an anti-nuclear theme, which got taken out to simplify the plot.
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  52. @Anon7
    I kind of like the Trump baby balloon. It doesn’t make me think of movies, though. It makes me think of those playful, bulbous mascots that you see in Korea and Japan, like the ones for the olympics. The people of those countries love making up new mascots for all sorts of festivals, or really any occasion.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=tJCrUSg-B_Y

    I can see the next Kim Jung Un / Donald Trump summit meeting with stylized Kim and Trump mascots.

    It makes me think of those playful, bulbous mascots that you see in Korea and Japan, like the ones for the olympics

    You really have to get a hold of this, from (SF) Chronicle Books. My kids keep swiping my copy.

    This genre is called “kawaii” (which rhymes more-or-less with “Hawaii”, though most Westerners probably pronounce it “Kauai”; it’s a term also used for those super-cute manga girls), and prolific cartoon instructor Christopher Hart as several books on how to draw them.

    My twisted theory is that the mid-century Low Countries cartoon icons Miffy and Musti got together in the mascots’ booth at the Sapporo Olympics and spawned the love child Hello Kitty:

    Some folks surmise that Hello Kitty got her name from a bad translation of maneki neko, the “beckoning cat” you see in Japanese and other Asian restaurants.

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    I think that whoever designed the Trump Baby balloon had absorbed some of these rules, with the resulting ballon being kind of likable, rather than horrible and disgusting.

    Thanks for the book reference; I’ll see what Emperor Bezos can do as far as pricing is concerned.
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  53. @El Dato
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/13/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trump-in-britain-this-was-the-visit-from-hell

    A president who supported the Atlantic alliance, the stability of Europe and liberal democratic values – in short, every other US president of the postwar era – would never have done such a thing. Such a president would have tried to help, would have seen the EU-UK problem as one that needed solving, and would have used his influence to get America’s European allies to find a shared way forward after Brexit. Such a president would have been doing the right thing.
     
    Obama: "You better vote NO to Brexit ... or else!" "Oh..."


    But Mr Trump is not such a president. He is not our ally. He is hostile to our interests and values. He may even, if this goes on, become a material threat. This week he deliberately inflamed the politics of Europe and of Britain. Yes, Mrs May brought it on herself, but it was hard not to feel for her as a person over the last day and half. She now needs to learn the lesson, and to lead Britain, Brexit or no Brexit, into a constructive and effective relationship with our more dependable allies, who share our values, in Europe.
     
    Is it pure concidence that the Guardian website pulls JavaScript from a domain called "guim.co.uk"?

    He is hostile to our interests and values… more dependable allies, who share our values, in Europe.

    What do you mean, “our”, Kemo Sabe?

    What do you expect from a paper that betrayed its hometown of Manchester to follow the smoke?

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  54. Reminds me of one Joker Jack Nicholson’s balloons in Tim Burton’s “Batman.” If only…

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  56. Goatweed says:

    Now that a satiric balloon is kosher, how about one of Mohammed?

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    Now that a satiric balloon is kosher, how about one of Mohammed?
     
    Good idea. Use this name when ordering it - Mark Zuckerberg ...
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  57. @Steve Sailer
    I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I'm rather disappointed ...

    Yeah, it’s not real big for something that cost $40k+

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  58. Lurker says:
    @PiltdownMan
    Any old-time adman would have cautioned the protesters that the image of a baby throwing a tantrum might, through a process of transference, be forever associated with them, rather than the object of their ire.

    Exactly!

    The MSM here have made much of this pathetic balloon and how Trump is gonna be pissed about it cos he’s so petty and childish.

    But in focusing on it and its creators they’ve highlighted who is really petty and childish.

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  59. Mr. Anon says:

    OT: Anybody have any thoughts on the recent auto-de-fe of John Schnatter (the founder of Papa John’s Pizza). He has been rendered an unperson because of his hypothetical third-person use of a racial slur.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2018/07/13/university-of-louisville-strips-papa-johns-from-its-football-stadium/#7033b51f7ab9

    How long before the Papa Johns corporation changes its name?

    And when can we expect Mel Brooks to be declared an unperson for the gratuitous use of “the N-word” (to use the colloquial infantile term) in the movie Blazing Saddles.

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    Papa John should have said, "Yeah I said it. I didn't call anybody any names, and if you don't like it, go eat Dominos"!

    This crap won't stop until white guys man up and tell these self appointed morality police to sod off.
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  60. @Buzz Mohawk
    That's beautiful. The protesters have no idea that they have actually created a subliminally good image.

    If they really wanted something evil, they should have gone with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nph-3nljPJ8

    Dr. Raymond Stantz: [sigh of resignation] It’s the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: [while seeing Stay-Puft walk towards the building and the Ghostbusters] Well, that’s something you don’t see every day.
    Dr. Raymond Stantz: I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something that I loved from my childhood. Something that would never ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay-Puft.
    Dr. Peter Venkman: Nice thinking, Ray.
    Dr. Raymond Stantz: We used to roast Stay-Puft Marshmallows, by the fire at Camp Waconda.
    Dr. Peter Venkman [looks at Egon]: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon. What have you got left?
    Dr. Egon Spengler: Sorry, Venkman. I’m terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.

    Hillary Clinton: [swirls her firewater and sighs] We lost to Donald Trump.
    John Podesta: [while watching Trump's victory party on TV] That’s something I never thought I’d see.
    Hillary Clinton: We tried to set up the least threatening opposition. Someone who had given us $$. Someone who could never destroy us.
    John Podesta: Nice thinking, Hil.
    Hillary Clinton: [looks at Huma] Ivanka and Chelsea are BFFs.
    Huma Abeden : Hillary’s gone bye-bye John. What have we got left.
    Johm Podesta: I’ll go congratulate Trump.

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  61. dr kill says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    That's beautiful. The protesters have no idea that they have actually created a subliminally good image.

    If they really wanted something evil, they should have gone with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nph-3nljPJ8

    TL/DR. But I’m thinking, does no one here have kids but me? Thunderpants, for the win.

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  62. @Goatweed
    Now that a satiric balloon is kosher, how about one of Mohammed?

    Now that a satiric balloon is kosher, how about one of Mohammed?

    Good idea. Use this name when ordering it – Mark Zuckerberg …

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  63. @Mr. Anon
    OT: Anybody have any thoughts on the recent auto-de-fe of John Schnatter (the founder of Papa John's Pizza). He has been rendered an unperson because of his hypothetical third-person use of a racial slur.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2018/07/13/university-of-louisville-strips-papa-johns-from-its-football-stadium/#7033b51f7ab9

    How long before the Papa Johns corporation changes its name?

    And when can we expect Mel Brooks to be declared an unperson for the gratuitous use of "the N-word" (to use the colloquial infantile term) in the movie Blazing Saddles.

    Papa John should have said, “Yeah I said it. I didn’t call anybody any names, and if you don’t like it, go eat Dominos”!

    This crap won’t stop until white guys man up and tell these self appointed morality police to sod off.

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  64. OT:

    The University of Minnesota is ramping up its pronoun patrols:

    http://www.startribune.com/he-she-or-ze-pronouns-could-pose-trouble-under-u-campus-policy/488197021/

    Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.

    The U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men and women, as well as others, the right to use whatever pronoun they wish on campus — whether it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

    And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.

    Here’s the official list of approved words:

    At the University of Minnesota, students are invited to choose from a list of personal pronouns and gender identities on the MyU website.

    Personal pronoun

    • He/him/his

    • None

    • Prefer not to specify

    • She/her/hers

    • They/them/theirs

    • Ze/Zir/Zirs

    Gender identity

    • Agender

    • Enter your own

    • Gender nonconforming

    • Genderqueer

    • Man

    • Nonbinary

    • Prefer not to specify

    • Two spirit

    • Woman

    I see that “woman” comes last … I’m sure the feminists will have something to say about that.

    Also, Duluth is legalizing panhandling:

    http://www.startribune.com/duluth-changes-laws-seeks-more-dignity-for-homeless/488196181/

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    , @El Dato

    And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.
     
    How about having a hearthy laugh and liberating the teeth of the University's board members?

    Transgenders are the new Victim Totem Pole Toplevel Royalty and Sheeet...

    Empowerment or hypocrisy? Scarlett Johansson quits trans role after public backlash
    , @Reg Cæsar
    They left out the best: Ski-U-Mah.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIWSkM5UHhM
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  65. @Stan Adams
    OT:

    The University of Minnesota is ramping up its pronoun patrols:

    http://www.startribune.com/he-she-or-ze-pronouns-could-pose-trouble-under-u-campus-policy/488197021/


    Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.

    The U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men and women, as well as others, the right to use whatever pronoun they wish on campus — whether it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

    And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.
     

    Here's the official list of approved words:

    At the University of Minnesota, students are invited to choose from a list of personal pronouns and gender identities on the MyU website.

    Personal pronoun

    • He/him/his

    • None

    • Prefer not to specify

    • She/her/hers

    • They/them/theirs

    • Ze/Zir/Zirs

    Gender identity

    • Agender

    • Enter your own

    • Gender nonconforming

    • Genderqueer

    • Man

    • Nonbinary

    • Prefer not to specify

    • Two spirit

    • Woman
     

    I see that "woman" comes last ... I'm sure the feminists will have something to say about that.

    Also, Duluth is legalizing panhandling:

    http://www.startribune.com/duluth-changes-laws-seeks-more-dignity-for-homeless/488196181/

    Duluth’s homeless, especially the year-round ones, are probably a sorrier lot of mentally ill people on average than Santa Monica’s more opportunistic homeless.

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    It's colder in Duluth than Santa Monica. That itself makes them a sorrier lot.
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  66. El Dato says:
    @Stan Adams
    OT:

    The University of Minnesota is ramping up its pronoun patrols:

    http://www.startribune.com/he-she-or-ze-pronouns-could-pose-trouble-under-u-campus-policy/488197021/


    Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.

    The U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men and women, as well as others, the right to use whatever pronoun they wish on campus — whether it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

    And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.
     

    Here's the official list of approved words:

    At the University of Minnesota, students are invited to choose from a list of personal pronouns and gender identities on the MyU website.

    Personal pronoun

    • He/him/his

    • None

    • Prefer not to specify

    • She/her/hers

    • They/them/theirs

    • Ze/Zir/Zirs

    Gender identity

    • Agender

    • Enter your own

    • Gender nonconforming

    • Genderqueer

    • Man

    • Nonbinary

    • Prefer not to specify

    • Two spirit

    • Woman
     

    I see that "woman" comes last ... I'm sure the feminists will have something to say about that.

    Also, Duluth is legalizing panhandling:

    http://www.startribune.com/duluth-changes-laws-seeks-more-dignity-for-homeless/488196181/

    And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.

    How about having a hearthy laugh and liberating the teeth of the University’s board members?

    Transgenders are the new Victim Totem Pole Toplevel Royalty and Sheeet…

    Empowerment or hypocrisy? Scarlett Johansson quits trans role after public backlash

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    And without a major star, the whole movie will probably not happen, which means a bunch of people won't get any work. But hey, this is a moral victory, so f**k them!

    Trans activism is now just misogyny in drag - http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/trans-activism-is-now-just-misogyny-in-drag/21578
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  67. Anon[161] • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Alpha male body language.

    https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1017798174948413441

    If he were a typical black or hispanic on the NYC subway, he’d be manspreading to prove his manhood.

    “True manliness is not to be confused with Alpha-soaked testosterone. That is mere pose. It’s not about chest-beating. It’s not about strutting through a room to make sure everyone knows you’re a man. A real man doesn’t need to pose. He doesn’t announce his manliness. He lives it.”

    – James Scott Bell
    Manliness: The Robert Mitchum Way
    My review here: https://www.counter-currents.com/2018/06/the-way-of-mitchum/

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    Trumps know how to manspread, but they also know how to do power poses.

    https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/791111989133062145

    https://twitter.com/IceManNYR/status/1012043146551799808

    You manspread when you're trying to outgorilla other men around you.

    You power pose when you're sitting on your throne. It'd look ridiculous and sloppy to manspread on your throne once you've defeated your enemies.
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  68. @El Dato

    And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.
     
    How about having a hearthy laugh and liberating the teeth of the University's board members?

    Transgenders are the new Victim Totem Pole Toplevel Royalty and Sheeet...

    Empowerment or hypocrisy? Scarlett Johansson quits trans role after public backlash

    And without a major star, the whole movie will probably not happen, which means a bunch of people won’t get any work. But hey, this is a moral victory, so f**k them!

    Trans activism is now just misogyny in drag – http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/trans-activism-is-now-just-misogyny-in-drag/21578

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  69. @Simon in London
    I watched it in a pub function room.

    Cool. Must’ve been fun.

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  70. @Tyrion 2
    Both. Well set up pubs had queues outside and many people guessed that this would be the case and hosted parties at their homes.

    There were also places like Hyde Park that held very large events.

    Yeah, I saw the pictures from Hyde Park. The crowds were huge in London and Birmingham.

    England’s second loss must’ve been devastating.

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    Ah...whatever. We beat no quality teams on the way there. We got further than anyone expected. We had one shot on goal against Croatia and one goal.
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  71. @JohnnyWalker123
    Alpha male body language.

    https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1017798174948413441

    Blacks seem to have a strong cultural proscription against men sitting with crossed legs.

    Myself, I was skeptical about men crossing their legs until I saw Werner Herzog speak at a live Q&A– If he can fit his huge balls between crossed legs the rest of us will be OK.

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  72. Anon7 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    It makes me think of those playful, bulbous mascots that you see in Korea and Japan, like the ones for the olympics

     

    You really have to get a hold of this, from (SF) Chronicle Books. My kids keep swiping my copy.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51G5n8FYcKL._SX369_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    This genre is called "kawaii" (which rhymes more-or-less with "Hawaii", though most Westerners probably pronounce it "Kauai"; it's a term also used for those super-cute manga girls), and prolific cartoon instructor Christopher Hart as several books on how to draw them.

    My twisted theory is that the mid-century Low Countries cartoon icons Miffy and Musti got together in the mascots' booth at the Sapporo Olympics and spawned the love child Hello Kitty:

    https://cdn.waterstones.com/bookjackets/large/9781/4711/9781471123368.jpg

    https://alchetron.com/cdn/musti-character-650ad238-5a1d-4da1-8566-04a27593be0-resize-750.jpeg

    Some folks surmise that Hello Kitty got her name from a bad translation of maneki neko, the "beckoning cat" you see in Japanese and other Asian restaurants.

    I think that whoever designed the Trump Baby balloon had absorbed some of these rules, with the resulting ballon being kind of likable, rather than horrible and disgusting.

    Thanks for the book reference; I’ll see what Emperor Bezos can do as far as pricing is concerned.

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  73. @Anon
    If he were a typical black or hispanic on the NYC subway, he'd be manspreading to prove his manhood.

    "True manliness is not to be confused with Alpha-soaked testosterone. That is mere pose. It’s not about chest-beating. It’s not about strutting through a room to make sure everyone knows you’re a man. A real man doesn’t need to pose. He doesn’t announce his manliness. He lives it."

    -- James Scott Bell
    Manliness: The Robert Mitchum Way
    My review here: https://www.counter-currents.com/2018/06/the-way-of-mitchum/

    Trumps know how to manspread, but they also know how to do power poses.

    You manspread when you’re trying to outgorilla other men around you.

    You power pose when you’re sitting on your throne. It’d look ridiculous and sloppy to manspread on your throne once you’ve defeated your enemies.

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    See the way Trump is placing his hands around his genitalia region. I've seen him do that many times before. It's to emphasis his genitalia dominance over smaller men. Classic gorilla move.

    You just wouldn't do it on Winston Churchill's chair.

    Trump clearly has a high testosterone level. Higher than Jeb for sure.

    Now please clap.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdCYMvaUcrA
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  74. @JohnnyWalker123
    Trumps know how to manspread, but they also know how to do power poses.

    https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/791111989133062145

    https://twitter.com/IceManNYR/status/1012043146551799808

    You manspread when you're trying to outgorilla other men around you.

    You power pose when you're sitting on your throne. It'd look ridiculous and sloppy to manspread on your throne once you've defeated your enemies.

    See the way Trump is placing his hands around his genitalia region. I’ve seen him do that many times before. It’s to emphasis his genitalia dominance over smaller men. Classic gorilla move.

    You just wouldn’t do it on Winston Churchill’s chair.

    Trump clearly has a high testosterone level. Higher than Jeb for sure.

    Now please clap.

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  75. IBC says:

    The balloon is actually pretty well done. I wonder what will happen to it after President Trump leaves again.

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    The creator crowd-funded £30,000, far more than he needed to have the blimp custom fabricated.

    He's planning to travel the world, and have it follow President Trump on some of his trips overseas.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/worldviews/wp/2018/07/13/meet-the-brains-behind-the-trump-baby-balloon/

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  76. @IBC
    The balloon is actually pretty well done. I wonder what will happen to it after President Trump leaves again.

    The creator crowd-funded £30,000, far more than he needed to have the blimp custom fabricated.

    He’s planning to travel the world, and have it follow President Trump on some of his trips overseas.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/worldviews/wp/2018/07/13/meet-the-brains-behind-the-trump-baby-balloon/

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  77. That publicity image created by the protesters, of a baby Trump blimp looming over London and the Thames, is based on this once-famous image, from WWII, of a barrage balloon, high above the Thames, protecting Britain from foreign invaders.

    I wonder if the artist’s intention was subversive. Or was he simply unaware of the irony?

    https://goo.gl/images/UMpPXg

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  79. Obviously this balloon is juvenile, but it is only on a larger scale than that which you can see everyday everywhere on social media. Legions of people, though mostly women, post the stupidest stuff that basically boils down to, “Ha ha, Trump is an idiot!”. You can disagree with what he is done, but he is not an idiot.

    Now mockery is not a argument and certainly not a philosophy, but it seems like all they’ve got. The downside for people who, like me, think healthy debate is a good idea, is that this stupidity makes me discount everything they say, because they are not serious people.

    /rant

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    No rant at all.

    Half the game in a democracy is to get some of the other guy's voters to switch to your side.

    The left has completely killed off its ability to do that with its relentless mockery of President Trump. By mocking him they mock the choice his voters made.

    Trump's base is now likely to be as solidly consolidated as any President's base has been, since FDR.

    The other half of the game, of course, is to get more of your own voters out. It's not at all clear that the juvenile antics and rhetoric encourage that to happen.

    (Other factors might, of course, such as sober door-to-door canvassing or Trump's own actions)

    So the antics are best ignored, as they are politically irrelevant where it counts, at the ballot box.
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  80. Tyrion 2 says: • Website
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Yeah, I saw the pictures from Hyde Park. The crowds were huge in London and Birmingham.

    England's second loss must've been devastating.

    Ah…whatever. We beat no quality teams on the way there. We got further than anyone expected. We had one shot on goal against Croatia and one goal.

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  81. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato
    In the book, he comes just in time to rip the nuclear poppers out of their orbits as politicians apparently have overplayed their hand one final time. "He" then settles in for meditation (which should be about 42ms given his hopefully vast computational powers...).

    Yes, apparently the original screenplay had an anti-nuclear theme, which got taken out to simplify the plot.

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  82. @Jim Don Bob
    Obviously this balloon is juvenile, but it is only on a larger scale than that which you can see everyday everywhere on social media. Legions of people, though mostly women, post the stupidest stuff that basically boils down to, "Ha ha, Trump is an idiot!". You can disagree with what he is done, but he is not an idiot.

    Now mockery is not a argument and certainly not a philosophy, but it seems like all they've got. The downside for people who, like me, think healthy debate is a good idea, is that this stupidity makes me discount everything they say, because they are not serious people.

    /rant

    No rant at all.

    Half the game in a democracy is to get some of the other guy’s voters to switch to your side.

    The left has completely killed off its ability to do that with its relentless mockery of President Trump. By mocking him they mock the choice his voters made.

    Trump’s base is now likely to be as solidly consolidated as any President’s base has been, since FDR.

    The other half of the game, of course, is to get more of your own voters out. It’s not at all clear that the juvenile antics and rhetoric encourage that to happen.

    (Other factors might, of course, such as sober door-to-door canvassing or Trump’s own actions)

    So the antics are best ignored, as they are politically irrelevant where it counts, at the ballot box.

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    Half the game in a democracy is to get some of the other guy’s voters to switch to your side.

    The left has completely killed off its ability to do that with its relentless mockery of President Trump. By mocking him they mock the choice his voters made.

    Trump’s base is now likely to be as solidly consolidated as any President’s base has been, since FDR.
     
    You said it much better than I did.
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  83. @PiltdownMan
    No rant at all.

    Half the game in a democracy is to get some of the other guy's voters to switch to your side.

    The left has completely killed off its ability to do that with its relentless mockery of President Trump. By mocking him they mock the choice his voters made.

    Trump's base is now likely to be as solidly consolidated as any President's base has been, since FDR.

    The other half of the game, of course, is to get more of your own voters out. It's not at all clear that the juvenile antics and rhetoric encourage that to happen.

    (Other factors might, of course, such as sober door-to-door canvassing or Trump's own actions)

    So the antics are best ignored, as they are politically irrelevant where it counts, at the ballot box.

    Half the game in a democracy is to get some of the other guy’s voters to switch to your side.

    The left has completely killed off its ability to do that with its relentless mockery of President Trump. By mocking him they mock the choice his voters made.

    Trump’s base is now likely to be as solidly consolidated as any President’s base has been, since FDR.

    You said it much better than I did.

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  84. Lagertha says:
    @Anon7
    I kind of like the Trump baby balloon. It doesn’t make me think of movies, though. It makes me think of those playful, bulbous mascots that you see in Korea and Japan, like the ones for the olympics. The people of those countries love making up new mascots for all sorts of festivals, or really any occasion.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=tJCrUSg-B_Y

    I can see the next Kim Jung Un / Donald Trump summit meeting with stylized Kim and Trump mascots.

    Agree. When I first saw the “baby Trump” balloon, I immediately thought of the devious, smart and evil baby …was it Swea’Pea? I can’t remember. I had just moved to the states and I was puzzled over the sardonic, basically, mean characters in cartoons on Saturday mornings. I had no idea there were evil and devious cartoon characters who hated everyone! Anyway, insulting Trump with that balloon was Epic Fail! bigly. I thought it looked charming and cute. And, the effort people put into this must be like using a sawzaw on their wrist, now! What a bunch of losers. I would order a Baby Trump at Party City if it is available. People forget: Babies are cute and innocent. Trump got the last laugh. The Brits showed us once again, how wussy and uncool they are.

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    Now I kind of want a Trump balloon of my own. I just want mine much, much bigger.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Anyway, insulting Trump with that balloon was Epic Fail! bigly.
     
    Hillary, or at least her team, tried using "Donald Duck" on Trump. Scott Adams saw this as disastrous for at least two reasons.

    First, everybody likes Donald Duck, even if nobody understands him. Second, Disney would be all over them for using their trademark without authoriziation.

    Sure, they'd have been tempted to authorize it, but probably thought better of it for business reasons.
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  85. @Lagertha
    Agree. When I first saw the "baby Trump" balloon, I immediately thought of the devious, smart and evil baby ...was it Swea'Pea? I can't remember. I had just moved to the states and I was puzzled over the sardonic, basically, mean characters in cartoons on Saturday mornings. I had no idea there were evil and devious cartoon characters who hated everyone! Anyway, insulting Trump with that balloon was Epic Fail! bigly. I thought it looked charming and cute. And, the effort people put into this must be like using a sawzaw on their wrist, now! What a bunch of losers. I would order a Baby Trump at Party City if it is available. People forget: Babies are cute and innocent. Trump got the last laugh. The Brits showed us once again, how wussy and uncool they are.

    Now I kind of want a Trump balloon of my own. I just want mine much, much bigger.

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    Not a bad idea. We can fly a bunch of them over America's borders to scare off people who believe in ghosts, voodoo, and Aztec deities.

    Much cheaper than the Wall, and probably more effective.
    , @Anon7
    You could have a lot of fun with a Trump balloon head, as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NUFpAxeDJU

    (Did you ever google something unusual, knowing you would find it?)
    , @Lagertha
    As facial recognition technology gets bigger, we can all order our own image at Party City in the future...we can decided later, whether we want our baby image or Forever 21,; I suppose no one really wants to have their image inflated with Helium at 50. The irony of the Trump baby was that it was still a cute balloon. Balloons are just not great weapons. What a bunch of idiots!
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  86. Dube says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Duluth's homeless, especially the year-round ones, are probably a sorrier lot of mentally ill people on average than Santa Monica's more opportunistic homeless.

    It’s colder in Duluth than Santa Monica. That itself makes them a sorrier lot.

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  87. jim jones says:

    Trump supporters make a Sadiq Khan balloon:

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    Seeing thousands of Brits waving around American flags is quite wonderful to behold.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv9LBtNC-As

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng8q6JF36DI
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  88. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Now I kind of want a Trump balloon of my own. I just want mine much, much bigger.

    Not a bad idea. We can fly a bunch of them over America’s borders to scare off people who believe in ghosts, voodoo, and Aztec deities.

    Much cheaper than the Wall, and probably more effective.

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  89. @jim jones
    Trump supporters make a Sadiq Khan balloon:

    https://i.redd.it/7lerfcb7fz911.jpg

    Seeing thousands of Brits waving around American flags is quite wonderful to behold.

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    That's Comment #88.

    Kek is strong with you.
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  90. El Dato says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Seeing thousands of Brits waving around American flags is quite wonderful to behold.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv9LBtNC-As

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng8q6JF36DI

    That’s Comment #88.

    Kek is strong with you.

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  91. MBlanc46 says:
    @Anonymous
    Trump steamrolled his opposition on this trip.

    He is mistake prone and inexperienced in diplomacy but he adapts, improvises and demonstrates real talent...

    Trump's interview in The Sun is tattooed onto the brains of everyone in the UK. Hard truths were delivered like it was a visit by the Enola Gay.



    t

    “Hard truths were delivered like it was a visit by the Enola Gay”. Brilliant. The Hiroshima allusion will send the Leftoids into screaming fits.

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  92. Anon7 says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Now I kind of want a Trump balloon of my own. I just want mine much, much bigger.

    You could have a lot of fun with a Trump balloon head, as well.

    (Did you ever google something unusual, knowing you would find it?)

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  93. MBlanc46 says:
    @TTSSYF
    It really is cute. I think Trump should ask that they give it to him.

    They got his hair wrong, though. He parts it on the left, not the right. But then, we're talking about England, where they drive on the wrong side of the road.

    Parts his hair? Looks like a helmet to me.

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  94. Looks like a Sim City monster

    So, “I am become death, destroyer of worlds.”

    And

    “If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent me.”

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  95. @Stan Adams
    OT:

    The University of Minnesota is ramping up its pronoun patrols:

    http://www.startribune.com/he-she-or-ze-pronouns-could-pose-trouble-under-u-campus-policy/488197021/


    Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.

    The U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men and women, as well as others, the right to use whatever pronoun they wish on campus — whether it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

    And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.
     

    Here's the official list of approved words:

    At the University of Minnesota, students are invited to choose from a list of personal pronouns and gender identities on the MyU website.

    Personal pronoun

    • He/him/his

    • None

    • Prefer not to specify

    • She/her/hers

    • They/them/theirs

    • Ze/Zir/Zirs

    Gender identity

    • Agender

    • Enter your own

    • Gender nonconforming

    • Genderqueer

    • Man

    • Nonbinary

    • Prefer not to specify

    • Two spirit

    • Woman
     

    I see that "woman" comes last ... I'm sure the feminists will have something to say about that.

    Also, Duluth is legalizing panhandling:

    http://www.startribune.com/duluth-changes-laws-seeks-more-dignity-for-homeless/488196181/

    They left out the best: Ski-U-Mah.

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  96. @Lagertha
    Agree. When I first saw the "baby Trump" balloon, I immediately thought of the devious, smart and evil baby ...was it Swea'Pea? I can't remember. I had just moved to the states and I was puzzled over the sardonic, basically, mean characters in cartoons on Saturday mornings. I had no idea there were evil and devious cartoon characters who hated everyone! Anyway, insulting Trump with that balloon was Epic Fail! bigly. I thought it looked charming and cute. And, the effort people put into this must be like using a sawzaw on their wrist, now! What a bunch of losers. I would order a Baby Trump at Party City if it is available. People forget: Babies are cute and innocent. Trump got the last laugh. The Brits showed us once again, how wussy and uncool they are.

    Anyway, insulting Trump with that balloon was Epic Fail! bigly.

    Hillary, or at least her team, tried using “Donald Duck” on Trump. Scott Adams saw this as disastrous for at least two reasons.

    First, everybody likes Donald Duck, even if nobody understands him. Second, Disney would be all over them for using their trademark without authoriziation.

    Sure, they’d have been tempted to authorize it, but probably thought better of it for business reasons.

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  97. Lagertha says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I was hoping the Trump baby balloon was going to be the size of the Hindenburg zeppelin. I'm rather disappointed ...

    It was the $49.99 mega (MAGA :) ) balloon from Party City.

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  98. Lagertha says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Now I kind of want a Trump balloon of my own. I just want mine much, much bigger.

    As facial recognition technology gets bigger, we can all order our own image at Party City in the future…we can decided later, whether we want our baby image or Forever 21,; I suppose no one really wants to have their image inflated with Helium at 50. The irony of the Trump baby was that it was still a cute balloon. Balloons are just not great weapons. What a bunch of idiots!

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  99. I’ll bet somebody could make some money selling smaller Trump balloons in the US.

    Just the thing to take to a pussy march, your local bar, an antifa gathering, the ghetto, etc. Wear it with your MAGA hat and be sure to take extra ammo.

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