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Nattily dressed anarchists on bicycles wrote:Say what you want, but I just tried some of that "short-term capital loss" stuff on my taxes for this year, and I'm going to save a full three dollars. Scoff if you wish, but that's one cup of Starbucks.

Nice. I should do like Trump, and fail miserably more often.

https://youtu.be/u4PE2IL5mgY

I’ve heard the reason why Trump refuses the Presidential Salary is because he can’t write it off as a loss. Makes sense.

Chan Island wrote:No worries. The past 4 years took a toll on all of us, no doubt about it. Having to either constantly hear about the narcissist in the White House contributing some fresh stupid insanity or consciously switch off the news just to stay sane was not a great feeling.

And even though he turned out exactly as bad as everyone had said he would be back in 2016- and worse-, the end of that torment is inherently something worth appreciating.

It’s like I can barely remember a time before Trump. I’d say like an actual third of my conversations begin with me asking whoever if they’ve heard the latest idiotic thing Trump has done.

And my sign from the January 21st 2017 March in NYC still holds true.

“What are the similarities between Trump and a Jack-o-lantern?

They’re both Orange, both hollow-headed, and we try to get rid of both of them in November.”

Drew Durrnil wrote:
Welcome, nations of the Multiverse! Drew Durrnil and Owlograd present to you the
First Owlograd-Durrnilian Vexillology Contest!
Here are the rules:
There are four rounds, each with a different topic:
  • Futuristic

  • Authoritarian

  • Communist

  • Religious

In each round, a different flag will be submitted. After the deadline, the Judges will judge and score the contestant's flag on a Ten-Point scale. The contestant with the most total points by the end of the contest wins. Failure to submit a flag before the deadline (TBD) will result in a zero for that round.
Grading Protocol:
The flags will be graded on 3 factors: How well the flag matches the theme, how visually appealing the flag is, and the vexillological rules broken by the flag. The panel of judges will debate on how well the flag matches these factors and will find a consensus.

List of judges:

Nation Name

Region

Drew Durrnil (organizer)

Europe

Baskque (assistant organizer)

Europe

Sukitopia

Europe

Isiqithi

10000 Islands

Silvedania

10000 Islands

United Engiresco

Europe

-Sweden

Europe

To apply, just TG me or Owlograd and we'll update this dispatch! The winner receives a mention in an "honours factbook" made by Owlograd!
NOTE: REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED. IF YOU DROP OUT OF THE CONTEST FROM NOW ON, YOU WILL GET AN AUTOMATIC ZERO ON ALL YOUR FLAGS.
Read dispatch


Please join this vexillology contest!

I definitely will! making flags is legit one of my main hobbies, it's almost therapy to me.

Which, by the way, means that if anyone wants a flag revamp at any time, just contact me and I'll gladly do it

Chan Island wrote:No worries. The past 4 years took a toll on all of us, no doubt about it. Having to either constantly hear about the narcissist in the White House contributing some fresh stupid insanity or consciously switch off the news just to stay sane was not a great feeling.

And even though he turned out exactly as bad as everyone had said he would be back in 2016- and worse-, the end of that torment is inherently something worth appreciating.

The pinochet-wannabe president of my country got elected, at least in part, as a direct consequence of Trump's election. We have a new election cycle coming in two years, and I'm hoping we'll get rid of that old fart as well. The last four years have taken a toll on everyone, everywhere, and it's consequences will continue to do so for a bit more... But at least a great deal of it is now over.
However, I must say that, whatever I think of the US and it's state, you guys have a much stronger democracy than us. If something like the capitol thing happened here - which, considering the circumstances, I will not be surprised when it happens - I'm not sure our democracy would survive. Actually, forget I said that, I'll save the pessimism for later and be happy right now.

Nattily dressed anarchists on bicycles

Ruinenlust wrote:

It.
Gets.
Better.

Dunno about politics, but my Google News feed informs me that:

"1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says"

So 2021 is looking like a great year for science.

https://www.livescience.com/first-dinosaur-butthole-found.html
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.12.039

"We would like to inform our Forestian friend of the upcoming election happening in Simbolon. After the unfortunate passing of Tigor Simbolon, Radja Simbolon took the leadership role and successfully helped our nation commencing transition as quickly as possible in the last 75 days. The candidates are Viktor Simbolon, Tina Simbolon, and Mikael Simbolon. Hopefully, we will be able to announce the results in 5 days."

Representatives of Simbolon

Nattily dressed anarchists on bicycles wrote:

"1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says"

So 2021 is looking like a great year for science.

In this stressful-as-hell week you made me smile XD

Trump just left the White House for the last time as president. C-SPAN already has the live-feed for the day going.

Bye bye!!!

Nattily dressed anarchists on bicycles wrote:Dunno about politics, but my Google News feed informs me that:

"1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says"

So 2021 is looking like a great year for science.

https://www.livescience.com/first-dinosaur-butthole-found.html
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.12.039

Well the page got removed so I guess our eyes will never be blessed with the sight of a Dino butthole.

Ruinenlust wrote:Trump just left the White House for the last time as president. C-SPAN already has the live-feed for the day going.

Bye bye!!!

I'm watching developments from the UK, and 'treating' myself to his 'greatest tweets'. I am truly lost for words.

Let him become yet another powerless, deluded lunatic, ranting about how it isn't fair.

Jail time! Lock him up! They should lock up almost every U.S. president after 50s-60s for war crimes, but since war crimes are ok in the U.S. maybe they will actually lock him up for some other reasons, like treason. I'm happy he is gone and Biden will at least bring some sense into things and world f'd up politics. Oh, actually Trump made one good thing that I know of:

"The Trump administration has determined that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” by repressing Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, in an embarrassing blow to Beijing a day before President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office."

But after all it's like the pot calling the kettle black. U.S. has such a dark history of its own it's kinda hard to tell other countries they act wrong when they have had multiple unlawful wars, like for example in Irak because of weapons of mass destruction that were never found. Torture of "prisoners of war" on Guantanamo Bay. U.S. pardoned all those nazi scientist if they work for them. War crimes in multiple wars. Dark CIA projects, like MKUltra, CIA backed up coups, like in Chile with Salvador Allende, who was democratically elected president and so on. Just to name a few...

List goes on and on. I mean every country has some f'd up sh!t but damn, hard to tell who leads if you compare China, USA and USSR/Russia with dark stuff. I mean if I had to choose between those 3 I would easily move to U.S. but still would find it really hard to swallow all that stuff without choking. No wonder in some schools brainwashing starts from the young age when they pledge their alliance to the flag so critical thinking is not too common towards their own stuff.

So, what I mean is that I hope Biden will bring less darker times into global politics, we most def. need it. In time only history will tell what he leaves behind and I hope he doesn't end up in my sh!tlist, that is long and wide like a cosmos.

Love and Nature wrote:Jail time! Lock him up! They should lock up almost every U.S. president after 50s-60s for war crimes, but since war crimes are ok in the U.S. maybe they will actually lock him up for some other reasons, like treason. I'm happy he is gone and Biden will at least bring some sense into things and world f'd up politics. Oh, actually Trump made one good thing that I know of:

"The Trump administration has determined that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” by repressing Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, in an embarrassing blow to Beijing a day before President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office."

But after all it's like the pot calling the kettle black. U.S. has such a dark history of its own it's kinda hard to tell other countries they act wrong when they have had multiple unlawful wars, like for example in Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction that were never found. Torture of "prisoners of war" on Guantanamo Bay. U.S. pardoned all those nazi scientist if they work for them. War crimes in multiple wars. Dark CIA projects, like MKUltra, CIA backed up coups, like in Chile with Salvador Allende, who was democratically elected president and so on. Just to name a few...

List goes on and on. I mean every country has some f'd up sh!t but damn, hard to tell who leads if you compare China, USA and USSR/Russia with dark stuff. I mean if I had to choose between those 3 I would easily move to U.S. but still would find it really hard to swallow all that stuff without choking. No wonder in some schools brainwashing starts from the young age when they pledge their alliance to the flag so critical thinking is not too common towards their own stuff.

So, what I mean is that I hope Biden will bring less darker times into global politics, we most def. need it. In time only history will tell what he leaves behind and doesn't end up in my ****list, that is long and wide like a cosmos.

I'd rather move to somewhere where you are at least equally oppressed. I mean, if you live in America, and aren't doing so well, watching your children morph into far-rightists, while you watch 'ELON MUSK OVERTAKES JEFF BEZOS ON WORLD'S RICHEST MAN!!!!!'

Ruinenlust wrote:Trump just left the White House for the last time as president. C-SPAN already has the live-feed for the day going.

Bye bye!!!

I was asleep, and judging by my Twitter feed: didn't miss too very much.

Garbelia wrote:I'd rather move to somewhere where you are at least equally oppressed. I mean, if you live in America, and aren't doing so well, watching your children morph into far-rightists, while you watch 'ELON MUSK OVERTAKES JEFF BEZOS ON WORLD'S RICHEST MAN!!!!!'

Well, I must admit you have a point over there. Didn't think about it like that.

Nova patris

I don't want to create a political chaos in here, but I'm afraid that the extremist fans of Donald won't stay with their arms crossed, seeing their idol not being president. I'm really worried about the future of US (Actually, I don't care for US, but the States control the world, unfortunately).

Nova patris wrote:I don't want to create a political chaos in here, but I'm afraid that the extremist fans of Donald won't stay with their arms crossed, seeing their idol not being president. I'm really worried about the future of US (Actually, I don't care for US, but the States control the world, unfortunately).

I read somewhere that Trump might start a new party. That could be a good thing because it could rip apart republicans even more or at least they could lose voters. Same thing is happening here in Finland with True Finns, ex-members (some left, some got kicked out I believe) are trying to gather a new party with pretty much total fascistic preferences. I mean it's kinda sad people will vote them, but it will also cause trouble among those rightwing parties and they need to make statements against neo-nazis and fascist and clean up their own ranks. That stuff is not under table anymore after that, like it has been a long time with so many rightwing parties. Bad thing is that so many far-right-wingers know how to clean stuff up enough to make it just clean enough for the cabinets and every day politics... But divide et impera works in a way against those groups when they fight together in their own circles and from the voters.

Lady Gaga did very well with the anthem. She has always been one of my favorites in the otherwise lackluster milieu of pop culture.

If she'll sing at it, you know it's bona fide. ;-)

Ruinenlust wrote:Lady Gaga did very well with the anthem. She has always been one of my favorites in the otherwise lackluster milieu of pop culture.

If she'll sing at it, you know it's bona fide. ;-)

JLo was awesome too! I was surprised by the quality of her performance since she's obviously better known for singing 90s/00s party tunes and that genre is heavily associated with autotune. I know she's a talented actress but she's clearly a talented singer too.

Dear World,

Welcome to United States of America, Version 2.46. We apologize for the expensive failures associated with patch 2.45, and we have recently been rebooting the system.

And remember, if you identify too much with 2.45, then you're the banana republic! ;-)

Sincerely for money,
America

Ruinenlust wrote:Dear World,

Welcome to United States of America, Version 2.46. We apologize for the expensive failures associated with patch 2.45, and we have recently been rebooting the system.

And remember, if you identify too much with 2.45, then you're the banana republic! ;-)

Sincerely for money,
America

Once again, even though I should have gotten used to it by now, I am astonished at the influence of religion on this country. People laying their hands on a Bible when they are sworn into office, Amazing Grace being sung, people saying things like 'one nation under God', a priest giving a benediction at the end...

We have lots of crazy religious wackos in Turkey but no politician takes an oath on a Quran when they are inaugurated. Instead, they swear on their honor; but of course you may debate the logic of making people swear on something they don't have.

Touché.

Frieden-und Freudenland wrote:Once again, even though I should have gotten used to it by now, I am astonished at the influence of religion on this country. People laying their hands on a Bible when they are sworn into office, Amazing Grace being sung, people saying things like 'one nation under God', a priest giving a benediction at the end...

We have lots of crazy religious wackos in Turkey but no politician takes an oath on a Quran when they are inaugurated. Instead, they swear on their honor; but of course you may debate the logic of making people swear on something they don't have.

Touché.

heh. I can't even imagine Erdogan saying "I swear on my honour". But I digress the US really should be more secular then it currently is and religious influence is off the roof. Like seriously they need to start taxing those churches.

Ruinenlust wrote:Dear World,

Welcome to United States of America, Version 2.46. We apologize for the expensive failures associated with patch 2.45, and we have recently been rebooting the system.

And remember, if you identify too much with 2.45, then you're the banana republic! ;-)

Sincerely for money,
America

Dear "United" States,

to be fair your operating system has been showing some malfunctions for a couple of decades now....and they are starting to rub off on our own day to day operations. We have our serious doubts this can be patched in the near future. Our conclusion is that the problem is not with the patch.....although that certainly did not help.....but with the system itself. Rebooting it will only lead to the inevitable next crash. Maybe you need to start reprogramming your OS from the ground up. The used "code" is outdated, open to mallware and clearly has problems dealing with viruses.

Best of luck,

Rest of the World

Frieden-und Freudenland wrote:Once again, even though I should have gotten used to it by now, I am astonished at the influence of religion on this country. People laying their hands on a Bible when they are sworn into office, Amazing Grace being sung, people saying things like 'one nation under God', a priest giving a benediction at the end...

We have lots of crazy religious wackos in Turkey but no politician takes an oath on a Quran when they are inaugurated. Instead, they swear on their honor; but of course you may debate the logic of making people swear on something they don't have.

Touché.

Yeah, Turkey is taking steps towards authoritarianism and turning its eyes a way from democracy and secularism so maybe in the future they start using Quran? I mean what happened to Hagia Sofia was sad so I guess that's the way to go now.

No more open doors from the EU, and NATO is not happy either. I guess they are turning eyes to the east and seek friendship from Putin and friends, althought Erdogan seems to have a love-hate relationship with them, I guess, partly because of the Armenians which they still seem to hate (like the genocide was not enough during the WW I)...

Ownzone wrote:Dear "United" States,

to be fair your operating system has been showing some malfunctions for a couple of decades now....and they are starting to rub off on our own day to day operations. We have our serious doubts this can be patched in the near future. Our conclusion is that the problem is not with the patch.....although that certainly did not help.....but with the system itself. Rebooting it will only lead to the inevitable next crash. Maybe you need to start reprogramming your OS from the ground up. The used "code" is outdated, open to mallware and clearly has problems dealing with viruses.

Best of luck,

Rest of the World

Donald Trump: Ooh! Free burgers! I'll definitely click that button to distribute them amongst all my fans! What. why is it downloading a .exe. It should be downloading a .burge .... *OPERATING SYSTEM OVERLOAD!* America explodes.

Nova patris

Love and Nature wrote:I read somewhere that Trump might start a new party. That could be a good thing because it could rip apart republicans even more or at least they could lose voters. Same thing is happening here in Finland with True Finns, ex-members (some left, some got kicked out I believe) are trying to gather a new party with pretty much total fascistic preferences. I mean it's kinda sad people will vote them, but it will also cause trouble among those rightwing parties and they need to make statements against neo-nazis and fascist and clean up their own ranks. That stuff is not under table anymore after that, like it has been a long time with so many rightwing parties. Bad thing is that so many far-right-wingers know how to clean stuff up enough to make it just clean enough for the cabinets and every day politics... But divide et impera works in a way against those groups when they fight together in their own circles and from the voters.

In Greece, we had a Nazi party, which managed to be the third most powerful (at its peak). These guys were bullying the whole country, murdered a bunch of people, you know, the usual. It is sad that the 15% of the Greek people supports them. I remember, there was a time when you were afraid to walk in downtown Athens, especially if you were woman or black. Oh, how beautiful is the world!

Nova patris wrote:In Greece, we had a Nazi party, which managed to be the third most powerful (at its peak). These guys were bullying the whole country, murdered a bunch of people, you know, the usual. It is sad that the 15% of the Greek people supports them. I remember, there was a time when you were afraid to walk in downtown Athens, especially if you were woman or black. Oh, how beautiful is the world!

I'm actually making up questions for my next magazine article which is about right wingers in Europe and a part of it is about those ex-True Finns members. I'm interviewing one research coordinator (Political science) from one Finnish uni. and one PhD Student at Department of Political and Social Sciences from from Italy Bologna. I knew a little bit about Golden Dawn before and had to check just 30 minutes ago a bit more stuff of them- Crazy stuff indeed. What I didn't know is that they got shot down and many of those members went to jail last year. NICE!

Well that was a fun inauguration to watch. Felt strange watching the president talk and not be barraged with a wave of nonsensical delusions and conspiracy theories.

It was a nice kind of strange. I can get used to this.

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