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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 15th, 2021, 3:34 pm

USA banana production just 0.01% of world supply. They must do a lot better to live up to the new name.
Looks like there's a lot to live up to, given the various banana wars and support of Chiquita Bananas (formerly United Fruit Co.) by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
What about Fyffes? a bit of name dropping: the founder of Fyffes was from Dundalk and was a comrade of my grandad in the fight against the Crown Forces at the GPO, Dublin in 1916. 
The biggest danger to USA banana production is Drosophila melanogaster, not politicians.
Interesting.  Didn't know Fyffes till a few seconds ago.  I've been past their Dublin offices on walks towards Jameson's.  Further east on Rogerson Quay they're gentrifying old warehouses etc. There are photos out and about as to how the Tropical Fruit Warehouse looked back in the 60's.  There are a few photos of boats/warehouses laden with bananas and Guinness.

Well, the point I was making is that the current politicians have lots to live up to in regard to wars for any stupid cause they see fit as part of our lovely Military-Industrial Complex.  The American military (notably Navy and Marines) were part and parcel of banana wars in the early part of the 20th century.  Not to mention the fact that Dulles, as CIA director, was vested in interests of United Fruit Co. 
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 22nd, 2021, 5:26 pm

With the Supreme Court clearing the way for Trump’s tax returns to be handed over to Cyrus Vance Jr. and team, there is a significant increase in the probability of his conviction for tax evasion, bank fraud and insurance fraud. Not quite as sexy as treason, but if it was good enough for Al Capone I guess it will have to do for Trump. There is of course also the Georgia case. And civil litigation over his incitement of the Capitol riot.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 22nd, 2021, 6:56 pm

Would I be right in saying Trump was a bit of a marmite character?
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 22nd, 2021, 11:30 pm

Almost, but sadly he still is.
 
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February 23rd, 2021, 10:09 am

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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 23rd, 2021, 2:42 pm

Who knows, maybe we all find out Trump is owed a tax return from NY and the federal government. :)
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 23rd, 2021, 4:26 pm

Would I be right in saying Trump was a bit of a marmite character?
I learned a new phrase here.
I wonder what the US equivalent would be -- "tofu character"? 
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 23rd, 2021, 5:04 pm

No one actually likes tofu. At least no one adores it like some do Marmite.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 23rd, 2021, 6:52 pm



74,222,958 does
81,283,098 doesn't
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 23rd, 2021, 7:14 pm



74,222,958 does
81,283,098 doesn't
I'm not totally with you here, Morag. How does this mean he's not a Marmite character?
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 23rd, 2021, 9:36 pm

He is definitely polarizing. Maybe a durian character? The smell would fit.
 
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February 23rd, 2021, 10:19 pm

there are 74 million Marmite followers.
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 25th, 2021, 2:53 pm

And the unintended consequences of another failed impeachment? 
Some positive results that the impeachment trial achieved:
* The general public saw justification for criminal prosecution to help counter claims of partisanship when DOJ goes after Trump.
* Most (not all) GOP senators saw video they won't see on FOXnews. (The few who made a point of looking the other way during those videos demonstrated their cowardice in front of all their colleagues and the audience.)
* Most senators got more tangible and palpable awareness of how close the mob got to capturing members of congress.
* 7 GOP senators went on record for the most bipartisan conviction vote in US history, showing Trump does not speak for all GOP.
* 3 jurors(senators) stepping into defense counsel's office during recess demonstrated impartial effort to put their finger on the scales of justice.
* evidence forced upon all GOP senators gave McConnell freer rein for an explicit indictment of Trump to put an asterisk on his acquittal vote.
* The trial evidence gave cover to Liz Cheney and her anonymous GOP house conference supporters.
* Some NON-die-hard Trump voters who otherwise would not watch gavel-to-gavel coverage may have seen evidence they won't see on FoxNews.
* Any lawyer considering representation of Trump during the inevitable criminal trials:
 - got to see they will be categorized as keeping company with a literal ambulance chaser and a washed-up prosecutor;
 - got to see the myriad personal dangers of taking sides in a civil war;
 - got to see the joys of a mercurial ADHD client changing legal strategy from day to day.
 - got to see all that downside for a client who doesn't pay legal bills despite claiming to be a billionaire.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 25th, 2021, 3:47 pm

Anyone seeing the roughly half & half split in US Congress and voting outcomes could reasonably infer that US partisan split is right down the middle.  Shrill partisan complaints make a pejorative of "Main Stream Media." However, the right-wing audience aggregated across FoxNews and its cohorts is NOT half of the country.  adweek.com ratings reports repeatedly show foxnews and cnn neck & neck for individual shows, but not for viewership over the day.  However, that is only for cable channel ratings.  One right-wing talking point claims FoxNews is too liberal so the Trumpists are purportedly shifting to far-right channels like Newsmax or OAN (One America News Network).  If that's true then the below demonstrates how tiny is the die-hard Trumpist audience. (even smaller than Trump's hands)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-media-news-ratings/fox-news-extends-streak-sets-cable-news-records-in-2020-idUSKBN29404F
OAN does not allow their ratings to be audited by Nielsen.

A large chunk of the audience has shifted to broadband internet for accessing news.  There are ways to estimate the relative share of the audience for each channel:

Some sample subscriber counts for various news-oriented channels on youtube as of Feb.25:
12.2M cnn
11.1M abcnews
6.93M foxnews
5.21M nbcnews
3.52M cbsnews
3.38M nytimes
2.79M wsj
2.53M bloombergquicktake
1.38M cnbc
1.88M newsmax
1.67M washingtonpost
1.44M oan
782K reuters
530K nypost
485K epochtimes
347K breitbart
328K npr
9K washingtontimes
9K washingtonexaminer

Alexa-dot-com is analogous to the Nielsen Ratings, but for rankings of the highest traffic web sites. The highest traffic pure news site is cnn at #24 in USA, and #72 globally as of Feb.25. Nytimes.com is #31 in USA, #86 globally. Some sample global rankings of where people get info as of Feb.25
1 google
2 youtube
9 facebook
10 yahoo
13 wikipedia
14 zoom
19 reddit
27 instagram
33 bing
45 twitter
58 msn
72 cnn
86 nytimes
98 bbc
175 washingtonpost
209 foxnews
226 businessinsider
272 breitbart
301 theepochtimes
392 bloomberg
421 usatoday
449 reuters
464 wsj WallStJournal
465 nypost
564 nbcnews
931 cbsnews
1415 newsmax
2155 infowars
5889 oann

Draw your own conclusions, but I read this as die-hard Trumpists being a minority of Trump voters.  
Therefore I am cautiously optimistic that America has a chance of re-finding its way in the world.
Even if that happens, it will likely take longer to dig out of the current economic mess than after 2008.
(unless MASSIVE stimulus)

Standard disclaimers apply, and then some.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

February 25th, 2021, 4:31 pm

I missed the story about Trump's order re architecture. Left-wing news link. Biden has reversed this. Can it be that Biden is a fan of Ayn Rand? I am cautiously optimistic...