Thursday, December 31, 2015

Donald Trump’s Strongest Supporters: A Certain Kind of Democrat - The New York Times

Donald Trump holds a dominant position in national polls in the Republican race in no small part because he is extremely strong among people on the periphery of the G.O.P. coalition.

He is strongest among Republicans who are less affluent, less educated and less likely to turn out to vote. His very best voters are self-identified Republicans who nonetheless are registered as Democrats. It’s a coalition that’s concentrated in the South, Appalachia and the industrial North, according to data provided to The Upshot by Civis Analytics, a Democratic data firm.

via www.nytimes.com

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Donald Trump’s Apprenticeship - WSJ

He says he wanted to do “The Apprentice” so that “the toughness, the viciousness of business could come out.” The program is compulsively adversarial. Donald Trump is doing politics for the same reason and in the same way he did reality television. Ask Hillary or Bill Clinton. Or, as the 42nd president once told his defeated opponent, Bob Dole: “You gotta do what you gotta do.”

via www.wsj.com

We could all learn something from watching The Apprentice, but sometimes learning something just isn't worth it.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Swiss Army Chief Warns Of Social Unrest, Calls Upon Citizens To Arm Themselves | Zero Hedge

Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned, in a Swiss newspaper article on Sunday, the risks of social unrest in Europe are soaring. Recalling the experience of 1939/1945, Blattman fears the increasing aggression in public discourse is an explosively hazardous situation, and advises the Swiss people to arm themselves and warns that the basis for Swiss prosperity is "being called into question."

via www.zerohedge.com

H/t JGS.

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Militiamen, ranchers in showdown for soul of Burns | OregonLive.com

"I am here now trying to empower and motivate the people of this community to take a stand against tyranny and show them that I will gladly stand with them," Ritzheimer said.

via www.oregonlive.com

Crazy but interesting.

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Trump calls Bill Clinton 'one of the great abusers of the world' | TheHill

Donald Trump called former President Bill Clinton “one of the great abusers of the world” and said women “don’t like Hillary Clinton” at an end-of-2015 rally Wednesday in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Republican White House frontrunner said he had “no choice” but to go on the attack against the Clintons given charges of sexism from the leading Democratic presidential candidate.

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“You can’t let people push you around. You can’t let people tell lies,” Trump said, adding that “nobody respects women more than Donald Trump.”

“She’s hitting me really hard with the women card,” Trump said. “She’s not going to win.”

Trump then turned to her female base: “Women don’t like Hillary. I see it all the time.”

via thehill.com

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IDF preparing for possibility of ISIS approach to border - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

The IDF is preparing for the possibility that Russian air strikes will push Islamic State forces, currently around 40 kilometers away from the Israeli border, towards the Golan Heights in the coming months.

via www.jpost.com

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Puerto Rico will default again on Jan. 4 - Dec. 30, 2015

There's no "Happy New Year" for Puerto Rico.

via money.cnn.com

But it's a happy new year for its lawyers!

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Military Strategist Explains Why Trump Leads—And Will Fail

No matter how much you dislike Donald Trump and his effect on the Republican presidential primary race—and there are many, many good reasons to do so—you have to spare a little grudging admiration for the sheer madcap genius of Trump’s ability to disrupt, unsettle, and exploit the primary system.

We can better understand what Trump has done successfully, as well as his ultimate limitations as a candidate and why he would be such a terrible president, using the ideas of military strategic theorist John Boyd. Trump has been, thus far, the true Boyd candidate in this race, yet he is already exhibiting symptoms of precisely the flaws that Boyd saw as fatal in combatants.

via thefederalist.com

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8 forward-thinking vehicles to propel us into 2016

The continued minituarization of electronics, advances in materials technology, a growing emphasis on clean, sustainable modes of transport and imaginative thinkers with out-of-the-box ideas have converged to give us some truly audacious vehicle designs over the past 12 months. Some are certainly more practical than others, but from personal tricopters to amphibious motorcycles this new breed of personal mobility solutions offers a tantalizing glimpse into how we might be getting from A to B in the future. As we head into a new year with new possibilities, let's take a look at some that could have a role to play in shaping the future of transport.

via www.gizmag.com

Flying cars.

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Pentagon's women-in-combat push faces chilly headwinds | TheHill

The toughest part of the integration, which President Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter have made a priority in their final year in office, will be overcoming deep-seated opposition among many male special forces commandos.

via thehill.com

I should think so.

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