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david s January 13, 2021

Read a comment a while ago that rang so true to me at the time, when someone who had suffered domestic abuse called out Trump's behaviour as being exactly the same. I think the analogy has only grown more powerful since: the US found the courage to leave him on Nov 3rd, and he's raged and become violent, while continuing to deny any responsibility on his own part.

david s January 13, 2021

A summary article about the number of death row inmates the Trump administration has gone ahead with would be good - he's gone ahead with more of them than any other President in US history, hasn't he?

david s January 13, 2021

@Les Grossman Thought of you the other day, because I'd commented in a Sky News video about the Hunter Biden thing and had an ongoing, polite and sometimes almost rational conversation with a Trump supporter. He challenged me to a bet on the election result, which he of course did not honour for weeks and weeks before finally disappearing entirely off the platform... 😂

david s January 13, 2021

Ivanka may want to make a run, but she hasn't got a chance. She may be her father's favoured child and think that gives her an advantage, but she's married to a Jew. Maybe if Jared dishes on the global conspiracy that he's seen glimpses of from the inside, but I can't see him doing that, given that he went to all that trouble to get a pardon for his father.

david s January 7, 2021

@rush Some of them livestreamed themselves from Nancy Pelosi's office (they're also definitely not Antifa pretending to be Trump supporters)

david s December 25, 2020

The weird thing here is how there's absolutely no mention of 2 of my favourite films that feature these actors: Interstellar, where Hathaway plays scientist Amelia Brand, and Tangled, where Moore voices the lead character of Rapunzel...

david s December 25, 2020

Bana's done well, but I wouldn't call him a "Hollywood Star" - he hasn't been the lead in a Hollywood blockbuster, but he gets good supporting roles and leads in lower profile movies - I'd have him on the tier just below stardom.

david s December 25, 2020

You know that Bublé's remarks on Graham Norton were a joke, yeah? In that segment Norton also shares the fact that Bublé's album has been the No. 1 Christmas album in Australia every year since he released it in 2011, and Michael makes a joke about the money he makes from it 😃. My wife and I have been to his last 3 concerts in Sydney and she followed Bublé and Lopilato's Facebook livestream during isolation, and he loves Australia - he appreciates the fact that we 'get' him: his sense of humour and his music. We gave him his first #1 album anywhere in the world.

david s November 25, 2020

More than happy for Evans to join the echo chamber that it Parler: the more of this sort of person who does so, the less credibility that platform gets, even if it is growing numerically. Although I'm definitely curious about what they do about flame wars over there, or if someone from the left joined and started throwing the same sort of conspiracy theory bombs about right wing figures.

david s November 19, 2020

@laura__palmer Well, to be fair, it WAS "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" - their careers are usually down the toilet anyway when they go on that thing. The editors could also have gone to town with his stuff he says rather than perpetuating his Nice Guy image.

david s November 19, 2020

I have to say that I got out of the habit of giving blood - strangely enough, it was easier when the mobile donation unit would come around: I'd make sure I got down there on one of the 2 or 3 days, but when they opened a permanent unit when I could give blood at any time, I just lost track of it. Then I changed workplaces and I have no idea where the nearest donation place is - I will at least look that up now, even though I'm still working from home most days.

david s November 9, 2020

@Les Grossman Wondered what you thought of the result, Les: not the landslide I was hoping for, but Trump definitely not the "winner"... 😎

david s October 28, 2020

I hope she managed to get a plug in for her salon while she was giving out this free advice - although I suppose guys wouldn't usually go that route anyway...

david s October 28, 2020

@mamamia-user-556745246 I don't think it matters if Ocean Spray the company did get Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks onto it to get them to make a video: to me, that seems like a great reaction and seizing a fantastic opportunity. They've helped Nathan and helped their brand as well - that's a win-win for both of them, as well as a win for Fleetwood Mac as well, and it's the whole basis of earned media, as opposed to owned or paid media.


If Nathan wasn't who he said he was or if Ocean Spray had somehow manage to engineer this whole thing from the get-go, that would be a cause for cynicism, but I don't see any evidence of that here.

david s October 28, 2020

That's just utterly sad and beautiful: my son's doing his HSC and asked me just yesterday what "poignant" meant - Chrissy, John and Jack's story here is the very definition of that word.

david s October 28, 2020

The approach does, however, mean the franchise has a ready made candidate for an upcoming instalment of The Bachelor - getting a decent and genuine bloke like Matty J who does actually find the love of his life is probably the only way I'll come back to the series.

david s October 28, 2020

The polls were always going to tighten: but unlike in 2016, they've been stable for a much longer period of time with a much smaller number of undecided people in them. The pollsters have also adjusted their models to increase representation of those who did vote for Trump in 2016, but the record turnout probably means that's out of date as well - does the increased turn out favour Trump or Biden? Almost certainly Biden. COVID cases are surging in the mid-west battleground states, which is a concrete, personal demonstration to the people in those states that Trump's rhetoric about "rounding the corner" is just wrong. Michael Moore is doomsaying to try and make sure people still actually go and vote - many didn't last time because they couldn't imagine someone like Trump winning. They're not making the same mistake this time. Early voting is at record levels, and there isn't anyone who is going to vote for Trump reluctantly because they just can't stand Biden - he's just not as unlikable as Clinton, Trump is not the unknown challenger but the incumbent, and his lack of empathy about COVID is going to be the end of his presidency. It's a question of whether he's going to take down enough GOP Senators with him to give the Democrats the majority in the Senate, so Biden can actually get things done as opposed to Mitch McConnell blocking everything he can just because he can.

david s October 28, 2020

The gaslighting approach would be to ask whether it really happened the way she recalls, or pretend it's not a big deal. The truth is obviously that it's consistent with a pattern of behaviour that Trump has displayed over an extended period of time. 

david s October 22, 2020

We're yet to become completely disillusioned by the concept of finding love on TV
I have, and Matt Agnew's the one who killed it for me. I loved his season, but for him to make no effort with Chelsea after his season wrapped has just killed the whole thing for me. Maybe I'll turn it on again if there's another genuine seeming candidate, but I haven't watched a single other episode since then.

david s October 22, 2020

@cat After the competing town halls, Trump's campaign manager likened Biden's event to "an episode of Mister Rodgers Neighborhood" - which is a perfect encapsulation of the way Trump thinks and what he does and does not value. And it's going to have the same sort of effect on voters, because most Americans LOVED Mr Rogers.

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