RIP -- Consequential Person Has Passed Away

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  1. Chicago76

    Chicago76 Member+

    Jun 9, 2002
    Imo, a more fitting end would be to ship his unrefrigerated body to the UAE on a sailboat. Then dump him down a retired oil well. He can rest in a low tax utopia encased in dead dinosaur juice for all eternity.
     
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  2. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    It is. But let's just have a moment of quiet reflection and get back to work:

     
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  3. xtomx

    xtomx Member+

    Chicago Fire
    Sep 6, 2001
    Chicago
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    Yes, I read the comments, which was the cause of my consternation about the original post.
     
  4. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Big donations to the arts & hospitals...blah, blah. This is what I'll remember him for among other shitty things.

    After Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers emerged as the main funders of the opposition. They helped finance the tea party protests that engulfed Obama’s first term. David Koch echoed his father’s conspiratorial Birch Society conservatism when he said that Obama was a “hardcore socialist” who was “pretending to be something other than that.”

    https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5b2d702be4b0321a01d125de
     
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  5. Auriaprottu

    Auriaprottu Member+

    Atlanta Damn United FC (f***ing CHAMPIONS)
    Apr 1, 2002
    The back of the bus
    Club:
    Atlanta
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    It's too late now. He should have been burned alive.
     
  6. dapip

    dapip Member+

    Sep 5, 2003
    South Florida
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    Colombia


     
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  7. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    "Democracy"

    On the Kochs' secret, semi-annual seminars

    They've been so careful about the secrecy at these meetings, which take place twice a year in resorts, that at one point they even went to the trouble to erect white noise machines that would create static facing the outside, so that nobody could eavesdrop on them. They routinely refuse to disclose the names of the donors who come to these events, but at one point a guest list got left behind, which has provided the one full guest list of one of these events. What you can see from it is that there are about somewhere between 400 and 450 of the wealthiest conservatives in America getting together to plan how to use their fortunes to influence American politics...

    I think the genius of the Kochs is the magic trick that they've really figured out, which is that it's not just their money funding this; they've created a consortium. It's a club where you've got maybe 400 people who are cumulatively enormously wealthy. I tried to figure out at one point how many billionaires were involved just in the first term of Obama's presidency, because they were funding so much of the opposition to Obama, and I got to a count of 18 billionaires who are known and whose net worth put together was $214 billion. Now, obviously they're not spending all of it on politics, but it gives you a sense of the throw-weight of this tiny, concentrated group of people.

    https://www.npr.org/2016/01/19/4635...ers-traces-their-childhood-and-political-rise
     
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  8. dapip

    dapip Member+

    Sep 5, 2003
    South Florida
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    Not sure if it’s true but sounds very possible with that family:



    But we know the next generation’s legacy:

     
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  9. roadkit

    roadkit Greetings from the Fringe of Obscurity

    Jul 2, 2003
    Fornax Cluster
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    They wanted to make sure nobody could hear the new participants getting spanked with a paddle.
     
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  10. xtomx

    xtomx Member+

    Chicago Fire
    Sep 6, 2001
    Chicago
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    I just finished "Democracy in Chains" and I am about 1/3 through "Dark Money" about the Kochs.

    Truly horrifying stuff.
     
  11. xtomx

    xtomx Member+

    Chicago Fire
    Sep 6, 2001
    Chicago
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    I wish that was all.

    They were, along with economist James Buchanan and the Austrian school Assholes, vehemently anti - democratic.

    They wanted spankings but not their members.
     
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  12. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Sons of a Bircher. It should surprise no one that this is what they did with their wealth.
     
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  13. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    Robert Mugabe, noteworthy as the leader of Zimbabwe's independence movement, and for a host of other things that render his legacy mixed, dies at 95.

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics...-leader-dictator-robert-mugabe-dies-obit.html


    Revered across the continent for his role in the independence struggle from colonial rule and respected for his continued antagonism of former colonial power Great Britain, and the West more generally, Mugabe struggled domestically under the weight of his own corruption and misrule. Once considered the breadbasket of the continent, the country’s economy collapsed under his watch, causing food shortages and driving unemployment over 80 percent. The country’s currency introduced the word “hyperinflation” into the contemporary global lexicon when inflation at one point reached a staggering 230 million percent. Throughout it all however, Mugabe was able to crush political opposition, survive a power sharing agreement in the 2000s, and ultimately maintain his hold on power.

    In November 2017, Mugabe’s reign came to an abrupt end when the army staged an effective coup, removing the longtime president from power. Allies in the military and his own political party, ZANU-PF, moved to stop Mugabe’s attempts to place his second wife, Grace Mugabe, in position to assume power. People took to the streets in support of his removal. “Mugabe’s fall marked the end of one of the last surviving ‘Big Men’ of the continent, the onetime revolutionary leaders who inherited the security apparatus of their former colonial rulers and used an iron fist to enrich themselves and repress their citizens,” according to the Washington Post.

    “In his final years in power, Mr. Mugabe presided over a shattered economy and a fractured political class that was jockeying for influence in anticipation of his death. Though often viewed in the West as a pariah, he was, in many corners of Africa, considered an elder statesman thanks to his liberation pedigree, his longevity and his eloquence in articulating a broad resentment of Western powers’ past and present policies toward the continent,” the New York Times notes. “If Nelson Mandela of South Africa, his contemporary, won universal admiration for emphasizing reconciliation, Mr. Mugabe tapped into an equally powerful sentiment in Africa: that the West had not sufficiently atoned for its sins and had continued to bully the continent.” ​
     
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  14. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Phew! As long as The Beast Mugabi is still around. (Googles him...he is!)
     
  15. Auriaprottu

    Auriaprottu Member+

    Atlanta Damn United FC (f***ing CHAMPIONS)
    Apr 1, 2002
    The back of the bus
    Club:
    Atlanta
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    "pfft... amateur" -Trump
     
  16. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Trump admired Mugabe. He turned an S hole country into a BIGGER S hole country. Mission Accomplished.
     
  17. raza_rebel

    raza_rebel Member+

    Dec 11, 2000
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  18. HerthaBerwyn

    HerthaBerwyn Member+

    May 24, 2003
    Chicago
  19. raza_rebel

    raza_rebel Member+

    Dec 11, 2000
    Club:
    Univ de Chile

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