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PostSubject: France's Election   Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:24 pm

Marine Le Pen, the far right candidate who advocated barring immigrants and leaving the E.U., won 22% of today's vote.  She was the runner-up to Emmanuel Macron who is a centrist reasonable candidate with 24% -- which is a little too close for the upcoming runoff election.

It seems the result of prolonged worldwide terrorism is the emergence of reactionary politicians and the turning inward of developed nations, pulling back international aid, widening the very gap that terrorists decry.  They are inevitably driving the world toward a third world war, this one fought between Western developed nations and jihadist religious fundamentalists across the globe.

Nobody wants to call it a religious war, but that's where we're headed.

Trump called Saudi Arabia our great ally in the Middle East. Either he doesn't understand Sunni Islam or he's one of them.
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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:33 am

NoCoPilot wrote:
Trump called Saudi Arabia our great ally in the Middle East.  Either he doesn't understand Sunni Islam or he's one of them.

Trump probably thinks Iraq was responsible for 9/11.
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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sat May 06, 2017 9:44 am

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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sat May 06, 2017 12:53 pm

Do you think these idiot politicians will ever discover encryption?
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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sat May 06, 2017 7:20 pm

Yesterday NPR ran a fascinating story about Emmanuel Macron's life.
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/05/05/526937030/emmanuel-macrons-unconventional-candidacy-stems-from-an-unconventional-life

Highlights:

  • At fifteen, Macron fell in love with his drama teacher, who was married, had three kids, and 24 years older than him
  • They married ten years ago
  • He now has seven step-grandchildren (at age 39)!
  • This is, by the way, the exact same age difference between Donald & Melania Trump


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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sun May 07, 2017 7:50 am

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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sun May 07, 2017 8:05 am

Grassroots democracy, except that it's AstroTurf.
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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sun May 07, 2017 11:42 am

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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sun May 07, 2017 11:48 am

The hack lost. Macron won by about thirty points.

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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Sun May 07, 2017 12:03 pm

The Republicans had been campaigning against Hillary for years - the hack of the DNC was just icing on the cake. The Russians didn't have the same groundwork going for them in France.
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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Thu May 18, 2017 2:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: France's Election   Thu May 18, 2017 4:06 pm

There were reports of massive postings of false news and twitter posts - pro-LePen and anti-Macron - just prior to the French election. The posts mostly came from the good old USofA.
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