Going to a Trump rally is like going to a big fart festival and enjoying the smell?
It’s no secret that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump fills his speeches with nationalism and xenophobia.And in a three-minute video published by the New York Times late Wednesday, a collection of clips from the divisive nominee’s rallies throughout the past year reveals how Trump’s chilling rhetoric is being channeled by his followers.
New York Times releases unfiltered footage from a year of Trump rallies
And in a three-minute video published by the New York Times late Wednesday, a collection of clips from the divisive nominee’s rallies throughout the past year reveals how Trump’s chilling rhetoric is being channeled by his followers.
Watch the footage here:
Over the course of several minutes, Trump supporters—alternately jubilant and enraged—are shown spewing racist, homophobic, and sexist slurs, sucker-punching protesters, and displaying a worshipful attitude toward Trump that reminds viewers why his candidacy has been provoking comparisons to 1930s Germany.
Trump acolytes are captured shouting:
“Build the wall! Build the wall!”
“Send them bastards back!”
“If you don’t speak English and you don’t contribute, get out of here!”
“Get the fuck out!”
“Fuck Islam! Fuck ’em!”
“You don’t talk about America when you’re supporting Muslims!”
“Hang the bitch!”
“He’s the last chance we have to establish law and order.”
“I swear, on Tuesday I will go to the polls and vote for Donald Trump!”
Putin told the heads of large foreign companies and business associations that Russia is aware of the United States’ plans for nuclear hegemony.
As the United States continues to develop and upgrade their nuclear weapons capabilities at an alarming rate, America’s ruling class refuses to heed warnings from President Vladimir Putin that Russia will respond as necessary.
In his most recent attempt to warn his Western counterparts about the impending danger of a new nuclear arms race, Putin told the heads of large foreign companies and business associations that Russia is aware of the United States’ plans for nuclear hegemony. He was speaking at the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
“We know year by year what will happen, and they know that we know,” he said.
Putin argued that the rationale the U.S. previously gave for maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons system is directed at the so-called “Iranian threat.” But that threat has been drastically reduced since the U.S. proved instrumental in reaching an agreement with Iran that should put to rest any possible Iranian nuclear potential.
The Russian president also highlighted the fact that although the United States missile system is referred to as an “anti-missile defense system,” the systems are just as offensive as they are defensive:
“They say [the missile systems] are part of their defense capability, and are not offensive, that these systems are aimed at protecting them from aggression. It’s not true…the strategic ballistic missile defense is part of an offensive strategic capability, [and] functions in conjunction with an aggressive missile strike system.”
This missile system has been launched throughout Europe, and despite American promises at the end of the Cold War that NATO’s expansion would not move “as much as a thumb’s width further to the East,” the missile system has been implemented in many of Russia’s neighboring countries, most recently in Romania.
Russia views this as a direct attack on their security.
“How do we know what’s inside those launchers? All one needs to do is reprogram [the system], which is an absolutely inconspicuous task,” Putin stated.
Putin further explained the implications of this missile defense system’s implementation without any response from Russia. The ability of the missile defense system to render Russia’s nuclear capabilities useless would cause an upset in what Putin refers to as the “strategic balance” of the world. Without this balance of power, the U.S. would be free to pursue their policies throughout the world without any tangible threat from Russia. Therefore, this “strategic balance,” according to Putin, is what has kept the world safe from large-scale wars and military conflicts.
Following George W. Bush’s 2001 decision to unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty, Russia was, according to Putin, left with no choice but to upgrade their capabilities in response.
“Today Russia has reached significant achievements in this field. We have modernized our missile systems and successfully developed new generations. Not to mention missile defense systems…We must provide security not only for ourselves. It’s important to provide strategic balance in the world, which guarantees peace on the planet.
Under the guise of following an anti-nuclear weapons policy, the Obama administration has announced plans for a $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan, which — let’s face it — is targeted at Russia.
Neutralizing Russia’s nuclear potential will undo, according to Putin, “the mutual threat that has provided [mankind] with global security for decades.”
There is no winner in a nuclear war between Russia and the United States. This has been not only confirmed but repeatedly warned about by atomic scientists who — if we are being honest — are the people whose opinion on this topic should matter the most.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
In other news: young people in urban centres have given up on buying houses, consumer debt continues to rise, and West Coast homeless shelters are overcrowded with out-of-work Albertans.
What goes up… Photo via Flickr user Colin Knowles
We’ve been hearing a lot about Canadian real estate in 2016, often alongside the word “bubble.” While this may be a source of anxiety for a lot of us, a recent Financial Post breakdown of Canada’s economic performance says the overheated housing market is actually the one good thing we’ve had going for the last two years.
According to a recent Statistics Canada report on GDP, Canada’s current economic growth is the slowest it’s been in more than half a century. Real estate has been the biggest area of growth since oil prices dropped off in 2014, while Alberta’s oil and gas industry continues to bleed red ink.
Jeff Rubin, former CIBC World Markets chief economist and author of The Carbon Bubble, says it makes sense that capital is moving out of oil and into things like real estate, but dependence on housing fueled by low interest rates also comes with some risks. “That’s a double-edged sword,” he told VICE, “because the rise in housing prices, particularly in places like Toronto and Vancouver, raises affordability issues.”
Depending who you ask, Canadian markets are either starting to rebound after ten months of stagnation, or just waiting for another shoe to drop. In the meantime, young people in urban centres have pretty much given up on buying houses, consumer debt continues to rise, and West Coast homeless shelters are overcrowding with out-of-work Albertans.
Back in June, governor for the Bank of Canada Stephen Poloz said “we have the right to be optimistic” as oil producers returned to work after the Alberta wildfires. But if you ask Rubin, who’s also a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, he thinks Canada’s oil sector still has further to fall, and it won’t be easy for other industries to pick up the slack.
Rubin explained that the world is headed for a period of slower growth and low oil costs, and that Canada’s high-cost, low-payoff oil sands have yet to scale back to match market conditions. While high-cost producers in the US have cut down on production, he said Canada apparently didn’t get the memo: “The global oil market is no longer growing at a rate that will accommodate an expansion of high-cost oil, or even current production of high-cost oil,” Rubin told VICE. “There hasn’t yet been a cutback in the oil sands. They’re still increasing production, even though it’s hemorrhaging red ink.”
As for the housing market, Canada’s major banking regulator recently made some banks beef up stress testing in case of a major crash in the market. Last month, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions told private banks to see if they can handle a 50 percent price drop in Vancouver and a 40 percent drop in Toronto—up from the 30 percent stress testing required after the 2008 financial meltdown. Then there’s the $13.7 billion in short bets against Canada’s major banks, according to a new Toronto-based real estate blog. (To say nothing of the chief officers at those banks who happen to be selling their multi-million dollar homes.)
To recap: unless you’re the head of a bank or a homeowner who got into the market early, it might take some serious self-delusion to find good news in Canada’s economic outlook.
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