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KapteinB  ·  259 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

I didn't read the whole thing, because it's very long, and I'd already read an article about this in a Norwegian newspaper.

Are anyone surprised though? From the moment he first refused to release his tax returns, we knew something shady was up. Even his cultists must have realised it, they just didn't care any more about his financial crimes than they cared about his sex crimes. Let's just hope he gets some sort of comeuppance. From what I understand it's too late for criminal charges, but it would be amazing if a sitting president were ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in civil fines.

The article I read says the Times spent a year and a half on this investigation, which I find interesting. First of all I'm surprised they didn't start sooner, why not already during the Republican primaries, or at the very least immediately after the election? They (like all of us) knew he had been up to shady things, and they knew if they could prove it this would make for a series of explosive articles.

Secondly a year and a half is an awful long time for newspaper research, even for such a big case as this one. I don't think it's accidental; I think the Times are honouring the US tradition of the October Surprise in national elections. Save the most explosive stuff for the month before the election, when everyone's eyes are on the people they're covering.

Someone on Tildes predicted that Trump would do something moronic and/or evil to create headlines to distract from his tax fraud. Right on cue the president went on stage and publicly mocked professor Ford. Sometimes I wonder if he's a PR idiot savant, or just a very lucky idiot.

necroptosis  ·  259 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean a year and a half does put this somewhat close to starting right after the election. I doubt they thought there was much of a need to dedicate those assets before the election. Most everyone assumed he was going to lose, and any work done wouldn’t matter by the time it finished.

As for the time? I don’t know, I feel like a year and a half is a reasonable time for three reporters to gather, sift, and interpret this much information. No doubt the timing is quite beneficial, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this report took about that much time to compile.

Part of the article talks about Trumps ability to talk himself up at the right times, and to maintain silence at others. The majority of his businesses are brand name centric. He built his visual empire on self image, he’s definitely not just lucky with PR

am_Unition  ·  259 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah I wish NYT would have waited another week or two for the Kavanaugh headlines to blow over before publishing this.

KapteinB  ·  401 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Are My Friends Really My Friends?

    Ms. Flora did note the advantages of digital media for introverts and people susceptible to loneliness, namely that it is less risky and enervating to make contact through a text or post than through a phone call or an invitation to meet.

When I was in high school I bought my first cell phone, and it came with a truly amazing feature: Text messaging. I remember how amazing it was to be able to communicate with anyone without actually talking to them!

Things got even better when I got access to the world wide web on my spare time. I found a chat room with some friendly people, bound together by a common interest in video games and pop culture, which I still hang out in every day, almost a decade later. Without that room and those dozen+ people I count among my friends, spread across time zones, I might have been a very lonely person.

    These findings jibe with the research of Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford. He has theorized that “group size” of both humans and nonhuman primates — the number of people (or, say, chimpanzees) one can maintain social cohesion with — correlates to “relative neocortical volume,” or the ratio of the neocortex to the rest of the brain.

The first time I learned about this was reading an article on, of all places, Cracked. I'm not allowed to share links yet, so if you have the time, visit Cracked and search for "monkeysphere". It's seriously one of the most eye-opening articles I've ever read.

galen  ·  400 days ago  ·  link  ·  
KapteinB  ·  400 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's the one. Thanks! :-)