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165 days ago

Confederate revisionism took root as a reaction to the Civil Rights era. Use of the confederate flag and statues in honor of the losers of the Civil War became in style during the early to middle part of the 20th Century. I don't think that's an era of our history that should be celebrated.

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165 days ago

Big win for the ultra wealthy and jerks who like to wear white sheets and nazi arm bands. I blame the Dems for backing Hillary.

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165 days ago

The big kahuna on this list and definitely the biggest shocker. Trump's presidency might not last for the full 2 terms, given the major financial and political scandals swirling around him, but the influence of his presidency is sure to last for many years afterwards. He effectively conducted a hostile takeover of the political system, defeating established, favored political names to win the presidency. He has been disrupting the system ever since, with a twitter account in hand.

Trump won because he was able to exploit dissatisfaction in the years after the financial crisis, over a recovery that did not reach everyone, particularly those in industrial areas and in the farm belt, which had been suffering through a period of low commodity prices. When there are economic problems, that also spreads over to social venues. A racial divide has opened up, one that Trump has encouraged for his own purposes. But more broadly, what America is and how it projects power in the world might be up for challenge in the coming years. Bigger changes are afoot.

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165 days ago

The British aren't going to leave the EU. Too many major trade and financial ties with the continent to be severed, with interlinked supply chains connecting them. That can't be undone on a whim. The UK government will kick this can down the road as far as they can, especially since there's no real consensus on either side on how to proceed. It also doesn't help that the EU is a mess right now. In 10 years, that whole continent is going to look completely different. Probably regional military, economic and political blocs, over the centralized mess that is the EU.

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165 days ago

An auger of Trump's rule over the United States.

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165 days ago

That really scared the shit out of a lot of people in Hawaii. That shows the type of panic that will ensure if there is a real missile attack. Have a plan, because you never know...

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165 days ago

Worthwhile cause to protest. Police brutality is real, it is an abuse of authority that needs to stop. However, kneeling during the anthem probably detracts and polarizes opinion around this issue. There are other ways to make a statement.

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165 days ago

His voice is very missed. Gritty, but not in a mean-spirited way.

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165 days ago

They've been on a downhill spiral for several years now. Handing over the firm to hedge fund types like Eddie Lampert was never going to end well. They only know how to sell off the productive sides of a firm, leaving the rest to be sold off on the cheap. The rise of new competitors hasn't helped, but they failed to adapt and invest in new more profitable lines of business.

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