[Discussion] The Donald Trump Administration

Let's follow and discuss what our newest presidential administration gets up to, the good, the bad, the lawsuits.

They hate liberals more than they love video games.

If SJWs hadn't ruined games 45 wouldnt need to come after them.

Demosthenes wrote:

They already rationalized Milo's references to gamers as losers in their soiled underpants. If he drops it within a week, are they really gonna be upset that he scapegoated for a second?

I have a feeling that the Venn Diagram of Gators and The_Dotards is pretty close to a perfect circle.

The Gators were able to overlook what Milo said because Milo's sole use was that he was a gay guy who thought and said all the horrible things Gators thought and said. He was their shield against SJWs because they could always point to Milo and a say "see, we're not bigots like you say we are because we like this one gay dude." That was always more important than what he might have said months before GG broke.

Trump, though? He's their God Emperor. Some will force themselves through the cognitive dissonance, but there's going to be some that just can't take the betrayal over their precious vidya games. Doubly so because you just know Trump's going to say something that they're going to find spectacularly offensive and out of touch.

If video games cause violence, it would be a dangerous idea to attack people who play video games. I guess?

Hockosi wrote:

If video games cause violence, it would be a dangerous idea to attack people who play video games. I guess?

That's why you need a good guy who plays board games.

Paleocon wrote:
Gremlin wrote:
Hobear wrote:

His blue collar base angry about losing jobs no one wants anymore care despite being wrong. Same with the dying coal industry and the money backing them.

Guess I'd better make plans to stake out my makeshift tent once the Trumpvilles start springing up in earnest.

Like I keep saying. Trumpanzees are perfectly happy living under bridges, cooking pigeons over trash barrels so long as black folks don't get pigeons.

of course they are. Bad times are Obama fault. Good times are the orange white man's good doings.

farley3k wrote:

what a f*cking swap-drainer...

Trump Charges His Campaign Top Dollar To Rent A Basically Empty Trump Tower Office
His tiny re-election effort spent more on its monthly rent there than his campaign paid for most of the 2016 run.

Republican donors last year paid over a half-million dollars for Trump re-election campaign offices in Trump Tower ― a decision that personally benefited the president, but provided workspace for at most a handful of staff.

According to a HuffPost analysis of Federal Election Commission filings, the monthly rent was more than what candidate Donald Trump had been charging from June 2015 to March 2016, back when he was largely self-funding his campaign and when there were, on average, several dozen employees in the midtown Manhattan office.

And while it is unclear why Trump’s re-election campaign has rented so much room for so few people, its decision to do so has helped fill office space that appears to have become much more difficult to rent out since Trump won the presidency.

Totally not filtering in Russian or other dirty money....

Hope Hicks told House Intelligence Committee she was hacked, sources say

WASHINGTON — A day before she resigned as White House communications director, Hope Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee last week that one of her email accounts was hacked, according to people who were present for her testimony in the panel's Russia probe.

Under relatively routine questioning from Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., about her correspondence, Hicks indicated that she could no longer access two accounts: one she used as a member of President Donald Trump's campaign team and the other a personal account, according to four people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the closed meeting of the Intelligence Committee was supposed to remain private.

Hicks, who portrayed herself as not savvy in matters of technology, told lawmakers that one of the accounts was hacked, according to two sources who were in the room. It is unclear if Hicks was referring to the campaign or the personal account.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen tries to silence adult-film star Stormy Daniels

President Donald Trump's lawyer is trying to silence adult-film star Stormy Daniels, obtaining a secret restraining order in a private arbitration proceeding and warning that she will face penalties if she publicly discusses a relationship with the president, NBC News has learned.

The new pressure on Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, comes a day after she filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court alleging that a nondisclosure agreement she made to keep quiet about an "intimate" relationship with Trump is invalid because he never signed it.

Tuesday's lawsuit says that Trump attorney Michael Cohen — who brokered the agreement with Clifford during the presidential campaign — attempted to "intimidate" Clifford and "shut her up" by initiating what it calls a "bogus arbitration proceeding" against her in Los Angeles on Feb. 27.

On that day, Cohen obtained a temporary restraining order against Clifford from the private arbitrator, a retired judge, which bars her from disclosing "confidential information" related to the nondisclosure agreement signed in October 2016, according to a copy of the order obtained by NBC News.

polypusher wrote:

The cheeto's 'videogame' meeting tomorrow will just be an ambush and throwing video games under the bus as the scapegoat. They'll use the meeting as an excuse not to make any actual movements against gun owners.

From a Polygon article:

This morning, The Daily Beast published an article that said President Trump plans to pin the blame for gun violence on the game industry at large. Quoting anonymous sources, it said that the Trump White House is scrambling to “cobble together some semblance of a serious policy meeting.” It also confirms a second attendee in addition to the ESA, a man named L. Brent Bozell.

Bozell is the head of the Media Research Center, which describes itself as a nonprofit media watchdog. It regularly highlights anti-video game articles that align with its conservative values

Oh good. :/

This will work wonderfully for assholes on both sides to dig in their heels and once again make sensible discussion of violence in media impossible for a long time.
The NRA gets something to howl about instead of looking at the gun problem, and the ESA will use this to scream that video game industry is under attack and we should defend it wholeheartedly instead of wasting time debating what lootboxes are.

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My Google morning feed from Reuters this morning implied the trade war is just potentially hot air to help sway the election.

jowner wrote:

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My Google morning feed from Reuters this morning implied the trade war is just potentially hot air to help sway the election.

Are you f*cking kidding me? I guess we'll find out today as supposedly stuff is getting signed.

Gremlin wrote:

Hope Hicks told House Intelligence Committee she was hacked, sources say

WASHINGTON — A day before she resigned as White House communications director, Hope Hicks told the House Intelligence Committee last week that one of her email accounts was hacked, according to people who were present for her testimony in the panel's Russia probe.

Under relatively routine questioning from Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., about her correspondence, Hicks indicated that she could no longer access two accounts: one she used as a member of President Donald Trump's campaign team and the other a personal account, according to four people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the closed meeting of the Intelligence Committee was supposed to remain private.

Hicks, who portrayed herself as not savvy in matters of technology, told lawmakers that one of the accounts was hacked, according to two sources who were in the room. It is unclear if Hicks was referring to the campaign or the personal account.

For some reason I just don't trust that a person who pledged to Trump that the emails sent to Trump Jr. to set up the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians “will never get out” had her email hacked. It sounds much more like "I need an excuse for why all my emails were mysteriously deleted."

ranalin wrote:

Hunting ban lifted...

Aw, daddy got Donnie Jr. a belated birthday present.

Well video gamers, we had a good run of it.

Trump will lead a conversation about "violent video game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children," a White House spokeswoman told CNBC.

The gaming industry's representatives will include CEO Strauss Zelnick of Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the popular and notoriously violent "Grand Theft Auto" franchise.

The meeting also appears to include a contingent of critics concerned about the impact of video game violence on young minds, such as retired Army Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of "Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing."

The CEO of ZeniMax Media is also scheduled to attend. ZeniMax, parent company of the developer of the "Fallout" and "Elder Scrolls" franchises, has Trump's younger brother, Robert S. Trump, among its board of directors.

See the article for the detailed list of attendees: 3, R Congressfolk, 3 Anti-game activists, 3 game execs with minimal notice or time to prepare, and ESA rep.

See y'all on the terrorist watch list!

gains wrote:

Well video gamers, we had a good run of it.

Trump will lead a conversation about "violent video game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children," a White House spokeswoman told CNBC.

The gaming industry's representatives will include CEO Strauss Zelnick of Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the popular and notoriously violent "Grand Theft Auto" franchise.

The meeting also appears to include a contingent of critics concerned about the impact of video game violence on young minds, such as retired Army Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of "Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing."

The CEO of ZeniMax Media is also scheduled to attend. ZeniMax, parent company of the developer of the "Fallout" and "Elder Scrolls" franchises, has Trump's younger brother, Robert S. Trump, among its board of directors.

See the article for the detailed list of attendees: 3, R Congressfolk, 3 Anti-game activists, 3 game execs with minimal notice or time to prepare, and ESA rep.

See y'all on the terrorist watch list!

I, for one, welcome our dystopia future we pine for in games! /S

Wait did valve pull another fast one & Half Life 3 is just real life now?! #TheOneFreeman

OG_slinger wrote:
ranalin wrote:

Hunting ban lifted...

Aw, daddy got Donnie Jr. a belated birthday present.

Jeez, when even Michael Savage calls you out for being too much of a right-wing jerk, maybe it's time to rethink.

gains wrote:

Well video gamers, we had a good run of it.

Trump will lead a conversation about "violent video game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children," a White House spokeswoman told CNBC.

The gaming industry's representatives will include CEO Strauss Zelnick of Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the popular and notoriously violent "Grand Theft Auto" franchise.

The meeting also appears to include a contingent of critics concerned about the impact of video game violence on young minds, such as retired Army Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of "Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing."

The CEO of ZeniMax Media is also scheduled to attend. ZeniMax, parent company of the developer of the "Fallout" and "Elder Scrolls" franchises, has Trump's younger brother, Robert S. Trump, among its board of directors.

See the article for the detailed list of attendees: 3, R Congressfolk, 3 Anti-game activists, 3 game execs with minimal notice or time to prepare, and ESA rep.

See y'all on the terrorist watch list!

Wonder what 4chan and certain areas on reddit think of their 'god emperor' now.

An Ars Technica article digging into the last time a White House administration had a video games and violence summit:

Yelling at “scumbags”—inside the White House’s last gaming violence summit: When gaming executives meet the executive branch, the discussion can get a bit bumpy.

“I think the first words he said to me were something like, 'What are we going to do with these scumbags?'"

In the wake of a horrific school shooting, a senior member of the White House appeared ready to take the game industry to task for supposedly desensitizing an entire generation to the horrors of gun violence. But while President Trump has repeatedly called out video games and other violent media in recent weeks, he’s not the one who reportedly called game industry representatives “scumbags” in advance of a White House summit. The above quote is instead attributed to the last senior White House official to host a meeting with the video game industry: Vice President Joe Biden.

Back at the start of 2013, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School weighed heavily on the nation's collective consciousness. The shooting killed 20 Connecticut school children on December 14, 2012, and the entire country was looking for somewhere to direct its anger and take action.

A push for gun control was met with an equally vocal push for alternative considerations, and video game violence became a convenient explanation for some, widely discussed as a potential explanation for real-world youth violence. So Vice President Biden, under the direction of President Obama, prepared to meet with representatives from the game industry as part of a wide-ranging gun violence task force.

You know, I could really get into more of these contextualizing deep dives that reflect on current events.

Every president gets to fill about 4,000 positions throughout the federal government that are reserved for political appointees. So far Trump has filled about 2,500 of them.

ProPublica decided to figure out exactly who those people were and spent the last year filing hundreds of FOIA requests and sifting through thousands of financial disclosure reports.

And the picture those appointees paint is one of an administration that has largely outsourced policy creation and execution to former lobbyists and wonks from conservative think tanks.

ProPublica wrote:

At least 187 Trump political appointees have been federal lobbyists, and despite President Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp,” many are now overseeing the industries they once lobbied on behalf of. We’ve also discovered ethics waivers that allow Trump staffers to work on subjects in which they have financial conflicts of interest. In addition, at least 254 appointees affiliated with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and at least 125 staffers from prominent conservative think tanks are now working in the federal government, many of whom are on teams to repeal Obama-era regulations.

Drilling down even further, at least 35 Trump political appointees worked for or consulted with groups affiliated with the the billionaire libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch, who also have a network of advocacy groups, nonprofits, private companies and political action committees. At least 25 Trump appointees came from the influential Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank founded in 1973, and at least two came from Heritage Action, its related political nonprofit. Heritage says the Trump administration, in just its first year, has enacted nearly two-thirds of its 334 policy recommendations.

We also found — for the first time — dozens of special-government employees, or SGEs, who work as paid consultants or experts for federal agencies while keeping their day jobs in the private sector. This rare government gig allows them to legally work for both industry and the Trump administration at the same time. Under the Obama administration, Huma Abedin, the longtime aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, benefited from this policy while simultaneously working at the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and a corporate consulting firm, drawing scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Government Accountability Office.

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The pipelines between conservative policy think tanks — namely the Heritage Foundation and the Koch Brothers’ Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce — and the Trump administration are clear, as is their effect on federal policy.

Just before Trump took office last January, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, one of the main conservative advocacy groups funded by the Koch Brothers, unveiled a deregulatory wish list. The action plan highlighted 19 Obama-era policies affecting the environment, labor and technology that Freedom Partners wanted gone. “This strategy can help to unravel eight years of regulatory overreach starting immediately,” the organization’s vice president, Andy Koenig, wrote in an accompanying press release.

A few weeks later, Koenig joined the White House as a policy assistant, putting him in a position to implement his former employer’s agenda. Sure enough, just over a year later, the administration has acted on 16 of the 19 suggestions that Freedom Partners listed.

The moratorium on federal coal leases? Lifted. The Paris climate agreement? Withdrawn. The Clean Power Plan? Repealed. The FCC’s net neutrality policy, the EPA’s Waters of the United States rule, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rules? All reversed.

Freedom Partners and the White House didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The Trump campaign had a small staff and was light on policy chops, so it leaned heavily on personnel from the Koch network and the Heritage Foundation during the transition. “When you have a president committed to strong deregulatory policy, there’s no better place to figure out what regulations put a stranglehold on the economy than to go to the Koch network and the Heritage Foundation,” said Marc Lampkin, the co-chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s lobbying practice and a former aide to House Speaker John Boehner. “It makes perfect sense that they would be part of the intellectual breeding ground for the administration.”

OG_slinger wrote:

Every president gets to fill about 4,000 positions throughout the federal government that are reserved for political appointees. So far Trump has filled about 2,500 of them.

ProPublica decided to figure out exactly who those people were and spent the last year filing hundreds of FOIA requests and sifting through thousands of financial disclosure reports.

And the picture those appointees paint is one of an administration that has largely outsourced policy creation and execution to former lobbyists and wonks from conservative think tanks.

Seems like what a conservative would actually approve of so he is kind of doing what he was elected to do from their perspective.

Nice scapegoat you got there in video games, Donald.

If only you and the rest of the US didn't glorify violence and the use of force in every way imaginable. Hell, we even call Die Hard a Christmas movie!

farley3k wrote:

Seems like what a conservative would actually approve of so he is kind of doing what he was elected to do from their perspective.

He was also elected to "drain the swamp," but has hired hundreds of lobbyists and granted dozens of waivers to the "no lobbying" rule he put in place as soon as he became president.

The ProPublica piece also reminds me about the bigger picture with Trump. While we all tend to focus on the crazy sh*t he says or tweets or the administration's gaffe/scandal du jour there are literally thousands of people busy reshaping government in ways we don't agree with and the impact of which probably won't be felt for months or years. And even then all we'll hear is there was a deadly chemical spill or a financial crisis whose cause can be traced to one of Trump's appointees changing or killing a regulation.

pyxistyx wrote:

Wonder what 4chan and certain areas on reddit think of their 'god emperor' now.

I thought that before Net Neutrality was revoked, but it doesn't seem to have put a dent in them, I don't think this will either.

Yonder wrote:
pyxistyx wrote:

Wonder what 4chan and certain areas on reddit think of their 'god emperor' now.

I thought that before Net Neutrality was revoked, but it doesn't seem to have put a dent in them, I don't think this will either.

Like I said earlier, they hate liberals more than they love video games. Actually, they may hate liberals more than they love... anything. “Liberal tears” seems to be the entire policy of the right currently.

Doubly so because you just know Trump's going to say something that they're going to find spectacularly offensive and out of touch.

Damn, I'm late to the party. I was going to mention the lack of pushback regarding Net Neutrality. Which is definitely one credible way to cripple video games. Bring on the GTA 9 Tea Tax! Tree of Liberty and Patriot Blood Yadda Yadda!

The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a videogame is a good guy with a videogame.

If videogames are outlawed, only outlaws will have videogames.

What are the other standard lines?

It's in the Constitution

Yonder wrote:

It's in the Constitution

Everyone knows you can't change or amend the Constitution. Only God* can do that.

*Christian God, obviously.

Chaz wrote:
Yonder wrote:

It's in the Constitution

Everyone knows you can't change or amend the Constitution. Only God* can do that.

*Christian God, obviously.

White Jesus.

wordsmythe wrote:
Chaz wrote:
Yonder wrote:

It's in the Constitution

Everyone knows you can't change or amend the Constitution. Only God* can do that.

*Christian God, obviously.

White Jesus.

Supply Side Jesus