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Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 - 22:02 SGT
Posted By: Gilbert

This Mad And Maga World

"He's a goddamn lion. And he doesn't want to rule over the herd like Hillary, or protect the herd like Bernie.
He wants to lead a pride. He wants us to be the lions.

- r/the_donald, and why the GOD-EMPEROR is WINNING

[N.B. Skipping the obvious song, since it's been posted before here]

...why, oh why, didn't I run myself..?

The real October surprise, folks! Fittingly, after attacking GOD-EMPEROR TRUMP with a cat, the Hillary camp has been self-pwned by a bird, and it's clear who tends to get the better of that matchup. And more precisely, the bird of Anthony Weiner, on-and-off hubby of top Crooked Hillary aide Huma Abedin.

As it transpired, the self-styled "Carlos Danger" (so, that's how they came up with the senseless and short-lived "Dangerous Don" campaign?) turned out to have had classified emails, on the very laptop that he used to send dick pics to random hotties (that said, I'm not sure - how does this work? Are they supposed to be impressed?), via Huma. Whoops.

And thus, it's GOD-EMPEROR TRUMP who's coasting into the home stretch, people; the masses recognize well that the mainstream media is biased against him, and are awakening to just how deep the establishment rot goes. I mean, they've sunk as low as to wail on him for overbidding during opening negotiations! How ridiculous can one get?

In stark contrast to the spluttering Hillary campaign, there are definitely NO BRAKES ON THE TRUMP TRAIN. His loyal shitposters have if anything been cranking up the meme engine for the grandstand finish, with the fiendishly clever #DraftOurDaughters grassroots Twitter uprising, an inside peek into what Crooked Hillary's Russia-baiting truly entails.

On the other hand, Hillary is now favored in many key battleground states such as Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
(Source: twitter.com)

Do you hear that, folks? It's the sound of a TRUMP LANDSLIDE incoming - the ghost of Harambe watches out for us all!

The League of Mad Men

"Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you. Remember that, Sansa, when you come to play the game."

- Petyr Baelish, to Sansa Stark

"I have a substantial chance of winning. If I win, I don't want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is."

- GOD-EMPEROR TRUMP on his plan to deal with ISIS
(come on, admit it, it makes bloody good sense)

Among all this roiling discord, our Prime Minister has attempted to be a voice of reason, credit due where it's due. Thing however is, this is increasingly looking like a losing strategy, in a world that's becoming more and more crazy.

TRUMP is, of course, riding the wave of THE ABSOLUTE MADMAN into office, but really, all that is pretty tame by global standards. He'll probably find a kindred spirit in Duterte, who's swung from eradicating the drug scourge, to wanting America OUT of the Philippines (happily, one suspects that PRESIDENT-GOD-EMPEROR TRUMP might be quite willing to oblige)

However, might there be a method to their madness? In particular, is Duterte actually just trying to extract better terms from Uncle Sam? Favour-peddling is one of the cornerstones of diplomacy - and indeed, all avenues of negotiation - after all. Pitch oneself too firmly in a particular camp, and quite often, one may find that one's support is taken for granted. In Duterte's defence, they've indeed been thrown some pretty second-rate scraps by the USA, and it's not like the USA has a great history of helping their "little friends" develop.

No, Duterte might be crude, but like TRUMP, his political instincts may well be understated. When you're dealt poor cards, you need all the cunning you can muster, and a certain degree of risk and bluffing could well be optimal.

We have probably covered this before, but "madness" is definitely a valid strategy, even in formal game theory. Take the game of chicken, in which it would be "mad" not to yield; or, as illustrated in Liar Game, the counter-intuitiveness of sacrificing flexibility by telegraphing one's moves. Taking even the tidiest and most constrained games such as chess and Go, "mad" gambits and "swindles" have long been an integral part of a player's arsenal - and, it may be coming back into style...

...but guess who's been shoved into the firing line, if Duterte's dodge becomes the first in a wave of ASEAN capitulations to China on the South China Sea, while GOD-EMPEROR TRUMP completes the dismantling of the TPP in the States... which we for some reason seem to have staked a lot on?

Anyway, if it's any consolation at all, our PM is at least wisely refraining from needlessly antagonizing the next President of the United States, even coming out with an endorsement of grabbing. But, frankly, it's not like TRUMP's principles are that different from Singapore's own, after all; if he plays his cards well, we might yet get described as Amercia's "greatest, yes they are, we have the best allies" in the region - and maybe, just maybe, snag a TRUMP Taj Mahal casino into the deal!

True Insanity

"Not even Messi can save the S-League."

- Jermaine Pennant

Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Behold, Singapore football.

As it turned out, Pennant has made next to no impact on interest in the league (to no-one's surprise, and it isn't even his fault), which has just been swept by a Japanese invitee; which is fair enough, because when you allow foreign teams to participate, they can of course possibly win it... but still.

Anyhow, just a couple of facts here. Stung at the insinuation that they were only doling out S$70000 a year for grassroots football (when the payroll for their management is probably well over a million), the Football Association of Singapore hastened to proclaim that the actual sum was actually S$250000 (wow, less than half a peanut!). And, one of our premier club sides, Tampines Rovers, has just informed its players - including national teamers - that the maximum monthly salary for next season would be capped at S$2500.

I don't know, but when you can likely make more as a hustling delivery driver, than at the top of a competitive and age-limited profession at the national level, one can wonder why anybody even bothers trying.

They would have to be mad to do so.

Oh, and The State's Times still hasn't bothered to learn the right name, after so many years. It's the S-dot-League, man.

Core Powers

Xi Jinping has been raised to "core leader" on the level of Mao and Deng, which appears to have assured the People's Bank of China enough to allow the yuan to devalue to 6.75. Concurrently, Bitcoin Core 0.13.1 was released, which put segwit - last stepping stone to Lightning Network and other second-layer services - up for activation pending signalling.

Bitcoin shot back up past US$700.

The rest of this year should be a - dare I say it? - crazy ride.

[Review to resume after intermission.]

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