We laugh until we cry at these politicians and their shipstorms

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We laugh until we cry at these politicians and their shipstorms

Trump; freedom gas; Zuma trying to build a monument out of trash. It’d all be funny, except that it's all too serious

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This really happened.

The office of a certain president sent a message to the naval commanders at a distant outpost: the Big Man was coming for a visit, so it was essential that one particular ship be hidden from his gaze for the duration of his stay. The ship’s crime? It was named after one of his political opponents, and if he saw it, even from a very great distance, even if the name was too small to read, even though his opponent was now deceased, the Big Man would get angry.

Was this Joseph Stalin in 1936? Was it Idi Amin in 1977?..

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