trump wearing a swastika….not a problem at all for his supporters

If Trump started wearing a fascist/Nazi-type armband and generalissimo-style cap to his rallies, his core GOP support would either remain where it is, or rise. All his supporters know it. They’ll scream and kick and cry right now if you accuse them of this, but in their silent moments they know the truth. Because they’re fascists. They’re just at the stage where they have to lie and distract and scream when accused of what they know to be the truth. But at some point they won’t have to lie anymore. And every time Trump speaks or has one of his dipshit, nut-bag rallies like last night, they hear ‘That day is getting closer’.

The absolute worst thing that would happen from his supporters would be apathy and deep sighing. That’s it. Because, fortunately, we’re still at the point where fascists have to lie and deceive and pretend they aren’t what they are… so they know they would have to play defense. Not that lying is emotionally the same experience that non-fascists have.

The bulk of them would only care about the rage from the left and participate in attacking anybody upset about it. And majority of them would be fucking ecstatic… and you’d see things like racism in public skyrocket, attacks on minorities, etc.

Of all the insanity of the last few years I think one thing really sticks out. It was a moment of brilliance, perfect clarity, from a person otherwise well known as a shit baboon.

When Trump said he could shoot someone on 5th avenue and not lose one supporter he was horrifyingly correct in his assessment. That is absolutely true and that is what has carried him all this way. He is seemingly untouchable with just 35% approval ratings.

Everyone knows, his supporters best of all, that as long as they never waver they get what they want. This is a tantrum of epic proportions by a dying demographic hell bent on inflicting as much pain on everyone they hate before they are irrelevant. They’ll burn the whole thing down before another black president or another civil right is allowed.

So trump wearing a swastika….not a problem at all for his supporters.

Put the big rocks in your jar first

One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz” and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.

He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class yelled, “Yes.”

The time management expert replied, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered.

“Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good.” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.

Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?” One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!”.

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is, “If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all. What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life, time with loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question, “What are the ‘big rocks’ in my life?” Then, put those in your jar first.

Conservative ideology has always been based on refusing any progress and fighting against it when it does happen

Conservative ideology has always been based on refusing any progress and fighting against it when it does happen. Conservatives literally got their name from the French who wanted to restore the Bourbon Monarchy despite the massive debt the crown had inncured and continued to spend lavishly despite the economic crisis.

Sound familiar?

They take a unrealist perspective not only internationally, but internally. It’s all absolute gains for them. All means are acceptable means for getting you in power, including treason.

Conservative ideologies have perfected their ability to mask their self-serving agenda as somehow good for the people. The Russians spent 45 years trying to subvert the American left without success. But when they’d tried to subvert the American right, first time’s a charm. All the Russians had to do was pretend to be Christian, like guns (which are illegal to own there), and give them money.

It’s a shame that so many people around the world fall for this.

Why do I hate Donald J Trump?

  1. he lost the election by 3,000,000 popular votes.
  2. the Russians helped him get elected by manipulating social media in critical electoral college states.
  3. he helped the Russians do that by providing them confidential polling data to guide their Facebook ad targeting.
  4. those ads were seen by more than 100,000,000 people when the total electoral college difference over three states was 70,000 votes.
  5. those involved with his campaign who were also engaged with the Russians lied repeatedly, both publicly and under oath, about that engagement.
  6. many tens of millions of dollars mysteriously disappeared from his inauguration committee, and he feels no compunction to explain where it went.
  7. he brags about groping women and grabbing them by the pussy. Is there an honest woman in the country who admires that? Wants that?
  8. he’s been credibly accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women.
  9. he is an unindicted co-conspirator in the felony to commit election finance fraud by paying hush money to a Playboy bunny and a porn star.
  10. he filed for bankruptcy six times, stiffing workers, contractors, and lenders for tens of millions of dollars.
  11. his resorts and other properties for years hired undocumented aliens, even as he railed against a “tidal wave” of illegal immigrants.
  12. he inherited $413,000,000 from his father, much of it through illegal tax dodges, but pretends to be a self-made man.
  13. his “charitable” foundation was ordered shut down after having been revealed to be a sham, used to help promote his business and political interests.
  14. he claims he was a good student, but threatens to sue any schools that release his grades.
  15. he claims to be a brilliant businessman but refuses to release his taxes which would prove it. Or, disprove it.
  16. he says the Mueller report “totally exonerates” him, yet refuses to allow it to be released, or, for critical witnesses to be able to testify about it.
  17. he grossly understated the value of his assets to dodge taxes, while grossly overstating their value to secure bank loans.
  18. the Mueller report detailed 10 instances of obstruction of justice that would be criminal, were he not the president and, so, immune from indictment.
  19. he’s a pathological liar, telling almost 10,000 lies since assuming office, literally not being able to deal with reality.
  20. his boot-licking of Putin at Helsinki, where he said he believed Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election, but not his own intelligence chiefs.
  21. he has separated thousands of immigrant children from their parents, put them in cages, and then lost track of them.
  22. he praised neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville two years ago, then re-defended them just a few days ago.
  23. though sworn to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed, he told immigration officials to break the law, promising to pardon them if they were convicted.
  24. he told senior White House aides to lie to the Mueller commission about his efforts to obstruct the same commission’s investigation.
  25. he smeared a Gold Star Family whose son was killed in Iraq.
  26. he repeatedly smeared bona-fide Vietnam war hero, John McCain, while he, himself, wrangled five draft deferments to dodge service in the same war.
  27. he promised to help the working man, but immediately passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut that went almost exclusively to corporations and the wealthy.
  28. he continues to claim he’s building The Wall when not a single inch of new wall has been built since he took office.
  29. he promised to protect Social Security but just two weeks ago submitted a budget that cuts benefits to millions, including seniors in poverty.
  30. he refuses to cooperate with Congressional hearings, trashing the Constitution and the checks and balances at the very heart of our form of government.

I could go on. And on. And on. And on.

Thank You Rod Rosenstein, Sniveling Toady!

Thanks, Rod! No really. The deputy attorney general appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller and protected the Russia investigation for 18 long months, despite a sustained campaign of harassment by Donald Trump and his howler monkey minions. The president of the United States tweeted photos of him behind bars, House Republicans threatened to impeach him, and Rosenstein just kept showing up and doing his job. The country owes him a profound debt of gratitude for weathering that storm. But Rod Rosenstein is also guilty of shameful, partisan acts — most recently lending his accumulated credibility to Bill Barr’s pathetic whitewash of the Mueller Report — for which he deserves only derision. So, as he exits stage right, it would behoove him to keep his head down and refrain from taking a victory lap. He really, really should not do THIS:

We use the term “rule of law” to describe our obligation to follow neutral principles. As President Trump pointed out, “we govern ourselves in accordance with the rule of law rather [than] … the whims of an elite few or the dictates of collective will.”

OH, NO HE DIDN’T. He did not go out there and hold up Donald Trump as a beacon of principled government and neutral application of the law. He could not possibly have described the man who tried dozens of times to end the investigation into Russian hacking and instead sic law enforcement on his political enemies as standing for heroic American values. There’s no way in hell that he’s describing a person who is currently flouting all congressional oversight, including that mandated by the plain language of the statute, as a heroic advocate for equal justice under the law.

Just kidding, of course he is!

Here’s another excerpt from Rosenstein’s speech last night to the Armenian Bar Association:

Justice Anthony Kennedy explained it this way: In a rule of law system, when you apply to a government clerk for a permit and you satisfy the objective criteria, you are not asking for a favor. You are entitled to the permit, and it is the clerk’s duty to give it to you.

He failed to mention the well-known codicil where Justice Kennedy said, “Except if the law says Congress gets to see the president’s tax returns. Then it’s a favor, and a Republican president is totally entitled to tell those haters to get fucked.”

Go on, Rod, tell us how you personally saved democracy.

At my confirmation hearing in March 2017, a Republican senator asked me to make a commitment. He said: “You’re going to be in charge of this [Russia] investigation. I want you to look me in the eye and tell me that you’ll do it right, that you’ll take it to its conclusion and you’ll report [your results] to the American people.” 

I did pledge to do it right and take it to the appropriate conclusion. I did not promise to report all results to the public, because grand jury investigations are ex parte proceedings. It is not our job to render conclusive factual findings. We just decide whether it is appropriate to file criminal charges. 

Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America. The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred. 

So that happened.

UH HUH.

Just one or two minor quibbles, Mister Peepers. First of all, the Obama administration wanted very much to publicize the massive campaign of Russian hacking, but Mitch “Grim Reaper” McConnell threatened to accuse them of politicizing the information if the president warned states that Russia was trying to breach their voting systems. With McConnell’s encouragement, states like Georgia blew off warnings of Russian interference, and even destroyed ballot data to ensure that no one would ever be able to verify the vote tallies. Very cool, very legal!

Secondly, as Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes points out, the FBI “disclosed classified evidence” to Congress, AKA briefed them in a classified setting, at the behest of the Senate Judiciary Chair. Because otherwise Rod Rosenstein wasn’t going to get confirmed as deputy AG.

Another thing: The congressional briefing of which Rod complains here took place because Sen. Charles Grassley woul… https://t.co/fhBmuxhoVO— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes)

Oh, Rod, you silly, forgetful scamp! Did you also forget about all the times you caved and handed over highly classified info on FISA warrants and pending investigations to Devin “Cow Kisses” Nunes and Jim “I Ain’t Seen Shit” Jordan? Lucky thing those guys never leak, LOL.

So, yeah, that happened. But if we’re being persnickety about stuff like linear time, we have to point out that Rosenstein was confirmed in April, and Comey’s allegation that Trump pressured him to let Michael Flynn go was in July. So “before I got there” is a rather odd way to describe that series of events. In fact, “the former FBI director” only became “former” because Rosenstein himself drafted a memo saying that Comey had to be fired for being SO MEAN to Hillary Clinton. Which was an about face for Rosenstein, who had praised the “former FBI director” for the very behavior he later described as a firing offense, as CNN’s Josh Campbell points out.

@matthewamiller I’m reminded of a story from the @Comey book (which I was present for), in which Rosenstein praises… https://t.co/inMp9xWbLq— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell)

And a lawyer’s job is to advocate for his client, even when he takes a position that is not in accord with his own personal beliefs. But Rod Rosenstein knew damn well that Trump was firing Comey in an effort to end — some might say “obstruct” — the Russia investigation, since he’d seen the original memo cooked up by Trump, Jared Kushner, and Stephen Miller between rounds of golf at Trump’s club in New Jersey. That You’re Fired letter made clear the explicit connection to the Russia investigation, which is why Rosenstein and Don McGahn snatched it away and came up with the facially preposterous cover memo excoriating Comey for his treatment of Hillary Clinton.

And Don McGahn may be a self-serving swamp creature who ratfucked the FEC, but at least he admits to being a shameless Republican hack. He doesn’t draft a cover memo to allow his boss to stick a shiv in a career public servant, then go out there and spout this shit.

The question explains why I devoted my career to law enforcement: because the rule of law is the foundation of human liberty. The rule of law secures our freedom. It will secure our children’s freedom. And we can only achieve it if people who enforce the law set aside partisanship, because the rule of law requires a fair and independent process; a process where all citizens are equal in the eyes of the government. I do not care how police officers, prosecutors, and judges vote, just as I do not care how soldiers and sailors vote. That is none of my business. I only care whether they understand that when they are on duty, their job is about law and not politics. 

There is not Republican justice and Democrat justice. There is only justice and injustice.

AYFKMRN?

We all saw you, asshole. We saw you stand up and pretend Meatball Whitaker was a perfect choice to lead the Justice Department. We saw you sit there as your boss attacked career law enforcement officials claiming that there was a plot to tank his campaign and stick wiretapps in his ass. We saw you happily preside over an agency that demonized Muslims, while downplaying the danger of white supremacists. We saw you march the Mueller Report up to the White House and let them read it before handing it over to Congress. We saw you lend your credibility to Bill Barr when he claimed that Mueller handed the charging decision on obstruction off and that no reasonable prosecutor could indict on that evidence. We saw you spend three weeks on the Sharpie party, so that Trump and his minions could take a victory lap and establish the storyline that it was a total exoneration. We saw you stand behind Barr at that press conference where he lied and said that Mueller’s charging decision had nothing at all to do with DOJ’s prohibition on indicting a sitting president. We see you now participating in the Justice Department’s campaign to obstruct congressional oversight. And we see that your Department is doing precious little to protect us from Russian interference in 2020 as you pat yourself on the back saying, “Today, our nation is safer, elections are more secure, and citizens are better informed about covert foreign influence schemes.”

You’re not a hero who fell on the grenade.

There is a story about firefighters who found a man on a burning bed. When they asked how the fire started, he replied, “I don’t know. It was on fire when I lay down on it.” I know the feeling.

You knew that bed was on fire, and you lay down in it anyway. You’re a little better than the rest of the craven Republican whores, but not that much. You all know what Trump is. You’ve always known he’s a demented demagogue who can rally the bigots by playing on their fears of having to share the country with scary brown people who don’t know their place. You knew what he was, and YOU DID NOT CARE. You wanted your judges, and you wanted to keep rigging elections so that the minority party can continue to win with fewer votes. And you didn’t give a damn what you had to do to get them.

So the very least you could do, Rod, is slink off quietly to collect your FedSoc KochBux. You’re not Kurt Vonnegut. You’re not Leon Jaworski. You’re a weak, little man who one time did a very noble thing.

SLOW FUCKING CLAP.

My thoughts on Rosenstein

Summary: Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw Mueller probe, repeatedly assured Trump that he would be treated fairly, that he wasn’t a “target” and that he was on the president’s team. At one point last fall, he grew emotional and begged not to be fired by Trump via tweet.

Former SDNY prosecutor Mimi Rocah suggested that Rosenstein’s speech last night was in part prompted by the knowledge that this info was about to be published.

Matthew Miller on CNN: “It is a deeply disturbing report because what it shows is unethical conduct by the deputy attorney general… He shouldn’t be talking to the president about an investigation into the president… The way to understand Rod is that he’s weak”


My thoughts on Rosenstein:

Rosenstein took part in Comey’s firing. The Mueller report suggests he wasn’t as in the dark to Trump’s motives as he publicly stated (ie he knew it was for Russia stuff, not Comey’s handling of Clinton). Comey’s firing directly led to Mueller’s appointment.

So Rosenstein, a witness in the Mueller probe, somehow gets to decide the result of said probe? If Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, and Rosenstein helped fire Comey, then Rosenstein had potential criminal exposure. It was in his interest that Trump not be charged with obstruction.

Rosenstein needs to be questioned by Congress, too.

Trump’s Federal Reserve Pick Said The Working Poor Aren’t Taxed Enough

With automation, the end game of capitalism makes labor obsolete and an unnecessary burden on the wealthy. Class warfare is the inevitable conclusion. The rich are at war on the poor.


The end game of capitalism will eventually be a purge of the poor and working class is what I’m saying.

Just look at the frightening rise of epidemics like measles, syphilis, etc. This is only going to get worse as we continue to punch holes in necessary data (e.g. the census) and remove community health initiatives, and implode Medicare and Medicaid—look what happened at the VA.

The wealthy can pay for what ails them. The rest of us are in a mosaic epidemiological ‘gas chamber.’

Another day, another disqualifying set of realizations about Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s pick for a seat on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.

Read the latest set of offensive comments by Moore, which he made at a 2012 fundraising dinner for the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, a C-SPAN appearance and a 2013 appearance at FreedomFest, a libertarian conference. 

(A rundown of some of Moore’s other greatest hits include him effectively defending everything that contributes to sexual assault on college campuses, calling female referees “an obscenity” and taunting his ex-wife while cheating on her.)

Among the more questionable ideas Moore espoused in the comments Mother Jones flagged concern income inequality, and suggest he either doesn’t understand economic fundamentals (which is possible) or ― arguably worse ― he does, but intentionally misleads audiences for the sake of applause.

At his CCHF speech, for instance, Moore drew plenty of applause with a diatribe against the working poor, whom he attacked for not having to pay income tax. He told the audience that’s equivalent to half of the event’s attendees only covering 2 percent of their food costs, while the other half were forced to pick up the extra burden.

At the time of Moore’s speech in 2012, people excused from paying federal income tax would have had precious little income to begin with. Per Mother Jones’ research, a single filer making less than $5,950, a single parent making less than $8,700, and a married household earning less than $11,900 all qualified for exemption.

And yet those people still paid taxes — payroll taxessales taxes and gas taxes, which actually hit the working poor harder, as they have to devote more of their income to pay for them.

If Moore were serious about asking people who are capable of paying federal income taxes to actually do so, he’d be better advised to start on the other end of the income spectrum. Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told MarketWatch a few of the craftiest high-income earners “have adopted tax strategies that occasionally eliminate their federal income tax liability.”

While Moore spent much of the time in these public appearances understating poverty and inequality, he did briefly acknowledge in a 2013 C-SPAN interview that income inequality presents a problem.

“Even in the Gilded Age, we didn’t have so much wealth concentrated in so few people,” he said. Instead of any sort of income distribution, however, Moore said the solution is less envy and more billionaires who create companies that in turn create millionaires.

“What we need in this country is more Bill Gates, and more Warren Buffets, and more people like Steve Jobs,” he said. 

Republicans want a world where they have more rights than everyone else

Republicans want a world where they have more rights than everyone else. It seems like hypocrisy when they call out other people for crimes or immoral behavior and then don’t for eachother. But it’s not. That’s exactly how they want the world to be because they feel they deserve special treatment.

They’re first class citizens and everyone else should be treated as a second class citizen. They’re royalty, everyone else is a peasant.

Down the drain

“Drain the Swamp” meant “Slice away anti-business laws/regulations.”
Lower corporate taxes? Check.
More asbestos? Check.
Less safety oversight? Check!!

If your business hasn’t taken advantage of these business incentives yet, please make an appointment to stay at La Margo and talk to El Cheeto about how much it will cost to have some safety regulations slashed in your industry!!

We are in World War 3 now, it’s just being fought on a different front

The problem is not national despotism but global; the “good guys” have the “Five Eyes” alliance, and Trump has whatever you want to call Russia + China + Saudi Arabia + Israel, with Trump/Kushners on the Russian/Saudi side and Prince on the Chinese/Israeli side. We are in World War 3 now, it’s just being fought on a different front – computers and brains, cyber warfare and psyops.

Sarah Sanders is a thundercunt

Trump Republicans don’t act in good faith. They’re hypocrites of the worst kind who can’t really defend their behavior on the merits, so they’re always looking for someone to say something out of turn or that can be construed as distasteful, then immediately jump on them and characterize them to be representative of everyone who opposes them. “This is what the left does!!!”

It’s a never ending strategy of rallying support by clutching their pearls and playing the victim. Obstruct a critical federal investigation at a dozen different choke points, purge dissenting voices from the various agencies, rip children from their mothers and lock them in cages at the border, the list goes on — but then when a rando says lop the heads off, as in heads will roll, as in people getting fired, well then they run to Fox News and start gushing about how “gosh and golly gee, we’d tolerate an honest debate of ideas but the libs literally want to decapitate us!!11”

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

Trump lacks certain qualities which I esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for me, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, I like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to my sensibility – for me, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, I don’t. I see it as having no inner world, no soul.

I traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All my heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to me: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to me, given that:

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays me, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty fucking hard to miss.

  • Americans are supposed to be nice and mostly are.
  • You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

‘My God… what… have… I… created?

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

Easter is bullshit

Today, over a billion otherwise sane humans celebrate what they believe to be the day a half god/half man creature who was born of a Virgin rose from the dead after being brutally executed for our “sins.” And they think atheists are the crazy ones…

(The funny thing is that most of the modern Easter traditions (Easter bunny, eggs, hunting for presents, chocolate) are from the pagan spring holidays. There really isn’t a good way to celebrate a zombie who died a terribly brutal death with little kids. )

The phrase “God works in mysterious ways” shows that believers know it doesn’t make sense but are scared of actual truth.

A couple months ago in a conversation between a friend and someone else about recent sickness in their families, the other person said something along the lines of “God works in mysterious ways. You’ll go crazy if you try to think about it” and my friend agreed. Hearing this just made me sad about how otherwise intelligent people mentally imprison themselves because their entire worldview is based on a lie that they don’t want to give up, and their religion fosters this by discouraging critical thinking.

Sometimes I wonder if the GOP ever looks at themselves and thinks “how did we get here?

Sometimes I wonder if the GOP ever looks at themselves and thinks “how did we get here? How did we let Trump take over the party?” Republicans have been happy to peddle falsehoods and use lies to rally up their base for decades.

George HW Bush’s policies were based in reality but he wasn’t afraid to traffic in lies for campaigning purposes. Over time the GOP campaigns became less and less based in facts and more based on the world that conservatives imagined. They could say “Obamacare death panels” or “Democrats will take your guns” and it would mobilize their base and help them win elections even if it wasn’t remotely true. Eventually Republican politicians found themselves having to try to defend fact based policy against a Republican base who no longer believes in facts thus the Tea Party rose and took control of the GOP. When Trump was running for president it became impossible to call him out for lying in the Republican primary because the GOP base had already abandoned objective reality.

I know about Goodwin’s law and that comparisons to Nazi Germany are generally scoffed at but when seeing the rise of the far right and the struggles of the last “moderate Republicans” really felt like watching Hindenburg try to stop Hitler. Hindenburg came out of retirment to fight in WWI and he wanted to retire after WWI but he knew he was the only one who could stop Hitler. He ran against Hitler twice and beat Hitler twice but he saw that the far right in Germany was already incredibly strong and before his death he incorporated Hitler as his Chancellor (below the presidency) hoping that it would moderate the far right and provide unity. When he died the Nazis were able to abolish the presidency and the chancellor became the new head of state. Hindenburg was probably one of the last people that could have stopped WWII but by trying to coopt and moderate the far right he only made them more powerful.

How do people who want children not care about the environment?

I had a conversation with someone about how he thinks houses are too expensive. I told him that there are many small one-bedroom apartments in the city selling for $300k or $400k. He got mad and told me that this was unacceptable because you cannot raise your children in a one-bedroom apartment. You need to buy a house and that will cost you $700k.

I then told him that there is no rule that states you must have children and that living in high-density apartments is better for the environment. He then proceeded to say that he does not care about the environment. I then asked him why because if he wanted a child, why would he want to contribute to the destruction of the environment and destroy the world that his son or daughter will inherit?

Personally, I believe that the future will be very bleak. Technology and automation will cause mass unemployment, huge gaps between rich and poor, and riots and rapes on the street fuelled by divide and conquer propaganda, not to mention the scarcity of natural resources and a world ravaged by climate change.

However, I wonder why most people want to have children but also feel a need to destroy the world in which their children live. This seems like a waste because you are investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into your child only to have them grow up into a world you have destroyed.

Of course, the answer may be that people just don’t think about these things. They merely act on instinct and are incapable of empathising with their fellow humans or the environement, and if this is true then it is another reason why you shouldn’t have children because you are exposing your child to a world filled with humans will only act on instinct and don’t care about your child and will seek to exploit and oppress and manipulate them.

Hatred is a hell of a drug.

Hatred is a hell of a drug. People that thrive on hatred aren’t very good at maintaining healthy relationships. This is why white supremacy is such a shit show of back-stabbing, self defeating ding-bats. In their simple minds, the answer to everything is more hate.

The internet was created, and it was good.

The internet was created, and it was good.

But information became too free. Publishing corporations were no longer able to enforce revenue. People in power no longer was able to control the message.

So, it started with media. The DCMA took down copywrited content, and prevented competition through false claims impossible for the average man to dispute, establishing a monopoly on published works. Individuals and organizations without the right connections were shut down.

Then came the governments. Everywhere around the globe, we saw censorship of information as ruling bodies learned how to manipulate the message. Beholden to their corporate overlords, the US is moving to eliminate net neutrality. To maintain their image of a perfect society, India shut down telecommunications in the event of race riots. China is re-writing history, and is out-right censoring information going to their citizens. The EU is pushing through legislation allowing it to indiscriminately take down content at will. Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as all of the above, are employing legions to alter the message, push blame, and sow discord.

We live in a society where the internet is no longer ours. It has become a battleground between entities with overwhelming resources. And there is no winner in this war. Ultimately, the idea of a free and open internet is dead.

Trump inherited a booming economy, and has since been strangling it

Obama ended his term after spending its entirety fixing the crash of ’08, which was caused by Bush’s reregulation.

Trump inherited a booming economy, very healthy, and has since been strangling it by engaging our allies (and greatest trade neighbors) with trade wars, as well as thousands of deregulations, by destroying the C.F.P.B. and of course the tax scam bill.

Look at the history of the DOW for example and you can see a trend disrupted quite clearly. I’ve met trolls who actually will give trump credit for 2 months of the trend before he was even inaugurated!

Anyways, Yes we bounced back and then trump stomped on it for his wealthy benefactors, and we can see this because the yield curve has inverted.

https://www.thebalance.com/inverted-yield-curve-3305856

Here’s some more info, if you’d like some specifics.

Regulations Cut

Green energy R&D halved by trump while China, India, and EU double it  https://nexusmedianews.com/trump-wants-to-cut-funding-for-clean-energy-research-in-half-cf27a7dbecf6

NAFTA destruction causes Mexico to change corn source  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-effect-corn-exclusive/exclusive-as-trump-trashes-nafta-mexico-turns-to-brazilian-corn-idUSKCN1G61J4

Trumps EPA lowers vehicle emissions standards  https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/2/17189920/environmental-protection-agency-greenhouse-gas

Trump signs enormous bank deregulation order  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/24/trump-signs-bank-bill-rolling-back-some-dodd-frank-regulations.html

Mulveny disbands all consumer protection board members  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/06/06/mick-mulvaney-fires-members-of-cfpb-advisory-board/

Trump’s EPA is influenced by an ultra right Texas group  https://thinkprogress.org/ultra-right-texas-think-tank-wields-power-over-trumps-environmental-and-energy-policy-c0d1db66853b/

Trump admin seeks to further fuck over endangered species:  https://www.apnews.com/68e869b197c4485dab2709c607f28022/Trump-administration-seeks-endangered-species-rule-changes

Trump allows bee-killing pesticide:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/04/trump-administration-lifts-ban-on-pesticides-linked-to-declining-bee-numbers

Tax cuts were used for stock buybacks, not wages  https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/what-did-corporate-america-do-tax-break-buy-record-amounts-n886621

Ivanka’s products spared from tarriffs:  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-china-tariffs-spares-clothing-shoes-ivanka-safe_us_5b42a597e4b09e4a8b2e72c3

Budget Deficit jumps 16% trump’s first year  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-12/u-s-budget-deficit-jumps-in-first-nine-months-of-fiscal-year

Per earlier prediction, deficit aiming at $1Trillion in 2019  https://www.reddit.com/r/investing/comments/901dyr/_/

Deficit $895 Billion – Sep 2018  http://thehill.com/policy/finance/406040-federal-deficit-soars-32-percent-to-895b

 Trump’s opened all the waters he can to oil drilling:

and he’s opened Federal lands like reserves to drilling:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/28/trump-administration-oil-gas-drilling/989066001/

Trump weakening Nuclear safety board:  https://www.propublica.org/article/nuclear-safety-board-information-access-trump-administration

Trump’s EPA allows Asbestos:  https://archpaper.com/2018/08/epa-asbestos-manufacturing/

Meanwhile, Russian company sells Trump-approved asbestos:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/07/11/approved-by-donald-trump-asbestos-sold-by-russian-company-is-branded-with-the-presidents-face/?utm_term=.a76a0b2a8222

Trump withholding $1.4 Billion in public transit funding  https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/08/13/trump-administration-withholding-1-4-billion-in-transit-funds-authorized-by-congress/

Without Republican Policies, US would be in surplus:  https://www.budget.senate.gov/ranking-member/newsroom/press/report-if-not-for-republican-policies-the-federal-government-would-be-running-a-surplus

Trump economy worse than last 7 presidents by 12 metrics:  https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-28/trump-economy-lags-clinton-s-obama-s-reagan-s-and-even-carter-s

Natl debt hits $22T for first time ever  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-national-debt-tops-22-trillion-for-first-time-in-history/?fbclid=IwAR3wbp8U1GKKVa4OkU_yJtLvFYGYEknzZowadaTVMoAGx32K4z9qN-1ozt4

Trade Deficit at record high years into trump’s trade wars  https://www.apnews.com/39d7158364814732ba2fbea3ed3ec40a

I include some EPA related links in here – deregulation against nature robs us as much as financial deregulation imo.

Ahem.

Tarriffs section

3 US companies strangled by trump’s tarriffs  http://thehill.com/policy/finance/391185-three-arkansas-companies-say-theyll-close-if-trump-doesnt-give-them-exemption

Wisconsin hurt by tarriffs:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/06/08/tariffs-take-toll-wisconsin-manufacturers/682029002/

China’s oil tarriffs would disrupt $1Billion/month  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-oil-graphic/chinas-tariffs-on-u-s-oil-would-disrupt-1-billion-monthly-business-idUSKBN1JE0CD

Stock market falls amid trade fears  https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44524533

Chip stocks fall as Trump warns of tech investment restriction  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/25/chip-stocks-fall-after-trumps-reported-plan-to-restrict-tech-investme.html

US crops hurting in trade war, Farmers hope for truce:  https://www.apnews.com/1ef13a3121b1486cbb3efe0838eb8b49/Farmers-fret-and-wait-as-US-China-trade-war-escalates

US Taxpayers pay $12 Billion to cover farmer’s losses due to Trump Tariffs:  https://www.newsweek.com/trump-trade-wars-tariffs-farmers-bailout-1040309?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter

PC company tarriff’d to death  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pc-case-maker-caselabs-latest-news-bankrupt-liquidated-us-tariffs-a8487416.html

Stocks drop amid China trade war worries:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets/u-s-stocks-drop-on-china-trade-worries-argentine-peso-roiled-idUSKCN1LF01V?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Trade deficit highest it’s been since 3 years ago, Trump is losing trade war against China  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/05/us-trade-deficit-jumps-by-the-most-in-3-years.html  https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tariff-trade-war-china-eu-deficit-soybean-export-drop-2018-9

US not invited to canada trade talk:  https://globalnews.ca/news/4515734/canada-world-trade-organization-meeting-u-s-invite/

The tarriffs cost nearly as much as obamacare taxes (At $40 Billion+)  https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/oct/12/national-taxpayers-union/trump-tariffs-cost-more-health-care-taxes/

Ford preparing layoffs due to tarriffs  https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ford-prepares-mass-layoffs-losing-002618564.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=fb&fbclid=IwAR28XejR6SPzsNXKduU3HUTXdwHdHYy1OwsYbeIFUWaQ5QV9p3dVadzP0P8

Nebraska hit hard  https://www.omaha.com/money/agriculture/trade-conflicts-have-cost-nebraska-economy-more-than-billion-farm/article_ffdd7816-7fdb-56e4-b6c0-8c48051edf02.html

Farmers forced into bankruptcy  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trade-war-record-farm-bankruptcy_us_5c611dcee4b0910c63f251ad

Farmer debt high:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-farms-perdue/u-s-farm-debt-up-to-1980s-levels-at-409-billion-agriculture-secretary-idUSKCN1QG24Y?il=0

Trade deficit worsened by trade wars:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/27/trade-deficit-in-goods-jumps-12point8-percent-amid-tariff-battle.html

Business confidence globally worsened by Trump Trade Wars  https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-tarriff-trade-war-destroying-business-confidence-around-world-1359017

The biggest political scandal in us history

Original Post : https://www.facebook.com/thedavidbrin/posts/876607489436

You need to read this by my friend, tech-investor Russ Daggatt about possibly the biggest political scandal in US history: “Last August, Jared Kushner, son-in-law and Sr White House official in charge of the Middle East, received over a BILLION dollars from a firm seeking to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Then, the House Judiciary Committee got confirmation Jared uses WhatsApp to communicate with foreign leaders (in violation of US law), including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS known for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi). The Trump administration has kept secret seven authorizations for sharing of sensitive nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that the kingdom hasn’t agreed to the anti-proliferation requirements of US law. (Oh, and Trump intervened to get his daughter Jared and Ivanka and 23 others high-level security clearances when they were denied them through normal national security channels.)

“Let’s go through this step-by-step (links below). In 2007, just before the collapse of the real estate bubble, Jared had the family company buy 666 Fifth Avenue in New York for $1.8 billion, financed by a $1.4 billion loan – the highest price ever paid for a building in New York, and is not among even the top 100 tallest buildings in the city. It was a disastrously overpriced acquisition, about 30% vacant, with its largest tenant saying it planned to leave. The loan was due in February. Jared had been scouring the planet – while serving in the White House – for possible investors to save his family from financial collapse. No rational investor would touch the thing.

‘But then, last August, a savior was found – Brookfield Asset Management – which took a 99-year lease on the building, paying the entire $1.1 billion in lease payments upfront (!) and allowing Kushner to retain ownership of the underlying land (the one thing of real value). Turns out, Brookfield also owns the nuclear services company Westinghouse (purchased out of bankruptcy last year), which is seeking to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. (Trump’s first National Security Advisor (and convicted felon) Michael Flynn, and Trump’s buddy, campaign advisor, and the chairman of his Inaugural Committee, Tom Barrack, were also part of these efforts to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. It gets complicated – among other things, Barrack was the guy who brought Paul Manafort in as Trump’s campaign manager. This appears to be among the matters spun off from the Mueller investigation. But I digress.)

‘It was reported last October that Jared has been communicating with MBS, using his personal mobile phone, through the free encrypted messaging service WhatsApp, which conveniently does not store messages on its servers after they are delivered, leaving no record of the communications. (If only Hillary had used WhatsApp.) That appears to have been confirmed recently by the House Oversight Committee. Jared has also been bypassing the State Department and the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia in his direct dealings with MBS, excluding them from communications and meetings (much like Trump’s direct dealings with Putin).

‘We know Trump ordered John Kelly, to grant Jared and Ivanka security clearances, despite objections from the CIA and the White House counsel, among others. Trump and Ivanka had both previously stated publicly that Trump did not intervene in the granting of those security clearances after they had been held up for over a year. (What exactly is it that Ivanka does that requires a top security clearance? Getting personal trademarks from China?) Who knows what the hold up was. Maybe it was the 40 times Jared had to amend the paperwork for his security clearance, to disclose foreign government contacts he had previously omitted (in possible violation of law). Maybe it was his efforts during the transition to set up a secret back channel to the Kremlin through the Russian Embassy to evade US intelligence services (just one of those details omitted from his paperwork). Or maybe it was his global hunt for money.

‘In any event, we have what looks like a possible billion dollar payoff to a senior White House official (and president’s son-in-law) by a group seeking to sell nuclear technology to the world’s major exporter of Islamist radicalism. And, at the same time, secret approvals of transfers of nuclear technology to that country. And I’ve really only touched on all permutations of this story. You’d think it would be getting more attention than it has.

‘Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: The National Enquirer, which Trump has used for decades to kill scandals, and (apparently) Saudi intelligence services may have teamed up for a hit on Washington Post owner (and Trump target) Jeff Bezos. No way the Saudis and the Enquirer would be doing that except at the direction (or at least, with the knowledge) of Trump. Saudis aren’t going to be going rogue on something like that. My take is that Trump seems to be using the Saudi intelligence services to do dirty work for him that the professional US intelligence services never would (just as he sought a back channel to the Kremlin through the Russian Embassy to evade US intelligence services).’

Thanks Russ. If even just one of you can wrestle a RASR to the ground and pin him long enough to hear you recite the above, aloud, and get him to WAGER whether ALL of the “Clinton Scandals” he clings to – if all of them together were proved (and none ever were) — would amount to 1% of just this one aspect of the Confederate-GOP-Putinist treason.

Cornered by your demand that he put actual money on it, some RASRs have been known to declare that they now realize we’re ruled by a mafia gang. If you – yes you – can haul just one sinner back to the American Enlightenment, then this will be a good day for us all.

from : https://www.facebook.com/thedavidbrin/posts/876607489436

Links:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/politics/kushner-talked-to-russian-envoy-about-creating-secret-channel-with-kremlin.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/us/politics/jared-kushner-security-clearance.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-authorized-nuclear-energy-companies-to-share-technological-information-with-saudi-arabia/2019/03/28/1b5f0816-5180-11e9-8d28-f5149e5a2fda_story.html?utm_term=.c3320648216a
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-westinghouse-m-a-brookfieldbusinesspa/brookfield-business-partners-to-buy-westinghouse-for-4-6-billion-idUSKBN1ET1MQ
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/opinion/sunday/saudi-arabia-jared-kushner-nuclear.html
https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/31/18289296/jeff-bezos-gavin-de-becker-saudi-arabia-accessed-phone-data-national-enquirer
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/nyregion/kushners-building-fifth-avenue-brookfield-lease.html