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In Berserk Twitter Rampage, Trump Attacks ‘Nasty’ San Juan Mayor and Accuses Puerto Rico Workers of Being Lazy.
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Midnight Moment of Zen
Just watched “Our Souls at Night” on Netflix, staring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. This is the amazing song they played during a road trip. 88% Rotten Tomatoes.
Opinion | OP-ED COLUMNISTExcerpts from Paul KrugmaN:
|Words used to describe Trump department.|
cower, shrink, recoil, shy away, flinch, blench, draw back; shake, tremble, quiver, quail, quake. wince, shudder, squirm, feel embarrassed, feel mortified.
|See my Daily Kos store below|
The theorizing would be entertaining if the subject were, say, a Shakespearean character and not the man with his finger on the nuclear button. The short chapter by Trump’s “Art of the Deal” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz is so surreal (“facts are whatever Trump deems them to be on any given day” because “his aim is never accuracy; it’s domination”), it should be in an Ionesco play.
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
The vast majority of Duty to Warn therapists like myself use the diagnosis of malignant narcissism for Trump. This is worse than the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder which you can see here. We disagree with Dr. Francis in that we believe one can be both a bad person and have a diagnosed mental disorder.
It's a great mistake to confuse bad behavior with mental illness. Trump is one of the worst people we could possibly imagine as President, but that doesn't mean he's mentally ill. When we confuse the two, it's a terrible insult to those people who really are mentally ill. They're mostly nice well-meaning people who don't do harm. He's a bad person, not well-meaning, very selfish, who does lots of harm.
It also distracts us. Trump is a terrible political problem for America -- in some ways the greatest threat to democracy that we've had since the Civil War. He is a terrible environmental threat to the whole world. Millions of people can die in the global warming that he's encouraging. What we're seeing with three monster hurricanes in just two weeks, this is just a signal, a warning of what the future can hold. We have billions of people living in low-lying areas that will be in harm’s way, and Trump is doing everything a human being can do to make global warming worse.
If we spend our time thinking about what's his diagnosis, we won't be focusing on what's more important: How do we contain this guy? We have to have Congress, we have to have the courts, the press, and most importantly we have to have the people stand up to Trump and direct us back to national sanity.
Weds. Sept. 27, 2017
Evening on MSNBC: Chris Mathews just showed this picture and wondered how much Jill Stein, who I always disliked, might have helped Putin design advertisements used to help Trump. Daily Kos reported on this on Nov. 22, 2016.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Trump Quote of the Day: “I grew up in New York, so I know many people from Puerto Rico,” he boasted. “These are great people.” (Yeah, right, some of his best friends. And I lived in Manhattan in the early sixties and drove through Spanish Harlem several times, saw Westside Story on Broadway, and love Ben E. King singing “There’s a Rose in Spanish Harlem.”)
Above: Bill Moyers, former Press Secretary for President Lyndon Johnson, speaks to MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell about Donald Trump's anger and "narcissism" and how it's spilling over to now attacking professional athlete protests.
"This is an alien in the White House," Moyers said about Trump. "We've never had this kind of president."
"We've had bad presidents, we've had vulgar men in the presidency, but we've never had someone who suffers from the kind of malignant narcissism -- All politicians are narcissistic but some of the malignancy of the politicians, the president, do not spread down into the country and the culture. This one is happening very fast, it is almost like a campaign to chill free speech, to use it to divide and polarize the country. He's turned the Oval Office into a... mosh pit of bodily and verbally rhetorical conflict," Moyers said about the president.
Monday, Sept, 25, 2017
Evening edition: Ending the day with what proved to be a treasure trove of articles related to Duty to Warn:
|Read Trump’s praise for NASCAR here|
While the media focuses on Trump’s racist war with professional sports, let’s not loose sight of the real danger Trump and his particular mental illness poses to world stability:
“The comments give the world the sense that he is increasingly unhinged and unreliable,” said Christopher R. Hill, a former ambassador to South Korea who served Republican and Democratic presidents.
“Son of a bitch”: Trump’s NFL outburst fits a larger pattern - the DTW message is getting out:
Because he is a malignant narcissist, Donald Trump gets angry when he does not receive constant praise. But Trump (and by extension his voters) has a special anger towards black people who are "disrespectful" and "do not know their place." This is, of course, an old attitude among white racists: a deep disdain for "uppity" black people.
|Way stop en route from Boston to Portland|
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Trump and “ the Knee” — One senior official noted that though some of the president’s outbursts on the issue have seemed “nutty,” this kind of public behavior and feuding on the president’s part are all but expected and “standard.” Another official simply observed that @realDonaldTrump’s NFL-related tantrums were less likely to cause an international incident than tweets about Kim Jong Un. From Daily Beast
Duty to Warn (DTW): When you have an out-of-control malignant narcissist taunting N. Korea here’s what to expect: “Trump might not have been aware what is uttered from his mouth, but we will make sure that he bears consequences far beyond his words, far beyond the scope of what he can handle even if he is ready to do so,”
Our go-to DTW psychologist in The Baltimore Sun: QUOTE: “All along I’ve felt, even if it was a hopeless cause, that we still needed to speak out,” Gartner said. “Bearing witness to these things is important. And I think bringing out the truth is important.”
Gartner is a registered Democrat, and has contributed to Democratic campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s. But Gartner insists Duty to Warn isn’t a political exercise.
|I got lost somewhere between Boston and Portland and took this as I tried to get back on I-80 (above left)|
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
Rambling = Word of the Day, from the Washington Post headline “Trump vents anger in rambling speech."
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
|The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” by Bandy Lee et al includes numerous essays by Duty to Warn therapists like me.|
Now, some psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals are shedding long-held norms to argue that Trump’s condition presents risks to the nation and the world. “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” features more than two dozen essays breaking down the president’s perceived traits, which the contributors find consistent with symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder, sociopathy and other maladies. “Collectively with our coauthors, we warn that anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. Trump simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency,” Judith Lewis Herman of Harvard Medical School and Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine write in the book’s prologue.
So, depending on which of these books you trust — and their persuasive powers vary considerably — you might conclude that Trump is of unsound mind, or that we’re the deranged ones for electing him, or that America has always been disturbed, with Trump’s presidency just the latest manifestation.
And here’s the really crazy thing: These options are not mutually exclusive.
Mental illness hardly disqualifies one from the presidency. Abraham Lincoln is thought to have suffered from severe depression, but he held himself together and the union, too. “Equating mental illness with incapacity merely stigmatizes the mentally ill,” clinical psychologist Craig Malkin writes in “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” But Malkin and other contributors argue that Trump’s behavior — his political statements and actions as well as his interviews, books and social-media activity — suggest more ominous possibilities.
Trump displays signs of “extreme present hedonism,” the tendency to live in the moment without considering consequences, seeking to bolster one’s self-esteem no matter the risk. Or he exhibits “narcissistic personality disorder,” which includes believing you’re better than others, exaggerating your achievements and expecting constant praise. Combine hedonism, narcissism and bullying, and you get “an impulsive, immature, incompetent person who, when in the position of ultimate power, easily slides into the role of the tyrant,” Philip Zimbardo (of the famous Stanford prison experiment) and Rosemary Sword write. Others suggest that Trump shows indications of sociopathy, including lack of empathy, absence of guilt and intentional manipulation. Put it all together and you have “malignant narcissism,” which includes antisocial behavior, paranoid traits, even sadism.Noon update:
Dana Milbank writes "President Trump actually is making us crazy” and gets hate mail
From the other side came a similar profusion of responses, in email, on Facebook and from the cesspool known as Twitter, of people wishing me dead. “Hurry up and die already! . . . DO US ALL A FAVOR AND JUST CURL UP AND DIE !!!!!!!!! . . . With any luck at all Milback (sic) will succumb. . . . just see a dr. You know, Dr Kevorkian.” Dozens of Trump supporters delighted in responding by making vulgar references to vaginas, and one wrote to my wife to say it gave him “endless satisfaction” to report that my death is likely.
|Above- link to Trump’s Twitter|
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Boy, the “new Trump” sure disappeared fast.
|I took all these photos driving from Boston to Portland from the car window.|
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
Evening - Breaking
Read these and scroll down for the most recent news about Trump’s mental illness.
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
Trump, "I’ve got a secret, nah, nah, nah…."
|Board member claimed he spoke|
to Trump personally.
Trump was asked several times on Wednesday whether he'd reached a decision. His answer: "I've decided."
And he answered, "I'll let you know," when he was asked for details.
The president made the comments during a meeting in New York with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Trump — in his U.N. speech on Tuesday — called the 2015 nuclear deal an "embarrassment" to the United States.
The president has until Oct. 15 to certify that Iran is complying with the deal. Under the agreement, Iran has halted nuclear development in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
He made the cover of Rolling Stone at last!
Excerpt from The Rolling Stone article which includes remarks by one of the founders of Duty to Warn, Dr. John Gartner:
"We're not talking about a gross psychotic disorder," Gartner says. "We're talking about a way in which people with severe personality disorders can regress to what they call transient psychotic states."
Updated this evening: Some of the words to describe the speech n MSNBC, HuffPost and other liberal media: Combative, rambling, repetitive, loose cannon, undermine the world, bellicosity and swagger, menacing, astounding rhetoric, saber rattling, dark global vision, contradictory signals to rest of world, most atrocious speech ever given by a president,threatening nuclear war from podium of UN very, never had president bluster about using nuclear weapons, a significant speech, defines the Trump Doctrine, will be studied for years, mentions “rocket man”… and this from VOX: perfect distillation of his hyper-nationalist America First worldview adapted for the world stage. Transgressing boundaries, from The Hill.
As for Fox News:
(BTW he’s not a rocket man, rocket testing is legal under international law, he’s really missile man - ballistic missiles are not rockets.)
l. An interview with Susan Neiman, the director of the Einstein Forum and a former professor of philosophy at Yale University as well as Tel Aviv University..
Press Release: PR Newswire
Skyhorse Publishing releases a new book to explain what John Gartner, PhD says "is psychologically wrong with Donald Trump."
All I Ever Wanted to Know about Donald Trump I Learned from His Tweets: A Psychological Exploration of the President via Twitter Compiled and edited by Rachel Montgomery; Introduction by John Gartner, PhD
Skyhorse Publishing paperback, also available as an e-book | On Sale: September 19, 2017 on Amazon
Evening: Reacting to Rachel
Trump, our malignant narcissistic gift to world diplomacy, struts his stuff at the United Nations:
But why is the United Nations so worried about bureaucracy at a time like this?
Trending on YouTube thanks to Donald Trump:
Lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Without the qualities that laughter both demonstrates and fosters — a willingness to find common ground, the respect for agreed-upon norms and the awareness that we are all only human — Mr. Trump’s attitude toward the presidency is defined by the one characteristic that remains: a lust for power. And this is perhaps the most troubling thing about what passes for a sense of humor with Mr. Trump. Thanks to the power of the internet, there is proof that our president has indeed laughed at least once. This was during a campaign rally in January, when Mr. Trump’s speech was interrupted by a barking dog.
(Ed. note: He’s also the first president in memory that doesn’t have a dog or cat.)
“It’s Hillary!” an audience member shouted. And the candidate tilted his head back, opened his mouth wide and laughed without reservation, quite possibly for the first time in his political life.
This documented incidence of Trump laughter is as illuminating as all the grim smiles that preceded it. For they reveal a president who is constantly, endlessly preoccupied with status. A craving for power isn’t unique to the politician currently holding the Oval Office — on the contrary, it is more or less a requirement for entry into the field. But a craving exclusively for power is.
It is not too late to undo the damage our humorless president is causing to American democracy. Democrats (and some Republicans, these days) are already thinking about who might replace him in 2020. And if there is one thing all Americans should be able to agree on, it is this: Whomever we nominate to replace President Trump, it is time to put an easy laugh back on top of the ticket.
This is what Trump thinks is funny:
Clinton also faced a significant number of of misogynistic attacks from Trump supporters during the campaign.
Preview of The Trump Doctrine and Reactions that haven’t been deleted from his Twitter account (yet)
Your moment of Zen today.
|New to halbrown.org? My photos between days follow a theme. Currently it’s photos I took through the car|
window when I first drove from Boston to Portland,
Sat. Sept. 16, 2017
We call it narcissistic insult leading to narcissistic rage: ‘He cut your heart out': Trump's anger proves memorable
Excerpt: After watching Trump closely for all these months I think it’s clear that when he’s speaking off the cuff in situations like this, he’s being real, even when he’s lying about the details. He obviously truly believes that the neo-Nazis and the KKK in Charlottesville and elsewhere have gotten a bum rap.
He’s not trying to make the Antifa protesters equivalent to white supremacists, not really. He thinks they’re worse than white supremacists. He says they’re “bad dudes” and likes to portray them as a sinister threat to society. He thinks the neo-Nazis and the KKK are more legitimate since “good people” march beside them and they are trying to maintain their “cultural heritage.” He sees their point.
The president of the United States refuses to acknowledge, or is too stupid to understand, that these are movements that killed millions of people in a quest to ensure white supremacy over racial and religious minorities. They are evil incarnate. Nobody on earth is worse than they are.
|Read article about this new Internet meme|
“Does anybody listen to women when they speak around here?”
Nuff Said Department:
|New York Times|
Many Animals Know How to Self-Medicate, by John Lieff , M.D.
|Theme: Taken form my car on the way across the country|
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Late: Best answer to Trump’s question “define the alt-right.”
It’s important to remember that there are no card-carrying members of the alt-right. It’s not an official organization, and alignment is self-defined. What’s collectively described as the alt-right is a loose coalition of overwhelmingly white male representatives of various online communities, including anti-women “meninists,” gamers, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and their sympathizers, anti-government types, conspiracists, and dudes who’ve just decided that women and people of color are the reason they don’t have dates or C-suite jobs. The alt-right houses all of those groups, but they might not have come together so seamlessly under its big tent were it not for a unifying loathsome cause. From Kali Holloway, AlterNet
Evening edition: More on the psychopathology of Trump:
Below are two excerpts from The Loneliest President. If you want to understand what might have made Trump into the man he is, this is worth reading, from this new excellent psycho-history of Trump.
The first people who really noticed Trump’s tendency to withdraw were his classmates. As a teenager at New York Military Academy, in upstate Cornwall-on-Hudson, he often disappeared into his solo room in the barracks after dinner. “The reason I went in the first place,” Trump himself would say later, “was that I didn’t get along with a lot of people.” Pictures in yearbooks in the library at the school show Trump morphing from a gangly boy to a sturdy young man, but this much didn’t change: Classmate Doug Reichel characterized him to me as “very distant.”
“I don’t know anyone that he was particularly close to,” said Ernie Kirk, a classmate who is now an attorney in Georgia.
“He was so competitive,” according to a former roommate, “that everybody who could come close to him he had to destroy.”
“You just couldn’t be friends with him,” said Sandy McIntosh, who was two years younger but knew him from home, too, because their families both had cabanas at the Atlantic Beach Club on Long Island. Trump wouldn’t laugh at his jokes, or anybody else’s, McIntosh recalled. “And you think of humor as a basic, empathic way that friendships are formed—and he just didn’t.”
If you liked this article, read another new highly recommended article from Common Dreams, below. It’s an interview with one of the most famous living psychiatrists about his analysis ofTrump.
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— Robert Jay Lifton
Reaction to Trump’s trumpian morning Tweets:
Trump’s morning Tweet-storm:
|I was also dumbstruck by Schumer apparently|
believing that Trump likes him. Hasn’t he
listened to the Duty to Warn therapists
telling him the empathy lacking Trump
only likes people that fawn over him,
or who he can use to his own ends.
Something was missing from the president's tweetstorm in the wake of a terror attack
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
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|Click above_Just published today in The Guardian|
|Click above: Cover article from June, 2016|
Hillary Clinton will be on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight. This is what is likely to be covered:
1) dishing out payback and 2) biggest revelations.
Department of Revising History
Trump won’t be happy about this:
Excerpts: (emphasis added)
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
MSNBC Evening round-up:
David Corn on Rachel Maddow now about this article:
Lance Dodes is one of the prominent Duty to Warn therapists. He was on Lawrence O’Donnell with Dr. John Gartner.
Salon (includes video) Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a “sociopath” and “a very sick individual”
Harvard professor and psychoanalyst on the "antiquated" Goldwater rule and our president's "serious mental illness”
Opinion | OP-ED COLUMNIST
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
On Lawrence O’Donnell, the Wall Street Journal (“Some Trump Lawyers Wanted Kushner Out”) reports that earlier in the summer some of Trump’s lawyers aired concerns about Jared Kushner and suggested he leaved the White House. Some of the attorneys said that others in the White House could be implicated in the Russia probe. Lawyers drafted a statement that was never used in anticipation of a Kushner exit.
Do you think Trump is a match for this Russian hardliner?
Link above. Here’s an excerpt from Reuter’s: