Hal Brown’s June blog
My photo blog is here. +++ Links to all the several dozen articles I cross-posted to Daily Kos with comments are here.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
An idea for an Internet video that would be easy to make if David Byrne would allow it. Just play it with images of Donald Trump and the White House on fire.
Talking Heads - Burning down the house by Dan_of_the_Land
A respite from politics, here’s news that proves that in the world of 140 character Tweets , when it comes to texting, words are becoming even less necessary in text messages:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
From the world of medicine, amazing news from a small but highly significant study:
The first study to ever show Alzheimers can be reversed has just been published
Small trial shows memory loss from Alzheimer's disease can be reversed
|A new meme is that the Republican Party’s presumptive candidate’s campaign has degenerated into a Trumpster Fire.|
Through the magic of Google Images I found lots of photos of actual dumpster fires to choose from.
Rick Douglas nailsTrump one paragraph in a comment to a Huffington Post article about Trump the miser.
Life is a shell game with him. It doesn't matter who the mark is, but in this case it's the American electorate. I'm old enough to have a very long view, but am not a Beltway insider, so consider me a learned schmo who finds Trump as enigmatic as they come. You want theories? I have heard them all. He's in it to win it. He's not serious about becoming POTUS. He's angling to start a cable network and needs the bona fides. Yada, yada, yada. While Donald Trump is the least qualified person to make a run for the White House in modern times, maybe ever, he's a masterful schemer. It's how he has survived all these years. He robs from the poor and keeps the cash. He stiffs the people whom he hires to build his grandiose casinos and hotels. And when they demand payment, he cries foul and sues, or offers them pennies on the dollar. He relishes the chase and the kill and little else. He has neither the intellect nor the temperament to digest policy papers, let alone the art of statecraft, has never learned to listen, and trusts no one except his own adult children. Even Sarah Palin was a governor for a time. Imagine being a poor second to "Mrs. I can see Russia from my house." It's not that the Emperor has no clothes. It's that his pants are on fire.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Lewankoski being unexpectedly ousted is the big Trump news, but who is left in his inner circle:
Aside from Hope Hicks, who I never heard of and who makes a fascinating story herself, worthy of a big article in GQ titled “The mystifying trump of Trump’s right hand woman,” , this is who is left:
|Left to right: Manafort, Stone, Ivanka, Cohen.|
First cup of coffee thought:
Another reason it would be gutsy for Hillary to pick Elizabeth for her VP partner: It would say screw you to Wall Street. The article suggests her Wall Street donations would dry up, but I really doubt this would happen because these people want to keep whatever influence - or at least access - they can in a Clinton-Warren administration. At the very least, they want invitations to the inaugural parties.
Read: "Wall Street Donors seek to block Warren VP pick" in Politico
“If Clinton picked Warren, her whole base on Wall Street would leave her,” said one top Democratic donor who has helped raise millions for Clinton. “They would literally just say, ‘We have no qualms with you moving left, we understand all the things you’ve had to do because of Bernie Sanders, but if you are going there with Warren, we just can’t trust you, you’ve killed it.’”
Most big donors don’t want Warren on the ticket because she is the most accomplished anti-Wall Street populist in the Democratic Party. But many also think her presence would drive a potential Clinton administration too far to the left, poison relations with the private sector from the start and ultimately be damaging to the economy.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
I tweaked my article about Trump TV and put it on Daily Kos (here) where hopefully there will be some interesting comments.
U.N. Warns Trump May Be 7 Months Away From Acquiring Nuclear WeaponsNEW YORK—According to an alarming new global risk report published Tuesday by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may be just seven months away from acquiring nuclear weapons. “A year ago, the threat didn’t seem great enough to warrant serious concern, but at this moment, a nuclear-capable Trump is now a very real and very imminent possibility,” said UNODA high representative Kim Won-soo, adding that the agency’s current projections showed Trump potentially procuring nuclear weapons, as well as advanced ballistic missile technology, as early as January of next year. “The longer we wait to act, the closer he comes to obtaining a nuclear arsenal. The final red line for preventing him from acquiring this devastating capability comes in early November. If he is not properly dealt with before then, there will be no way to stop him from going nuclear.” While U.N. officials said the international community should prepare for the destabilizing effects of Trump acquiring such weapons, they still held out hope that citizens of his nation might yet rise up against him and topple the extremist before he posed a global existential threat.
The fact of the matter is that this isn’t satire!
Friday, June 17, 2016
TNT is taken, TTN sounds silly, so Trump will probably just name his cable network “Trump"
He calls women “pigs” and doesn’t support paid family leave.
Vice presidential pick proves how great he’d be for women.
Venezuelan model and actress Alicia Machado says it took her many years to get over get over the abuse she suffered at the hands of Donald Trump when she was crowned Ms. Universe in 1996.
“He made me feel small,” she told ThinkProgress in Spanish. “He threatened me, treated me rudely. He called me ‘Ms. Housekeeping’ in front of his friends.”
Trump, then the owner of the beauty pageant, publicly mocked Machado for gaining weight and forced her to exercise in front of TV cameras. She said she was depressed and suffered from an eating disorder for several years as a result.
“He hates girls,” she said. “He considers girls to be less. We have another status, to him.”
|The most famous psychoanalysts of the day at Clark University, |
1909: Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung;
Back row: Abraham A. Brill, Ernest Jones, Sándor Ferencz.
Ethics, Shrinks, and Trump: Should they speak out?
Thursday, June 16, 2014
The shrinks-eye view of Trump, Chapter 3