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On the Psychopathology of Donald Trump: The Advanced Course - A YouTube channel of videos of interviews with noted psychotherapists by Dr. John Gartner.
Why three White House advisers might have wanted to leak a fuller account of Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian lawyer meeting.
Rosa Brooks, Foreign Policy: “….ethical concerns about the treatment of animals prevent us from literally installing a blindfolded monkey in the White House. With Donald Trump making decisions, however, we’ve got the next best thing."
Preview of what I expect will be the lead story on MSNBC tomorrow:
The president’s son admits a Kremlin-aligned lawyer offered dirt on Hillary Clinton last year, and he reportedly took the meeting with the offer in mind.
In a scathing review of Donald Trump’s performance at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Australian journalist Chris Uhlmann says the US president managed to ‘isolate his nation, confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America’. Speaking on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Insiders program, Uhlmann does not hold back his criticism of Trump, stating ‘we’ve also learned he has no desire and no capacity to lead the world’. He goes on to say Trump has diminished America and the world would miss it when it was gone
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Republicans use passages from
the Bible, by Joel Baden,professor
of Hebrew Bible at Yale
Sat. July 8, 2017
This may be the biggest Trump slap in the face to the rest of the world:
Quite a Shocker: Daughter Ivanka Takes Dad's Place Sitting Next to Heads of State at Key G 20 Meeting, as Criticism Explodes
Right: I find all the recent placebo studies fascinating and applicable to more than medicine. Recent experiments show that in several conditions people improve even when they are told they are taking a placebo. If eating a kale based diet makes you feel good, fine. If homeopathic notions and lotions ease your pain, go for it. If your health care provider is an acupuncturist, chiropractor, naturopath, or alternative medicine doctor, remember, there are still lots of diseases that will sneak up kill you even while your brain is telling you that you feel better.
Friday, July 7, 2017 Updated 1:30 PM Oregon Time
Welcome to the Duty to Warn club, Mika and Joe:
Trump’s most recent Tweets: Trump Claims ‘Everyone’ At G20 Summit Is Talking About John Podesta
By George Lakoff / AlterNetJuly 6, 2017, 7:16 AM GMTGeorge P. Lakoff is an American cognitive linguist, best known for his thesis that lives of individuals are significantly influenced by the central metaphors they use to explain complex phenomena.
Excerpt:Why do conservatives love Trump (who harms them) and hate health care (which helps them)? It makes more sense when you consider the conservative moral hierarchy.
The conservative moral hierarchy:
- God above man
- Man above nature
- The disciplined (the strong) above the undisciplined (the weak)
- The rich above the poor
- Employers above employees
- Adults above children
- Western culture above other cultures
- America above other countries
- Men above women
- Whites above nonwhites
- Christians above non-Christians
- Straights above gays
On the whole, conservative policies flow from the strict father worldview and this hierarchy. Trump is an extreme case (he wants to be the ultimate strict father), though very much in line with conservative policies of the Republican party.
(Bear in mind that many, if not most conservatives are bi-conceptual, that is, “moderates” in that they have a strict father major worldview together with a nurturant minor worldview on some issues or other. Those moderating issues vary from person to person. But in their major worldview, they fit the strict father pattern.)
The Two Questions
1. Why don’t Trump supporters turn against Trump even though he is doing things that hurt them (like taking away their health care)?
Most Trump supporters have strict father morality. It determines their sense of right and wrong. They see Trump as bringing America back to their values in a powerful way, making their values respectable and in line with the way the country is being run. Trump’s presidency has given them self-respect. Their self-respect is more important than the details of his policies, even if some of those policies hurt them. On the whole, they like the way he has restructured the government and what he is doing throughout the government.
2. Why do Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act, and why are they so transparently acting to give wealthy people a tax break by making health care unaffordable?
Strict father morality insists on a particular notion of self-responsibility. Being taken care of by the "government” is seen as immoral because it gives the government an authority above strict father principles. The care given by the Affordable Care Act itself violates the moral sense and the very identity of conservatives, even those who benefit greatly from it.
MIND GAMES - DAILY BEAST
KGB, CIA, and FBI veterans say Russia’s leader is well-positioned to dominate America’s president in their one-on-one meeting.
And how about this?
Weds. July 5, 2017
Special: How an artist can survive in the era of Trump.
Is this confusion a sign of dementia? Watch how he walks right by the presidential limo and seems not to know where he is going.
In their final conversations during the transition, Barack Obama issued a stark warning to Donald Trump: North Korea presents the most urgent, alarming, and bedeviling threat you will confront as head of the free world. Axios
More proof (as if we need it) that Trump just doesn’t get it:
- that provision must be made in the event that the chief executive wished to spend the majority of his time engaged in striking balls with clubs and endeavoring to make them fall into small holes at variable distances from the initial striking point
- that provision must be made in the event that said executive wished to conduct all his business from a place where he had access to such a diversion
- that if the chief executive wished continually to make derogatory remarks about women provision ought to be made for that lest it detract from the running of affairs of state
- that …
Monday, July 3, 2017
(Not about Trump) Talk about adding insult to injury!
Sunday, July 2, 2017
This is, once again, beyond the pale - especially coming from Trump’s homeland security advisor:
Cruella de Trump by Maureen Dowd, NYT, Excerpts:
But as some women anchoring cable shows call for the women in the Trump administration to rise up in protest, I say: Let’s not narrow it to sexism.
It’s even more troubling than that. It’s cruelty on a Grand Guignol scale, both in Trump’s heartless tweets and in his mindless salesmanship of the Republicans’ heartless budget. When Trump called the House health care bill mean, he knows whereof he speaks. He’s the King of Mean. Pathetically, , Trump mistakes cruelty for strength.
I gave Trump the benefit of the doubt after his comment on Megyn Kelly about “blood coming out of her wherever” when he claimed he meant her nose. But later, a longtime Trump associate told me that Trump had practiced that line before he said it on CNN and that it was meant to evoke an image of Kelly as hormonal.
Of course, since Trump and some of those close to him have such an elastic relationship with the truth, and since some staffers have been known to feed journalists false details just to mess with them, you can never be sure of anything that comes out of this White House.
Except the cruelty.
Sat. July 1, 2017
Good night all, don’t let the Trump-bugs bite
Quote of the day: “Yes, once again Donald Trump has taught this nation a valuable lesson: you can never be too rich to be white trash. And you know, a little advice, Mr. President, a good rule to live by: if you’re going to go after a woman’s appearance, first make sure you’re not a fat old man with orange face paint pretending to be a blond at the age of 71. Who’s a blond at 71? Mika Brzezinski, you do crazy things to delay aging, says the man who glues dryer lint to his head.” Bill Maher
From interview with Maggie Haberman:
The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman explains why so many Trump staffers are confiding in reporters.
Friday, The Fall-Out from the Deranged Anti-Woman Tweet (June 30, 2017)
Trump and I (and no doubts many others who don’t usually get up at 5AM in the Pacific time zone) watched Morning Joe today. Here’s what Trump Tweeted:
"Fragile, impetuous, childlike ego”
I wonder why Rachel Maddow has escaped Trump’s Tweet hate. Perhaps he won’t watch her show. For example last night:
I will end with the closing paragraph of Michelle Goldberg’s essay from Slate:
If there is the barest sliver of consolation, it’s that Trump appears almost as miserable and anxiety-ridden as we are. He’s losing the tiny bit of control he had. It’s better for Trump to show us all who he really is than to let his lackeys pretend he’s remotely worthy of his office. Every time he tweets, he reveals his presidency as a disgusting farce. Let’s hope he keeps doing it.