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It’s news: Trump hasn’t screwed up on Harvey response (yet).
Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
by Dr. John Gartner In Salon
Remember, you don’t have to be a member of Twitter read Tweets there, even from Donald Trump.
|He was on All In With Chris Hayes tonight.|
Duty to Warn therapists consider Trump to be a malignant narcissist. However this includes all or most of the characteristics of a sociopath. Here Donnie Deutsch reads the definition of sociopath on MSNBC. Other panelists take it as a joke at first but Deutsch brooks none of their flippancy.
After Trump’s “fire and fury” remarks about North Korea, earlier this month, Dr. Bandy Lee, a professor of psychiatry at Yale Medical School, sent her second letter about Trump to all members of Congress, warning that his “severe emotional impediments” pose “a grave threat to international security.” Four colleagues joined her this time, but, she told me, “In the beginning, I was trying to write letters to Congress members and I couldn’t get anyone to sign on, even though nobody disagreed.” Her book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” forthcoming in October, collects essays by more than a dozen mental-health experts and makes the case that the Trump Presidency is an emergency that not only allows but may even require psychiatrists to depart from the Goldwater rule. Seeking contributors, Dr. Lee was mindful that most colleagues would be nervous walking the tightrope, so she approached prominent writers who might have enough stature to withstand criticism, including Philip Zimbardo, Judith Herman, Robert Jay Lifton, and Gail Sheehy. (Next month, Dr. Lee will have a closed meeting with several as-yet-unnamed lawmakers to advise them on how Congress might convene mental-health professionals to review the President’s state of mind.)
You grow numb. You grow weary. I recall discovering a few weeks back that President Trump had lied about two phone calls, one from the president of Mexico and one from the head of the Boy Scouts. The calls, supposedly to congratulate him, did not exist. They never happened. They were pure inventions. Asked if Trump had lied, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, “I wouldn’t say it was a lie.”
I actually remember shrugging. The shrug was terrifying. This is how autocrats — or would-be autocrats — cement their power. They wear you down with their lies. They distract you. They want you to believe that 2+2=5. They want you to forget that freedom withers when the distinction between truth and falsehood dies. In a dictatorship there is a single font of “truth”: the voice of the dictator. Remember Trump at the Republican National Convention a little over a year ago: “I am your voice.” And now his voice is everywhere.
There’s the scripted Trump voice, which is fake. There’s the unscripted voice, which is genuine. The two tend to alternate; call this the choreography of disorientation. It’s confusing, like having a president who isn’t really a president but instead acts like the leader of a rabble-rousing movement. From “Truth, Lies and Numbness” NY Times
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AZ GOP caught using fake photo of Asian Republicans.
‘JEWISH’ SENIOR OFFICERS IN HITLER’S ARMY: ERHARD MILCH, WILHELM KEITEL, WALTHER VON BRAUCHITSCH, ERICH RAEDER, AND MAXIMILIAN VON WEICHS.
“I’m not joking about it or being a smartass; this is a man who is not well.”
The “Morning Joe” host (Joe Scarborough) was appalled that crowd members shouted out calls for McCain’s death as Trump attacked the Republican senator for casting the deciding vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“Who talks like that?” Scarborough said. “But here’s another question: Who cheers at that? Who cheers when a man speaks derisively about an American war hero who has given his life to the people of Arizona and the United States of America in a POW camp, is battling brain cancer, is going through chemotherapy.
And not only are they derisively going along with Donald Trump — but people are actually shouting that they want John McCain to die. LINK
But Michael the Black Man loves U.S. President Donald Trump. And President Trump’s campaign apparently loves him right back.
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Trump promises a government shutdown, hints he'll pardon Joe Arpaio — and vows to make history white again
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Congress members raise growing concerns about President Trump’s mental health after Charlottesville response, from yesterday’s N.Y. Daily News.
|Another decrepit structure as seen from the River Walk in Boston - see previous day divider.|
Watching Trump this week has been pitiable : Trump is both seriously ignorant and highly unlikeable, and has confirmed as much this week with his shocking dissembling over what should be described pure and simple as an act of domestic terror, an act of murder.
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|Recognizing that Trump has a tendency of|
doubling down on irrational behavior when
being pushed into a corner, Foxman (Holocaust
survivor and former Director of National
Anti-Defamation League and said
now might be the time for Ivanka Trump
and Jared Kushner to take matters
into their own hands and step into the
roles of Mordechai and Esther. “Trump loves
his daughter. She is the apple of his eye,
and I saw him, he likes his son-in-law,
but he certainly loves his grandchildren,”
Foxman explained. “They need to sit down
with him, and say to him, face-to-face,
‘Do you understand what message you’re
sending to your grandchildren?
That it’s okay for people to march down
and yell get rid of the Jews, we don’t
want the Jews. And you say this is nothing,
this is like people who protest against
something that they don’t like.’
I don’t see anybody else. I think this is
the moment. People have said, ‘Well
maybe Jared …’ Jared’s grandparents are
Holocaust survivors. People say, ‘Well,
maybe they were put there to be Esther
or Mordecai.’ Well, maybe they have.”
At 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, James Murdoch sent an email to a list of blind-copied recipients offering a striking repudiation of President Trump and a pledge to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. He addressed the note to “friends,” stating in the first line that he was writing it in a “personal capacity, as a concerned citizen and a father.”
Yet for the son of the conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who speaks regularly with Mr. Trump, it’s impossible to separate the personal, the political and the corporate.
James Murdoch’s message, which he wrote himself, was sent to a number of business associates from his company email address at 21st Century Fox, the global media conglomerate where he reigns as chief executive. And within two hours, it had been leaked to the news media, offering a window into the nuanced internal and external politics of the Murdoch media empire.
The email also raises questions about whether it is a harbinger of change at the Murdoch-controlled conservative-leaning media outlets — including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post — and the political direction of the company under a new generation of Murdoch leaders, James and his brother, Lachlan, the company’s executive chairman.
|One of the surprising contrasts you see as you stroll along Boston’s River Walk.|
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The anchor’s summary of recent White House doings is a doozy.
After backing white nationalists in Charlottesville, ACLU announces it won’t defend armed protesters
Below, look closely...
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|Includes references to prominent Duty to Warn therapists Drs. Bandy Lee and John Gartner.|
|The Washington Post created a facsimile updated|
every five minutes showing what Trump would see
when he logged onto his Twitter account. Click above.
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…. in an interview posted on the conservative Project Veritas website, he instructed law-abiding citizens about what to do if they encountered a “clown” breaking into their house.
“Know who and what your target is. Point that barrel center mass and pull the trigger,” Clarke directed. He went on to talk about calling 911 to “get this dead guy out of my house. He’s bleeding out and messing up my carpet.”
|The paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Read article in Mother Jones|
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Steve Bannon thought he wasn't giving an interview (with American Prospect, a liberal magazine - not available online at this time apparently crashing servers at http://prospect.org/article/steve-bannon-unrepentant)
- The liberal journalist Bannon called — Robert Kuttner — is no friend of Trump's. As Kuttner writes, "I'd just published a column on how China was profiting from the U.S.-North Korea nuclear brinkmanship, and it included some choice words about Bannon's boss. 'In Kim, Trump has met his match,' I wrote. 'The risk of two arrogant fools blundering into a nuclear exchange is more serious than at any time since October 1962.'"
- Bannon undercut the president's stance on North Korea: "Contrary to Trump's threat of fire and fury, Bannon said: 'There's no military solution [to North Korea's nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us."
- He openly talked about his internal fights with colleagues: "That's a fight I fight every day here," he said. "We're still fighting. There's Treasury and [National Economic Council chair] Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying."
- He talked about changing personnel in a way that made him sound like the president: "I'm changing out people at East Asian Defense; I'm getting hawks in. I'm getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State."
On HuffPost: A Divided Country Is Exactly What Trump Wants
He thinks it will save him.
It explains his combative remarks about Charlottesville
CIVIL RIGHTS--This past week saw some weaknesses in American life. First, our inability to deal with a mentally ill President and second, our inability to deal with the results of Group Rights. Unfortunately, the two collided.
Here’s how Time Magazine put it: Still smarting from Monday’s forced statement condemning neo-Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists, Trump shoved a finger into the gaping wound of race relations in America. The President repeated his assertion that there is “blame on both sides” of the violence…… It was a sobering reminder of the forces that propelled Donald Trump to the White House in a campaign rooted on exploiting fears and feelings of dislocation, but also a sign of how, in the end, it was still about Trump.
This dirty Jew remembers every penny thrown at him.
The ones thrown from above, as we waited to be picked up from the public pool in my hometown on Long Island, our yarmulkes pinned to wet hair. By then, I was big enough to feel shame for the younger kids, who knew no better than to scurry around, as our local anti-Semites laughed.
I remember walking home from synagogue at my father’s side, in our suits and ties, and seeing a neighbor boy crawling on his hands and knees, surrounded by bullies, this time picking up pennies by force. I remember my father rushing in and righting the boy, and sending those kids scattering.
I remember when, at that same corner, on a different day, those budding neo-Nazis surrounded my sister, and I raced home for help. I remember my parents running back, and my father and mother (all five feet of her) confronting the parents of one of the boys, who then gave him a winking, Trumpian chiding for behavior they didn’t care to condemn. Even if it’s “kids with horns,” they told their son, he should leave other children alone.======
And yet, in seven months of this presidency, in one single day in Charlottesville, Va., all of that is lost. A generation, and so much more, stolen away. There is the trauma of those assaulted by Nazis on American soil and the tragedy that is Heather Heyer’s murder that belongs to her and her family alone. And then there is what all the rest of us share — the pain and violence and the lessons we draw from them. Because the children who witness a day like that, and a president like this, will not forget the fear and disrespect tailored to the black child, the Muslim child, the Jewish child.
They will not forget the assault rifles that this government puts in these violent men’s hands, nor the chants that black lives don’t matter and that the Jews will not replace them — just as I will never not hear what that kid on the bike screamed or stop seeing my father helping a boy, crawling for pennies, off his knees.
While harking back to my pious, head-covered days, I am reminded of a notion that our rabbis taught us: The theft of time is a crime like any other. Back then it was about interrupting class — one minute wasted was a minute of learning lost. But multiply that minute by everyone in the room, and it became 15, 20 minutes, half an hour’s worth of knowledge that none of us could ever get back.
Saturday in Charlottesville was just one day, but think of that one day multiplied by all of us, across this great country. Think of the size of that setback, the assault on empathy, the divisiveness and tiki-torched terror multiplied by every single citizen of this nation. It may as well be millions of years of dignity, of civility, of progress lost.
- Trance that occurs during trauma, like after you’ve been in a car accident
- Concentrated attention, like the hyper-focus you may have experienced playing high school sports
- Softly focused contemplative states, accessible through meditation or prayer
- Dreams and visions
- Trance states induced by surprise or confusion, extreme good or bad news
President Donald Trump blasted establishment and left-wing media on Tuesday afternoon for failing to report the facts on violent left-wing protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.
Donald Trump Defends People Who Attended White Supremacist Rally In Charlottesville (Plus A Whole Lot More)
“You had a group on one side who was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.”
What about Bannon?
America, this is what Trump has wrought….
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Trump post-Charlottesville Tweets (Remember, with such extreme psychopathology a perceived narcissist insult/injury leads to narcissistic rage.)
On Monday, Trump finally issued a stronger statement, one that denounced “the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.” However, he did not tweet a reproach of these extremists ― an odd move for a president who tweets every thought that comes into his head.
Critics saw the retweet on Monday evening as an attempt to deflect attention from his belated response to white supremacist violence, but also as an implicit effort to draw attention to crime within the African-American community: Huffington Post
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