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May 27, 2018

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Friends from New Zealand, Sandy and Keith, who some of you know, surprised me this morning and brought a gift for Mac and Duff. The boys usually are indifferent to dog toys but they took to the task of trying to rip this one apart without hesitation. You can order from the company here, or you can order on Amazon Prime here. Click images to enlarge.







The counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump was kicked off by not one, not two, but multiple SIGINT reports which set off alarm bells inside our Intelligence Community. This has been publicly known, in a general way, for some time. A little over a year ago, the Guardian reported, based on multiple intelligence sources, that the lead was taken by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ – Britain’s NSA), which “first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious ‘interactions’ between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the U.S. as part of a routine exchange of information.”


Trump and his America is new scary spooky, but there's something which is new amazing science spooky

Science, A Welcome Distraction: Putting everything in perspective while our lives depend on what Trump does and doesn't do there's something else which is spooky in the universe.
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The racism has become almost routine. Now it is the continued revelations of the degree to which Trump takes the presidency as a giant game, in which he is all-powerful, in which supplicants must come pleading, in which he has an unmatched ability to retain power by manipulating and deceiving the populace.

Its like he’s playing the role of the Wizard of Oz, only this man is a weasel.


This isn’t even the first time that we’ve gotten a peek behind the curtain and have seen Trump’s hubris about his ability to tap into people’s anxieties — and hatreds — and his ability to bend reality to suit his designs.

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Demonization of those who are different — in race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or even conviction — is a common thread in Trump’s power play. He directs it at the media in a different way.

Last week, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl recalled an exchange she had with Trump in 2016 in which she pressed him on why he repeatedly insults journalists. His response, according to Stahl, was: “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”

For Trump, it’s all about manipulation, and he will lie, bully and demean to that end, even if his deceit is discovered.

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This is the strategy: Never apologize. Just move on, create a new moment — one that rivals or even outshines the last — and change the subject. This way, you keep your detractors playing on your court and by your rules and you never play on theirs.

In the film, the Wizard of Oz finally confesses: “I’m a humbug!” Trump never will.



Today's Quote - Raw Story

America’s megalomaniac: Delicate balance in Trump’s brain between glorification and mortification can tip either way at any moment



Some earnest foreign policy experts are seeking to discover some bargaining strategy behind Trump’s moves on North Korea. Hint: There’s no strategy. Only a thin-skinned narcissist needing flattery and fearing ridicule.
Trump got excited about a summit with Kim when he thought it might win him praise, even possibly a Nobel Peace Prize. He got cold feet when he feared Kim might be setting Trump up for humiliating failure. Now he’s back to dreaming about the Prize.
The delicate balance in Trump’s brain between glorification and mortification can tip either way at any moment, depending on his hunches. All international relations become contests of personal dominance.
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Sunday, May 27, 2018 

Today's Daily Kos story:
Hitler + Goebbels = Trump + Sarah Sanders et al

“”What the press has been in the Nineteenth Century, radio will be for the Twentieth Century.” (Goebbels) Radio broadcasts played a major part in the Nazi propaganda machine. The Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, even arranged for the production cheap types of radios , known as ‘People’s Receivers’. Goebbels’ first cheap receivers were deliberately designed to have a limited range, so that foreign broadcasts could not be heard. The Nazis also made it a treasonable offense to listen to oversees broadcasts. Anyone caught doing so faced a spell in a feared concentration camp and in the first year of the war alone, 1500 Germans were imprisoned for listening to London-based broadcasts. Radio propaganda was broadcast in public places as well as in the workplace, on a regular basis.

The ongoing sage of Pluto fascinates me: It May Actually Be A ‘Giant Comet,’ New Study Suggests


Remember when President Michelle Wolf outraged the conscience of conservatives across America by cracking a joke about the press secretary’s eye makeup? Oh, wait — Ms. Wolf is a comedian. Telling jokes is her job.............................. ↴

A better example is President Hillary Clinton, who disregarded all protocol and endangered our national security by relying on a private email server to conduct some government business. Hold on, you say Mrs. Clinton isn’t president, either?

O.K., then — how about Barack Obama, an actual president? His disrespect for that station is the stuff of legend. A tan suit. Shirtsleeves in the Oval Office. Those big, impertinent feet defiling the presidential desk.

President Trump has managed to avoid those particular offenses. His suits are dark, his ties patriotically long. Yet in so many other ways he is violating Americans’ expectations of how presidents should behave — even of how adults should behave, particularly when children are watching. Yes, Mr. Trump has now been compared to Joseph Stalin by one senior senator from his party, and, yes, he has been pre-emptively disinvited to the prospective funeral of another. But most Republican leaders, usually such vigilant guardians of Oval Office decorum, have remained strangely silent.

So, for the fourth time in a year, we’ve compiled a list of Mr. Trump’s more egregious transgressions. These items don’t represent disputes about policy, over which reasonable people may disagree. They simply serve to catalog what Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and all the other Trump-supporting Republicans in Congress and across America, through their silence, have now blessed as behavior befitting a president of the United States.
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