Jan, 31, 2018
Not much better unless they meant a new White American First
On the other hand
From HuffPost story
Internet Burns Washington Post Over Its Front Page On Trump’s Speech
Noticed: “Why is Trump clapping for himself? It’s almost like he’s a narcissist or something.” HuffPost
What got to me the most was how Trump put on display the grief of the family who had two children murdered by gang members, supposedly by members of the terrfying MS-13. Real tears of the kind Trump would never shed flowed down their faces. The man is shameless. Furthermore, his using several true heroes as props was more show biz.
Trump has to love MS-13 because he can make them into his Willie Hortons.
Does Trump create his own reality and believe it is true? Watch Video.
According to a new report by Axios, a very close ally to Donald Trump said that those closest to the President are worried that he’ll commit perjury if he interviews with the Special Prosecutor because he has a tendency to “create his own reality” and that “he believes it.” Investigation aside, that statement alone causes an entire host of problems, and raises even more questions about Trump’s mental state.
I think there is a part of Trump which has with amorphous frequently changing foggy boundaries. Trump has no stable core self where reality testing is sometimes intact and other times is severely impaired. I see him functioning in a hazy blur where in order to maintain and sustain his malignantly narcissistic sense of identity he enters a kind of dreamy world which doesn't quite meet the criteria to say he is psychotically delusional.
The closest thing I can think of to this state of mind in people with unimpaired reality testing is when you awake from a vivid realistic dream and are still in a kind of twilight sleep. Occasionally I've had the experience when, for just a moment, I'm not sure whether the dream was real or not.
But then, what do I know?
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Video - Linguistics researcher reveals how Trump’s speech is declining into a ‘narrower, harsher and more unhappy’ state
Ecerpt: Mental health experts have cautioned that President Donald Trump appears to be declining, but Kurt Andersen isn’t sure the president has changed all that much.
During a discussion with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Andersen explained how he researched Trump’s speaking style, frequently used words and pattern of phrases to help write a book with Alec Baldwin in the voice of Trump. The author of “the definitive guide to speaking Trump,” according to co-host Mika Brzezinski, has compiled the lexicon for The Atlantic on “How to Talk Trump.”
National affairs analysts John Heilemann asked about the frequent “ticks” some see in Trump increase over time and the need to repeat the same stories over and over again.
“I think he is — it’s not that he’s declining in his verbal fluency,” Andersen said. “The emotional affect is narrower and harsher and angrier and more unhappy. It wasn’t as though he was talking about reciprocal responsibilities that we have with our many allies abroad 30 years ago and now he’s just saying ‘disgusting and crooked.’ But he does, I think, return to his safe words, his favorite words, somewhat more frequently.”
Jan. 29, 2018
On MSNBC Richard Painter just said that if we behaved like this during the Cold War we'd all be speaking Russian today.
At a minimum, the fact that we continue to learn so much new information after so many months of investigation is a reminder of why it’s important to be cautious about the endless punditry analyzing the prospects of a probe whose substance we still know very little about. For now at least, questions like the ones endlessly debated on cable TV—Will Trump be impeached if the House is retaken by Democrats in November? When and how will Mueller deliver a final report on the allegations, and will he seek the unprecedented step of trying to indict a sitting president?—remain almost pointless speculation.
And they will continue to be until the basic concerns we started the investigation with are no longer hanging out there, shadowing the Trump White House with serious doubts that clearly infuriate the president: Did Trump or any close advisers actively collaborate with the Russians who sought to sway the 2016 race on his behalf? Did the president or others seek to cover up their dealings with Russians—or promise them concrete actions, like lifting U.S. economic sanctions on the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in exchange for Kremlin help? Once in office, have the president or members of his inner circle tried to obstruct the investigations into those questions?
We may not have the public evidence yet to definitely resolve those questions, but Warner offers a provocative rationale for why it is we are now seeing such a stepped-up campaign by Trump and his defenders against those who seek to provide us the answers.
“Mueller is getting closer and closer to the truth,” Warner tells me, and “closer and closer to the truth is getting closer and closer to the president.
I woke up 3:00 and decided to turn on the bedroom TV to see if Morning Joe was covering any breaking news. Instead I got Joe Scarborough, the former Republican congressman talking about the panic sweeping across members of the GOP that Mueller is getting closer and closer to exposing Trump wrong-doing. Alas, I watched the show for the next hour before they changed th subject to other news. Fortunately I managed to fall asleep until 7:30 when the dogs decided it was time for me to get up. Here's a sample from the show:
Joe knows that the president watches the Trump lovefest "Fox and Friends" in the morning. I think it's reasonable to assume that he knows that the Republicans who aren't malignant narcissists who don't require a dose of sycophantic fuel to get their day started watch Morning Joe. In this video he calls out Nunes, Ryan, and McConnell by name for their lying and hypocrisy in protecting Trump.
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Jan. 28, 2018
Friends: President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 30, at 6 pm Portland time. Anyone who wants to watch it and the follow-up coverage on MSNBC let me know and I’ll have a pop-corn party at my house. Two large screen TV’s, plenty of room.
Sunday Quote comes from Maureen Dowd’s NY Times column:
Trump could humiliate his wife by being a big, horny pig, but he is the one who comes off as the embarrassment. He’s an embarrassing husband and an embarrassing president and an embarrassing leader of the free world. Barack Obama was always calling to our better angels. Donald Trump is paying off porn stars and denigrating struggling countries that send minorities to the U.S. as “shitholes.” How did we drop so far and so fast from class to crass?
“I have tremendous respect for women. You see all of the women I have working around me and working with me. Tremendous respect for women.” Read story here
«Нет, я бы не сказал, что я феминистка. Я имею в виду, я думаю, это было бы, может быть, зайти слишком далеко, - сказал Трамп Моргану. «Я за женщин, я за мужчин, я за всех».
«У меня огромное уважение к женщинам. Вы видите всех женщин, с которыми я работаю, и работаю со мной. Огромное уважение к женщинам.
Millions of Americans Believe God Made Trump President (And no doubt, Trump believes it too, HB)
A surprisingly fascinating book explains why.
Here's what I'd like to see included on a public opnion poll about whether or not people support Trump and believe he is doing a good job. The results should be correlated with the poltical answers.
Trump told 6.6 times as many self-serving lies as kind ones. That's a much higher ratio than we found for our study participants, who told about double the number of self-centered lies compared with kind ones.
The most stunning way Trump's lies differed from our participants', though, was in their cruelty. An astonishing 50 percent of Trump's lies were hurtful or disparaging. For example, he proclaimed that John Brennan, James Clapper and James Comey, all career intelligence or law enforcement officials, were "political hacks." He said that "the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close." He insisted that other "countries, they don't put their finest in the lottery system. They put people probably in many cases that they don't want." And he claimed that "Ralph Northam, who is running for Governor of Virginia, is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities."
The Trump lies that could not be coded into just one category were typically told both to belittle others and enhance himself. For example: "Senator Bob Corker 'begged' me to endorse him for reelection in Tennessee. I said 'NO' and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement)."
The sheer frequency of Trump's lies appears to be having an effect, and it may not be the one he is going for. A Politico/Morning Consult poll from late October showed that only 35 percent of voters believed that Trump was honest, while 51 percent said he was not honest. (The others said they didn't know or had no opinion.) Results of a Quinnipiac University poll from November were similar: Thirty-seven percent of voters thought Trump was honest, compared with 58 percent who thought he was not. Read article
Drawing on never-before-released papers, historian Daniel Pick uncovers the extraordinary story of British psychiatrist Henry Dicks, who was sent to examine Rudolf Hess in a British military safe house, at theheight of the Second World War.
In May 1941, Nazi Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess suddenly appeared in a field in Scotland, having flown solo from Germany on what appeared to be a peace mission.
Much of this story is well known, but now Daniel Pick, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, reveals documents which provide a fresh insight into this extraordinary episode - and cast new light on the role of psychology in the battle against Nazism.
Soon after Hess' capture and incarceration, Dr Henry Dicks, a British psychiatrist, was sent by the British authorities to meet him. His mission was to see what his specialised training could glean about this senior Nazi's thinking - without revealing he was a psychiatrist.
Dicks first encountered Hess in 1941, at the eerie military safe house in Surrey where the erstwhile Deputy Fuhrer was being held. And in this programme, Professor Pick reveals the contents of the notebook in which Dicks kept a record of his encounters.
He sets their contents in the context of the Second World War with the help of Professor Richard Overy.
He listens to a rare recording from the US National Archives of Hess being interrogated at Nuremberg.
And after the war, the lessons of encounters such as Dicks' meetings with Hess were still being pressed into service to combat extremism.
As Dr Jessica Reinisch tells him, even as Hess was consigned to prison in Berlin, psychological insights into Nazi thinking were helping to shape the drive to de-Nazify post-war Germany.
Jan, 27, 2018
This is trending on Facebook:
|.... and the wolf chewed up the children and|
spit out their bones... But those were Foreign Children
and it really didn't matter.
- A few of the top stories about Trump's mental health, and one about Timothy Leary and Richard Nixon.
Excerpt: There is a tension between these two paths. In the hypothetical scenario in which Trump’s mental impairment warranted invoking the Twenty-fifth Amendment, that same impairment might also render him incapable of having criminal intent.
In situations of “diminished capacity,” which could mean an abnormality such as dementia or a personality disorder, a person may be incapable of forming a mens rea, or “guilty mind”—the intention and understanding behind a crime. The federal case United States v. Brawner, from 1972, recognized the “diminished capacity” defense, and other courts since have also treated dementia, and even “mild cognitive impairment,” as relevant to a person’s competence to plead guilty, such as Alvarez-Jacinto v. United States, in 2010.
Mueller’s investigation likely focusses on obstruction of justice, which demands proof of corrupt intent; in that case, the remarkable public discourse around Trump’s mental unfitness would surely be helpful to the President’s legal counsel. If there is reasonable doubt as to whether Trump could have formed the mens rea to obstruct justice due to mental disease, or if he appears mentally incompetent to be tried or to plead guilty, then Congress may be even less willing to decide to impeach and convict him for high crimes. And, of course, Congress cannot impeach on grounds of mental incapacity.
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Journey into the Hearts of Japan” and “Other Worlds.”
How he hid out with the Black Panthers in Africa
Jan. 26, 2018
Truth be told, Davos Donny, you got this waaay wrong:
“This is like walking into the Academy Awards, except we have more photographers.” The Academy Awards probably had more photographers, and if you walked the Red Carpet people would be booing and hissing. See video But, wait, wait, do tell me, he was laughed at and booed at Davos too.
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A story I had to research to make sure it wasn't satire: The White House asked to borrow a van Gogh. The Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead. (Update, it was just covered on The Beat with Ari Melbler)
No Brainer for Today:
Perhaps there really is a clandestine group of national intelligence agents meeting in a back booth at a suburban D.C. Waffle House. But come on, would any member text about it and call it a "secret society" in messages they knew could be monitored? Give me a break, at least they would have called it the "pancake group" or by another innocuous name. Breaking News: Justice Dept. recovers missing texts from FBI officials
There are those who still hold out hope that this president can be "managed" by members of his cabinet. Our professional experience would suggest, rather, that his dangerousness is likely to increase. Assessing dangerousness is different from making a diagnosis. Signs of dangerousness secondary to mental disorder can become apparent without a full diagnostic interview, and can be detected from a distance. The psychiatrist is expected to err, if at all, on the side of safety when the risk of inaction is too great. Only one person need be in danger of harm by the impaired individual, and the threshold for containment is even lower if the individual has access to weapons (not to mention nuclear weapons).
Physicians are guided by the Declaration of Geneva and the American Medical Association's Principles of Medical Ethics. The former confirms the physician's dedication to the humanitarian goals of medicine, while the latter defines honorable behavior for the physician. The physician's responsibility is first and foremost to the patient, but it extends as well to society. When a person poses a danger because of mental disturbance, psychiatrists are mandated to report, to incapacitate and to take steps to protect the public.
I was just talking to a fellow Michigan State University graduate here in the coffee shop about Dr. Nassar’s background. I looked him up in Wikipedia and so much was familiar from when we both lived near Lansing in the small town of Mason.
In 1993, he graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State.
I had two DO’s doing medication clinics when I ran a mental health center in Mason Michigan. Michigan State has both a medical school and a an osteopathic medicine school so they share many faculty members. Michigan is a state where there are numerous highly regarded DO’s.
He went on to complete his residency training in family practice in 1996 at St. Lawrence Hospital, which has since merged with Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan.
I am very familiar with both of these hospitals. St. Lawrence had a psychiatric unit so I was very familiar with the hospital.
Nassar lived in Holt, Michigan at the time of his arrest -
Holt is the town abutting the town where we lived on the way to Lansing via Cedar Street which so I through Holt several times a week.
Is it any surprise that the people under Trump are appointing totally unqualified people to positions in the various agencies? Is it any surprise that some of them are outright bigots? Is it any surprise some of them are just plain stupid? Here's an example you may have missed. Trump-Appointed HUD Official Just Called Journalist April Ryan 'Miss Piggy' on Twitter Then Deleted It
Here's April Ryan's Twitter feed. Two samples below, but lots more.
And then there's Trump's 24 year old deputy drug czar. He's being forced to resign, no doubt because this embarrassment was one step too far. In the Trump administration, seemingly imune to embarrassment and admitting they made a mistake, this is a big thing.