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July 27, 2020

Hal Brown Blog

 Website speeds up if you click here  This is a blog with my opinion on news stories that pique my interest. My Bio here.

July 28, 2020: Portland TV websites: KOIN and KGW for a local perspective on the protests

Speculation over Trump’s health after ‘dragging’ right leg video: ‘What is wrong with him?’ Watch video:

What may happen to Trump if he get's Covid-19? Two words: dire consequences. Watch CNN video.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said that the president should be worried that the virus keeps getting closer and closer to him as more aides and allies come down with the disease.

Watch Biden's appeal to senior voters

Bob Cesca has the lead story on Salon. Since he began his campaign and then escalated his xenophobic rhetoric, and soon after acted on it with his cruel immigration policy we heard the warning about Trump's authoritarianism and how he could lead the country into become a fascist state. Now he is sending a private SS army to use (so far) less than lethal violent means to breakup mostly peaceful protests.

Cesca writes:

The age of American fascism has arrived. The dangers are immeasurable. 

As soon as Trump chose to unleash federal stormtroopers in reaction to protesters, deploying an army of faceless thugs into American cities armed with allegedly non-lethal weapons, the Rubicon was crossed. There's no going back until, at the very least, Trump is ousted from power and held accountable for the unconstitutional horror show he's manifested. We'll circle back to this.

Fascism, derived from Benito Mussolini's political stranglehold on Italy, generally possesses the characteristics of hyper-nationalism, opposition to socialism and communism, suppression of dissent, an ideology of racial supremacy and the vilification of "the other" — foreigners, minorities and other groups, often rounded up and virtually disappeared into government internment camps.  

Trump Inspired To Mild Action Against COVID-19 When He Heard Red State White People Might Die - Wonkette

EXCERPT: Yes, it's a question for the ages: Why won't Trump try harder ... or at all ... to manage this crisis? Like Poe's "Purloined Letter," the answer's right there in plain sight: Trump's malignant narcissism and sociopathic personality make it impossible for him to respond appropriately to a crisis on the scale of COVID-19. 

In fairness, Trump is also lazy, and managing a pandemic is hard. He can't bully it with mean nicknames like “Low Energy." He's tried racial slurs, but that also has no medicinal value. It's even less effective than a bleach cocktail. However, he's demonstrated at least three common sociopathic traits throughout the outbreak: Inability to make long term plans (no national testing strategy), no consideration for his own safety or others (his resistance to wearing masks and promoting social distancing), and lack of guilt or remorse (he literally said he doesn't "take responsibility at all" for COVID-19 while instructing his minions to blame China).

Trump's supporters thought it was neat to elect a sociopath and unleash him on people they don't like. The cruelty was the point, to quote Adam Serwer, and it worked like gangbusters for the past three years. Trump's administration, staffed with ghouls like Stephen Miller, actively worked to harm marginalized groups, from attempted Muslim bans and the dehumanization of transgender Americans. There were kids in goddamn cages! 

However, nothing demonstrates how much of a shared community we actually are than a highly infectious disease. Trump still boasts about closing the border to China, because that's his reflexive response to any perceived threat. But no WALL can keep his supporters safe from COVID-19, not now.

Mary Trump grew up gay in a family that hates difference

Sometimes that's exactly what sets you free

HERE are some of the tweets mocking Donald Junior.

Best selling baseball card, story above

Donald J. Trump: ‘Inside the mind’ of a man-child who hates, fears and abuses women

Dr. Mary Trump’s new book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, made publishing history in the same way as has The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, edited by DCReport contributor Bandy X. Lee, a Yale forensic psychiatrist.  Both mark historic events: never has a family member with professional training come forth about the mental unfitness of a president, as never have thousands of mental health professionals come forth with their concerns about any president of any party, in U.S. history. 
This week, Dr. Lee interviewed Dr. Ellyn Kaschak, one of the founders of the field of feminist psychology, a faculty member of San Jose State University in California, and editor of the Journal of Women and Therapy for over 20 years.  She wrote a chapter on women’s suffering under the current presidency for The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. 

Americans load up on millions of guns as federal government fails the COVID challenge - SALON

In the William Barr testimony before the House ranking member Jim Jordan just showed a long video of the most violent protesters engaging police in a display that could prompt ordinary citizens even in living in bucolic rural areas and on the tree lined streets of the suburbs to arm themselves. HB

From VOX: Concentration camps and forced labor: China’s repression of the Uighurs, explained

There is more and more evidence of China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang


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It is the largest mass internment of an ethnic-religious minority group since World War II.

The concentration camps are the most extreme example of China’s inhumane policies against the Uighurs, but even those outside the camps are subject to repressive policies. China has used mass surveillance to turn Xinjiang into a high-tech police state.

Uighurs inside and outside the camps are exploited for cheap labor, forced to manufacture clothing and other products for sale both at home and abroad. Recently, the New York Times revealed that some Chinese-made face masks being sold in the United States and other countries were produced in factories that relied on Uighur labor. 

Another recent investigation found evidence that Chinese authorities subjected Uighur women to mass sterilization, forcing them to take birth control or have abortions and putting them in camps if they resist. Some have argued this attempt to control the Uighur population meets the United Nations’ definition of genocide.
In October 2019, Radio Free Asia, a US-government-backed news agency, also reported that Han Chinese men were being sent to check in on and sometimes sleep with Uighur women, including those whose husbands were detained in the camps. The “Pair Up and Become Family” program, as it is called, is designed to “promote ethnic unity,” one local official explained.

Chinese officials have justified these policies as necessary to counter religious radicalization and extremism, but critics say they are meant to curtail Islamic traditions and practices. 

The Chinese government is “trying to expunge ethnonational characteristics from the people,” James Millward, a professor at Georgetown University, told me in 2018. “They’re not trying to drive them out of the country; they’re trying to hold them in.” 

“The ultimate goal, the ultimate issue that the Chinese state is targeting, [is] the cultural practices and beliefs of Muslim groups,” he added.

Among the worst  four movies these stars have to be embarrassed: Antonio BanderasLucy LiuEddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Edward Burns and John Travolta. 

Yesterday's story about China and the vaccine has been updated.

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