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May 10, 2020

Hal Brown Blog

This is a blog with my own opinion plus some of each day's stories that piqued my interest. A few of them are from websites you are unlikely to read. I hope they interest you too.... Click on my photos to enlarge them. The photos are meant as moments of zen. They date back many years and many were taken when I lived in Massachusetts. -  Read  My 1000+ Daily Kos stories

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May 13, 2020

Trump’s abject hypocrisy tells us where he’s failed, Jennifer Rubin

This is the WaPo photo modified by me.
Excerpt: President Trump has inadvertently demonstrated the degree to which certain measures are essential for the public’s protection against the coronavirus — and that he chooses to benefit from those protections without extending them to others. As we have passed another horrible milestone (80,000 U.S. deaths), we see just how little Trump cares about protecting others.

"It is scary to go to work,” White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said over the weekend, even when the White House has robust tracking, tracing and mask-wearing protocols in place that most Americans do not enjoy.
And, worse, Trump’s personal vanity and political efforts to project a return to business as usual mean he will not extend the same protection (wearing a mask) that he demands of co-workers. The Post reports: “Most White House officials will be asked to wear masks or face coverings in public spaces on complex grounds, a move to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further inside the presidential compound . . . .The request does not apply to offices, however, and President Trump is still unlikely to wear a mask or face covering, aides say.” In other words: Trump gets protection from others but will not protect them in return for utterly selfish reasons. No single action better captures Trump’s narcissism.
Excerpt: But Trump’s ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz, said Trump’s claims about Obama arise not from any political calculation, but from a profoundly disordered mind.
“I think the underlying explanation is that he is he has the traits of a psychopath — he is unrestrained by a sense of any conscience,” Schwartz said. “If you don't have a conscience, you don't make a distinction between what's true and what's false. You invent reality … as you go to suit your immediate needs.”
“It's not material to him whether it's true or false. It’s: ‘Will I get over with this thing? Will this advance my interests?’ which are the only questions that he has ever asked.”
Schwartz is not the only person who knows the president to suggest that Trump suffers from such a personality disorder. 
Attorney George Conway, who is also known as the husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, argued last year in The Atlantic that Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and has more recently argued that he suffers from “malignant narcissisism.” Malignant narcissism is a term coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm, who described it as "severe mental sickness" representing "the quintessence of evil" and "the most severe pathology and the root of the most vicious destructiveness and inhumanity."
But one ex-White House official who asked to remain anonymous to protect their political consulting business said Trump’s embrace of conspiracy theories is not made out of calculation or rooted in some deeper lack of moral center, but because they bolster his self-esteem.

“He believes every word of this bulls**t because he’s a crackpot who wants to feel good about himself and the crackpots who talk about it make him feel good about himself by talking about it,” the former official said. “Now President Crackpot has other crackpots running investigations to support the crackpot theories he sees on Fox News and OAN. We’re living in a crackpotcracy.”

There's a presidential election in Kenya. Who knew. They look at the "America fiasco" for lessons in the candidates to avoid.

On our local scene there are lessons to be learnt from the American health debacle or is it a leadership fiasco? The first is to elect men and women of integrity. Trump had serious integrity issues, including sexual abuse and groping women. There are currently some presidential candidates with serious integrity issues including but not limited to corruption and land grabbing. 
Then there is experience. Trump had absolutely no experience in public administration and or management. It is therefore no surprise that neophyte Trump failed spectacularly as he was wet behind the ears. Kenyans have done a similar experiment with the Nairobi governor with disastrous results. 
In our current crop of presidential candidates Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka stand head and shoulders above the rest on experience in public service administration and or management. Education or relevant education is a definite plus. The economy performed at optimum levels under the stewardship of an economist, retired President Kibaki. 
Kenyans must avoid the know-it-alls. The biggest atrocities on earth have been committed by political leaders who believed they knew everything—Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Trump, Robert Mugabe and Mobutu Sese Seko. Finally, anger management and personal hygiene/discipline should made compulsory examinable subjects in Kenyan schools.

Signs for the pandemic (Cape Cod National Seashore)

May 12, 2020

A Seven minute supercuts of Trump attacking female reporters.

It's difficult fo me not to root for the virus when it comes to infecting the Nearly one-third of Americans who believe a coronavirus vaccine exists and is being withheld as a survey found

Where I live

May 11, 2020

A few days ago 

May 10, 2020

Good news department
But even from the limited point of view of Trump’s personal electoral self-interest, his perspective is grounded more in wishful narcissism than fact.
Trump was not, in fact, on a glide path to re-election prior to the arrival of the virus. Joe Biden has been leading Trump by the same wide margin since this time last year. If anything, Biden’s average margin has shrunk in recent polls as Trump briefly enjoyed a sympathetic bounce due to the crisis.  Sanders also dominated Trump over the same year-long period by a slightly smaller margin, and Warren held a consistent, slim lead as well.

The SNL'ers who made this must have had fun with the children they featured in this video.

Social distancing in 100 square feet: Hong Kong's cage homes are almost impossible to self-isolate in

Yesterday's walk

Hal Brown Blog

This is a blog with my own opinion plus some of each day's stories that piqued my interest. A few of them are from websites you are unlikely to read. I hope they interest you too.... Click on my photos to enlarge them. The photos are meant as moments of zen. They date back many years and many were taken when I lived in Massachusetts. -  Read  My 1000+ Daily Kos stories


May 10, 2020

Yesterday's walk

May 9, 2020

 Is The Coronavirus Mutating And Becoming More Contagious? 

Here's what you should know about a study that claims a new dominant strain of the virus could spread faster than the original.

I enlarged the yelling Trump

Trump Met With GOP Lawmakers For An Hour. Nobody Wore A Mask Or Stayed Apart.

Are these guys begging to get the coronavirus?

Skeptical judge could hold up Trump administration's bid to clear Flynn, legal experts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The notoriously independent-minded federal judge who once said he was disgusted by the conduct of Michael Flynn could block the administration’s bid to drop criminal charges against the former adviser to President Donald Trump, legal experts said. 

The Department of Justice on Thursday told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington it wants to drop the case against Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, following a pressure campaign by the Republican president and his political allies. 
While judges typically sign off on such motions, Sullivan could refuse and instead demand answers from the DOJ about who requested the sudden about-face, said Seth Waxman, a former federal prosecutor now at the law firm Dickinson Wright. 

“If Judge Sullivan wanted to he could conduct an inquiry and start asking a lot of questions,” said Waxman.