"After a conservative radio host questioned the mere existence of NPR, President Trump confirmed that notion, writing, 'A very good question!'"
"Mark Levin, a bomb-throwing Trump sycophant, who is both a conservative radio and Fox News host, tweeted out an anti-NPR statement in the aftermath of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ornery interview with an NPR national security reporter on Friday. The president took Levin’s tweet as an opportunity to champion a cause that he’s pushed for in the past, the defunding of NPR."
This is more disturbing than funny. It shows that Trump isn't just an angry toddler, but that there's some hardcore malice and broken wiring in his head.
The press is the 'enemy of the people' Schiff needs to 'pay the price' North Korea will face 'fire and fury the likes of which have never been seen' Iran's cultural sites will be targeted NATO owes us money South Korea owes us money Iraq owes us money
Empty threats? Bluster from a bully and a coward? There are no adults left in his administration.
@ Bob Lai...He suffers from money madness & he's an ethical egoists, conditions large numbers of the American Public seem to suffer.. Ethical Egoism: "In the strong version, it is held that it is always moral to promote one's own good, and it is never moral not to promote it."
En fait suffit de savoir quoi leur faire manger pour qu'il se lèche la gueule ensuite Une chatte que je gardais se léchait comme ça après avoir manger du thon en canne qu'elle adorait. Pour 2 chat en même temps faut aussi de la chance pour qu'ils soient syncro
Grrr, my blood pressure spikes every time a cult member asserts that Dear Leader has done an awesome job with the economy. No, damn it, he hasn't. Obama did an awesome job; he inherited a Bush economy in freefall and headed towards a second Great Depression, stabilized it, and set the stage for several years of solid growth. Trump, OTOH, has been doing his level best to tank the economy, pulling out of trade deals, capriciously tossing around tariffs, and spiking the national debt with a massive giveaway to the 1%. The economy has (for now) mostly survived his attempts to destroy it; he hasn't actively done anything helpful.
This gets to the core of Trump's defense:
“Politicians are all corrupt and greedy, regardless of political party."
Trump pounds the falsehood that everyone in politics is corrupt anyway, so you might as well go with him. That's cynical, self-serving, and utter bullshit. Trump is uniquely, flagrantly corrupt; there's no comparison to any other modern President.
@Jim Douglas What you describe above is a fundamental Russian strategy. Also, I always say that (paraphrased) “The economy is doing good IN SPITE of Trump, but just wait until the sugar rush wears off.”
The notion that Trump is a successful businessman is worse than believing in the Easter Bunny. He's gone bankrupt six times. He's failed at business endeavors thirteen-plus times, including with 'sure fire' commodities like a profitable airline, a casino, selling steak, and selling vanity vodka. These endeavors are examples of his business acumen (poor) and, in the case of Trump University, rife with corruption.
Did your paycheck increase from three years ago? (And I mean a significant increase, something above COLA.)
Do you have top tier healthcare, or is your existing healthcare more affordable?
Do your prescription medications cost less?
Are you secure and satisfied that your Social Security and Medicare benefits will be intact when you retire?
Is your job safe? Or have you gotten a 'three magic beans' kind of assurance from Trump, who has a record of stiffing contractors?
I strongly disagree with pretty much everything said by supporters quoted in that article (if not directly than at least in the principle that Trump is the answer to their complaint rather than simply making their complaint worse). But that's not the point of the article. The point is to hear what the talking-points are (and indeed - I've heard these talking points in Conservative talk radio). And be prepared to point out how they fail in the rare case that someone who believes them is willing to listen.
"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) each took shots at Jamie Dimon this week after the JPMorgan Chase CEO derided socialism as something that leads to 'eroding society'."
"Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, two self-described Democratic socialists, pointed to the $700 billion Wall Street bank bailout lawmakers passed in response to the 2008 financial crisis to argue that Dimon’s stance was hypocritical."
"A Kentucky lawmaker wants to grant police in his state the power to detain a person for two hours if he or she declines to offer up identification or answer an officer's questions while they're investigating possible criminal activity. Lawyers? Miranda warnings? Forget about them."
"The bill was introduced by state Sen. Stephen Meredith (R–Leitchfield), and civil rights lawyers are warning that it could open a big, nasty, easily abusable, unconstitutional can of worms."
"The bill states that the person who is being detained by police in this process is not considered under arrest, which appears to be a mechanism to try to keep a person from demanding a lawyer. It could also get people to incriminate themselves by making them answer police questions or face temporary detention."
This is a continuation on my "couple of days" challenge I'm doing since I have time to kill waiting for replies/rejections to job applications. I skipped Friday because a friend took me out skiing, eating and then I napped. Picked things up on Saturday and have been puttering today.
I need to figure out how to install and set up a development version of a *diaspora pod locally so I can learn how the OpenID + OAuth stuff works. Until then though I've fleshed out a simple UI using Qt and QML:
“With the release of the new HTTPS/JSON based diaspora API the author decided as a personal challenge to see how much of a simple client could be written using QTQuick and QML in the span of 1 day, 2 days, and so on.”
I’m going to see how much time it takes to install and configure the various dependencies before starting the clock officially.
Fancy getting to the age of 72 before realising that you don't get what other people call pain! 😮
I remember reading more than once that most people with that condition die young, as they don't realise they've been seriously injured, and many are unwittingly self-destructive as children, doing crazy, dangerous things.
I found this, from Rebecca Sharrock, fascinating:
"I even remember dreams... When I had my first at eight months it was quite a shock."
Wow - I guess having a first dream at around that age might be the same, or similar for all of us, and the shock, too. I now wish that I could remember the shock of having a dream at eight months, just so that I could put this not-knowing to rest 😁
"The US film industry may have generated revenues somewhere in the region of $40 billion last year, but it seems Hollywood still has plenty of work to do if it wants to compete with that most hallowed of American institutions: the public library."
"Yes, according to a recent Gallup poll (the first such survey since 2001), visiting the local library remains by far the most common cultural activity Americans engage in."
"n a new interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan credited innovation and a 'capitalist spirit' in the U.S. with powering the country’s longest economic expansion in history."
"'The U.S. economy just has a way of grinding through, because that innovation, the capital that's there, the capitalist spirit ... it works better than any economy in the world', Moynihan told Yahoo Finance’s editor-in-chief, Andy Serwer, this week. 'That's one of the things we're trying to get everybody to understand, is you can be capitalist and ... and make progress for society. But don't challenge capitalism'."
"Moynihan’s praise of capitalism comes amid increased attention on democratic socialism, a political theory favored by Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, which focuses on empowering workers. But he declined to tell Serwer whether his remark about capitalism was a 'nod' to Sanders or to his fellow candidate, Elizabeth Warren, who’s sometimes referred to as a socialist though she denies being one."
The longest "economic expansion" (which is to say the rich getting richer) is because the Fed cooked the books with "quantitative easing" (literally giving money to the banks, which then went right to the rich). The whole game is rigged to make the rich richer and fuck the rest of us. More people get that now. The fuckers should be scared.
Unfortunately the corporate overlords are very good at renewing the illusion of capitalism as reality. Mix a healthy dose of fear with the public's insatiable lust for consumption, and you get magic potions like Too Big to Fail, the bankers' perpetual get out jail free card.
You know almost the entire GDP is only slightly more than the amount of corporate, government and private debt in the country... The entire economy is now dependent of borrowed money, hoping it will be payed back with interest..
It works exactly as it’s intended, to further concentrate wealth and power in a diminishing elite while perpetuating illusions of merit. Most people don’t consider a long enough timeline to see it for the swindle it actually is.
@Brian Fitzgerald yea, one of the reasons. Get everyone to buy into and have a stake in the ponzi scheme. That way they can feel wealthy, as their standard of living drops in proportion to their asset appreciation. The entire scam is propelled by the constant and relentless devaluation of the currencies.
I worked for Travelers Insurance and had a regular pension plan and a 401(k). Sandy Weill’s company bought us and drastically reduced all the benefits involving our future financial security, including reducing the pension plan contribution and replacing company matching funds in the 401(k) with stock options. He said we needed to be responsible for our own financial future. Well, Sandy, I have neither your resources nor your financial acumen. Some employees did well, others not so much. I’m okay, but not as good as I would have been if he hadn’t screwed us all over. Meanwhile Sandy Weill was at the time the highest paid CEO on the face of the planet.
He said we needed to be responsible for our own financial future.
You hear this a lot from corporatist Republicans and banksters. Also horseshit weasel word phrases like "financial liberty" or "financial freedom". It's like some kind of conservative Jedi mind trick, e.g. "Patriot Act".
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All of us have a mental picture of ourselves though many of us don't recognize it until there is a mismatch. Sometimes it can be as simple as looking down and thinking your feet look big, other times it's a permanent physical change from pregnancy or aging or something similar. For a long time seeing myself with white hair have in pictures felt wrong-ish. Have you “not recognized” yourself in a reflection? Were you pleasantly surprised?
When I saw this picture I was surprised to see I had 6 PACK ABS!!!!! (13 years ago-not any more)
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As youthful as I was when finishing high school, I started to let my hair grow. So when the 13 months of Civilian Service that followed were over (back when we had a conscription army that was the one way to avoid the army, i.e. because reasons), my hair had grown to be shoulder blade length. I soon grew tired of braiding, the lazy ponytail or plain caring. So, I made my favourite hairdresser cut it. It still felt right, but looking into the mirror, and being looked at by friends, recognizing and being recognized was very different experience.
Have you “not recognized” yourself in a reflection? Were you pleasantly surprised?
A while back when I had intensive work when every moment was overfilled with the momentum of achieving what needed to be achieved for long stretches, I remember times looking at myself in the mirror during bathroom breaks and being startled. It's not that I didn't recognize myself as much as it was a reminder to the cerebral self what my physical self looked like. I remember a few times grinning and thinking to myself "can you believe YOU are doing what you're doing?"
Sometimes. The big one for me was seeing a photo of me when I was 18 and coming to the realization I was malnourished. I was eating very little in those days, because money was scarce. But never realized I was malnourished until looking at a photo years later that emphasized the lack of anything in my arms.
I get that @Nathan Weaver when I look back at pictured right after my accident. I had already revved up my metabolism through increased activity then not eating for 8 days while in hospital (my choice) really made me skeletal.
I change up my appearance from time to time. I have a friend who calls me "Man of a thousand faces" as if I were Lon Chaney or something though it's usually only hair length, cut, or shaving thing. I don't seem to have enough discipline to make it a body size thing, though I do go up and down a bit. I change my profile pics on a regular basis to follow this, and right now I have a fat head profile pic to reflect my current state. I look at pictures of me in my 40s and think "Wow, I used to be good-looking!
I have had a beard most of the time since I was 16. I have cut it occasionally and I don't recognize myself. Funnier was when I cut it I think for our wedding. My bride had a little boy from a previous; he was 2 or 3 playing when I appeared beardless and went to pick him up. He screamed like who is this stranger! He'd not seen me beardless.
Now that you mention it, @Cass M, that did happen to me. On a nature photo shoot with a friend they took a pic of me with a good camera, and when I saw it, I was shocked because it looked so different from my mental self-image. I've been a bit disturbed about it ever since, and started noticing other ways I don't have a realistic self-image. I'm not sure what to make of it. Not sure if it's related, but It also made me notice i have a hard time forming an image of people and their personality I meet online.
@Richard Healy I'll admit there's more to laugh about as we get older, but, I believe people should enjoy who they've been from birth to now, good, bad, ugly, breathtaking. We are the sum of all our experiences, not only the snapshot of today's version of ourselves.
Haha! I almost shared a beach capture too (sorry, ain't going doing it on a public thread) - a kid right after completing grad studies. The response it usually kills me - Wow (a paraphrase) versus what I see - an exhausted, too skinny (who had money or time to eat properly then?) twenty-something who's having fun in the sun after the finishing the toughest challenge faced so far. Little did she know of the adventures ahead...
What caused me not to take what I look like seriously was the early realization how widely "beauty is in the eyes of beholder' applies. When I was a kid living across many cultures, I was viewed as both ugly or attractive, depending where I was. I've howled when ordinary pictures of me e.g. after coming in from walking a dog in heavy rain got more attention then after efforts I made to 'dress up'.
Okay, here's someone's perspective of a not recent me.
PS an artist once painted me a few times. I'm not sure why but ALL the paintings are of the back of me! LOL, I shrugged off feeling self-conscious about it i.e. am I ugly? did that artist have problems with very ethnic Asian facial features? It truly doesn't matter! 🤣
I was told by the kids bullying me at school that I was ugly. My mother would talk about me to her friends and say what a pity that I wasn't more attractive. So, I just decided that I don't value myself for my looks. I value myself for being kind, creative, and intelligent. I look back at my old photos and think, actually I wasn't bad lookingl, I was being bullied. Muse being silly
I don't especially have a mismatch with photos of myself. My mismatch is more mental. It is incredibly frustrating at times how difficult it is to down onto the floor or back up, how little I dare walk without risking my left foot bleeding, being unable to run. In my head, I am still the guy who can climb anything, wriggle into almost any space, and run two miles in ten minutes. But my body hurts all the time, and I can trip on a smooth level floor when I'm tired. And it's like a slap in the face every time I'm reminded I can't do those things any more.
I think I was ok with myself in my youth. Sure, kids are judgers but he, we all have a few kilos to much or a lack of weight, we all tend to look at others to compare ourselves. Don't, just be happy.
Me on the beach? Wow, that was a long time ago I don't think I even had enough images to show the real me, Short hair, long hair, Tanned, white as hell, etc... This is a recent one (some 10 years ago).