Friday, November 17, 2017

URANIUM ONE CONSPIRACY STUPIDITY DEBUNKED BY FOX NEWS' SHEPARD SMITH. FOX VIEWERS REACT AS EXPECTED ... LIKE VAMPIRES EXPOSED TO LIGHT

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This past week (Nov. 15) Fox News' Shepard Smith took the time to shed some light on the Uranium One conspiracy stupidity so many conservatives are clinging to ...


Raw Story has the goods on how Fox News' viewers reacted after learning the truth. While they didn't burst into flames, like many vampires do when they're exposed to the light ...


... Fox News' viewer reaction on social media (Twitter) was the functional equivalent of the dramatic howling and collapse vampires experience with sun light. Below is a small sampling of how Fox News' viewers reacted to Shepard Smith's report ...



I don't know about you, but Fox News' viewers reaction to the truth resembles what happens when our mythical vampires are exposed to the light. They may not burst into flames, but they clearly go into meltdown mode.

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Just saying.

- Mark

Thursday, November 16, 2017

REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN "ROBS PETER TO PAY PAUL" ... THEN KICKS PETER WHILE HE'S DOWN

Want to know why there are no expert testimonies on what the Republicans tax bill will actually do? Because the GOP knows that you're going to get a lot of what Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is doing in the video clip below. In a few words, Senator McCaskill exposes the GOP tax cut bill to be one big lie.


The GOP tax plan not only robs Peter to pay Paul, but it effectively kicks Peter in the groin after he's been robbed.

- Mark

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? YOU HAVE ONE MORE MONTH TO SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE

Since the Trump administration has cut funding for Obamacare advertising, we need to share stuff like this ...

- Mark


JOHN OLIVER EXPLAINS HOW AMERICA "IS F%#!*D" UNDER THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

In "The Trump Presidency" John Oliver explains how Donald Trump's media bag of tricks - delegitimize ("fake news" claims), "whataboutism" (look over there ...), and trolling (pissing people off) - is undermining democracy in America.

Fair Warning: If the title didn't tip you off, the language in Oliver's piece is a bit racy at times (if you're a Trump supporter, don't even pretend you care about the language).


- Mark

Monday, November 13, 2017

TRUMP'S "EMBARRASSMENT EXPRESS" CONTINUES

First Donald Trump embarrassed himself by saying he believes Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia didn't meddle in our presidential elections. Our national intelligence community, who say otherwise, called him out on it almost immediately. 

Now Trump's upset that North Korea's Kim Jong Un doesn't want to be his friend.  He's so upset that he Tweeted about it. Not surprisingly, everyone noticed both the level at which Trump thinks, and how immature he really looks when he Tweets. Specifically, there's a chrome extension that converted Trump's Tweet into the crayon that is his actual mind-set ...

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Next up, we have two birds with one stone; Trump gets called out for the level at which he thinks, with a reference to Roy Moore's dating habits ... 

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- Mark

UNRAVELING TRUMP'S ELECTION VICTORY ... IT'S BOTH SIMPLE, AND MORE COMPLEX THAN YOU THINK (Part I)


The clip below explains one part of a larger campaign puzzle that got Trump "elected" last year. In a few words, those who switched or voted for Trump in the last days and months before the election were manipulated. Big time.


Those who switched their vote to Trump in the last days and months of the election probably don't understand, or will never acknowledge, how the process explained above played a part in influencing their vote. That's fine. Ignorance doesn't have the capacity to acknowledges its state. So let's try and understand why the clip on "Big Data and Psychographics" is so important.

Simply put, it helps explain how the manipulation happened. While the act is relatively simple - manipulating minds - how it's done is actually pretty sophisticated stuff. It mixes psychology and what marketing guys routinely call predictive analytics. It goes beyond understanding how education and ethnicity impact voting, for example, and moves into targeting and tracking preferences, tastes, and personality traits, which can be manipulated more easily.


Still, even if we know how the manipulation happened, the clip above doesn't explain who was pulling the strings, or why.

This is just one of the reasons why Robert Mueller's investigation is so important. It will help unravel the how and the why of America's stolen presidential election.

Again, Trump's supporter will probably never understand (or acknowledge) the process, but it's important that the rest of us do.

Stay tuned.

- Mark

Friday, November 10, 2017

NEWSWEEK'S SNAKES ON A PLANE COVER

Newsweek's cover story takes Trump's kleptocratic administration to task for ripping us off our republic, and being pretty much the most corrupt regime in U.S. history.


- Mark

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ONE YEAR AFTER THE 2016 ELECTION ... WE MIGHT SURVIVE TRUMP, BUT WE'RE WITNESSING THE POLLUTION OF THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT


Writing for Foreign Policy, conservative commentator and international relations expert Max Boot takes a look at Donald Trump's impact on America and writes, "America Will Survive Trump, But It Won't Ever Be the Same."

Arguing that Trump has not turned out to be as bad as we thought he might be, Max Boot points to some flimsy but acceptable evidence.
* Trump has not ordered the torture of terrorist suspects, and Hillary isn't in jail.  
* Trump hasn't pulled troops out of Japan, South Korea, or Germany (even though they haven't increased their "subsidies" to the U.S.).  
* Trump hasn't seriously tried to get Mexico to pay for the wall, and we still have NAFTA. 
* Perhaps most importantly, he hasn't launched a trade war with China, or gotten us into a real war (yet). 

In effect, Max Boot is giving Donald Trump credit (of sorts) for not acting like the unhinged lunatic many thought he would become during last year's campaign. 

That's progress, I guess.

Still, Boot makes it clear why Trump hasn't accomplished anything he said he would on the campaign trail. Trump's policy failures, according to Boot, are a product of Trump being an incompetent and unprincipled megalomaniac, who's surrounded by a bunch of empty suits who might look the part but don't know what the hell they're doing. 

Ouch.



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Trump supporters can argue that he is more moderate in practice than his rhetoric would suggest. There’s an element of truth in this, but the more compelling explanation for his failure to make good on his promises is threefold.

First, Trump doesn’t really believe in much beyond his own awesomeness. He didn’t run for office to get anything done; he ran to stoke his own ego and pad his own bank account by increasing his visibility. Thus he would say outrageous stuff on the campaign trail, contradict himself 30 seconds later, and immediately segue to some non sequitur. He didn’t mean a lot of what he said — it was just something to rouse the rubes at rallies.

Second, Trump has been utterly incompetent. Even if he wants to achieve more of his agenda, he doesn’t know how to do it. As Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star puts it, he “talks like a strongman” but governs like a “weak man.” Maybe tax reform will get done — maybe — but so far he hasn’t signed a single major piece of legislation. Actually that’s not quite true: Congress did pass a law strengthening sanctions against Russia over the administration’s protests. Aside from a Supreme Court appointment, the only things Trump has succeeded in accomplishing are those he can do by executive order, thus doing on a far larger scale what he once criticized Obama for.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His forthcoming book is “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.”

The third reason why Trump has gotten so little done is that he’s surrounded by people who, by and large, don’t share his xenophobic, isolationist, protectionist “America First” outlook. Most of those who did — Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka — have been forced out because they were incompetent crackpots. Lacking any interest in ideas, Trump has staffed his administration with people based largely on superficial criteria such as appearance. That helps to explain why most of his senior appointees, including Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, John Kelly, H.R. McMaster, and now Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve chairman, look as if they are straight out of central casting. It also explains why former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton didn’t snare a job: Trump was said not to like his mustache. As a result, Trump is surrounded by aides who view him as a screwball to be contained, not a sage to be followed.

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Then we have the sexual harassment charges, which Trump effectively admitted to with his numerous Howard Stern interviews and his Access Hollywood "grab 'em by the p***y" comments. 

We also have the lies. So many lies. During the first 263 days Trump racked up 1,318 of them. An average of about 5 a day. 

Yet, Trump's supporters don't care about any of this. Their support for him is almost cult-like.

At the end of the article, Boot writes that the major difference between Donald Trump and President Nixon is that while "Nixon sought to subvert the rule of law in private," for some reason Trump has been able to do "it out in the open for all to see." Because 62 million Americans put him there, and we now tolerate Trump's actions in the White House, and on the global stage, we're normalizing the behavior of a modern Neanderthal. 

This, in itself, is an accomplishment, of sorts. Specifically, Donald Trump has effectively lowered America's collective moral and ethical bar all by himself (OK, Fox News helped).  

There's more in Max Boot's Foreign Policy article, but you get the point. We may survive Trump's presidency, but we are also witnessing the pollution of our human environment in real time. 

And America won't ever be the same for it after Trump leaves.

- Mark

REPUBLICANS LYING ABOUT THEIR TAX PLAN ... BIG TIME

The Republican Party is lying about their tax plan, big time. The lies are so monumental Forbes magazine is calling the GOP's tax debacle "the biggest wealth grab in modern history." The meme below explains what happens, in real simple terms ...


The key to understanding what is perhaps the greatest transfer of wealth in human history is understanding how corporate tax games, the elimination of the Estate Tax, and other little gifts only the wealthy are eligible for (like abolishing the Alternative Minimum Tax) dumps hundreds of billions of dollars into the laps of America's richest class.

Patriotic millionaire, and all around decent guy, Eric Schoenberg, explains how it happens (while making his Fox Business News host look foolish) here ...


If you want to read the details from Forbes' "biggest wealth grab in modern history" piece click here.

If you want to read how the GOP's massive transfer of wealth adds $2 trillion to our national debt over the next decade click here.

And, again, the GOP is lying about their tax plan, big time.

- Mark

Addendum(s) ...

* If you want to know how the GOP's elimination of the medical tax deduction in their tax plan would be 'catastrophic for seniors, check out this LA Times article.

* Here's how corporations get treated better than people under the proposed GOP plan ...


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WHAT EXPLAINS MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES? (Like you don't know ...)

When it comes to mass shootings, the United States stands out, far and away, from the rest of the world. It's not even close. From the NY Times ...


So, what explains mass shootings in America? It's pretty simple. In fact, I'm guessing you already know the answer. It's not rocket science.

Need a hint? OK, Americans make up about 4.4% of the global population but own 42% of the world's guns.

Still don't get it? The NY Times has the answer here.

- Mark