Sunday, August 21, 2016

Your Daily Trump––The Anti-Science Candidate

Trump’s and the GOP’s hatred of science may doom our civilization.

Reported in Scientific American

Reported in the New Yorker

Of course many Republicans fervently and sincerely believe that if we screw this world up badly enough Jesus will come.

An excellent set of charts which show how bogus the nay-sayers' claims are

This Republican congresswoman believes if she says it it must be true.

Instead of working to limit the enormous damage of global climate change Republicans have spent billions making sure communities who will never be threatened by foreign terrorists are expensively protected from foreign terrorists. Reason? Weapons manufacturers demanded higher profits.

Reported by the National Memo

Is a journalist guilty of bias if he or she believes the honest and well-informed candidate and doesn’t give equal credence to the uninformed dishonest candidate?

A discussion (as if we needed to discuss this) of why it is wrong to give equal weight to honesty and lies

Meanwhile in a wonderful twist of karma some superchristians who’ve been saying weather disasters are God’s punishment for homosexuality have had their homes flooded by the most recent weather disaster… Most of the citizens of southern Louisiana do not deserve this, but these godbotherers might.

Reported in the Independent

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Your Daily Trump––the health issue

The estimable Kurt Eichenwald discusses the hypocrisy of the Hillary-is-unwell smear when Trump is noticeably sick.

In Newsweek

The quack doctor behind the “Hillary is dying of some dread disease” meme.

From the Daily Beast

The most odious person in recent history is behind the rumor that Hillary has Parkinson’s.

Raw Story reports on Martin Shkreli's nasty work for Trump's campaign

Meanwhile, Hillary seems to understand that healthcare is something you help people with. You don’t use it as a profit opportunity or an opportunity to gain an advantage over them.

A heartwarming story reported in ELLE

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Your Daily Trump––Trump & Rudy

Is Trump’s Plan B to capture a large segment of America and imprison them in an endless loop of hatred and lunacy? He’d find lots of investors. I’m guessing Roger Ailes will run it for him.

Vanity Fair reports on Trump's plan to become a TV network

Does the First Amendment protect deliberate lies?

The Atlantic sorts out this tricky issue.

Are liberals to blame for Trump? You’re joking...

The New Republic debunks this notion.

What we’ve learned about Trump supporters this past week

Reported by the New Yorker.

Trump and Giuliani as you’ve never seen them before. (Shared by my old editor at SPY)

Trump and Rudy on YouTube, where else?

Trump is already ordering his stormtroopers to intimidate voters on election day.

Trump's brownshirt plan reported by the LATimes.

From a year ago: Scientific America’s three part series examining the psychology of Trump supporters




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Monday, August 15, 2016

Your Daily Trump––Verbatim Trump

The Donald said something recently which had a lot of people scratching their heads. Luckily CSPAN was recording it.

And SLATE reported on it.

“Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist
and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes,
OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart
—you know, if you're a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if,
like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I'm one of the
smartest people anywhere in the world—it's true!—but when you're a
conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that's
why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went
there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my
like credentials all the time, because we're a little disadvantaged—but
you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would
have been so easy, and it's not as important as these lives are (nuclear
is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the
power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of
what's going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?),
but when you look at what's going on with the four prisoners—now it
used to be three, now it's four—but when it was three and even now, I
would have said it's all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because,
you know, they don't, they haven't figured that the women are smarter
right now than the men, so, you know, it's gonna take them about
another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians
are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.”
~Donald Trump

The Chronicle of Higher Education asks some serious linguistics experts to attempt to diagram this sentence.

CNBC (where people who own stocks get all their news) posted something about Trump's undisciplined mouth and wandering mind.

TIME magazine goes inside Trump's meltdown.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Your Daily Trump––Why "Just Kidding" Doesn't Work This Time

Why Trump was not “just joking” about gun owners assassinating Hillary.

An explanation in a series of tweets, from Mother Jones.

Henchman Rudy Giuliani explains it another way: if Trump wanted Hillary killed he’d order it done. Giuliani emphasizes that if he did so he would be doing the right thing. Reported by The Gothamist, with video.

Rolling Stone on the Trump command to fire when ready

Trump’s “shoot my opponent” joke is called Stochastic Terrorism. Unfortunately this is a word his supporters can’t pronounce. From BlueNationReview.

Meanwhile, most elected Republicans are refusing to walk away from Trump, despite everything. At some point we may have to rename Paul Ryan Paul von Hindenburg. For the GOP, though, there is no history prior to Ronald Reagan.

An open letter to Paul Ryan by Kurt Eichenwald in Newsweek sets out the dangerous outcomes Ryan's continued fealty would lead to.

Con games are about numbers that do not add up. Trump’s economic plan is a con. The Economist, the conservative bible of people with money, weighs in

The business-conservative WSJ’s conclusions about the party Trump ate

There’s talk of finding a way to ditch Trump before November and run somebody else instead… [Cue the armed revolt]

From Vox

From Bloomberg and ABCNews

The Atlanta Journal Constitution says a Georgia Elector (as in Electoral College) is considering refusing Trump his Electoral Vote if he wins the state.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

What's All This About Hillary?

Hillary has been the object of constant scrutiny for the past 25 years, ever since she and Bill entered the public eye. Most of the scrutiny has been antagonistic. Politicians attract enemies when they try to do things. It's almost as bad as the resentment politicians get from not doing things exactly as each individual voter wanted.

The greatest danger to our nation in recent years is running for president at the top of the Republican ticket. And yet there are still people who feel uncomfortable voting for the only viable alternative. Casting a pure vote is an irrational and dangerous hobby. Voting is not a hobby, it needs to be an act of reason and compromise. Noam Chomsky is not a great fan of Hillary Clinton, but he explains why it's vitally important that reasonable and intelligent voters on the liberal side unite behind her.

This article is from DemocracyNow, which isn't a centrist or neoliberal news organization.

Hillary is being accused of dishonesty. Actually she is the most honest politician in the race this year.

Jill Abramson explains why this is so.

An interesting interview explaining what liberal communitarians stand for. Hillary is one.

It's weird some of the things Hillary is attacked for. Last week she was attacked for putting her hand over her heart...

This article from the Boston Globe is about how any woman running for president must be perfect in every way.

And Americans aren't too keen on people who are too perfect. Actually, if you are a woman and too perfect they really hate you.

This writer hated Hillary, until she sat down and read the emails Hillary is being hounded over.

This article is about the many sexist questions Hillary has had to answer (politely) for the past several decades.

Meanwhile, from the LATimes, we have Trump rallies where small children are applauded for screaming obscenities about Hillary Clinton.

So... what's all this about Benghazi?

What Hillary's values are.

From MEDIUM.

Hillary's convictions about social progress, from The Tablet.

What happened to the feminist excitement that surrounded Hillary in 2008? From SLATE.

Thinking about voting for Jill Stein?

Prominent ethicists are saying voting your conscience on a minor party candidate in an election like this one is actually immoral.

And by the way, in case you are still angry Bernie didn't win, NO the DNC email leaks do not contain evidence the system was rigged against Bernie. I was and am as big a Bernie supporter as anyone, and a Bernie fan of longer standing, and I am expressing that by putting all my support behind Hillary Clinton. As Bernie has done.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Your Daily Trump: Is The Candidate Dangerously Insane?

Insane?

Wall Street Journal writer and former Reagan wordsmith Peggy Noonan thinks Trump is insane.

The Daily Beast discusses the history of similar insanity in the Republican Party.

Incompetent or stupid?

Newsweek lists all of Trump's business failures. The list is long.

The National Review (our most respected conservative magazine) does the same.

Vindictive?

USAToday sorts through the thousands of lawsuits Trump has been involved in. A lot of them involved people who he'd hired but refused to pay. No major party presidential nominee has ever been involved in so many nasty legal actions as Trump. Not even close.

Traitor?

TIME magazine asks why Trump is sleeping with so many Russians, and who is on top?

Insulting toward key U.S. allies?

The Daily Telegraph, the UK's conservative newspaper, reports how Trump has now decided to insult the Japanese.

Contempt for the U.S. Constitution?

SLATE reports how Trump rallies are now boo-ing people who hold up copies of the U.S. Constitution. That document used to be holy writ in the Republican Party.

Con Man? (We knew this already.)

SLATE reports how people contributing to Trump's campaign find that the campaign website makes it impossible to stop the campaign from taking the same amount from your checking account every month forever.

Why is he still popular? Are some voters stupid or insane too?

The American Conservative examines the phenomenon of poor, ignorant, white people who vote Republican.

RawStory reports that it isn't the whiteness or the relative poverty that makes someone a Trump supporter. It's the ignorance and insanity.

Criminal?

Bloomberg lists the many shady business partners and business deals that litter Trump's past––and his present.

If Trump is vindictive, how would he perform if given control of our legal system?

NPR asks what kind of kick-ass Justice Department Trump might appoint? And whose asses might they kick?

If Trump is insane or irrational how should he be given unlimited control of our nuclear arsenal?

Politico paints a scary picture of President Trump with his new toy, the nuclear arsenal.

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