Thursday, January 18, 2018

Nip it in the STEM

By STEM, I mean Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The flow of new international students entering U.S. university graduate programs shrank last year and continued the decline... This is being called "the Trump effect."

The Trump administration’s efforts to ban travelers from Muslim countries and inflammatory rhetoric about minorities is deterring international students!

And those seats ARE NOT BEING FILLED by recent american college graduates. And these Grad students drive research. They may find an easy cure for obesity. Oh well.

The White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, outlined Trump’s health issues Tuesday following Trump’s first physical last Friday.

He was told to lose 10 to 15 pounds.

Trump has a body mass index of 29.9 — which makes him just shy of falling into the “obese” category. (29.9 is shaving points)

That is based somewhat on how tall you are. Trump is 6'1", claims to be 6'2", and this BMI was based on a 6'3" tall trump.

Jeb Bush is 6'3" tall.

Obama is 6'1" tall.

Dr. Jackson said that both diet and exercise were necessary to restore Trumps healthy weight.

Trump, a 'world class narcissist,' likes to fat-shame others.

The doctor was getting a nutrition specialist to meet with the White House chefs, “to cut the calories, fats, and carbohydrates…”

In terms of exercise, Jackson said Trump needs to use a variety of machines — such as a stationary bike, elliptical, and treadmill — to get his cardio numbers into the normal range.

Trump takes medication for cholesterol, male-pattern hair loss, cardiac health and rosacea.

Trump takes 1 milligram of Propecia daily for the prevention of male pattern hair loss, Jackson said, confirming earlier reports citing Trump’s longtime physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein.

The president takes 10 milligrams of Crestor, which helps lower LDL cholesterol, as well as 81 milligrams of aspirin to help curb the risk of heart attack. "CRESTOR dose range: 5 mg–40 mg once daily; the usual starting dose is 5 mg once daily."

Jackson said he decided to raise Trump’s dosage of the cholesterol medicine after Friday’s exam.

Healthy? Right! Trump is a waddling heart-attack on the hoof!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

President Turdface

On Thursday, Trump managed single-handedly to anger people on three or more continents with his comment about “sh*thole countries.”

Trump joins a line of presidents whose vulgar English would make the Pope blush.

A few examples:

On occasion, Lincoln talked about Ethan Allen’s first trip to England after the revolutionary war.

The British had put a picture of General Washington in the outhouse behind where Allen was saying.

Allen’s hosts asked whether he had seen the picture.

Allen replied: “There is nothing to make an Englishman shit quicker than the sight of General George Washington.”

LBJ was once asked why he didn’t take Richard Nixon’s speeches seriously.

LBJ responded: “Boys, I may not know much, but I do know the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad.”

Harry Truman once told Time Magazine why, exactly, he fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur:

“I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”

Andrew Jackson owned a parrot named Poll. But when the first lady died, the parrot spent a lot of time with Old Hickory and learned many words Jackson frequently spoke in private.

When Jackson died in 1845, people gathered to pay a final tribute – along with one talking parrot.

The Rev. William Menefee Morment, who presided over the funeral, described the scene:

“Before the sermon… a wicked parrot that was a household pet… commenced swearing so loud and long as to disturb the people.” The bird “let loose perfect gusts of ‘cuss words,’ ” so many that people were “horrified and awed at the bird’s lack of reverence.” The bird refused to shut up and “had to be carried from the house.”

Let’s hope the same consideration is given to the trumpster in the dumpster.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Russia Flood Gate

Simpson is an investigative journalist. In 2009, he left the Wall Street Journal and hung out his Fusion GPS shingle. Its specialization is “business intelligence.”

Simpson's company apparently revealed the minutiae behind Trump’s ties to Russia.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein made public the transcript of Simpson’s testimony.

Launched at the behest of Republican groups, conducting standard opposition research on Trump, Simpson commissioned and oversaw the dossier that suggests Trump is vulnerable to Russian blackmail — and more.

Produced by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, the dossier also says something about urine, the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, and sex workers.

That part, naturally, is of no interest to anyone.

As US Seante and House probes scrutinize Trump ties to Russia, every moment of that November 2013 weekend in Moscow is fraught with potential significance.

To discredit the Steele dossier — which may point to a multitude of criminal conspiracies between Trump, Russian oligarchs, and the Kremlin — Republican senators in the hearing pressed Simpson on his "ties" to Prevezon Holdings, a Cyprus-based real estate corporation run by the Katsyvs, an oligarch family close to Putin.

The Justice Department had charged Prevezon with money laundering.

In May, Prevezon settled the Justice Department suit for $5.9 million.

The problem for republicans is that Prevezon’s emissary to Simpson was Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer known for her part in the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower promising kompromat (compromising material) on Hillary Clinton.

The Republicans fumbled, and failed to discredit Simpson.

In testimony, Simpson seemed like "a mercenary for hire" for anyone with tall stacks of bitcoin.

And Steele (the former spy) independently decided that the dossier was sufficiently consequential to — as Simpson testified — give to the FBI, amplifying earlier signs that Trump’s campaign was deeply compromised.

Reporter : Do you think the White House is being truthful about the version of events that happened in their meetings that occurred between the associates and the Russians?

Graham: It’s very frustrating for every couple of weeks to find out about a new meeting.

And so it came to pass, as his first year closed, the most inconsequential president in recent history took time away from his golf game (and billing taxpayers for his resort visits) to sell his shortcomings to his cult following as major accomplishments.

While Trump's Cult gobbles up his lies, real Americans once again, plug their noses and shake their heads.

While meeting with Firefighters, Trump (who is a “world-class narcissist”) praised himself.

“We got a lot of legislation passed,” Trump said. “But I believe—and you would have to ask those folks who will know the real answer—we have more legislation passed, including — the record was Harry Truman a long time ago. And we broke that record, so we got a lot done.” (This is very typical false self-aggrandizement - Trump's most common form of dishonesty) Trump culties gulped it down - hook, line, and sinker.

In actuality, Trump has only signed 96 bills in his first year, the fewest of any president since before Truman.

Trump doesn't deliberately lie as much as he "invents cult-truth-think" on the fly to shore up his wimpy status. Remember, I am not the one who called Trump a "soulless coward."

Trump-bots have their MATRA. (a matra is a beat in Hindustani music. It is the smallest rhythmic unit for tala along with vibhag - measure - and avartan - cycle. The subliminal yet hypnotic significance of matra depends on their occurrence within avartan.)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Trump's approval has little room to fall more...

Donald Trump’s approval is much much lower than any president in 70 years of polling.

A majority of Americans say Donald Trump has actually accomplished little for average people during his first full year in office and they have delivered a report card that is harsher than the worst expectations Republicans had for him when he was sworn into office. And realistic republicans did not expect much from Trump.

Trump has an approval rating much lower than any previous president at this point in his presidency in somewhat over seven decades of polling.

Trump’s approval rating includes tumultuous events, from a lack of diplomacy to hurricanes to legislative setbacks to indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's continuing investigation of the role Russia played in the 2016 election.

The president’s disapproval rating has reached 59 per cent.

Trump is the only president — dating back to Harry S Truman — whose approval rating reached a net negative 22 points. The next worst record in that 70 year time span was for Bill Clinton, who fell to a net of positive 11 points in his presidency.

And RussiaGate is in its infancy!

trump and putin — real people, real connections

Felix The Rat, Trump’s Moscow Flying Circus