Saturday, March 10, 2018

Moron Worship

“We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’”

"Shrinks Battle Over Diagnosing Donald Trump: Chaos in the White House fuels discord among the experts."

On January 31, Psychology Today editor-at-large Hara Estroff Marano brought to light “Can Donald Trump or any public figure be deemed to have mental illness, even based on specific, well-publicized criteria reflecting observable behavior?”

The current DSM (Version 5) places pathology (the study of the nature of diseases; something abnormal) in the realm of the observable (to watch carefully--especially with attention to details or behavior--for the purpose of arriving at a diagnosis).

"If we perceive that state power is being abused by an executive who seems to be mentally unstable, then we may certainly speak out, not only as citizens, but also, we would argue, as professionals who are privy to special information and a responsibility to educate the public. For whatever our wisdom and expertise may be worth, surely we are obligated to share it.”

The question is this: "What kind of world do we want to leave behind for our grandchildren and OURSELVES?"

Not this one.

My cardiologist interrupted my transition to bardo. Blame him!

For "Dances of the Luminous Bardo," see THIS LINK.

Register to vote.

And, then VOTE!

If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the titrate.

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Honest John" Trump

There is no doubt that "Honest John" Trump IS the voice of America.

Everyone has a theory about Trump’s early morning tweets. Some think they are to distract the press from his administration’s weaknesses, or to frame the public debate. Others think his shifts from one topic to another indicate mental instability. I think BOTH distraction and instability are in play.

But Media Matters for America has convinced me the truth is simpler: The president is just live-tweeting Fox, particularly Fox & Friends.

The president likes to parrot what he sees on FAUX. We know Trump watches several hours each day.

The FAUX-Trump feedback loop is happening far more frequently than you first think. The strategy to Trump’s Twitter feed; Trump is being distracted by Trump.

For a man with unparalleled access to an intelligence community, funded at $73 billion last year, Trump prefers to rely on FAUX snews to misunderstand current events.

Sometimes Trump’s tweets don’t correspond to FAUX snews coverage—his boasting about the economy, being a case in point. Other times, they parrot FAUX. For example, Trump tweets about a guest who was just on Fox & Friends.

On his first morning back in Washington after an 11-day winter vacation, Trump generated five consecutive tweets based on FAUX. His tweet urging the imprisonment of Huma Abedin followed a Fox segment on the former Hillary Clinton aide. When he tweeted that “it was just reported” there had been no commercial aviation deaths in 2017, and took all credit. That report was from Fox & Friends.

Many of the president’s most vicious tweets, which seem to come out of nowhere, make more sense when you realize that they are just his knee-jerk reactions to FAUX’s opinions.

Trump’s morning tweets upend parts of the news cycle, with some cable news producers and assignment editors redistributing time and resources to cover his latest comments. Others waste neither time nor resources. Statements from this president are inherently not newsworthy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Shadows Know...

Last night, the chaotic White House was dealing with the resignation of Gary Cohn and new allegations in the Stormy Daniels saga.

Then, the New York Times published a story about a man named George Nader, an adviser to the United Arab Emirates.

The Trump campaign appears to have yet another dark frontier.

Last year, The Washington Post reported on a secret meeting between representatives for the United Arab Emirates, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, and a Russian investor with close ties to Vladimir Putin, which took place on an extremely remote Seychelles island just days before Donald Trump’s inauguration.

It is unknown at this time what Prince and the Russian envoy discussed.

Sources told the Post that the goal was to open a dialogue with the Russian government outside of normal diplomatic channels.

As we now know, that meeting was arranged with the help of Nader, who the F.B.I. picked up at Dulles International Airport in January.

He was immediately served with search warrants and recently testified before a grand jury.

Why is Mueller interested in the Trump campaign’s contacts with the ($$$$$) U.A.E.?

What does the Seychelles meeting imply for the future of Trump’s future*?

* reviewed by the department of redundancy department.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Laundry Daze

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is finally looking into President Trump’s financial ties to Russia pre-dating his 2016 campaign to run for the president — including that trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant.

Mueller’s investigators are exploring how Trump’s Russian financial ties may have played into his decision to run for president.

Mueller is also looking into whether Russia has compromising information on Trump.

The question of compromising information is tied to a controversial dossier compiled by a British spy that claimed Russians had obtained “kompromat” on Trump and could potentially blackmail him.

This line of inquiry comes after Mueller obtained guilty pleas from key Trump campaign aides including Rick Gates. (Answers Order to Show Cause)

Last year, Trump warned Mueller not to look into his family’s empire, calling it a “violation.”

With “cause” to peruse this line of inquiry, Mueller may proceed. There is no ‘violation.’

This is insane... Prediction: by end of Trump admin, prisons will be full of his associates.
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) March 6, 2018