Friday, May 17, 2019

Gotham City Digest: Save the Fetuses Then Don't Vaccinate Them edition

(Welcome to the United States of Gilead)

     Alabama, as usual, proudly advances into the 13th century.

     This is the fascist anti Semitic little runt whom Trump was praising at the WH last Monday for "keeping his country safe. " Sure he is. Safe from any opposing ideas or academic and intellectual freedom.

     Oh, speaking of Orban. the poor man's Bela Lugosi: White nationalist teams up with anti Semitic fascist. Who could've seen THIS coming?

     Just in case you needed another reason to not vote for Biden next year. It would be impossible to imagine Bernie doing this or even going to a big money fundraiser.

     There you go, Donnie Dumbo. Close your eyes. Problem solved. No more poor people.

     I used to like Politico & still do from time to time. But their anti Sanders bias is getting a bit too creepy for my taste.

     More right wing scumbaggery. This is the only way Republican scum can get their rancid agenda passed- Through stealth legislation like this.

     War is peace. Ignorance is strength. Orwell had assholes like this pegged over seven decades ago.

     Organized religion was never any great shakes to begin with. It gave us crusades, purges, holocausts, genocide, income inequality, kidnapping and brutal acculturation. But religion these days, especially the three religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, have gotten markedly more strident and deadlier in the second half of the 20th century.
     A warped, sociopathic view of Christianity is what gave us the neonazis and white supremacist movement. A warped view of Judaism morphed into Zionism that's carrying out a slow motion holocaust of the Palestinians. And a warped view of Islam in the hands of a few hardline clerics and other believers gave us terrorism on a global scale.
     Why more sensible people have not wrenched these religions from clearly insane hardliners and placed back in the hands of more level-headed people is a mystery to me. But perhaps the answer as to why religion is so easily perverted by murderous dogmatists may be found in a passing remark made by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley to a friend.
     Shelley once remarked it was a shame that no one had once ever based a religion on charity instead of faith. Shelley, don't forget, was the arch atheist and liberal of the early 19th century. Whether or not he realized it, he 'd put his finger squarely on the problem of why religion is so easily perverted.
     Once you abjure the human kindness of charity and altruism, you're automatically replacing it with a system that demands blind, unconditional faith, which is antithetical to the compassion most of us feel for others less fortunate. It's vastly easier to pervert even the nominal benefits of a well-meaning religion and turn it into one geared exclusively toward one of self-enrichment or bigotry or a right wing political bias.
     Unfortunately, religion isn't going away anytime soon. We humans are too feeble-minded a species to continue our intellectual and spiritual journey without the crutch of religion. Yet, if we MUST have it, it would be vastly easier to tolerate it in our midst if we finally, as a species, wrench the power of these religions out of the wrong hands and to place it into the right ones.

     Republicans are reaching out to women and people of color? Oh, this will end well...

     One of my rules of thumb- Anything that makes Sean Hannity lose his shit is nothing but good for America & the world.

     As usual, Bernie Sanders is a regular gushing fountain of depressing statistics. But we need to know them if we're going to be an informed citizenry.

     Police look for Young Black Man, see Young Black Man, beat the shit out of Young Black Man. Who cares of it's the wrong Young Black Man?

     OK, one more time and, yes, I'm looking at you, CNN- Nations don't pay tariffs. Consumers do.

     Not that I have any great compassion for any corporation and Wall Street in general, but Trump's needless trade war with China, resulting in them raising tariffs on $60,000,000,000 of US products, so far has resulted in the Dow losing 600 points last Monday. More importantly, it's also costing us jobs here at home already. And now, with China's retaliatory tariffs, it's going to cost us more jobs as Chinese manufacturers will be buying fewer American products. And I have no confidence that that moron Trump will be in a position to fix anything at next month's G20 summit in Japan, where he will surely embarrass us yet again.

     The spirit of Elmer Gantry still lives, I see. Most depressingly, one of its victims is still a true believer. This, after she was booted from the program and news began to spread of mass firings, no job placements and booze parties in Trump Tower Chicago.
      I'll give you three guess how they tore through their $1.5 million state grant that was engineered by right wing con man Joe Manchin.

     Gee, look who else is courting lucrative business deals while working for Donald Trump. Why, it's Rudy Giuliani! Shocking, I know.

     This is the reason why #LindseyGrahamResign was trending last Tuesday. He's nakedly abdicating the role of the US Senate to act as a check & balance on the WH. He's simply a traitor and needs to go.

     In fact, Graham's so unhinged these days, Ana Navarro and Joe Manchin actually had an intervention for him last Monday on CNN.

     Yeah, Jerry. It's the Southern Baptist Deep State out to get you. You got 'em. Good job. Go have a cookie.

     From the All Executives Are All Psychopaths files: "Chairman Werner Wenning told shareholders at Bayer's annual general meeting in Bonn last month that company leaders 'very much regret' falls in its share price."
      But not the cancer they're giving people.

     Whatsapp was recently breached. Gee, isn't that the same Whatsapp that Jared Kushner uses for official White House business? Fancy that.

     Some nightmare fuel from my old pal and fellow Bay Stater Charlie Pierce.

     The black lady who landed five clean shots to this racist's face is my new favorite superhero.

     There are probably states more corrupt than Georgia. But right now, I can't think of any.

     Imagine this:
     12 y/o child stalked.
     12 y/o child raped.
     12 y/o child gets pregnant.
     The law refuses child an abortion.
     Rapist of child gets joint custody of child's child.
     Child grows up having forced connection to her rapist.
     Child grows up with father rapist.
     12 y/o child doesn't have to imagine it because this is her life.

     From the You Can't Make This Shit Up Files:To combat drug-smuggling immigrants, Trump sends to the border security staff of Transportation Department run by a woman whose father's ship was caught smuggling drugs.

     WaPo reporter David Fahrenthold revealed that he’s found two Trump properties that are thriving.
      Here's what they have in common: Neither property has Trump’s name on them.

     Mendacious cocksuckers, every Goddamned one of them.

     Again, something a totally innocent man would do.

     DEAD COPS, WHAT A SHAME, YADA YADA. Now it's time for ME, ME, ME.

     Because to white southern cops, all black people really do look alike.

     "What does raise eyebrows is the timing of the release of the counsel’s memo—a timing so egregious that it almost makes you wonder if Trump’s appointees to the NLRB have shares in Uber that they’re frantically trying to unload. In the Anything-Goes presidential administration of Donald Trump, the egregious has become so normalized and stupidity so commonplace that the board’s action not only stinks to high heaven but should be investigated by House Democrats.”

     Christians don't rape their own little girls. My cat can put on roller skates but that don't make him a train.

     This is Trump's idea of putting America first: Don't Buy American.

     Another day, another redneck state, another fucking anti-abortion bill.

     What Pelosi is essentially saying here is that she plans on using impeachment to justify the means to an end that DOESN'T actually involve impeachment. I will never forgive her for not aggressively pursuing impeachment.

     Another gift to Putin and just months after walking away from the INF Treaty.

     Trtmp wants to concentrate 7500 migrants in camps along the border.

     That is, the ones that aren't being "disappeared" in privately owned black sites in Louisiana and elsewhere.

     So, this is the way it works, kiddies: Write hagiography, get pardon from subject of hagiography.

     Three words: Devin fucking Nunes.

     I'll make y'all a deal. How about y'all first get the fuck over getting your fat asses kicked in the Civil War? Then take down your traitors' statues and your Stars and Bars. THEN y'all can tell Jews to get the fuck over the Holocaust.

     What's there not to trust about a two-headed coin hawked on TV for $45 by a jailbird? (Note: Not lergal tender for paying off porn stars, Playboy bunnies or victims of child molestation.)

     Recently, 183 Republicans voted against lowering drug prices and strengthening protections for consumers. It seems obvious by now that Republicans are out to kill us so they can make their unofficial bosses rich beyond their wildest dreams of avarice.

     House Democrats today have officially pushed Republicans on the wrong side of history. Note not a single Democrat voted against the LGBTQ Civil Rights Act  while 173 Republican scumbags DID. And finally...

     Great idea, unless your kid gets shot in the chest or the head. But thank God we had the intestinal fortitude to resist actively protecting our children with the tyranny of safer schools through the evil of gun control.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Open Letter to Dr. Clark Blair, Nazi Principal

     This is the email that I'd sent to the principal of the McFadden School of Excellence, the one that punished an 11 year-old girl for protesting students giving the Nazi salute at the encouragement of their teacher:

"Dr. Clark Blair:

     How does it feel, knowing that your school is a national laughingstock and is much more sympathetic to the Nazi Party than the 11 year-old Gamble child who'd protested re-enactments of the man who'd killed over 6,000,000 Jews? Whether you know it or not, Mr. Gamble's series of posts on Twitter have gone viral and have been linked on Daily Kos and carried by several mainstream media outlets.
     No doubt, being the Nazi-sympathizing rednecks that you are (and those of us who are actually historically literate are quite well aware the KKK was founded in your backwater state in 1865 and had proudly hosted the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925), you'll issue a public statement doubling down on the absurd conviction that the behavior of the child protesting being given the Nazi salute OUTSIDE the classroom, where it was REALLY inappropriate, is much more at fault than the boneheaded teacher who thought it would be a good idea to recreate in disturbing detail the 3rd Reich that plunged the world into a global conflict that claimed tens of millions of lives.
     Because that's what you Nazi-sympathizing right wingers do- When faced with rising vocal criticism of your fascist-loving policies, it's simpler just to double down rather than admit to a fucking mistake. After all, that's what your hero "President" Donald Trump does. Maybe if word of this reaches the links at Mar-a-Lago or Bedminster, he'll make a personal appearance in support of Nazi free speech and declare you and everyone in your faculty 'very fine people.'
     Each day when I awaken, I thank the Powers That Be that my children were not born in your hillbilly state that, save for whiskey distilling, is more backward than pre-Cambrian Upper Volta.

Robert Crawford"

     Yes, this really happened and, yes, I really did send this email off to their Nazi-loving school. Here's a link to their contact page in case you wish to give them a piece of your mind:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Actually Seen on Facebook

     This is the same fucking blow-dried con man who lives in a gated compound worth $10.5 million and drives a Ferrari sports car worth $325,000. That would be the very same crooked cocksucker who reluctantly opened up the doors to his megachurch to Hurricane Harvey victims and even then he had to be shamed into it.
     Years ago, I chided Osteen for his $8,000,000 advances for his bullshit books and this was the immediate result:

     Well, that wasn't very Christian of him, now was it? Didn't Jesus preach turning the other cheek? Jesus didn't say, "Blocketh all those who criticize thee for serving both Mammon and God."
     Osteen represents everything that is wrong with latter day Christianity. If we must have it and are forced to tolerate it in our midst, if they persist on basing their denominations' dogma on a book of fairy tales, then stick to the teachings of that book. The staggeringly crooked assclowns like Osteen, Jesse Duplantis and Creflo Dollar, people who have no problems demanding $54,000,000 and $65,000,000 respectively for brand new private jets somehow manage to justify these exorbitant expenditures. Take Duplantis, for instance, when he said last year,
     “If the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. He’d be in an airplane flying all over the world.”
     The Lord Jesus Christ did not respond to requests for comment.
     To those of you who may have forgotten, Jesus owned a robe, and one given to him by the Romans just before they crucified him, rode a donkey and preached on a fucking rock.
     To those of you who may have also forgotten this, compare the humble Jesus, who never traveled more than 30 miles from his birthplace, with these assholes living these bloated lifestyles, preaching in stadium-sized megachurches that are thinly-disguised profit centers and fly around the world in luxurious multimillion dollar private jets and wear $5000 silk suits.
     These are exactly the same kind of money changer cocksuckers who got their asses kicked by Jesus for doing business on the Sabbath. And they're so arrogant in their relentless search for ultra wealth, they don't feel the need to apologize for their ultra wealth in violation of Biblical scripture. Apparently, scumbags like Osteen didn't read the part of the Bible that states it'd be easier for a camel to fit in the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.
     That's how we've gotten Osteen's version of Amazon Unlimited: For the low, low price of just $50 a month, you can get ten, count 'em, TEN prayer requests each month just like Amazon Unlimited members can get ten titles a month on their Kindles. Yes, Osteen's getting his marketing ideas from Jeff fucking Bezos.

     Yes, Joel, indeed it's time to get that shovel out because we're drowning in it.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Gotham City Digest: Skating on Thin Ice edition

(In which we promise to never pose as billionaires while seeking bankruptcy protection five times.)

     Cohen fixed Falwell "racy photos"? There isn't enough brain bleach in all the world... No, just... NO.

     Peter Daou's conversion leaves me utterly cold. That blubber-lipped moron still couldn't get over Hillary losing even clear and well into 2017. He was so viciously in the tank for her, he actually blocked me on Twitter when I called him on it. People like him and that bullet-headed moron Eichenwald were actually angrier at Bernie supporters than they were at Trump voters despite the fact that Bernie was hardly on the ballot in any of the 50 states and in those where he was, he was strictly a write-in candidate. Daou's excuse for being so stridently pro-Hillary and anti-Bernie? He was mesmerized by, by... David Brock's money! Yes, that same David Brock, "former" Republican and founder of the faux left wing blog Media Matters, which also blocked me about 10-12 years ago for no earthly reason.
      Sorry, Peter, you don't get to rehabilitate yourself with an insincere apology and an "I've seen the light!" article in The Nation (and God damn them for giving you a forum in which to do so) years and years after you were one of the worst and most discredited Clinton propagandists in a political landscape rotten with them. Fuck you, Peter Daou, fuck you forever.

     Essentially, Fox Spews is saying Trump's a genius for hiring such brilliant accountants who covered up his incompetence. In other words, a typical day at Fox.

     Well, looks like the butler got flogged last Monday night. Either that or Iran's getting invaded.

     Of course, there's the very real possibility the Queen won't able to distinguish the two.

     What do you know? Trump was finally right about CNN's fake news.

     The #BillionDollarLoser just invoked executive privilege over the Mueller Report. Why anyone would still support or vote for this bloated grifter when he plainly has so much to hide is beyond me.

     You hear that Donnie Dumbo? No spying! And this is your guy saying this.

     Of course they broke the law. They huddled with Putin, MBS, Kim Jong Un, three of the biggest war criminals on the planet as well as the worst human rights abusers. These scumbags have a lot to hide.

     Breaking: DC is Literally Overrun With Rats. Luckily, election day is every other year.

     Last Tuesday, he House Judiciary Committee voted to hold that pudgy stooge Bill Barr in contempt. Getting it out of committee is the first step, even though a full House vote for contempt would be largely symbolic.

     The same day, Fredo got subpoenaed by Daddy's own party (Richard Burr). Let's see him use his "Angry Democrats" argument now.

     This is the most infuriating and disgusting article I've read today. A 101 year-old woman was evicted from an assisted living facility for not being able to pay her $7000 monthly rent. And considering who's running the Senate and White House, that's saying something.

     Vaccines, "sorcery"? I suppose keeping oneself from hurdling the buffet for the 4th time at the Ponderosa Steak House would also require an act of black magic.

     Some more of Trump's "very fine people."

     Massage parlor owner/madam Cindy Yang? Investigated by the government for funneling Chinese money into Trump's 2020 campaign? Say it ain't so!

     In Florida last Wednesday night, Trump held another Nazi rally and this happened...

     "The virtuous hustle of the entrepreneur"? That's a strange phrase to make from a guy who, with Zuckerberg, essentially stole the idea of Facebook from Harvard University.

     It didn't stop him from accepting millions of dollars from those "shitty people", though, did it?

     Press Secretary decides she doesn't want to deal with the press, any more.

     Now we're showing campaign ads of redneck Republican Trump-humpers shooting TVs. I think we're officially at the point where IDIOCRACY has turned into a documentary.

     The very fact that Trump had ghost writers proves what a fraud he really is.

     Trump called for John Kerry to be prosecuted for violating the Logan Act for negotiating with Iran. Ironically when it appeared that Michael Flynn and other Trump associates violated the Logan Act, Trump’s allies correctly argued that there had never been a successful Logan Act prosecution.
      He concluded with how much economic potential North Korea has and how they "won't blow that."
      This is next batshit-level crazy.

     Yeah, LET'S talk about violations of the Logan Act.

     Spoken like a true right wing plutocrat. "For me, not for thee, assholes."

     Trump's still soft on little rocket man, I see.

     Fucking A, let's make an aircraft executive and war profiteer the permanent head of the Pentagon. No conflict of interest there. Good thinking, Donnie Dumbo.

     (Not pictured) African American players. i.e. men of principle. This looks like the #RedSox from the Yawkey era.

     Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro), the most Caucasian man in the Western Hemisphere, helpfully shows several countries simultaneously who the REAL snowflakes are. Train full of shit (Shapiro), meet train full of nitroglycerine.

     I'd like to see the dickless @NRA douchebags who are threatening @shannonrwatts to try threatening my life and see what happens. Remember, folks, these are the wet-legged wimps who can't go to a fucking Chipotles without strapping themselves to the teeth.

     Kushner: "(Palestine has) gotten more aid than any group of people in history, & what we have to show for it is really not much at this point, unfortunately."
      An aid flotilla once tried to get to Palestine. The aid workers were murdered in their sleep by the IDF. Then they lied & said the dead aid workers had weapons that were actually ordinary tools you'd see on any boat.
      "Aid"? When we send Palestine $3.8 billion a year in aid like we do the terrorist state of Israel, THEN we can talk about how much "aid" the Palestinians are getting. Until then, Kushner, shut your fucking mouth.

     George Conway strikes again. I wonder who's going to get custody of Donnie after he & Kellyanne divorce?

     “Democrats are committing suicide...they hate (Trump) so much that they're against him even when he's right.”
      Way to hammer that square peg into that round hole, Chuckie.

     Yes, TX Republicans nicknamed their failed anti-gay bill after a fast food joint that makes shitty sandwiches and hates gay people. Seriously, IDIOCRACY is now a documentary, people.

     Machine Democrats wringing their hands over Trump's "constitutional crisis" yet refuse to impeach are like firemen who are looking at a house burning down yet are afraid of looking "anti-fire" or "pro-water."

     After defending Trump for months against accusations his campaign colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election, Giuliani announces he's now colluding with the Ukrainians for Trump's reelection in 2020.

     Last Friday, Uber's IPO crashed and burned like the Hindenburg. The right wing Wall St. Journal gave lots of reasons why the stock finished at far below the $45 asking price. But one huge reason these assholes DIDN'T give us was the international strike by Lyft and Uber drivers last Thursday.

     "I’ll be honest. I had to Google that. I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference. It's kind of funny, I guess. But he’s also the president of the United States and I’m surprised he’s not spending more time trying to salvage this China deal."

     “What is the problem we’re trying to solve here?” - Senator Tortoise after not allowing a vote on an election reform bill.
      Besides the Russians hacking our elections? How about right wing obstruction, for starters?

     I'm not exactly a judge groupie but I'm really crushing on Judge Amy Berman Jackson these days.

     Dear DNC:
      My name is @NatashaTynes. I'm warning you in advance that next year, some of your presidential candidates might be eating corndogs in Iowa while they're supposed to be running for president.  Especially watch that Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, if you know what I mean.

     Signed,
      newly unsigned author Natasha Tynes


     Exactly! Arwa Mahdawi, you rock.

     Democrats getting spoiled by corporate lobbyists fighting Medicare For All? I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I can't.

     I say we field test these rules on the Minus One Billion Dollar Man, considering the countless milions in debt he's left behind. And finally...

     Remember a certain right wing con man named Brian Kolfage who was "deplatformed" by Facebook for fake news and set up a Gofundme page to build a wall? The one that raised $22 million before it went bust? Well. it appears he has mysteriously come into possession of a million dollar yacht, one he claims he'd ordered right after Facebook essentially destroyed his little fake media empire.
     So, bottom line: This guy has a history of shady fundraising and these idiots throw tens of millions of dollars at him anyway assuming he'll make good. This guy's a mini Trump, bilking racist goobers out of their money despite having a long record for dishonesty.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Gotham City Digest

(Where we promise to never buy borscht from the Trump Grille.)

     I almost hate to say it but I'm with Trump on this. I'd rather have the infrastructure rebuilt and we'll take our chances at the polls. Still, it's comical that Trump's not calling the Republicans on scuttling Infrastructure Week every time the White House tries to hold it while he's always screaming about Democratic obstruction.

     Stay in the center? Oh, STFU, Pelosi. A militant insistence on centrism is what got us that asshole in the WH, to begin with.

     "The Trump Presidency has been a great wrecker of reputations. In his short time in politics, Trump has managed to shred the careers, professional integrity, and dignity of many of those who worked for him." -The New Yorker

      Last Friday, for the second day in a row, Republican scum in Florida ignored the vox populi and passed a new Jim Crow bill to roll back minority voting rights.

     One thing that's always perplexed me was why Mueller was so gunshy about Trump's obvious violations of campaign finance laws. Apparently, I'm not the only one.

     This is the fucking moron running the free world. Note that he's siding with the cheating party.

     You'd think by now he'd know how to spell "Kentucky" correctly.

     I guess it took Trump longer to debrief his boss than expected.

     Sometimes, Guinness blows it.

     "The United States will not tolerate foreign military interference in the Western Hemisphere"? Mr. Bolton, were you vaccinated against irony when you were a child?

     Just give me 5 minutes alone in a room with these animal-abusing assholes and Negan's bat, Lucille.

     "Trump’s spiritual adviser & personal pastor Paul White-Cain took the podium and declared the White House to be 'holy ground' & warned any demons not loyal to the Trump administration to stay away."
      So, they want demons to be loyal to Trump?
     P.S. It didn't work, since the White House is still infested with Republicans.

     Hey, Stable Genius, I think you meant to write "Stalin" instead of "stollen", since he's your biggest hero after Putin, anyway.

     Often, rich white people make the worst philanthropists. At this point, one must automatically ask how many shelters and job placement programs would $30,000,000 fund? I guess they have to do a multimillion dollar, multiyear feasibility study on whether or not roofs and walls are necessary to the homeless.

     So, let me get this straight- Not only was half of Scotland Yard called out for this bullshit but the assholes who called in the complaints were more concerned about two ducks than the homeless man caring for them?
      We are truly doomed as a species, aren't we?

     Gulf of Tonkin 2.0, Iran edition.

     Florida Man: The World's Worst Superhero.

      It could also be said Carolyn Meadows won her election as president of the NRA because she's a racist Caucasian right wing nut job.
      Bonus fact: Lucy McBath is my father's Congresswoman. My father's also a racist.

     DELIVERANCE took place in a small Georgia town just like this.
      Btw, this is the racist asshole Councilman who defended the mayor of a small Georgia town after she'd repeatedly admitted to not hiring a qualified African American applicant for a job because of his race. As the father of two biracial sons myself, not only do I find this incredibly offensive, I'm also stunned that there are still people in this country who actually think like this. Maybe that's my white privilege showing but I still can't bring myself to wholeheartedly believe that even in Georgia, one of the most racist states in the union, attitudes like this haven't evolved one bit since the 18th century.

     If this isn't the epitome of self-loathing, I don't know what is. “Why are we just apprehending them and not lining them up and shooting them? We have to go back to Hitler days and put them all in a gas chamber.”
      This was said by a "Border militia member", aka terrorist named Armando Gonzalez who, if the government had taken his initiative and done this to his emigrating ancestors, would immediately cease to exist.

     "Quietly retired"?! Why isn't this racist asshole in prison for trying to kill a child?

     "Husband kills wife, them himself in what family calls 'mercy shooting.'" Because "socialized" medicine would be such a tragic alternative.

     Five months ago, a white Michgan cop pepper-sprayed then beat the shit out of a 13 year-old black boy with mental problems. The department fired him but the DA's office decided they didn't have grounds to charge him with a lawsuit despite the body cam footage. One more time- Murder and assault and battery aren't crimes as long as you have a badge and help the DA's office up its conviction rate, ergo helping the DA with their political ambitions.

     Former Giuliani Assistant says Prosecutor Giuliani would've absolutely had Trump indicted by a grand jury.

     Trump's spinmeisters are trying to brand Trump as a "Civil War Buff" and not a racist white nationalist despite him knowing not a fucking thing about history, let alone the Civil War.

     Like Nixon with Calley, Trump just pardoned a murderer and war criminal. Of course he did, that piece of shit.

     Texas would have you believe that Sandra Bland drove all the way down from IL to TX to start a new job just to hang herself over a turn signal violation. The cops suppressed Sandra Bland's cell phone video at the time of her arrest for 4 years. Now we know why.

     Mike "Pompous Maximus" Pompeo thinking it's good we're losing Arctic sea ice is like someone who's happy about bleeding to death because of all the weight they're losing.

     Seems to me the only person in Georgia who doesn't have a heartbeat is Brian fucking Kemp.

     Don McGahn doesn't work for the White House, anymore. And he didn't listen to Trump even when he did work there. So they can tell him to ignore the Congressional subpoena all they want. Ain't gonna happen.

     America may run on Dunkin's but apparently Westeros runs on Starbucks.

     OK, seriously, I think we've taken this free speech thing in the First Amendment a little too far.

     Yes, That's Dick Pic Eric Bolling telling people at the White House today to Be Best. The entire White House is a giant dick pic drawn on the face of America. This was today at Melania Trump's first anniversary celebration of the Be Best initiative that her husband obviously holds in contempt. Your morbidly obese husband chided children for being overweight during his first White House Halloween. Fuck you and your #BeBest bullshit, Melania.

     This is mindblowing, that these Russian losers actually used Bernie as a mere wedge to cleave the Democratic vote.

     I don't usually feel sorry for billionaires but this sucks. Imagine losing $20,000,000 because of bad AI?

     "Case closed" on the Mueller investigation? Yeah, you wish, Senator Turtle. It's just fucking starting. God, these Republican scum aren't even trying to hide their party's staggering corruption, any more. And finally...

     It's time to lock up Mnuchin. Now.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Don't Believe in Reincarnation?

     Some excerpts from HUMANS: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom Phillips, courtesy of Newsweek.
Before he became chancellor, many of his opponents had dismissed him as a joke for his crude speeches and tacky rallies. Even after elections had made the Nazis the largest party in the Reichstag, people still kept thinking that Hitler was an easy mark, a blustering idiot who could easily be controlled by smart people. His government was constantly in chaos, with officials having no idea what he wanted them to do, and nobody was entirely clear who was actually in charge of what. He procrastinated wildly when asked to make difficult decisions, and would often end up relying on gut feeling, leaving even close allies in the dark about his plans. His "unreliability had those who worked with him pulling out their hair."

This meant that rather than carrying out the duties of state, they spent most of their time in-fighting and back-stabbing each other in an attempt to either win his approval or avoid his attention altogether, depending on what mood he was in that day.

There’s a bit of an argument among historians about whether this was a deliberate ploy on Hitler’s part to get his own way, or whether he was just really, really bad at being in charge of stuff. Dietrich himself came down on the side of it being a cunning tactic to sow division and chaos—and it’s undeniable that he was very effective at that. But when you look at Hitler’s personal habits, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it was just a natural result of putting a workshy narcissist in charge of a country.

Hitler was incredibly lazy. According to his aide Fritz Wiedemann, even when he was in Berlin he wouldn’t get out of bed until after 11 a.m., and wouldn’t do much before lunch other than read what the newspapers had to say about him, the press cuttings being dutifully delivered to him by Dietrich.

He was obsessed with the media and celebrity, and often seems to have viewed himself through that lens. In many of his personal habits he came across as strange or even childish... and he had a remarkably sweet tooth that led him to eat "prodigious amounts of cake"...

He was deeply insecure about his own lack of knowledge, preferring to either ignore information that contradicted his preconceptions, or to lash out at the expertise of others. He hated being laughed at, but enjoyed it when other people were the butt of the joke (he would perform mocking impressions of people he disliked). But he also craved the approval of those he disdained, and his mood would quickly improve if a newspaper wrote something complimentary about him.

The downside of this is that we tend to assume that if we can’t immediately spot an evil genius, then we can all chill out a bit because everything will be fine... But history suggests that’s a mistake, and it’s one that we make over and over again. Many of the worst man-made events that ever occurred were not the product of evil geniuses. Instead they were the product of a parade of idiots and lunatics, incoherently flailing their way through events, helped along the way by overconfident people who thought they could control them.
     Keep in mind Donald Trump was born in 1946, the year after Hitler killed himself.

Trump Administration’s New Asbestos Rules Could Re-Introduce Harmful Mineral


 By Tamara Wood
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a new rule regarding asbestos use that it claims will further limit its use. Asbestos was largely banned and highly restricted in the 1970s because of the fact that exposure to it can lead to serious illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer. Critics of the EPA’s rule and Trump’s support of and claims that asbestos is safe say that this move will actually lead to more asbestos use in American industries.

The New EPA Asbestos Rule
The EPA recently announced that it would impose a new rule that limits asbestos use and supposedly closes a loophole from 30 years ago. That loophole, the agency says, kept it from restricting certain products made with asbestos. The EPA says that its new rule will require that some asbestos products go through a review before being allowed on the U.S. marketplace. Fifteen products made with asbestos are on this list, and if a manufacturer wants to use them it must notify the EPA and get approval.
Critics of the new rule, including the Asbestos Disease Awareness Group, have a different view of its impact. While the EPA claims this will help restrict asbestos, the detractors say the review process could actually allow the use of 15 obscure asbestos products. These critics say that the EPA, instead of introducing this review requirement, should have simply banned asbestos outright.

Why Asbestos is Harmful

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen. Exposure to it significantly increases the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Asbestos is a group of fibrous minerals that has long been used in a variety of industries because of its ability to resist fire, heat, corrosion, and electricity.
The fibers of asbestos, if disturbed and disrupted, enter the air and land on surfaces as dust. Anyone in the vicinity can become exposed by inhaling or ingesting the fibers. Once in the body those fibers can cause damage, and in some people that damage leads to mesothelioma, lung cancer, or a type of lung scarring known as asbestosis. Mesothelioma is particularly insidious. It is among the most aggressive and deadly of all types of cancer.

Trump’s Ongoing Support of Asbestos

Long before he was president of the United States, Trump made it clear that he believed concerns about asbestos safety amounted to a conspiracy. In his book The Art of the Comeback, published in 1997, he stated that is safe once applied. He also made the claim that regulations over asbestos use and abatement were a product of a mob conspiracy.
            Now, as president, Trump has continued to support asbestos use and to make claims that it is safe. In 2018, Scott Pruitt, Trump’s choice of the head of the EPA, announced that the agency would no longer assess the risks of asbestos that already exists in the environment when it evaluates asbestos safety.
Asbestos companies have taken note of Trump’s support of the mineral. In Russia, the asbestos company Uralasbest, one of the largest producers of the mineral in the world, put Trump’s face on its asbestos packaging. The packaging also states in triumphant writing that Trump is on the side of asbestos manufacturers.
Exactly how the new EPA rule regarding asbestos will play out remains to be seen, but advocates for asbestos bans are seriously concerned. Products that have not been made with asbestos for decades could now be approved and asbestos could re-enter the market and cause harm.

KindleindaWind, my writing blog.

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