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Mike 03

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Greatest war film NEVER made:

Stanley Kubrick's screenplay for Napoleon. But I digress.

His efforts to demonstrate strength always culminate in abject self-humiliation

and embarrassing self-debasement. It never fails.

Yes, we must go big on the ridicule

Trump doesn't care if he's despised or feared, but he hates to be ridiculed or condescended to.

Pelosi, Bloomberg, Carville and Steve Schmidt get this.

The very end of Silent Running

when the surviving droid is all that is left to take care of the last forest from earth (now in space).

And this scene from Barry Lyndon and the sequence that follows, with Lady Lyndon coming apart.

My guess too.

He doesn't have another four years in him. Between his mounting health issues and future legal difficulties, he's going to face the roughest post-presidency in American history, and future historians will try not to burst out laughing as they describe it as "brief and tragic."

Thomas Friedman floated an interesting idea a year or more ago

about what to do if Trump becomes uncontrollably dangerous (IMO he has been for a long time). He said the former (living, obviously) Presidents and Chief Justice Roberts should unite in a common purpose of managing a solution, by which I took it to mean supervising his removal in some capacity. He emphasized Obama and W. Bush so it would be bipartisan.


Instead of tackling Trump's criminal executive orders individually, he needs on his first day in office just to have one gigantic executive order that reverses every one of Trump's. That will speed things up and save a lot of time and grief.

It should just be called "The Shitstain Remover" or something like that.

Florida knew a COVID-19 pandemic was likely. State leaders didn't warn the public.

Miami Herald
MAY 20, 2020 04:39 PM , UPDATED 8 MINUTES AGO

Three months ago, Floridians were celebrating Valentine’s Day unaware that the novel coronavirus posed any real threat to their lives, or that it was likely already spreading through the state. No one had told them to be worried.

While the public was kept in the dark, top Florida health officials were scrambling to come up with a plan for a crisis they knew was upon them, according to internal Florida Department of Health data and communications obtained by the Miami Herald. The records show that on Feb. 13 DOH assembled an emergency response team. The team’s mission: “Contain the spread of the virus.” It also began preparing for N95 mask shortages and privately providing pandemic protocols to long-term care facilities, warning them about the risks the virus posed to elderly residents.

By mid-February, Raul Pino, the recently appointed director of the Department of Health’s office in Orange County, was growing concerned about COVID-19 overwhelming his resources. The department was stretched thin as it tried to comply with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to monitor people who may have been exposed to the virus.

“At this point we are following 67 individuals and we must establish contact within 24 hours,” Pino wrote in a Feb. 15 email to an official at the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee. “We can manage as we are — and I am moving additional resources — but, if the volume continues to increase, we may face some resistance.”

Read more: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article242844471.html

More stellar reporting from the great Miami Herald.

This is brilliant

It goes well beyond typical political advertising in that it strives to drive a wedge between Trump and confidantes he's already paranoid about. This is like Bloomberg's "we know the same people" tweet and his "running a golf course is the only job I'd hire Donald for" ad.

In other words, advertising predominantly targeting Trump's mind.

What they are doing does not initially appear to be rational

in the sense that it does not seem to serve their self interest. But I think they value the feeling of belonging to that more than most people understand. And it's true that they have poor prospects in every other avenue of life, so it becomes even more important to them to belong to this and have enemies to blame for their failures. So, in a sad way, it is rational. But IMO they'll be sorry they felt the need to do this because the consequences won't be in their favor in the long run, unless their ultimate objective is to destroy this country and themselves right along with it.
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