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Actually, McMasters was drummed out of the WH because he, like

Mattis, Tillerson, Kelly and Cohn, tried to keep Trump from doing stupid and illegal things. Check out the book Trump and his Generals by Peter Bergen. It's also covered in A Very Stable Genius and some of the other books. McMasters could not brief Trump, who became resentful that McMasters knew more than he did about foreign policy and threat assessment. McMasters has a professorial style that really grated on someone as imbecilic as Trump.

McMasters is old school and I don't think he believed a president could be this obscenely dangerous. Like the others, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. But he should show more courage now, I agree with that part of your post.

I know this view might not be a popular view, but after reading William Vollmann's

two volume opus on climate change, Carbon Ideologies, I came to the same conclusion, after years of fretting over nuclear power. He analyzes the major energy sources, and he actually visited Fukushima, and he argues that all of them are pretty bad, but I swear to god, after reading that book I thought, "I'd much, much, much rather take my chances at Fukushima than be drinking tap water in West Virginia or breathing air near a fracking field or coal plant." It wasn't even a close call for me.

Some of these other ideas that sound so exciting, like carbon capture and sequestration, when you read the facts and about the number of machines that would have to be produced, and the "energy cost" of that production, as fantastic as these machines are, it's just not practical. Check out Uninhabitable Earth for the stupefying facts about how many CC&S machines we would have to build every minute for the next fifty years. As thrilling as that technology is (and those machines are beautiful), it's a ludicrous proposition.

Just my opinion.

Although I'm always looking for new and better breakthroughs and possibilities.

Zuckerberg thinks it's less likely that Facebook will be broken up into pieces

if Republicans control the WH and Senate. Just my guess.

Can Facebook be broken up? What you need to know

Critics want Instagram and WhatsApp to split from Facebook. We examine how that might happen.

Facebook has pushed back, arguing that breaking up the company wouldn't hold the social network more accountable for its actions. Instead, Facebook has called for more internet regulation around harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

"Accountability of tech companies can only be achieved through the painstaking introduction of new rules for the internet," Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications, said in a statement Thursday. The social network also said that having Instagram and WhatsApp under Facebook helps them fight spam, election meddling and crime. Facebook says it has plenty of competition, pointing to YouTube, Snapchat, iMessage and WeChat, among others.


Maybe it's just the gloomy mood I'm in, but I'm beginning to believe that "go high" is a

euphemism for "sit down, shut up and allow us to turn the United States fascist."

It's too bad the American Bar Association appears to be almost worthless

Of course, the Republicans like the ABA when they side with them on a judge, but dismiss them when they assert that a judge is not qualified.

Look at this half-assed dogshit:

ABA committee gives Kavanaugh a well-qualified rating

Bar Association Questioned Kavanaugh’s Temperament and Honesty in 2006

American Bar Association to reevaluate Kavanaugh’s high rating, citing his ‘temperament’

American Bar Association drops review of Kavanaugh

Trump and his advisors have basically been permitted to get away

with mass murder, so it doesn't surprise me that he can get away with just about anything.

Yes, this is surreal.

"Nothing to lose" is the magic place when we'll actually stop what we're doing and fight for our lives. Too many Americans still have something to lose, or too much fear.

This is an essay I really appreciated:

This is a perspective from a Canadian:

Why are Americans So Servile to a Clown President?

Why are Americans so obedient, so servile? That isn’t the image they hope to show the world but there they are, a herd of sheep in Trump’s presence, baaa-ing approvingly.

“Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of Americans in 1830. Again, why?

Donald Trump stumps up to the podium every day and makes a fool of himself. He spouts nonsense for hours thus replicating his now-dead campaign rallies, lying, talking nonsense, insulting women, shouting at men, threatening to fire government staff for disagreeing with him, planning vengeance on Democratic governors, pronouncing words wrong and adding numbers incorrectly, sending crude racist remarks over to China, and making his terror and neediness plain.

“Look at me,” he says, the way toddlers do when they step over the kitten rather than squashing it, “I did it!”

Shakespeare knew his Trumps, devising insults that would be wildly suitable 440 years later. “He’s a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker.” “Thou cream-faced loon! Where got’st thou that goose look?” “Nut-hook, nut-hook, you lie.” “Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon”


His vocabulary is so impoverished that I see him as boring too.

It's unfathomable to me that there are supporters of his who hang on his every word, when it's always the same seven or eight riffs.

In Woodward's book, the reader sees how Trump uses almost exactly the same words, phrases and sentences every single time he returns to one of his recurring themes, even if months elapse between him returning to these particular themes.

I know Trump abstains from alcohol, but he genuinely reminds me

of angry drunks I've known.

There is a quote I've been trying to run down; it is in one of the books--perhaps A Very Stable Genius, where someone cornered Trump and called him "an act" to his face. Trump responded, paraphrasing but close: "Totally. I'm totally an act. I'm amazed people don't understand this."

If anyone remembers who it was who cornered him, let me know. It was possibly Scaramucci? Or maybe Lewandowski?


But seriously, he's leaving a stain that is going to persist for some time. One of the things that has presumably attracted many of his followers is the sense of power they vicariously experience through him. He has made the weak feel powerful and better about themselves, and given gullible people someone else to blame for their failures. Perhaps, like happens in some cults, when the leader is deposed or humiliated or convicted of a crime, he loses some of his allure, and the followers disseminate back into the cracks and crevices of society, back where they came from, which is to say back to the fringes.

Now there are other factions involved here that won't go away: the Evangelicals, climate-deniers, and some of the racists and gun fanatics. These factions existed before Trump and used him to further their agendas. So probably the elements that pre-date Trump will continue to fight hard against anything we do, but without a central leading authority to coalesce around, they will be in a weakened state.

It goes without saying, we need to win the senate, because some of those forces will continue to coalesce around people like McConnell.
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