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"Mary Trump is trying to sell her book... She simply has her opinion."

It's sad to see Mary Trump's contribution marginalized and superficialized in this way. Of the twenty-odd books I've read about Trump and this administration, since its release it is the first one I recommend to people specifically interested in the "WHY" of Trump.

Yes, it's her opinion, but given her background in psychology and deeply personal proximity to this subject, it is worth a lot more than just anyone's opinion. It is also poignant and well written, and shorter, more affecting, less technical and less speculative than something like The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump or Dangerous Charisma or Steven Hassan's (excellent) The Cult of Trump.

Glad she did. David Cay Johnston does speak about this.

And these stories are from January if anyone wants to dig deeper:

Russian Government Bank Deposited $500 Million into Deutsche Bank Subsidiary as it Lent to Trump


Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI


I'm dying to know too.

Are these the Deutsche Bank loans underwritten by a Russian state bank (VTB Bank)??

Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI


From a month ago:

Don Jr. fears members of the Trump family will be prosecuted after father loses election: report
"He’s like, ‘We’re losing, dude, and we’re going to get really hurt when we lose'"


So interesting. Alexander (and Forbes) have estimated Trump's net worth

at $2.5 B, but it's unclear if that is a current or prior estimate. In "Disloyal", Michael Cohen estimates Trump's net worth at slightly under 2 B, but says Trump's net worth came under extreme stress in 2015/16/17, making it worth potentially less. Trump properties, Cohen claims, suffered heavy losses during that period.

Kicking. Excellent thread.

DUers have been passing around this article. I was only able to skim

it, and I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not positive it relates directly to your question, but it is indirectly about this issue. It seemed reassuring:

Supreme Court’s “faithless electors” decision validates case for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact


I distincly recall a very early Coronavirus presser where he stated

that 65,000 should be expected.

EDIT to add links:

US could see up to 65K coronavirus deaths: Trump


‘I Used to Say 65,000 Deaths But…’: Trump Again Shifts Estimated Covid-19 Toll in US


At times it seems like it, but he and other members of his family are allegedly

facing criminal prosecution, or at the very least are the subjects of investigations.

It's true, he's not "running for president" in any sense of the word, but he's doing everything possible to remain in power.

Based on the books Fire and Fury and Disloyal (Michael Cohen's book) I'm convinced his "best case scenario" and the thing he planned for was to lose in 2016 and parlay that loss into a bunch of Trump Organization projects.

Anecdotal story here.

This happened months ago to my mom. It didn't seem worth posting at the time but now it is relevant.

She has a lifelong friend who has always voted Republican but about five or six months ago she told my mother she was not voting for Trump again and when my mother asked her why she said it was because of abortion, Roe and the Supreme Court. She volunteered this information. I wasn't sure what to make of it and was wondering if there might be some other reason she wasn't divulging, because we ALL KNOW Republicans are a party that wants to make abortion illegal. That is not exactly news. But nevertheless, that exactly what transpired in that phone call.

She is a white female in her mid to late 70s.

Wow, he worked on some major films

He also contributed conceptual designs to other feature films, including Dark Star, Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Real Genius, Back to the Future, Aliens, The Abyss, Total Recall, True Lies, The 6th Day, Cats and Dogs, Firefly and Southland Tales.

I wonder how he became involved with Dark Star, directed by John Carpenter. That film is legendary at USC Cinema School. I don't know if it's true, but I was told that Carpenter was kicked out of USC for stealing a camera from the stock room and pawning it for money to complete the film. But that is not mentioned in the Wikipedia article. Maybe it's apocryphal:

The film began as a 45-minute 16mm student project with a final budget of six thousand dollars.[14][15] Beginning with an initial budget of one thousand dollars from USC in 1970,[16] Carpenter and O'Bannon completed the first version of the film in 1972.[7] Carpenter had to replace the voice of Pahich with his own as Talby.[15] To achieve theatrical length, an additional fifty minutes were filmed with the support of Canadian distributor Jack Murphy (credited as "Production Associate".[7][17] Through John Landis, a friend of O'Bannon, the film came to the attention of producer-distributor Jack H. Harris, who obtained the theatrical distribution rights to the film, and insisted on extensive cuts to the existing film as well as the shooting of additional 35mm footage to bring the movie back up to feature film length[18][10] O'Bannon would later lament that as a result of the padding into a feature-length movie, "We had what would have been the world’s most impressive student film and it became the world’s least impressive professional film".[19]


What I'm really interested in is how they met. Oh well.. If Cobb worked on Alien he may also have worked with (or met) another legend, Syd Mead, who was also a concept artist--or, technically, a futurist.

You can tell James Cameron really liked him because he worked on Aliens, The Abyss and True Lies. What a career!

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