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"Donald Trump's Cult of Personality Did This"

Adam Serwer -The Atlantic


The president of the United States is a menace to public health.


Neither the tide of pestilence sweeping the nation nor the economic calamity that will follow was inevitable. They are the predictable outcomes of the presidentís authoritarian instincts, his obvious incompetence, and the propaganda apparatus that has shielded him from accountability by ensuring that the public is blinded to his role in the scale of this disaster.


The coronavirus pandemic provides a rigorous case study in the priorities of most of the conservative press: Faced with a choice between informing their own audiences about dire threats to public health, and propping up a Republican president, they chose the latter, because informing the public is not their job. The job of outlets like Fox News is to ensure that the conservative masses believe that their leader is infallible, even if it causes them tremendous personal harm.


Americans want to believe that their leaders are competent, engaged, and concerned about their well-being. Recognizing that the presidency is occupied by an incompetent narcissist whose major life accomplishment is parlaying an inherited fortune into reality-show celebrity is rather less comforting, but it is the world we live in.


The other day I remembered that line from Trump's inauguration speech about "American carnage".

Thanks to his egotism and blithering incompetence, we're about to see that carnage manifested in economic terms and in the deaths of many.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat Mar 21, 2020, 02:53 PM (3 replies)

One of the best analyses I've seen on the pandemic.

I can't make a clickable link for some reason known only to DU (I think it doesn't like the @ sign).

You'll have to copy and paste this address in your browser:


It includes this graphic, just to whet your appetite.

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 11:22 PM (9 replies)

Lyle Mays, Wisconsin native and 11-time Grammy winner with Pat Metheny Group, has died


Lyle Mays, the pianist and composer from Wausaukee who co-founded the innovative jazz fusion band the Pat Metheny Group, has died, according to an announcement posted on his official Facebook page late Monday night. He was 66.

According to the Facebook post, written by his niece Aubrey Johnson, Mays died Monday morning in Los Angeles "surrounded by loved ones, after a long battle with a recurring illness."

"Lyle was a brilliant musician and person, and a genius in every sense of the word," the post reads. "From his family, thank you for loving him and his music."

RIP, a great composer and keyboard player who, got fed up with the music business. So, through self-study, he became a software engineer and an architect.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Tue Feb 11, 2020, 05:44 PM (4 replies)

Iran Loses Its Indispensable Man -The Atlantic

Short article from Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy in the US Government from 2015 to 2016
(Bolding mine)

Today the United States killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corpsís Quds Force. The United States is now in a hot war with Iran after having waged war via proxies for the past several decades.

This doesnít mean war, it will not lead to war, and it doesnít risk war. None of that. It is war.

more here: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/iran-loses-qassem-soleimani-its-indispensable-man/604375/

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Fri Jan 3, 2020, 12:41 AM (1 replies)

Happy Birthday, John Coltrane!

Born 93 years ago today in Hamlet, North Carolina, he went on to change modern music.

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Mon Sep 23, 2019, 11:23 AM (2 replies)

Donald Trump and Stochastic Terrorism

stochastic terrorism


The public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted:
The lone-wolf attack was apparently influenced by the rhetoric of stochastic terrorism.

ďIf (Hillary Clinton) gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I donít know." -Donald Trump, August 2016

Ms. Clinton was under Secret Service protection when Trump said this. The agency should have investigated and arrested him right then for making a terroristic threat to a presidential candidate. Instead, Trump now has the largest megaphone in the world to incite violence toward those who he hates.

For Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives, it is not, nor should it be, a question of political strategy. For the basic safety of the American people, Trump must be impeached, now. And all major news outlets have a moral responsibility to no longer cover and disseminate the hate he spews.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sun Aug 4, 2019, 03:44 PM (0 replies)

'The president's insane': book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press

Acostaís book, subtitled A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, will be published on 11 June. The Guardian obtained a copy.

True to the style of Washington political reporting often complained about by Trump, Acosta mostly uses unnamed sources, many of whom are said to have spoken over social drinks. They are often blunt in their assessment of their boss. A ďsenior White House officialĒ tells Acosta: ďThe presidentís insane.Ē


We've known this, but it does beg the question: What kind of people willingly work for a man who is out of his mind?
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat May 25, 2019, 03:10 PM (30 replies)

Residents of Florida Coast Increasingly Desperate for Food and Shelter

Source: New York Times

A familiar tension of disasters is emerging throughout the Florida Panhandle: People are increasingly desperate for food, water and shelter, but a sprawling relief operation is confronted with challenging conditions that are delaying the delivery of help.

Emergency workers said they were struggling, two days after the storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, to create paths into the hardest-hit communities, limiting their ability to deliver millions of pounds of supplies that were stockpiled ahead of the destruction.

Beyond the formerly picturesque coastline, the Panhandle is a densely wooded region, and many roads are still blocked with debris. The Red Cross said that it had loaded some of its supplies onto National Guard trucks because the terrain was too difficult for some of the nonprofitís own vehicles.

In April, FEMA said that residents of Puerto Rico should keep 10 days of supplies on hand. But for people in the continental United States, the government recommends a far smaller amount: enough food and water for three days or more. And as the weekend neared, it was becoming increasingly clear that many Panhandle residents were not only left without a habitable home but also without adequate stockpiles of food in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/us/looting-stores-hurricane-michael.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Another campaign rally or photo op with Kanye should solve the problem!

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Fri Oct 12, 2018, 03:45 PM (34 replies)

Femen co-founder Oksana Shachko found dead in Paris flat

Source: The Guardian

Oksana Shachko, one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement, has been found dead in her Paris apartment, the group has said.

The 31-year-old Ukrainian was found on Monday with a suicide note next to her body, according to Femen activists.


Shachko was one of four feminist activists who founded Femen in Ukraine in 2008. Exiled in France since 2013, she had since left the group and was working as an artist.


Their protests also challenged authoritarianism and racism, with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, a particular target, along with Franceís far-right Front National party.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/24/femen-co-founder-oksana-shachko-found-dead-paris-flat

Trump's Bloody Best Friend strikes again.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Wed Jul 25, 2018, 09:57 PM (11 replies)

True Power (for Donald Trump) by Emily Elbert

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
Soak up the scandals, honey, drink up the diversion
Ignore the voices of the poor and sick and hurting
Here's to the one percent, weíre clearly more deserving

Almighty dollar is my lover and my savior
Transport my golden throne to 16 Pennsylvania
Do not believe a thing youíre reading in the papers
The only truth is what is written in my favor

True power canít be bought or stolen
If you build a wall of hatred, prepare to watch it crumble
We will not be silent, no, canít you hear the thunder
So listen fear monger, your days are numbered

My daddy told me if I want it I can get it
The worldís my oyster and your body is my business
I put my tiny hands wherever I can fit them
Do not dissent or youíll be fired like The Apprentice

Iím nothing if Iím not a man of family values
But poor kids go get your education in the drive thru
Donít drink the water, or see the doctor - you canít afford to
If youíre not rich, white, cis, and straight, then I donít serve you

True power canít be bought or stolen
If you build a wall of hatred, prepare to watch it crumble
We will not be silent, hear our voices roar like thunder
So listen fear monger, your days are numbered

Silence the scientists; Iím sick of their sad opinions
Who needs clean air or soil when youíve got bigly billions
That Mother Earthís like all those other nasty women
I try to repress; nevertheless, they are persisting

True power canít be bought or stolen
If you build a wall of hatred, prepare to watch it crumble
We will not be silent, hear our voices roar like thunder
So listen fear monger, your days are numbered

Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat Jul 21, 2018, 12:25 PM (0 replies)
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