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June 11, 2024

'Trump' was never 'hinged'.

Three months into Trump’s presidency, Politico had a report on the internal turmoil in the White House. “If you’re an adviser to him, your job is to help him at the margins,” one confidante said at the time. “To talk him out of doing crazy things.” Four months later, Axios had a related piece, citing a half-dozen “dismayed” senior administration officials, exasperated by the then-president’s dangerous instincts. “You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill,” one said.

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/trumps-weird-rant-boats-batteries-sharks-matters-rcna156371

As Mary Trump said, Donald was damaged beyond repair by the time he left childhood. The wind's been blowing through the house the whole time he's been a public figure. What kind of fucked-in-the-head does it take to be certain that his inauguration crowds were bigger Obama's? If the media wants to bandy about 'unhinged' today where were they on day one? Alternative facts are better known as delusions. The man's decline is only peeling away the mask of sanity from the crazy psychopath he has always been.
June 11, 2024

Time to update 'TSF'

The.Sick.Felon.

June 10, 2024

Having an affair at work?

BP staff risk sack if they fail to disclose intimate relationships with colleagues

BP managers have three months to report all of the intimate relationships they have had in the last three years.

BP employees will have to disclose intimate relationships with colleagues or risk losing their jobs, according to a new policy brought out after the dismissal of former boss Bernard Looney for failing to tell the board.

Employees must disclose “familial and intimate relationships at work” without exception, the FTSE 100 oil company said on Monday. That is a tougher stance than before, when they only had to disclose relationships if they thought there was a a conflict of interest risk.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/article/2024/jun/10/bp-staff-risk-sack-if-they-fail-to-disclose-intimate-relationships-with-colleagues
June 9, 2024

The most cynical thing I have ever posted -

I am Zionist. I believe Bibi Netanyahu wants to keep the war in Gaza going long enough to get Donald Trump elected in November.

Get Trump elected (1) ; Defeat Hamas (2); Keep out of jail (3).

June 8, 2024

"Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside" JFK

"They expect to be the new oligarchs." They expect "a pass-key to the White House." (FDR) What they will end up with is an open window to the concrete below.

American business should not empower a criminal

Some kid themselves, or pretend, that Mr Trump can be normal and controlled. Never mind the striking refusal by his former vice-president, Mike Pence, to endorse him as the Republican nominee. Or the stinging words of John Kelly, Mr Trump’s longest-serving chief of staff, who has called him “a person that has nothing but contempt for our democratic institutions, our constitution, and the rule of law”. Dozens of other former Trump officials, military leaders and campaign operatives echo this analysis.

Sadly, the true motives of some in Mr Trump’s camp are even uglier. He and his ideological allies have been quite explicit: upon regaining power, they intend to corrupt the legal system to use the state against political opponents. Some American elites support this autocratic agenda because in such a Trumpist regime they expect to be the new oligarchs. Others fear that opposing Mr Trump will bring retaliation, so seek safety by pledging loyalty.

There is a historical pattern to the collapse of the rule of law in advanced countries: it happens when powerful groups naively judge that a strongman will stay contained. Today’s pro-Trump business elites are making the same crucial mistake as any other influential group choosing to empower an autocrat. To paraphrase Tim Snyder, a Yale historian: “He is not your strongman—he is his own strongman.”

https://www.economist.com/by-invitation/2024/06/06/american-business-should-not-empower-a-criminal-says-reid-hoffman
June 8, 2024

The Economist: American business should not empower a criminal

American business should not empower a criminal, says Reid Hoffman

A growing number of America’s corporate and financial leaders are opening their wallets for Donald Trump.

Of course, few of these leaders would do actual business with Mr Trump. Even fewer would trust him to pay his bills. Long before the Electoral College made him president in 2016, Mr Trump was known as a liar and grifter who would browbeat vendors and debtors. More recently, American courts—including two unanimous juries—have found him to have engaged in sexual assault, defamation, fraud (including misuse of charitable funds) and—by a unanimous Colorado Supreme Court—insurrection.

Some kid themselves, or pretend, that Mr Trump can be normal and controlled. Never mind the striking refusal by his former vice-president, Mike Pence, to endorse him as the Republican nominee. Or the stinging words of John Kelly, Mr Trump’s longest-serving chief of staff, who has called him “a person that has nothing but contempt for our democratic institutions, our constitution, and the rule of law”. Dozens of other former Trump officials, military leaders and campaign operatives echo this analysis.

Sadly, the true motives of some in Mr Trump’s camp are even uglier. He and his ideological allies have been quite explicit: upon regaining power, they intend to corrupt the legal system to use the state against political opponents. Some American elites support this autocratic agenda because in such a Trumpist regime they expect to be the new oligarchs. Others fear that opposing Mr Trump will bring retaliation, so seek safety by pledging loyalty.

There is a historical pattern to the collapse of the rule of law in advanced countries: it happens when powerful groups naively judge that a strongman will stay contained. Today’s pro-Trump business elites are making the same crucial mistake as any other influential group choosing to empower an autocrat. To paraphrase Tim Snyder, a Yale historian: “He is not your strongman—he is his own strongman.”

https://www.economist.com/by-invitation/2024/06/06/american-business-should-not-empower-a-criminal-says-reid-hoffman

"They expect to be the new oligarchs." They expect "a pass-key to the White House." (FDR) What they will end up with is an open window down to the sidewalk.

“Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside”
― John F. Kennedy
June 7, 2024

Fox News: Trump going backwards in Florida?

Polls are a dime a dozen, but there has been too much doom and gloom quoting polls.





June 6, 2024

[No Spoilers] 'Dot and Bubble'- Doctor Who's 'Black Mirror' episode.

If you have Disney+ 'Dot and Bubble' is a devastating Doctor Who episode. It plays to my progressive prejudices - vapid rich kids addicted to social media, while overlooking the biggest prejudice of all.

As the reviews say ""Dot and Bubble" offers enough hints for viewers to work out where the story is heading". - but I didn't. It left me uncomfortable, the way the best Black Mirror episodes do, and rightly so.

Again [No spoilers]

June 5, 2024

Joe Biden's Superpower: Underestimated all his life.

I truly believe Joe will surprise and delight Democrats throughout the campaign. Remember the doom and gloom before the midterms? A: The best result since Watergate 70's.

Dark Brandon FTW
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100219007499

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