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Mike 03

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I appreciate what you're saying.

I think Trump is an inherently amoral man whose amorality leads him to take immoral actions.

But then one has to grapple with the sadistic element. He learns that something is hurting people, and he either continues to do it or makes it worse. That's where the immorality comes in. In his mind he is exacting revenge against people who don't appreciate him. So now we've added anger to the mix. At that point, IMO, his behavior transmogrifies into actual immorality. But if you asked him about it, he'd just shrug and say "they deserve it."

In other words, I don't think he appreciates that his actions are immoral. I'm not even sure he is capable of judging whether or not his own behavior is moral or immoral.

Someone like Stephen Miller is easier to figure out because he's just immoral.

I'm really glad he said this.

For anyone who doesn't know, Miles Taylor has been "out" doing very important interviews and editorials since mid August. He didn't just materialize today and say, "Hello there, I am Anonymous!"

He did exactly what he promised to do in his book. He said he would "make himself known" before the election, and he made himself known more than two months ago. And he brought other people along with him. Just not Kirstjen Nielsen, which some of us were hoping for.

We have to keep doing our part, not just dump it all on Joe and Kamala.

I'll be supporting legal organizations going after the Christian Nationalists. They are extremely powerful and while organizations are hawking the White Supremacists and "militias", not enough people IMO are concerned about the Christian Nationalists, who are better funded, more influential and more dangerous. That movement is global now.

We have to be more like the Republicans in terms of playing the long game. Our job can't be over after the votes are counted. We have to be patient and persistent and put up a fight.

Can the GOP divorce itself from these most powerful and influential interests?

They have some tough decisions to make. The money flows into the GOP from corporate interests but also the Far Right Christian organizations that have amassed tons of money and use the carrot and stick approach. If you go against them, you are going to experience pain. This mix of pressure and ostracism is one of the key reasons the Republicans have moved so far to the right. And it is now a global phenomenon.

Two superb books on this topic:

Unholy by Sarah Posner
The Power Worshippers by Katherine Stewart

Dasheng DTC3X N95 particulate respirator

They come in boxes of 30 and the people I've given them to say they fit well and are more comfortable than the (hard to find) 3M N95s. They are also NIOSH N95 approved.

I learned about them from a tip from another DUer and was very happy to see they were not hard to find. I found them on Amazon but they are/were also available on other websites.

One downside to the Dashengs is that they are not individually wrapped.

I also think 4 years of excruciating anxiety are going to pour out of me

too if we win this. But there will also be a lot of happiness and gratitude. Our country's self-respect will be back. We'll be in good hands. But we have to have Joe's and Kamala's backs, too. Because this won't be easy.

Review of "Twilight of the Gods" by Ian Toll, Vol. 3 of his Pacific War trilogy (NYT)

New York Times
Review by (historian) Mark Perry

Excerpt: (I tried to select the 4 most important paragraphs, which are the last)

Toll’s expertly navigated narrative includes a number of new insights (the kamikaze strategy, for example, was more controversial inside the Japanese military than is generally acknowledged), as well as a new approach that hypothesizes the struggle between “sequentialists” and “cumulativists” inside the American military that, as Toll argues, “colored every phase of Pacific strategy.” The sequentialists, Spruance and Halsey among them, emphasized step-by-step tactical triumphs that would bring American forces to Japan’s shores for an ultimate invasion, while King and the Army Air Corps commander Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold emphasized cumulative sea and air operations — the destruction of Japan’s merchant fleet, the strategic bombing of Japanese cities — that, they believed, would make an invasion unnecessary. Toll’s familiarity with this hitherto hidden tussle, while still incomplete, is elaborate enough to be provocative, which new historical ideas often are.

This makes Toll the fitting inheritor of a tradition of writing that began with the naval historian Samuel Eliot Morison, who in 1942 suggested to Franklin Roosevelt that he be assigned to document the Navy’s World War II battles as a “seagoing historiographer.” Unlike the Army, which sponsored the 78 invaluable volumes of “U.S. Army in World War II,” the Navy has never been keenly interested in its own history, which is why it hesitantly acquiesced to Morison’s request, and only because Roosevelt thought it a good idea. The Navy put Morison in uniform, made him a lieutenant commander, then dispatched him to the North Atlantic and Pacific as their official historian. While Morison’s resulting 15-volume “History of United States Naval Operations in World War II” is celebrated as classic and definitive, it is neither. Rather, it is overly triumphalist — and long. Toll’s trilogy is a departure: It is exhaustive and authoritative and it shows the Navy in World War II as it really was, warts and all.

But no history of the Pacific War can be complete without presenting an intimate knowledge of Japanese naval and political decision-making. Toll does this too, showing a tactile command of the subject that puts Japan’s war in its proper perspective — as an unnecessary fight that, in retrospect, looks like a suicide mission. For the first five decades after the end of World War II, American historians debated whether the turning point in the Pacific War resulted from the Japanese Imperial Navy’s defeat at the Battle of Midway (the preferred choice) or the Marine Corps victory at Guadalcanal — which has recently gained an increasing number of adherents.

Still, time, reflection and a growing appreciation for the sheer weight of American resources (and now Toll’s three-volume work) have once again shifted that debate. Japan lost the Pacific War, as Toll suggests, from the moment the first bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor. In the war’s aftermath, the Japanese people, Toll writes, realized this when it was revealed that many of those who took them to war not only foresaw, but actually predicted, its outcome — and went to war anyway. The decision, Toll writes, was based on the assumption that the American people were too “soft” to wage war and, once attacked, would look for a way out. It was the most egregiously false assumption in the history of warfare — as Toll’s trilogy eloquently shows.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/books/review/twilight-of-the-gods-ian-w-toll.html?searchResultPosition=3

Book information:

Mark Perry is the author of 10 books, including “The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur.”

War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
By Ian W. Toll
Illustrated. 944 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $40.

From Aug 28

"The median age of Fox News viewers is 65"

According to Nielsen ratings, the median age of Fox’s audience was 66 in 2016. Following something of a youthful surge the following year, Adweek reported “good news” for Fox News early in 2018. Over the past year, the median age of the cable channel’s audience had dropped to 65. Looking at prime-time numbers alone, Fox viewers kicked back up to 66.

Getting away from the median doesn’t change the picture much. More than half of the Fox News audience is older than 65. If you go by raw numbers, of the 3.3 million households taking in Sean Hannity’s show on a nightly basis in 2018, just south of 2 million would have been senior citizens.


IMO it is vital that the EU have greater unification and become a true regional power.

I have no clue why we'd dare to obstruct this. Russia and China are taking advantage of confusion in Western democracies--US and Europe--due to vacuums and uncertainties and foreign meddling.

We need moral leadership in the US but also in the EU to tackle global warming and the perilous rise in anti-democratic movements. We need to get on the same page. And I hope the EU can snuff out the dangerous rise in populism evidenced in Hungary and Poland, and have some recourse when faced with illiberal, fascist demagogues like Matteo Salvini in Italy.

Much depends on this.

Yes. The Christian Nationalists got almost everything on their wish list so

far as the courts are concerned.

Now it's much easier for them to push through the rest of their agenda, which depends largely on the courts and less on actual legislation, although they will continue to put pressure on Republicans. IMO Republicans are as afraid of the Christian Nationalists, if not more so, as they are of a mean tweet from Trump.

(I learned this from Katherine Stewart's amazing book The Power Worshippers)
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