… trump is used to this, its his mindset; to invert, to upset and meanwhile offer a contrary dialogue.
Whilst he is busy scything down (oops bad analogy – connected to the world of work) a Free Press and any critical appraisal of his nasty White Nationalist standpoint (ie a latterday Fascism) he can spoon out sufficient quotable niceties so that his ‘in his pocket’ mutually favoured news service have sufficient to paint a white-washed feelgood commentary whilst he can meanwhile destroy all that is good about America.
He embraces thugs and dictators whilst legitimate World Leaders are repulsed and other than Macron attempting to connect and turn his stupidity they have little to do with him.
trump is in a closed feedback loop (as he has been all his life) … much like the many environmental and climate systems he is intent on ignoring, feasting on Fox that yet again reinforces ‘the donald’ viewpoint. Shame on Fox and suchlike. As mentioned before, quite what are the crazy conversations behind closed doors that we are not privy to?
Media can serve to eliminate developing a wider viewpoint, or to see the wider picture, of the wrecking ball of trump, both materially and psychologically, of social structure, bonds, communities. His actions are sick, his mentality is sick. George Orwell was incredibly prescient.
trump didn’t like it being pointed out by CNN Jim Acosta that the caravan is in fact many hundreds of miles away and poses no real immediate threat. trump seems to have bypassed what an education should provide, ie realistic, thinking citizens that will not see their country trashed.
trump turns words upside down, they are bullets of falseness to injure, disrupt and con. Lets remember trump university !! A worst case narcissistic spoilt brat. He’s not drained the swamp, he’s drinking it.
Everything, every insult he hurls is most applicable to himself, fake, lies, the enemy of the people etc etc
Its a Thursday and the sky is clear here in the UK at 0530 and so its my prediction theres a high chance we will witness chemtrail activity today, say 0630-0830 GMT and say teatime as being the best times to look out for them. Call me crazy but my experience of looking upward since I first turned on to this nine months ago fuels my prediction. Lets see how it goes …
Many days these last couple of weeks have been hazy with suspected chemtrail activity lurking above, or on distant horizons, mostly unseen apart from occasional glimpses.
Yesterday I had thought lets not waste time on trump anymore, the sleaze, the stench and the despicable behaviour will work its own magic, is so blatant now that truth and decency will prevail, ensuring his eventual removal. And then we witness the horrifying performance of trump at his Press Conference a few hours ago, backed up by an extremely ugly Press Secretary masquerading as a woman. I mean ugly as in a total distortion of the truth, of outright and blatant crowbar manipulation of the facts; an obscene disregard for the Free Press. This is outright authoritarianism, Fascism.
Jim Acosta of CNN deserves better than this, all the Worlds Press thinks likewise. Its obvious the time left for trump after the midterms will bring horrors we possibly cannot or do not want to contemplate. I reckon he is itching for a war (among other things), Sessions fired with obscene speed, Kelly and Mattis may hold on in respect for the USA but trump must be aching to ratchet up the White House to new levels of unhindered craziness without them.
We can say now that trump is indeed at war already, with any independent thinking free person or journalist.
Witnessing Fox pundit Hannity turn on a sixpence to appear at a trump rally was mind boggling, hours previously adamantly denying any intention of endorsing his Dictator of Choice known as trump. trump is heading for a stitched up media, his official voice being Fox and everyone else silenced.
Its so obvious looking online where and when Russian trolling of comments sections is active. Its now thought Brexit was manipulated likewise.
So they’ve caught the bomber thank goodness. Yet still the inflammatory inciteful words and swagger of donald j trump knows no bounds, even playing with reporters that he might even raise it a notch. This is the measure of trump, the arrogance and insanity. The worse it gets the better he feels. Its an automatic turnover or flip on every conceivable thing that comes along. Remorse, realisation, reflection are alien to him. For instance possessing a notion to denuclearise NK yet ramp up Americas weapons to the insanity of the Cold War again !
He uses his words strangely, apparently delighting in all the turmoil and anxiety he is creating as if a most obnoxious teenager. He is feeding on it.
It certainly fits that he likes watching vids of sharks; they circle and flex, swagger and kill, no thinking, no remorse, nothing.
His relationship toward and need for his trashy rallies is shameful, horrifying.
This has all the moves of Fascism.
Here I quote the article above ….
“I heard he was a person that preferred me over others,” he said of Sayoc. “There’s no blame, there’s no anything.”
What !! ?? How immoral can any so-called ‘leader’ become? trump is indeed dangerous, the sooner this winds up the better. Utterly blind to know what is right or wrong.
I quote … The media have “a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endlessly hostility and constant negative and often times false attacks and stories,” he said at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. “No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often, all the time, got to stop, we should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property. … We must accept the verdicts of elections and remember America’s greatest achievements have always been those achievements we embark on together. End of quote.
Lies are trumps coinage and he thinks he can buy anything with them.
In actual reality (taking Fox out of the equation) the media, the Free Press have extended great patience to trump, he blatantly (again I use that word) swaggers contrary to all decency, truth and justice. He cares nothing for these things. Look who got elected! Witness the deceit and lies from Sarah Huckabee, the refusal to acknowledge any form of open questioning or honest analysis of this horrible situation. Outright Fascism and with hindsight promoted from an early stage of trumps tenure. Huckabee up at that podium will be an enduring image of this nasty regime.
As usual with trump the insults he hurls at others are actually most applicable to himself … lock her (himself) up, fake, false, crooked, the swamp etc. trump doesn’t care what he says as long as he can spout a ten second sound-bite and whip up the trouble-hungry and peeved faction he depends on as a voter base, he is riding them. What it is to live at an ordinary ‘regular’ level, to get along with ones neighbours and community and society, to develop and contribute, to serve, all are sorely absent from the trump mindset and the nasty society he would wish to encourage.
I fear how this will progress unchecked, this week we hear trump wants to end nuclear treaties, cosy with Putin in the White House, feels no horror at a crazy letter bomber, targets refugees, cuts Central American aid, trashes the Free Press, basks in his stage managed rallies.
I’ll use the same pic as used previously, it fits ….
Political cartoonists of centuries past would see the trump distasteful shenanigans as continuous bucketloads of manure ripe for growing yet more and more commentary. Reality being more absurd than anything they could invent.
James Gillray, William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank a role call of critical thinking, we can learn !
Apparently of CNN trump would like to portray as his arch-enemy and has spouted lots of hot air to the effect, lots of bile to whip up his rallies, but in reality as usual it is a most patient and carefully handled report. CNN cannot get any fairer than this. Notice how trump rides on the economic improvements from the Obama years. And of course loses no time in constantly telling everyone the mere presence of himself is a magic elixir to Economic Performance, when in fact as has been anecdotally proven he is clueless ie his off the cuff idea of printing more money to make a country richer! A clown, an inept among grown men, a conman, a very good snake-oil salesman, a showman. I also add pantomime dame, the ruthlessness of a shark and fascist dictator as per my previous notes here. All are valid, all are demonstrably true.
Take away the good economic figures which quite by luck were set in motion from the Obama years and all you have is destruction and retrograde activity, turning the clock back.
To use the venacular “It will come back to bite him on the arse” once trade tariffs, super-rich tax handbacks, no action on climate change and the numbers and lack of Policy with time reveal themselves. Nero fiddling hadn’t a patch on this !!
I hate to be critical, but cannot help but think more effort is needed, more insight, more depth in developing what is expected of her in this position, in other words it would be better to make more of an effort ie provide greater energy to her role.
‘Light touch’ is fair comment. But what a dilemma …..
This is outwardly a regresssion to the withdrawn hardly visible ruling and upper class of decades and centuries long gone. Yet what a difficult situation she inhabits with djt to placate. Nice to think there could be more outreach, more action on recognising those that need help, but with donalds so reckless destruction and hellbent nastiness it would ring so hollow. Would there be any point to it? She would also meet with widespread protest, appearances would have to be very skilfully stage managed, contrary to the opinion of djt his supporters I think are fewer in number than he would admit, hence the stage managed rallies. I personally as we say here in the north of England I would get ‘stuck-in’ to get active in the role as FLOTUS. One cannot help but merely think she wilfully re-inforces her husbands position. I dunno ….
Look at that term … ‘a paper doll – every outfit a costume’. Yup hard to realise anything other than. Its time to stop the pretence, brand ‘trump’ has done enough damage, gone far enough in its destruction, alienation and capricious bullshit.
I think we have given sufficient leeway and seen little of effort or real concern, or practical result. After all, look what she is married to….. a divisive nasty man.
In a sense its make or break time, if no real change is made then the cap is sealed, we know America is getting a mixture of gangster, deranged, fascist hoodlum for a President and his wife.
postscript … I still feel sorry for her as I did nearly two years ago when I heard that disastrous Inaugration Speech. It was dire, a totally out of sync message and a false take on what is real life. trump is like a magnet to the wrong sort of person, to absurd and disastrous ideas, drawn to him as iron filings. Perhaps on reflection Melania is in fact doing the best she can (no pun intended) as after all look who she is married to, it must not be easy having to be constantly mindful not to put a foot wrong. My wife grew up in a very difficult household, luckily moving to her grandmother as refuge; it was a mad household, drunkenness, violence, poverty and four small children shaking with fear, having to blank off the horribleness. Poor thing.
And as my wife said to me “It was like walking on eggshells”….
Little better than a wind-up clockwork toy, yet the GOP remains so silent, at least from what we glean from news in the public domain, but I bet theres some frantic cellphone tirades at the idiocy of what we see and hear. Its like a bunch of kids that have found a way too powerful motorbike, they can’t believe their luck or how powerful the thing sounds. Really, really, yes! So much is placed on an invented public profile, he gives ’em what they want to hear. Fascism always works in this way, riding a wave to power, yet it always goes wrong and I haven’t got the patience of fifteen years to see this work its way out again.
An instance yesterday, following the postal bombs trump at that evenings rally in a most hollow tone “We must behave ourselves” … even a child could see through that one, a most hollow tone. Yet he still launches into an ungrounded and idiotic kidney punch at the Free Press. Postal explosive devices in mainland USA are exceedingly rare, I suspect a dirty tricks department.
Here we see below the Fool intending to leave the room when he’s forgotten the task in hand.
A clever fool, think on the graded incremental approach in rhetoric, very finely judged, perfectly paced. Theres lots of chatter behind him, when a so-called President relies on cronies and ‘interested parties’ for influence then how can he ever in any shape or form be considered fit for Office. He feeds from his rallies, note the handpicked stooges to rear, all very clever but after all djt is a seasoned reality tv performer, likewise Ivanka.
Its Fascism straight and clear and I reckon his supporters would be hard pressed to define its meaning ie its loss of freedom, individuality, possibilities for self improvement, total eradication of anything pertaining to justice, decency, honesty and clear open thinking. All Fascism as it evolves its power and State control has always pandered to the perceived ills and sleights of the struggling working person or those in a precarious position. They like how he assaults established norms, authority. Its like “I’m gonna vote for that trump guy – he’s gonna give me what I want” …. and most certainly he will not.
postscript … these are indeed disturbing times. Increduously trump would like to angle for a news media that only spouts forth his own moronic ideals or those of his crooked old white men followers, GOP and otherwise. How can any form of voter base follow anyone that is so remote from real people, from reality? like taxes are not for him. Calling ‘home’ a gilded cage atop a skyscraper of his own making ? Or ‘home’ can be any number of golf courses and commoners being charged annually $400k to be allowed entry to Court. Never knowing the ordinary progresson of life, I would say in their new role inhabiting the White House ‘actors playing a part’ to the core. These are indeed strange people. Jareds father himself serving time for vote rigging aong other things. A strata of high income society that would better have remained concealed, djt in his imbecilic belief he had a chance at POTUS 45 has himself indeed turned over the rock and shown us all what crawls around beneath it.
… that trump yet again on last nights charade I mean rally adamantly applauds, congratulates such immorality; inciting anger and promoting physical abuse toward the Free Press, indeed anyone of the Free Press and last night notably Guardian Reporter Ben Jacobs.
Its time for the F word ie FASCISM. These masturbatory stage-managed sessions of trump (so-called rallies) need to be seen for what they are. His tv reality show skills have served him well.
This undoubtedly is fascism. I am horrified and much troubled. Yet we must remember that what trump projects may not be the actual truth, may not be a true reflection of how people feel and most certainly is not at all a mainstream movement. As with all things trump there is much that is smaller than you think, his so-called business success, his abilities in general, his insight and understanding, his ability to lead a nation as President. He knows he gets worldwide major coverage, but I think he needs to be seen for the hollow man he is; a human form of the animal genus Sus, facing downwards nose buried raking about in the dirt. Ironic its yet another parallel from writer George Orwell.
Look back to other Fascists, they work the sore of the disaffected to ride along on them as a platform, they project a sense of injury imaginarily perpetrated by minorities so that others can hitch a ride in ‘denigrating’ and feeling superior. They abuse free speech, they have madcap schemes and see sleight and offence where none exists. This is as if adverbatim from the trump playbook. Fascists destroy the economy of their nation, people become much poorer, the so-called ‘wealthy elite’ become so much richer, yet ordinary people are restricted and confined and fascists create endless upset and friction and eventually war with anyone and any country that ‘is not their friend’. Fascists cannot see reality in anything like a clear light and do not have the enlightenment that a real education provides. Fascists have media that promotes their cause without criticism; reality, decency and truth being abandoned. Voila! … its trump.
I remember reading a couple of biographies of playwright Arthur Miller and him telling us how when younger his stomach turned to hear home after home spewing the filth from Father Coglan, inciting hatred as he walked along the street.
Couple of people have mentioned recently how nowadays we seem so ‘dumbed down’ and from several chance encounters I can only agree. Does television rot brains?
Realise too the extent of trumps showmanship, selling himself as a brand and convincing prospective users of his name/ branding (which will cost them money) this does indeed take showmanship; this perhaps goes a long way to explaining his personality. He projects himself to sound a realistic grounded in-the-know type man and quite easily makes the other man feel a cleverer person. This is called salesmanship.
Remember, he was a ‘millionaire’ by age three, his formative years were spent away from home in a military academy, tax and regulation mean nothing to him. He is ‘brass-faced’ to an extreme, the master of quite hollow lowest denominator wisecracks.
He turns everything inside out, upside down. Every insult he hurls is most applicable to himself. He says knows the art of the deal, I disagree, he knows the art of ‘the screw’. Maybe when he said he was the King of Debt perhaps that was his one true statement. I cried when I heard his Inauguration Speech as if written by a gaming obsessed nihilistic inadequate thats seldom ventured from his room; yes probably as it fits Bannon. We see pics of Bannon but when he speaks he too falls down flat, like much of the fascist detritus that hangs around trump. Bannons one true remark – “Trump is a streetfighter”.
I think trump is more stage managed and rehearsed than we realise, after all the backdrop ie fake supporters to his rallies are hand selected for the camera. Look at them, they are not engaged they couldn’t care less. Something that is so phoney and so make believe would never jarr with trump, he’d ride with anything that promotes him. I also think trump feeds off a constant flow of twisted croneyism, he cannot take this deliberate downward path without being coached and mentored, its all a voice of twisted old white men; of on-the-make prototypical fascists. Hence his rising early, tweets, phone calls to like-minded all before coming down at 11 to play a little in the Oval Office.
The poor, the ordinary and the anxious do not matter to trump, he is blind to them.
postscript … this week bbc r4 ran a story on the pm programme from trumps ghost writer for ‘The Art of the Deal’ Tony Schwartz. His warning was stark. First vid is before election and is frightening enough ….
Totally out of his depth, thinking that trumps outward projection for mass consumption ie tv Showman ‘straight from the hip’ antics were the real thing and Kanye responded accordingly. Sadly perhaps he was incapable of anything else, I cannot determine as I’ve never seen him perform, never heard him speak before and have never read anything about him. He must feel like shit this morning.
Was that Ivanka at trumps left, looking very ‘white’ … using fashion to make a point.
Very odd that trump wanted the media in on the encounter. I have a feeling the lunch soon after went quickly.
As with I assume most people I couldn’t bear to watch more than a minute or so. trumps body language was quite something. I wonder how much the Administration knew of the likely outcome beforehand?
I’m thinking that all this was a set-up, all staged to push an image that plays to the requirements of the bitter, twisted and regressive GOP. No wonder trump has been chuckling to himself these last few days.
Pots of money and endless to-ing and fro-ing from restaurants and ‘leisure lifestyle’ does NOT a life make; the photo-op is not the reason we are on this planet surely? He needs calming and some work on what he probably missed at school, to work with pen and paper, write his thoughts down and see how they re-read to himself, to realise where one stands with ones abilities; to dip into books, to follow an exposition or arguament on paper, or even go to youtube and listen to for instance Noam Chomski. This comes back full circle as to my saying for years that all kids would benefit from the study of ‘rhetoric’ at school.
I think now there will be many homes all over the USA seeing the need to make more effort at Education. Maybe Kanye has done some good after all.
postscript two days later …Kanye to my mind showed a life too (web) connected, a life removed from real practical work that can help to keep us grounded; too tied in to the American projected ideal of a ‘leisure lifestyle’. He needs to work with his hands, not just hang around poolside with girls and not some government ‘make believe’ programme but real working people whose livelihoods depend upon getting things done, maybe market gardening for fruit and veg or even high quality grounds maintenance. A couple of hours hand weeding and edging lawns will focus the mind, I am talking from thousands of hours of my own practical experience. To garden is useful and valuable and if he could find talented focused people to work with so much the better. At present a case of idle hands perhaps.
To work with animals, Riding for the Disabled actually stems from the First World War when working with horses was the only thing that could ‘reach’ shell shocked and damaged men when they returned.
I certainly would not allow the so-called professionals to get involved (from what I’ve seen here in the UK) …. free form art therapy for instance is the last thing he needs right now unless its to develop hand eye co-ordination the old fashioned way, to aim to a standard ie to throw a pot well. Theres lots of young men out there that would be challenged to complete simple tasks to a high standard, to stay focused, to make the effort. Theres too much idle chatter.
Learn a poem! Reciting fifty and a hundred times to get the thing embedded into ones mind makes us look at every word and phrase from every possible angle. I’m sure there are cleverer people than us that have lived on this planet and their words can teach us, enlighten us.
And what else, go trekking or backpacking for a long weekend. Go fishing with a mentor. Most kids now have no sense of history or the art that can telescope us back to past times, I really enjoy looking at old etchings and engravings, for Kanye I’d say use books, but not walking gallery visits, at least not until much later; books to help him to sit down and focus.
Get away from the pool, get away from restaurants; cook your own food, garden, make things, read, learn, study, attend to nature. These are what I do.
I wish him well.
Heres a link that ties in with something of the above …..