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Trump's 17 cabinet-level picks have more money than a third of American households combined

The 17 people who US president-elect Donald Trump has selected for his cabinet or for posts with cabinet rank have well over $9.5 billion in combined wealth, with several positions still unfilled. This collection of wealth is greater than that of the 43 million least wealthy American households combined—over one third of the 126 million households total in the US.

Affluence of this magnitude in a US presidential cabinet is unprecedented.

http://qz.com/862412/trumps-16-cabinet-level-picks-have-more-money-than-a-third-of-american-households-combined/

"I wrote this for Missouri & the Trump supporters who are my neighbors. I wrote this for the USA."





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My heart breaks for the United States of America. It breaks for those who think they are my enemies as much as it does for my friends. You still have your freedom, so use it. There are many groups organizing for both resistance and subsistence, but we are heading into dark times, and you need to be your own light. Do not accept brutality and cruelty as normal even if it is sanctioned. Protect the vulnerable and encourage the afraid. If you are brave, stand up for others. If you cannot be brave – and it is often hard to be brave – be kind.

But most of all, never lose sight of who you are and what you value. If you find yourself doing something that feels questionable or wrong a few months or years from now, find that essay you wrote on who you are and read it. Ask if that version of yourself would have done the same thing.

And if the answer is no? Don’t do it.

https://thecorrespondent.com/5696/were-heading-into-dark-times-this-is-how-to-be-your-own-light-in-the-age-of-trump/1611114266432-e23ea1a6

George Lakoff: When you repeat Trump-you help Trump. You do this by spreading his message wide & far


Nobody knows this better than Trump. Trump, as a media master, knows how to frame a debate. When he picks a fight, he does so deliberately. He tweets or says outrageous things, knowing they will be repeated millions and millions of times. When the news media and Democrats repeat Trump’s frames, they are strengthening those frames by ensuring that tens of millions of Americans hear them repeated over and over again.

Quick: don’t think of an elephant. Now, what do you see? The bulkiness, the grayness, the trunkiness of an elephant. You can’t block the picture – the frame – from being accessed by your unconscious mind. As a professor of brain science, this is the first lesson I give my students. It’s also the title of my book on the science of framing political debates.

The key lesson: when we negate a frame, we evoke the frame. When President Richard Nixon addressed the country during Watergate and used the phrase “I am not a crook,” he coupled his image with that of a crook. He established what he was denying by repeating his opponents’ message.

This illustrates one of the most important principles of framing a debate: When arguing against the other side, don’t use their language because it evokes their frame and not the frame you seek to establish. Never repeat their charges! Instead, use your own words and values to reframe the conversation.

When you repeat Trump, you help Trump.

MORE:
https://georgelakoff.com/2016/12/15/how-to-help-trump/

Sadly, spot on

I guess Putin is going to have to do it.

Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council is facing scrutiny after an old tweet resurfaced in which she suggested Vladimir Putin should hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, was announced as Trump’s choice for the position Thursday. Shortly after, CNN dug up a post written by Crowley in June in response to news that the State Department would not release Clinton’s emails for another 27 months. Linking to an article on the issue, Crowley wrote, “I guess Putin is going to have to do it.” The tweet came under the spotlight not only after Crowley was chosen for a senior position on the National Security Council, but also after intelligence officials said sophisticated hacking tools were used in Russia’s election hacking—a fact that would seem to implicate the Russian government. Crowley has yet to comment on the matter.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/12/16/trump-pick-once-called-for-putin-to-hack-clinton-s-emails.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

"End of TIMEs"

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Ice T:

I just got call to perform at the Inauguration…. I didn’t pick up and Blocked the number.

https://twitter.com/FINALLEVEL/status/809563070456598529

KRUGMAN: "Yes, The Election Was Hacked"

Does anyone really doubt that these factors moved swing-state ballots by at least 1 percent? If they did, they made the difference in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — and therefore handed Mr. Trump the election, even though he received almost three million fewer total votes. Yes, the election was hacked.

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So as I said, there were a lot of useful idiots this year, and they made the election hack a success.

Now what? If we’re going to have any hope of redemption, people will have to stop letting themselves be used the way they were in 2016. And the first step is to admit the awful reality of what just happened.

That means not trying to change the subject to campaign strategy, which is a legitimate topic but has no bearing on the question of electoral subversion. It means not making excuses for news coverage that empowered that subversion.

And it means not acting as if this was a normal election whose result gives the winner any kind of a mandate, or indeed any legitimacy beyond the bare legal requirements. It might be more comfortable to pretend that things are O.K., that American democracy isn’t on the edge. But that would be taking useful idiocy to the next level.


MORE!:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/opinion/useful-idiots-galore.html

Orwellian: "Surrender Is Victory"

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/15/1610807/-Cartoon-Surrender-is-victory

"Prevent Tragedy Before It's Too Late": Read the Statement 1,200 Scholars Released About Trump


They're drawing parallels to the internment of Japanese Americans and McCarthy-era "witch hunts."




http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/1200-historians-statement-civil-rights-under-donald-trump
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