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Trump's planned deportations are mainly for show. That's all.

These planned deportations.... are mainly for show. There are two main audiences. One is the nativists in Mr. Trump’s political base, who may have noticed that despite his huffing and puffing — and very likely partly because of it — undocumented migrants are entering the country at a rate unseen in more than a decade. .... The other audience is prospective migrants in Central America, whom the administration would like to deter by sending the message, with its deportation show of force, that trekking across the border is likely to be costly and ultimately fruitless.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-planned-deportations-are-mainly-for-show-thats-all/2019/07/13/f805e70e-a4e5-11e9-bd56-eac6bb02d01d_story.html


BiPart... Aspirational, Delusional, or...

.... Practical?

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/06/29/joe-biden-bipartisanship-2020-president-227250

China economic relationship already being redefined

After four decades of economic reform, China is morphing from a low-wage exporter into the largest consumer market for a growing number of industries

After four decades of economic reform, China is morphing from a low-wage exporter into the largest consumer market for a growing number of industries Chinese consumers for the first time last year bought more Cadillacs than Americans did, helping drive profits at General Motors.

"We’re at the end of a period of the globalization of production. We’re at the beginning of a period of globalization of consumption in which the center of gravity moves from baby boomers in the west to the relatively young Chinese.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/as-trump-fights-with-china-over-trade-us-china-economic-relationship-already-being-redefined/2019/05/11/009319c4-6b79-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html

Only?????

I was involuntarily subject to a Faux News broadcast. Thankfully, no sound, but the chyron read:

POLL: ONLY 30% FAVOR IMPEACHMENT

Only? ONLY???? Boy, that's some spin.



Top Trump appointees promoted selling nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia over objections from nati

Source: WaPo

Top Trump appointees promoted selling nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia over objections from national security officials, House Democratic report says
https://wapo.st/2IpXiDr

Read more: https://wapo.st/2IpXiDr



Elijah Cummins - Oversight for America!

Condoms Rob Women of Remarkable Chemicals (Not the Borowitz Report)

Media Matters reports:

Before joining President Donald Trump's administration, right-wing commentator Robert W. Patterson argued against contraceptives because “condom use robs” women of the “remarkable chemicals” in semen; said married women in the workplace have undermined society; and suggested that homosexuality is a mental disorder and sexual orientation can be forcibly changed.


P.O.E.

The U.S. is losing badly.....

The new space race pits the U.S. against China. The U.S. is losing badly.
https://wapo.st/2FhrOgB

The stakes are high: Who will be able to obtain the vast resources in space, for example, water/ice, iron, titanium, platinum and nickel; secure the routes of trade; and write the rules of space commerce such as trade in energy propellant and precious metals. Who will benefit from the military power that flows from that industrial might?


What a load of bunkum!! Iron? The earth is pretty much completely made of iron. Water and ice? Just looking out my window right now convinces me we have way, way more water and ice than we need.

Trade routes in space? What the heck are trade routes in space?

Space is pretty much just a vast, empty vacuum with a few interesting, shiny objects here and there.

New Horizons Ultima Thule First Look Discussion Today 2 PM ET

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html

"You will be amazed at what they have to share"

Well, it's official , I'm a progressive activist....

https://hiddentribes.us/quiz/

Progressive Activists have strong ideological views, high levels of engagement with political issues, and the highest levels of education and socioeconomic status. Their own circumstances are secure. They feel safer than any group, which perhaps frees them to devote more attention to larger issues of social justice in their society. They have an outsized role in public debates, even though they comprise a small portion of the total population, about one in 12 Americans. They are highly sensitive to issues of fairness and equity in society, particularly regarding race, gender, and other minority group identities. Their emphasis on unjust power structures leads them to be very pessimistic about fairness in America. They are uncomfortable with nationalism and ambivalent about America’s role in the world.


Doesn't say anything about being a sucker for on line quizzes. I guess that can be assumed.

During Nixion's Last Year in Office...

I've read over the years that during Nixon's last year in office, as he was going off the rails, he would call for hair-brained bombing missions and other military actions to be taken, often while drunk. The generals would put him off by telling him the weather wasn't right at the time, and that they would start the planning process. Then they would do nothing, and he would forget about it... until the next episode.

I don't recall anyone complaining that they were "subverting democracy" or that they should have acted with "honor" and resign. My impression is that it was understood that they were in a tight spot and they did what they had to do.

I recall a discussion on NPR a few months ago between two foreign policy experts who were both dismayed that Trump did not seem to understand the full consequences of initiating a nuclear exchange. That this would be an existential threat to all human kind. One of them stated that in extremis he hopped that legal means could be found for stopping him. The reply was "any means" and he had to agree.

My opinion is that those around Dotard 45 should be doing what they can to prevent him from doing what he might. And an "honorable resignation" isn't necessarily an effective action to take, especially if you are not a top tier cabinet member. If you resigned and wrote a letter to the editor, you would be quickly replaced and forgotten. If you were to write an anonymous expose for the New Your Times, you might have something of a positive impact.

Bless his / her pointed little head.
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