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Fast Walker 52

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Is Nat'l Security Advisor Flynn the scariest aspect of President Trump?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/scariest-thing-about-trump-michael-flynns-team-of-nutters.html

The most frightening aspect of the looming Donald Trump presidency is not so much the likely outcomes, many of which are horrifying, as the unlikely ones. Running the federal government of the world’s most powerful country is hard, and many things can go wrong. Full control of government is about to pass into the hands of a party that, when it last had it, left the economy and the world in a shambles. These disasters occurred because the party’s ideological extremism made it unequipped to make pragmatic choices, and because its chief executive was a mental lightweight. Sixteen years after it last came to power, the party has grown far more ideologically extreme, and its head of state is much less competent. Many of the tail risks of an extremist party led by an unqualified president are difficult to foresee in advance. But one is especially glaring: the appointment of Michael Flynn to be national security adviser.

National security adviser is a crucial position for any president. It is especially so for a uniquely inexperienced one. (Donald Trump being the only president in American history lacking any public experience in either a civilian or military role.) And it is all the more crucial given Trump’s flamboyant lack of interest in getting up to speed (he confounded his aides by eschewing briefing books throughout the campaign, and has turned down most of his intelligence briefings since the election.) Flynn’s appointment is the one that contains the sum of all fears of Trumpian government.

Flynn’s portrait seems to reflect the worst qualities of Dick Cheney, but in exaggerated form. Flynn avidly subscribes to conspiracy theories. He believes Islamists have infiltrated the Mexican border en masse, guided along the way by Arabic-language signs Flynn claims to have seen himself. He also believes that Democrats have imposed Sharia law in parts of Florida, and shared a now-deleted tweet that suggested Hillary Clinton could have been involved in child sex trafficking. These claims were frequent enough that his subordinates at the Defense Intelligence Agency gave them a name, “Flynn facts,” which means a Flynn belief that is the opposite of a fact.
Compounding Flynn’s susceptibility to conspiracy theories is his professed hostility to any information that undercuts his preconceived notions. According to a former subordinate speaking to the New York Times, in a meeting with his staff “Mr. Flynn said that the first thing everyone needed to know was that he was always right. His staff would know they were right, he said, when their views melded to his.” What makes this so chilling is that it is the pathology that destroyed the Bush administration’s foreign policy, except that what for Cheney was a tragic flaw is, to Flynn, an aspirational credo.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Fri Dec 16, 2016, 06:38 PM (6 replies)

My one big regret for this election was not having a Clinton-Sanders ticket

where Bernie was VP. That would have really unified the Dems, brought out a lot of swing voters who liked Bernie, kept centrist Dems and would have almost assured a win, I think. It's really too bad they couldn't work it out.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Fri Dec 16, 2016, 03:12 PM (24 replies)

The really weird irony of Rex Tillerson

A really bizarre irony is that Rex Tillerson may be the only person in the Trump administration who believes in the science of climate change.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/13/rex-tillersons-view-of-climate-change-its-just-an-engineering-problem/?utm_term=.0bc9ff56c8e7

He's also a fairly rational person in comparison to the most of the other nuts in the cabinet.

Not that he's great as a SoS, of course. The problems with him are he ran a massive and truly evil company, has no diplomatic or government experience and has incredibly close ties to Putin.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Fri Dec 16, 2016, 12:17 PM (2 replies)

The single greatest scam of the Trump presidency--

He ran as a US nationalist and against globalism, while he is actually an anti-US globalist in the largest, most brazen and outrageous manner possible. He's putting Russia-friendly policies that help him and his cronies personally ahead of US national interests.

It is a scam on the world stage, and Republicans are letting him get away with it. In doing so, they are letting him commit treason and in so doing, are also committing treason.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Thu Dec 15, 2016, 03:28 PM (3 replies)

Dear Presidential Electors: you have ONE JOB

YOUR ONE JOB is to keep the position of most powerful person in the world out of the hands of an unqualified con-artist narcissistic sociopathic racist sexist sexual assaulting conspiracy theorist ignorant demagogue.

DON'T FUCK IT UP.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Thu Dec 15, 2016, 12:19 PM (1 replies)

Without any one of 3 things Hillary Clinton would have won the presidency

1) Russian hacking and airing of Democratic and Clinton Foundation dirty laundry

2) GOP voter suppression of the African American vote after much of VRA was overturned

3) the October surprise Comey letter

I think she could have won with only two of these occurring-- for instance just the voter suppression and the Comey letter-- but all three were just too much.

There were other things baked in the cake that went against her-- media hostility to her and GOP desperation, but these 3 things were extra things thrown at her, that obviously killed support and I think all together, doomed her.

That's my overall take on this election.

Yes, there were some things she could've have done better and maybe we could've won with a different candidate, but fuck, I think ultimately this election was stolen by sleazy, immoral and treasonous means.

And she still won the popular vote, of course.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Thu Dec 15, 2016, 09:15 AM (12 replies)

Identity politics is a right-wing slur for civil rights

IMHO, no one on the left should use that term except to point out that it's been co-opted by the rightwing and various liberal critics.

I guess the term has been around for a while, but now it's a pejorative. Is there a problem with using good old fashioned "civil rights"???

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_politics

Now enjoy this Samantha Bee segment that inspired me:

Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Wed Dec 14, 2016, 12:17 PM (42 replies)

Over 150,000 votes stolen in Michigan according to Greg Palast

https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/13/greg_palast_by_rejecting_recount_is

75, 000 from "spoiled ballots", but he says 87 machines were broken in Detroit that would have cast about 1,000 votes each. That latter bit by itself would have swung the election to Hillary in Michigan, and he says similar thing happened in Wisconsin.

This is not surprising given what we know about the GOP running the voting there, but is still outrageous.

What is the REMEDY for stolen votes????
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Tue Dec 13, 2016, 08:23 PM (44 replies)

Key factors that led to Trump winning, according to my calculations:

30% -- the media's coverage of the campaign, and idiotic focus on Hillary's emails and neglect of issues of substance (e.g. climate change, jobs plans, healthcare). This part includes Comey's late breaking announcement on her emails (October surprise).

20% -- related to hacking by Russia, wikileaks, creating chaos and confusion about the Democrats

20% -- the historical situation of conservatives pissed off after 8 years of Obama and not wanting 4 more years of a "liberal" president (threats of gun control, keeping abortion legal, gay marriage, etc)

10% -- Trump's ability to game media coverage, lie effortlessly and demagogue like a champion

10% -- voter suppression efforts by the GOP

10%-- missteps by Hillary's campaign and her flaws as a candidate

The MAIN POINT is that in a close election, as this last one was, any of these factors could tip it one way or the other. Russian hacking definitely played a role.
Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Mon Dec 12, 2016, 07:50 PM (32 replies)

Amazing Epic Twitter essay by Eric Garland on Russia and Trump, 20 years history to current

https://twitter.com/ericgarland/status/808045818024497157

I’m now hearing this meme that says Obama, Clinton, et al. are doing nothing, just gave up.

ACTOR ANALYSIS: The Russians enter the Game with a broad objective, flexible tactics, and several acceptable outcomes

Russian interests have been, for many years now, the subversion of Western institutions, principally NATO, but any will do.

This subversion can take many forms: driving wedges between US-Commonwealth-Euro intel cooperation, break up NATO, create chaos.

This game has been developing for many years, is asymmetrical, and much cheaper than building a decent aircraft carrier.

Plus, the Russians f**king rule at covert shit. Always have. Ask a cold warrior. Mucho respect for our adversaries. They do clever work!

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Please read the rest. It gets into what America is all about and how we can fight Trump.

Posted by Fast Walker 52 | Sun Dec 11, 2016, 11:54 PM (5 replies)
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