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Trump: Apple CEO Tim Cook is a 'great executive because he calls me'

“I gotta help him out short-term, because it’s a great American company”

CNBC, August 21, 2019

Trump says Apple CEO Tim Cook is a ‘great executive because he calls me and others don’t’

President Donald Trump likes Apple CEO Tim Cook. But it’s not necessarily because he’s running a big and successful business. Rather, Trump said Cook calls him “whenever there is a problem.”

“That’s why he’s a great executive,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday outside the White House. “Because he calls me and others don’t".

(snip) “Others go out and hire very expensive consultants,” Trump said. “Tim Cook calls Donald Trump directly.”

(snip) Apple’s iPhone was in line to get a 10% tariff starting Sept. 1, before Trump announced a temporary reprieve for laptops and cellphones, pushing the start date for the duties back to Dec. 15.

“The problem was that Samsung, a competitor, his competitor, wouldn’t be paying tariffs, and Tim Cook would,” Trump said. “I gotta help him out short-term, because it’s a great American company.”

'I am the Chosen One,' Trump proclaims as he defends trade war with China

Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared himself “the Chosen One” as he defended his administration’s actions in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

The president’s self-aggrandizing remark followed a string of criticisms aimed at his predecessors, whom he claimed had ignored China’s alleged malpractice on trade.

“This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

“Somebody had to do it,” the president said. He added, while looking to the heavens: “I am the Chosen One.”

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/i-am-the-chosen-one-trump-proclaims-as-he-defends-china-trade-war.html


Trump Declares Himself "King of Isreal," the "Second Coming of God"

Vanity Fair, August 21, 2019


It’s been an eventful 18 hours in the fevered mind of Donald Trump. Yesterday, the president unleashed an anti-Semitic rant in the Oval Office in which he declared that Jews who vote for Democrats are either uneducated or disloyal. Unfortunately, with about 70% of Americans Jews being registered Democrats, that’s a lot of disloyalty. So Trump looked elsewhere for answers, and lo, he found an unhinged supporter who says Israelis (the real Jews!) love Trump like the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” Then he cited him on Twitter:

It’s probably self-evident that anyone claiming Trump is the Messiah is not right in the head, but just so it’s on the record, Wayne Allyn Root—a self-described “Jew turned evangelical Christian”—is an unhinged conspiracy theorist who believes the 2017 Las Vegas shooting was a “coordinated Muslim terror attack” by ISIS and that George Soros paid actors to stage the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville that included Nazi chants like “Jews will not replace us.”

Trump, incredibly, seems to believe that he’s going to win over Jewish voters by telling them they don’t what’s good for them (“They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore!”). Or perhaps he’s just given up on American Jews, and is looking to the Likudniks for narcissistic supply. Insulting Americans for being disloyal to Israel, where the second coming is going to take place—led by Trump in the role of Jesus—seems like an odd pitch to anyone who knows literally anything about Judaism, but that’s probably beside the point. Stay tuned for tomorrow, when Trump cites the teachings of Mel Gibson as reason for this particular constituency to get on board.

Ted Cruz FTW

We need a commander-in-chief, not a Twitterer-in-chief … I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning, and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.

US presidential candidate: ‘Trump would nuke Denmark’

Trump: Jews Voting for Democrats Show Lack of Knowledge or Great Disloyalty

Source: The Jerusalem Post

US President, Donald Trump, said Tuesday that Jews who vote for Democrats "shows either total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

Asked by reporters about the Ilhan Omar-Rashid Tlaib saga, the President slammed the two for suggesting to cut aid for Israel. "I would not cut off to Israel, and I can't even believe we are having this conversation," he said. "five years ago, the concept of even talking about cutting off aid to Israel because of two people who hate Israel and hate Jewish people - I can't believe we are having this conversation. Where has the Democratic party gone?"

"Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" the President continued. "I think any Jewish people that vote for a democrat -- I think it shows either total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

He spoke about the joint press conference of the two Congresswomen and added: "You should see the horrible things that Tlaib said on Israel over the last couple of years. Omar is a disaster for Jewish people. I can't imagine if she has Jewish people in her district that they could possibly vote for her."

Read more: https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Trump-Jews-voting-for-democrats-show-lack-of-knowledge-or-great-disloyalty-599207

In response; "Jewish support for the Republican Party has been halved in the past four years."- Halie Soifer, Executive Director of Jewish Democratic Council of America

"This is yet another example of Donald Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism. At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have increased -- due to the president's emboldening of white nationalism -- Trump is repeating an anti-Semitic trope. If this is about Israel, then Trump is repeating a dual loyalty claim, which is a form of anti-Semitism. If this is about Jews being "loyal" to him, then Trump needs a reality check. We live in a democracy, and Jewish support for the Republican Party has been halved in the past four years."

Ryan: They're trying to shut out the more moderate voices of the party

The Vindicator, August 18, 2019

Ryan, who won’t qualify for next presidential debate, criticizes the process

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who won’t qualify for next month’s Democratic presidential debate, sharply criticized the selection process.

“It’s horse (expletive),” he said. “It’s not a fair process. We’re weeding people out in August. Bill Clinton didn’t get into the [1992] campaign until October 1991. They’re trying to shut out the more moderate voices of the party. To start eliminating people now isn’t fair.”

Ryan reported he had about 13,000 donors as of June 30. That’s since grown, he said without giving specifics. But it’s not close to the 130,000 needed. Also, he hasn’t polled at 2 percent in any qualifying poll since June 28.

(snip) “Other candidates are getting out and stumbling while we’ve been getting a ton of media,” Ryan said. “We’re going to keep going. We’re continuing to build this out. I’m running a start-up operation. I’m in it to win it ... I’m the kind of candidate who can catch fire and all of a sudden you get name ID"

Ryan warned Democrats not to select a left-wing nominee – such as U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont or Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – as the nominee.

“We’ll be so far left that we’ll be in trouble getting to the center in the general” election, he said. Nobody’s talking about the economic message (but me). I’ve said it since I ran against Nancy Pelosi (for Democratic leader in 2016). The country, I think, is on a sugar high with the economy. It’s being held together with bubble gum and string. We’re seeing that now.”

SpaceX to launch prototype Mars 'Spacehopper' starship on August 21.

(FAA gives go ahead for up to 650 feet)

Space.com August 17

Big Leap by SpaceX's Starship Prototype Pushed to Next Week

It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see Starhopper make its biggest leap yet.

SpaceX had been hoping to launch Starhopper, an early test prototype of the company's Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle, to an altitude of about 650 feet (200 meters) this weekend from its facility in Boca Chica, Texas, near the border city of Brownsville.

SpaceX just needed to secure permission for the flight from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), company founder and CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter earlier this week.

On Thursday (Aug. 15), the billionaire entrepreneur tweeted another update: "Good conversation with head of FAA Space. Need a bit more hazard analysis & should be clear to fly soon."

But "soon" apparently means the middle of next week at the earliest. Officials in Cameron County, where Boca Chica lies, announced Friday (Aug. 16) that Boca Chica Beach and part of State Highway 4 will be closed on Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to midnight local time to accommodate SpaceX activities.

SpaceX Martian Colony (Artist's rendition)

Implanting Elon Musk's chip in your brain could make you lose your mind

The Next Web, August 16, 2019

Implanting AI chips in your mind could cause you to lose yourself, says scientist

Last month, Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a neurotechnology company, revealed its plans to develop brain-reading technology over the next few years. One of the goals for Musk’s firm is to eventually implant microchip-devices into the brains of paralyzed people, allowing them to control smartphones and computers.

Although this Black Mirror-esque technology could hold potentially life-changing powers for those living with disabilities, according to Cognitive Psychologist Susan Schneider, it’s not such a great idea, and I can’t help but feel relieved, I’m with Schneider on this.

Musk, who’s also the Chief Executive of both Tesla and SpaceX, aims to make implanting AI in the brain as safe and commonplace as laser eye surgery. But, how would this work? In a video presented unveiled at the California Academy of Science, Musk said the implant would record information emitted by neurons in the brain.

The tiny processors will connect to your brain via tiny threads significantly thinner than a human hair (about 4 to 6 μm in width). These sensors will fit on the surface of your skull and then relay information to a wearable computer that sits behind your ear, called The Link. With this all in place, your brain can then connect to your iPhone via an app — we are truly living in the future and it’s terrifying.

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Schneider argues that the project could amount to “suicide for the human mind.” Although Schneider says brain intelligence could be augmented with chips, “there will be a point at which you end your life. I call this horrific ‘brain drain.’”

From MAGAts to KAGs

I don't know about you, but I think Keep America Great is a more ominous slogan than MAGA. What are the ICE doing at the border? Keeping America White.

Elizabeth Warren on John Hickenlooper's withdrawal


Elizabeth Warren
It was inspiring to see @Hickenlooper’s commitment to bettering our country during his campaign. I’m looking forward to fighting alongside him as we work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020.
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