Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 22, 2017, 03:12:40 pm »
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 22, 2017, 02:09:25 pm »
Donald Trump is 'Too Mentally Ill to Serve' Say Doctors/Academics at Yale Psychiatric Conference
By News Corpse
Friday Apr 21, 2017 · 11:33 PM EDT
REBLOGGED BY Media Watch
We're only three months into Donald Trump's presidency and much of the world is teetering on the brink of catastrophe. Trump has launched dozens of missiles into Syria. He dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. He's shaking his tiny fists at Iran and North Korea. Never mind that he can't remember what his policies were last month and can't keep track of his naval "armada."
Domestically Trump is just as disorganized and incompetent. A promise to repeal ObamaCare was unceremoniously abandoned after Congress refused to even hold a vote. His ban on Muslims coming into the country was halted by several federal court rulings. The wall on the Mexican border isn't being built, and neither Mexico nor Congress will pay for it. You have to wonder if he is tired of winning yet.
These failures may just be the result of someone with zero experience trying to run a government he never liked to begin with. Or they may be symptoms of something much more ominous.
A group of psychiatric doctors and academics are meeting at Yale University this week. Their purpose is to explore whether "Donald Trump is too mentally ill to serve." In the words of John Gartner, a former a part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, “We feel, as mental health professionals, that we have a duty to the public to warn them about Donald Trump’s mental illness.”
Gartner represents a group of psychiatrists called Duty to Warn. They're engaged in a lobbying effort to persuade members of Congress that Trump's mental fitness precludes him from holding office. The group asserts that Trump displays symptoms of a variety of mental illnesses, including antisocial and narcissistic personality disorders. A petition advocating Trump's removal from office has already surpassed 41,000 signatures.
This isn't the first time that people in the field have expressed concern about Trump's mental state. Earlier reports cited indications of Trump suffering from malignant narcissism. And a group of Harvard professors expressed 'grave concerns' about his "inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality."
What's more, a concerned, bipartisan coalition in Congress has proposed legislation mandating a new post of White House Psychiatrist. And when members of congress come together to agree on something this controversial, there's a fair chance that the concerns have merit. In Trump's case, the symptoms are so obvious it doesn't even take a profession to recognize them. His paranoia, hypersensitivity, childish tantrums, and fits of delusions couldn't be more evident. Unfortunately, neither is the risk that his mental flaws pose to the nation and the world. He needs serious professional help, and if he doesn't get it we're all going to need help before too long.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 19, 2017, 09:20:54 pm »
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 18, 2017, 08:13:47 pm »
Robert Reich : The Resistance Report, Monday, April 17th
Published on Apr 17, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 15, 2017, 06:52:10 pm »
250 Million Reasons to Reject HONEST Act , 200,000 to Reject Mar-a-Largo
The (dis)HONEST Act, Lamar Smith’s latest attempt to hobble environmental regulations, is already living up to this name. As it turns out, it the bill would likely cost around $250 million to implement, instead of the $1 million proponents have suggested. But the Congressional Budget Office never got those estimates: apparently, EPA leadership looked at the comments and decided not to report the numbers to the CBO. Not so honest after all.
These juicy details were reported on April 4th, in a little-noticed Bloomberg BNA story, which also claimed that EPA brass prevented the agency from passing on the cost estimate. But someone did notice: ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Eddie Bernice Johnson. She wrote a letter to Lamar Smith asking that he investigate the EPA’s political appointees for potentially misleading Congress about the cost of the HONEST act.
Given Lamar Smith’s inability to acknowledge the inconvenient truth about climate change, the odds that he’ll voluntarily look for evidence against his bill seem pretty slim.
Another climate denier, and frequent flier in Smith’s circles is Kathleen Hartnett-White , who we called out way back in August ‘16 as a rising star in the oily black denier sky. She was rumored to be a pick for Scott Pruitt’s job back in December, but Politico reported yesterday that she’s now the leading choice to run the Council on Environmental Quality. This would make her the White House’s top advisor on environmental issues, a perfect platform to provide Trump with exactly the pro-oil, anti-science perspective he wants to hear.
One last decision folks might be regretting is paying the $200,000 membership fee to Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort. The Miami Herald reports that health inspectors found some yuge violations in the club’s kitchen earlier this year, including potentially parasitic fish , broken coolers full of bacteria-breeding-temperature meats and rusty shelves.
Given that sea level rise is poised to flood the resort, the temperature of Trump’s coolers isn’t the only warming he’s unwise to ignore.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 15, 2017, 05:49:50 pm »
Shields and Brooks on GOP home-district hostility, Trump policy reversals
Published on Apr 14, 2017
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including how Republican members of Congress are facing heat from crowds of their own constituents while home during recess, why President Trump’s views have shifted on China, NATO and Janet Yellen, and more.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 15, 2017, 03:55:25 pm »
Thousands demand Trump release tax returns at New York rally
Posted 15 Apr 2017 23:30
Updated 16 Apr 2017 03:25
NEW YORK: Thousands of people turned out for a march through midtown Manhattan on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.
Organizers of New York's "Tax March," one of more than 150 across the country and beyond, want to call attention to Trump's refusal to disclose his tax history, as his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years.
In addition to major U.S. cities, including Washington and Los Angeles, marches are planned in Europe, Japan and New Zealand.
The Manhattan march began with a rally at Bryant Park, drawing a good-natured crowd estimated by a Reuters reporter to be about 5,000 people, although no official estimates were immediately available. The procession up Sixth Avenue was due to disperse at Central Park.
Among the marchers was an oversized inflatable rooster, sporting an angry expression and a sweeping metallic orange hairdo meant to resemble Trump's signature style.
“Thanks to Trump, I think that releasing your taxes when you run for president now has to be a law,” said New Yorker Marni Halasa, 51, who arrived in a tutu and leggings made of fake dollar bills and holding a sign that read “Show Me The Money!”
Critics have raised questions about what Trump's tax returns say about his net worth and various business ties.
As a candidate and as president, Trump has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service. In September, he told ABC News, "I don't think anybody cares, except some members of the press."
The IRS has said that Trump can release his tax returns even while under audit.
The Trump tax marches were launched by a single tweet, organizers said. A day after the massive Jan. 21 women's march in Washington and other cities, comedy writer Frank Lesser tapped out on Twitter, "Trump claims no one cares about his taxes. The next mass protest should be on Tax Day to prove him wrong." It has been retweeted more than 21,000 times.
Organizers said they stuck with the traditional tax-deadline date of April 15 for the marches because as a Saturday it would draw more attendance, even though this year's income tax filing deadline was pushed back to Tuesday.
POLLS SHOW PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR TRUMP TAX RELEASE
“Paying your taxes is an American thing to do,” said Claudia Stroie, 49, a mechanical engineer from Connecticut who attended the rally in New York. “He’s not fit to represent the American people.”
Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, one of the groups organising the marches, said ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign's connections with Russia underscore the need to disclose his returns.
"Without seeing his taxes, we'll never really know who he's working for," said Dinkin, who expects the marches to draw at least 100,000 protesters.
There have been some glimpses into Trump's tax history. Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on two pages of Trump's 2005 return that were obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston and released by DCReport.org. They showed Trump paid US$38 million in taxes on more than US$150 million in income.
And in October, The New York Times reported that Trump had declared a US$916 million loss on his 1995 federal tax return, citing three pages of documents from the return.
In a Quinnipiac University poll released on April 4, more than two-thirds of the respondents said Trump should publicly release his tax returns. Other recent polls had similar results.
(Editing by Frank McGurty and Cynthia Osterman)
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 14, 2017, 09:27:45 pm »
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 11, 2017, 09:43:30 pm »
Economic Update: Economics, Psychology & Trump
Published on Apr 9, 2017 by Democracy At Work
What happens to a dream deferred?
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 03, 2017, 08:20:18 pm »
If you don't like the rules, just change them!
Along the way in my course of life studies in the school of hard knocks, I learned that much of what we are told by the "authorities" is rather selective in its application and availability.
If you do this or that, you are a baddy and an irresponsible naughty and shiftless citizen worthy of a fat fine and some jail time to learn you your manners.
But when the higher ups get caught with their hands in the unethical cookie jar, all of a sudden an exception to the "sacred rule of law" shows up.
How about that neato term called Force Majeure that governments pull out of thin air to justify bailing out liars and corrupt cheats in banking or some other business?
Have you ever wondered why lawyers and judges insist that "every case is different" when an 8 bit computer could classify and order and prepare sentence for 99% of every case that has ever been presented according to the direct application of the rule of law? BECAUSE, as the post you made explains, all the high sounding talk and alleged adherence to integrity and consistency and respect and so on is ALL BULLSHIT. :evil4:
Surly posted the solution to this type of difficulty some time ago....He had a few fellows that were caught doing bad stuff being attended to with a length of rope and gravity assist.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 03, 2017, 02:10:30 pm »
GOP Lawmakers Now Admit Years of Obamacare Repeal Votes Were a Sham
March 31 2017, 1:11 p.m.
It is hard to overestimate the role of the Affordable Care Act in the Republican resurgence.
Over the last seven years, the GOP has won successive elections by highlighting problems with Obamacare, airing more than $235 million in negative ads slamming the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile repeal votes. In 2016 every major Republican presidential candidate, including Donald Trump, campaigned on a pledge to quickly get rid of it.
Now in total control of Congress and the White House, some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.
“We have Republicans who do not want to repeal Obamacare,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., on Sirius XM Patriot on Wednesday.
“They may have campaigned that way, they may have voted that way a couple of years ago when it didn’t make any difference,” Brooks continued. “But now that it makes a difference, there seems to not be the majority support that we need to pass legislation that we passed 50 or 60 times over five or six years.”
Listen to Rep. Brooks’s comments below:
Posted by: AGelbert« on: April 02, 2017, 02:02:47 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: The censored word (xxxx) in the article below is "F U C K".
Henry Rollins: Make America Filthy, Hungry, Broke and Stupid Again
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 28, 2017, 06:49:54 pm »
Robert Reich : The Resistance Report March 27, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 24, 2017, 08:45:54 pm »
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 23, 2017, 09:04:58 pm »
Henry A. Giroux | The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed
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For the last 40 years, the United States has pursued a ruthless form of neoliberalism that has stripped economic activity from ethical considerations and social costs. One consequence has been the emergence of a culture of cruelty in which the financial elite produce inhuman policies that treat the most vulnerable with contempt, relegating them to zones of social abandonment and forcing them to inhabit a society increasingly indifferent to human suffering.
Under the Trump administration, the repressive state and market apparatuses that produced a culture of cruelty in the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of harsh aggression and extreme violence in US society. A culture of cruelty has become the mood of our times -- a spectral lack of compassion that hovers over the ruins of democracy.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 23, 2017, 06:45:08 pm »
NYTimes: Trump "Lies in Ways That No American Politician Ever Has Before"
Published on Mar 23, 2017
In this week's DumpTheTrumptyHive Roundup rant, I peruse the mainstream media for more reasons we need to kick our new Liar-In-Chief to the curb.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 23, 2017, 06:19:00 pm »
Will Our Democracy Survive the Right-Wing Takeover?
Agelbert NOTE: The USA is NOT a democracy; it's an oligarchy. However, the question has merit BECAUSE the oligarchic excesses are driving our economy to a collapse.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 21, 2017, 04:25:27 pm »
What do the members of the Trump Administration ENJOY?
They thoroughly enjoyed the look of horror on people's faces when the White House budget was revealed last week. The dismay of poor and working-class people, people of color, environmentalists, educators, artists, activists and, frankly, most Americans at the priorities put forth in that document is music to our supposed leaders' ears. It is all part of what passes for bedrock conservative ideology these days: "Make the liberals angry." That is all they have: cruelty for cruelty's sake.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 21, 2017, 12:08:59 pm »
A Trumper propagandist commenting on an article that exposed Trump's love for the Wall Street bankers, as opposed to the opposite that he had claimed before the election, recently disingenuously asked, "If Trump is so bad, how come Democrats have not explained why so many white women voted for him?".
You don't believe a thing the Democrats say, Trumper. So, your question is more of the "Obama was worse" pitch you trumpers never tire of throwing out there.
Nevertheless, for the benefit of readers here, I will tell what Chris Hedges says. Neither he nor I supported Hitlery Clinton so please don't try to label us as Dumocrats. We, unlike you, are part of the reality based community.
QUOTES FROM: A Last Chance for Resistance by Chris Hedges
Published on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Truthdig
"There are three institutions tasked in a functioning democracy with protecting the truth and keeping national discourse rooted in verifiable fact—the courts, the press and universities. Despots must control these three to prevent them from exposing their lies and restricting their power. Trump has not only attacked the courts but has also begun purges of the judiciary with his mass firing of U.S. attorneys. The Trump White House plans to fill 124 judgeships—including 19 vacancies on federal appeals courts—with corporatist lawyers such as Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch who are endorsed by the reactionary Federalist Society. By the time Trump’s four-year term is up, Federalist Society judges could be in as many as half of the country’s appellate seats."
"The current administration’s budget proposes to give the war industry, the domestic policing agencies, the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street, billionaires and the national security and surveillance agencies more than they could have imagined possible before the election. These forces, as in all fascist states, will be the pillars of the Trump regime. They will tolerate Donald Trump’s idiocy, ineptitude and unbridled narcissism in exchange for increased profits and power."
"There is an emotional incapacity among any population being herded toward despotism or war to grasp what is happening. The victims cannot believe that the descent into barbarity is real, that the relative security and sanity of the past are about to be obliterated. They fail to see that once rights become privileges, once any segment of a society is excluded from the law, rights can instantly be revoked for everyone.
There is a hierarchy to oppression. It begins with the most vulnerable—undocumented workers, Muslims, poor people of color. It works upward. It is a long row of candles that one by one are extinguished. If we wait to resist, as the poet C.P. Cavafy wrote, the “dark line gets longer” and “the snuffed-out candles proliferate.”"
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 20, 2017, 08:55:16 pm »
The Billionaire Coup D'état
Does Trump Have A Deep State Of His Own?
Greg Palast, The Guardian/Rolling Stone Magazine/The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks warning his supporters about a "deep state" conspiracy against him. Does Trump have a deep state of his own?
For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com.
Mar. 17, 2017 5:06 pm
By Thom Hartmann
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 17, 2017, 07:35:42 pm »
Published on Mar 17, 2017
http://democracynow.org - Longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader responds to President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal to Congress, which calls for an unprecedented $54 billion increase in military spending while slashing environmental, housing, diplomatic and educational programs. "The mask is off. The fangs are now out," Nader says. "He is collaborating with what is, on the record, the most vicious, ignorant Republican Party in its history, since 1854."
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Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 17, 2017, 02:30:49 pm »
ALL Americans (Trumpers too!) who are poor or middle class JUST GOT ROYALLY SHAFTED
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 07:50:41 pm »
Chris Hedges: Who really is Donald Trump? with David Cay Johnston (10/16)
Published on Mar 15, 2017
Amazingly, this interview full of actual facts dates back to October 15, 2016. Chris Hedges sits down with David Cay Johnson, author of “The Making of Donald Trump” to examine how Trump and the rich are benefiting from a rigged tax system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil further explores how the U.S. tax code has been rewritten to benefit the wealthy.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 06:18:39 pm »
Trump's Budget Won't Balance Federal Spending, but It'll Move a Lot of Money to the RichThursday, March 16, 2017
By Josh Hoxie, OtherWords | Op-Ed
In other words, Trump's tax plan is a proverbial one-handed middle finger to the working class. And his spending cuts represent his other hand making the same gesture.
While repeated rhetorical distractions may succeed in sidetracking his audience, Trump can't use his impressive oratory skills to overcome basic mathematics.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 03:17:07 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: To be filed in the category of questions about wild bears and their habits.
March 16, 2017
Did Russian Oligarch Rybolovlev Bailout Trump in 2008?
March 16, 2017
Trump's 2005 Tax Forms: 'Like Going to Dinner And Being Served Pictures of Food'
Economists James Henry and Bill Black hypothesize that there are fraudulent and criminal activities lurking within Trump's unreleased Tax forms.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 01:05:19 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Reich makes a lot of sense, lays out accurately the impeachable offenses of Trump and explains all the oligarchy based mayhem going on. Unfortunately, he continues to play blind, deaf and dumb about the COMPLICITY of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY for the Trump Fascism in general and the bought and paid for Democrats in particular.
Robert Reich : The Resistance Report March 8, 2017
Mr. Reich, there is NO FUTURE for our democracy unless people massively vote GREEN.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 15, 2017, 09:32:50 pm »
Chris Hedges: The Rise of Trump (March 3rd, 2017)
Published on Mar 15, 2017
Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges addresses fascism and the rise of the Trump war machine in the keynote speech at the "After Trump and P u s s y Hats" event in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3, 2017.
Introductions by Cecilia Point of the Musqueam First Nation and Lee Lakeman of the Vancourer R a p e and Women's Relief Shelter.
Video by Collectivista (collectivista.org)
Produced by the Vancouver R a p e Relief and Women's Shelter
and the Asian Women's Coalition Against Prostitution
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 15, 2017, 05:13:28 pm »
March 15, 2017
Trump Fills the Swamp with Fossil Fuel Lobbyists
DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn says federal agencies are now being staffed by advocates of clean coal, expanded fossil fuel drilling, and hunting of endangered animals.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 13, 2017, 10:53:24 pm »
This Level of Corruption Is Unprecedented in the Modern History of the Presidency
And it's threatening our democracy.
By Charles P. Pierce
Mar 12, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 13, 2017, 02:32:33 pm »
March 13, 2017
Trump and The War Within the American Oligarchy