The Daily Gnuz

Good Morning all, and Happy First Sunday in June!

In the gnuz today:

Under the heading of ‘watch out what you ask for’ comes this

Trump’s ‘big story’ on unmasking might reveal more on ties to Russia
Perhaps the term ‘unmasking’ confuses our Prezidunce. Methinks he considers it a ‘find the leaker’ exercise. The tweeter machine can lead to unexpected avenues.  h/t The Hill

and

 Trump plans week-long focus on infrastructure, starting with privatizing air traffic control

When I consider necessary infrastructure, my mind conjures up high speed rail, road and bridge repair, and useful stuff like that. About the last thing considered would be a giveaway to corporate greed.  h/t The WaPo

Finally,

  After London attack, Trump urges travel ban, end to political correctness

Ah, yes. The simple explanation. If only we weren’t so damn politically correct, we could round  up all the scary  brown people for a ‘final solution’

Open Thread Y’all, come and get it!

RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

ROGUE NATION
That is what our country has become.
We are now outside the environmental mainstream that understands and agrees on the science that shows the earth warming due to human intervention that has accelerated since the Industrial Age.

The nations that remain in the Paris Climate Accord should consider imposing a damage control fee. It is estimated that this decision, if not reversed, will add .03 degrees to the environment by the turn of the next century.
An appropriate penalty IMHO, would be a 10% surcharge on all products made in this country that are shipped to any abiding nation.
Those monies would be put to use in mitigation efforts against the damages that will be caused by increased erosion, rising sea levels and the human misery caused by the temperature increase.

In other GNUZ;
The Trump administration’s key lackey posits a dubious claim
Trump economic adviser Cohn says coal can be competitive again: CNBC h/t Raw Story
Wait till those coal miners finally get it. Their industry is dead, the JOBS AREN’T COMING BACK

Trump is probably looking at this as an opportunity to have Barron lead the re-negotiation of the Paris Climate Accord, but…
World leaders warn Trump: ‘Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated’ Sorry Barron, you’ll have to wait till you get out of high school to have your turn at Nepotism kick in.
Assuming, of course, your daddy is still the prezidunce. h/t The Hill

And, finally,
This explains a lot
Trump Got Advice From Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle Before Withdrawing From Paris Accord h/t C&L
The Low Information Prezidunce.

RUCerious @ TPZoo

The Watering Hole, Saturday, July 23, 2016: Ego

The Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of ego:

Noun:

1.      A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance

1.1    Psychoanalysis The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity

1.2    Philosophy (In metaphysics) a conscious thinking subject.

Synonyms: self-esteem, self-importance, self-worth, self-respect, self-conceit, self-image, self-confidence;

Now, let’s take a brief look at Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s ego:

1. Trump’s self-esteem? Off the charts–his self-descriptions include being “the greatest” this, the “best” that, the “most” whatever. Anyone who claims otherwise is just “wrong” or “stupid”, or has some imaginary personal beef against Trump, because in no way will Donald Trump admit to any ignorance, mistake, lie, or out-and-out wrongdoing. Which leads to…

1.1 Trump’s ego cannot “mediate” between the conscious and unconscious. Reality testing?! Trump’s conscious and unconscious create their own reality, and it’s a reality that he seems to feel no need to test. His “reality” is part-and-parcel of his personal identity, and it is impenetrable by truth, facts, and even Trump’s own previous words or deeds.

1.2 While Trump may be “conscious” in the literal sense of the word, he is not a “thinking” subject.

With his penchant for superlatives, Trump might possibly think that he has a “superego“, but the OED’s definition of superego leads me to believe that Trump’s ego vanquished his superego a long time ago:

Noun:
Psychoanalysis The part of a person’s mind that acts as a self-critical conscience, reflecting social standards learned from parents and teachers

“Self-critical”?  Rarely and barely.  Hell, Trump told evangelicals that he didn’t feel the need to go to confession, since he doesn’t think that anything he does is wrong.  And I learned things like manners, respect and intellectual curiosity from my parents and teachers, apparently unlike Trump.

Trump has a dysfunctional relationship with the truth. According to Politifact, only 8.4% of Trump’s statements have been factual.  Their review of Trump’s statements shows that a whopping 70% of Trump’s statements are rated “Mostly False”, “False”, or “Pants on Fire.” Here’s one of the “Pants on Fire” stories:

“The day after the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump said his vanquished Republican rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, had never denied that his father was in a 1963 photo with Lee Harvey Oswald, who went on to assassinate President John F. Kennedy that November.

Trump said: “All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast. Now, Ted never denied that it was his father. Instead he said, ‘Donald Trump.’ I had nothing to do with it. This was a magazine that frankly, in many respects, should be very respected.”

[The idea that ‘the National Enquirer should be very respected’ should rate a “Pants on Fire” of its own.]

Politifact gave Trump the “2015 Lie of The Year” award to The Donald.  An excerpt:

“…a little hyperbole never hurts,” Trump wrote in his 1987 best-seller The Art of the Deal. “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.”

[Ah, and that explains “Trump University.”]

Next, here’s a glib, almost superficial, and often sickeningly fawning article from the Washington Post, by AP “reporter” Nancy Benar, titled “For Trump, it’s about America’s ego — and his own.” Some key excerpts:

“Almost every deal I have ever done has been at least partly for my ego,” the billionaire declared in a 1995 New York Times piece titled, “What My Ego Wants, My Ego Gets.”

“The same assets that excite me in the chase often, once they are acquired, leave me bored,” he told an interviewer in 1990, as his boom years were sliding toward bust. “For me, you see, the important thing is the getting, not the having.”

Trump,[sic] stresses his Ivy League education and revels in juvenile jabs, labeling his adversaries “stupid,” ‘’dumb” and “bad.”

“I know words,” he declared at a December campaign rally where he criticized the Obama administration. “I have the best words. But there’s no better word than stupid, right?”

Wrong, Mr. Trump. As a Presidential candidate, now nominee, some of the “best words” that you should memorize the meanings for are:  honesty, integrity, class, civility, respect, humility and responsibility. I know that these terms and ideas are foreign to you, but you should familiarize yourself with them – there might be a quiz between now and November.

This is our daily Open Thread–feel free to talk about this or any other topic.

The Watering Hole: October 1, 2015 — Something stupid

Our frugal’s computer is behaving badly, so it’s been sent off to reform school or camping or some other horrible thing.  😉

I told him I’d post one of my stupid things, and our Zooster houseofroberts suggested the above video.  Thanks, House!!!  *tipping hat*

Listening to that old song reminded me of the olden days — you know, my childhood — which not only smelled of cigarettes and coffee, but sounded like Sinatra, Perry Como, Smokey Robinson, and Herb Alpert.  Thanks, Mom!!  Except for the cigarette part — coulda done without that.  *cough*

Anyhoo, more Nancy!!

This is our daily open thread — Happy October!

The Watering Hole. Thursday August 20 2015; Is America Capable of Greatness?

“Who knows but he will sit down solitary amid silent ruins,
and weep a people inurned and their greatness
changed into an empty name.”
(Constantine De Volnay)

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MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! VOTE TRUMP!

Is America capable of greatness? Of course she is. She’s proven it time and again by being absolutely GREAT at things such as starting (and losing) unnecessary wars; she’s GREAT at proclaiming herself GREAT; great at fomenting and supporting irrational fears and hatreds both at home and around the world; great at polluting land, air and water and ignoring any cleanup tasks; great at ignoring poverty both at home and abroad; great at improving the well-being of the already obscenely well-off; great at anything at all that satisfies greed on most any level; great at ignoring realities discovered by science in favor of whichever prejudice happens to be in agreement with her current politic; she’s also shown herself to be more capable than most any other country in denying reality in favor of myth. So yes, in many ways America is more capable of “greatness” than is any other nation on the face of the earth. But does that also imply she’s great at doing the RIGHT thing? Is she great at showing compassion for people less fortunate? For the downtrodden? For victims of wars? Perhaps on occasion, but only if her prescribed actions fatten appropriate egos and wallets, and especially when such actions accelerate the accumulation of power by the already powerful.

So what does Trump have in mind as the means of carrying out his slogan? How is he going to “Make America Great Again” when she’s already “great” at most of the stuff that people like Trump find to be egregiously satisfying? Might he have other directions in mind? Might he be preparing to act, for example, to conquer domestic poverty by finally putting into place FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights”? FDR’s thesis was simple enough, after all. As he noted in his 1932 presidential campaign,  “It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.” A society devoid of poverty would certainly qualify as “great,” would it not? Maybe he has a plan to ‘Wage Peace, Not War’? That would most certainly be seen as a harbinger of greatness, right? Or perhaps he’s considering this: the ‘greatness inducing’ program recently described in an article entitled From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the US, a program wherein America would finally and willingly admit to the atrocities of Hiroshima, of Nagasaki, of the Agent Orange contamination of Vietnam, to be followed by the gracious act of compensating each and every survivor — victims — of the collective consequences of radiation, of dioxins, etc. To do so would surely be seen by the rest of the world as an act of pure humanitarianism, an act demonstrating America’s new found GREATNESS for everyone to see.

Might actions such as the above actually be parcel to Donald Trump’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN program? Are his intentions to find and take actions to relieve suffering everywhere by using America’s resources and by revealing her implicit kindness and caring for all to see?

OF COURSE NOT! NO WAY!

Ain’t no money in it, ain’t no power in ANY of that crap!

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GRRRRRRRRRR!!

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