As a student of govt, int'l relations & leadership, I am aghast reading this verbatim transcript.Too much to process https://t.co/y5xvPUnT05— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) April 23, 2017
Hours later, and apropos of nothing in particular, Time magazine tweeted a link to an October 2016 article by Eric Barker that someone on Time’s weekend shift presumably thought readers would be interested in today: 5 Ways to Deal With a Psychopath.x
"5 ways to deal with a psychopath" https://t.co/onBMlugqSJ— TIME (@TIME) April 23, 2017
Among the embedded tips culled from a variety of works on the subject: There are many psychopaths out there whose “intelligence, family background, social skills, and circumstances permit them to construct a facade of normality.” Though obsessively narcissistic and devoid of empathy, they are experts at manipulating others by pretending to “share similar qualities.” As managers, they are eager to “create conflicts and rivalries” among those surrounding them for the purpose of “keeping them from sharing information that might uncover [their] deceit.” They tend to “kiss up and kick down”, belittling those with little power while flattering those with power or status they can use. And they lie, a lot, and all the time. “Two [lies] may involve a serious mistake. But three lies says you’re dealing with a liar, and deceit is the linchpin of conscienceless behavior.”Huh, Time magazine was right. That was a helpful article. • An Activists’ Calendar of Resistance Events
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If funding lapses 4/29, it'll be the first time in the modern era a party that runs the White House & Congress shut down its own government.— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 23, 2017
At Daily Kos on this date in 2010—Arizona governor to sign regressive anti-immigrant bill into law:
No surprise, since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer faces a tough primary challenge, but still disappointing: she has just announced her intention to sign SB 1070.
The soon-to-be law allows Arizona police to challenge anyone they think might be undocumented, and demand immigration papers.
It also allows residents to sue their municipalities if they believe local cops aren't doing enough to target and jail undocumented immigrants. You better believe that within a year, virtually every town and county in the state will be getting sued by xenophobic teabaggers.
Obama has already promised to monitor the situation closely for violations of civil rights, which are inevitable. And this new law will create additional impetus for a comprehensive national solution to the problem of undocumented workers in our country.
Hearing from Adam that there’s some issues with comments, I changed one thing but it’s bedtime, so I won’t be up to see if commenting improves tonight or not. I did upgrade the WordPress version this afternoon, so I’m sure that’s had some side-effect and made our anti-spam engine twitchy.
So…for whatever reason, our connection to Akismet’s anti-spam service is suddenly wonky and so comments aren’t being treated normally. I’m sorry for the inconvenience but I suspect it’ll right itself shortly. I’ve tried to rescue hundreds of comments from trash/hell and hopefully new ones won’t be so-consigned overnight while I sleep.
Meanwhile, open thread!
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So this is now a thing. Last Tuesday, the day of the special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Bernie Sanders was asked about the leading Democrat in the race, Jon Ossoff—who came within two points of winning an outright majority and avoiding a runoff.
One source, the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, quoted Sanders as saying, of Ossoff, “he’s not a progressive.” However, multiple other journalists covered the Sanders comments, and no other article quoted him saying that. The rest all had the same quotation, namely that when Sanders was asked if Ossoff was a progressive he answered: “I don’t know.” That’s the quotation from the original source—Sanders’ interview with the Wall Street Journal:x
These comments led to a revival of primary war fever, as well as to quite a bit of ink being spilled in the mainstream media on the matter of Bernie’s supposedly “strange behavior.” Here’s the thing: Mr. Ossoff himself—who is doing a terrific job in his campaign, and whom every anti-Trump person should support—denied that he was a progressive on the very day before Sanders made his comments. You can see the video for yourself.
From Donald Trump, explaining why he said NATO was obsolete during the campaign:
I was on Wolf Blitzer, very fair interview, the first time I was ever asked about NATO, because I wasn't in government. People don't go around asking about NATO if I'm building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf ... asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO's obsolete — not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO — NATO is obsolete, and I said, "And the reason it's obsolete is because of the fact they don't focus on terrorism."
This is not the first time Trump has said something like this. I wonder if he even realizes that it sounds bad when he admits he was just blathering during the campaign because he didn't know what he was talking about?