It certainly echoes the day after Brexit, doesn't it? At least with Brexit, though, it was some of the "leave" voters who had buyer's remorse, plus there is always the chance that the UK might wind up remaining in the EU. The blowhard shithook's election will have far worse repercussions, not only for the US but for the rest of the world. As a shame-faced American, I welcome the demonstrations telling the rest of the world that we're not all Trumpites.
I had a mail from Avaaz this morning from "citizens of the world" who are signing a petition to Trump saying they disagree with his ideas. As good as it might make someone feel to click on the button, I don't think it will do any good. After all, the man was elected in the American system (not by popular vote but through the electoral college).
About the only good I can see coming from all this is that in other countries, people might think twice about the possible effects of a mindless vote for populist/nationalist politicians.
And given the kind of people Trump appears to be considering for high-level positions, it's too late for the States -- 4 years of disaster coming up. Unless he suddenly sees the light from under the brim of that stupid baseball cap.
Well, Chris Christie is out, due to "in-fighting" among Trump's inner circle. Steve Bannon will be hanging around, as will Guiliani.
Mike Pence is now in charge of the Transition Team - and will probably run the country. Trump's advisors include Ivanka, her husband, and both of Trump's older sons. Isn't this some sort of conflict of interest and aren't they supposed to be off running the family business?
Reince Priebus will probably be Chief of Staff.
I don't think I can stand any more of Kellyanne Conway spinning the "truth" via her imperturbable Stepford Wife face.
Ivanka owns and promotes a clothing line (NOT made by well-paid workers in the US, of course). I wouldn't buy that gaudy shite anyway, but just don't. No, I'm not blaming her for being his daughter, but for going along with him. Like the Italian neo-fascist Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of...
I was at one of my favourite church bazaars, Ste-Madeleine d'Outremont (old money, a "society church" where Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire were wed, and some of us saw a (crappy looking and loud) skirt from "Ivanka Trump" and were laughing about it. Fortunately or unfortunately I was busy working and couldn't go the first day, so I didn't find the good winter coat I was looking for, but bought some other nice things, cheap.
While I doubt the initiative will actually influence the Electoral Collegs (an undemocratic institution bearing the influence of slave states) it is certainly worthy to remind the Donald that there are many people in the US who consider him utterly illegitimate.
Boris Johnson is avoiding meeting Trump, whom he describes as someone who will waste at least 2 years just trying to figure out how government works.
The cost and construction of the proposed Mexican wall was broken down, bit by bit: it will be composed of 8 foot thick pre-cast concrete, with steel inserts between the panels, will rise to 55 feet, maybe more, and will not need to be built "all the way, due to natural borders and stuff".
The wall is estimated to cost $25 Billion - good luck getting that much from our poverty-stricken Mexican cousins - and since one side of the wall technically belongs to Texas, good luck on getting them to pay for their portion.
Johnson is rowing back a bit on attitudes to Trump. It has not gone unnoticed here that Theresa May was quite low down on the list of foreign leaders Trump spoke to: and that the clown Farage is the first UK politician to meet him in person in the US since the election (someone floated a story in the press that there might be some sort of job for Farage maybe even ambassador, or even that Trump might offer him a job - well, you've put up with Piers Morgan, what's one more?).
Incidentally, did anyone do any work on the effect on Mexico's economy if it's to face new tariffs and the return of unknown numbers of its citizens on to the job market, as well as a bill for a wall it never asked for? If I were them, I'd suggest they might pay something towards a wall, provided it were the other side of New Mexico and California - and the return of the Alamo might be a nice sweetener.
Clearly, we should send the equally appalling Liam Fox (who's supposed to be developing all these wonderful new post-Brexit trade agreements) to Mexico to see what sort of deal we could get.
Related rant: the pin-headed, narrow-minded, short-sighted conservative voters and their spokespersons in government are loath to grant any money to the arts, but are willing to vomit out billions to build one of the physically and psychically ugliest constructions ever conceived.
Post by patricklondon on Nov 13, 2016 18:26:21 GMT
And here are the tribunes of the people, the voice of the poor and downtrodden - just a simple barefoot New York property developer and son of toil privately-educated commodities trader, solemnly contemplating the grave tasks that lie ahead:
Oh dear. Livia, moonstruck, awakened me (it is 4:30 a.m. here; I have been going to bed very early but would like to get a bit more sleep) but despite the spectacular moon this month, that is truly the stuff of nightmares. I see that their tastes have been honed by the refined examples of the Ceausescus, Fernando Marcos and Imelda Marcos, and the late Saddam Hussein.
Obama is committed to closing Gitmo before he leaves office.
On his trip to Greece today, Obama had to grit his teeth several times, trying to choose his words carefully. He wasn't apologizing for Trump and what he might try to accomplish, but explained that since 52% of the US population did not vote, essentially we got ourselves into this mess, and Trump understood and used the peoples' anger and media to its fullest extent to affect those who did vote.
I hold the media responsible for this debacle. False equivalency between viewpoints that aren't equal. Focus on the ratings-amping "race". Gleeful reporting of "scandals" and controversies with little fact-checking. And worst of all, failure to correct bald-faced lies in interviews with candidates and their minions. And even worse, crediting reports not just to "anonymous sources" but to "people are saying" and "some are saying". Once the mainstream media says something, other media sources can pick it up and say CBS is reporting... Or the Washington Post reported...
This is Stephen Colbert's "truthiness" to the 9th degree.
That was interesting. In Canada, even a majority of Conservative Party voters are against Trump. This morning, a morning show on Radio-Canada (French-language CBC) decided to was forced to give equal time to three Trump supporters, dug up somewhere - Trump supporters in Québec are rarer than anarcho-punks in the heart of the Bible Belt. I switched it off.