Tropical Trump Jair Bolsonaro has posted a video of himself watching the North American version rant. I am NOT watching that. In the meantime, a record summer temp of 18.3c in "Argentine Antarctica", the part due south of Tierra del Fuego (that chilly place is as Chilean as it is Argentine).
Going back to bed for a bit. Still dark here at 5.44.
Was there ever any doubt that the 21st century dictator that somehow the US has not only allowed into office, but who is also being enabled at the highest levels would exact revenge? The lowlife, unqualified-for--pretty-much-anything, petty little bastard has a long history of hateful and pointless vendettas against those who thwart, oppose, or appear to get better press than he does. He of course has also fired Sonderland, yet another of his hand-picked people who didn't stand by their man in the way that bully baby demands.
For every horror that is decided, I can see in my mind the multitude of people who approve of punishing the wicked, crushing the dissenters, reversing evil law and returning to traditional architecture, to use your example.
Education is the principal problem in my opinion. Very few people seem to have received proper information about civics and history, among other things. This has been replaced by the self-service internet where you can feed your basest instincts and feel validated.
Well, I can't disagree with you, although I don't know if it's so much lack of education/information that is the problem as it is lack of critical thinking and plain old curiosity. Those two things point at a terrifying mental laziness which can lead to negative self-validation, as you point out.
I mean, we all went to school and were exposed to the history and civics that touch on the decisions we make as adult voters. But generally what you get is an overview, some of what you retain long enough to pass the test or because it has a funny name like The Whiskey Rebellion, the details of which have long since escaped us.
Ironically, the internet is one of the best & easiest sources of solid information, as it's fairly easy now to separate out factual sites from the rest of the crap. But hey, why look up what is meant by impeachment as defined by the constitution, when you can just read some loony's take on it, right?
Example of the good internet: Yesterday I realized that, despite having heard of him my whole life, I had no idea why Andrew Johnson was impeached, so looked it up. (I was prompted to do so by coming across an article online about how the fate of Jefferson Davis & Johnson's impeachment trial were intertwined. Here, if anyone cares.) Thanks to Wikipedia, it was quite easy to get a great deal of solid information in one place, much of it eye-opening (11 counts of impeachment!) and with lots of parallels to current events (Johnson was quite the sonofabitch).
That's my viewpoint, that of a standard mid-century American with fairly standard education, which I why I think that if I'm able to ferret out some facts for myself, others should be able to do the same.
What is truly scary are all those people with exceptional educations and years of legal experience and even honors who can so zealously pervert everything that could make America great.
Well, I believe that is a little too broad. Not all people prefer to believe those lies of validation. Obviously, as proven by the very existence of the Fox presentations & right-wing swill from around the globe, it is true to a large extent. But there are also large numbers of people who simply believe what they thought they heard or what "everyone says" or flat don't know because they think current events are boring &/or over their heads. Also, emotionalism is apparently far more compelling than reason, so whatever the hue & cry is of the moment will sweep some good, but tragically unquestioning people along with it.
And yes, of course the schools should teach critical thinking, supposing there are people in the system capable of doing so. I guess it's the hope of writers, film makers etc. that they will positively penetrate the skulls of adults and that those adults will pass on good old fashioned mother wit to children.
Yep ~ they admire his integrity in doing what he had to do when presented with the facts. Other Republicans don't need no steenking facts.
This is now the the era of "emboldened" or "newly emboldened" Trump, as the news keeps informing us. He's on a campaign to destroy Vindman and Vindman's brother, to boot. And how anyone can look at what just happened with slimeBarr and the Roger Stone case and not have the blood freeze in his/her veins is beyond me.
Amendments can get passed fairly swiftly if they are popular.
I thought this item was quite interesting, since the Equal Rights Amendment dates from the 1970's and was not ratified by the expiration date. It makes me really wonder who would dare to vote against it in the year 2020 now that women have the right to vote, but I'm quite sure that we will find out fast.
I'm sorry. I'm not sure if this sort of arrogance offends me or just makes me laugh.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned western leaders at a security conference in Munich, Germany, that they had better stop doubting American leadership. Pompeo went so far as to read recent quotes from unnamed leaders, including a particularity derogatory one from 2017. “The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership, puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course,” Pompeo said, according to prepared remarks published on the State Dept. website. Another one was from last year. “The multilateral order is experiencing its perhaps gravest crisis since the emergence—its emergence after the Second World War,” Pompeo read before scolding the group. “I’ve seen, we’ve all seen, democratic leaders questioning America’s commitment to the trans-Atlantic alliance and America’s leadership in the world.”
Are the TrumpiANS traitors? Not talking about the government but the PEOPLE of the US.
Whatever, their cynical resort to the memes of religious fundamentalism (branches of most religions; certainly all Abrahamic monotheistic ones, and with Modi and the Mynmar government, we can extend thae eastwards) recalls some very dark periods in human history.
I find it impossible to believe that Mr. Trump is really as stupid as he has been acting. We all know that he was never the shiniest ornament on the Christmas tree, but he was wily enough to keep afloat even when he bankrupted his casinos and hypnotised American audiences with that terrible nasty TV show that he used to have. That was only normal awful, but since he became president, he has become really really really awful.
There must be a reason for this, and I suspect that it dates back to when those Moscow hookers peed on him. I think there was some kind of drug in the pee and when it knocked him out, Putin had a microchip inserted in his brain. Russia has been controlling him like a marionnette since then and it is so much fun that they are trying to find out how far they can go before the world catches on.
I never watch him on TV. Absolutely can’t stomach it. Plus, he’s a demented creature whose brain has decayed even more since he’s been in office. What I truly cannot understand are the idiots who support and surround him, as if he were a shining magical god. Those people in our government who really should know better. Power does strange things to people. Meanwhile, Melanie is building a fabulous tennis pavilion at the White House.
I have briefly watched Fox news in recent days (never more than 5 or 10 minutes -- I am not insane) and am aghast at how enthusiastic the Trump cheerleaders still are. Not only can he do no wrong, everything he does is positively brilliant if you listen to them.