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PTSD: Trump Anti-Labor Choice To Lead Labor Another Betrayal Of His Base


      That Tweet, aimed at a union president who dared to call out Trump for his lie about how many jobs were saved at Carrier and how many were lost, turns out to have been a lead in to Trump's appointment to the cabinet position charged with protecting labor.

      Donald Trump on Thursday named fast-food executive Andy Puzder as his choice for labor secretary.

      Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, has been a vocal advocate for cutting back regulations he says have stifled growth in the restaurant industry, which represents 10% of the American workforce. He also opposes increasing the minimum wage (when even Trump has called for an increase to $10 an hour). He is adamantly anti-union.

      An adviser and large contributor to Mr. Trump’s campaign, Puzder has also criticized the Affordable Care Act.

      In a statement, Trump said Mr. Puzder “will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous,” and also “save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.” How will Puzder do the first given his positions (and he offers no alternatives). The second part of the statement makes a claim that is dubious at best given that most regulations being objected to affect big business.

      In many respects, the reported selection of fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the Labor Department is consistent with the pattern Donald Trump has set in choosing an administration populated at the top level mostly by plutocrats (Steve Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Betsy DeVos, and Todd Ricketts) former generals (Mike Flynn, James Mattis, and John Kelly), and grim conservative ideologues (Jeff Sessions and Tom Price). Puzder, who heads the company that owns the Carl’s Jr./Hardees chains, is a plutocrat who could give any conservative economic ideologue a run for his money.

      Puzder is a particularly grotesque choice for a president who owes his election to working-class voters.

      Aside from his stated opposition to higher minimum wages and most regulations protecting workers, Puzder is a central figure in an industry that is the current chief battleground of U.S. labor relations. The business sector from which Puzder hails has lately been the top target for enforcement actions by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour division. Half of its low-wage enforcement cases in 2015 — fully 4,787 out of 11,184 — were in the restaurant industry. (Health care placed a distant second, with 1,551 cases.) The days of that happening are likely done.

      The idea that the parent company of franchise businesses has no responsibility for franchise workers is something we can definitely expect the Trump administration to champion. A 3-2 decision by the National Labor Relations Board in 2015 that allowed unions representing such workers to bargain with the parent company is almost certain to be reversed once Trump appointees get in charge of the agency. Puzder’s selection should also eliminate any doubt the Labor Department will overturn the Obama administration’s decision to revise overtime rules to keep companies from just reclassifying workers as “management” and working them to death.

      Donald Trump has just given the finger to folks who work for wages. This cabinet appointment more than any of the others so far really shows how much and how quickly Trump intends to betray his own base (although he will cover his tracks very well...he is the master of diversion and excuses.....and his base has the well-formed habit of believing anything he tells them to).




      * Until Mr. Trump has earned the title, I will refrain from referring to his as President Trump, or The President, or Mr. President. While I respect the office, my complete lack of respect for him overshadows that historic sentiment. I am open to being surprised. I am also going to bring the same level of energy and purpose to my critique of him that opponents of President Barack H. Obama did during his 8 years as our President.

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      Obama Orders Review Of Russian Election-related Hacking


          Obama orders review of Russian election-related hacking

          Updated 12:13 PM ET, Fri December 9, 2016

          • The review is intended to be done before Donald Trump's inauguration
          • Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned Russian involvement

          Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama has ordered a full review into hacking by the Russians designed to influence the 2016 election, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said Friday.

          "The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders," she said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing."
          Monaco said the administration would be mindful of the consequences of revealing the results of their review publicly. All of the Democratic senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee have called on Obama to declassify intelligence on Russia's actions during the election.
          "You want to do so very attentive to not disclosing sources and methods that would impede our ability to identify and attribute malicious actors in the future," Monaco said of disclosure.
          The review is intended to be done before Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20, Monaco said. "He expects to get a report prior to him leaving office."
          The US government before the election publicly blamed senior levels of the Russian government for cyberattacks designed to influence the outcome, including hacks of Democratic groups like the Democratic National Committee.
          A steady stream of documents and internal emails from Democratic groups and from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman were released in the weeks and months leading up to the election, with damaging consequences for Democrats.
          There was also concern about attempted attacks on voter registration systems at the state and local level, though the intelligence community never said there was strong evidence that was tied to the Russian government. Voter registration databases are attractive targets for financially motivated hackers, as well.
          Questions have remained about the extent of the hacking and Russians' motivations. While the intelligence community has not suggested the attacks were designed to bolster President-elect Donald Trump, the impact of the hacks were much more damaging to Democrats and to Clinton.
          Trump has continually denied a Russian role in the hacking, despite the overwhelming consensus from private sector cybersecurity firms that investigated the hacks and from the various US government intelligence agencies.
          Members of his own party have strongly pointed the finger at Russia, and Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are reportedly leading the charge among Republicans to investigate the hacking, according to The Washington Post, and Graham has told CNN he intends to be unrelenting.
          "I'm going after Russia in every way you can go after Russia," Graham told CNN. "I think they're one of the most destabilizing influences on the world stage, I think they did interfere with our elections, and I want Putin personally to pay a price."
          Monaco declined to draw conclusions before the review was complete.
          "We'll see what comes out of the report. There will be a report to a range of stakeholders, including Congress," she said.
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          PTSD: Trump Pick For EPA Far Worse Than Most Realize


              I am a "gentleman" farmer. I bought an old farm for a writer's retreat and a single vegetable garden has turned into a dozen producing organic veggies sold to a restaurant supply house. It is serious business.

              When I got to Missouri 10 years ago other farmers in the area where I settled were in the midst of a huge battle with an old fertilizer plant owned by a big corporation. It seemed quite clear that the run off from this plant was contaminating the ground water used for crop irrigation and livestock (not to mention human consumption via deep wells).

              Concentrated phosphates and nitrates were the problem. The farmers were getting nowhere. They talked about a lawsuit but that takes deep pockets and they did not have them and the company did. They went to the state but the power of a major corporation in influencing state government is huge. And then an attorney with some environmental moxie suggested we look to the EPA.

              The EPA did a study. Issued a violation statement and then negotiated the fix. Three years later, the plant is still running but there are holding tanks for the run off, which is then filtered and reused, and our water is better year by year.

              THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW......In a Trump administration little guys like us will not stand a chance.

              Donald Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a Republican who as has sued the Environmental Protection Agency several times during the Obama administration, to head the EPA.

              Pruitt has been one of the more vocal opponents of President Obama’s EPA. He took a prominent role in battling the agency’s rules, including the Clean Power Plan, a federal rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. He has also dismissed the connection between fracking and earth tremors in Oklahoma. Of particular interest to me and my fellow farmers, nearly all of whom belong to a co-op that I help found, is that he has turned down requests to investigate cases of suspected ground water contamination.

              Further every environmental scientist not on the corporate dole is upset about Scott Pruitt, an on-the-record climate change denier.

              To conservatives, the pending announcement by the Trump transition team promises to put an ally of fossil-fuel development – and the jobs that come with it – at the head of an agency long derided as infringing on industry, states, and personal property rights.

              Environmental groups and Democrats said the pick will undercut the agency's role of safeguarding clean air and water, and signals what they’d feared: Mr. Trump isn’t morphing into a friend to climate-change action.

              "President-elect Trump promised to break the special interests’ grip on Washington, but his nomination of Mr. Pruitt – who has a troubling history of advocating on behalf of big oil at the expense of public health – only tightens it,” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D) of New York said in a statement.

              It all fits. Trump has named an opponent of public education, to head the education department; someone who opposes the Voting Rights Act to head Justice; someone who is up to his neck in Goldman Sacks money making to head treasury......

              Pruitt will find it easy to undercut environmental regulations because environmental laws are deliberately broad, delegating massive authority to the EPA, which then has broad discretion to determine how to implement them. Congress isn’t populated by scientists but by politicians. So they set policy goals—clean air, clean water, toxin-free environments—and leave it up to the experts to determine how to meet them.

              Most of the nuts and bolts of environmental law have thus been created not by Congress but by generations of EPA regulations and implementations. Clean air standards for factories, thresholds for pesticides in fuels or toxic chemicals in detergents and fuels, pollution levels for rivers—all of these, and many more, exist in regulations contained in the U.S. code.

              Conservatives have long complained about this as put standards in the way of unfettered capitalism. They tend not to like big government and unaccountable bureaucracy, and reams of agency-generated regulations are exactly that. And they tend to be wary of executive power in general.

              Thus, for the last 40 years, corporations, industry groups, conservative think tanks, and Republican lawmakers have sued the EPA at every juncture, challenging just about every regulation the agency puts out.

              And usually, they have lost. Over several decades, the Supreme Court has tended to side more with the EPA than with its challengers observing that the “enabling statutes” passed by Congress deliberately cede authority to the EPA.

              Now the shoe is on the other foot. And the power to DO is now the power to UNDO.

              By way of comparison, George W. Bush’s EPA directors, Christine Todd Whitman, Mike Leavitt, and Stephen L. Johnson, were not tree huggers, but they were reasonable figures. Whitman was an environmental moderate, Leavitt was a former governor who as EPA director pushed through good pollution restrictions, and Johnson was a scientist.

              You’d have to go back to Anne Gorsuch, Reagan’s first EPA chief, to find an ideologue like Pruitt—and she was cited for contempt of Congress after failing to clean up Superfund sites, starving the EPA, and refusing to turn over critical documents to legislators. She ultimately resigned in disgrace.

              What can Pruitt and his lieutenants do...a lot....

              Here, in five categories are 20 things they can do without going to Congress, without going to the courts.

              1. Cripple Enforcement. The main thing the EPA can do is simply fail to enforce all environmental laws by firing people and cutting enforcement budgets. Without adequate enforcement, no law—the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, whatever—has any meaning. This will likely happen immediately. In addition, the EPA can adopt new standards that lower the value of a human life (currently usually around $1 million) when being factored into cost-benefit analysis. Cost-Benefit analyses are the tool used by the EPA to evaluate proposed and ongoing action. Putting a much lower price tag on human lives will shift the tool's application significantly.

              2. Climate Change. Pruitt can decide not to regulate carbon dioxide emissions at all, derailing most climate change-prevention efforts in one quick stroke. Adopt junk science that defies the virtually complete scientific consensus (that is not an exaggeration; over a five-year period, 928 peer-reviewed articles endorsed climate change, zero opposed it) about climate change, and put EPA on record that it simply doesn’t exist. Concurrently, he can stop the EPA from collecting any data on climate change ending the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program immediately. Pull out of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Eliminate the "Social Cost of Carbon Metric" metric. Hire frauds like Willie Soon to government positions. Prohibit the EPA itself from saying the words “climate change” or taking it into account at any time as has happened already in Florida.

              3. Air Pollution. Allow power plants to emit way more sulfur dioxide, causing acid rain (and increasing profits). Loosen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, to allow far more smog, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter into the air. Change automobile emission standards to allow dirtier cars and dirtier fuels. Loosen the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, allowing asbestos to be reintroduced, factories to emit more air pollutants, etc.

              4. Toxic Substances. Change standards for pesticides, raising amounts of pesticides deemed acceptable for agriculture, food, landscaping, etc. Lift ceilings on industrial pollutants, endangering workers but increasing profits. De-list Superfund sites and redirect Superfund money away from communities of color and others affected by environmental racism. De-list various chemicals from regulations under toxic substances control statutes.

              5. Water Pollution. Publish new studies saying that fracking and mountaintop removal mining are perfectly safe and may be implemented anywhere in the country. Allow nuclear plants to release more radioactive material into rivers and ground water. Allow industrial and agricultural activities to release far more waste into water sources.

              Don’t believe the hype about Scott Pruitt. He is far, far more dangerous than you think.






              * Until Mr. Trump has earned the title, I will refrain from referring to his as President Trump, or The President, or Mr. President. While I respect the office, my complete lack of respect for him overshadows that historic sentiment. I am open to being surprised. I am also going to bring the same level of energy and purpose to my critique of him that opponents of President Barack H. Obama did during his 8 years as our President.

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              Pork Is Forbidden


                  "You are what you eat" - Native American proverb

                  'In folklore terms, eating the meat of the pig is said to contribute to lack of morality and shame, plus greed for wealth, laziness, indulgence, dirtiness and gluttony. We insult a person by calling him or her a "Pig" when they demonstrate these characteristics. Muslims are forbidden by God to eat the meat of the pig (pork).

                  'This is detailed in verses 2:173, 5:3, 6:145, and 16:115 of the Qur'an. An exemplary verse is quoted here: "He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

                  Is Pork Forbidden to Muslims Only?

                  'The Jews and Christians are also forbidden from eating pork. Here is a quote from the Old Testament to that effect: "And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase." Deuteronomy 14:8

                  'Many Christians believe that this verse was directed only at the Jews. But Jesus himself says during the Sermon on the Mount; "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." Some Christians say that, after a vision by St. Peter, God cleansed all animals and made them fit and lawful for human consumption. If ALL animals are cleansed by Peter's vision, this includes dogs, cats, vultures, and rats: but you just don't see people getting excited about a cat-meat sandwich like they do over barbecued pork or bacon. Others say that it was Paul who rescinded the law forbidding pork to humans, in order to appease the Romans, who enjoyed the taste of pig-meat. Many excuses have been given, but none are very sound.

                  'Many Far Eastern traditions also discourage the eating of pork. The 3,000 year old Confucian Book of Rites says, "A gentleman does not eat the flesh of pigs and dogs." Although many Chinese are avid eaters of pork today, physicians of ancient China recognized pork-eating as the root of many human ailments. Buddhists, Jains and Hindus usually avoid eating any kind of meat.

                  Bad effects of pork consumption

                  'Pig's bodies contain many toxins, worms and latent diseases. Although some of these infestations are harbored in other animals, modern veterinarians say that pigs are far more predisposed to these illnesses than other animals. This could be because pigs like to scavenge and will eat any kind of food, including dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, excreta (including their own), garbage, and other pigs.

                  'Influenza (flu) is one of the most famous illnesses which pigs share with humans. This illness is harbored in the lungs of pigs during the summer months and tends to affect pigs and humans in the cooler months. Sausage contains bits of pigs' lungs, so those who eat pork sausage tend to suffer more during epidemics of influenza. Pig meat contains excessive quantities of histamine and imidazole compounds, which can lead to itching and inflammation; growth hormone, which promotes inflammation and growth; sulphur-containing mesenchymal mucus, which leads to swelling and deposits of mucus in tendons and cartilage, resulting in arthritis, rheumatism, etc.'


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                  Moods: I'm Tired, Sad And Confused.


                      After over a year of campaign that went from funny to touching, scary, weird, meaningless, insane and totally nonsensical when the results came, there is a new reality to face.

                      A monster has been elected US president. He will take office in a month and a half. We will have plenty of time to analyze what will change, but for now, I'd just like to express my feelings now.

                      It took 2 to 3 weeks to accept it was real. Not to wake up in the morning to feel the way you do when a death of a close one happened, the rush of pure depression that hits you after a few seconds of consciousness.

                      Now, I feel like Rieux, in the Plague, do what you are good at, the little things that make life. The future remains vague if gloomy, and I'm not able to change anything now.

                      I'm tired, as a side effect of being down. I'm depressed, not only because of Bozo, but because if what it taught me- again?

                      I know something was rigged. I am not saying necessarily the machines, but something went very wrongly. I believe there was human intervention. Our great-grandchildren will read about it, in a hundred years, either as part of history, or as an unsolved mystery, like we still wonder who killed Kennedy.

                      You cannot have hundreds of polls wrong just like that. The poll results may have been manipulated, the polls done improperly with human push and shove to get the falsified results. We have seen Wikileaks diffuse false emails for weeks, coming from heaven or hell, I reckon, as the logical source, Assange, did not have internet. What amazed me is the lack of interest shown by authorities to know what was the source. It obviously did not bother the Pentagon that US elections were manipulated.

                      It may even be the voting machines have been tempered with. Jill Stein asked and paid for recounts in three states, but is now denied the right to count the votes, as she never had a chance to win. Such an unconstitutional position scandalizes me, but does not bother America. Once again, no agency, no human whatever his role, no on and nothing is making it huge as it should be. If I were a confident T voter, I would want a recount myself, to make it clear the new president has really been elected by something. But no. It seems T's supporters are to scared to see what it could show and Democrats not interested. Once again, the government could not care less. The courts and institutions are turning rogue and destroying all the principles and ideas that founded the USA... so what ?

                      The new ... huh, president-maybe elect is picking up his cabinet, with people who belong and should stay deep in the swamp. Most cannot legally be part of a government for different conflicts of interest, most have been fired previously, some could have been in jail. Who cares? Vespasian said 2000 years ago "money does not smell". So, a government of neo Nazis is getting organized, as by a crap game. If someone has shown talent before for an area, be sure not to give it to him. Let the new secretaries be creative. They will have to discover their new fields of interest on the job.

                      I would have a question that bothers me a bit. Usually, countries have election campaigns that last a month or less, the expenses are limited and controlled. Here,it lasted 18 months, costed $2 billions, but no one cares about the real results. Why not make it a lottery? It would be more fun, a lot shorter, and think of the thrill to have with $2 billion to spend like you want. The same applies for the government appointment. The future secretaries would have a great weekend, playing slots or casino games. The winner, with the most play money gets the first job, and it goes down until everything is filled. I've seen casino nights at Club Med, to win a bottle of champ or some bath towels, and the entertainment was always great. Think of a TV program live. Over 100 million viewers, guaranteed.

                      Just suggestions, nothing else...

                      So, we have the maybe elected president, surrounded by more billionaires every day. He is slowly selling bits and pieces of America, like the roads, the bridges, the stations. Actually, it feels a lot like Monopoly. Who will get grand Central? Who will build the most hotels? But it's a Monopoly with a bit of Risk, as foreign players can have a part too. Japan prime minister was the first one. After a visit with Mr Trump and his daughter, an offer was made for Softbank to invest $25,000,000,000 in America and create-just repeating the tweets, 50,000 jobs. You would think such news would bring questions... Not in the new Monopoly/Risk. But to tell you everything (important when you play Risk), the funding of the investment was organised 2 to 3 months ago, long before the results were known. A hundred billion, not bad, to help America? no, three guesses, two left. Wisely invest money? not wrong, but too vague. You give up? to arrange the merger of Sprint and Tmobile, which had been kind of blocked by the SEC.

                      50,000 jobs? I've never seen mergers create jobs, but what do I know? Anyway, big money is here!

                      Another thing that really saddened me has been the reaction of many liberals. It feels as if discussing the reasons of the defeat is not welcome. Any criticism is understood as blame, against Democrats, as they still have the executive power for a month. Are we not allowed anymore to agree on many points but disagree on others? I have been blamed here for questioning Obama's attitude recently. I've spent hours of my sleepless nights trying to understand, and I'm not able to. If a fascist candidate might have been elected or not, if I were president, even of a banana republic, I'd want it checked. I'd support any demand of recount when it's known the numbers don't add up. I certainly would tell people not to riot, but I's want to know. I would want a peaceful transition, but heck, transition to whom would feel very important too.

                      Here, no. HRC has been told to be quiet and she has disappeared from the face of the earth. Democrats are arguing for stupid reasons. Wouldn't it be better to be angry at the opposite party? Aren't they the ones responsible for the problems we go through? Sure, it's easier to quarrel with friends, but it won't get you anywhere. It often feels like yabberz reflects the real world.

                      The hatred showed by conservatives is another amazing thing. It was only an election, you know. Normally, those things happen regularly. And an election where the result does not matter enough to check it properly. You think you won, you should be happy. But you are nasty, nastier than ever before. Why? what scares you? if your Bozo changes your wallet for a bigger one, what else could you want? what could irritate you?

                      I have learned of the darkest sides of the human mind. Our selfishness. Our misplaced pride. Our bitterness. I'm afraid what call humanity is a legend. Humans are cruel, mean animals. Maybe we don't deserve to survive. But most animals do. I never thought humans would want to destroy the earth, but I understood it appeals to many recently. Why though remains a mystery. We can still fix a lot of our failures if we want to. But do we really?

                      Speaking about board games reminded me of one that failed to succeed lie the other ones, called Diplomacy. Do you remember? It's a quite complicated one, with alliances that can change over time, hidden cards telling you who your allies are, surprises all along. We stopped playing it because it was too sophisticated for kids -and probably for adults the same! You had to conquer the world with wise alliances, change them when circumstances made it wise, betray and lie when needed. Long evenings of fun ahead.

                      Three board games are all you need to play with T's administration, as if you were in. If you decide to leave for friendlier places, you can try the Settlers of Catan, a smart game about exploiting the resources of your land.

                      I'll post something separate about fake news. They are terribly dangerous and must be stopped.

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                      What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?


                          That is a really good question given that we are living in an era of fake news. What recourse does an individual have when slandered and degraded ruining their reputation because of false claims? Since we can easily assume fake news isn't going to go away for now it is interesting to know what recourse people have should it happen to them.

                          When inflammatory rhetoric leads to a criminal action who all are to blame? The one who perpetrates the crime or the one whose rhetoric instigated the person who did the crime or both. Why is it some of these bogus so-called news services are allowed to spew one lie after another and not be held accountable? This is something that needs to be studied and investigated and a line should be drawn so people have no uncertainty as to how far they can push their lies and get away with it. As one person in this article stated, in the end, truth will win which is simply not always true and in the cases where it is true how much of a win is it if damage is done to an individual before truth kicks in?


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                          IS DONALD TRUMP GOING TO BE A DICTATOR?

                              IS DONALD TRUMP GOING TO BECOME A DICTATOR?

                              Many American citizens don't see Mr. Trump as their President, but instead they see him as a Dictator who is ready to remove protective regulations, safety nets, censor the press/media that might criticize him, and change other established protective policies that have been installed to help the people. Many are concerned that he will be working with a Congress and cabinet members who will follow his orders instead of being concerned with issues and concerns of the American people. Often, Americans say that they see Mr. Trump as a leader who will intimidate and seek vengeance on those who oppose him. His late night twitter messages seem to corroborate their concerns.

                              As a result of hearing what so many people believe about Mr. Trump, I have done a bit of research into what some say are requirements for becoming a dictator, how they take over a country and that country's government, and how some believe that Mr. Trump has already begun his dictatorship of the United States of America.

                              Photo Illustration by Alex Williams/The Daily Beast

                              Back in 2013, Jim Powell wrote an article for Forbes telling us How Dictators Come to Power in a Democracy. He reports that inflation, too many unemployed, anger at civil service employees and government, and other things that allow for discontent among the masses make a fertile ground for the making of a dictator.

                              In January of this year, Dom Joley wrote in the Independent, " I could imagine Trump as a dictator. Every large building in the centre of every US city would have the word TRUMP emblazoned on them in 60ft-high letters. Trump himself would quickly announce that he was to be Emperor for life. Trump has all the attributes of a potential dictator. And yet, worryingly, a lot of Americans seem to be curiously attracted to him. He, like his big shiny buildings, are very hard to ignore right now."
                              Also in the Independent article, Nobel Prize nominee, Jhan Galtung predicts that the election of Donald Trump 'speeds up the decline' of America.


                              WikiHow to do anything - We are told the following are requirements for becoming a dictator: 1.) Must crave power. (No despot comes to power without wanting it in the first place.) 2.) Have military experience or recruit those who do.
                              3.) Be or become self centered. (necessary to be detached from future subjects.)
                              4.) Espouse NON mainstream beliefs that set you apart from others. 5.) Develop Charisma 6..) Build a cadre of supporters by what you promise
                              to give to them, and create paranoia through intimidation of loss if they don't support you.
                              7.) Trust no one. 8.) When intimidation fails and supporters are a liability, get rid of them. 9.) Find a need and fill it. 10.) Identify a common enemy to fight.

                              It seems obvious that Mr. Trump seeks power, and we know he has identified enemies to be fought: Muslims, illegal immigrants, and if course ISIL. Not having any military experience himself, he has appointed - to date - three Generals to his cabinet. His ideas and behaviors are removed from the "mainstream" and it is likely he has promised much to those he has appointed, just as he has mad many promises to those who attended his rallies and listened to his speeches. All criticisms are tackled with a vengeance, and his attacks on the media are well known.

                              Donald Trump has a history of praising dictators. Saddam Hussein is just the latest in a series of compliments he has paid to global dictators who include Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Bashar al-Assad, and Muammar Gaddafi.

                              His admiration for these controversial figures has many wondering if he seeks to follow in their footsteps.

                              Image result for picture collages of dictators

                              How Dictators Come To Power In A Democracy - Forbeswww.forbes.com/sites/jimpowell/.../how-dictators-come-to-power-in-a-democracy

                              Donald Trump has all the attributes of a potential dictator - and a lot of ...www.independent.co.uk/.../donald-trump-has-all-the-attributes-of-a-potential-dictator

                              How to Become a Dictator: 10 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
                              www.wikihow.com › ... › Social Activism › Political Campaigning and Participation

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                                  Only the little people need to bring the work back to America. Or are there secret plans to start manufacturing Ivanka Trump's 100 Million here in the USA?

                                  Funny, I thought we would have heard about the closing of the Asian Sweat shops by now...


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                                      THIS IS AMAZING! And it is one of MANY reasons why a Trump administration is VERY DANGEROUS. I don't know if is due to narcissism and just plain ignorance or both. However, for a president-elect to question the professionalism of intelligence agencies that he will command is a month from now, is not only unwise, but dangerous.

                                      President-elect Donald Trump believes that American intelligence agencies were motivated by politics, and not hard evidence, when they determined earlier this year that Russian state-sponsored hackers were behind the theft and release of internal emails from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

                                      “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe [Russia] interfered,” Trump told Time magazine in his “Person of the Year” interview, released Wednesday.

                                      That became a laughing point, not a talking point,” he went on. “Any time I do something, they say ‘oh, Russia interfered.’”

                                      When Time reporters asked Trump if the conclusions reached by U.S. intelligence professionals who analyzed the hacks were “politically driven,” Trump replied, “I think so.”

                                      The remark has received relatively little attention since the interview was published. But it is astonishing to hear an American president-elect accuse the nation’s intelligence community ― which comprises 16 separate agencies and thousands of employees, many of whom perform dangerous jobs with zero recognition ― of conspiring to lie to the country in order to bolster one political candidate over another.

                                      Trump’s comments are likely to further alienate him and his incoming administration from career intelligence officers, who serve on the front lines of America’s most sensitive military and diplomatic endeavors.

                                      Another thing that is troubling about a Trump administration and a republican controlled Congress is the blatant willingness of Congress and the press, so far, to disregard laws or even change them because they are uncomfortable with the judgment and temperament of the Commander-in-Chief.

                                      Trump has selected two generals who have not been out of the military for seven years, for cabinet level positions. There has been an actual law in place since 1947 that originally required an absence of ten years for prior military members to serve in a cabinet position. It was changed to seven years in 2008. Laws can be changed, and sometimes they actually need to be changed. However, to change a law because of an indication of incompetence on the part of a president, in order to add some kind of check on him or her, is EXTREMELY troubling.


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