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      I’ve seen Malcolm Nance on television several times, but this is the scariest I’ve seen him. I like Chauncey DeVega.

      If you've been only superficially following the news for the last couple of years--and if so that could well be evidence that you're saner than I am--and are curious as to why some people honestly think President Donald J Trump is--or at least well could be--an actual traitor, you might want to read this--

      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/mueller-gave-trum...

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      Fox News Gets One Right: AOC Uses One Of Donald's Tricks

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          I'll admit it. Miracles do happen. This time I think Fox got it right.

          Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, never shy about making high-decibel claims, told a whopper. Twice. With a straight face.

          She said that "if we don't address climate change," the world will end in twelve years.

          No it won't. And plenty of folks told her so.

          Her response? Right out of Donnie's playbook: "I was just joking."

          Maybe extremists tend to think alike.

          https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/aoc-says-o...

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          The Greatest Con

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              https://www.salon.com/2019/05/23/ceo-of-small-flor...

              Lie And Misrepresent, Then Cheat The Tax Assessor With The Whole World Watching! A Pattern Of Criminality - But, Not Just By Trump!

              The now defunct F.B.I. used to say that they oftentimes depended on establishing a "pattern of criminality." Donald Trump and his crooked family established that more than a half-century ago. But, they had help! Why is it that according to the NYTimes voluminous investigation and report, and clearly proven beyond the slightest doubt, the Trumps were always let off without significant penalty, and allowed to continue to do business in whichever state, given more loans, and allowed to default on more debts, or - Trump's trademark - allowed to dicker down his debts to a fraction of the actual benefits he received, again and again?

              Why have judges, prosecutors, enforcers, and especially bankers always put the Trumps right back in business every time? This is what is so hard to understand; why Trump has a pass for life for crime, and wins by losing? How can anyone misrepresent in business dealings so many times, but be propped back up again and again with taxpayers' money, or stolen money - only to lose another billion.

              In all the thousands of words of the NYTimes investigation into the Trump family's history of criminality, nothing stands out more sharply to me than the repeated behaviour of the judges, at so many levels, making secret deals without regard to the general harm to the legal system; and then burying the record of their wrongdoings and conspiracies by imposing legal silence.

              Is the whole system crooked? Does Trump have a magic "ring of power?" Probably both, and they work together. You might say: "Because the whole system is crooked, Trump is able to pull the greatest blackmail con of all time: He can prove that his enemies have lied about everything that they are; that they are counterfeits, and that in reality they are our worst nightmare: They are just like Donald Trump."


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              Dollar-Ditching Is Becoming Fashionable. Bitcoin Was The GameChanger.

              Russia chooses gold over dollar

              Latest studies show that Russia is making rapid progress in its effort to diversify away from American assets. Analysts, who have coined the term de-dollarization, speculate about the global economic impacts if more countries adopt a similar philosophy and what it could mean for the dollar’s desirability (hegemony) compared with other assets, such as gold or the Chinese yuan. Vladimir Putin’s quest to break Russia’s reliance on the U.S. dollar has set off a literal gold rush.

              Putin Gently Reminds Americans: Most Boeing Airplanes Are Made With Russian Titanium
              China may ban Apple, punching back on Huawei blacklist
              'Boycott Apple' Movement grows in China as U.S. goes after Huawei

              South Africa rejects U.S. request to extradite former Mozambican Finance Minister
              https://africa.cgtn.com/2019/05/22/south-africa-re...

              South Africa’s government rejected a request from the US to extradite Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang to stand trial on corruption charges.

              Instead, Mr. Chang will be forced back to Mozambique, where he is wanted on similar charges.

              Chang had been arrested in South Africa at the request of the United States, a police spokesman said on Monday.

              Chang, who was in charge of Mozambique’s finances when it guaranteed $2 billion in secret borrowing by state-owned firms in 2013 and 2014, was arrested in late December 2018 in Johannesburg.

              “He is wanted by the U.S.,” police spokesman Vish Naidoo said.

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              Celine Dion Does Carpool Karaoke

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                  [Entertainment]

                  I enjoyed watching this. She is a more lively person, off stage, than I ever thought.


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                  Kristoff--Opinion | China’s Orwellian War On Religion

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                      As an atheist, I'd like for religion to die off, because I'm convinced that any kind of magical thinking does more harm than good. But as an American and as a secular humanist, I'm strongly committed to the idea that if religion can ever be eliminated, it must be through voluntary (and therefore gradual, intellectual, educational) means and never through governmental coercion. No government anywhere should--as many in the US now do--promote or support religious ideas (except perhaps as a collateral matter), but neither should any act against religion (except perhaps as a collateral matter). Here, from the always eloquent Nicholas Kristoff, is a telling example of the latter, deeply frightening and dangerous in the eyes of most religious Americans, of course, but also in the opinion of this atheist--

                      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/china-r...

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                      For Purposes Of Accounting For The Number Of Persons Residing In The USA...

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                          Can you ask this question - neighbor to neighbor. Friend to friend. Should you ask this question of anyone - other than if you are a US employer asking this question of a prospective employee. Should OUR GOVERNMENT ask this question of anyone and everyone... per the US census? Since 1950 - the last time the census brokered the issue from persons residing in the USA of citizenship - has it been "necesssary"?

                          Is it "necessary" now? How will census information be used - fair to disclose to all persons residing in the USA today - if you are going to ask this question. ALL THE WAYS, every single one of them. How will census information like this - be used. And is that any different than how census informaiton has been used - since 1950. Or before...

                          https://www.npr.org/2019/05/22/719159163/has-the-u-s-census-ever-asked-about-everyones-citizenship-status?fbclid=IwAR32E8RFuOz2o4WgWI87F09MbFZRIH_I_VheD4AsbOBl52QIQn5i9J5dHUs

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                          All Dems Should Spend 17 Minutes Today - Viewing This.

                          The entire video. All of it. It's what makes candidates like Biden think they are impervious to scrunity about what it is they did and what it is they designed and sponsored with their name on the bill, even when decades later, President Clinton admits he never shoulda signed this bill into law. What was the intent of this - to keep white Americans safer. To necessarily represent violence against women - when that provision could have and SHOULD have been offered up for legislative addressing - by not attaching it to this very really flawed bill?

                          Young Turks schools Americans no holds barred. And it is critical viewing. No doubt white supremist Strom Thurmond was all for this bill he and Biden co-sponsored. But Biden....no repentence today? None. Even Bernie Sanders defines what it is about this bill that was supportable and what is not. Heck -Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders are clear on that. Joe Biden - however - the designer of this - isn't transparent or clear at all. Or accountable.

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxGDh8i2kIQ

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                          Megalomaniac Meltdown​ Trump Takes America Hostage

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                              Megalomaniac Meltdown

                              Trump Takes America Hostage

                              In Epic Temper Tantrum

                              The White House/YouTube screen capture

                              By Ray Cunneff

                              May 22, 2019


                              At any other time in America's history, what we saw today in President Donald Trump's Rose Garden tantrum, a self-pitying hissy fit with a dark subtext of petty vindictiveness, would have been considered historic.

                              But it seems in the Age of Trump we're making history nearly every day. "Unprecedented" has become the operative word for our times, but Trump's live-television meltdown today strongly hints that we ain't seen nothin' yet.

                              We've understood for some time that Trump recognizes no limits on his authority and his unfettered exercise of presidential power. We know he has a showman's instinct for theatrics, the propagandist's skills at false narrative, the marketing analyst's tools for pandering, and the con man's rapacious lust for wealth. He is also batshit crazy.

                              So what happens next? Just about anything is possible from here. If he's willing to torpedo bipartisan talks on a much-needed infrastructure plan, to essentially take the nation's business hostage in what amounts to an extortion scheme arising from consciousness of guilt, in order to shut down all inquiries into his conduct, then what's ahead is even more frightening uncharted territory.

                              It's not just the infrastructure deal that's being blown up by Trump, it's Mitch McConnell's bipartisan two-year budget agreement, that he was hoping to conclude only yesterday, that is now in jeopardy. And even the vote on the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, one that Trump was anxious to declare a win, is now at risk.

                              Trump would have us believe that his walkout of the infrastructure meeting was a spontaneous response to news reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had said the night before that he was "engaged in a coverup". But it became almost immediately apparent that this was a bit of carefully choreographed 'reality-TV' drama meant to justify draconian measures taken out of naked self-interest.

                              As some of you know, I've been working on a book about the rise of Trump, but it's a story without an ending. Yet even while defying all the rules of storytelling, the beginning and middle are so compelling and revealing that they might actually help shape the end.

                              We need to better understand how we got here if we are to navigate where we are going. It's only when you take a step back from the daily, sometimes hourly, avalanche of assaults on our sensibilities and examine the wandering stars that came into a bizarre alignment that made Donald Trump possible that can we begin to undo the damage already inflicted on our representative democracy.

                              It's not hyperbole to say that everything's on the line. It's also not an overstatement to say that, however "unprecedented" this moment may seem, our most perilous times are very likely still to come.


                              https://epeak.in/2019/05/22/washington-monthly-what-led-to-trumps-rose-garden-temper-tantrum/

                              https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/trumps-downfall-certain-tantrums-follow-predictable-historical-pattern/

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