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What are you doing to relieve the stress of the Trump show? I'm

listening to CBC's As It Happens on the radio. Reminds of when I was a teen and my parents had it on on both floors of our House every weeknight. Good times. When things happened in the world and it actually is tried to be solved by leaders. I've had a bug of the mind all afternoon today that the republican 1% orchestrated the 2007 banking collapse because it creates a good buying opportunity for hedge fund manager (to buy up the suddenly struggling small and mid sized companies to then grow them internationally and then sell them off) and it would turn working people against global liberal elites and towards populist authoritarians as people do when their lives are unstable and they made a killing on sub prime mortgages by, as the Chinese said, training America's smartest people in finance, to come up with tools to take money from regular people. So I'm off to listen to Canadian news where politicians in power do not see the people as an enemy to be destroyed. And calm down. I know, I know, I'm too dark. I did not used to be this way.

White House admits Trump climate policies will cost Americans $500 billion a year


Joe Romm at Political Wire


The congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment (NCA) by hundreds of the country’s top scientists warns that a do-nothing climate policy will end up costing Americans more than a half-trillion dollars per year in increased sickness and death, coastal property damages, loss of worker productivity, and other damages.

Building on a 600-page analysis of climate science from 2017, the NCA details just how dangerous Trump administration’s policy of climate inaction is to Americans.

The White House oversaw the report’s review and clearance process — and tried to bury the findings by releasing it at 2 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

But the reality of climate change cannot be buried. Indeed the report concludes that “the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans’ physical, social, and economic well-being are rising.”


This will devastate the working class and make them less able to fight elections. Maybe more inequality like this looks good to the republican 1%. Because people will loose all the wealth they had in their homes. They will become desperate and afraid, less open, and vote more often authoritarian than before.

What should we call turning goodwill on it's ass?

* Aeroflot, the Russian national airline, will now cancel your frequent flyer miles if you publicly criticize the airline.

* China’s plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident. 

It used to be that government or business tried to stay in the goodwill of the people.

Both of these at:


Should we call it "Badwill"? "Treason"?

Scary. Is this the start of business microtargeting people's social media behaviour online?

If so they have flipped the concept of goodwill on its' ass.


And this:

Bloomberg: Beijing To Start 'Rating' Every Citizen By 2020

By Nicole Belle



China’s plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident.

The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.

The Beijing project will improve blacklist systems so that those deemed untrustworthy will be “unable to move even a single step,” according to the government’s plan. Xinhua reported on the proposal Tuesday, while the report posted on the municipal government’s website is dated July 18.


What should we call it? "Badwill" instead of goodwill?

Me too. I hope he isn't tapping down Trump now to create a precedent for

not allowing democrats to complain when the right wing Supreme Court gets going on enforced monogamy or whatever they have planned.

I guess they are not happy with Roberts pick as a Supreme Court Judge.


Yes. There is a danger when too many in a group have been breathing rarified

air for too long. It is downright henious not to have some grounding in real peoples. Look at what has happened to the Republican Party as an example. Sotomeyor has a great story and a decency missing in people like Scalia and his ilk. May Kavanaugh learn from it.

Read the book. The author got conned. Psychopaths make the false

narrative (s) they spin so compelling to the people who believe in them feel compelled to act in some manner. Things feel realer than real. They feel like you must do something. They appeal to our vanity and this author is no exception. He starts by taking the advice of a cult as to going to the most difficult of diagnoses with no background and gets conned. Scientology is against psychology and psychiatry because scientology is run by psychopaths who manipulate people into handing over their money. Of course they don't want mentally robust and self actualized people running around the world. Those are all people who will not join scientology. They need a hook and if it is not vanity is could be some hidden wound (or want to be hidden)....something to hold their followers captive. And knowing yourself through psychology/psychiatry does away with the hooks. Plus the psychopathic leaders are always vulnerable to being diagnosed by the psychopathy checklist themselves. Cults are not led by other people than psychopaths most often. I read another writer on psychopathy who quoted a policeman saying to a psychopath something to the effect of "Don't try that stuff on me. Psychopathy only works on smart people and I'm not smart". It is true that to fall into their sway you need to absorb all the lines, narratives and play acting the psychopath spoon feeds you to change the structure of your mind heart gut and emotions. At least it goes faster. The author is obviously a smart, funny guy but unschooled in the techniques a psychopath would use to fool him. For sure there are problems with psychiatry and psychology. They are the most complex of sciences. This author is obviously a bright guy but he's got no background. Psychopaths rely on people not being wise to the science. A check list is just a tool. Like anything else. It clarifies. It diagnoses. It gets refined over time as the science gets better. Letting scientology direct you to one example of one person being 'misdiagnosed' by the checklist across the ocean is like asking Putin to help you find out about Gods by visiting with Kim Jong Un when you know nothing about authoritarianism. Of course Un is going to convince you he is a god. And he can prove it. It is nonsensical.



It is difficult to imagine anyone writing a more quixotic book, unless they were actually Miguel de Cervantes, yet where Ronson sees giants the reader will often struggle to discern a windmill. Again and again, his books return to the moment we lost faith in the idea of madness as liberation. I suspect Ronson is a romantic, still cherishing the hope that lunacy may be a glorious way out from a life of routine.


Me, personally, I hope Van Jones finds a way into the minds, hearts and guts of

Trump voters that he can then share. I don't like the idea of 39% of americans being MAGA cultists. I know some can't be saved. I don't want to save the others for their own good, though that will be a nice side effect, I want to wake them up for the good of the country.

Yes. Most dyslexics get out of their own ego and think of the big picture

every so often. They are known for it. Not Trump.
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