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Plus the GOP has wages frozen somehow to fight inflation. As is the case

in the last 55 years the poor and middle class fight the wars (in vietnam, now on inflation) while the rich don't have any skin in the game in fighting inflation (high interest rates slow the economy which hurts rich people too so the rich don't like fighting inflation that way, but someone has to because inflation hurts the value of rich people's money).

'It had to be very simple': Europeans used 'colorful cue cards' to explain trade to Trump

BRAD REED at Raw Story



European Union officials who flew to Washington, D.C. this week to try to negotiate a trade treaty with President Donald Trump knew that they couldn’t present him with large sets of complicated information, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

Specifically, the Journal’s sources say that EU representatives made use of “colorful cue cards” that they thought would help keep the president’s attention during meetings. Each card contained what WSJ describes as “simplified explainers” that “had at most three figures about a specific topic, such as trade in cars or standards for medical devices.”

One European official speaking anonymously to WSJ reporters says that they knew they’d have to dumb things down compared to typical meetings they had with world leaders given the president’s penchant for getting distracted during meetings and presentations.

“We knew this wasn’t an academic seminar,” the official says. “It had to be very simple.”

Last year, a White House confidant told the Washington Post that Trump only had enough patience to get through a “half page” of information during a meeting, and would often tune out of meetings if they lasted longer than just two minutes.


Some dyslexics (me included) are bad at learning the non concrete. Which is why Trump pulls down human constructs like trade agreements in favour of something he invents/sees/discouvers and gets: a system he is witness to. Then Trump adds his values and desire to win and the expence of others and connects to his racist base. At times it is good to redo the thinking on things. Most often in the West humans have invented and invested themselves in systems experts understand that should stand, with review, over time. Churchill (dyslexic) dismantled Hitler and was on him a decade before others because he did not buy the narratives Hitler spewed and saw what was happening to the German people: one third of Germans staying silent while another third destroyed or talked about destroying the last third. Trump is not knowledgeable enough to redo everything in government. Churchill did remake everything to put Britain on a war footing. He never tried that once the war was over when he was PM in the 50s. Trump is being a transactional president, which is taking politics back 300 years, as he dismantles the West and the enlightenment, while the GOP love it for the most part and even have suggestions of their own - such is the right's hatred for liberalism.

Exactly. Trump wants to run everything through himself.

This is what Trump is building. A knot. When Trump gets attacked it pulls on a knot and ties him

closer to his base. I forget what kind of knot that is. Learnt it at camp. A reef knot I think. And Trump baits by undoing norms. So it is a self fulfilling thing.




Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century

by Konrad H. Jarausch

Princeton University Press, 446 pp., $35.00

"Jarausch offers a fact-filled account of the lives of “Nazi adolescents” a few years younger than Haffner, and of the immense social pressures that led to the rapid growth of the Nazi movement among young people. One of the Nazis’ clever strategies, which they adopted immediately after assuming power, was to increase those pressures by enforcing “an appearance of unanimous support for the Third Reich.” Many Germans were not so much pro-Hitler as anti-anti-Hitler—and their opposition to Hitler’s adversaries aided his rise. Decades afterward, memoirists referred to their “happy times” in the Hitler Youth, focusing not on ideology but on hiking trips, camaraderie, and summer camps.


Didn't Paul Ryan not use Trump's proper name in his criticism As well? Rubio Tweet:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You’re too afraid to criticize Trump by name <a href="https://t.co/wZZScJPeVd">https://t.co/wZZScJPeVd</a></p>— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) <a href="https://twitter.com/PeterBeinart/status/1018937970018209792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


They always make sure to protect Rubio, the Crown Prince.

In other news the Trump WH sent a message to Canada's Governor General

Coincidence with a leftist populist perhaps winning in Mexico? I think Trump realizes he would have no allies in North America and that would be hard to run on in the midterms.


President Donald J. Trump sent the following message to Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette, congratulating Canada on the celebration of its National Day:

“My sincerest congratulations go out to all Canadians as you celebrate your National Day on July 1.

“As neighbors and allies, the United States and Canada stand firmly together against threats to our shared democratic values and our freedoms and way of life.  Your partnership on the global stage, and your condemnation of autocratic regimes, send a strong signal in support of human rights, prosperity, and security around the world.  We treasure our close bonds.

“I wish you all well on your special day of celebration.”


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