Category: Donald Trump

5 Red Flashing Signals of the Great Trump Crash

Let me do just that, while exploring five key economic sallies of the Trump White House since he took office and the bleakness and chaos that may lie ahead as the damage to the economy and our financial future comes into greater focus.

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What if Adolf Hitler had come to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934 with a request for security personnel of the Geheime Staatspolizei sent over to the DC Germany embassy to interrogate Edgar Mowrer, the Chicago Daily News reporter who was kicked out of Germany in 1933 for reporting critically on the National Socialists. Would FDR have lifted his cigarette holder high and taken a slow toke, and said, “Let me think about it, Wolfie”? I am not saying Putin is Hitler, but remember in 1934 the US and Germany were not at war and he was just another European leader who had not yet committed his major monstrosities.

The bizarre episode is causing outrage in Washington, D.C., where there are a lot of officials who have served overseas and who would be in trouble if their enemies over there felt as though the White House no longer had their back. Clearly, simply making the request and publicizing it is Putin’s way of pressuring his critics in the US, like Mike McFaul and Bill Browder. It is like when goons from organized crime visit you and leave behind a bullet on your coffee table.

The episode is also to my knowledge unprecedented. I tried to think of historical analogies.

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Let’s drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president | Opinion | The Guardian

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Nato is both a rip-off and very strong. Theresa May’s Brexit plan is both pathetic and terrific. Trump’s interview with the Sun was both fake news and generally fine. Trump has all the consistency of Katy Perry’s Hot N Cold, except when it comes to two things: immigrants and Vladimir Putin.

Immigration is where Trump’s journey begins and ends: the message running all the way through this stick of rock. Trump told the Sun that immigration in Europe was “a shame”. Why such concern? “I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way.”

But just in case anyone had any doubts, Trump took his explicit nativism several steps into more sinister territory on Friday while standing next to the British prime minister. When asked about his “fabric of Europe” comments, Trump began by talking about terrorism, before explaining his thinking.

“I just think it’s changing the culture. I think it’s a very negative thing for Europe. I think it’s very negative,” he said, as if we didn’t hear him the first time with the foghorn. “And I know it’s politically not necessarily correct to say that. But I’ll say it and I’ll say it loud. And I think they better watch themselves because you are changing the culture.”

Let’s drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president | Opinion | The Guardian

Global Survey Reveals Six in Ten People Think World More Dangerous Place Since Trump Took Power

Among the key findings:

Respondents are most likely to say that issues related to violent conflict require urgent response, namely usage of weapons of mass destruction (64%) and politically motivated violence and conflict leading to war (61%);
Seven adults in ten (69%) think that a new supranational organisation needs to be created to respond to global risks, similar to 2017 (71%). Issues relating to conflict and war are seen as most warranting the creation of a new organisation – 30% for weapons of mass destruction and 20% for politically motivated violence – both issues traditionally considered to be the remit of the UN. 16% of respondents think that a new supranational organisation is needed to fight climate change, with 23% in Sweden agreeing; and
74% of respondents agree that politicians are not doing enough to combat climate change, with two in five (42%) strongly agreeing. Respondents in India (84%) and South Africa (82%) are most likely to say that they are not doing enough, and respondents in Australia and the US are the least likely (both 68%

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Why Donald Trump is wrong about Germany’s crime rate | The Independent

What did Donald Trump claim?

In an early morning (US time) tweet on Monday, the president said:

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition.

“Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!
1)What do the crime figures say?

2)The latest official crime figures we have from Germany show that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017. As a percentage of the population, this means crime is now at its lowest level for 30 years.
3)What about crime by foreigners?

Crime by foreigners specifically is also down significantly – and even more sharply. The figure of crimes by non-German nationals fell by 23 per cent since last year, from 950,000 to just over 700,000.

via Why Donald Trump is wrong about Germany’s crime rate | The Independent

Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian

A rally in Los Angeles last week against Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies.

Jeff Sessions, reached for a biblical verse to defend his department’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the Mexican border, suggesting that God supports the government.

Sarah Sanders, I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is repeated throughout the Bible.”

use of religion to justify its laws is another step in an alarming direction . The government is not only unaccountable: it is doing God’s will. There should be no focus on the brutality of law, only on obedience to the sovereign. Sessions, the grand mufti, had pronounced his fatwa.

Source: Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump hosts White House ‘listening session’, says arming teachers could prevent school massacres – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Empathy a needed reminder for the Don 5- “I hear you”

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VIDEO: Trump Just Had To Take A Shot At Obama While Giving A Speech To FBI Graduates | Crooks and Liars

During Donald Trump’s speech at the FBI Academy graduation ceremony, he bashed former President Barack Obama while calling for militarized police forces. He told the crowd, “The president of the United States has your back 100 percent,” just after bashing the FBI to reporters earlier while on the White House lawn.

“Just as I promised, we are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment,” Trump said, “something the previous administration for some reason refused to do. Explain that one. Explain it to me, please. Never understood that one. Somebody out there can explain it. Anybody want to stand up and explain it?”

Trump also called for the execution of anyone who kills a police officer even though the death penalty is not legal in many states.

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Donald Trump hits back at British PM Theresa May on Twitter over far-right retweets – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump hits back at British PM Theresa May on Twitter over far-right retweets – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump denies telling army widow her husband ‘knew what he signed up for’

He elaborated to reporters on Thursday: “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said; didn’t say it all. She knows it. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was – sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that.”

Source: Donald Trump denies telling army widow her husband ‘knew what he signed up for’

Donald Trump is one of the biggest threats facing humankind: 50 Nobel laureates on what keeps them up at night – Salon.com

One winner in the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, John Agre, told Times Higher Education that “Trump could play a villain in a Batman movie – everything he does is wicked or selfish.” The professor at Johns Hopkins University added that it was a particular concern that Trump “flaunts his ignorance” to appeal to Americans who are happy to dismiss the opinions of scientists.

Source: Donald Trump is one of the biggest threats facing humankind: 50 Nobel laureates on what keeps them up at night – Salon.com

“We must call evil by its name”: Republicans criticize Trump, Jeff Sessions for ignoring white supremacists in Charlottesville statements – Salon.com

Donald Trump did not hesitate to compare U.S. intelligence officers to Nazis “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany

but after white nationalists waving the Nazi flag erupted in violent clashes throughout downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, the president failed to call out racists and chide white supremacists — even after a car plowed into a group of anti-racists protesters, killing at least one person.

Source: “We must call evil by its name”: Republicans criticize Trump, Jeff Sessions for ignoring white supremacists in Charlottesville statements – Salon.com

Terror in Charlottesville: Car rams into anti-racist protesters at white nationalist rally

One dead, multiple injured after car plows into crowd protesting racist rally in Virginia

Donald Trump threatens ‘military option’ in crisis-hit Venezuela; Pentagon says it has ‘no orders’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump threatens a military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington’s response to the country’s political crisis.

Trump maitains the US tradition of Banana  Republic dreams

Source: Donald Trump threatens ‘military option’ in crisis-hit Venezuela; Pentagon says it has ‘no orders’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump fires off tweets on Russia probe, claims ‘complete power to pardon’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump complains about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation while insisting that he has complete power to pardon.

Source: Donald Trump fires off tweets on Russia probe, claims ‘complete power to pardon’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump’s Paris climate pull-out puts him on a collision course with market forces – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump’s push to rejuvenate coal puts him and his America First policy at odds with the course of the rest of the world, writes Ian Verrender.

Source: Donald Trump’s Paris climate pull-out puts him on a collision course with market forces – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Making China Great Again: Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement | Crooks and Liars

Making China Great Again: Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

Syria and Nicaragua are proud to accept the United States into their league of third-world nations for whom climate change is neither a priority nor a concern.Meanwhile, the President of the United States has now informed the world that he is willing to cede leadership on climate change to China, preferring to bow before the Kochs and other oligarchs instead.

Source: Making China Great Again: Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement | Crooks and Liars

Is Trump really building a fascist regime — or is it all just showmanship? Either way the threat to democracy is real – Salon.com

The president’s inner circle may yearn for totalitarian rule — but for Trump, it’s all narcissistic play-acting VIDEO

Source: Is Trump really building a fascist regime — or is it all just showmanship? Either way the threat to democracy is real – Salon.com

Donald Trump Praises Australia’s Universal Health Care System | HuffPost| Does he know what what he’s doing?

The comment came hours after Republicans in the House advanced legislation to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

Source: Donald Trump Praises Australia’s Universal Health Care System | HuffPost

The face of wilful ignorance – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Ad astra To whom do you believe I’m referring? There are no prizes for the correct answer! I’m referring to someone who I believe is guilty of immoral ignorance. His actions have the potential to destroy our civilization, not today or next week, but in the foreseeable future – we don’t know when, nor…

Source: The face of wilful ignorance – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump’s administration after 100 days: A second-rate salesman surrounded by con men and losers – Salon.com

Trump has staffed the West Wing with low-grade hucksters, and his dealmaking skills are just bad poker bluffs

Source: Donald Trump’s administration after 100 days: A second-rate salesman surrounded by con men and losers – Salon.com

Is it fair to call Donald Trump a fascist? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fascism was a radical political movement that rose from the ashes of World War I and died in the flames of World War II — or did it?

Source: Is it fair to call Donald Trump a fascist? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump’s ‘last night in Sweden’ terror claim prompts bemusement, questions from embassy – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump mentions Sweden in a list of countries that have experienced recent terror attacks, leaving Swedes scratching their heads.

Source: Trump’s ‘last night in Sweden’ terror claim prompts bemusement, questions from embassy – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump invents Sweden Terror Attack, Lies about Immigrant Crime | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Trump made up another alleged terrorist attack at his rally on …

Source: Trump invents Sweden Terror Attack, Lies about Immigrant Crime | Informed Comment

Tomorrow, they will say, “Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.”

Why would they do that?

Donald Trump’s first rally as US President looked a lot like an election campaign – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump holds his first rally as US President, telling supporters he wants to speak to them without the filter of fake news.

Source: Donald Trump’s first rally as US President looked a lot like an election campaign – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump’s Pick For National Security Adviser Rejects Job Offer After Erratic Press Conference

Vice Adm. Robert Harward reportedly took notice of the president’s White House performance.

Source: Trump’s Pick For National Security Adviser Rejects Job Offer After Erratic Press Conference

Donald Trump says Michael Flynn treated ‘unfairly’, hits out at intelligence for giving out information ‘like candy’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump blames the media and illegally leaked intelligence information for bringing down his national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Source: Donald Trump says Michael Flynn treated ‘unfairly’, hits out at intelligence for giving out information ‘like candy’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump: Five Australian incidents in White House list of under-reported ‘terrorist attacks’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The White House sends journalists a list of terror attacks it believes did not receive adequate attention from Western media — including five incidents in Australia, one of which was determined to be a murder case. That list is an obvious case of fake news being used to boost  what’s a case of “confirmation bias”. Searching for information to prove a conclusion you want drawn is trying to squeeze marshmallows into a money box. It’s purely the Art of the Deal.

Source: Donald Trump: Five Australian incidents in White House list of under-reported ‘terrorist attacks’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When Right-Wing Media Was In Love With Paid Protesting| Yes fake news has always been Trump

Current False Accusations Of Paid Protesters Don’t Match Up With Tea Party Adoration

What happens if Donald Trump’s America starts producing everything at home? – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump has been the champion of two platforms — the working class and his friend big business — but soon he will have to choose.

Source: What happens if Donald Trump’s America starts producing everything at home? – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

German Ambassador 1933: “Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at ‘Immigrants'”

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Here are two newspaper articles from spring, 1933. They concern the …

Source: German Ambassador 1933: “Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at ‘Immigrants'”

Donald Trump defends travel ban, blames computer glitches, protesters for airport chaos – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

President Donald Trump defends his controversial immigration ban, denying it is to blame for the chaos at US airports over the weekend.

Source: Donald Trump defends travel ban, blames computer glitches, protesters for airport chaos – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian universities say US immigration ban will have major impact on research and collaboration – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Universities say Donald Trump’s immigration ban could have a major impact on academia.

Source: Australian universities say US immigration ban will have major impact on research and collaboration – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mexico To Pay For Wall After All! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

You’ve got to hand it to Donald Trump and his hand-picked advisers! While some have been getting upset just because his pick for Education, Betty Devos, seemed unaware of the difference between judging a child’s proficiency or their progress (she actually didn’t seem to understand that there could be a difference) or her beliefs on…

Source: Mexico To Pay For Wall After All! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No7. He’s a sociopath. It’s official. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 28 January 2017 Argument would have it that a lie requires the intent to deceive. Donald Trump has a litany of lies so long that they may extend beyond the pipeline he has just given the green light to. If however there is no intent to lie then certainly his sanity must come into…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No7. He’s a sociopath. It’s official. – » The Australian Independent Media Network