White House Braced for Trumpster Meltdown

Trump ‘calm’ for now, as White House allies brace for potential meltdown

President Donald Trump hasn’t lashed out after the convictions of Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort — but sources say the West Wing remains on alert.

by Hallie Jackson, Kristen Welker, Geoff Bennett and Jonathan Allen / Aug.22.2018 / 8:04 PM ET

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-calm-now-white-house-allies-brace-potential-meltdown-n902986

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How The Trumpster Sees The World

The following is from an article, by Frank Jacobs, found over a year ago at the Big Think website (http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/the-world-according-to-trump). It was saved because of the maps. Reading it again this morning caused me to reflect upon how prescient the author was about what the future could possibly bring to US.

“I know the outer world exists”: from any other presidential candidate, that most basic of foreign policy affirmations would sound merely comical; from the mouth of Donald Trump, it sounds like a vague threat – especially to anyone in the ‘outer world’ (i.e. that not inconsiderable part of the planet outside the U.S.).”

“Trump’s foreign policy so far seems to rest on just two basic premises: keep that outer world out, and make it pay. The proposed Mexican Wall and a blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S. are two examples of the former. On the latter point, Trump has called into question America’s strategic alliances and free trade agreements as ‘free rides’ for America’s military allies and economic rivals, respectively.”

“Under Trump, America would no longer be the policeman of the world; the U.S. should stop “paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves”; on the other hand, he has not ruled out using nuclear weapons in Europe, because “Europe is a big place”. Nor would China continue to “suck (America) dry”. Trump would “start taxing goods that come in from China”.

“Here are three maps painting the world according to Trump, in the grand tradition of cartography used to lampoon imperial arrogance and ignorance.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/we-are-the-world-a-minute-by-minute-breakdown-30th-anniversary-20150306

Garry Kasparov Lives In Fear Of Being Assassinated By Putin

An article, Garry Kasparov told us what it’s like to live in fear of being assassinated by Putin, by Jim Edwards, appeared on the Business Insider website.


Garry Kasparov and Jim Edwards

These are the main points given in the article:

In 2007, a former KGB general warned that he believed former chess champion Garry Kasparov was next on a list of Putin critics to be assassinated.

Putin is suspected of condoning the assassination of 14 people in the UK.

Kasparov has lived in exile in New York since 2013. “Look I’m an optimist and I think it will not last forever,” he told Business Insider.

Putin will be a major issue at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year because US President Donald Trump will address the meeting. Putin and Trump have a relationship that baffles outsiders.

Trump gets unusually positive coverage in the Kremlin-controlled Russian media, Kasparov says.

Excerpts from the lengthy article:

When I met Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess grandmaster and Putin critic, in Lisbon recently, he was sporting a large Band-Aid on his forehead. The wound had been sustained in the back of a taxi in London on the way from Heathrow Airport to a conference in Canary Wharf. With traffic crawling along, as it always does in London, Kasparov decided he didn’t need to wear a seatbelt.

Then the taxi driver slammed on the brakes.

“I was just talking to my wife, talking to my mother, looking at my phone. And next thing I remember I’m just lying on the floor with my head covered in blood,” Kasparov says. “At first, I was screaming because — now it looks fine — but I was bleeding for more than an hour, so it was pretty nasty. Then I realised how lucky I was because I had my glasses on me, these glasses, one inch down, could be my eyes. One inch on the side could have been temple.”

Kasparov went flying across the back of the Hackney cab, and hit his forehead on the top side of the jump chair. After a couple of stitches at Newham University Hospital Urgent Care, he posted a picture of his injury on Twitter. It spawned a rash of jokes in response: “Lame assassination attempt, Putin is desperate,” that kind of thing, Kasparov says. “The best one was, ‘are you preparing to play Gorbachev at Halloween?’ I was lucky, but now I buckle up.”

That Putin joke is only half funny.

Kasparov really is one of Putin’s potential assassination targets. In 2007, the former KGB general Oleg Kalugin told Foreign Policy magazine that Putin’s targeted killings would one day reach Kasparov.

Cryptically, Kalugin said: “People who knew them are all dead now because they were vocal, they were open. I am quiet. There is only one man who is vocal, and he may be in trouble: [Former] world chess champion [Garry] Kasparov. He has been very outspoken in his attacks on Putin, and I believe that he is probably next on the list.”

Kasparov is no longer one of Putin’s most visible critics, but Putin still regularly assassinates inconvenient Russians. Fourteen people have been killed in the UK on Putin’s orders, according to an exhaustive investigation by BuzzFeed.

As world leaders, billionaires, and oligarchs meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, again this year, Putin and Russia are suddenly one of the biggest issues at the conference.

That’s because US President Trump will address the Alpine gathering for the first time. Trump has repeatedly expressed his enthusiasm and admiration for Putin. And many in America believe Russia covertly interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a way that swayed votes toward Trump.

Russia is normally mere background noise at Davos. While Russia has a large military and is not afraid to flex its muscles in Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria, the country itself is relatively poor. Its GDP ranks below Italy and Canada, and only just above Spain — a country whose economy was so heavily battered by the 2008 credit crisis that it still hasn’t fully recovered.

Russia’s influence in the West is limited in large part because European and US companies are afraid of doing business with Russia, precisely because of the ever-present threat of showing up on Putin’s radar.

That means individual ex-patriot Russians in the West who disagree publically with Putin — like Kasparov — can never go home. Does Kasparov worry about being in danger from Putin?

“Would it help? I live in New York, so what else can I do? I live in New York, I don’t drink tea with strangers,” he says.

“Tea with strangers” is a reference to the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian FSB secret service agent who was fatally poisoned in 2006 when he met two Putin agents at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair who placed radioactive polonium-210 into his drink.

“I don’t travel to certain countries where I believe that my security could be in jeopardy. So, unfortunately, the list of the countries I have to avoid is growing,” Kasparov says.

Of course, the big unanswered question for everybody in Davos is, what is the true nature of the relationship between Putin and Trump? Does Putin have some kind of hold over Trump — as the infamous Steele dossier suggests? Or is it simply that Trump really likes to be in the presence of powerful people, and that Putin — and ex-KGB man — is playing him like an asset, as James Clapper, the former US director of national intelligence, believes?

Kasparov doesn’t believe it is quite that sinister.

“No, what I saw from the beginning of the US presidential campaign is that the Russian press they like Trump but for different reasons. So they started liking him because he could help them to portray US elections as a circus. And this is, by the way, a part of Putin’s message, both inside and outside of Russia. Truth is relative — everybody’s bad. We bad, they bad,

we corrupt, they corrupt. We don’t have democracy, they have a circus. So that was the original message,” he says.

“America-bashing is 24/7 on all the Russian channels, on Kremlin-controlled media,” Kasparov says. “Trump is an exception. Trump personally is not criticised. The only criticism, mild criticism, is that he’s too weak to fight the deep state, which is amazing. … So everything’s bad in America. Except Trump, who’s a good guy.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/garry-kasparov-fear-of-being-assassinated-by-putin-2018-1

I have never understood what our Republican Presidents have seen in Vladimir Putin. For example, George Dubya Bush infamously said, “I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialog. I was able to get a sense of his soul, a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”

Dubya has even painted a picture of Vladimir Putin:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/the-26-biggest-bromance-moments-between-george-w-bush-and-vl?utm_term=.bn0KKbLgZV#.fkOaa5ylzQ

Now the Trumpster has a bromance with Vladimir.

I just do not understand what it is they find so mesmerizing when they look into the eyes of Vladimir Putin.

Flying High With The Trumpster

In a few hours the Trumpster will be flying into Atlanta for the big mainball game being played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

To him it must seem like he is headed to where the action is, just like in his Playboy daze

except now he is a Senior citizen worried about how large are his hands,

and if it still works. It has been written the Trumpster is in bed by six thirty at night, curled up with FOX news. Long gone are the late nights spent with a foxy lady…Wonder why the old man is flying South when he could just flip over to the game if the fairly unbalanced FOX (what) NEWS becomes too wearying for him.

I was born and raised in the Atlanta metro area and the Chess Champion of Atlanta from 1974-1976. Like most natives of Atlanta it bothered me when, about a year ago, the Trumpster pulled this out of his ass:

Trump tweeted : “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/falling-trumps-insults-forgotten-atlanta-52191165

Excuse me, I meant to write the Twit in Chief tweeted out of his ass! Like many others I have taken umbrage at what has come spewing forth from the deranged mind of our POTUS.

This is taken from the new book by Donna Brazile, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,

a fellow Southerner from the Great state of Louisiana:

“On July 27, the day before Hillary accepted the nomination, Trump addressed a press conference in Miami where he suggested that the hackers also had emails Hillary had deleted from her private server. “By the way, if they hacked, they probably have her thirty-three thousand emails. I hope they do,” he said. “They probably have her thirty-three thousand email that she lost and deleted because you’d see some beauties there…Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will be rewarded mightily by our press.” He was encouraging a hostile foreign power to commit a crime against his opponent.”

Almost sixty-four million Americans voted for this obvious con man and the question of why so many people voted for a mentally ill person needs to be answered before there is another election and someone even worse than this pathetic loser is chosen to be POTUS. Let US be honest, the only reason the deranged TrumPet

is still holding onto office is because the RepublicaNazi’s control both houses of Congress. The Repubs know Trump is bonkers, but they cling to power like a drowning man clings to anything that floats.

Trump and The Losers are mired in the past because they are old as the hills. They are not forward looking but people living in the past, attempting to turn back the clock. We The People have changed, with the legalization of marijuana being a prime example. California is big enough to take a page out of Nancy Reagan’s book and “Just Say No.”

Yet the TrumPet’s, like Jeff Sessions, insist on stopping the will of the people.

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/07/opinions/jeff-sessions-marijuana-move-bad-for-him-chernis-opinion/

That is simply not possible, unless Putin’s puppet decides to unleash enough nuclear weapons to return the survivors to the stone age.

Why Games Matter

Finished a most interesting book over the holidaze, FAIL BETTER, by Mark Kingwell, a fan of Baseball who also happens to be a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

It was somewhat surprising to read about the POTUS in a philosophical book about Baseball, but then the Trumpster is everywhere these daze. He has monopolized discourse the world over for the past couple of years, to the detriment of all people on earth, so maybe it should not be surprising to find Putin’s TrumPet written about anywhere these daze…

Having devoted so much of my time to the game of Chess I tend to substitute Chess for some other word when reading about any game, and I ask you to interchange “chess,” or any other game you play, with “baseball” while reading an excerpt from Mark Kingwell’s excellent book.

“Not coincidentally, less than a week after the Cubs

fulfilled Angell’s wish and won that most excellent Series, using just the seven games granted them and every other team, the slyly mendacious Donald J. Trump, a gauche yet effective practitioner of lying and gamesmanship who probably doesn’t know the word “fey” (or “ephebe”), was elected the next President of the United States. Historians may recall that so comprehensive was his disdain for “losers” that he refused to admit he would abide by the results of an election if he lost. “I’ll keep you in suspense,” he said.
Who among us has not felt the inclination, when things are bad, to blame it on “a global power structure,” a conspiratorial league of omnipotent elitists, including Alec Baldwin, as Trump did? Usually, we then wake up and realize that the truth is less wild and a lot more boring: we are just losing at something.
Trump made it clear that he could not lose the 2016 U. S. presidential election. As his campaign more and more resembled a flaming airplane crash, his protests that the game is rigged grew louder and more desperate. “He either denies that he failed or he argues that he was cheated,” Ryan Lizza noted in the New Yorker. “Trump is either victorious or victimized, but he is never a loser.”
In the same magazine, satirist Andy Borowitz posted an imaginary news item with this headline: “Trump Warns Hillary May Rig Election by Getting More Votes.”
This wasn’t a mere psychological quirk, it was a fundamental ethical defect that sets a bad example for children and idiots everywhere. The consequences for politics are significant: Trump’s comments and actions undermined the Republican Party’s integrity, the validity of electoral process, and the idea of democracy. His promise to jail Hillary Clinton if he won made even staunch conservatives compare him to a raving tinpot tyrant from a bananna republic.
Worse, though, his attitude mocked the idea of human endeavour itself. “You can’t win if you don’t play,” the lottery ads say. You also can’t lose. The essence of engagement is that both possibilities must be live ones. Otherwise there are no stakes and no legitimate outcomes. It means nothing to win if you do not at the same time, and by the same logic, risk losing.
Being a loser doesn’t mean being a good loser, that coded insult for someone who doesn’t try hard enough. But neither does it mean being a sore loser, which is a condition just a few away from Trump Tower. Hate losing, avoid cycles of self-defeat, but accept loss as the price of being in the game.
Trump aroused appalled fascination because he was the pure creepy-clown avatar, the Donald McDonald of world-swallowing competitive attitude. In a bizarro twist, he had no concept of zero, like an ancient Greek mathematician. The resulting two-step paradox goes something like this: (1) everything, no matter how nuanced or complex in fact, must be reduced to a winner-take-all contest; and (2) just as I never apologize, I never lose.
If the latter trait destroys the idea of honest effort, the former impoverishes life. Baseball again: we enter the field of play accepting that the game is zero-sum, and we will be here-or the players will-until the matter is decided, even if it takes two days, 25 innings, and more than eight hours. A player can turn a year older during a single game (this happened to Yankees first baseman Mark Texeira in 2015).
But comprehensive zero-sum thinking makes us all less virtuous and more unhappy. Being a loser offers another deep moral lesson: all games matter, but not everything that matters is a game.
But then Trump won, and all was undisturbed in the world of his imagination. Democratic? Just? Well, this is a book about baseball, not politics. You decide.

Baseball perfectly embodies the aesthetic ideal of purposiveness without purpose. There is no need for the game of baseball. We can make it serve specific political or cultural ends, but the game itself will internally resist these, insisting as always on its complex, lovely patterns of repetition and difference. The resulting dynamic of purpose and non-purpose generates an eternally deferred form of meaning, the way all beauty does. What, after all, is the message of baseball? At a fundamental level, let’s call it metaphysical, because why not? Baseball is just baseball, and end unto itself. The moments of beauty called forth by the game are likewise precious, evanescent, pregnant with significance, ad entirely without purpose. Baseball achieves nothing. That is why it is so important.

Well, recall DeLillo: “The game doesn’t change the way you sleep or wash your face or chew your food. It changes nothing but your life.”
How does the game-anygame-do this, exactly? I can’t answer that for you. Only you can do that. There’s nobody else. Will you fail? Of course you will. Beauty is a stern master. The thrill of witnessing something without flaw, a perfectly executed double play or leaping outfield catch, reminds us of our own earth-bound reality, even as it suggests the heights of which we humans are capable of reaching. There is no perfection without defect. I can’t do that, but somebody can.
That’s how thing matter. That’s why this thing matters.”

Narcissism/ Intention Experiments

Date: 09-08-14
Host: George Noory
Guests: W. Keith Campbell, Lynne McTaggart
In the first half, Professor at the University of Georgia, W. Keith Campbell, discussed the epidemic of narcissism in our culture. He defined narcissism as having a grandiose or inflated sense of self– being a “legend in your own mind,” and thinking that you’re better than other people or better than you really are. Narcissism is a trait that most people have some of in their life, but when it reaches a certain level, it can be diagnosed as a disorder or condition, he said. There are certain signs that become more evident over time such as people always turning the conversation back to themselves, as well as an arrogant attitude, or a brazenness about self-promotion.

The trait appears to be on the rise– two thirds of college students in America in the 2000s had narcissism scores higher than the average student in the 1980s, he reported. Social media and “selfie” photography are newer tools that narcissists sometimes use to promote themselves or make themselves look good, he added. Narcissists sometimes make for good political leaders, and many US presidents of the last century have scored high in those traits, Campbell noted. They can also make for good partners, as long your interests and theirs align– if they don’t, that’s when narcissists may exploit or hurt people, he cautioned.

wkeithcampbell.com

The Narcissism Epidemic
When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself

https://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/09/08

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Threats Resemble ‘Narcissistic, Vengeful Autocrats,’ Says Ex-CIA Chief
http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trumps-jerusalem-threats-resemble-narcissistic-vengeful-autocrats-says-756554

Ex-CIA director: Trump shows ‘qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats’
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/366078-former-cia-director-trump-shows-qualities-usually-found-in

Ex-CIA Dir. John Brennan breaks Twitter silence to call Trump a ‘narcissistic, vengeful autocrat’
https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/ex-cia-dir-brennan-breaks-twitter-silence-to-call-trump-a-narcissistic-vengeful-autocrat/

Trump’s First-Rate Madness?

Love him, or not, our President has been the story of the year. I am reminded of something learned while reading one of the more personal books about Bob Dylan. A party was being planned and someone mentioned inviting Bob. “Don’t do that,” another said. It became quiet as he continued, “Bob sucks the life out of a party.”

The Trumpster has sucked the life out of the party for all of US. He has monopolized the news to the point he has become a caricature:

He has embarrassed US:

The sycophancy shown by members of the Cabinet, including the man a heart-beat away, was something one would expect from North Korea…

In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/20/in-cabinet-meeting-pence-praises-trump-once-every-12-seconds-for-3-minutes-straight/?utm_term=.a2a15935dc96

How did it get to this from this?

There is a book which may bring hope…A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, by Nassir Ghaemi.

From Amazon:

This New York Times bestseller is a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mental illness and leadership. Historians have long puzzled over the apparent mental instability of great and terrible leaders alike: Napoleon, Lincoln, Churchill, Hitler, and others. In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Programme at Tufts Medical Center, offers and sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. From the importance of Lincoln’s “depressive realism” to the lacklustre leadership of exceedingly sane men as Neville Chamberlain, A First-Rate Madness overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind.

All we can do is hope…