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TRUMP TAKES AMERICA HOSTAGE: “NO STIMULUS UNTIL AFTER I’M REELECTED”

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Couldn’t make this up if I tried. Here’s the story: Trump kills stimulus talks, tweets no deal until ‘after I win’ election, In the minutes after his tweet, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 400 points. He blames the Democrats of course, and is prioritizing getting his SCOTUS pick rammed into place, essentially guaranteeing that Obamacare will be killed and tens of millions of Americans will lose their health coverage. Let’s see, Trump has made America a Covid-19 sanctuary country, is withholding any economic stimulus until after he is reelected, and plans to strip about 20 million Americans of their health care. He’s also planning on overturning Roe vs Wade, nullifying half a million marriages, and legalizing discrimination against LGTB people. What a platform! How can he possibly lose the election?

The outbreak continues to spread through the upper echelons of America’s government. Trump continues to insist everything is fine, it’s just a flu, even though he looks terrible from reports I’ve seen. And he’s by no means out of the woods yet, as the Herman Cain timeline above shows. It’s unreal really, basically Trump and company are insisting the rest of the world’s governments, and the world’s medical community are wrong about Covid-19, it’s no big deal. Just another flu, we live with the flu, right? The fact that it’s already killed about ten times as many people as the flu kills annually would seem to make that point ridiculous. It’s a claim so absurd that Twitter and Facebook removed Trump’s post. 

Honestly Trump’s behaviour appears to be getting more erratic. Facts and opinions aren’t the same thing, but apparently Trump and his supporters don’t agree. I knew the country was headed in a strange direction when Truthers, Birthers, and Anti-Vaxxers moved into mainstream belief, just never thought it would get to this point. Here’s a lovely little tweet I came across addressing Trump’s cavalier attitude towards Covid-19:

In a similar vein Facebook has started removing QAnon posts: Facebook bans QAnon conspiracy theory accounts across all platforms. Too little too late I am sure. I’m assuming that others have made the connection between QAnon believers and Evangelicals waiting for the rapture/second coming? QAnon believers think something called “The Storm” is coming where Trump will move in and arrest the Satanist Clinton led pedophilia global elite cabal that is ruling the world. 

Twenty years ago if someone had told me I’d be writing today about a mainstream theory that a Satanist pedophile ring was ruling the world and the POTUS was secretly at war with it, I’d have laughed. Not laughing now. Weirder by the hour: 

Pretty much. Trump is bragging about catching Covid-19. He’s also bragging about surviving it, though it’s by no means certain he will survive it. I hope he recovers, it’s vulgar to wish someone’s death. And at this juncture, no matter what happens, pretty safe to say the next few months will be a wild ride. Tomorrow is the Pence/Harris vice presidential debate. I’ll watch and blog about it. I’d say it was going to be boring, but it’s 2020. Like the couple that rented the tower room on a stormy night in an old English castle. Seemed kinda creepy, they asked the clerk if anything unusual had ever happened to guests in the room. “Why yes,” he said. “Something very odd happened 40 years ago to a couple that stayed in the room.” “And what, pray tell, was that?” the couple asked. “Oh, a couple spent the night … and the next morning they came down for breakfast!”

I know so many jokes and anecdotes it’s scary. One for every topic. I could write a post of just my favorite jokes. Multiple posts really. Humor is important. One of the things that always creeped me out about Trump, he doesn’t appear to have a sense of humor. Well, beyond thinking that mocking people is funny. I stopped finding that funny in High School.

Final analysis, I think Trump knows on some level that in any fair election, he’s toast. And he’s going to get more and more out there as election day approaches. I’ll keep blogging daily, it’s a promise I made to myself. I always wondered what it was like to live through historic times. I was too young to appreciate the sixties. Hoped to see the next great “sixties” in US history. Well, here it is, and 2020 is about as predictable as the sixties was.

Stay safe everyone. Hold your nose and vote blue. Or convince me otherwise. Likes, comments, shares, suggestions appreciated. Not that I ever run out of things to blog about. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(All Facebook found images, attribution in image. Used without permission, but I believe legally under US Copyright law, claimed as Fair Use. The Herman Cain timeline is accurate, attribution: Tim O’Brien.)

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October 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm

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Through Thick and Thin

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Another week, another series of depressing news stories. It’s been increasingly embarrassing to be an American since 1980, but the last year, boy howdy. The thing that got my attention this morning was China announcing it is going to build a Polar Silk Road. That is to say, they are going to open up the arctic to international shipping to and from China, cutting travel time almost in half to destinations in Europe. This is part of China’s one trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative that will rebuild much of Eurasia’s transport infrastructure of roads, ports, and railroads … with China at the center.

In other words, China is actually putting “China first,” whereas the president of a decaying military empire on the other side of the planet uses “America first” as a slogan while the bankers, corporations, and military loot the public till. A trillion dollars for infrastructure or a trillion dollars more in bombers, one guess which is going to pay more dividends and create more jobs in the decades to come. And the amazing and maybe most embarrassing thing about this is that most Americans are oblivious as their leaders loot the country.

Still, more globally, ugly. 82 Percent of the Wealth Generated Last Year ‘Went to the Richest 1 Percent of the Global Population‘ This is minding numbing when one thinks about. Literally most of the world’s population is working to benefit under 100 million people. And billions of those working people are living in abject poverty. Call it whatever one wants, but the power structures of our planet are set up to exploit the many for the benefit of the few. Even a modest redistribution of this wealth would end world poverty, but no chance of that happening any time soon. Greed is the most powerful force in the Universe.

Meanwhile back on Earth, the two Koreas are increasingly talking to each other and making efforts to peacefully resolve their differences. The Trump administration is having none of it. I’m starting to wonder if China and the Koreas realize if play their cards right, they might well get a unified Korea under China’s protection. Think about it, if Trump really does lose it and order an attack on North Korea … and North Korea doesn’t retaliate against South Korea … anti US sentiment in the South would go through the roof. In fact globally anti US sentiment would take a huge hit. The US could end up getting kicked out of South Korea while Kim comes out of it as a national hero. Might even make Japan reconsider their relationship with the US. We’ll see, but if there was ever a US administration with an infantile understanding of global politics and international relations, Trump’s is it.

In local news, eleven school shootings in the US already, and we’re not even through the first month of the year! Looks like we will set a new record this year. The Trump administration is on it though, Trump has offered his “Thoughts and Prayers.” So sad. As others have noted, our national response to the Sandy Hook school massacre was exactly dip squat, so no one is holding their breath waiting for the US government to do anything about our nation’s horrific gun violence problem. In fact many Americans apparently like it this way.

In a bit of odd historical news, it was revealed that in 2013 San Francisco police received a letter purportedly from one of the three men who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962. Interesting indeed. Officially they drowned, and that’s what most people think. I did too for a long time, figuring that criminals usually lack judgement, and sooner or later one of them would have given themselves away. Later I realised since they had put together a remarkably clever and well planned escape, maybe they did have the good sense to lay low. Who knows, probably a hoax, maybe some day more light will be shed on this mystery.

Finally, science has looked into the eternal mystery, do lobsters feel pain? Are people who throw them live into boiling pots of water truly monsters? Well, actually, science only looked at the first question. And the answer is, maybe. Science can be really frustrating sometimes. Read all the details here.

Have a great weekend everyone

Written by unitedcats

January 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm

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