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« on: February 19, 2019, 10:29:32 PM »
From an email a good friend shared with me:
PRICELESS! the quintessential pronouncement on Trump.
Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response: A few things spring to mind.
Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.
Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.
I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.
But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.
Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.
And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.
Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.
Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.
And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.
Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.
He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.
And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.
That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.
There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.
So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.
This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.
After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of s**t. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.
God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.
He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.
In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.
And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:
'My God… what… have… I… created?
If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:27:49 PM »
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:02:26 PM »
Does the #ADOS & #MAGA convergence signal imminent Economic Collapse?
When Jingoism and Djangoism Collide: America First!
I think it’s important to clarify that the political genealogy of ‘Black Nativism’ extends far beyond Yvette Carnell, and Antonio Moore. While they are the most widely known proponents of, current day, Black nativist thought, their major contribution to its political lineage has been the creation of the #ADOS hashtag.
For those of us who have been following the political developments of this conservative strain of Black political thought, you will immediately recognize Dr. Claud Anderson as the father of 21st Century Black nativism. Over the years, there have been numerous Pan African scholars that have maintained a principled critique of the limitations of Dr. Anderson’s ‘POWERnomics’ philosophy.
[...]The challenge becomes, making demands without the ability to physically, or economically enforce them, is an act of empty political rhetoric. At best, it represents a gross misunderstanding of how racism and power function; at worst, it is an act of political negligence, and a complete disregard for an entire body of knowledge that has already debunked the political efficacy of Negro American nativism.
#ADOS is uncritical of itself, and as such, lacks the ability to see the irony in their critiques of other African colonial groupings (i.e. Jamaicans, Haitians, Nigerians, Ghanaians, etc.). This entire movement is an emotional response to two specific factors:
1. The failed promise of negro integration, and
2. the fear of economic starvation in a deindustrialized society.
UNQUOTEI had decided not to post this before, but since #ADOS / #DOS came up in another thread...
This article just about demolishes the ideological under-pinnings - such as they are - of #DOS.
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:04:48 AM »
Removing the Individual Mandate (first proposed by Conservatives), while failing to repeal ObamaCare, and thereby contributing to even higher premiums for health insurance.
Rejecting a deal that would have given him $25 BILLION for Border Security and now considering signing a bill that gives less than $1.3 BILLION - about 95% less than he started with.
Naming of several Post Offices
Add others, please...
« on: February 10, 2019, 12:45:42 PM »
Forgive how OBVIOUS this is, but the expert's insights are still valuable.Trump Is a Mental Health Story
Reporters need to stop covering him as if he’s strictly a political one
At this point, it’s not biased to acknowledge that Trump behaves in ways that most mental health professionals recognize as symptomatic of a larger problem. It’s not unreasonable to ask them to help explain and even predict his behavior. In fact, it may be more biased not to do so.
What if we got new sources to help us through this “remarkable” time? This doesn’t mean bashing Trump. To the contrary. In order to treat her narcissistic clients, Behary has learned to empathize with them. This isn’t easy to do, she admits, but it is essential — so that she doesn’t mistake them for being strategic or simply evil. “Narcissists don’t set out to harm people,” she says. “They will harm you — but it’s to protect themselves. It’s not personal.” Taking narcissists personally is a very common waste of time and energy.
Narcissists, for example, need admiration the way addicts need substances. They believe they are truly special and yet not appreciated for their gifts, which can lead them to act entitled, as if the rules do not apply to them. In their quest for recognition, they sometimes exploit others, contradict what they’ve said, and break their promises — all the while arguing (and often truly believing) in their new, alternative facts. Once we know this, Trump’s tendency to revise history becomes unsurprising and explicable.
It’s a painful way to live, because no amount of adoration will ever be enough.
UNQUOTEhttps://medium.com/s/reasonable-doubt/trump-is-a-mental-health-story-652c340f4503In fact, I have come to realize that my handle for him - #ErraticTrump - was conceived prior to reaching a full understanding of the extent of his narcissistic and pathological personality. Actually, he is QUITE CONSISTENT in the manifestations of his illness, which all of us are required to deal with in one way or another because he has risen to a position of leadership and responsibility for which he is indisputably unqualified - and dangerous.
« on: February 08, 2019, 12:02:03 PM »
It is timely to remember that much of what is in the news and dogging #ErraticTrump is a direct or indirect outcome of his terrible character.
Character is destiny!
The pay-off to Stormy and the lies about it by #Loser45 led to the raid on Michael Cohen's office, home and hotel room. That raid yielded a treasure trove of documents, recordings and ultimately Cohen's cooperation. That cooperation has revealed extensive ties to Russia during the campaign, etc.
VOILA!!!! All kinds of revelations and as-yet-unconfirmed suspicions about ALL KINDS OF ILLEGALITY by #ErraticTrump and his associates, including the citation of "Individual 1" in law-breaking regarding campaign contributions.
The practice of "catch and kill" by the National Inquirer in the case of the Playmate tilled and fertilized the soil for the breaking news of last night that the Inquirer attempted to extort/blackmail Bezos, the richest man in the world and an enemy of #ErraticTrump by a friend/ally (Pecker) of #ErraticTrump.
And then there is the Saudi Arabia connection....
Character is destiny!
P.S. Bezos may end up OWNING (literally) AMI and Pecker.
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:03:48 AM »
The White House communications team and its surrogates have taken to cable TV to defend the president’s use of time. During a morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Eric Trump claimed that Axios reporters could not keep up with his father on the campaign trail. Axios, however, was not founded until 2017, a full year after Trump’s election.
The president’s son mockingly said:
“Those Axios people, you should have seen them on the campaign trail, where none of the reporters could keep up with my father, who was double their ages. They are drinking Red Bull and Monster Energy drinks sleeping in the corner, while he was doing his 7th rally of the day.”
That was said in the context of "defending" #ErraticTrump's 60% TV and Tweet time in his leaked/published schedules.
When Olds..t woke up this morning, he was still BAMBOOZLED!!!
« on: February 05, 2019, 09:36:35 AM »
This stat is disconcerting at first blush.....but it may simply reflect plainsclothes cops being disproportionately on front line.
On the other hand, there is this sister's perspective:
Locals in Crown Heights have taken note of this dynamic. “You’ll never see a blue suit cop doing crazy s**t like that,” said Vern, a 21-year-old nurse, who only gave her first name. Sitting in the barbershop where Vassell used to work nearly a week after the killing, Vern said, “The undercovers think they have the authority to do anything they want. They hunt motherfuckers — like us black people — down.”
UNQUOTEhttps://medium.com/theintercept/plainclothes-nypd-cops-are-involved-in-a-staggering-number-of-killings-c5750a602c1aWhat I DO KNOW as a New Yorker, born and bred, is that the NYPD is corrupt from top to bottom!
Cops shooting drug dealers in competition with other drug dealers, who are paying the cops off is not ONLY a movie plot.
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:09:30 AM »
'Willful Ignorance.' Inside President Trump's Troubled Intelligence Briefings
QUOTEIn the wake of President Donald Trump’s renewed attacks on the U.S. intelligence community this week, senior intelligence briefers are breaking two years of silence to warn that the President is endangering American security with what they say is a stubborn disregard for their assessments.
Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.
What is most troubling, say these officials and others in government and on Capitol Hill who have been briefed on the episodes, are Trump’s angry reactions when he is given information that contradicts positions he has taken or beliefs he holds. Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public.
« on: January 30, 2019, 12:48:56 PM »
January 2019 - two years in - and #Loser45 is already a LAME DUCK.
Pelosi and Schumer exposed his weakness and ego-driven political incompetence.
Then Repubs began abandoning him on the shutdown.
Yesterday, McConnell introduced legislation to reverse #Loser45's position on Syria.
Another kiss and tell book, Team of Vipers demonstrates how a fish rots from the head.
Yesterday, ALL of the #ErraticTrump-appointed intel chiefs contradicted him on MAJOR national security issues: China, Russia, ISIL, NoKo, Iran, climate change, southern border, etc.
« on: January 30, 2019, 11:34:36 AM »
By Dr. Donald Harris
Miss Iris died in 1981 at the grand old age of 93 and I grieved over the loss of someone so dear and close to me. She is shown here in photo (taken by me in 1966), just back from church, proudly holding in her lap little Kamala, and confident in her firm prediction even then of the future achievements of her great-granddaughter (after giving her ‘blessings’ by making a cross with her finger on the child’s forehead).
Miss Iris with great Granddaughter Kamala
From the start, I strived to retrace for my children the path on which I had traveled: from Miss Judah’s primary school at Top Road in Brown’s Town to Park School ‘Elementary’ just around the corner, to Titchfield High in Port Antonio, to University College of the West Indies (UCWI) then to Berkeley where Kamala was born, to Illinois where Maya was born, and subsequently to Cambridge University, Wisconsin, Yale, and Stanford.
Throughout this retracing, my message to them, from the lessons I had learned along the way, was that the sky is the limit on what one can achieve with effort and determination and that, in this process, it is important not to lose sight of those who get left behind by social neglect or abuse and lack of access to resources or ‘privilege’; also not to get ‘swell-headed’ (a favourite expression and command of Miss Chrishy); and that it is important to ‘give back’ with service to some greater cause than oneself.
Experiencing their Jamaican heritage
In their early years, I tried to convey this message in very concrete terms, through frequent visits to Jamaica and engaging life there in all its richness and complexity. In Brown’s Town, we walked the streets during ‘market day’, chatted up the ‘higglers’ in the market and were rewarded with plenty of ‘brawta’ (Jamaican word for bonus offerings) in naseberries, mangoes and guinep after each purchase. We checked out the location of the old Park School which had become transformed into Brown’s Town Comprehensive High School, strolled into St. Mark’s Church and graveyard, and traversed the road up the hill to Orange Hill where my uncle Newton had taken over the family property and started a limestone mining and brick producing operation in addition to the cattle, grass, fruit and pimento farming of earlier times.
We drove up to Thatch Walk and worked our way, with lots of cuts and bruises, through the same cane fields where Miss Iris had run a thriving business in the ‘good ole days’ of sugar and, a long time before, had probably been part of a slave plantation. We played around on the lovely white sand of the beach at Dry Harbour and in the forceful but soothing waters of the world famous Dunns River Falls.
In Kingston, we visited the campus of the former UCWI, today The University of the West Indies ranked in the top 5% of world universities (in my role then as member of the faculty) to view its remarkable physical setting in the misty morning light, the buildings comfortably spread out over the vast lands of the Mona Commons and against the imposing backdrop of the Blue Mountains.
In Port Antonio we visited my high school alma mater at Titchfield, still sitting there (as a powerful symbol of the privileged system of education that existed before the progressive reforms of the Manley era) at the end of the little peninsula overlooking Navy Island and in the historic setting of an ancient battery and cannons pointed out to sea to defend the harbour. We trekked over to the ruins at ‘Folly’, and to the ‘Blue Hole’, and took a swim at the exquisite little beach tucked away in a little cove at Fairy Hill.
Of course, in later years, when they were more mature to understand, I would also try to explain to them the contradictions of economic and social life in a ‘poor’ country, like the striking juxtaposition of extreme poverty and extreme wealth, while working hard myself with the government of Jamaica to design a plan and appropriate policies to do something about those conditions. The National Industrial Policy promulgated by the Government of Jamaica in 1996 and the Growth Inducement Strategy of 2011 were the outcome of that continued effort.
Now, far away in the diaspora in 2018, one of the most vivid and fondest memories I have of that early period with my children is of the visit we made in 1970 to Orange Hill. We trudged through the cow dung and rusted iron gates, up-hill and down-hill, along narrow unkempt paths, to the very end of the family property, all in my eagerness to show to the girls the terrain over which I had wandered daily for hours as a boy (with Miss Chrishy hollering in the distance: “yu better cum home now, bwoy, or else!”).
Upon reaching the top of a little hill that opened much of that terrain to our full view, Kamala, ever the adventurous and assertive one, suddenly broke from the pack, leaving behind Maya the more cautious one, and took off like a gazelle in Serengeti, leaping over rocks and shrubs and fallen branches, in utter joy and unleashed curiosity, to explore that same enticing terrain. I quickly followed her with my trusted Canon Super Eight movie camera to record the moment (in my usual role as cameraman for every occasion). I couldn’t help thinking there and then: What a moment of exciting rediscovery being handed over from one generation to another!
This early phase of interaction with my children came to an abrupt halt in 1972 when, after a hard-fought custody battle in the family court of Oakland, California, the context of the relationship was placed within arbitrary limits imposed by a court-ordered divorce settlement based on the false assumption by the State of California that fathers cannot handle parenting (especially in the case of this father, “a neegroe from da eyelans” was the Yankee stereotype, who might just end up eating his children for breakfast!). Nevertheless, I persisted, never giving up on my love for my children or reneging on my responsibilities as their father.
So, here we are nowUNQUOTEhttps://www.jamaicaglobalonline.com/kamala-harris-jamaican-heritage/
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:54:41 AM »
‘I Love My Skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric SchoolsWhile New York City schools are deeply segregated, some black families are choosing an alternative to integration.
The half-dozen or so Afrocentric schools in central Brooklyn, in which about 2,300 children are enrolled, include private and charter schools, which require applications and do not admit students through geographical zones, and public high schools, which are also unzoned. The schools are run and staffed mostly by people of color, and tend to have high graduation rates and standardized test scores at or above the city average.
With the city’s approval, any principal can adopt a black-centric curriculum — with black teachers, and a focus on black culture in literature, history and art classes — as long as the school complies with state educational standards.
Though Afrocentric schools have a uniquely comprehensive approach, many of New York’s 1,800 public schools have specialized themes. There are engineering, math and culinary schools. Others have Albanian, Urdu or Bengali bilingual programs.
UNQUOTEhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/nyregion/afrocentric-schools-segregation-brooklyn.html?fbclid=IwAR3_7QugIht6HuXGu9Hd3lcl0v69d79q-ZH25L8vYkYOqnKnpmy0hxZy3yUOur three kids attended Africentric schools in DC either part time or full time. Excellent education.
Ujamaa Shule and, founded by Howard alums, Watoto Shule of the NationHouse Positive Action Center.
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:16:59 AM »