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Donald Trump rooted for the real estate crash | The Briefing

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Donald Trump insulted a union leader on Twitter. Then the phone started to ring. - The Washington Post

"Chuck Jones uses a flip phone, so he didn’t see the tweet. His friend of 36 years called him Wednesday night and said: The president-elect is smearing you on Twitter. "

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An Enemy of the E.P.A. to Head It - The New York Times

"Had Donald Trump spent an entire year scouring the country for someone to weaken clean air and clean water laws and repudiate America’s leadership role in the global battle against climate change, he could not have found a more suitable candidate than Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, whom he picked on Wednesday to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

This is an aggressively bad choice, a poke in the eye to a long history of bipartisan cooperation on environmental issues, to a nation that has come to depend on the agency for healthy air and drinkable water, and to 195 countries that agreed in Paris last year to reduce their emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases in the belief that the United States would show the way. A meeting Monday between Mr. Trump and Al Gore had raised hope among some that the president-elect might reverse his campaign pledge to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord. The Pruitt appointment says otherwise....


An Enemy of the E.P.A. to Head It - The New York Times

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Why Steve Bannon wants to destroy secularism | Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

Steve Bannon





"Just what does Steve Bannon believe? For some, his thinking can be boiled down to racism. For others, he is merely a sinister opportunist taking advantage of Trump and the “alt-right”, a far-right movement in the US, for economic gain and fame. But what if he is fundamentally driven by something else? Like: religion.



During a 2014 conference hosted by the very conservative Human Dignity Institute at the Vatican, Bannon laid out his belief in “traditionalism”. To him, it signifies, among other things, a third-way attempt to counter the “crony capitalism” of neoliberalism, and the “state sponsored capitalism” of the Soviet Union and China.



His traditionalism is predicated on a rather speculative historical argument. He argues that a form of “enlightened capitalism” defined western political economies from the second world war until roughly the downfall of the Soviet Union. This type of capitalism was predicated on the Judeo-Christian tradition, which, for reasons Bannon does not explain, was adequately able to represent the culture and economic interests of the working classes.



However, increasing secularization in the west eroded the Judeo-Christian tradition. This set the stage by the 1990s for enlightened capitalism to be supplanted by a new form of political economy, namely neoliberalism. The defining feature of neoliberalism, as Bannon describes it, involves the establishment of an international class of political and corporate elites – the “Davos party” – who presumably lack the values necessary to represent the economic and cultural interest of anyone else besides themselves.



This religious worldview provides one compelling explanation as to why he is willing to work with the political fringe. What is driving the populist movement is, according to him, primarily a reaction to neoliberalism. A return to Judeo-Christian traditionalism will allow for the necessary economic forms that will pave the return to enlightened capitalism, which in turn will “wipe out” the racist elements of right-wing parties. It will also provide the necessary virtues, Bannon argues, to resist the global threat of “radical Islam”.



His alleged Leninism is to be found here. He aims to destroy the political establishment and infuse the re-established state with Judeo-Christian traditionalism. This will aid in redirecting the central bureaucratic state away from globalism and towards economic nationalism.



Perhaps Bannon’s apocalyptic worldview will have little influence on Trump. Regardless, it is a dangerous ideology that entails a number of dubious political assumptions. His repeated claim that the racial fringe will be washed out by the political revolution to come is pure naivete.



More problematic is the question of where Bannon derives his understanding of traditionalism. There are plenty of traditionalists Bannon could mention who have pointed out the shortcoming of liberalism: the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre or even the theologian John Milbank come to mind."



Why Steve Bannon wants to destroy secularism | Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump Already Touched China's Most Sensitive Spot

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Dear Mr. Obama: You Are Still the President - The Atlantic

"This is not responsible behavior. This is not normal. This is not something the United States, or for that matter the world, can really withstand from a commander in chief. But this ungoverned, thin-skinned impetuosity is something the “responsible” GOP has decided, to its enduring shame, that it dare not criticize.



One other thing is true of Trump’s destructive outbursts. They come from a person who does not yet exercise any official power. The American-democratic principle of peaceful transfer of power includes the tenet that the United States has only one president at a time. And for the next 44-plus days, that president is Barack Obama.



As president, Obama has often been at his best in moments of national trauma, stress, or confidence-destroying emergency. I am thinking, for example, of one of  his very greatest speeches: his “Amazing Grace” eulogy and exhortation after the gun massacre last year in Charleston, South Carolina.



Our current exposure to Donald Trump is a moment that even experienced Republicans will say—carefully off the record—represents a confidence-destroying emergency. A man whose temperament makes him manifestly unfit to command the vast military, surveillance, investigative, and enforcement powers of the U.S. government stands mere weeks away from assuming that command."





Dear Mr. Obama: You Are Still the President - The Atlantic

Monday, December 05, 2016

Tsai's foreign policy pivot leaves domestic issues without attention

"Tuesday, December 6, 2016
By Yuan-Ming Chiao, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Tsai Ing-wen's strategic move to reach out to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump last Friday shocked the foreign affairs establishment in Washington and drew a formal protest from Beijing. In Taiwan, the political establishment's support of Tsai's move toward strengthening relations with its most important ally was almost unequivocal.
This mainstream support from elites belies a surprising lurch by Tsai in the last few weeks that has party loyalists worried.

Clear moves to make defining Taiwan's space in the geopolitical sphere among regional players her main policy focus cannot be seen as incidental. Tsai's efforts at pension reform, ameliorating corporate-labor disputes and legalizing marriage equality have been mired from the onset. Opening a front in foreign policy with cross-strait relations in stasis can give the perception of much needed momentum."

And while it remains to be seen if that fateful phone call will translate into a substantive sea change in U.S. orientations in cross-strait politics, like her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou, Tsai's governance may soon be top-heavy with external diplomacy that has not been build up with measured domestic support.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/print/485954.htm

Sunday, December 04, 2016

At Least 2,000 Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Protest Dakota Pipeline - ABC News

We must understand what happened here. Native peoples were shot with rubber bullets, tear gas and violence until White veterans arrived. This confirms the analysis that minority rights are not protected in America unless it effects a significant group of Whites. The victory was won and the government violence stopped only when famous Whites arrived. Non White lives still do not matter in America. "The vets, led by Wesley Clark Jr., son of retired general and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark, began arriving in force today to help protest against the controversial crude oil pipeline project in North Dakota.
They are joining the months-long demonstration at a moment of heightened drama: The North Dakota governor has issued an emergency evacuation order for protesters around the site, which follows a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deadline for demonstrators to leave the area by Monday, Dec. 5."


At Least 2,000 Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Protest Dakota Pipeline - ABC News

Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About - The New Yorker

In the wake of the election, we must resist the slightest extension in the boundaries of what is right and just.



"America has always been aspirational to me. Even when I chafed at its hypocrisies, it somehow always seemed sure, a nation that knew what it was doing, refreshingly free of that anything-can-happen existential uncertainty so familiar to developing nations. But no longer. The election of Donald Trump has flattened the poetry in America’s founding philosophy: the country born from an idea of freedom is to be governed by an unstable, stubbornly uninformed, authoritarian demagogue. And in response to this there are people living in visceral fear, people anxiously trying to discern policy from bluster, and people kowtowing as though to a new king. Things that were recently pushed to the corners of America’s political space—overt racism, glaring misogyny, anti-intellectualism—are once again creeping to the center."



Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About - The New Yorker

Democratic politics have to be “identity politics.”

"The spasms of unchained bigotry we’ve seen post-election suggest that some Trump supporters were simply longing to howl NIGGER! KIKE! CUNT! FAGGOT! Among those I spoke to, however, some felt bullied for violating more arcane speech rules they neither assented to nor understood. Social media had forced them to submit to an alien set of norms; Trump liberated them. The late cultural critic Ellen Willis might have seen this coming. “Coercion and guilt-mongering—the symbiotic weapons of authoritarian culture—inevitably provoke resistance; when the left uses these tactics it merely encourages people to confuse their most oppressive impulses with their need to be themselves, offensively honest instead of hypocritically nice,” she wrote in a 1992 essay aptly titled “Identity Crisis.” “Perversely, racism and sexism become badges of freedom rather than stigmata of repression, while the roots of domination in people’s rage and misery remain untouched.”



Democratic politics have to be “identity politics.”

Classroom Cold Open - SNL

Mexico Is Hiding The World’s Largest Pyramid - The Daily Beast

"MEXICO CITY—In 1519, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors arrived in Cholula, one of the largest cities in central Mexico. Roughly 50 miles southeast from modern day Mexico City, its tens of thousands of residents sat in the shadows of the 17,000 foot Popocatépetl volcano. It had a temple featuring more stairs, claimed one Spaniard, than the main pyramid in Tenochtitlan. The Spanish tore it down, and rebuilt Cholula in the same fashion they did across Mexico—replacing “demon-worshipping” sites with Catholic ones.
That also meant a hermit’s shrine on top of a large hill called Tlachihualtepetl had to go. But the hill itself was in fact, no hill. Its name translates to “man-made mountain” and inside it was the largest pyramid remaining in the Americas, and by some estimates the largest monument ever constructed by man. But its secrets as one of the most important religious sites in Mesoamerica would remain hidden for 400 years—and is still being uncovered today."



Mexico Is Hiding The World’s Largest Pyramid - The Daily Beast

Quite embarrassingly Trump's Taiwan call exposes his inexperience, China state media say | World news | The Guardian







"Quite embarrassing for Trump and good for the US and Taiwan. "Donald Trump’s controversial decision to hold a 10-minute phone call with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, was caused by the billionaire’s lack of foreign policy experience, a mouthpiece for the Chinese government has claimed.

In an editorial published on Sunday, the China Daily, a state-run English-language newspaper, said the affair had “exposed nothing but his and his transition team’s inexperience in dealing ...with foreign affairs”.
Many had predicted that the call – the first known contact of its kind in almost four decades – would elicit a ferocious response from China’s leaders, who regard Taiwan as a breakaway province that should one day be reunified with the mainland.
However, Beijing’s public response has so far been measured, with the foreign ministry lodging a “solemn representation” with Washington and the foreign minister, Wang Yi, downplaying the development as “a petty move” by Taiwan.
The China Daily echoed that position on Sunday, reflecting what experts said was Beijing’s apparent desire not to immediately lock itself into a public confrontation with the US president-elect. The newspaper said there was “no need to over-interpret” the property tycoon’s “unusual action”.

We have the most ill prepared President Elect since before WWII.  This is dangerous in our complex world.  Obviously the current administration has assured China that there will be no change on America's one China policy.


Trump's Taiwan call exposes his inexperience, China state media say | World news | The Guardian

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Fmr. white supremacist shares personal story - Former white supremacist, Arno Michaelis, talks to NBC’s Sheinelle Jones to discuss whether Donald Trump’s campaign reignited the white supremacist movement. | MSNBC



Fmr. white supremacist shares personal story | MSNBC

Fmr. white supremacist shares personal story - Former white supremacist, Arno Michaelis, talks to NBC’s Sheinelle Jones to discuss whether Donald Trump’s campaign reignited the white supremacist movement. | MSNBC



Fmr. white supremacist shares personal story | MSNBC

The years of calm are over. In Donald Trump we’ll have a child at the White House | Dave Eggers | Opinion | The Guardian

Illustration of the White House with a Danger sign in front of it





The years of calm are over. In Donald Trump we’ll have a child at the White House | Dave Eggers | Opinion | The Guardian

China Lodges Protest After Trump Call With Taiwan President | The Huffington Post

"China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the “petty” move.



The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan’s leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of “one China”.



China’s Foreign Ministry said it had lodged “stern representations” with what it called the “relevant U.S. side”, urging the careful handling of the Taiwan issue to avoid any unnecessary disturbances in ties.



“The one China principle is the political basis of the China-U.S. relationship,” it said.



The wording implied the protest had gone to the Trump camp, but the ministry provided no explanation.



Speaking earlier, hours after Friday’s telephone call, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly blamed Taiwan for the exchange, rather than Trump, a billionaire businessman with little foreign policy experience."



China Lodges Protest After Trump Call With Taiwan President | The Huffington Post

Real Time With Bill Maher: Bathed And Confused (HBO) Presudent Trump 12/3

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