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Why Trump Remains Despite His Outrageous Unfitness

Why Trump Remains Despite His Outrageous Unfitness

By Dennis Loo (6/6/17)

Nearly everyday, and some days there is more than one story a day, brings fresh revelations that spark disbelief, shock, and umbrage from most of the world about Trump's antideluvian attitudes and the wrecking ball he's using on the world.

He's stupifyingly worse than anyone foresaw. Several sequences of his events lead you to not believe anyone could be that stupid and that reckless, but yet there it is: he did tweet that, he did say that, and he did that ... that unbelievable thing. 

Not even a normal young child would do some things he has done. He picks fights with people he shouldn't and then when he's told (I would assume someone tells him no he shouldn't sometimes) he shouldn't, he doubles and triples down. He says things that contradict his own message and his own interests if he thinks it benefits his fragile ego.

Feuding with London's Mayor at this time no one would do, it's unthinkable, but Trump is doing it. His cabinet and Ivanka should resign immediately to show this is utterly unacceptable behavior. But then they defend their boss as best they can, no matter what kind of pretzel they must stretch themselves into to do so. That makes them accomplices. Several others, however, such as the number two person at the US Chinese embassy, are resigning in protest, and his administration is having a hard time recruiting people. Who wants to join a sinking ship after all?

Whether this is due in part to some brain malfunction of Trump's, such as small strokes, we may never know, but what IS clear is that he is still here in office and doing unheard of damage right and left, in so short a period. While some within his party verbally complain, they are nevertheless letting him stay: in the most powerful office in the world, spewing out his nonsense words, picking arguments by his almost daily diatribes, and making awful decisions. How can this be? With him remaining with his finger on the nuclear trigger, he could very well get pissed off enough to end the world. 

The question is not Trump himself, since his sins and ignorance were all there for all to see for a long time. 

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House Slaves and Field Slaves: the Bill Maher Remark

House Slaves and Field Slaves: the Bill Maher Remark

By Dennis Loo (6/4/17)

Bill Maher is catching hell for his use of the N word in interviewing Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, with some calling for HBO to cancel his show.

Here is the exchange in question:

Decision-Making: A Primer

Decision-making – a primer

By Dennis Loo (6/2/17)

This is a slightly edited version of something Dennis Loo shared with a class recently.

Everyday we make decisions. You cannot be alive and not do it all the time.

This is not mainly due to our current POTUS's stance, although his decisions especially affect us all. This is a commentary on that process.

To accomplish seeing the architecture of decision-making is different from what mostly you have been taught, where you are often presented with is a set of conclusions and you are expected to memorize and/or accept those conclusions.

Aka Appeal to Authority: “you should accept this because I or another authority tell(s) you so.” A variant of this perspective is where Republicans consider other Republican leaders more credible than others (such as Democrats) and Democrats correspondingly are more likely to buy or accept Democratic leaders' thoughts and behavior and reject what GOP leaders are saying. In other words, the public as a whole is not really examining whether a conclusion is a) sound in its premise, b) the chain of reasoning is sensible and reasonable, and c) the rigor of the evidence is persuasive or even rises to the level of scientific or mathematical proof, but instead usually accept what they’ve been told by what their favorite authority tells them to think. As you can see, if “your truth” is their “truth” then whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you have accepted tacitly the main authorities defining what is acceptable to think about and what is not. You have accepted their terms to start with. Although it is terribly under-rated as a device usually used in governance, eliminating possible other paths and considerations from the agenda - what is considered "realistic" to consider, often described as "politics is the art of the possible" - actually is a version of determining power itself. 

There are times that this public tendency is broken, such as during the 60s when there was a “credibility gap.” This “credibility gap” was widely observed and even got its name from the phenomenon that when the government spokesman or the LBJ would say something, most of the people would not believe their government was being truthful with them. The “credibility gap” also opened up because anti-war activists told a very different story that many people eventually came to accept. As Henry Kissinger writes in his memoirs, a relatively small group of activists exerted a disproportionate influence, far greater than their actual numbers.

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12