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  # 2110658 18-Oct-2018 20:20
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  # 2110694 18-Oct-2018 21:43
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Al Jazeera - Khashoggi disappearance: Trump asks Turkey for recordings

 

US president has dismissed allegations against Saudi Arabia as another case of 'guilty until proven innocent'.

 


US President Trump will receive a report on the Khashoggi case within hours; he has asked Turkish authorities to hand over any audio or video recordings they have.

 

Trump has so far refused to condemn Riyadh over the case but he's facing growing pressure from politicians to reveal his business ties with Riyadh and take action against the Saudis.

 

 

 

 





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  # 2110968 19-Oct-2018 13:52
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MSNBC - Why is Trump covering for the Saudis?

 

There is reason to believe he might be playing down a brutal murder to protect his own financial interests.

 





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  # 2111116 19-Oct-2018 17:32
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  # 2111302 20-Oct-2018 09:46
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Trump goes out on a limb, predicts journalist Khashoggi is dead

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  # 2111430 20-Oct-2018 15:17
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American justice department has filed charges against a Russian troll farm.





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  # 2111878 21-Oct-2018 15:02
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Here goes the arms race again. Trump's handlers must be pleased, not to mention his arms industry paymasters. Maybe we just don't deserve to survive. Just a pity we have to take the elephants and rhinos and dolphins and every other goddamned creature in existence with us.

 

 





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  # 2111885 21-Oct-2018 15:58
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Why Trump supporters will believe any lies he tells.

 

 

Robert O. Paxton, in his classic work The Anatomy of Fascism, defines a cult of leadership as one in which the followers believe the leader’s instincts are better than the logic used by elites. The followers are willing to give up their individuality and freedom in exchange for the leader’s “protection.” And what is Trump protecting his followers from? Scholars Karen Stenner and Jonathan Haidt offer an explanation. In their essay “Authoritarianism Is Not a Momentary Madness but an Eternal Dynamic Within Liberal Democracies,” Stenner and Haidt describe the psychology behind the fervor of the embrace of authoritarians. A certain percentage of the population has “bias against different others” including racial and other minority out-groups. The authoritarian leader stokes their fearscreating a normative threat. These people then turn to the leader as something of a savior. The leader embraces the mythic destiny of the nation. He doesn’t follow laws. He is the law.

 

When Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s lies by arguing that his false statements actually point to something true, she offered an explanation for why Trump supporters embrace transparent lies. “President Obama was born in Africa,” for example, is a provable lie, but it points toward what to Trump’s supporters see as a deeper truth: President Obama is black, and therefore, isn’t really a real American.

 

Sanders’ argument is psychologically sound. Scholars Oliver Hahl, Minjae Kim, and Ezra W. Zickerman Sivan, in “The Authentic Appeal of the Lying Demagogue,” explain that those who want to destroy the “political establishment” willingly embrace a liar because they understand that the lies themselves serve a destructive purpose. The people who want to destroy the political establishment today are those who are threatened by growing diversity. Trump’s lies work toward that end.

 

In a totalitarian regime, state-controlled media normalizes the leader’s constantly changing stories, which serves to further obliterate any notion of a shared truth. Trump’s favorite news outlets similarly normalize his changing stories, thereby undermining factuality. When people can no longer sort out what is factual and what was invented, they conclude that the truth is unknowable. It’s the ultimate in relativism and skepticism. Without facts and a shared reality, jury verdicts have no meaning, and the results of law enforcement investigations are easily manipulated or even dismissed.

 

Look at what happened when Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court was nearly derailed by credible accusations of sexual assault. While the confirmation was in doubt, Trump protested that Kavanaugh was “innocent until proven guilty.” He then ordered an extremely limited investigation of the charges that interviewed a small number of witnesses and didn’t even speak with the accuser or the alleged culprit. Ultimately, he falsely declared that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” by the whole charade. This false fact—Kavanaugh was exonerated—now becomes reality to all of his followers.

 





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  # 2112132 22-Oct-2018 11:01
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I think this moron actually could drag the world into nuclear war. American fanatics need to be confined for the sake of the rest of us.

 

 





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  # 2112159 22-Oct-2018 11:59
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Not that I am a Trump supporter, exactly, but this isn't really a Trump policy thing - I can easily see a rational president doing the same. There is history here. The INF Treaty forbade ground launched missiles but for some reason did not cover ship launched missiles, which loophole the US exploited. The Russians responded by essentially ignoring it and building missiles in violation of it ... and here we are. It's a dangerous precedent and it could well - probably will - start another arms race, albeit of a more limited nature. But it wasn't started by Trump.





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  # 2112161 22-Oct-2018 12:06
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I'm not blaming him for starting it. I'm blaming him for exacerbating a trend that he doesn't have the impulse control to contain.

 

 





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  # 2112166 22-Oct-2018 12:14
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I'm not blaming him for starting it. I'm blaming him for exacerbating a trend that he doesn't have the impulse control to contain.

 

 

Agreed.

 

From my (pre-election) post of 09 November 2016:

 

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... If Trump wins - Nuclear Winter (Trump will randomly insult one person too many).

 

 





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  # 2113398 24-Oct-2018 18:00
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Trump has ramped up his blatant fabrications for the midterms. Here's how newspapers are handling it.

 

 

Los Angeles Times: "Trump tries to spur Republicans to vote with false claims and dystopian warnings of Democratic 'mob' rule"

 

The Washington Post: "'In the service of whim': Officials scramble to make Trump's false assertions real"

 

The Associated Press: "'Boogeyman' Trump stokes fears in election closing arguments"

 

The Daily Beast: "Trump's own team knows his caravan claims are bulls--t"

 

The New York Times: "Trump and GOP candidates escalate race and fear as election ploys"

 

Politico: "Trump's mystery tax cut puzzles Washington"

 

The Wall Street Journal: "GOP latches onto vague Trump tax statement as campaign nears end"

 

 





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  # 2113681 25-Oct-2018 10:50
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We all knew Donald Trump is a Nazi.

 

 

It's not plausible that even for the doofus Trump may be - he was unaware of exactly what he was signalling.

 

 


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