Archive for January 2017
Based on the Washington Post exclusive, it sounds more and more like Trump plans to replace Obamacare with Trumpcare and not just repeal it, the latter being what Republicans have been bitterly trying to do (in protest) for the last several years.
It still remains to be seen if the final proposal matches the rhetoric. In the past, Trump would say one thing, then conservative hacks would say something else when they posted stuff on his campaign website.
If we do get a Trumpcare proposal, we will see that the vast majority of Republican voters, as well as most Republican legislators, hated Obamacare not because they hated expansion of government, but because they hated Obama.
On the other hand, if Democrats are united in opposition to Trumpcare, even though it has the same goals of Obamacare, because they hate Trump, and a few “principled” Republicans like Rand Paul vote against it, then Trumpcare could have problems getting through Congress.
At press conference, Trump successfully used two anti-Trump memes, "fake news" and "Nazis" in a way that effectively neutralized them.
— Lion (@LionBlogosphere) January 12, 2017
I tweeted that after Trump’s press conference.
I was reading through Scott Adams’ blog this morning, and came across his post about Trump’s use of “Nazis” to describe the intelligence agencies, and I see that he agrees with me, although his blog post is full of mumbo jumbo about “3D persuasion.”
Since Wednesday, in the mainstream media there was outrage about how Trump dared to call our patriotic intelligence agencies “Nazis,” even though liberals themselves used to call the CIA Nazis.
Yes, remember a time when liberals loved Russia and hated the CIA? How that has reversed!
Also, we see that the mainstream media has gone cold turkey on using the term “fake news,” a term they fell in love with two months ago because they thought that by using it they reduced Trump’s legitimacy.
* * *
Hopefully, the next step in Trump’s reframing will be to turn the word “racism” against the liberals.
They used to say that poker required special human thinking that a computer couldn’t replicate, but that has been proven false. They also used to say the same thing about go, but today the best go computer is better than any human player.
Does this mean the beginning of the end of online poker, as bots take over the game?
It’s still hard to say when there will be practical AI, like a robot that can cook, clean, take out the trash, and be just as useful as a human domestic servant but without a salary.
1. Trump really dished it to the media and told them what he really thinks about them. Good for Trump. Trump understands that the mainstream media is his enemy.
2. There were many media questions about Russia and hacking. The media is obsessed with this topic, even though as Trump pointed out the Chinese theft of millions of government personnel records was a much bigger hack yet neither Obama nor the MSM made a very big deal of it.
The media is correct in reporting that Trump seems to be admitting the possibility that the leaked emails came from Russia.
I think Trump did an excellent job of controlling the topic.
3. Trump has put into place a complicated plan to remove himself from his business. His two sons plus an unrelated executive will be running the business and Trump won’t be allowed to know anything about what’s going on in the business. And furthermore, there will be no new foreign business deals while Trump is president, and there will be a new ethics officer who has to approve all domestic deals.
Also, any “profits” from foreign governments will be donated to the U.S. Treasury. (There’s a huge difference between “profit” and “revenue” so you should be clear about what word was used.)
Will this satisfy the Trump-hating mainstream media? I suspect they will still complain about it as part of their propaganda war against Trump. However, it does address all of the major conflict-of-interest concerns that the media has had about Trump’s business, and his lawyer is correct that it’s impossible to truly divest from a multi-billion-dollar closely-held non-publicly-traded business without creating new conflicts of interest by doing so.
4. Trump says he is going to repeal and replace Obamacare.
a. It sounds like Trump really means it.
b. It’s still not clear what “replace” means. Trump sounds like a technocrat who merely wants to create a better Obamacare, which people would probably call Trumpcare. On the other hand, there was a “replacement” plan on his campaign website that was written by right-wing hacks that was bogus as far as it being a replacement, it was just a return to the way things were before Obamacare with a few free-market reforms (none of which were bad reforms in a pre-Obamacare system, but it was absolutely not a replacement).
* * *
Note: I added significantly to this post within the first half hour of originally posting it, so if you read it when immediately released, please re-read. Sorry.
Consider that this music video within a Jetsons episode was produced in 1962, 19 years before MTV. And that pop music was in its very infancy. It sort of even pre-dates The Beatles: the first real Beatles LP, “Please Please Me” wasn’t released until 1963.
Sorry I haven’t made a new post in two days. Writer’s block?
You may want to read these interesting articles from this weekend:
Reasonably fair and balanced article about Jeff Sessions in the NY Times (when mostly the NY Times runs blatant anti-Trump propaganda).
Article about Jared Kushner in New York Magazine, also reasonably fair and balanced.
* * *
And it was very cold this weekend. And snowy. Of course one weekend of weather has nothing to do with the overall climate, but you can be sure that if we had a very warm weekend, there’d be an article in the mainstream media about global warming.
* * *
And here’s something I posted in a comment responding to something about Putin and hacking:
There was no Russian interference in the election, no more than there was interference by the multitude of world leaders who said negative things about Trump. There has always been Russian propaganda, since before I was born.
There’s no proof that Russia gave the emails to WikiLeaks. Julian Assange said it wasn’t the Russians. And yes, I do believe him more than I believe our own government which is controlled by Obama who obviously hates Trump and wants to sabotage his presidency before it starts.
As far as cyber-espionage goes, the Chinese and Russians are spying on us and we’re spying on them. If they’re doing a better job at it than we are, well it’s Obama who has been running the government for the last eight years.
It has been reported that Esteban Santiago, in November 2016, walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he heard voices in his head telling him to fight for ISIS and was sent to a psychiatric hospital.
Internet rumors are that he posted on an Islamic jihadi forum in 2007.
I mentioned back in my old blog the possibility that Islamic missionaries could convert the Hispanics. We see this happening. If you recall, Farook, the terrorist from San Benardino, had a Hispanic friend who converted to Islam and who helped him. (Although I also pointed out that the Hispanic friend was a loser with a low IQ who was manipulated by Farook’s more dominant personality.)
* * *
How do we know that Islam isn’t the true religion, and that the voice in Santiago’s head wasn’t Allah himself?
Basically it boils down to:
1. We know that Russians have a lot of propaganda, and the Russian propaganda favored Trump.
2. We know that Russians are involved in a lot of cyber-espionage.
Therefore the Russians did it!
* * *
And what about the fact that the mainstream media was acting as HRC’s propaganda wing, and that the power of Russian propaganda was tiny compared to the power of domestic mainstream media propaganda?
* * *
The majority of the government report is about how Russia Today has a pro-Russian-government spin. Duh! If they have to devote such a large part of the report to something everyone already knew, then it’s an indication they are trying to bulk it up with a huge bun to obscure that there’s so little beef in there.
Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.
Translation: the Russkies have always been trying to get Democrats elected instead of Republicans (because Democrats were closer to communist than Republicans), but no one cared because the Democrats are the good guys.
But now that the Russkies are supporting the Republican candidate (and remember, the Reupblicans are the bad guys), we make a big stink about it.
The news reports are that Donald Trump is going to be briefed by the heads of intelligence agencies about the alleged Russian hacking and release of DNC and Podesta emails.
Trump is an expert at detecting bullshit, hoaxes, and other forms of persuasion, so it will be interesting to see what comes of this meeting.
It is beyond any doubt that info about this “intelligence” was leaked to the media for the purpose of harming Trump’s legitimacy. It is not clear that the “intelligence” is actually true, but I hope that Trump will be able to figure it out.