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Opinion: Donald Trump, Our A.I. [Artificial Intelligence] President

Opinion: Donald Trump, Our A.I. [Artificial Intelligence] President

Robert A Burton | New York Times

It is hard to imagine a more scathing indictment of our ability to read another’s thoughts and intentions than our inability to predict Donald Trump’s next move.

Pres. Donald Trump

From the gross pre-election misjudgments to post-election bafflement, the best pundits are at a loss to accurately anticipate his response to matters like North Korean military aggressiveness or his moment-by-moment political gyrations and opinion reversals. Labeling Trump a narcissist, psychopath, megalomaniac or attention-impaired, or all of the above, might feel explanatory, but even when armed with the best psychoanalytic insights, we have no idea what he will do when presented with a new or unforeseen circumstance.    Continue reading

Imagining Donald Trump’s Downfall: A Greek Tragedy in Five Acts – Opinion

Imagining Donald Trump’s Downfall: A Greek Tragedy in Five Acts – Opinion

The James Comey scandal embroiling the White House has the making of a tragedy –although the tragic figure is hardly heroic

Lawrence Douglas | The Guardian UK

Sophocles might have done it justice: a leader of immense power is so obsessed with perceived challenges to his legitimacy that he behaves in a manner that destroys whatever legitimacy he might have. It has the making of a tragedy – although in this case, the tragic figure is hardly heroic and the unfolding tragedy is potentially national in scope.

Act One     

President prowls White House, obsessed that an investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and a foreign adversary has cast a pall over his legitimacy and his “miraculous” electoral victory.     Continue reading

Trump’s Comey Treatment Is the Stuff of Which Netanyahu’s Nightmares Are Made – Analysis

Analysis  //  Trump’s Comey Treatment Is the Stuff of Which Netanyahu’s Nightmares Are Made 

Lame reaction of Republican lawmakers and strong support of GOP voters for FBI director’s dismissal is bad omen for Israel’s right wing

Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

One shouldn’t envy Benjamin Netanyahu right now. You can easily imagine him waking up with a jolt in the middle of the night, covered in sweat, after another one of Trump’s traumatic tweets haunt in his nightmares. “I thought Bibi was OK. What an actor. What a disappointment. Loser!” reads one. “Netanyahu sucked up to me like crazy. I didn’t buy it, but everyone can see his true colours. The tapes will prove!” reads another. Then there’s “The Democrats couldn’t stand Bibi but suddenly they’re on his side? Give me a break!” or “Netanyahu talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Sad!” or, the ultimate horror:  “Netanyahu’s tried long enough. It’s time Israelis gave someone else a chance, like Americans. Is Yair Lapid the guy?”      Continue reading

Who Was Behind the Firing of FBI Director James Comey? – By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Who Was Behind the Firing of FBI Director James Comey? What Political Interests are Being Served? Who is Andrew McCabe?

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky – Global Research, May 13, 2017
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The recommendation to fire Comey did not emanate from the White House. It was an initiative of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who prepared a three page memorandum, which  criticized James Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation and the release of his October 28, 2016 Second Letter to Congress 11 days before Election Day.

The Attorney General’s office visibly acted in defiance of the White House.     Continue reading

Motherhood and Marginalization: The Oppressive History of the Birth Industry

Motherhood and Marginalization: The Oppressive History of the Birth Industry

Sunday, May 14, 2017  – By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, Truthout | Report

(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout)(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout)

To say that the birth industry is mostly white would be an extreme understatement. Less than 4 percent of registered nurse midwives are African American, around 1 percent are of Asian descent and less than 1 percent are Latina according to a recent survey. A low level of representation is an issue in many industries, but in the birth world it is particularly problematic. The pervasive whiteness of the birth industry leads to culturally incompetent care that fuels the negative outcomes that women of color face both directly and indirectly.     Continue reading

Trump’s Violations of Federalism Would Make Obama Jealous – George F Will

Opinions: Trump’s Violations of Federalism Would Make Obama Jealous

George F Will | The Washington Post

  • “But what good came of it at last?”
  • Quoth little Peterkin.
  • “Why that I cannot tell,” said he,
  • “But ’twas a famous victory.”

— Robert Southey  | “The Battle of Blenheim” (1798)

Southey, a pacifist, wrote his antiwar poem long after the 1704 battle for which the Duke of Marlborough was awarded Blenheim Palace, where his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson Winston Churchill would be born. We, however, do not need to wait 94 years to doubt whether the Trump administration’s action against “sanctuary cities” is much ado about not much.Four months have sufficed to reveal ’twas a constitutionally dubious gesture.       Continue reading

Opinion: Louis Farrakhan Just Got an Invite to the White House, So Where’s the Outrage?

Opinion:  Louis Farrakhan Just Got an Invite to the White House, So Where’s the Outrage? 

Louis Farrakhan

White House staffer Omarosa Manigault reached out to the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader, but most Jewish groups have been deafeningly silent in response. It’s a startling double standard compared to their treatment of Keith Ellison

Allison Kaplan Sommer | Haaretz

The news may have been buried under the vast pile of developments in Trump World over the weekend (health care, religious liberty, overseas trip, Ivanka’s book and Kushner’s conflict of interest, for starters), but the resounding silence by the Republican noise machine and mainstream Jewish community following White House staffer Omarosa Manigault’s friendly remarks and outreach to anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan still spoke volumes.    Continue reading

Panel: What does the USA election result say about misogyny? – The Guardian UK

Panel: What does the USA election result say about misogyny? – The Guardian UK

Faced with the choice between a qualified woman with flaws and a man who had lied, evaded taxes and faced many sexual assault allegations, USA voters chose the man

Hillary Rodham Clinton is hardly perfect, but her flaws are those of a sane human being and a politician – not of an orange troglodyte, sexual predator, who thrives on hatred.

Patricia Williams: Race and Sex stoke deep responses in the American psyche

Many years ago the great oral historian Studs Terkel recounted a story told to him by a woman who’d been molested by a relative as a child. She’d tried to tell her mother but no one would believe her. Yet one day when she was shopping with her mother and aunt, they spotted a black man far away on the other side of the department store.     Continue reading

Bill O’Reilly’s No-Win Zone! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Bill O’Reilly’s No-Win Zone! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Bill O’ Reilly

Bill O’ Reilly

He was described as the ‘most powerful name in news.’ The billboard said that ‘nobody moves this man’ but a scandal and a boycott by advertisers have reduced this titan to the sorry figure of an abuser.

Bill O’ Reilly was cocooned in a culture that disrespected women. This existed at Fox News for years. If O’Reilly wanted lessons on how to mistreat women he only had to look at his bosses. They took abuse to new heights and it did not matter whether it was the nanny slaving after the children or the female newscasters on the screens. They all suffered the ignominy of having to work in the ‘boys shop’ without complaining.    Continue reading

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