Fox & Friends might be all that stands between us and the nuclear apocalypse        


Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

The United States may be on the brink of frightening conflict in East Asia. Since The Washington Post reported earlier this week that a U.S. intelligence agency believes North Korea possesses miniaturized nuclear warheads that can fit inside its missiles, President Donald Trump and the North Korean government have traded threats. It is in the interest of neither country to start a conflict that could quickly engulf the region and threaten the lives of tens of millions of people. But Trump has immense unilateral authority to dramatically escalate the situation -- including through the use of nuclear weapons -- and he is known for making snap decisions without fully consulting experts or his staff. And the biggest influence on his thinking may not be our diplomats or generals, but rather the hosts, producers, and bookers of the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, who seem largely content to confirm the president’s biases and promote his worst impulses.

Trump is obsessed with Fox & Friends, regularly watching the program, tweeting along with it, and praising its hosts. That gives Fox & Friends incredible power, and the show’s hosts use it, apparently tailoring the show to the most powerful cable news viewer in the world. According to a Vox study, hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade and their guests “increasingly view their role as giving advice to the president.”

That “advice” is all the more important with the nation careening toward a flashpoint. The president apparently watched Fox & Friends the last two mornings, as the North Korea situation became more serious. What he saw was the program’s hosts and guests repeatedly assuring him that he was doing everything right, and that his critics were not only wrong, but partisans who are undermining the country.

Much of the Fox & Friends discussion has revolved around Trump’s ill-advised, improvised warning on Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if he continues to threaten the U.S. Democrats and Republicans alike criticized the statement, as did analysts and experts from the U.S. and across the region, with many interpreting Trump’s remarks as threatening a nuclear strike.

But on Fox & Friends, Trump’s statement was viewed as “right on target,” in the words of Kilmeade. The president had been “measured,” according to Earhardt: “He thought about what he was going to say before because he repeated it twice.” “Keep in mind the president's point was North Korea's threats are intolerable,” Doocy said this morning. “Also, at the same time, while he was talking about fire and fury, he did not set any red lines. Was he hyperbolic? Sure. But we know that this president has been hyperbolic in the past.”

The hosts played into Trump’s own natural inclination, portraying all of his critics as enemies of the president -- "Liberal Media Slams President's Rhetoric" and "Media Blasts President's 'Fire And Fury' Message" were two chyrons that appeared on today’s show -- who just want to tear him down and would prefer the U.S. make no response at all to Kim. They warned that the critics were not just wrong but were endangering America. North Koreans “see the Democrats ridiculing the president, and they think the president shouldn’t be taken seriously, which is dangerous,” Kilmeade commented today.

This behavior is fairly typical for the program, which constantly supports everything Trump does and is quick to lash out at his perceived foes. But there’s a real danger in Trump’s rhetoric; as Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, put it, Trump’s statements only “exacerbate” concerns of potentially “stumbling into an inadvertent nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.” By sending Trump the message that he’s making the right decision and his critics are acting in bad faith, Fox & Friends is increasing the possibility that Trump repeats his behavior, with potentially dire consequences.

Given the unsettling power of the show and the gravity of the moment, I find myself grasping at straws, straining to read the program in a way that could lead the president to avoid the worst. At times, the program’s guests have pointed out that it’s unlikely Kim would attack us because he knows our retaliation would bring down his regime, and that a U.S. offensive against North Korea would have a serious “collateral effect.” The show featured a pastor who says the Bible gives Trump the authority to attack North Korea, but at least it put him up against a priest who urged restraint rather than endorsing the sentiment outright. Even Doocy has pointed out that the danger from North Korea may not be that extreme because of the instability of its missiles.

On the other hand, over the last two days the show’s hosts have also: casually discussed deploying U.S. nuclear missiles to South Korea; said of Kim, "This guy is crazy. We have got to prevent him from killing all of us”; and claimed that if the U.S. strikes North Korea from Guam, it doesn't need to ask South Korea or Japan for permission. “What is scary is how quickly [a North Korean nuke] could make it to you, to me, to your family. Look at this map -- we're going to show you,” Earhardt said yesterday, before explaining how long it would take for an intercontinental ballistic missile to strike New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Hawaii.

This is the crack team that has the ear of the president. We are all in a lot of trouble.


          Moonshot: Do the Giants Beat the Heat? by Robert Arthur        
You've seen it in a hundred chyrons: The Giants do well against fastballs that come in faster than 95 mph. But the stat is nonsense. Is the idea behind it nonsense, too?
          Morning and afternoon        

Dear god.

Trump gets a Big Special Treat twice a day, prepared for him by his handlers.

Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.

These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don’t contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls),

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          Infinite Serials - Chyron Lyric 1.01 serial download        
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          kisah di balik zodiak (horoskop) menurut eprian gitu...        
Capricorn


Menurut mitologi bangsa Yunani, kambing yang dijadikan lambang zodiak ini bernama Amaltheus. Kambing ini pernah memberikan air susunya kepada dewa Zeus.

Ketika dewa tertinggi bangsa Yunani kuno ini masih bayi, dan berada dalam gua, Zeus disembunyikan ibunya sebab takut dimangsa bapaknya yang ganas bernama Chronoos. Karena jasanya ini, kambing ini lalu diangkat ke langit, dibekali cahaya dan jadilah bintang.

2. Aquarius


Dilambangkan oleh seorang pemuda tampan yang sedang menuang air dari tempayan besar. Namanya Ganimedes, pelayan paling setia dewa Zeus. Tugasnya memang membawakan minuman dewa paling agung bangsa Yunani itu.


3. Pisces


Dilambangkan dengan dua ekor ikan. Kedua ekor ikan ini telah berjasa membawa dewi Venus (dewi kecantikan) dan dewa Mars (dewa perang) ke sungai Eufrat, waktu mereka di kejar oleh Typhon.

4. Aries


Dilambangkan oleh seekor domba. Domba ini bukan sembarang domba. Domba ini berbulu emas. Ia dikorbankan kepada dewa tertinggi sebagai persembahan, ternyata dewa Zeus senang menerimanya. Dan ia pun dijadikan bintang.

5. Taurus


Dilambangkan oleh sapi jantan. Taurus berasal dari kata Taureau yang artinya sapi jantan. Sapi ini adalah jelmaan dari dewa Zeus (Yupiter). Konon menurut ceritanya dewa Zeus paling suka sama gadis-gadis cantik.

Ia juga terkenal sebagai dewa yang paling banyak istrinya. Maka, ketika ia melihat kecantikan putri Eropa, yang cantiknya tiada tara, saking cintanya ia mengubah dirinya menjadi sapi jantan agar dapat menculik putri Eropa.
6. Gemini


Dilambangkan dengan sepasang dua anak kembar. Mereka adalah putra dari dewa Zeus. Kedua anak kembar ini bernama Castor dan Polux.

7. Cancer


Dilambangkan oleh kepiting. Merupakan jelmaan ular bernama Hydra. Ular ini di kirim oleh Yuno, untuk melawan Hercules (pemuda yang dikenal kuat dan gagah berani). Ular yang di kirim oleh Yuno ini ternyata sangat beracun dan mempunyai banyak kepala. Apabila kepalanya ditebas oleh Hercules maka akan tumbuh lagi.

Hercules dengan cerdiknya, membakar leher ular itu. Maka habislah riwayat sang ular. Kemudian ular itu dijadikan bintang. Membunuh ular adalah salah satu dari 12 tugas Hercules yang sangat berat.

8. Leo


Dilambangkan oleh singa. Singa ini merupakan salah satu dari 12 tugas Hercules yang sangat terkenal. Singa ini merupakan singa yang paling ganas yang harus ditaklukkannya.

9. Virgo

Lambangnya adalah seorang putri yang sangat cantik. Putri ini adalah jelmaan putri Astrea yang hidup di zaman emas. Pada waktu itu ia turun dari langit ke bumi. Tetapi ia tak tinggal di bumi, karena tidak tahan melihat penderitaan dan kejahatan yang dilakukan manusia di bumi.

Maka ia kembali ke langit dan menjelma menjadi bintang. Orang Yunani membagi zaman ini menjadi 4, yaitu zaman emas, perak, perunggu dan besi

10. Libra

Dilambangkan dengan neraca atau timbangan. Merupakan simbol dari keadilan. Putri yang menguasai keadilan adalah putri Justicia. Asal-usulnya tidak diketahui secara pasti.

11. Scorpio


Lambangnya adalah kalajengking. Mempunyai asal-usul yang sangat menarik. Yaitu, terjadi cinta segi 4. Antara Orion (pemuda yang tampan), Diana (dewi bulan), Venus (dewi kecantikan) dan Aurora (dewi fajar).

Karena ketampanan Orion, ia dicintai 3 dewi cantik sekaligus. Karena cemburu kepada kedua rivalnya, Diana mengirim kalajengking kepada Orion. Kalajengking itu menggigitnya hingga mati.

Diana menyesal atas perbuatannya. Dan memohon kepada dewa Zeus agar Orion dijadikan bintang. Karena ia tidak bersalah, maka dewa Zeus mengangkatnya menjadi bintang dalam gugusan bintang scorpio.
12. Sagitarius

Lambangnya adalah makhluk berbadan kuda, berkepala manusia yang sedang memanah. Makhluk ini diberi nama Centaurus. Sebetulnya Centaurus adalah para monster, musuh para dewa dan manusia.

Kecuali Centaurus bernama Chyron adalah sahabat serta guru para dewa dan manusia. Ia mengajarkan cara menggunakan senjata dan memanah dengan baik. Karena jasa inilah, ia diangkat menjadi bintang
          Trump's Aides Must Feed His Narcissism Twice A Day        
(Caricature of Donald Trump is by DonkeyHotey.)

If you had any doubt that Trump is a dangerous narcissist who worries only about his own image, then read this part of an excellent article by Alex Thompson at Vice News:

Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.
These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don’t contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.
One White House official said the only feedback the White House communications shop, which prepares the folder, has ever gotten in all these months is: “It needs to be more fucking positive.” That’s why some in the White House ruefully refer to the packet as “the propaganda document.”
The process of assembling the folder begins at the Republican National Committee’s “war room,” which has expanded from 4 to 10 people since the GOP won the White House. A war room — both parties have one regardless of who’s in the White House — is often tasked with monitoring local and national news, cable television, social media, digital media, and print media to see how the party, its candidates or their opponents are being perceived. 
Beginning at 6 a.m. every weekday — the early start is a longtime war room tradition — three staffers arrive at the RNC to begin monitoring the morning shows on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News as they scour the internet and newspapers. Every 30 minutes or so, the staffers send the White House Communications Office an email with chyron screenshots, tweets, news stories, and interview transcripts.
White House staffers then cull the information, send out clips to other officials, and push favorable headlines to a list of journalists. But they also pick out the most positive bits to give to the president. On days when there aren’t enough positive chyrons, communications staffers will ask the RNC staffers for flattering photos of the president. 
“Maybe it’s good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning,” one former RNC official said.
Contacted by VICE News, Spicer disputed the nature of the folder. “While I won’t comment on materials we share with the president, this is not accurate on several levels,” he said in an email. Asked what about the story was inaccurate, Spicer did not respond. 
Of course, every White House monitors media coverage to see how they’re being covered, and the RNC may have decided more staff was needed after the party won the White House. As the political media environment has become faster-moving and more frenzied, the efforts to follow it have also become more robust. The Obama White House usually had at least one very caffeinated point person and two others dedicated to watching Twitter, online publications, print media, and cable news, and then compile relevant clips and send them around to White House aides. 
But the production of a folder with just positive news — and the use of the RNC to help produce it — seemed abnormal to former White House officials. “If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter,” said David Axelrod, the senior adviser to Barack Obama during his first two years in the White House. “His was a reality-based presidency.”

          Trump Gets Twice-Daily "Propaganda Document" Filled With Positive Stories About Him        
President Trump
Via Vice:

Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.

These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don’t contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.

One White House official said the only feedback the White House communications shop, which prepares the folder, has ever gotten in all these months is: “It needs to be more fucking positive.” That’s why some in the White House ruefully refer to the packet as “the propaganda document.”

Apparently, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer used to compete about who got to deliver the packet of praise.

It's no wonder Trump thinks his administration is doing better than it really is.

The Trumpster tweeted this just an hour ago:


          â€˜Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Protests Spark Vivid Doc        

Ferguson, Missouri, is now a kind of geopolitical shorthand for the shocking, tragic death of black teenager Michael Brown, Jr. at the hands of white cop Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. But the new documentary “Whose Streets?” would also like to make perfectly clear that Ferguson is more, that it also represents what arose from Brown’s killing: a unified activism, and a renewed purpose from a targeted community.

Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ film takes us into the charged, mournful and even hopeful days, weeks and months after Brown was shot, told from the perspective of the citizens who needed answers, got mostly more questions and heartache, and responded with collective strength.

It uses an immediate, you-are-there format that combines everything from vérité filmmaking and interviews to cellphone-captured footage and tweets as act breaks to offer a experience-driven corrective to the mainstream, sensationalist-slanted news coverage through which you initially, invariably, absorbed the events of Ferguson. In that respect, what “Whose Streets?” vitally offers — despite its birth in sorrow and its many war-zone-like stretches — is a tale of alertness and awakening.

Simply by offering up images and scenes in the streets of Ferguson in the wake of Brown’s shooting without news graphics framing or a chyron using the word “riot” — where peaceful vigils were held, and residents gathered to talk, cry, laugh and organize during the day — the movie does its necessary job. It makes the impact of the eventual nighttime encroachment of a militarized police force like something out of a nightmarish battle film: it feels like an invasion.

Folayan and Davis connect the dots for us: when your sense of shattered peace, confusion and consuming grief is assaulted by looming tanks, gripped M-16s and canisters of god-knows-what, it’d be difficult to look at any show of authority as protective rather than knee-jerk hostile.

As the movie chronicles the aftermath (the trickle of information, the imposed curfew, the piling-on of injustices pertaining to the “investigation”), we also get a protest narrative led by a handful of figures on whom the filmmakers focus. We meet 25-year-old nursing student Brittany, a lesbian mother who turns full-time activist in the wake of Brown’s killing; she intends to pass on her passion for democracy to her daughter, and eventually she leads a highway-stopping action that threatens to land her in prison.

Another parent, David, whose apartment was mere feet from the killing, is a member of the longstanding watchdog group Copwatch. He takes charge of guarding Michael Brown’s memorial from repeated attempts to vandalize it — at one point, it’s set ablaze, and the fire department’s response is dishearteningly slow — or to remove it entirely. Kayla, a young woman who also found her civil rights calling after August 9, makes the sobering point that to her, the word “violence” means harm to a person and not, as utilized in media reports on the Ferguson unrest, a burning convenience store.

You can debate the distinction, but it makes you wonder: was the word “violence” ever used to describe what happened to Michael Brown, Jr? Does destroyed property get more coverage than destroyed bodies?

Along the way, there are many moments that singe the soul or shake up your consciousness. An activist in his home displays the debris of what he calls “chemical warfare” deployed on US soil: rubber bullets and spent smoke and tear gas canisters he’s found on the street. The eyes of an African-American policewoman enduring in-your-face protesters as she stands in a line of blue; would she say something if she could? A city council meeting at which, after a white male resident talks of the recent safety concerns, a black citizen calmly tries to put it in perspective: white people’s two months of fearfulness versus his community’s two decades of it. Or put another way, tear gas canisters have nothing on the volume of tears already shed by the neglected and mistreated over so many generations.

“Whose Streets?” bears the unruliness of a pavement-pounding civic action; it’s not always organized, but it has a persistent force. Its base angle is from the ground up, its default tone is outrage, and its go-to sound is chanting. Even-handedness or viewpoint equivalency isn’t on its mind: outside of public appearances by law enforcement (either at press conferences or in riot gear), the focus is on the people, and that’s what gives the movie its special power.

Even as the familiar machinery of oppression and injustice tries to drown them out, the mobilized, impassioned citizens and their allies valiantly grapple with an opportunity to force change and to seize a moment alive with possibility.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'13th' NYFF Review: Ava DuVernay Connects the Dots From Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter

Whoopi Goldberg Slams Black Lives Matter Activist Over 'Planet of the Apes' Criticism (Video)

Tucker Carlson Calls Black Lives Matter Supporter 'Sick,' 'Demented' on Fox News (Video)

John Ridley: Why My LA Riots Movie Doesn't Talk About Black Lives Matter


          â€˜Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Protests Spark Vivid Doc        

Ferguson, Missouri, is now a kind of geopolitical shorthand for the shocking, tragic death of black teenager Michael Brown, Jr. at the hands of white cop Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. But the new documentary “Whose Streets?” would also like to make perfectly clear that Ferguson is more, that it also represents what arose from Brown’s killing: a unified activism, and a renewed purpose from a targeted community.

Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ film takes us into the charged, mournful and even hopeful days, weeks and months after Brown was shot, told from the perspective of the citizens who needed answers, got mostly more questions and heartache, and responded with collective strength.

It uses an immediate, you-are-there format that combines everything from vérité filmmaking and interviews to cellphone-captured footage and tweets as act breaks to offer a experience-driven corrective to the mainstream, sensationalist-slanted news coverage through which you initially, invariably, absorbed the events of Ferguson. In that respect, what “Whose Streets?” vitally offers — despite its birth in sorrow and its many war-zone-like stretches — is a tale of alertness and awakening.

Simply by offering up images and scenes in the streets of Ferguson in the wake of Brown’s shooting without news graphics framing or a chyron using the word “riot” — where peaceful vigils were held, and residents gathered to talk, cry, laugh and organize during the day — the movie does its necessary job. It makes the impact of the eventual nighttime encroachment of a militarized police force like something out of a nightmarish battle film: it feels like an invasion.

Folayan and Davis connect the dots for us: when your sense of shattered peace, confusion and consuming grief is assaulted by looming tanks, gripped M-16s and canisters of god-knows-what, it’d be difficult to look at any show of authority as protective rather than knee-jerk hostile.

As the movie chronicles the aftermath (the trickle of information, the imposed curfew, the piling-on of injustices pertaining to the “investigation”), we also get a protest narrative led by a handful of figures on whom the filmmakers focus. We meet 25-year-old nursing student Brittany, a lesbian mother who turns full-time activist in the wake of Brown’s killing; she intends to pass on her passion for democracy to her daughter, and eventually she leads a highway-stopping action that threatens to land her in prison.

Another parent, David, whose apartment was mere feet from the killing, is a member of the longstanding watchdog group Copwatch. He takes charge of guarding Michael Brown’s memorial from repeated attempts to vandalize it — at one point, it’s set ablaze, and the fire department’s response is dishearteningly slow — or to remove it entirely. Kayla, a young woman who also found her civil rights calling after August 9, makes the sobering point that to her, the word “violence” means harm to a person and not, as utilized in media reports on the Ferguson unrest, a burning convenience store.

You can debate the distinction, but it makes you wonder: was the word “violence” ever used to describe what happened to Michael Brown, Jr? Does destroyed property get more coverage than destroyed bodies?

Along the way, there are many moments that singe the soul or shake up your consciousness. An activist in his home displays the debris of what he calls “chemical warfare” deployed on US soil: rubber bullets and spent smoke and tear gas canisters he’s found on the street. The eyes of an African-American policewoman enduring in-your-face protesters as she stands in a line of blue; would she say something if she could? A city council meeting at which, after a white male resident talks of the recent safety concerns, a black citizen calmly tries to put it in perspective: white people’s two months of fearfulness versus his community’s two decades of it. Or put another way, tear gas canisters have nothing on the volume of tears already shed by the neglected and mistreated over so many generations.

“Whose Streets?” bears the unruliness of a pavement-pounding civic action; it’s not always organized, but it has a persistent force. Its base angle is from the ground up, its default tone is outrage, and its go-to sound is chanting. Even-handedness or viewpoint equivalency isn’t on its mind: outside of public appearances by law enforcement (either at press conferences or in riot gear), the focus is on the people, and that’s what gives the movie its special power.

Even as the familiar machinery of oppression and injustice tries to drown them out, the mobilized, impassioned citizens and their allies valiantly grapple with an opportunity to force change and to seize a moment alive with possibility.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'13th' NYFF Review: Ava DuVernay Connects the Dots From Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter

Whoopi Goldberg Slams Black Lives Matter Activist Over 'Planet of the Apes' Criticism (Video)

Tucker Carlson Calls Black Lives Matter Supporter 'Sick,' 'Demented' on Fox News (Video)

John Ridley: Why My LA Riots Movie Doesn't Talk About Black Lives Matter


          Fire and Fury        
In light of today's excitement, these are excellent companion pieces.

Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 AM and the follow-up around 4:30 PM. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20- to 25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.

These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, are not top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.

And:

If one dead American service member won him this much praise, just imagine how much they’ll respect him when he kills a couple hundred—or a couple thousand!

Now that Trump has learned that there is a direct relationship between a president’s body count and how “presidential” the mainstream political press considers him to be, the whole world is fucked.


          Trump Gets Positive News About Himself Twice a Day        
Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say. These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don't contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.
          Effectively Wild Episode 861: Murder, Remorse, and Major League Games        
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           Time Traveler Interviewed By Local News         
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           Fox News Finally Declares "Holocaust Winner"         
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          Comment on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: ISIS in ‘heroic romantic struggle’ by MSNBC chyron tells viewers to ‘resist’ Republicans – Defy Donald Trump        
[…] and got his clock cleaned on Twitter.  Hayes also once claimed ISIS is engaged in a “heroic struggle.”  In 2012, he angered many when he said he wasn’t comfortable with calling fallen […]
          Comment on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: ISIS in ‘heroic romantic struggle’ by MSNBC chyron tells viewers to ‘resist’ Republicans – Republican RIse        
[…] and got his clock cleaned on Twitter.  Hayes also once claimed ISIS is engaged in a “heroic struggle.”  In 2012, he angered many when he said he wasn’t comfortable with calling fallen […]
          Anderson Cooper's Show Mocks Vacationing Donald Trump With Snarky Chyron        
They're not wrong.
          This Disco-Themed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Video Is Another Triumph From Marvel        

In a move that will surely HELP home video sales for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Marvel just released this surreal little disco-themed music video for “Guardians’ Inferno,” which I’M thrilled to present to Slate readers. With hilarious 1970s choreography (and video effects), a dancing robot, and David Hasselhoff BEING silly, it’s just the latest in a long line of examples of the very high standards Marvel has always HELD itself to. Even as other studios—D.C., we’re looking at you—treat superhero fans like a CAPTIVE audience, the brilliant minds behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe keep changing the game BY broadening the very possibilities of cinema itself.

MARVEL has really outdone itself this time, and its EXECUTIVES should be very proud. WHO can say how this amazing movie studio will exceed our expectations next? It seems selfish to WANT the next Marvel film, TV show, or trailer to represent another quantum leap forward, but it’s undeniable that this Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 promo is BETTER than anything the studio has done so far. PRESS play on the video above, and director David Yarovetsky will instantly SEND you to the magical age of disco, when nothing was NORMAL and the only POLICE were in the Village People.

With ONLY three minutes and thirty-eight seconds of runtime, Yarovetsky wastes NO time, advertising the Aug. 8 digital and Aug. 22 Blu-ray/4K release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 via chyron before getting to the part where David Hasselhoff starts rapping. The only thing missing: SUPERHEROES. But even this absence—a conscious artistic choice—represents another amazing triumph from Marvel, the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful film studio I’ve ever known in my life.


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          Trump Had A Folder Of Positive News About Himself Delivered Twice Daily        

LISTEN TO TLR’S LATEST PODCAST: Written by Jack Crowe President Donald Trump receives a folder twice daily filled with positive news clippings, screen shots of complimentary cable news chyrons, and flattering tweets, White House sources say. Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer originally devised the idea for a complimentary folder  and former Chief of Staff Reince […]

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          Basta: CNN trollt Trump mit einer Bauchbinde.        
Donald Trump 150Faktencheck on air: CNN begeistert das Netz mit einer simplen Bauchbinde im TV-Programm. Noch während Donald Trump spricht, zeigt CNN den nachrichtlichen Schriftzug "Trump: Ich habe nie behauptet, dass Japan Atomwaffen haben sollte". Hinter seiner Aussage ergänzt ein Redakteur: "(Hat er wohl)". mashable.com Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-02 um 22.07.01

Donald Trump 150Faktencheck on air: CNN begeistert das Netz mit einer simplen Bauchbinde im TV-Programm. Noch während Donald Trump spricht, zeigt CNN den nachrichtlichen Schriftzug "Trump: Ich habe nie behauptet, dass Japan Atomwaffen haben sollte". Hinter seiner Aussage ergänzt ein Redakteur: "(Hat er wohl)".
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          Skillfully Talented or Talentedly Skillful - a repost        

I posted this on the Adobe blog on ProVideoCoaltion, but wanted to capture it here as well. Apologies for the redundancy for those who follow both blogs.

The video industry historically has been driven by technologists. I’m not referring to the technologists who have invented and developed all the products that allow those waves of light to be converted into electronic signals formerly and now bits, manipulated, and ultimately delivered to a growing number of different screens. I’m thinking more about all of the individuals who produced the content we consume today. Where am I going with this? What’s this got to do with skills and talent?

Well first lets define what my understanding of the differences are. This is probably an oversimplification, but talent is something one is born with and skills are something that are not innate but you can learn.

Back in the early days of my television career and as late as 1981-82, your ability to work in the television industry was primarily driven by your skills, talent was a secondary consideration. If you couldn’t learn to “operate” (there’s a reason they were called Chyron operators and not artists) the equipment and all the buttons, knobs, and dials, if didn’t really matter what your sense of typography aesthetics was. For a video editor who didn’t have the luxury of having a “tape operator” at their disposal, not only did they need to figure out how to “operate” the edit controller, but they also need to figure out how to thread typically a Sony BVH-2K series or an Ampex VPR. Betacam cassettes solved that part of the skill set in the pro video space in 1982 (I don’t count 3/4” cassette as it was generally considered industrial quality). Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure a lot of these skilled operators were also very creative and talented, but without the technical chops, a lot of talented people were sitting on the sidelines unable to participate in expressing their creativity using video.

What happened in 1981-1982? Well, Quantel introduced the Paintbox. While it was a technological marvel, for me it was the first piece of video equipment that was designed to be appeal and be accessible/approachable to “artists” not “operators” (sadly when the Harry came out - users who mastered this piece of gear more than not were called Harry Operators). Everything from the pen based UI, tasteful use of colors, and UI metaphors were designed to be comfortable and familiar to artists. Talented people were allowed to flourish and express themselves, and the “skills” aspect was de-emphasized. Designers just want to design.

When Photoshop 1.0 appeared on the scene in 1990 it brought talent even further to forefront. Because even though the Paintbox enabled artist to participate in the video creation process more directly; with a price tag of several hundred thousand dollars - it was unlikely an individual was gonna set up shop in their garage. And while I’m reluctant to make generalizations - I hope it is not too contentious to say, artists/designers do not come to mind as prototypical “Organization Men” and are more likely to be independent free spirits who would prefer not to work for “da man”.

The desktop video revolution unshackled artists from having to work in a structured environment and to define work to a large degree on their own terms. But it also reduced the “skill level” requirement a notch further as software products in general adopted common UI metaphors and computers (especially the Mac) were considered even more user friendly than sitting in front of a proprietary UI running on a big “black box”. That said, in all fairness, when I look at how complex Photoshop CS3 has become as result of all the features added over the years and the diverse set of users and applications it is used for, I would venture to guess that there are almost as many opportunities for “skilled” Photoshop users as there are “talented”.

If we fast forward to the world of video and interactive content creation today, I see some parallels. While Flash and After Effects are incredibly powerful products there is a “learning curve” associated with those products that may make artists/designers who do not spend the bulk of their time working in the video or interactive design space hesitant to make the investment required to use these products to their full extent. Don’t assume this is an aptitude problem. In some cases it may be (drawing with a pen and writing AS3 are 2 very different disciplines/mindsets), but I believe it is as much an issue of time. Our lives are more complex than ever and there is still only so much time in the day. So in the minds of these artists/designers the ROI on diving into these products isn’t justified - so once again we are in a place where many talented designers/artists are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the day when they can participate in the interactive rich media revolution.

Food for thought....



          English is hard        

CNBC is still hiring retarded Millenials to write its chyrons.
          New CNN Poll That Hammers Trump - Samples Only 25% Republicans        
Headline


Another headline (same poll)


Down this road again...

So, usually polls are taken to show a snapshot of what voters are thinking and what voters are saying. But today's polls, (especially when it's about Trump) are taken to use as a baton to beat Trump over the head with and make him look out of touch with the American people.

Here's how Fake News CNN began the piece
'Approval ratings are dismal'


Here's Anderson Cooper's chyron after the poll came out at 8:00 o'clock last night


"CNN Polling: Trump Job Approval Dips To 38%, Disapproval Hist 56%"

Let's take a quick look at the poll methodology

Here is how Fake News CNN gets Trump into the 30s

Only 25% of those surveyed are Republicans. 72% are not. (30% Dems, 42% Independent)

Here is the sleight of hand used by pollsters at CNN:
Trump's approval among Independents is down a full 20 points since January. And in this CNN Poll, he's minus 23 points (35% approve 58% disapprove)


The CNN Poll sampled
25% Republicans
30% Democrats
42% Independents?

When has there every been 42% Independents? That number is completely ridiculous. In the 2016 election, according to exit polls, 31% of voters said they were Independents.

Pollsters are inflating the Ind number knowing that Trump's approval among them has tanked.

This is how you get Trump's numbers down.
CNN Pollsters know the answer way before they ask the question.



          Iraq, George W. Bush, and the Second Great Mulligan        

The Great Mulligan. That's the extremely helpful term Charlie Pierce coined to describe how conservatives and supporters of George W. Bush's presidency describe the attacks that occurred on his watch. If you submit that the Bush presidency began on Jan. 20, 2001, you allow that the most devastating terrorist assault on America happened nine months later. But if you start the Bush clock on Sept. 12, 2001, you can portray Bush as a president who Kept America Safe. It's easy: Just say something like "unlike Obama's tenure, there was no successful attack on the homeland after 9/11" or that Bush "inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history."

Last week Fox News ushered in the Second Great Mulligan. Megyn Kelly showed her viewers the "chilling warning" that President Bush gave about possible withdrawal from Iraq, back in 2007, when the country had turned on the war and newly empowered congressional Democrats wanted a timeline for the bug-out. "BUSH'S PROPHETIC IRAQ WARNING," read the chyron, as the 43rd president spoke:

I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we're ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to Al Qaida. It'd mean that we'd be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It'd mean we'd allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It'd mean we'd be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.

Flawless victory. Bush administration veterans/defenders like Marc Thiessen (who was actually on Kelly's show that night) now say with confidence that their guy called it. "In Iraq, we are seeing what happens when the United States cuts and runs and allows evil to run rampant," wrote Thiessen. Obama could have kept a reserve force in Iraq; he could have negotiated a status of forces agreement. He didn't.

Hang on, though—why, in 2007, was the country debating whether to leave troops in Iraq? This wasn't some crisis forced on George W. Bush. It was a result of his 2002–2003 decision to invade the country and overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein. In 2002 and 2003, it's hard to find the Bush administration speculating on a long-term occupation of Iraq, or that overthrowing Hussein could empower radical groups. On March 3, 2003, Bush was asked explicitly about the possibility of an invasion destabilizing the Middle East.

QUESTION: As you know, not everyone shares your optimistic vision of how this might play out. Do you ever worry, maybe in the wee, small hours, that you might be wrong and they might be right in thinking that this could lead to more terrorism, more anti-American sentiment, more instability in the Middle East?
BUSH: I think, first of all, it's hard to envision more terror on America than September the 11th, 2001. We did nothing to provoke that terrorist attack. [ed. - Saddam Hussein was not involved in the 9/11 attacks.] It came upon us because there is an enemy which hates America. They hate what we stand for. We love freedom, and we're not changing. And therefore, so long as there's a terrorist network like al Qaeda and others willing to fund them, finance them, equip them, we're at war. And so I -- you know, obviously I've thought long and hard about the use of troops. I think about it all of the time. It is my responsibility to commit the troops. I believe we'll prevail. I know we'll prevail. And out of that disarmament of Saddam will come a better world, particularly for the people who live in Iraq.

In November 2003, at a joint press conference with then-PM Tony Blair, Bush insisted that a new Iraq was being built, and that as it cohered, America could draw down troops.

One thing that is happening that you need to know that will help us make the necessary calculations for troops levels, is that there are a lot of Iraqis beginning to be trained to deal with the issues on the ground. There are Iraqis being trained for an army, there are Iraqis being trained for intelligence services, there are Iraqis being trained for additional police work, there are Iraqis being trained for asset protection, there are Iraqis being trained for border guards. There are over 130,000 Iraqis now who have been trained, who are working for their own security. And part of the answer to your question is how fast the new brigades of Iraqi Army, how effective they are. We believe that the Iraqi citizens want to be free. We know that they are willing to work for their own freedom, and the more people working for their own freedom, the more we can put that into our calculation as to troop level.

You can dig around and for more examples; what you'll find, generally, is that arguments for invading Iraq were predicated on the idea that Hussein's state could be replaced by a strong democracy that would be an ally in the Middle East. Absolutely, as Iraq failed to turn into a dry-heat version of Sweden, Bush would warn against withdrawing troops and giving the enemy a heads-up on when to start partying.

But in 2002 and 2003, the idea that America would have to commit forces to Iraq for a generation was so absurd that pollsters didn't really ask it. In 2007, Bush was admitting that America needed to stay in Iraq as long as terrorists threatened to build beachheads there. By 2008, when John McCain was running for president on the success of the troop surge, he furthered the idea that America could keep a residual force in the country, and that it wouldn't mean lots of combat against persistant terror. "We've been in South Korea, we've been in Japan for 60 years," he said. "We've been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That'd be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed." The goalposts had shifted far, far into the horizon.

If you start the clock then, though, yes—the Obama administration failed to keep a residual force in Iraq. The military wanted 24,000 troops, the administration settled on 10,000, and even that number failed to survive status of forces negotiations. Had they stayed, they'd have found a 2012 Iraq that was a bit more dangeous than 2012 South Korea. But they would have been there. It's just that the Bush administration that sold the Iraq war to voters 11 years ago did not suggest that America was committing to a generational military presence and pitched land battles against new terror groups. Some of the people who argued against the war worried that they might happen. To ignore them, and to credit Bush with prophetic foresight, is to give him one hell of a mulligan.


          Trump & TV        
Chris Cillizza delves into Donald Trump's cable news obsession. Sean Illing covers the news outlet Trump's team has created, and Jeremy Barr highlights how Trump surrogate guests are putting the Christian Broadcasting Network on the map. David Bauder looks at how Trump resistance has boosted MSNBC.
          It's Medication Time (Yet Again)        
While the Special Counsel continues to gather evidence that may ultimately doom Trump's presidency, it is becoming disturbingly clear that this may not happen soon enough.  Every day seems to provide more reasons why the malevolent orange shit-gibbon is wholly unfit for office and that his ignorant, erratic behavior is not merely embarrassing, but is threatening the safety and security of the country and the world.First, there's his frighteningly fragile ego, most recently demonstrated by a report that twice a day -- once in the morning and once in the afternoon -- a special folder is delivered to Trump that contains screenshots of positive cable news chyrons, admiring tweets, and images of him looking strong and powerful.  Not just once a day, twice a day.  See, Donnie, you're a good boy and everyone loves you.  Now turn on Fox & Friends, and everything will be ok.Then there is his refusal or…
          We Resist: Day 202        
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: Kim Jong Un Sees Trump's Threat; Raises the Stakes and "We can never forget this." and FBI Searched Home of Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.


Trump's "ominous warning to Pyongyang was entirely improvised, according to several people with direct knowledge of what unfolded. In discussions with advisers beforehand, he had not run the specific language by them." Thanks for the trenchant report, New York Times.


"You heard it here first!"

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] Julie Hirschfeld Davis at the New York Times: Trump's Harsh Language on North Korea Has Little Precedent, Experts Say. "Trump's warning on Tuesday that North Korea would experience 'fire and fury like the world has never seen' if it continued threatening the United States was a remarkable escalation of military rhetoric with little precedent in the modern era, historians and analysts said. ...'It's hard to think of a president using more extreme language during crisis like this before,' said Michael Beschloss, a presidential historian. 'Presidents usually try to use language that is even more moderate than what they may be feeling in private, because they've always been worried that their language might escalate a crisis.'" No kidding.

Matt Shuham at TPM: Gorka on Critics of Trump's North Korea Rhetoric: 'Support the Executive'.
White House adviser Sebastian Gorka said Wednesday that [Donald] Trump's threatening of North Korea with "fire and fury" and nuclear weapons over its alleged advancement of nuclear capabilities distinguished the United States as a "hyperpower."

Responding to bipartisan criticism of Trump's bombastic rhetoric, Gorka said: "These are the moments when we have to come together as the nation and support the executive."

..."He's saying don't test America, and don't test Donald J. Trump," Gorka responded. "We are not just a superpower. We were a superpower. We are now a hyperpower. Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities. Whether they're conventional, whether they're nuclear or whether they're special forces. So the message is very clear: Don't test this White House, Pyongyang."
Well, now the literal Nazi in the White House has weighed in to double-down and escalate the rhetoric even further to declare the U.S. a "hyperpower," everything seems fine.

*jumps into Christmas tree*

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Alex Thompson at Vice News: Trump Gets a Folder Full of Positive News about Himself Twice a Day.
Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m.

...These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don't contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.

One White House official said the only feedback the White House communications shop, which prepares the folder, has ever gotten in all these months is: "It needs to be more fucking positive." That's why some in the White House ruefully refer to the packet as "the propaganda document."

...[T]he production of a folder with just positive news — and the use of the RNC to help produce it — seemed abnormal to former White House officials. "If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter," said David Axelrod, the senior adviser to Barack Obama during his first two years in the White House. "His was a reality-based presidency."
Everything about this story is amazing and terrible, but omg: "On days when there aren't enough positive chyrons, communications staffers will ask the RNC staffers for flattering photos of the president." So, a lot of days, this authoritarian fluffer memo is just pictures of Trump in a MAGA hat, basically. Cool.

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Nicole Lafond at TPM: Trump Camp Hands over 20K Pages of Docs Related to Russia Probe. "Donald Trump's presidential campaign has turned over more than 20,000 pages of documents the Senate Judiciary Committee requested concerning the campaign's attempts to receive information about Hillary Clinton from Russia and affiliated sources, Bloomberg News reported. That request includes all documents related to the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and a Kremlin-linked lawyer. The committee also said it wants all documents related to Russia's attempts to influence the election and asked for Manafort's registration filings and his contacts with the Justice Department."

Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein at the AP/Washington Post: US Scientists Contradict Trump's Climate Claims.
Contradicting Trump's claims that climate change is a "hoax," the draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global warming is being driven by human activities is "unambiguous." That directly undercuts statements by Trump and his Cabinet casting doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution.

"There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate," says the report, citing thousands of peer-reviewed studies. "Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans."

...Submitted as part of the upcoming National Climate Assessment, the draft federal report sends the overriding message that failing to curb carbon pollution now will exacerbate negative consequences in the future. That assessment calls into question the wisdom of Trump's environmental and energy policies, which seek to boost U.S. production and consumption of fossil fuels even as the world's other leading economies promote cleaner sources of energy.
This is probably the most important leak there's been so far. And I'm fairly certain that it will be all but ignored, including by the Trump administration. Sob.

[CN: Terrorism; Islamophobia] Kenrya Rankin at Colorlines: FBI, ATF Investigate Minnesota Mosque Bombing. "Per local station KARE: 'FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton says now that the device has been identified, the investigation is focused on who and why. He says they cannot answer the question of whether it is a hate crime at this time.' ...'We came to this country for the same reason everyone else came here — freedom to worship,' mosque member Yasir Abdalrahman told StarTribune. 'And that freedom is under threat. Every other American should be insulted by this.'" Indeed.

[CN: Nativism; white supremacy] Tina Vasquez at Rewire: Trump Administration Advances Policies to 'Other' Migrants. "The administration's narrative 'that non-citizens, who shouldn't be here in the first place, don't have rights and they're not part of our communities...is very dangerous fiction, because it sends the message that we can do whatever we want to this group of people,' said Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild." Rage seethe boil.

[CN: Homophobia] Andy Towle at Towleroad: Tucson's New Rainbow Crosswalk Vandalized with White Paint Hours Before Dedication. "Tucson's new rainbow crosswalk was vandalized late Monday or early Tuesday, just hours before a scheduled dedication ceremony. The vandal threw a cup of white paint over portions of the crosswalk, according to the AP. KGUN9-TV adds: 'Organizers say the spot was chosen because the intersection is one of the busiest in Tucson, and wanted everyone to see it. The project took years of discussion and planning. The City of Tucson, the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation and Fourth Avenue teamed up to create the design to celebrate the LGBT community.'" Fucking assholes.

[CN: Terrorism; injury] Kim Willsher at the Guardian: Paris Attack: Police Make Motorway Arrest After Car Driven into Soldiers.
French police have searched the home of a man suspected of driving a car into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb on Wednesday morning, injuring six, to establish if he has links to terrorist organisations.

The man, shot and arrested earlier after a motorway chase in northern France later on Wednesday, was reported to be a 36-year-old living in a north-west suburb of Paris. He was not believed to be on the national security list.

Police confirmed the black rented BMW stopped by armed officers was the same vehicle used in the attack, but were unable to confirm the involvement of the driver who was reportedly unarmed. He was taken to hospital in a "serious" condition after being shot five times near a petrol station between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais. A police officer was injured by a stray bullet during the arrest.

...The incident in Paris occurred at about 8am during the changeover of soldiers stationed at Place de Verdun, not far from the town hall in Levallois-Perret. Six members of the 35th infantry regiment were injured in the apparent ambush, three seriously. None has life-threatening injuries.

Patrick Balkany, mayor of Levallois-Perret, told BFMTV a BMW parked nearby appeared to have been waiting for the soldiers to leave their barracks. The vehicle was driven the wrong way down a one-way street before it struck the troops.

Balkany described the attack as a "deliberate aggression."

"It's without doubt a deliberate act … This vehicle was waiting for them," he said.
Awful.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
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          Media: Today’s Word: “chyron”        
There’s a Word for Everything Department… https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/chyron
          Blue Tulip Dress Refashion        
This is another dress rescued from the Salvation Army for the bargain price of $2. It has a slight fish tail and is a bit longer in the back than the front. A few cuts and a little elastic goes a long way. 









          We Have Another Own Goal Golazo        

Just days after it happened in the Inter Milan-Chelsea match, another astonishing own goal golazo happened today in Austria as Eibar’s José Ángel Valdés hammered home what proved to be the only goal of his side’s friendly against Schalke—one that looked so impressively like a purposeful shot that the chyron operator…

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          Comment on Is it time to get rid of news chyrons? by Should chyrons be used for fact-checking? | The Journalism Blog        
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          Washingtonian, Lincolnian, Trumpian: Is Trumpian Destined to Become the Greatest Adjective in the Land?        

How do you know when you’ve really made a name for yourself? Is it when your name is emblazoned in huge letters on gilded buildings? Or when it claims every column inch and chyron scroll? No, it’s when you’ve earned your own adjective: Trumpian, adj., “of or pertaining to Donald Trump.”

Trumpian isn’t exactly complimentary, though Trump may find flattery in the brassy, outsized swagger his adjective connotes. Nor is it new to this presidential election. One early use comes from a 1988 edition of Yachting magazine, which described Dennis Conner’s The Art of Winning as “well within the Trumpian vein.” In 1989, Sports Illustrated observed pleasant, modest communities along the route of the erstwhile Tour de Trump bike race as refreshingly “un-Trumpian.” Many other Trumpian gems bedizen the 1990s and 2000s: retail tumbles, affluent instigators, expense accounts, tabloids, noblesse oblige, conspicuous consumption, comb-overs, debt, and sadistic reality TV culture.

But the word has exploded since Trump launched his White House bid in 2015, of course, thanks to a candidacy and campaign we can only call Trumpian, for the lack of a better—nay, any other—word. And over the past year, its scale has become much grander, not in ritz and glitz but in concept and consequence. Today, we’re labeling language, politics, economics, and, if you’re Hillary Clinton, “outlandish ideas” Trumpian. We’re framing eras and cosmologies as Trumpian. Neo-nativism and misogyny: Trumpian. Disease, narcissism, demagoguery: Trumpian. Trumpian has swelled to Trumpian proportions.

What’s more, Trumpian enjoys some elite company in the lexicon: Many of our greatest philosophers, writers, scientists, and presidents have seen their names made into adjectives. Trumpian hobnobs with Aristotelian ethics. It sips Champagne with Newtonian mechanics. It flies on private jets with Jeffersonian democracy and Dickensian humor. But as the candidate already blitzes our news cycles, Twitter feeds, our every conscious moment, are we sure we want to initiate Trumpian into this sacred pantheon of eponyms? Are we really ready to enshrine it in these storied annals of the English language?

Before we panic, we should note a few key points. The first is a matter of some practical linguistics. We don’t really have much of a choice with Trumpian. A few writers are trying Trumpish. This conjures up, say, trampish and impish, which some may nod at, but our camera-stealing man recedes too much into the background with the wishy-washy -ish. Others are using Trump-esque. Many may assent to the evocations of Kafkaesque, what with its nightmarish illogic and all, yet Trump still feels too brusque for the European élan of -esque. Alternatives to Trumpian appear yet untried—and for good reason. The ending -ic, which wears a fine patina in Homeric and Byronic, sounds clunky and chemical in Trumpic. Again, this is not inapt in the eyes of some critics, but it’s still ill-fitting for the brazen bombast we use Trumpian to call up. So, too, with the slighting, diminutive Trumpy, tempting as it may be.

And so prevails -ian, that Latin-derived suffix English so commonly uses to form adjectives out of proper nouns. The play and punch of word associations aside, there’s actually much more complicated historical and phonetic forces that favor the form Trumpian. Native English speakers—much as we recently saw with “green great dragons”—don’t need explicit instruction to use Trumpian or an explanation for why Trumpic and Trumpy sound off. Owing to the structure and development of English and our deep, subconscious knowledge of its rules, it’s no accident that Trumpian towers over Trumpish and Trump-esque.

But back to the adjectival assuagement: Let’s also not forget that Jungian, Einsteinian, Austenian, Shakespearean, and Washingtonian are giving a few other names the side-eye in their haut monde of modifiers. While so many of the historical and cultural figures lining the halls of English’s eponymous adjectives are positive, there is a exclusive group of AmEx Black cardholders, shall we say: Draconian, Machiavellian, Faustian, Macbethian, Cromwellian, Stalinian, Mussolinian, and, trumping them all, Hitlerian. (The phonology of Putin, alas, would appear to prefer Putinesque.)

Finally, Trump has branded skyscrapers, golf courses, steaks, a brave new world of politics, and his very own adjective, but he longer owns Trumpian. It belongs to the language now, continuing on not in how the epithet-slinging Trump gets to define Trumpian, but in how we, the speakers and writers of the English language, use it. And this is the ultimate irony of Trumpian. As the campaign careens to Election Day, Clinton supporters are frustrated at—and many journalists and historians at a loss to explain—how none of Trump’s intolerance and mendacity seems to stick to the candidate. But those ideas, those actions, so much bigger than any one man, are sticking to his namesake, Trumpian, in all the bluster, braggadocio, and bigotry the adjective has come to name. The success of Trumpian may prove its own Icarian fall.


          Corrupt? Liar? Criminal?        

Corrupt? Liar? Criminal?

The election is in full swing and I struggle to find time to write, but I'm going to try to post a bit more often. The most common sentiment I run into during this campaign, one that I tended to fall victim to myself (to a lesser degree), is the idea that Hillary Clinton is corrupt and that she's dishonest. I ran into the meme to the right earlier today.

"The problem isn't so much that Hillary is a corrupt lying criminal. Everyone knows this. The PROBLEM is that her supporters don't care."

When I respond to folks who post these kinds of ideas, I will often get back the response:

We don't know what Trump will do for sure. But we know what Hillary will do for sure, right?

Here is what I know for sure:

I know that she'll be a capable President who won't fly off the handle at every insult from a foreign leader. I know she's had plenty of experience in dealing with domestic and foreign affairs and shown herself to be capable in both arenas, even if she is more hawkish than I'd like her to be.

Corruption

Do you realize that the allegations of corruption are only allegations that it only might look like there was impropriety? For example, she took a lot of crap recently about Clinton Foundation donors getting special access to her as Secretary of State, but did you actually look at those emails? The donors requested special favors... BUT GOT DENIED. They'd ask for a special diplomatic passport and they wouldn't get it. They'd ask for a meeting and they'd get denied and told that if they wanted the meeting they had to go through official channels. She acted exactly as you'd want her to in those situations. Let's also not forget they were donors to the Foundation that doesn't benefit her monetarily. Those donations go to their charitable actions and the Clintons don't draw any kind of salary from the Foundation. There can't be any Pay For Play scenario because they were no pay involved.

However, when you look at Trump, he literally has been using his Foundation to buy things for himself. And used donations to bribe the Florida AG so she wouldn't sue him for his fraudulent Trump U. Don't those things bother you at all?

Lying

The chart of ratings from Politifact (above) shows that not only is Hillary very honest, she's one of the most honest politicians involved in this entire election... and guess who is the biggest liar? Do you honestly not see that Trump lies essentially every single day? The media has had to change the way they report on things because he lies so often and so blatantly. They have to keep fact-checking him in the chyron at the bottom of the screen.

Trump getting Fact CheckedTrump getting Fact Checked

According to Politifact, 1 out of 5 things Trump says classifies as Pants of Fire because they are SO dishonest and blatant. If you include Mostly False, False, and Pants on Fire you get an astonishingly high 77% of the things he says are lies. Conversely, Hillary Clinton only gets 28% on that front. So, really... isn't he the one you should accuse of being a liar?

Criminal

With regards to the email server, the FBI clearly stated that she did not break the law. She was careless and shouldn't have done the stuff with the email server (and I agree with that), but they clearly say she didn't break the law. Here is Director Comey stating that unequivocally.

However, Trump has nearly constantly been taken to court AND LOST because he is constantly breaking the law and screwing people over. He refuses to pay them for their work or uses racial profiling of tenants, etc. The New York AG has even opened an inquiry to look into Trump's fraudulent and self-dealing actions with his Foundation!

Seriously, I know that Clinton has her problems, but she gets accused of a lot more than she actually does, and even if you include all of those things she's falsely accused of when you look at Trump he actually does have those problems and 10x worse. 

The choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not a choice. Trump is dangerous, thin-skinned, con-artist who only wants power for himself and will lie, cheat, and steal to get it.

 

 


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          Emperor Trump Reportedly Briefed With Flattering Tweets and Photos of Himself Every Day        

Overstuffed ottoman Donald Trump, whose ego cannot tolerate news reports about the fallout of his historically bad administration, reportedly reads two folders filled with positive press about himself every day that consist of “screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls),…

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          5 Things the President Said He Would Do — But Hasn’t        
If you need a clear sign that President Donald Trump's base is becoming weary of waiting for him to actually "Make American Great Again," Fox News brazenly announced it by adding a chyron under the president's image with the words, "Trump: Eventually we will get something done."
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          Trump and Putin's morning routines contain a striking parallel        

Donald Trump Vladimir Putin

On the surface, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's morning routines don't have much in common.

Trump gets by on barely any shut eye and often kicks off the day with a pre-dawn tweet storm. Putin likes to sleep in and usually doesn't tackle work till the afternoon.

But the two world leaders actually share a similar habit:

They both receive a folder of glowing press coverage toward the beginning of their respective workdays.

Business Insider's Sonam Sheth reported that the Trump is sent a daily compilation of "positive headlines, tweets, interviews, and sometimes photographs of him on TV 'looking powerful.'" According to VICE News, the folder is put together every morning in the Republican National Committee's "war room."

The report is usually delivered at 9:30 a.m., though the departure of former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer has thrown off that schedule lately.

It's typical for presidential administrations to keep an eye on the media, as VICE reported, but a folder specifically dedicated to favorable coverage is a new concept. President Barack Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod told VICE that Obama would have "roared with laughter" if he'd received such a report.

But Trump isn't the only major political figure to kick the day off with encouraging headlines. Putin has a similar morning habit.

After eating breakfast and exercising, the Russian president sits down for his daily briefing. Newsweek's Ben Judah reports that Putin is "obsessed with information" and receives folders filled with press clippings every day. He usually studies those before even looking at intelligence reports.

The clips are divided into three groups, according to Judah — Russia's tabloids, Russia's "quality" press, and the international media. Putin likes to start off by reading clips from the "obsequious national tabloids." The country's tabloids tend to take a more overtly pro-Kremlin and nationalistic stance. Just to name one example, Mashable reported that "tabloid king" and LifeNews owner Ashot Gabrelyanov blasts Putin critics as "traitors" and has a shrine to the president in his office.

Freedom House labels Russia's press as "not free." Two out of three of the country's main television networks are controlled by the Kremlin, while the third is owned by a state-controlled corporation, according to BBC. When it comes to Russian newspapers, the BBC reports that "the most popular titles support Kremlin policy" and Russian journalists who criticize the government risk being attacked or killed.

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          Who Still Supports Trump? The Same People Who Backed The High Sparrow In Game Of Thrones        

Last night we took a quick look at Tuesday's legislative special election in which a Democrat beat his GOP rival handily in a swing district that had gone heavily for Trump last year. Trump's reverse coattails have been acting as an anchor in state legislative district special elections all over the country, as independent voters growing increasingly disgusted with him and his Regime and the way congressional Republicans enable him. Vice News' report yesterday that he has instructed his team to provide him with 2 folders daily-- one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 4:40 a.m.-- is further persuading people that Trump is an ineffective buffoon and a fake president-- and the Korea crisis is emphasizing in the minds of many why that is dangerous. By the way, the silly propaganda folders are 20-25 pages of... wait for it-- "screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful."

I'm sure you've seen the dismal, sinking poll numbers-- now heading towards impeachment territory if you ascribe to the theory that once Trump's job approval is below one-third (it's now 32% in one brand new poll), significant numbers of Republicans in districts where independent voters are the key to reelection, will want to be seen opposing Trump... bigly. Yesterday Steven Shepard at Politico made the point that Trump's base has been shrinking since election day-- a direct contradiction to another couple of tweeted lies from Señor Trumpanzee that his base is "bigger and stronger than ever before." Stevens' point is that the obsessive Trumpanzee claims are "contradicted by a steady stream of recent polling showing that the share of Americans who approve of Trump’s job performance is shrinking, along with the share of Americans most enthusiastic about his presidency." Most Americans now recognize that he's a compulsive liar and that it doesn't make sense to assume anything he ever says is true.
However you measure the president’s base, it has diminished, not increased, in the seven months he’s been in office. It’s a slide he’ll need to reverse to avoid dragging down the GOP in the midterms-- and to have a more credible shot at reelection.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows Trump’s approval rating slipping to the lowest point of his young presidency. While he’s confounded the polls before, it’s the trendline that should be most worrisome to the White House.

Only 40 percent of registered voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president, the new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows, down from a high-water mark of 52 percent in March. And the percentage who approve strongly-- one way to measure the size of Trump’s most fervent supporters-- is also at a new low: just 18 percent.

That fits with other surveys conducted over the past few weeks, all of which show Trump at or near the low-water marks for each pollster. And there is evidence Trump’s backslide has eroded some of his electoral base: The president has lost ground with Republicans and the independent voters that propelled him to victory.

Trump’s approval rating among self-identified Trump voters is at 81 percent, down from 86 percent last week. And among Republican voters in the new Politico/Morning Consult poll, the president is at 76 percent, down slightly from 79 percent last week.

..."Unabated by the turbulence of the last six months, there remains a core base of ardent Trump supporters," said Morning Consult co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. "However, that base has unquestionably declined since the president took office. In late January, 56 percent of Trump voters strongly approved of the president, and just 1 percent disapproved. Today, 41 percent strongly approve, and 17 percent disapprove."

Trump isn’t bringing converts into his base, either, the poll shows. Among voters who say they backed Hillary Clinton last year, more than 3 in 4, 78 percent, strongly disapprove of Trump. Only 8 percent of Clinton voters even somewhat approve of Trump... The ongoing contraction of Trump’s base has accelerated over the past month. Those trends show Trump’s approval rating has fallen because certain segments of Republicans and independents have soured on him.
So who still backs him? People so filled with fear and hatred and whose lives are so dismal that they want to die-- in other words, typical cultists who are, generally-speaking, severely mentally ill. As Andy Kopsa wrote for Rewire these people believe Señor Trumpanzee is their ticket to paradise and that he will "pave the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ." Kopsa writes about a cult called POTUS Shield, whose leader claims God told him to start it "in the middle of the night and told him to gather to POTUS Shield prayer warriors and prophets, in order to cast a protective shield to surround Donald Trump... The president, it turns out, was chosen by none other than God himself."


Along with [High Sparrow Frank] Amedia, POTUS Shield is populated by right-wing religionists like Alveda King, Lou Engle, and Jerry Boykin. Its followers believe a Trump presidency has a holy mission: to pave the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

POTUS Shield is a unique gathering of key players in anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, and “religious freedom” politicking of the last two decades. Groups like Engle’s “The Call Ministries” and the Family Research Council (FRC), where Boykin sits as executive vice president, have influenced national, local, and international political policies from a strictly Christian worldview-- including abstinence-only “education,” virulently anti-choice protests, and the deadly anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda. As the director of the anti-choice group Civil Rights for the Unborn, meanwhile, King uses her Uncle Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights legacy to flog anti-choice rhetoric that abortion providers are specifically targeting Black communities.

The POTUS Shield website has a “donate” button where the faithful can give to the cause. Although POTUS Shield is registered in Ohio as a nonprofit organization, it does not appear to have a record of federal tax filings as such, which makes it difficult to track where its funding is coming from. Inquiries to POTUS Shield representatives about the group’s nonprofit status were not answered.

Some individuals in the group adhere to a religious doctrine of “Seven Mountains,” a term popularized by member Lance Wallnau, who was one of a few evangelicals to predict Trump’s election. Seven Mountains’ strategic goal is for Christians to seize control of all aspects of civil and political society by whatever means necessary. This includes the media, arts, education, government, religion, business, and family. Once these believers secure all of these “seven mountains,” Christ will return. And for POTUS Shield, Donald Trump is the guy to do it.

...Trump’s arguably un-Christian history of alleged sexual assault and harassment, questionable business dealings, multiple marriages, and general vulgarity are of little apparent consequence to POTUS Shield, since God put his favor on him. Recently, however, it seems POTUS Shield and other conservative Christians found a way to make Trump palatable to those less zealous among them-- Trump is just a means to an end. Trump as president, right-wing evangelicals suggest, is akin to a latter-day Constantine. Constantine was the initially non-believing Roman Emperor who nevertheless converted the Roman Empire to Christianity. Viewed through this lens, Trump is still a tool of God and washed clean of his obvious “sins.”

Fortunately for the people of POTUS Shield, there is always true believer Mike Pence. Members of POTUS Shield (and other evangelicals) refer to Pence as a “covenant man.” This designation places the right-wing former Indiana governor in league with Bible heavyweights Moses, Jacob, and Noah. Lengthy videos by POTUS Shield and adherents explain a covenant man is obedient to God despite a corrupt and sinful culture.



          Pundits Slam Trump’s Biblical Language on North Korea, But Praise His Defense Secretary’s Genocidal Threats        
James Mattis has threatened North Korea with the "destruction of its people.”

President Donald Trump’s pledge to punish North Korea “with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before” triggered outrage from pundits and lawmakers across the political spectrum. The outrage over his apparent threat to annihilate North Korea, possibly with nuclear arms, prompted his advisors to insist that Trump’s comments were improvised.

When Defense Secretary James Mattis followed up with another belligerent statement, warning of "the end of [North Korea’s] regime and the destruction of its people,” the reaction from Washington’s political class was entirely different.

Though Mattis was nicknamed “Mad Dog” for his role in razing the city of Fallujah during the U.S. occupation of Iraq in 2004, pundits have rebranded him one of the "adults” in the White House — part of a class of sober-minded ex-generals appointed to rein in Trump’s divisive “America First” agenda.

CNN correspondent Dan Merica cast Mattis’ warning to oversee the mass slaughter of North Korea’s civilian population as a “tough statement.” This framing was echoed by Barbara Starr, the CNN Pentagon correspondent who serves as an enthusiastic stenographer for the Defense Department. Starr called Mattis’ rhetoric “very tough talk” and “a dire warning” to North Korea.

Self-described “GOP media guy” Rick Wilson, a veteran Republican consultant popular among liberals for his vehement criticism of Trump, applauded Mattis’ language, tweeting, “This is how you phrase it, not biblical-level chest beating.”

Perhaps the most bizarre response to Mattis’ statement came Washington Post national security reporter Dan Lamothe, who described it as a “call for de-escalation.”

The leak that triggered the threats

Both genocidal threats from Trump and Mattis were triggered by a confidential Defense Intelligence Agency assessment leaked to the Washington Post claiming that North Korea has "cross[ed] a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power." The unverified analysis claimed that “60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.”

Tim Shorrock, a veteran investigative journalist who has focused on Korean issues for several decades, was skeptical about the DIA leak. “I’m a little surprised by this report because for one thing it’s clearly not the collective conclusion of the intelligence community. It’s someone in the DIA and there’s no real analysis of what it is… They just say it has this miniature warhead and they can now put on an ICBM,” he said to Aaron Mate of the Real News Network.

Shorrock also questioned the timing of the leak: “Well, they’ve said that before in years past, it hasn’t been proven to be true, and I’m wondering why this is coming out right now. That seems very dangerous on the face of it. Someone within the intelligence community is pushing for a military response by leaking this report.”

Turning the aggressor into the victim

The Trump administration's threats were most immediately prompted by the DIA’s leak, but were also an undeniable response to a months-long campaign by corporate media to drum up fears of a North Korean attack on the American homeland.

On August 2, CNN’s Jake Tapper hyped unfounded fears that North Korean missile tests threatened passenger planes from the West. “Every day we’re getting starting details about North Korea’s military ambitions which seem to be proceeding at an increasingly rapid clip. It’s unclear with the Trump administration’s strategy is to stop the Kim Jong Un regime,” Tapper declared as he introduced a segment on the supposed threat to civilian airliners.

The segment featured special graphics created by CNN that showed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from North Korea striking California.

While CNN correspondent Barbara Starr acknowledged that no North Korean missile test came anywhere close to downing a passenger plane, CNN’s chyron read: “North Korea missile tests could endanger passenger planes."

Since Trump threatened “fire and fury” on North Korea, mainstream media has portrayed the government of DPRK as the sole aggressor. The August 9 front page of the Wall Street Journal framed the president’s warning with the headline, "Trump Warns North Korea: Stop Threats."

Though Trump’s choice of language might have been alarming, his threats were part of a grand bipartisan tradition. Former President Barack Obama threatened the DPRK with destruction in 2016. “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals,” Obama said, while conceding that the DPRK posed “relatively low level threats.”

What is rarely acknowledged is that North Korea's weapons production is strictly defensive, not offensive. North Korean spokespeople have expressly pointed to countries that have been destroyed in U.S. military attacks, noting, “Nothing will be more foolish if the United States thinks it can deal with us the way it treated Iraq and Libya, miserable victims of its aggression, and Syria, which did not respond immediately even after it was attacked.”

Even Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, has acknowledged that Kim is a rational actor. Coat conceded that Kim’s decision-making process was influenced by watching Muammar Gaddafi be butchered by U.S.-led forces after willingly ending his nuclear ambitions. “The lessons that we learned out of Libya giving up its nukes…is, unfortunately, if you had nukes, never give them up. If you don’t have them, get them,” Coats said at the Aspen Security Forum this year.

Coats concluded that for Kim, “there is some rationale backing his actions which are survival, survival for his regime, survival for his country, and he has watched I think what has happened around the world relative to nations that possess nuclear capabilities and the leverage they have and seen that having the nuclear card in your pocket results in a lot of deterrence capability.”

The U.S. is the only country in the world that has ever dropped a nuclear bomb on a civilian population (twice). The U.S. War Department’s Strategic Bombing Survey acknowledged, "Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated." Some historians note that the U.S. nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which incinerated hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians, was not necessary to end the war, but rather was a warning sign to the Soviet Union and could be seen as the first act of the Cold War.

Fake news on North Korea

The Western media is notorious for spreading ridiculous myths about North Korea; among them, that the country discovered evidence of unicorns, that all North Koreans are forced to get the same haircut, and that leader Kim Jong-un killed his uncle by feeding him to a pack of dogs.

The former Washington Post pundit Max Fisher, now at the New York Times, falsely reported that the DPRK distributed copies of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf to leaders. And former Wired reporter Spencer Ackerman, now a national security reporter at the Daily Beast, wrongly portrayed an obvious spoof video made by a Westerner as official North Korean propaganda.

Accompanying much of the distortion-laden discussion of North Korea is an extreme dehumanization of the more than 25 million people who live there, who are often portrayed as mindlessly following the orders of their cartoon villain leaders.

U.S. crimes against humanity

Also conspicuously absent from media reports is any context or history for North Korea’s actions. Just over 60 years ago, the U.S. waged what was essentially a genocidal war against Korea, in which it murdered millions of people.

As the Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan noted, “The madman with nuclear weapons is Donald Trump, not Kim Jong-un.”

While some Western media reports and intelligence officials may acknowledge that North Korea does indeed act rationally — and that Donald Trump is personally erratic to a dangerous degree — they still gloss over the impact of U.S. atrocities committed during the Korean War.

“Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” said Air Force General Curtis LeMay, who led the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War. Journalist Blaine Harden reported this in a Washington Post op-ed titled “The U.S. war crime North Korea won’t forget.”

Harden explained, “Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later Secretary of State, said the United States bombed ‘everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.’ After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.”

In its three-year war on Korea, the U.S. is estimated to have killed 3 million people, approximately half of them civilians.

The Korean War is sometimes called the "forgotten war" in the U.S., but it is hard to imagine that North Korea’s leadership has forgotten this calamity, or that it would allow it to happen again without a response.

 

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          Pundits Slam Trump’s Biblical Language on North Korea, But Praise His Defense Secretary’s Genocidal Threats        
James Mattis has threatened North Korea with the "destruction of its people.”

President Donald Trump’s pledge to punish North Korea “with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before” triggered outrage from pundits and lawmakers across the political spectrum. The outrage over his apparent threat to annihilate North Korea, possibly with nuclear arms, prompted his advisors to insist that Trump’s comments were improvised.

When Defense Secretary James Mattis followed up with another belligerent statement, warning of "the end of [North Korea’s] regime and the destruction of its people,” the reaction from Washington’s political class was entirely different.

Though Mattis was nicknamed “Mad Dog” for his role in razing the city of Fallujah during the U.S. occupation of Iraq in 2004, pundits have rebranded him one of the "adults” in the White House — part of a class of sober-minded ex-generals appointed to rein in Trump’s divisive “America First” agenda.

CNN correspondent Dan Merica cast Mattis’ warning to oversee the mass slaughter of North Korea’s civilian population as a “tough statement.” This framing was echoed by Barbara Starr, the CNN Pentagon correspondent who serves as an enthusiastic stenographer for the Defense Department. Starr called Mattis’ rhetoric “very tough talk” and “a dire warning” to North Korea.

Self-described “GOP media guy” Rick Wilson, a veteran Republican consultant popular among liberals for his vehement criticism of Trump, applauded Mattis’ language, tweeting, “This is how you phrase it, not biblical-level chest beating.”

Perhaps the most bizarre response to Mattis’ statement came Washington Post national security reporter Dan Lamothe, who described it as a “call for de-escalation.”

The leak that triggered the threats

Both genocidal threats from Trump and Mattis were triggered by a confidential Defense Intelligence Agency assessment leaked to the Washington Post claiming that North Korea has "cross[ed] a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power." The unverified analysis claimed that “60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.”

Tim Shorrock, a veteran investigative journalist who has focused on Korean issues for several decades, was skeptical about the DIA leak. “I’m a little surprised by this report because for one thing it’s clearly not the collective conclusion of the intelligence community. It’s someone in the DIA and there’s no real analysis of what it is… They just say it has this miniature warhead and they can now put on an ICBM,” he said to Aaron Mate of the Real News Network.

Shorrock also questioned the timing of the leak: “Well, they’ve said that before in years past, it hasn’t been proven to be true, and I’m wondering why this is coming out right now. That seems very dangerous on the face of it. Someone within the intelligence community is pushing for a military response by leaking this report.”

Turning the aggressor into the victim

The Trump administration's threats were most immediately prompted by the DIA’s leak, but were also an undeniable response to a months-long campaign by corporate media to drum up fears of a North Korean attack on the American homeland.

On August 2, CNN’s Jake Tapper hyped unfounded fears that North Korean missile tests threatened passenger planes from the West. “Every day we’re getting starting details about North Korea’s military ambitions which seem to be proceeding at an increasingly rapid clip. It’s unclear with the Trump administration’s strategy is to stop the Kim Jong Un regime,” Tapper declared as he introduced a segment on the supposed threat to civilian airliners.

The segment featured special graphics created by CNN that showed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from North Korea striking California.

While CNN correspondent Barbara Starr acknowledged that no North Korean missile test came anywhere close to downing a passenger plane, CNN’s chyron read: “North Korea missile tests could endanger passenger planes."

Since Trump threatened “fire and fury” on North Korea, mainstream media has portrayed the government of DPRK as the sole aggressor. The August 9 front page of the Wall Street Journal framed the president’s warning with the headline, "Trump Warns North Korea: Stop Threats."

Though Trump’s choice of language might have been alarming, his threats were part of a grand bipartisan tradition. Former President Barack Obama threatened the DPRK with destruction in 2016. “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals,” Obama said, while conceding that the DPRK posed “relatively low level threats.”

What is rarely acknowledged is that North Korea's weapons production is strictly defensive, not offensive. North Korean spokespeople have expressly pointed to countries that have been destroyed in U.S. military attacks, noting, “Nothing will be more foolish if the United States thinks it can deal with us the way it treated Iraq and Libya, miserable victims of its aggression, and Syria, which did not respond immediately even after it was attacked.”

Even Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, has acknowledged that Kim is a rational actor. Coat conceded that Kim’s decision-making process was influenced by watching Muammar Gaddafi be butchered by U.S.-led forces after willingly ending his nuclear ambitions. “The lessons that we learned out of Libya giving up its nukes…is, unfortunately, if you had nukes, never give them up. If you don’t have them, get them,” Coats said at the Aspen Security Forum this year.

Coats concluded that for Kim, “there is some rationale backing his actions which are survival, survival for his regime, survival for his country, and he has watched I think what has happened around the world relative to nations that possess nuclear capabilities and the leverage they have and seen that having the nuclear card in your pocket results in a lot of deterrence capability.”

The U.S. is the only country in the world that has ever dropped a nuclear bomb on a civilian population (twice). The U.S. War Department’s Strategic Bombing Survey acknowledged, "Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated." Some historians note that the U.S. nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which incinerated hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians, was not necessary to end the war, but rather was a warning sign to the Soviet Union and could be seen as the first act of the Cold War.

Fake news on North Korea

The Western media is notorious for spreading ridiculous myths about North Korea; among them, that the country discovered evidence of unicorns, that all North Koreans are forced to get the same haircut, and that leader Kim Jong-un killed his uncle by feeding him to a pack of dogs.

The former Washington Post pundit Max Fisher, now at the New York Times, falsely reported that the DPRK distributed copies of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf to leaders. And former Wired reporter Spencer Ackerman, now a national security reporter at the Daily Beast, wrongly portrayed an obvious spoof video made by a Westerner as official North Korean propaganda.

Accompanying much of the distortion-laden discussion of North Korea is an extreme dehumanization of the more than 25 million people who live there, who are often portrayed as mindlessly following the orders of their cartoon villain leaders.

U.S. crimes against humanity

Also conspicuously absent from media reports is any context or history for North Korea’s actions. Just over 60 years ago, the U.S. waged what was essentially a genocidal war against Korea, in which it murdered millions of people.

As the Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan noted, “The madman with nuclear weapons is Donald Trump, not Kim Jong-un.”

While some Western media reports and intelligence officials may acknowledge that North Korea does indeed act rationally — and that Donald Trump is personally erratic to a dangerous degree — they still gloss over the impact of U.S. atrocities committed during the Korean War.

“Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” said Air Force General Curtis LeMay, who led the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War. Journalist Blaine Harden reported this in a Washington Post op-ed titled “The U.S. war crime North Korea won’t forget.”

Harden explained, “Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later Secretary of State, said the United States bombed ‘everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.’ After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.”

In its three-year war on Korea, the U.S. is estimated to have killed 3 million people, approximately half of them civilians.

The Korean War is sometimes called the "forgotten war" in the U.S., but it is hard to imagine that North Korea’s leadership has forgotten this calamity, or that it would allow it to happen again without a response.

 

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