THERE ARE SOME good reasons to believe Russians had something to do with the breaches into email accounts belonging to members of the Democratic party, which proved varyingly embarrassing or disruptive for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But “good” doesn’t necessarily mean good enough to indict Russia’s head of state for sabotaging our democracy.
Hillary's warmongering was a prob - wanton bombing of civilians in a historic city, not so much. Hey, we're doing gas pipelines in Indian territory this year - maybe we can get you on next year's agenda, though hurry, it's stacking up. Meanwhile, apparently Assad and Putin were just joking about letting civilians leave.
Aleppo's now looking like Warsaw in The Pianist. But hey, Hillary's emails... and Nuland said "Fuck the EU"!!! And American imperialism!!!!!!!
You see, in order to sell the legitimacy of Il Douche and his entourage of madmen, Russian dupes and plutocrats, it has now become necessary for the American Fascist Party to pivot 180 degrees, completely unremember the last eight years, and roll out a new and wholly false narrative about the Obama Administration....
Watch the video, read the summary below from Nabell Azeez, figure out how Trump is manipulating things - not how we want politicians to behave or think he's winning (or think he's losing). (PS - this was all stuff from 10 months ago.)
11 Persuasion tips you can learn from Donald Trump and apply to your copywriting
Here are the 11 persuasion techniques Trump uses most often.
Persuasive Copywriting Tip #1: Sell Benefits, Not Features
Democrat or Republican, in an age where trust in politicians is at a minimum, it is not hard to see the attraction of that blunt aspect of the New York image…It’s a quality that can be profoundly appealing. – Michael Newman, linguist at Queens College
Can you imagine how much support he’d have if he spoke like this?
Persuasive Copywriting Tip #6: Be Funny
Trump regularly uses humour to deflect criticism and win over an audience. It’s extremely hard to dislike or even disagree with someone who makes you laugh.
Here are two situations when he uses humour brilliantly. The first is World-famous.
Notice how Megyn Kelly is right (he even acknowledges it) but by the time she corrects him, it doesn’t matter.
Her point was drowned out and the audience was ready to accept his justification (it was only a joke) because he made them laugh like that.
Next, watch him flip a boo-ing audience into a cheering one.
Persuasive Copywriting Tip #7: Create Conflict
When selling, it’s not enough to push customers towards your product.
You also have to have to pull them away from your competitors product.
What’s a good way to differentiate yourself in a market of same-y products?
Joanna Wiebe, copywriting maestro and IRL Peggy Olson, says that you should start a fight.
Since he announced his presidential run, conflict has been a part of Trump’s identity as a candidate.
It turns out Obama -- not the Russians -- was behind those damaging leaks of DNC emails. Why? Well, obviously to smear blame for them on the Trump campaign! I had to check the transcript (partway down) because I thought surely Bolton was being paraphrased. But no, that is what he thinks, and he stuck to his guns as even his Fox News interviewer pointed out what a "serious" charge he was making. The man was a certifiable loon under George Bush, and he seems to have gotten loonier with age. The only up side is that even some Republicans may balk at confirming Bolton for any foreign-policy role. Trump's cabinet is already shaping up as a disaster, but it looks like some GOP senators are starting to feel the same fears sane people do. (See McCain and Graham endorsing a bipartisan probe into Russia's electoral meddling -- something Trump hotly opposes.)
A CIA assessment of the data suggested that Russia intervened in the 2016 Presidential election in a manner geared to favor the election of Donald Trump. The release of documents of hacked DNC emails to Wikileaks was part of this intervention.
We shall see if Trump and the Republicans take a serious look into the evidence
A key House Republican on the issue of Social Security introduced a bill Thursday that would impose major cuts to the program. The bill, the Social Security Reform Act of 2016, was introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), the chair of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security.
... authorities say there has been a spate of hate crimes targeting libraries, their books or patrons — offenses officials said they had rarely seen before. These crimes coincide with a recent report by the F.B.I. that attacks against American Muslims surged last year.
You know, it can be pretty boring and unoriginal to shout “fascist” at your political opponents. At a certain point, though, it’s no longer a strained comparison.
Two Ku Klux Klan leaders charged with attacking another KKK member at what should have been a happy occasion for white supremacists - a North Carolina parade celebrating Donald Trump's election. Perhaps the thrill of voting for the Great Narcissist Groper in Chief is already wearing off?
I was pretty amazed by 1 district in Alabama that stretches 100 miles or so from the famed "Black Belt" up into Birmingham. Apparently North Carolina is just as creative. But this article also brings up the "majority vs. influence" quandary - electing 1 rep is better than not quite electing either of 2, but this difference changes according to party preference, migration of populations, et al., not just gerrymandering. However, at the moment, gerrymandering and other obstruction seems to be high GOP strategy, so it's worth revisiting in terms of that context in terms of what would the black electorate like.
It's science - you'd think there'd be some capacity for uncertainty. Even with gravity we just measured the first gravity waves for the first time, a few months back. We just discovered the assortment of planets in our solar system is *very bizarrely* ordered (though balanced, just more peculiarly than we thought). How quickly can a new science move to completely untouchable doctrine? The point of the guy's work wasn't even to deny manmade global warming - he's in - it was to assess accuracy of predictions and such. As Trump would say, "Not good enough!"
"The Americans loved our stories and we make money from them," he boasts, making sure I see the designer watch he's fiddling with. "Who cares if they are true or false? Goran...is one of scores, or probably hundreds of Macedonian teenagers...in the small city of Veles which churned out fake pro-Trump news during the US election campaign." If Trump can scam them, why not Macedonians?
American foreign policy is at a crossroads. One path for the US is global cooperation. The other is a burst of militarism in response to frustrated ambitions. The future of the US, and of the world, hangs on this choice.
The Department of Justice Inspector General will review broad allegations of misconduct involving the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and the bureau’s controversial decision shortly before the election to announce the probe had resumed, the Inspector General announced Thursday.