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Jim Fawcette
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Attended Michigan State University
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Trump's Illegal Cuban Business Dealings

Violated law by sending representative, pretending to be a charity as a cover, to Cuba to investigate business opportunities. Supporters don't care. Trump's excuse seems to be something incoherent about Clinton.

NT MAG:"It seems that’s the Trump team’s thinking when it comes to a new report that the candidate violated U.S. law by doing business in Cuba. According toNewsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald, in 1998 Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts spent $68,000 on a “foray” into Cuba. Due to the U.S. trade embargo, it was illegal at the time for an American company to spend any money in Cuba without government approval — but Trump wanted to have a foothold in the country if the embargo was lifted. So, according to a former Trump executive, a consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development was hired to meet with Cuban government officials and business leaders about potential opportunities for the casino company — and Trump was aware of the trip from the start.

This document shows a Seven Arrows executive requesting reimbursement from Trump’s company for the Cuba trip, and suggesting that the trip was taken on behalf of a Catholic charity (though they got the name wrong — it should be Caritas Cuba).

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I nominate Elon Musk for his first mission. The team can take shelter inside Musk's reality-distortion field.
But, will it have WiFi?


The first people who fly with SpaceX to Mars should be OK with the possibility that the decision could cost them their lives, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.
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Climate Change Fight Targets Cows

Burning manure for power, trapping gasses, changing diets, or simply moving off livestock among solutions being tried.

"One U.N. report blames livestock, which has largely escaped climate regulation, for 14.5 percent of the planet’s heat-trapping gases, as much as planes, trains and automobiles combined."

"The industry’s required 40 percent methane reduction, from 2013 levels, doesn’t have to be met until 2030. And the California Air Resources Board, which is charged with drawing up specific rules to achieve the cut, has flexibility to make adjustments."
Eight years ago, the North Bay native bought a custom motor, generator and pipeline to make electricity from an unusual source — cow manure — at his ranch along Tomales Bay. The hope was that the renewable energy would save him a few bucks and perhaps bolster the environmental bona fides of his family’s famed cheese, Point Reyes Original Blue. Legislation signed this month by Gov. Jerry Brown requires California’s dairy industry to answer for i...
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Paper gets death threats for opposing Trump. That's the type of person that supports a bigoted demagogue

"The Arizona Republic joins a growing list of conservative-leaning US newspapers to back the Democratic candidate during this year's divisive presidential campaign. A handful of others have opted to back Libertarian Gary Johnson.

"The Cincinnati Enquirer, an Ohio paper that has supported Republicans for almost a century, said last week that it was backing Clinton because "Trump is a clear and present danger to our country."

"The Dallas Morning News -- based in the Republican-dominated state of Texas -- also broke a 75-year streak earlier this month by backing Clinton, describing her as the "only serious candidate."

A conservative Arizona newspaper is facing death threats and losing subscriptions after it broke with tradition by endorsing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump for US president, a senior editor told AFP. The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic, the state's largest newspaper, announced in an editorial
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What Does Immigration Actually Cost Us?

Both sides find support for their views in a new report.

Conversely, Democrats (such as Paul Krugman) refuse to acknowledge that immigration increases inequality and hurts wages for the poor. Republicans refuse to acknowledge immigration grows the economy.

The graphic -- immigration increases political polarization.
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While Trump was fat-shaming multiple women, Clinton was getting, oh, a few things done as this author points out:

*SCHIP helping millions of children
*9/11 first responder and rebuilding
*Negotiated ceasefire in Israel
* Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act into law
*Authored the Pediatric Research Equity Act (Drugs, helping keep millions of children safe)
*Lead negotiations with EU, Russia, China on sanctions that forced Iran to give up nuclear weapons development
... and so much more.

All while Trump was bragging that with the World Trade Center was down "his" building was tallest (and taking aid needed by others), fat-shaming beauty contestants, giving illegal cash pay-outs to mobsters, and paling around with Vladimir Putin.

Other than that, all politicians are the same.
When this election began, I was like millions of millennial men: a "Bernie bro" rooting hard for Sen. Sanders. Watching the candidate of my dreams get s...
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An Uncharitable Foundation

Using charitable funds for political donations (possibly bribes), self-dealing and failure to register as a charity ( not in the embed, a new disclosure by NY AG), all in a day's work for The Donald.
The way Donald J. Trump used his foundation gives us an idea of his attitude toward the rule of law.
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Why Does Miss Universe's Sex Life Matter But Not The Donald's?
Trump literally can not control his impulses, his need to hurt others

WaPo: "Early Friday, the Republican candidate for president of the United States urged his 11.9 million Twitter followers to watch a woman’s “sex tape" and consider her “past.” This woman, Donald Trump wrote, is “disgusting.”

Let's put aside for the moment that there is, apparently, no such sex tape. The closest anyone has found (and, yes, people must look) is "non-explicit footage from a Spanish reality-TV show in which the Venezuelan model supposedly had sex with a fellow participant."

I was about to post about how Trump's attacks and the pick up by his followers are hypocritical and contradictory (I'll leave what I typed in below). But I realized that defending his campaign isn't Trump's objective. Trump is an obsessive compulsive, perhaps a sociopath or pscyhopath. Even when his attacks are bad for his him, Trump simply can't stop himself. As with the Kahn's, and McCain's PoW status, Trump feels he must hurt anyone that criticizes him, presumably to look tough, to fulfill his self-image of dominance, and to prove that anyone who stands up to him will pay a cost.

Trump literally can not control his impulses, his need to hurt others.

WebMD on psychopaths and sociopaths:

"In movies and TV shows, psychopaths and sociopaths are usually the villains who kill or torture innocent people. In real life, some people with antisocial personality disorder can be violent, but most are not. Instead they use manipulation and reckless behavior to get what they want.

“At worst, they’re cold, calculating killers,” Kipnis says. Others, he says, are skilled at climbing their way up the corporate ladder, even if they have to hurt someone to get there.

... Sociopaths are less able to play along. They make it plain that they’re not interested in anyone but themselves. They often blame others and have excuses for their behavior.

Some experts see sociopaths as “hot-headed.” They act without thinking how others will be affected.

Psychopaths are more “cold-hearted” and calculating. They carefully plot their moves, and use aggression in a planned-out way to get what they want. If they’re after more money or status in the office, for example, they’ll make a plan to take out any barriers that stand in the way, even if it’s another person’s job or reputation.

... A psychopath {under stress} gets calmer. Kipnis says that quality helps psychopaths be fearless and engage in risky behavior.

“They don’t fear the consequences of their actions,” he says.


There are two levels of contradictions here. First, Trump defended his wife's nude photos of lesbian fondling as "art" but now is attempting to publicly shame another women with similar attacks over much-less-explicit imagery. Then, there is "slut-shaming" by a man that brags about his conquests and having his personal doctor screen his dates for VD.
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What concerns me, and should concern everyone, is his inability to control his emotions. He is unable to stop himself from responding, even when it's in his best interest not to. Imagine this man making decisions that put the future of the world on the line.
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Don’t underestimate Cosmo. Women’s magazines are taking on Trump. via +Vox

"There has been a tangible shift in the kind of content produced by women’s magazines in recent elections. In the past decade, publications have shifted from a period of fluff election coverage in the early aughts to a platform for impactful political content, from interviews with important figures in the election to sharp policy analyses.

"For instance, Katy Tur wrote an essay for Marie Claire on her experience covering Donald Trump for NBC, which captured the harassment from the campaign trail:

"Trump called me naïve. He told me I didn't know what I was talking about. He shamed me when I stumbled on a question. And when the cameras shut off, he was furious. He didn't like my questions, which were direct, or my tone, which was conversational."

And: Pieces that would be huge scoops in more mainstream outlets

"Cosmopolitan’s Prachi Gupta has had a triad of striking interviews in recent weeks, including an interview with Ivanka Trump on parental leave, which ended abruptly after Gupta pressed Ivanka on some holes in her proposed policy and resulted in Ivanka’s worst news cycle of the whole campaign. Cosmo also published an interview with Chelsea Clinton about Trump’s attacks on Bill Clinton’s infidelity and Hillary Clinton’s health and a profile of Alicia Machado.

"President Barack Obama penned an op-ed about his feminism in Glamour in August: ... {much more at embed}
Women’s magazines are a secret weapon in politics. Hillary Clinton has noticed.
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USA Today's first presidential endorsement in 34 years is an anti-endorsement -- whatever you do, don't vote for Trump
The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We're doing it now.
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What It's Like for Woman Reporter Covering Trump

"“I think you don’t realize the emotional cost of every single day, twice a day, being in rooms where the norm has become people shouting out, ‘Hang the bitch,’ ‘Kill her,’ ‘Cunt,’” the second reporter said. “You shouldn’t be at the point where you hear ‘Cunt’ and you think, Oh, they’re angry at Hillary, or you hear ‘Bitch,’ and you’re like, Oh, they’re talking about our former secretary of State.”

"She went on, “I do wonder what it does to you as a woman, walking into rallies where people are wearing these shirts, saying these things, and speaking about women in these ways, and either having to hear it or getting to the point where you don’t hear it. Those words and those phrases should be jarring. That should never become normal, and if and when it does, some emotional cost has been extracted.”

“I still have moments when I think, I cannot believe he’s the Republican nominee.”
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“I still have moments when I think, I cannot believe he’s the Republican nominee,” she said. “I’m not used to it, and I don’t think anyone should be used to it.”

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Trump's China Myth

Some of Trump's attempts to create actual policy proposals are simply incoherent (like claiming Mexico's VAT is somehow a trade barrier). Others are great examples of Maginot-line thinking -- trying to solve old problems that no longer exist.

Look at Trump's exclamations -- really loud ones -- that China is devaluating its currency to create a trade imbalance with the U.S. That was a real issue -- about 10 years ago.

CNN: "In fact, China's currency had steadily appreciated against the dollar over the past decade, although it recently lost some value against the greenback as the U.S. currency strengthened against almost every other major currency."

China, in fact, is working hard to shore up its currency, which has been hit because of investor fears over an impending Chinese debt crisis.

CNN: "China suffered almost $700 billion worth of capital flight in 2015, according to the Institute of International Finance. The surge in outflows late in 2015 sparked market concerns that China's foreign reserves weren't sufficient to stabilize the currency by buying yuan over the long term."

There are plenty of trade issues to argue with China about, Donald. Try looking harder.

China's Vice FinMin Zhu: We've got no reason to devalue the yuan
China's Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao tells CNBC that there's no reason to devalue the country's currency as economic fundamentals remain solid.
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