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I don't know Donald Trump, but I've dealt with his specific cluster of personality traits before. I have some rules for dealing with them. You may find them useful the next few years.

1. If possible, do not engage

This may seem like useless advice, given Trump will be President in three weeks But keep it in mind. The best possible strategy for dealing with someone like Trump is: Don't. Go no contact, do not engage with him. Do something else more productive.

2. If you have to engage, be BIFF

If you are forced to engage with him, keep it Brief, Informative, Friendly, and Firm (BIFF). Don't get into Twitter wars. Don't antagonize him or try to set him off (he'll go off on his own anyway). Be impersonal but friendly.

Pick your battles carefully. But once you do pick a position and draw a line, do not waver from it no matter what Trump and his allies throw at you.

3. Believe actions, not words

Trump's words are meaningless -- or, worse, a distraction or smokescreen that obscures what's really going on. Don't pay a lot of attention to them; prioritize attention to actions. Don't over-analyze his words.

Never ever trade something in exchange for a promise from Trump. Demand payment up front if you must violate rule #1.

When Trump does one thing and says another, believe what he does and ignore the words.

4. Do not give the benefit of the doubt

We reflexively give the benefit of the doubt, especially to the President. Our political institutions codify this. The strong temptation is to give Trump chance after chance.

That makes no sense at this point. He had his chance after winning the election to turn over a new leaf and to demonstrate what kind of President he plans to be.

This means that him saying something has zero effect, for or against, on whether or not you should believe it.

5. Use positive reinforcement

You get what you reward. Sometimes Trump will say or do things that actually make sense. Positively reinforce when he does, while keeping in mind rules 2-4. Give praise for this, even if his other actions are terrible.

But don't reward him for words.

6. Don't normalize the abnormal

It's a slippery slope. A situation may not be changeable today, but that does not mean it cannot be changed. Simultaneously be realistic, while working towards a better tomorrow.

7. Be patient and proactive

"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
-- Mark Twain

"Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority."
-- Francis Bacon

Trump and his allies have enormous power right now. But it's fragile, based on reality distortion. In the long run, if we keep the record clear, this can be apparent.

Trump will do everything possible to muddy the record. Defend the record, make sure that the ground truth is available for those who want it.

8. Keep Reading and Learning

Keep informing yourself. Start with these excellent articles from the Atlantic and Teen Vogue if you haven't read them already:

http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/11/a-reflexive-liar-in-command-guidelines-for-the-media/508832/

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/donald-trump-is-gaslighting-america







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Inspired by Jim ("Stonekettle") Wright, I'm getting a bit more fierce in this week's political posting. Notice that I have few bad words for Donald "Two Scoops" Trump. When there's no sapience, what good does it do, to denounce? You might as well denounce a poison gas, instead of going after those who spread it. I offer up some names.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2018/07/liars-cowards-and-scoundrels.html
Liars, cowards and scoundrels
Liars, cowards and scoundrels
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This (Kemp) is also the guy who lied his ass off about Georgia election law on the radio, claiming that the law blocks use of paper ballots (IT DOES NOT) and that this means they have to pass new laws winding their way through the Georgia Legislature that... wait for it... pushes DRE machines without true voter verifiable paper trails.

(They produce barcodes which are not human verifiable. I want some reporter to challenge Kemp to read one of those and explain how they help verify the votes are recorded correctly. He can't, because they don't.)
This kind of reaction from a Secretary of State in charge of elections is absolutely incorrect, wrong, and deeply disturbing:

'Democrats are launching a manufactured crisis,” Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce said. “They would love nothing more than for us to flout Georgia law and use paper ballots so they can challenge the results when they lose, but we will not cater to such childish antics.”'

(http://www.myajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/georgia-democratic-leader-demands-details-voter-data-breach/syAe6Hw5TGKAqfohOqEItM/)

Voter verifiable paper audit trails ("paper ballots") are the consensus recommendation of ALL security experts who have looked at this issue, for the past decade or more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter-verified_paper_audit_trail#cite_note-5

This is NOT a partisan issue. Kemp can legitimately push back on technical critiques of his state's systems, but to pretend that paper ballots are less secure than the systems Georgia is using (based on obsolete software on top of obsolete Windows operating systems, using registration data apparently vulnerable at least to retrieval and possibly to modification) is frankly laughable.

To then try to turn this into a partisan issue and accuse Democrats of being "childish" for demanding accurate and verifiable voting systems is the height of hubris. And, I'm sorry Mr. Kemp, it's deeply suspicious too.
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My faxed letter to both my Senators this morning.

Senators Grassley and Graham, this morning, engaged in an obvious act of witness intimidation. They leaked a letter to the Justice Department referring criminal prosecution against Mr. Steele for alleged but unspecified false statements to, apparently, the FBI.

This is on the heels of Senator Grassley refusing to release the testimony of Fusion GPS, refusing to allow the public to evaluate the claims of Simpson vs. selective and apparently inaccurate leaks of said information from the Republican members of the committee.

This is outrageous.

It is unacceptable. It is un-American. These Senators are trying to achieve in then court of public opinion what they have no chance of doing in a real court. They are themselves engaging in witness intimidation & obstruction of justice.

I call on you to denounce this desperate and illegal act by your colleagues and to introduce a motion to censure these two sitting Senators who have demeaned their oath of office. I call on you to support the rule of laws and not men.

Thank you.
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The GOP are the newly created Nazgûl, high-fiving each other over their great victory, as the Rings of Power tighten, immovably, onto their already-decaying fingers...
https://t.co/zNbr8VizFh
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So what exactly hosts the mail on ijkfamily.com?

To sum up: Right now, it appears to be just the Trump organization email servers, which does not inspire confidence in their security.

Best as I can tell, as of 8pm Pacific time, it appears that it's hosted by the same servers running Trump org email, possibly hosted by "BBH Solutions" Here's what I did:

1) dig ijkfamily.com MX
yields:
;; ANSWER SECTION:
ijkfamily.com. 3055 IN MX 0 ijkpph01.ijkfamily.com.
ijkfamily.com. 3055 IN MX 0 ijkpph02.ijkfamily.com.

2) dig ijkpph01.ijkfamily.com
yields:
ijkpph01.ijkfamily.com. 3600 IN A 144.121.114.12

3) OK, let's try to telnet to port 25 and see what happens:

telnet 144.121.114.12 25
Trying 144.121.114.12...
Connected to 144.121.114.12.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 MAILHOST01.TRUMPORG.COM ESMTP Mon, 2 Oct 2017 23:03:16 -0400

4) TRUMPORG.COM? Well a server can be configured to say anything here, but, that's interesting. Let's do a sanity check here starting from the "trumporg.com" domain:
dig trumporg.com MX
-->trumporg.com. 3600 IN MX 0 mailhost01.trumporg.com.
dig mailhost01.trumporg.com
-->mailhost01.trumporg.com. 3600 IN A 144.121.114.12

Yup, same IP address as for ijkfamily.com, and therefore, same mail server. Presumably, it's whoever runs the Trump org IT, which is not in fact a commercial mail provider as far as i know. Various researchers in 2016 pointed out Trump org email servers were "horribly insecure" (https://thehackernews.com/2016/10/donald-trump-email-server.html, for example).

None of this inspires confidence.

5) Addendum: Going to http://whois.urih.com and plugging in the 144.121.114.12 address (to see who's hosting the actual servers, or at least proxying them) yields:

http://www.bbhsolutions.com/about-us/
BBH Solutions
2131 Jericho Tpke
Garden City, NY 11040

I don't know of any connection here but the DNS entries seem pretty conclusive -- this isn't being run by a commercial mail provider, but by Trump org internal IT (or vendor(s)).

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It's interesting that Trump was told interfering with the prosecution of Arpaio would be "inappropriate" by the DOJ, but that he decided nevertheless to override the result of that prosecution. Seems like this means he's out on a limb, seemingly obstructing the Department of Justice from completing its duties.

In other words, Obstructing Justice.
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