Sunday Reads: tRump No!

Today’s images come from the website The Amplifier Foundation.

I think we will start the post with two videos, from last night’s SNL…with the cold open first. (Because the one with Melissa McCarthy was too good, it has to go second.)

And the second video link, you need to go to the site Mediaite and click on the youtube video there:


McCarthy does not disappoint, in fact…I think it is the best skit and impersonation. She even gets the subtle eye movements. It is fantastic.

By now you may have seen this:

Oh, and yes…that fucking says, “Jews belong in the oven.”

Be sure to read the whole post.

And take this into account:

let_equality_bloom_18x24Jewish community centers in US receive nearly 50 bomb threats in 2017 so far | World news | The Guardian

Nearly 50 bomb threats have been received by Jewish community organizations in the US since the start of the year, in a climate of rising antisemitism nationwide.

“These are regular occurrences now, with a frequency that’s been increased and on a scale that’s been increased,” Elise Jarvis, associate director for law enforcement outreach and communal security at the Anti-Defamation League, told the Guardian.

The calls have come in clusters, Jarvis said, with the last on Tuesday 31 January causing evacuations at 14 Jewish community centers (JCCs). Another string of calls on 18 January had a similar impact.

So far none of the threats have been substantiated and law enforcement agencies have not identified any suspects.

img_3144Sticking with tRump’s administration and their negative affect on the amount of overt hate shown to any groups that do not fit their “ideal” standard.

Does the initial rhetoric match between Trump and Hitler? | The Telegraph

On February 1, 1933 — exactly 84 years ago today — Adolf Hitler delivered his first speech as Chancellor of Germany. That address is significant for a number of reasons beyond its anniversary.

After President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a number of prominent news sources ran comparisons between his speech and that of past presidents, noting that most had focused their addresses on themes of hope (“Yes we can…”), self-sacrifice (“Ask not what your country can do for you…”). Trump, on the other hand, focused on darker imagery and nationalistic themes.

powerincolors-separatedThe point of many of the comparison stories was that President Trump’s inaugural address veered from historical trends. Looking back a bit farther back, however — and across the Atlantic Ocean — shows that our newly inaugurated president’s speech was neither unique nor new. It was simply unique in modern American history.

Preserved for their historical relevance, Hitler’s speeches are widely available, in reliable translation, in libraries and in web-based sources. Progressives have been making comparisons between Trump and Hitler since the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign. But not all supremacist language takes us back to Nazi Germany; 21st century racism is abhorrent in its own right. So I invite your independent comparison of that 1933 radio address with the one offered at President Trump’s inauguration. The parallels in both structure and rhetoric are stark. Lest these comparisons seem hyperbolic, I include direct quotes from each address.

To begin with, each address alludes to a golden time in the nation’s history that must be restored. Each also seeks to locate blame with those responsible for struggles of the people (for whom both Trump and Hitler claim to speak).

WebPresident Trump: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost . … Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. … Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and, while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”

Chancellor Hitler: “More than 14 years have passed since the unhappy day when the German people, blinded by promises from foes at home and abroad, lost touch with honor and freedom, thereby losing all…”

Please give that article your attention, it has been said many times before, but I think seeing it in black and white, with the quotes…brings the disgust forward.

yo soy perfectaMoving from one explosive steam vent to another: Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown | Environment | The Guardian

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown when the plant was crippled by a huge tsunami that struck the north-east coast of Japan in March 2011.

The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant – a process that is expected to take about four decades.

Amplifier-MaryPurdie-GrabEmThe recent reading, described by some experts as “unimaginable”, is far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts an hour in that part of the reactor.

A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.

Tepco also said image analysis had revealed a hole in metal grating beneath the same reactor’s pressure vessel. The one-metre-wide hole was probably created by nuclear fuel that melted and then penetrated the vessel after the tsunami knocked out Fukushima Daiichi’s back-up cooling system.

“It may have been caused by nuclear fuel that would have melted and made a hole in the vessel, but it is only a hypothesis at this stage,” Tepco’s spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi told AFP.

“We believe the captured images offer very useful information, but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside.”

The presence of dangerously high radiation will complicate efforts to safely dismantle the plant.



One more link before the end, Trump’s Cabinet So Far Is More White and Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan’s – The New York Times


This is an open thread.


30 Comments on “Sunday Reads: tRump No!”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    This tRump prez is going to put me in the loony bin.

  2. ANonOMouse says:

    Remarkable comparison between tRump’s inaugural address and Hitler’s speech as Chancellor. As long as people are staying in the streets and not allowing trump to be normalized we have a shot at getting him out of office before he does catastrophic damage to our democracy. It’s going to be a long battle and it will be tiring, but if the protesters can stay in this for the long haul, we will defeat trump.

    And Melissa McCarthy was fabulous playing Sean Spicer, anyone who hasn’t seen it should. It is hysterical and brilliant.

    How’s your mom?

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Well mouse, they have to find a chemo treatment that bypasses her liver. But we found out a couple of days ago that if she is unable to tolerate the chemo…that is it, there is nothing else they can do for her.

    • joanelle says:

      Pence isn’t much better. Only ‘hope’ is to have election voided – and what’s the chance if that’s???

  3. NW Luna says:

    Reinstatement denied! But Senator Leahy, isn’t tRump more than “intent”? Looks like he’s caused a constitutional crisis already.

    The US appeals court has denied the justice department’s request for an immediate reinstatement of Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

    The ninth US circuit court of appeals in San Francisco made the ruling early on Sunday morning, and asked those challenging the ban to respond to the appeal filed by the Trump administration late on Saturday night, and the justice department to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon.

    “Appellants’ request for an immediate administrative stay pending full consideration of the emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied,” the ruling said.

    …Democratic senator Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, said in a statement on Saturday that Trump’s “hostility toward the rule of law is not just embarrassing, it is dangerous. He seems intent on precipitating a constitutional crisis”.

    • joanelle says:

      Last Saturday a colleague’s son-in-law who in from England asked “Well, what do you think about President Trump?”
      I looked at him and said “I believe what we are seeing is a total embarrassment, what do you think?” To which he replied, “yes, a bit of a challenge, no?”

  4. dakinikat says:

  5. NW Luna says:

    How Washington state became the epicenter of resistance to Trump’s agenda

    As President Trump weathered his first two weeks in office, a surprising number of roadblocks to his agenda cropped up from another Washington, more than 2,500 miles away.

    Acting swiftly and with a united front, leaders from the Evergreen State have marshaled a powerful resistance to Trump’s administration — the combination of a left-leaning populace, outspoken Democratic lawmakers, legal efforts spearheaded by a resolute attorney general and support from several Seattle-area tech companies wary of Trump’s policies.

  6. NW Luna says:

    Other nations continue to take advantage of tRump’s brain drain policies:

    French politician promises refuge for U.S. scientists in age of Trump

    Emmanuel Macron, the independent, centrist candidate for the French presidency, had an unusual message for Americans in his campaign launch Saturday….

    “I want all those who today embody innovation and excellence in the United States to hear what we say: From now on, from next May, you will have a new homeland, France,” Macron said.

    The message, the candidate clarified, was meant for the “researchers, academics and companies in the United States fighting obscurantism and who are afraid today.” The crowd erupted in cheers.

  7. NW Luna says:

    Nauseating, but what would you expect?

    President Trump might have plans to make his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago his “winter White House.” But on Saturday night, the ballroom of the private club looked more like a royal court.

    “Vienna to Versailles” was the theme of the black-tie Red Cross Ball that the president and first lady Melania Trump attended — he in a tuxedo, she in a slinky fuchsia gown — greeted by sign-carrying protesters proclaiming themselves to be “Nasty Women” with plans to “Resist.”

    Trump stayed for hours and seemed to be reveling in the glow of acceptance of a Palm Beach crowd that had once viewed the nouveau riche developer with skepticism. Standing at a dais festooned with the presidential seal, with a glittering gold curtain behind him, Trump looked proud of the trappings of the presidency as he surveyed a room fit for a king (the Donald J. Trump ballroom, after all, was constructed to look like Versailles Hall of Mirrors).

    • jan says:

      I suppose he is too illiterate to know what happened to the kings of France who spent too much time dancing in Versailles rather than taking care of his people.

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  10. NW Luna says:

    It’s about time! But will Comey turn on his boss?

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi urged the FBI to probe President Trump’s finances and personal ties to find out if the Russian government is blackmailing him.

    “I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump,” the California Democrat told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think we have to have an investigation by the FBI into his financial, personal and political connections to Russia, and we want to see his tax returns, so we can have truth in the relationship between Putin, whom he admires, and Donald Trump.”

  11. NW Luna says:

    I bet most here are following Khan already, but ICYMI, here’s more to be concerned about:

  12. dakinikat says:

  13. NW Luna says:

    Not Everyone in Tech Cheers Visa Program for Foreign Workers

    The H-1B program’s critics say the system provides a way for American companies to turn over technology departments to outsourcing companies. These are gaming the system to snap up the visas so they can replace American workers with less expensive, temporary staff members.

    A research report by Goldman Sachs estimates that 900,000 to a million H-1B visa holders now reside in the United States, and that they account for up to 13 percent of American technology jobs.

    In 2014, 13 outsourcing firms accounted for one-third of all H-1B visas. They use a loophole in the current first-come, first-served lottery system to flood the applicant pool with their candidates. In many cases, those candidates are paid slightly more than the $60,000-a-year minimum salary required by the program — but less than what American technology workers make.

    • Earlynerd says:

      H-1Bs have also been, for decades, one method employers used to get around sexual discrimination in employment laws.

      (Luna, did you know your link goes back to the Peter Doau comment above?)

  14. contrask says:

    Please share this news privately.
    Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert will be going live with the next grassroots movement tomorrow. Per Rachel: We will launch the Twitter page in the next couple of hours but not publicize it just yet. The thinking is that if we can get our friends and allies to follow and like the Twitter page BEFORE we publicize, then any press or interested parties will see there’s already interest. If you or any interested friends want to preemptively “follow” #FIRE_THE_FOOL on Twitter, that would help when we go live tomorrow.
    Masses Unite along with local activists around the world are standing up and speaking out by hosting the next big march on Washington, officially announced as, Fire the Fool.
    This Declaration March will be held on April 1st, April Fools’ Day, at Independence Ave. SW & 3rd St. SW, Washington, DC, 20024. Sister marches will run concurrently nationwide and around the world.