Thursday: Day After Christmas Open Thread

Santa resting on the day after Christmas

Good Morning!!

We’re halfway through the holiday madness, and I have to admit it has been nice having slow news days instead of shocks to the system every few hours day after day. There really is nothing to write about today, but here are a few reads to check out if you’re interested.

Of course Trump is still nuts and he’s still tweeting nonsense.

And he’s still in steep cognitive decline. Raw Story: Psychiatry expert says Trump’s rambling Merry Christmas rant includes three signs of serious mental impairment.

President Donald Trump’s speech in Florida over the weekend provides evidence that he is suffering from cognitive decline, according to a psychiatric expert.

Seth Davin Norrholm, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, said Monday that the president’s recent rant about Christmas included at least three signs of mental problems.

“So if anybody wants to be a nice conservative, talk show host is not a bad living, I would say. But I have to say, he’s a very unique guy and he’s a great man and he’s been a great friend. So thank you to Rush. Thank you,” Trump said.

“And let me begin by wishing you a beautif — [NOTE from BB: This is the point where he had the shoulder spasm and lost the plot at 22 sec.] look, do you remember this? Do you remember this? Remember, they were trying to take Christmas out of Christmas. Do you remember? They didn’t want to let you say Merry Christmas,” Trump continued.

“You’d go around, you’d see department stores that have everything red, snow, beautiful, ribbons, bows. Everything was there. But they wouldn’t say Merry Christmas. They’re all saying Merry Christmas again. You remember?”

The Washington Post: U.S. Cybercom contemplates information warfare to counter Russian interference in 2020 election.

Military cyber officials are developing information warfare tactics that could be deployed against senior Russian officials and oligarchs if Moscow tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections through hacking election systems or sowing widespread discord, according to current and former U.S. officials.

One option being explored by U.S. Cyber Command would target senior leadership and Russian elites, though probably not President Vladimir Putin, which would be considered too provocative, said the current and former officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. The idea would be to show that the target’s sensitive personal data could be hit if the interference did not stop, though officials declined to be more specific.

“When the Russians put implants into an electric grid, it means they’re making a credible showing that they have the ability to hurt you if things escalate,” said Bobby Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “What may be contemplated here is an individualized version of that, not unlike individually targeted economic sanctions. It’s sending credible signals to key decision-makers that they are vulnerable if they take certain adversarial actions.” [….]

The development comes as numerous agencies within the Trump administration seek to ensure that the United States is shielded against foreign efforts to disrupt the 2020 elections, even as President Trump has cast doubt on or belittled his own intelligence community’s finding of Russian interference in 2016.

27 Comments on “Thursday: Day After Christmas Open Thread”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Chelsea Clinton owns GOP idiot.

  2. dakinikat says:

    Thread on the duplicity of Chuck Todd … kinda good plus comments by some one who says he was warned …

  3. dakinikat says:

    Trump thinks lying in caps makes it true I guess …

    and this is a good example of the chuck todd garbage above

  4. dakinikat says:

    That’s such good news about the baby Rhino. I hope we can bring a lot of species back from the edge of extinction but how much good will it do if it’s just a few of them with no natural habitat to return to? Climate change is just an all consuming problem and greedy republicans don’t care because they believe fairy tales and greed should rule human behavior.

    I saw this the other night because PBS news hour was the only news station running news. It was frightening.

    • NW Luna says:

      Never thought a baby rhino could be cute, but that one is! Good to know there’s another one in the world.

    • quixote says:

      At a Christmas to-do I fell into a conversation with a new neighbor who’d had a bottle too many of wine to drink and was proclaiming that all this climate changing was natural, went up and down all the time!, and who was to say it was caused by people. So I, of course, had to start talking evidence to her, tipsy or not. Not sure I got anywhere, but she did stop arguing after a while.

      Probably figured it was the only way to get rid of me 😀 .

  5. dakinikat says:

    Thanks BB!!! You got a lot more done today on the post that I think I could have done! Have a good quiet rest of the week!! Stay warm!!!

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    • quixote says:

      Great. The US was far from an ideal world policeman, but Putin’s Russia is nothing but a world thug, and Xi’s China is Big Bro cubed!

  8. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Voting system security (or lack of it) worries me. Very few states have hand-marked paper ballots, and many states have no ability to audit, so there’s no way to check vote accuracy.

    • NW Luna says:

      Jenny Cohn is a good one to follow for more info on how unreliable our voting systems are.

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  10. NW Luna says:

    Bernie could win the nomination?

    • dakinikat says:

      I saw that but didn’t want to even link to it … I think it’s Politico trying to scare us into voting for Biden,

    • quixote says:

      Well, he’s generally at #2, and the social media machine for destroying candidates capable of beating the Dump now seems to be gunning for Warren, so, yeah, I could see it.

      The professional media tag right along. They should be a counterweight to bullshit, but no. That would damage bothsiderism.