The Trail to Modern Humanity

Posted: September 20, 2018 in science
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This information was gleaned from the science and tech division of the Daily Mail, as are the artists renditions and graphs you will see in this article.

 

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Hybrid Neanderthal love child is found in a cave in Siberia: Teenage daughter of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father who lived 50,000 years ago reveals how humans’ ape-like cousins frequently interbred!  

A prehistoric 13-year-old girl who lived 50,000 years ago was the love child of two separate species of ancient human ancestor, according to a new DNA analysis of her remains.

A study of a tiny bone fragment found in a cave in Russia shows the teenager had a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father, giving fresh insight into how the now-extinct species interacted.

The find suggests that our ape-like cousins mated far more frequently than researchers thought, according to archaeologists.

Neanderthals and Denisovans share a common ancestor with humans and roamed Eurasia as far back as 400,000 years ago having migrated from Africa.

The pair of human-like species then intermingled with modern humans when they arrived on the continent 40,000 years ago, with members of three species sometimes crossbreeding.

This means that tiny amounts of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA can be found in our genome today! As much as 2% of our DNA was passed on to us from Neanderthals.

Research also shows that two modern genomes, one from Oceana and another from East Asia have distinct Denisovan ancestry.

“Previous studies that Neanderthals and Denisovans must have occasionally had children together,” said study coauthor Viviane Slon of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

“But I never thought we would be so lucky as to find an actual offspring of the two groups.”

Archaeologists came to their finding after sequencing the DNA of bone found in the Denisova Cave in Siberia’s Altai Mountains.

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The ancient individual is only represented by a single fragment so small that researchers call it a ‘bone needle’.

‘The fragment is part of a long bone, and we can estimate that this individual was at least 13 years old,” said Dr. Bence Viola, an archaeologist at the University of Toronto who was not involved in the study.

After sequencing the genome of the young girl, scientists found she was the child of a Neanderthal mother and Denisovan father – putting her among the first specimens to show direct evidence the species mixed.

“An interesting aspect of this genome is that it allows us to learn things about two populations – the Neanderthals from the mother’s side, and the Denisovans from the father’s side,” said co-author Dr. Fabrizio Mafessoni.

Thousands of ancient hominin bones were uncovered in the Denisova Cave in 2012, including the 120,000-year-old toe bone of a Neanderthal and the first ever evidence of a Denisovan – the phalanx of a child who lived between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago.

It is commonly believed that a common ancestor of the two species migrated from Africa to Eurasia between 400,000 and 300,000 years ago and then split.

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The traditional “Out of Africa” model suggests that modern humans evolved in Africa and then left in a single wave around 60,000 years ago.

The model often holds once modern humans left the continent, a brief period of interbreeding with Neanderthals occurred.

This explains why individuals of European and Asian heritage today still have ancient human DNA.

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There are many theories as to what drove the downfall of the Neanderthals.

Experts have suggested that early humans may have carried tropical diseases with them from Africa that wiped out their ape-like cousins.

Others claim that plummeting temperatures due to climate change wiped out the Neanderthals.

The predominant theory is that early humans killed off the Neanderthal through competition for food and habitat.

How the story is changing in light of new research

Recent findings suggest that the ‘Out of Africa’ theory does not tell the full story of our ancestors.

Instead, multiple, smaller movements of humans out of Africa beginning 120,000 years ago were then followed by a major migration 60,000 years ago.

Most of our DNA is made up of this latter group, but the earlier migrations, also known as “dispersals”, are still evident.

This explains recent studies of early human remains which have been found in the far reaches of Asia dating back further than 60,000 years.

For example, H. sapiens remains have been found at multiple sites in southern and central China that have been dated to between 70,000 and 120,000 years ago.

Other recent finds show that modern humans reached Southeast Asia and Australia prior to 60,000 years ago.

Based on these studies, humans could not have come in a single wave from Africa around this time, studies have found.

Instead, the origin of man suggests that modern humans developed in multiple regions around the world.

The theory claims that groups of pre-human ancestors made their way out of Africa and spread across parts of Europe and the Middle East.

(I support the above hypothesis, as I have done other studies that support the multiple group theory! Opinion by John love)

From here the species developed into modern humans in several places at once.

The argument is by a new analysis of a 260,000-year-old skull found in Dali County in China’s Shaanxi Province.

The skull suggests that early humans migrated to Asia, where they evolved modern human traits and then moved back to Africa.

 

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

President Trump is facing a test of his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.
To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.
But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets, and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright. In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.
But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.
From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
The result is a two-track presidency.
Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.
On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.
This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.
The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.
We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.
The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.

From the Willamette Athletic Director;

Congratulations on your selection to the Willamette University Athletic Hall of Fame! The Bearcats have an impressive history of accomplishments by our teams and student-athletes and our committee felt as though yours were at the top of that list. We are hopeful that you can join us for the induction ceremony on Friday, October 12th, and stay for some of the other exciting activities that are happening on campus as part of Family Weekend. Here are some additional details with more to come later this week. The ceremony will take place in the Cat Cavern on the second floor of the Putnam University Center on Friday, October 12th. There will be a cocktail reception starting at 6:30 pm with dinner and the program to start at approximately 7:00 pm. We hope to introduce all inductees during halftime of the football game on Saturday, October 13th. The game kicks off at 1:30 pm. All inductees and their families will be invited to a pre-game tailgate inside the stadium.

His job
Foster was director of behavioral health at the Rosebud Indian Health Service Hospital, a 38-bed hospital on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Rosebud, S.D., an area marked by high unemployment, poverty, and substance abuse. “We are a beautiful place in terms of the hills, trees, grass, rivers, animals, people and culture, but we are a very difficult place in socioeconomic terms,” says Foster. With no psychiatrists on the reservation, Foster and the reservation’s other four psychologists — including his wife, Becky — earned master’s degrees in psychopharmacology to help improve care. By both working and living on the reservation, Foster sees firsthand how his interventions improve people’s quality of life. “I find that very gratifying,” he says.

A welcoming spirit

After the Fosters’ first four children grew up, the couple adopted seven special-needs children. Their oldest son is 40, while their youngest children are 6-year-old twin girls. Balancing work and child-rearing often require Daniel Foster to remind himself to breathe throughout the day. “I feel like a one-legged man at a kickboxing tournament a good deal of the time,” he says.

A handball prodigy

Foster competed as a member of the U.S. National Handball Team, including in the Pan Am and Olympic Games, from 1971 to 1982. Foster, who had played football and basketball in college, for which he is being honored next month, came to handball as a fluke while he was in the Army in the early 1970s: Members of a handball team spied Foster working out one day and invited him to join them. He was a natural. “The coach ended up inviting me to compete in the nationals with the team in New York and we won the national championship,” he says. He has earned several National Gold Medals in handball since, the latest in 2002.

Giving back

Foster decided to become a psychologist when he witnessed how many fellow soldiers suffered psychological wounds much like those American Indians bore from oppression. To contribute to the profession on the national level, Foster is a member of APA’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and attends the annual meeting of the Society of Indian Psychologists — with all of his young children. Psychology, he believes, is the career he was born for. “I have truly enjoyed listening to and being a part of people’s life narrative,” he says.

Dan Foster is a lifelong friend and an example to me of what we should all aspire to be like. We met in the 8th grade in Council Idaho, a small logging and ranching community. He was the preacher’s kid and I was the new kid with no parents, so we formed a don’t mess with us society and became best friends. Dan, being of kind heart, probably does not remember it that way, but being large for my age, the tough guy of the class and I were having it out, so I needed friends. To be fair, I and this tough guy later became very good friends! I never won any of our fights, but I never gave up and he respected that, so finally decided we should be buddies, way easier that way!

Dan was always more concerned with others than himself, he is someone with whom friendship is an honor! He did not give me permission to post this, as he would have most likely, knowing him, said no! So I just went the hell ahead because some of his classmates might not know about some of his accomplishments. I got most of the information other than the hall of fame info from this website: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/06/random.aspx

This is an excerpt from an article written by Noah Bierman and published in the L.A. Times!

“Sen. John McCain’s decision to exclude President Trump from his funeral is an extraordinary moment on its own; a posthumous rebuke from an American icon that regarded the presidency as sacred, and believed its current occupant defiles that office!

Yet Trump’s exclusion from such high-profile events of mourning and celebration — where American presidents are typically counted on to stand in for an entire nation — is emerging as a pattern over his 19 months in office.
In April, Trump was asked to stay away from the funeral of Barbara Bush, wife to one president and mother of another, leaving it to former Presidents Clinton and Obama to serve as national consolers to the Bush family. In December, he opted to skip the president’s traditional attendance at the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala after several of the artists being feted threatened a boycott.
The British royal family dispensed with inviting foreign dignitaries to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May partly to avoid having to invite Trump, whom Markle had attacked as “divisive” and “misogynistic.”

End of Excerpt!

In the words of John Love for the rest of the article, there are several more examples, but two funerals and a wedding pretty much sum up how Trump is viewed here and abroad!

Trump got into office by using fear of race, religion, resentment, insults, and lashing the immigrant to his whipping post for most of our problems, anyone not Christian for the rest!

This is indicative of how he is seen, and an embarrassment for the U.S. on the world scene and yes, here at home. Despite what Trump says, which should always be taken with a grain of salt, he is alienating our long-time allies, making a world war more likely again, and in the long term his bullying, because that is what it is, using tariffs to do so, is going to backfire on our economy. Trump has always been a bully and dreams of being large and in charge of the world! Beware your support you are only endangering yourselves.

When has the United Nations needed to castigate the United States for human rights violations before Trump? Never in our history before is the answer! Why would the United States, a champion of human rights pull out of the U.N. Human Right Council? Because it does not go along with Trumps hate and fear policies, think about it!

So our allies exclude him from what is normally a President’s privilege, and a President’s family and Senator from his own party have excluded him from attending their funerals. Trump, exhibiting his total lack of class, refused to lower the flag at half mast for John McCain until he was lambasted with complaints from both political parties and veterans groups! Again, think about it, is this the man you want representing you to the rest of the world, or a man you believe is really interested in helping anyone but himself? Do you get it now?

People have enough trouble without some a-hole politicians making it way worse by constantly trying to convince you to be scared of immigrants, religions, people of color, law enforcement, just to name a few. Only in Trumps America has this become so prevalent! It has always been there to some extent, but now, anything to distract you from the Trump bus that is losing its wheels and about to careen off of Immoral Bridge into Liars Creek in really deep, deep, water!

There is a new movie out comparing Democrats to Nazis and Trump to Lincoln. First off, the term Honest Abe comes to mind, I dare you to use that as a comparison! History, what is that? Sorry, but I am always harping that if you do not know our past history and how it affects our current history, then you cannot know the facts. As you pointed out, what determined the Republicans and Democrats has flipped and are almost complete opposites in ideology now from what was. History, history, history, you must know it! Not knowing history is what allows holocaust deniers to exist! It is also the reason people who claim the bible dates the Universe have no clue that there are ancient writings dated older than 6000 years. Cave drawings that are 40 thousand years old and the light from most distant stars (science) originated between 10 to 15 billion years ago! So no, the earth is not flat, and no it is not 6,000 years old as dated by the Bible! And no this movie is not accurate by any fact of history, it is a racist view of history, and totally only in the minds of people who do not know their history, or who are just immoral lying sons of (beaches)!

It will mean nothing to the uninformed. Every news source, both domestic and foreign has reported on the coverups, the convictions of Manifort, the guilty admissions by his lawyer, Cohen, and pages of indictments of other players by Mueller. Well, all but Fox, who did an interview with Trump who blamed, of course, everyone but himself and attacked Sessions as ineffectual and a man who could not take charge of the Justice Dept.! Probably the first truthful thing he has ever said, but for all the wrong reasons. Fox, of course, asked no hard questions of any kind of Trump, just played their role as his lobbying mouthpiece!

Cohen pleads guilty and names Trump as a co-conspirator! Manifort is found guilty, and both within the same hour a few days ago! I am sure Trump will just call everyone involved low IQ witch hunters, but the wheels are starting to fall off the bus!

You read about the media, top law enforcement, and other top leaders being attacked by a dictator or tyrant in some third world country all too often! Used to, but now, you can read all about such things happening right here in the good ole USA!

We can spend billions to create a space force that actually already exists. Air Force, NASA, they already have space as part and parcel of what they do. Plus there is already a clandestine agency that produces military satellite systems and weapons! So, in my opinion, create a health care system for all and quit having parades and inventing Space Forces because an animated guy called Buzz Lightyear came to you in a dream! Besides, as I heard another gentleman remark, Trump will probably develop space spurs to protect himself from any personal involvement! I heard they were painful, in an imaginary sort of way!

Temporary tax breaks and subsidies are not done out of any compassion on Trump’s part! This is a common Trump spin. He gave a tax break to the middle class just before an election, but made it temporary, he was just electioneering! This aid to farmers is the same thing. He does not care about them he just wants them to shut up, and he could care less about the debt he is ringing up as long as it is putting money in his pockets. Every decision he makes has one thing at its core, how does it affect the Trump brand and pocketbook. The only other decisions he makes {trade wars for example] are based on his inability not to bully and preen on a world stage!

The Trump administration will end a longstanding requirement that certain nonprofit organizations disclose the names of large donors to the Internal Revenue Service, a move that will allow some political groups to shield their sources of funding from government scrutiny. The change, which has long been sought by conservatives and Republicans in Congress, it will affect a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including Americans for Prosperity funded by both Koch brothers!

Then House Republicans on Thursday approved a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election interference.

And this was just after the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats raised the alarm on growing cyber attack threats against the United States, saying the situation is at a “critical point” and coming out forcefully against Russia.

“The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a critical point,” Coats said, addressing the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, on Friday.

“Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack,” yet Republicans do not want to fund voting and election security despite these warnings. I wonder why?

DO YOU GET IT NOW?

President Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence advisor’s warning days ago that “the lights are blinking red” about cyber attacks and reigniting bipartisan concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president’s flat “no” came in response to a reporter’s question about Russian threats during a White House meeting with the Cabinet. He looked right at the reporter as he said no and added: “We are doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia.”

Two hours later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was only saying “no” to answering any questions, a contention denied by the reporter and others in the room!

This is just another example of the President lying to cover his many mistakes when he is not scripted and another example that he does not read or pay attention to intelligence briefings! Then, as usual, Sara Huckabee Sanders lying again to cover for him. Even if you only watch Fox and people like Hannity, just watch your President. He lies every day and he does not do it well.

Even Fox News’ Shephard Smith criticized the White House after press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to reframe comments from President Donald Trump claiming Russia wasn’t trying to interfere in our current election cycle.

“Well, there you have it: backing up and trying again,” an unimpressed Smith said as Sanders left the podium.

Do you get it now?

 

I normally do not participate in Trump trashing just for entertainment’s sake but I cannot get this thought out of my head. Londoner’s did not have to inflate the Trump blimp. They just spread it out, put a mirror in front of it and it just expanded with hot air on its own!

A friend of mine actually asked the question, when has Trump ever lied? I don’t know where you have to live on the planet to not know Trump is a liar, but ok, let’s just take the Helsinki conference with Putin as the latest example! Trump refused to answer questions about whether he believes his own agencies about Putin and Russia in reference to their hacking into our elections. Let’s just forget that France, Germany, England, and others have also said they have definitive evidence that they were also hacked by Russian operatives. Trump deflected by talking about missing servers. No servers are missing or were any denied access by the FBI. The DNC provided a complete copy of their server and the Pakistani Trump is talking about never worked for the DNC! He was thoroughly investigated and exonerated by the FBI as having done nothing against the law! So this is Trump doing what he always does, telling lies to cover lies or truths he does not want to admit to! Politifact covers a lot of this, if you are interested in the truth, or think I am lying to you!

We separate children from parents, a 1-year-old child is put before a judge in the United States with no representation for the first time EVER! Now, in order to protect profits from swamp creatures, we threaten our United Nations partners who want to promote breastfeeding instead of purchasing formula. This is the America we live in! How can you want to protect an unborn child yet actively terrorize them and harm their health for profit after they are born! Do you get it now?

About a year and a half ago Trudeau made a statement that they would take the banned refugees we are turning away. Maybe that’s why Trump decided Canada was a national security risk! Cannot have all those murky non-white rapists, thieves, gang members, and potential terrorists all congregating just north of our border getting ready to murk the hell out of us!

You do not have to be from one political spectrum or the other to see how impossible it will be to build a wall! If you follow the areas where the river just bends like a snake, or is down in a gorge, the only way, since Mexico is never going to give their land away to us, is for us to grant millions of acres of land to Mexico to even make the wall feasible, all land now belonging to American ranchers and farmers! The very difficult terrain and other obstacles of transport, etc, will cause the wall to be the most expensive edifice in the world! And at the ocean end of the wall, hell, just learn to surf! Joking, but no more absurd than building a wall when the infrastructure in the country is falling apart. Plus Trump will soon be calling for a wall on the Canadian border so they do not come across buying shoes and wearing them back across the border, a very real and dangerous act by Canadians, according to Trump!

The Trump administration is bringing back the Red Scare, or McCarthyism as it was commonly called! Any non-profit that questions Trumps handling of environmental issues is the current target. They are trying to label them agents of a communist government in this instance because they operate internationally as almost all do. The old law about registering foreign agents to identify communists and Nazis after WWII is still on the books from the McCarthy era, and they are dragging it back up into the spotlight!

Do you get it now?

Trump cannot be very intelligent, or his mental illness is so pervasive that he cannot help himself. He lies, even when the truth would actually be more beneficial to him. But lying is so natural to him he cannot force himself not to do it. He loves power. He wants it for himself and admires people who have absolute power! If you pay attention, he always heaps praise on himself, makes outlandish claims that could not possibly be true! You know what really chaps my hide? The GOP backs up his lies, no matter how outrageous, or just refuse to engage in any conversation about it! There are some exceptions of course, but they are few in number. History will record this as one of the blackest moments in U.S. history. Hopefully, it will not record it as the defining moment of our eventual destruction!

Trump has always been a crook, anybody with any sense or the ability to read should have any doubt about it. I don’t mean current investigations. Use of Trump’s charity to funnel money, buy personal items, and to pay off lawsuits is well known. His claim of donating to veteran charities was actually a transfer from his charity to pay off a lawsuit against Mar-a Lago. The donation was made as part of an agreement with the person who sued as it was what he wanted to be done with the money he was awarded. But Trump never paid a dime! Read the charges, there are a few. But as I was saying, this is how he has always done business. That charity was set up as a slush fund for his many lawsuits and personal use.

Do you get it now?

Trump lies all the time, and doesn’t even do it well! He lies so much that even I tend to just ignore it, kind of like swatting at flies down at the cow pens, after a while it is just automatic. But when he lies about veterans, I really get upset. So he had thousands of requests from parents who have to be 100 or more to have sons in the Korean War.

When do you start to get it?

I have acquaintances who claim they do not like Trump personally but they think he has done great things for America. This man is alienating us from the rest of the world. He has only passed one piece of major legislation, the tax bill. He has pulled out of trade agreements with all of our neighbors, called our closest and best ally a liar, imagine the absurdity of that statement coming from him! If you think to allow mines to dump into rivers, factories to continue to pollute at even higher levels, asbestos ignored as a health threat is good for America, or the planet, you are deluded. Sure, his swamp creatures will make more money, but they will not pass any of that on to you, and when you get sick from asbestos, air pollution, or your water catches on fire, they will tell you to buy water from them and just die peaceably snowflake! You have been told current conditions are all Trump when most of them, practically all of them, are not. Trump and Fox saying so does not a fact make! Even the Congressional Budget figures, controlled by Republicans mind you, will prove that out if you really are interested in facts!

This is an excerpt of what a friend of mine from Australia said about Trump, and I quote “He seems to have a very restricted vocabulary and a dangerously short attention span. He all too clearly sees no reason why he should attempt to fit himself into the international diplomatic conventions because he believes himself to be more important, and more powerful than anyone else, and thus under no obligation to modify his behavior!”

Since George Washington presidents have, for the most part, voluntarily accepted restraints on their ability to pardon. Starting in 1789, government lawyers have been designated to review pardon applications. And since 1865, presidents have typically relied on a review by the Justice Department before granting clemency. Trump has bypassed these restraints, plus his pardons seemed to be aimed at people who supported him, or who were prosecuted by people he does not like. It also seems like a not so subtle way, to me anyway, to notify people who may be indicted in the Russia investigations that he will pardon them. He has a deep-seated fear of the Russia investigations, and this makes me go, hmmmm!

So now immigrants are animals, according to Trump. Can you guess who called a group of people animals prior to and during WWII? Trump is racist. His father was arrested in at least one KKK march, not protesting the KKK mind you! Both he and his father have been sued by the govt for refusing to rent to people of color, Donald more than once! Trump himself in public has said blacks are naturally lazy, they cannot help it. There are many more very public examples out there of Trump’s bigotry in his own words. All in the public record. These people are not animals, they are fleeing persecution and violence in most cases. You will actually find that immigrants, illegal or not, are the lowest crime statistic. I am not including drug cartel operatives, etc., that is a separate problem from mothers, fathers, and children looking for a place that does not get them beaten, robbed, raped, or killed. Yes, immigration is a problem, but our President wants to dehumanize them and use hate and scare tactics in his approach to the problem. This is not Presidential, hell, it isn’t even an acceptable approach by any decent human being!

And the band plays on!

 

 

John Love

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President Trump is now blaming Obama for Russian hacking. A month ago he did not think there was hacking, but now that it’s getting harder to lie about it, like always, it is Obama’s fault.

Trump calls CNN, ABC, fake news, among others, only deciding that Fox is real news at a press conference in front of an international audience. He even refused to take questions from CNN, something no other President has ever done.

Trump claims our respect overseas has gone up since he became President. The opposite is true! He had to meet the Queen of England in the boonies, where he managed not to bow, walked in front of her, and was only given a very short tea because there were massive demonstrations against his visit in London. President Obama and his wife were given a tea, a state dinner, and invited to stay overnight in the Palace. Then he went to Scotland to golf, more massive protests, you could even hear the protestors the whole time he was golfing!

He insults the leaders of our best allies, calling Canada a threat to our security and insulting Justin Trudeau, although not to his face! Made statements that Germany is in thrall to Russia, and that Theresa May was a bad leader and that he had told her how to do Brexit but she ignored him and that her political competitor would make a great Prime Minister! The first time an American President has inserted himself into a foreign allies politics! He did these things on record, some on video, then tried to say they were fake news when he was accosted by the news media, all fake of course!

Trump is still trumpeting his successful talks with Kim Jung Un while North Korea is still secretly building and enhancing their nuclear arsenal! China has hired workers under the guise of an educational program, who send all their wages back to their government. This also gives North Korea a way to buy luxury electronics and other goods to keep its rich and powerful supporters of Kim happy!

American satellite surveillance and Japanese ships have observed oil transfers from Chinese tankers to Korean tankers. Russia also participates in the Korean worker/slave scheme and has increased the number of workers recently. Both Russia and China ignore any economic sanctions they can surreptitiously get around. I don’t think Russia or China really want a nuclear North Korea, but both like slave labor in their factories, and both want to take advantage of an American President who they can manipulate just like the Howdy Doody of old he resembles!

Trump admires the political strongman and desires to emulate them. He is a bully and like most bullies a coward. He makes nice in front of our allies, then tweets nasty at them from the safety of his aircraft or throne room! He tells lies that I see his party scrambling to explain or justify. Lies that are so blatant and so easily proven to be a lie. This is one thing you can check for yourself. He will say one thing in a statement, or a tweet, and then in a tweet or statement hours later say exactly the opposite. So one has to be the lie, pick the one you like best!

Did you watch Trump’s speech today, where he told you not to believe what you see and hear, only believe his alternate facts! What a load! I mean there was no truth in anything he said, not one damn word!

The following are excerpts from an article by Cody Fenwick a writer for AlterNet. “Since President Donald Trump’s legacy in office is filled with broken promises and dismal failures, he and his defenders are working to create an alternative reality for his supporters to believe in where administration policy is a resounding success! It’s all working out. Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening. It was a startling admission: Trump doesn’t want people to believe the very things they’re seeing!  Why would he say such a thing? Tariffs, of course, are just a form of taxes. So after Republicans ballooned future deficits by slashing the corporate tax rate at the end of last year, Trump is now unilaterally imposing taxes that will hurt American consumers and workers.

This is bad policy and even worse politically. So Trump has to tell his fans not to believe what they see or read. He has often employed this tactic, by denying obvious facts and labeling the media “fake news” even when the reports reveal facts that are undeniable. With his rate of dishonesty increasing, it’s Trump who his supporters should doubt, not the basic facts about the world.

But with his Helsinki summit and unmitigated disaster, the Mueller probe zeroing in on his allies, his tax cuts failing to benefit the American people, the immigration family separation crisis ongoing, and health insurance prices rising, Trump’s policy efforts give him nothing to brag about. Denying the noses on his supporters’ faces is the only thing left to do.”

The only question left is: Who’s buying it? Do you get it now?