Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trumpet Crumpets

Any Trump supporter is a hack citizen always looking for a quick buck...

They don't want to support their country...because they don't get anything out of it; I understand, they see all these billionaires, all this economic inequality and they want their piece of the action and Trumps got them believing that now, that they'll get it if they vote for him who like no other...pigeons looking crumbs.

Somehow they feel like riding along Trumps coat-tail they'll get that piece of the action, scrape up the crumbs he's leaving behind that which he's promised and or implied to the weak citizenry and federal lawmakers (yes even federal lawmakers are suckers)... they have it in their heads they're just like him, that he was born of humble beginnings or worse, like themselves, otherwise why imagine their Trump support will benefit them, how some rich no-talent white kid will help the poor-white lazy class and why ignore and/or deny all the negative he has secreted from his existence...but they can't imagine being truly like him; a money hungry rich-boy racist...they're good people just having financial issues...

Thats it! Blame the successful black kid who always finds the black ball hidden under the cup...don't figure out how he does it just assume he's not smart enough to fool you or cheats, but he has and you can't admit you're the fool...

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lucifer: Demystified

September 11, 2017
 "Lucifer" in Isaiah 14:12 presents a minor problem to mainstream Christianity. It becomes a much larger problem to Bible literalists. LUCIFER IS NOT SATAN!
 Lucifer makes its appearance in the fourteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, at the twelfth verse, and nowhere else:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"
"O Lucifer" was used to express "O shining one", and not the name of a biblical character, and certainly not Satan. Its own simple context clearly shows this.
The first problem is that Lucifer is a Latin word. So how did it find its way into a Hebrew manuscript, written before there was a Roman language? To find the answer, I consulted a scholar at the library of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. What Hebrew name, I asked, was Satan given in this chapter of Isaiah, which describes the angel who fell to become the ruler of hell?
The answer was a surprise. In the original Hebrew text, the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah is not about a fallen angel, but about a fallen Babylonian king, who during his lifetime had persecuted the children of Israel. It contains no mention of Satan, either by name or reference. The Hebrew scholar could only speculate that some early Christian scribes, writing in the Latin tongue used by the Church, had decided for themselves that they wanted the story to be about a fallen angel, a creature not even mentioned in the original Hebrew text, and to whom they gave the name "Lucifer."
Why Lucifer? In Roman astronomy, Lucifer was the name given to the morning star (the star we now know by another Roman name, Venus). The morning star appears in the heavens just before dawn, heralding the rising sun. The name derives from the Latin term lucem ferre, bringer, or bearer, of light." In the Hebrew text the expression used to describe the Babylonian king before his death is Helal, son of Shahar, which can best be translated as "Day star, son of the Dawn." The name evokes the golden glitter of a proud king's dress and court (much as his personal splendor earned for King Louis XIV of France the appellation, "The Sun King").
The scholars authorized by King James I to translate the Bible into current English did not use the original Hebrew texts, but used versions translated ... largely by St. Jerome in the fourth century. Jerome had mistranslated the Hebraic metaphor, "Day star, son of the Dawn," as "Lucifer," and over the centuries a metamorphosis took place. Lucifer the morning star became a disobedient angel, cast out of heaven to rule eternally in hell. Theologians, writers, and poets interwove the myth with the doctrine of the Fall, and in Christian tradition Lucifer is now the same as Satan, the Devil, and --- ironically --- the Prince of Darkness.
So "Lucifer" is nothing more than an ancient Latin name for the morning star, the bringer of light. That can be confusing for Christians who identify Christ himself as the morning star, a term used as a central theme in many Christian sermons. Jesus refers to himself as the morning star in Revelation 22:16: "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
And so there are those who do not read beyond the King James version of the Bible, who say 'Lucifer is Satan: so says the Word of God'...."
Henry Neufeld (a Christian who comments on Biblical sticky issues) went on to say,
"this passage is often related to Satan, and a similar thought is expressed in Luke 10:18 by Jesus, that was not its first meaning. It's primary meaning is given in Isaiah 14:4 which says that when Israel is restored they will "take up this taunt against the king of Babylon . . ." Verse 12 is a part of this taunt song. This passage refers first to the fall of that earthly king...
How does the confusion in translating this verse arise? The Hebrew of this passage reads: "heleyl, ben shachar" which can be literally translated "shining one, son of dawn." This phrase means, again literally, the planet Venus when it appears as a morning star. In the Septuagint, a 3rd century BC translation of the Hebrew scriptures into Greek, it is translated as "heosphoros" which also means Venus as a morning star.
How did the translation "lucifer" arise? This word comes from Jerome's Latin Vulgate. Was Jerome in error? Not at all. In Latin at the time, "lucifer" actually meant Venus as a morning star. Isaiah is using this metaphor for a bright light, though not the greatest light to illustrate the apparent power of the Babylonian king which then faded."
Therefore, Lucifer wasn't equated with Satan until after Jerome. Jerome wasn't in error. Later Christians (and Mormons) were in equating "Lucifer" with "Satan".
So why is this a problem to Christians? Christians now generally believe that a fallen Satan (or the Devil or Lucifer who they equate with Satan) is a being who has always existed (or who was created at or near the "beginning"). Therefore, they also think that the 'prophets' of the Old Testament believed in this creature. The Isaiah scripture is used as proof (and has been used as such for hundreds of years now).As Elaine Pagels explainsthough, the concept of Satan has evolved over the years and the early Bible writers didn't believe in or teach such a doctrine.
For instance, in the original  Hebrew texts, Satan was not opposed to God. Satan was working with God. Satan was sent down to do Gods most important work. He did not fall from grace. The Roman Catholic Church takeover is responsible for spreading a literalist interpretation, of a translation of a translation of a translation. It fed the people a dualistic and highly contradictory gospel. Now its God VS Satan, which is the total opposite of the original teachings!
It is imperative that those who wish to gain the Jew-Els that the Bible has, understand that English language Bibles are far removed from original understanding, simply by language barrier.
The irony for those who believe that "Lucifer" refers to Satan is that the same title ('morning star' or 'light-bearer') is used to refer to Jesus, in 2 Peter 1:19, where the Greek text has exactly the same term: 'phos-phoros' 'light-bearer.' This is also the term used for Jesus in Revelation 22:16.
The literal meaning of phosphorus (Phosp-Horus = Lucifer) is "Light-Bringer."
Here is the definition thatyou will find onWikipedia; Phosphorus (Greek Φωσφόρος Phōsphoros), a name meaning "Light-Bringer", is the Morning Star, the planet Venus in its morning appearance. Another Greek name for the Morning Star is Ἑωσφόρος (Heōsphoros), which means "Dawn-Bringer". The Latin word corresponding to Greek Phosphorus is "Lucifer". It is used in its astronomical sense both in prose and poetry.
And then there is this....

What if I told you that a well respected Christian Bishop was named Lucifer, and was elevated to a saint in the church? If Lucifer was truly believed to be Satan, Im sure he wouldnt have been made a saint, or even allowed his high position in the church. Christianity, unfortunately took a turn for the worse in the 4th century, andBishop St. Lucifer of Cagliariawas in the front lines of the fight against the invading Roman horde, but they lost, and thus was birthed the Roman Catholic Church.
Isnt it amazing how so many that claim to follow Christianity know so little about such an important distinction? Their ideas of Lucifer come from Hollywood and ignorant preachers. Lucifer is Satan? NO! Lucifer is more likely Jesus! And original scripture clearly supports this much more than Lucifer being Satan.
Christianity is under attack today, and we risk losing much ancient spiritual knowledge simply because modern Christians do not know how to interpret their Bibles. Modern Christians look crazy with their overzealous ill-knowledge from pop culture art instead of actual sacred text.
The Bible is not something you can just read and expect to understand. One must read it in respect to previous versions. It takes work and dedication. It is meant for the few willing to go out of their way to understand. That is how the scriptures become illuminated, and for most people professing most religions, they never come see their sacred books in such a light.
~Doc de Lux
"Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the son of the morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with it's splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!"
Albert Pike (Morals & Dogma)
"What is more absurd and more impious than to attribute the name of Lucifer to the devil, that is, to personified evil. The intellectual Lucifer is the spirit of intelligence and love; it is the paraclete, it is the Holy Spirit, while the physical Lucifer is the great agent of universal magnetism."
Eliphas Levi (The Mysteries Of Magic)
"Lucifer represents.. Life.. Thought.. Progress.. Civilization.. Liberty.. Independence.. Lucifer is the Logos.. the Serpent, the Savior."
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (The Secret Doctrine)
"The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane."
~ Erich Fromm

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter

Last night, the United States experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. At least 58 people are dead and over 500 more wounded. No, that's not a typo: More than 500 people were injured in one single incident.

As tens of thousands enjoyed a music festival on the streets of Las Vegas, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, was perched 32 floors above them in his Mandalay Bay hotel room. Paddock had 19 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammo — supplies that are plentiful in a nation that has more guns than people. A few minutes after 10 p.m., Paddock opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd. They were sitting ducks.

No expensive wall along the Mexican border would've prevented this. No Muslim ban stopping immigrants and refugees from a few randomly selected countries from reaching our shores would've slowed this down.

Paddock, like the majority of mass shooters in this country, was a white American. And that simple fact changes absolutely everything about the way this horrible moment gets discussed in the media and the national discourse: Whiteness, somehow, protects men from being labeled terrorists.
The privilege here is that the ultimate conclusion about shootings committed by people from commonly nonwhite groups often leads to determinations about the corrosive or destructive nature of the group itself. When an individual claiming to be Muslim commits a horrible act, many on the right will tell us Islam is the problem. For centuries, when an act of violence has been committed by an African-American, racist tropes follow — and eventually, the criminalization and dehumanization of an entire ethnic group.

A bloodied victim lies on the ground during a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music
festival on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Photo: David Becker/Getty Images

Privilege always stands in contrast to how others are treated, and it's true in this case, too: White men who resort to mass violence are consistently characterized primarily as isolated "lone wolves" — in no way connected to one another — while the most problematic aspects of being white in America are given a pass that nobody else receives.

Stephen Paddock's whiteness has already afforded him many outrageous protections in the media.
While the blood was still congealing on the streets of Las Vegas, USA Today declared in a headline that Paddock was a "lone wolf." And yet an investigation into his motivations and background had only just started. Police were only beginning to move to search his home and computers. His travel history had not yet been evaluated. No one had yet thoroughly scrutinized his family, friends, and social networks.

Paddock was declared a "lone wolf" before analysts even started their day, not because an exhaustive investigation produced such a conclusion, but because it is the only available conclusion for a white man in America who commits a mass shooting.

"Lone wolf" is how Americans designate many white suspects in mass shootings. James Holmes was called a "lone wolf" when he shot and killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. And Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot and killed the pastor and eight other parishioners, was quickly declared a "lone wolf."
For people of color, and especially for Muslims, the treatment is often different. Muslims often get labeled as "terrorists" before all the facts have come out.

Just consider President Donald Trump. This morning, Trump tweeted, "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" That's fine, but Trump doesn't even seem angry. It's peculiar that he didn't call the shooter a "son of a bitch," like he did the NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem. He didn't create an insulting nickname for Paddock or make an immediate push for a policy proposal.

Compare that to how Trump treats incidents where he believes the assailants are Muslims. After a bomb exploded in the London subway, Trump tweeted that the attackers were "loser terrorists" — before British authorities had even named a suspect. He went on to immediately use the attack to push his Muslim ban.

We must ask ourselves: Why do certain acts of violence absolutely incense Trump and his base while others only elicit warm thoughts and prayers? This is the deadliest mass shooting in American history! Where is the outrage? Where are the policy proposals?

What we are witnessing is the blatant fact that white privilege protects even Stephen Paddock, an alleged mass murderer, not just from being called a terrorist, but from the anger, rage, hellfire, and fury that would surely rain down if he were almost anyone other than a white man. His skin protects him. It also prevents our nation from having an honest conversation about why so many white men do what he did, and why this nation seems absolutely determined to do next to nothing about it.
I spoke to two people this morning, one black and the other Muslim. Both of them said that, when they heard about this awful shooting in Las Vegas, they immediately began hoping that the shooter was not black or Muslim. Why? Because they knew that the blowback on all African-Americans or Muslims would be fierce if the shooter hailed from one of those communities.

Something is deeply wrong when people feel a sense of relief that the shooter is white because they know that means they won't suffer as a result. White people, on the other hand, had no such feeling this morning, because 400 years of American history tells them that no such consequences will exist for them today as a result of Paddock's actions.

It is an exemplar of white privilege: not just being given a headstart in society, but also the freedom from certain consequences of individual and group actions.

Top photo: People run from the scene of a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Government Erecting Weird Metal Towers In NY and Will Not Say Why

By Josie Wales

As bizarre metal towers mysteriously appear at entrances to bridges and tunnels all over New York, the project remains shrouded in secrecy. When pressed for details on the mystery structures by local news affiliate CBS2's Dave Carlin, the MTA spokesman in charge of bridges and tunnels, Cedrick Fulton, simply replied, "I said no comment."

The $100 million project includes 18 of these towers, which began to appear shortly after the Brooklyn Battery toll booths were taken down.
The structures are being described as "decorative," but a comment made by MTA chairman Joe Lhota suggests they are anything but.
From CBS2:
Carlin: "Some of your own board members say they don't know the specifics."
Lhota: "The base of these new pieces that are going up include whatever fiber optics are necessary for those Homeland Security items."
In other words, it's anti-terror technology. Could that one day include facial recognition? We don't know, and Lhota won't say.
"I'm not at liberty to discuss that," he told Carlin.

Even some MTA board members are concerned about how little information is available. "A lot of the board members felt they didn't have all the details they would have wanted, myself included," said New York City Transportation Manager Polly Trottenberg.

But an organization called Reinvent Albany has been working hard to shed some light on the details surrounding the structures. "It's a bit mind-boggling that the MTA is approving $100 million for what appears to us to be big, decorative pylons," says John Kaehny, Executive Director and founding board member of the watchdog organization. "What we're asking for is transparency from the MTA."
Kaehny told Anti-Media that they discovered plans for Governor Cuomo's "Gateway Towers" while researching budget documents for another one of Cuomo's pet projects, Harbor Lights, a $200 million plan to "transform New York's magnificent structures into world-renowned tourist attractions."

According to a press release from Governor Cuomo's office, these "art deco" towers will "bring back public art aboveground." Each structure will be covered in decorative artwork constructed with chainmail fabric, displaying a "wave effect." All MTA bridges and tunnels will be equipped with LED lights that change color according to a "dawn to dusk" schedule, with "spectacular, multi-color light shows that will be visible for miles."

But it's not what's on the outside of the buildings that's important. The bright and colorful new "decorative" towers could actually be state-of-the-art surveillance centers, designed to identify every citizen that goes in and out of the city.  According to a  press release announcing Cuomo's New York Crossings Project, which is part of Harbor Lights:
"At each crossing, and at structurally sensitive points on bridges and tunnels, advanced cameras and sensors will be installed to read license plates and test emerging facial recognition software and equipment. These technologies will be applied across airports and transit hubs – including the Penn-Farley Complex – to ultimately develop one system-wide plan."

And there's no evidence that any of it has been approved. According to Reinvent Albany's research:
"The MTA board has never seen a full project budget for Harbor Lights and has not voted on the project. According to Politico, the governor's office says the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will pay for the project — not the MTA. Yet, according to board minutes from March and January of this year, the NYPA board was told that the MTA would repay NYPA for the costs of the project." So no one actually knows where the money for Cuomo's project is coming from.

The watchdog organization has testified twice to the MTA this month alone and has also filed a formal complaint with the Authorities Budget Office to investigate whether or not the MTA fulfilled their duty to fully examine and follow the proper steps to approve any and all contracts related to Governor Cuomo's New York Crossings Initiative.

One particularly alarming section of the organization's complaint to the ABO reads as follows:
"Based on MTA documents, we estimate the total combined cost of the components of NY Crossing will exceed over a billion dollars in public funds.

According to press accounts, public records, and public statements by MTA board members, Governor Cuomo proposed the New York Crossings Initiative with little or no review or comment by the MTA board. Based on our review of the minutes of the MTA full board and committee meetings since the governor's October 5, 2016 announcement, we see no evidence that the MTA board reviewed or approved an overall budget for the New York Crossings initiative, or reviewed or approved budgets, or expenditure caps, for any of its component elements." [emphasis added]
The only thing that is clear about Governor Cuomo's Harbor Lights/NY Crossings project is that no clear information is being provided.

Out of the 18 towers slated to go up, a total of four have been completed. "That we know of," said Kaehny, who added that a tower was scheduled to be erected today on the Queens side of the midtown tunnel. "There might be a tower going up as we speak," he said.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The US Is Bombing Raqqa Into Complete Devastation — at Least 433 Civilians Killed

October 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi

(ANTIMEDIA)  The United States has been bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa into complete devastation at the rate of at least one air-delivered munition every 8 minutes, according to monitoring group Airwars. The organization found that in August, there was a sharp increase in the number of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition. This resulted in at least 433 civilian deaths in that month alone.

From Airwars' monthly report:
"Raqqa bore the brunt of this dramatic hike in munitions released. The Coalition reported that a record 5,775 bombs and missiles were fired in support of operations to capture the city – a 92% increase [from] July.  This figure is 5% higher than the peak munitions fired on West Mosul back in March, to date the deadliest month for civilian harm tracked by Airwars across the entire war. Those 5,775 munitions fired at Raqqa were also more than ten times the declared number of munitions released by US aircraft in all of Afghanistan during August – which was itself at a five-year high."
This is also the rate at which the U.S. was bombing Mosul in Iraq before Donald Trump took office, and yet the media continues to remain mostly silent on the topic. It is especially quiet now, even though Raqqa is less than half the size of West Mosul. As Airwars explains:
"Moreover, those record Coalition munitions were fired into a small geographic area. Raqqa covers approximately 40 square kilometers – less than half the size of West Mosul. It was reported that some 2,000 ISIS fighters still remained in Raqqa city by August 6th, who were using as many as 20,0000 civilians as involuntary human shields."
Airwars also explained that even though the coalition continues to use the term "coalition," so as to promote the idea of a team-effort being involved, it is the United States that continues to conduct nearly 100 hundred percent of the bombing. For example, the United Kingdom delivered only eight strikes in Iraq during the month of August and 31 strikes in Syria (mostly aimed at Raqqa). France delivered 16 strikes in Raqqa for the same period.
More than 75 percent of Raqqa has now allegedly been destroyed by the bombing. This is a territory the United States does not even have the legal justification to bomb in the first place, yet it continues to do so unabated.
Russia's contribution to the Syrian conflict as of late barely received a passing mention in Airwars' report. While no one would deny that Russian-delivered bombs are just as deadly as American-delivered bombs, the point is that the media refuses to cover America's illegal aggression in Syria in the same way it has relentlessly covered Russia's bombardment of Aleppo last year – even though Russia's air campaign appears to have more legitimacy than the coalition does.
"The coalition has made much of its precision munitions and that has played a role in reducing harm on civilian populations," Chris Woods, director of Airwars, told Al Jazeera"I think, though, that with these major assaults on urban areas, we are seeing the limits of precision warfare."
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Woods added:
"The coalition likes to claim that this is the most precise warfare in history. Precision tells you where the bomb goes, not what happens there after it's landed. So when the coalition is dropping these bombs on heavily populated areas, it often has a devastating effect."
Meanwhile, having successfully destroyed much of Raqqa, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly essentially abandoned their campaign in Raqqa and turned their eye to Deir ez-Zor, an oil-rich region in Syria. This particular arena pits the U.S.-backed forces directly against the Iranian and Russian backed forces, which is nothing short of a recipe for a complete disaster.
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A Zen master explains why "positive thinking" is terrible advice

Have you ever been told to just "think positive" and your problems will go away?
Or that to achieve your goals in life, all you have to do is visualize it with positive intent?
It's a philosophy that's been popular for decades thanks to books like How to win Friends and Influence People and Think and Grow Rich. 
But is it really helping us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives? Not exactly.
In fact, according to spiritual guru, Osho, it might just be one of the biggest "bullshit philosophies" there is.

Why "positive thinking" won't help you out

When asked what he thinks of the "positive thinking" movement, Osho believes that it's doing more harm than good. Why? Because it means we're denying reality and being dishonest to ourselves:
"The philosophy of positive thinking means being untruthful; it means being dishonest. It means seeing a certain thing and yet denying what you have seen; it means deceiving yourself and others."
"Positive thinking is the only bullshit philosophy that America has contributed to human thought – nothing else. Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and the Christian priest, Vincent Peale – all these people have filled the whole American mind with this absolutely absurd idea of a positive philosophy.
And it appeals particularly to mediocre minds…
Dale Carnegie's book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has been sold in numbers just next to the Christian Bible. No other book has been able to reach that popularity.
The Christian Bible should not be a competitor in fact, because it is more or less given free, forced on people. But Dale Carnegie's book people have been purchasing; it has not been given to you free. And it has created a certain kind of ideology which has given birth to many books of a similar kind. But to me it is nauseating.
… Dale Carnegie started this whole school of positive philosophy, positive thinking: Don't see the negative part, don't see the darker side. But by your not seeing it, do you think it disappears? You are just befooling yourself. You cannot change reality. The night will still be there; you can think that it is daytime for twenty-four hours, but by your thinking it, it is not going to be light twenty-four hours a day.
The negative is as much part of life as the positive. They balance each other."
He also used this opportunity to throw shade at the enormously popular book Think and Grow Rich:
"About Napoleon Hill I remember… he himself was a poor man. That would have been enough proof to disprove his whole philosophy. He became rich by selling the book, Think and Grow Rich.
But it was not positive thinking that was making him rich – it was fools around the world who were purchasing the book, it was his work, his labor, his effort. But in the very beginning days, when his book came out, he used to stand in bookstores to persuade people to purchase the book.
And it happened that Henry Ford came in his latest model car and went into the bookshop to find something light to read. And Napoleon Hill did not want to miss this chance. He went forwards with his book and he said, "A great book has just been published – you will be happy with it. And it is not only a book, it is a sure method of success."
Henry Ford looked at the man and said, "Are you the writer of the book?"
Napoleon Hill said proudly, "Yes, I am the writer of the book." And he can be proud: that book he has written is a piece of art. And to create a piece of art out of crap is real mastery.
Henry Ford, without touching the book, just asked one question, "Have you come in your own car or on the bus?"
Napoleon Hill could not understand what he meant. He said, "Of course, I came on the bus."
Henry Ford said, "Look outside. That is my private car, and I am Henry Ford. You are befooling others; you don't have even a private car and you write a book called Think and Grow Rich! And I have grown rich without thinking, so I don't want to bother with it. You think and grow rich! – and when you grow rich then you come to me. That will be the proof. The book is not the proof."
And it is said that Napoleon Hill never could gather up the courage to meet this old man, Henry Ford, again, even though he became a little richer. But compared to Henry Ford he was always a poor man and was bound to remain a poor man, always. But Henry Ford's logic was clear.
No. I do not believe in any philosophy of positive thinking."

The half-truth is dangerous

Osho says that forcing yourself to think positive all the time is simply denying the reality of our lives, and it will eventually come around and bite us:
"You ask me: Am I against positive philosophy? Yes, because I am also against negative philosophy.
I have to be against both because both choose only half the fact, and both try to ignore the other half.
And remember: a half-truth is far more dangerous than a whole lie, because the whole lie will be discovered by you sooner or later. How long can it remain undiscovered by you? A lie, of course, is a lie; it is just a palace made of playing cards – a little breeze and the whole palace disappears.
But the half-truth is dangerous. You may never discover it, you may continue to think it is the whole truth. So the real problem is not the whole lie, the real problem is the half-truth pretending to be the whole truth; and that is what these people are doing."

The negative ideas of your mind have to be released, not repressed

Osho goes onto say that it's harmful to repress negative emotions:
"The negative ideas of your mind have to be released, not repressed by positive ideas. You have to create a consciousness which is neither positive nor negative. That will be the pure consciousness.
In that pure consciousness you will live the most natural and blissful life…
You don't like a person, you don't like many things; you don't like yourself, you don't like the situation you are in. All this garbage goes on collecting in the unconscious, and on the surface a hypocrite is born, who says, "I love everybody, love is the key to blissfulness." But you don't see any bliss in that person's life. He is holding the whole of hell within himself.
He can deceive others, and if he goes on deceiving long enough, he can deceive himself too. But it won't be a change. It is simply wasting life – which is immensely valuable because you cannot get it back.
Positive thinking is simply the philosophy of hypocrisy – to give it the right name. When you are feeling like crying, it teaches you to sing. You can manage if you try, but those repressed tears will come out at some point, in some situation. There is a limitation to repression. And the song that you were singing was absolutely meaningless; you were not feeling it, it was not born out of your heart."
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Jane Eyre Moves to Brooklyn in Boom’s Graphic Novel Adaptation

By Brigid Alverson |
Sep 27, 2017
Mr. Rochester and Jane.
Aline Brosh McKenna may be best known as the writer of the movies The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses, and the writer and executive producer of the CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Now she's added comics to her resume after turning Charlotte Brontë's classic novel Jane Eyre into a graphic novel.
Jane, an updated version of the story written by McKenna and illustrated by Ramon Perez (A Tale of Sand), will be published by Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, on September 19. In this version, Jane is a small town girl who moves to New York to go art school. She lives in Brooklyn—her roommate is a fashion designer and drag queen—and she works as a nanny for the mysterious and powerful Mr. Rochester.
PW talked with McKenna about what a 170-year-old novel has to offer modern readers and how she brought the story into the 21st century.
What drew you to Jane Eyre?
I have always loved that book. I remember reading it when I was about 11 or 12 and walking through my house with my nose in the book and not wanting to go downstairs for dinner and holding the book in my hand and weeping [because I had to stop reading].
The thing that spoke to me more and more as I matured was the romance with Rochester. I realized, as someone who had written a lot about male-female relationships, how much that relationship had imprinted itself on me: The remote and damaged man who looks past the superficial charms but is hampered by another woman. It's a very strong love template.
What did you want to keep from the original?
To me, the essence of it is Jane's goodness and her loving-ness and her longing for family and longing to belong somewhere and her steadfast honesty and purity that pierces the heart of this lonely man.
How did you create the supporting characters, such as Jane's roommate?
I was trying to find companions for her story that I thought would suit her and teach her and interest her. There's a gravity and sadness to the Jane Eyre character, which is why I always loved her. She was a little brown wren, so the beginning is a little brown wren in a big colorful city with a colorful roommate, and the first thing he does is show her around this place that has a little tiny hole for her, almost like he found a tiny bird in a box. A lot of it was contrasting the tiny little sparrow of Jane with the bigger world.
How is your Rochester different from Charlotte Brontë's?
The thing about the Brontë sisters, and the Austen novels and Edith Wharton, is that the financial concerns are paramount. Everyone is scrambling to hold on to their fortunes. [My] Rochester is very wealthy in a self-made way, and his predicament with respect to his wife does not have to do with his financial circumstances. He has a different kind of trauma in his past, but there's still that idea of being haunted—in this case he is haunted by someone he truly loved, so that was slightly different. It was sort of about trying to change some of the external things but be true to his soul.
What I always loved about him is that he's serious, almost mean, but he gives Jane compliments and the compliments are very profound. He sees her depths, and that makes her fall in love with him. It's a bit like Shakespeare: You can take it and transpose it and embellish it, but it retains its soul, and that's what we were always conscious of—to have it maintain its Brontë-ness.
How was making Jane different from your usual creative process?
We got to do whatever we wanted. Hollywood is compromises, you're always compromising, there's always a committee—not to say that's a bad thing, but that's what it is. This was in some sense the most pure artistic enterprise that I've done as a professional writer, because we could just dream it and make it so, and that was a wonderful feeling.
Did you have younger readers in mind?
Yes. It's not very racy—a little bit of raciness, but less than you would see on TV. We didn't put anything in there that would put off young readers.
I want to tap the shoulder of the 11-year-old girl I was and show her this book, and for me that's very much who it's for, for young people who love romance and fish-out-of-water books, but really romantic things that have a bit of a moral conversation in them about how to be a good person and how to live your life. I'm just so tickled that after five years I have something to imagine my 12-year-old self to buy at the bookstore.

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Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for ‘all-electric future’

A Chevrolet Bolt is ringed by electric and fuel cell vehicles covered by tarps. On Oct. 2, General Motors announced that it will produce two new electric models on the Bolt underpinnings in the next 18 months and 20 electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2023. (General Motors/AP)
After nearly a century of building vehicles powered by fossil fuels, General Motors — one of the world's largest automakers — announced Monday that the end of GM producing internal combustion engines is fast approaching.

The acceleration to an all-electric future will begin almost immediately, with GM releasing two new electric models next year and an additional 18 by 2023.

At a media event at GM's technical campus in Warren, Mich., on Monday, Mark Reuss, the company's chief of global product development, said the transition will take time, but the course has been set.

"General Motors believes in an all-electric future," Reuss said. "Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles."

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electric vehicle that boasts a range of up to 238 per full charge. It releases early 2017. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electric vehicle that boasts a range of up to 238 per full charge. It releases early 2017. (Jhaan Elker, Daron Taylor/The Washington Post)

Reuss avoided naming the year when the auto giant will cease producing gas and diesel vehicles, noting that the company is too large to make such an estimate, according to USA Today.
GM finished 2016 as the world's third-largest auto-seller, breaking previous company records with 10 million vehicles sold, the company said in a news release.

The automaker said that arriving at a "zero emissions future" will require a two-pronged approach: battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

At Monday's event, Fast Company reported, officials unveiled three concepts for reporters: "a sporty crossover, a larger wagon or SUV and a tall, boxy pod car that looked like a people-mover for cities."
[Tesla's Model 3 has 'mass appeal.' That doesn't mean you can afford it.]

GM also introduced a fuel-cell-powered heavy-duty truck with two electric motors known as Surus, or "silent utility rover universal superstructure."

GM's foray into the electric marketplace has already resulted in resounding success, with the Chevrolet Bolt being named Motor Trend's 2017 Car of the Year and the 2017 North American Car of the Year. The Bolt boasts a 240-mile battery range on a single charge and costs $37,500 before tax incentives. That range places the vehicle well above the Nissan Leaf (up to 107 miles on a single charge) and slightly above Tesla's Model 3 (up to 220 miles on a single charge for a standard battery).

Buying a car can be a daunting task if you don't know where to start. We'll help guide you through the process. Buying a car can be a daunting task if you don't know where to start. We'll help guide you through the process. (The Washington Post)

As GM commits to electric innovation, the company will compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace. In recent months, Tesla unveiled the company's first mass market electric vehicle, joining companies such as Ford, Volvo, Nissan, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover, all of whom are vying for market space.

[Volvo says it will abandon traditional engines by 2019]

On Monday, Ford announced plans to create a group known as "Team Edison" that is to be tasked with developing fully electric cars. Sherif Marakby, Ford's head of electrification and autonomous vehicles, told Automotive News that the company is on pace to produce 13 electrified vehicles over the next five years.
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"We see an inflection point in the major markets toward battery electric vehicles," Marakby said. "We feel it's important to have a cross-functional team all the way from defining the strategy plans and implementation to advanced marketing."

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

U.S. jets drop live bombs in a new show of force aimed at North Korea

U.S. and South Korea conduct military drills over Korean Peninsula

On Sept. 17, U.S. warplanes dropped live bombs over the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea's recent nuclear tests. On Sept. 17, U.S. warplanes dropped live bombs over the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea's recent nuclear tests. (Reuters)

The Pentagon deployed a formation of 14 bombers and fighters over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday that also included South Korean and Japanese aircraft, the latest show of force in response to North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests.

The warplanes were dispatched after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan on Thursday, triggering a widespread emergency alert for those who call the region home. Two Air Force B-1B bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and four Marine Corps F-35B fighters from Iwakuni, Japan, combined with four South Korean F-15K fighters and four F-2 Japanese fighters, U.S. defense officials said.

The aircraft carried out a simulated attack on the Pilsung training range in South Korea, a few dozen miles from the demilitarized zone separating the North and South, while using live bombs. The U.S. and Japanese jets also flew in formation over waters near Kyushu, Japan, a southern portion of the country that is the closest major island to the Korean Peninsula.

[North Korea fires another missile over Japan, triggering warnings and condemnation]
The show of force came as President Trump prepared to deliver remarks for the first time this week at the United Nations General Assembly. The escalating standoff between the United States and its allies and North Korea prompted U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to say that if the United States exhausts its diplomatic options to stop North Korea, military force remains an option.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed," Haley told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday. "And we all know that, and none of us want that."

U.S., South Korean and Japanese aircraft fly over the Korean Peninsula on Sept. 17. (Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider/Defense Department)

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that North Korea continues to deepen its diplomatic and economic isolation with its provocative actions.

"More and more nations are realizing there's simply no collaboration with the international community," he said. "There's a dismissal of international concern, unified U.N. Security Council concerns."

The U.S. military released 24 photos of the latest show of force, an apparent message to North Korea and the international community. Here are some of them:
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A formation of Air Force B-1B Lancers, Marine F-35B Lightning IIs and South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles fly in unison near the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone Sept. 18. (Capt. Joseph Cole/U.S. Air Force)
B-1B Lancers, F-35B Lightning IIs and Japanese F-2s fly north of Japan on Sept. 18. (Capt. Mike Karnes/U.S. Air Force)

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Monday, September 11, 2017



That morning while driving to my commuter train Howard Stern announced that a plane had hit a tower of The World Trade Center and at that time it seemed a small plane had hit the tower…
It all happened so fast…
After boarding the train for NYC and while in contact with my ex-wife I was able to learn it was a passenger airliner that had struck the tower and a second one had struck the other. Stuck on the train you couldn’t tell what really was going; all I knew is what I could get from my ex and what information the other passengers were getting…
The train stopped at the Yonkers station where we stayed…but no one was getting up…

Word came the Pentagon had been struck, worried that this seemed a serious National attack, a couple of passengers and I decided to disembark and as we did we looked south toward NYC from where we looked directly at
The Twin Towers afire…

Saudi government allegedly funded a ‘dry run’ for 9/11

September 9, 2017 | 10:28am | Updated September 11, 2017 | 9:19am
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Suspicious in-flight activity by Saudis in the US two years before 9/11 is fueling a suit against the Riyadh government. Getty Images

Fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a "dry run" for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim that employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters.

Two years before the airliner attacks, the Saudi Embassy paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover in the US as students, to fly from Phoenix to Washington "in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks," alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.

The court filing provides new details that paint "a pattern of both financial and operational support" for the 9/11 conspiracy from official Saudi sources, lawyers for the plaintiffs say. In fact, the Saudi government may have been involved in underwriting the attacks from the earliest stages — including testing cockpit security.

"We've long asserted that there were longstanding and close relationships between al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government," said Sean Carter, the lead attorney for the 9/11 plaintiffs. "This is further evidence of that."

Lawyers representing Saudi Arabia last month filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which may finally be headed toward trial now that Congress has cleared diplomatic-immunity hurdles. A Manhattan federal judge has asked the 9/11 plaintiffs, represented by lead law firm Cozen O'Connor, to respond to the motion by November.

Citing FBI documents, the complaint alleges that the Saudi students — Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi — were in fact members of "the Kingdom's network of agents in the US," and participated in the terrorist conspiracy.

They had trained at al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan at the same time some of the hijackers were there. And while living in Arizona, they had regular contacts with a Saudi hijacker pilot and a senior al Qaeda leader from Saudi now incarcerated at Gitmo. At least one tried to re-enter the US a month before the attacks as a possible muscle hijacker but was denied admission because he appeared on a terrorist watch list.

Qudhaeein and Shalawi both worked for and received money from the Saudi government, with Qudhaeein employed at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. Shalawi was also "a longtime employee of the Saudi government." The pair were in "frequent contact" with Saudi officials while in the US, according to the filings.

During a November 1999 America West flight to Washington, Qudhaeein and Shalawi are reported to have tried multiple times to gain access to the cockpit of the plane in an attempt to test flight-deck security in advance of the hijackings.
'The dry run reveals more of the fingerprints of the Saudi government.'
 - Kristen Breitweiser
"After they boarded the plane in Phoenix, they began asking the flight attendants technical questions about the flight that the flight attendants found suspicious," according to a summary of the FBI case files.

"When the plane was in flight, al-Qudhaeein asked where the bathroom was; one of the flight attendants pointed him to the back of the plane," it added. "Nevertheless, al-Qudhaeein went to the front of the plane and attempted on two occasions to enter the cockpit."

The pilots were so spooked by the Saudi passengers and their aggressive behavior that they made an emergency landing in Ohio. On the ground there, police handcuffed them and took them into custody. Though the FBI later questioned them, it decided not to pursue prosecution.

But after the FBI discovered that a suspect in a counterterrorism investigation in Phoenix was driving Shalawi's car, the bureau opened a counterterrorism case on Shalawi. Then, in November 2000, the FBI received reporting that Shalawi trained at terrorist camps in Afghanistan and had received explosives training to perform attacks on American targets. The bureau also suspected Qudhaeein was a Saudi intelligence agent, based on his frequent contact with Saudi officials.

More, investigators learned that the two Saudis traveled to Washington to attend a symposium hosted by the Saudi Embassy in collaboration with the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America, which was chaired by the Saudi ambassador. Before being shut down for terrorist ties, IIASA employed the late al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as a lecturer. Awlaki ministered to some of the hijackers and helped them obtain housing and IDs.

The FBI also confirmed that Qudhaeein's and Shalawi's airline tickets for the pre-9/11 dry run were paid for by the Saudi Embassy.

"The dry run reveals more of the fingerprints of the Saudi government," said Kristen Breitweiser, one of the New York plaintiffs, whose husband perished at the World Trade Center.

"These guys were Saudi government employees for years and were paid by the Saudi government," she added. "In fact, the Saudi Embassy paid for their plane tickets for the dry run."

After the Nov. 19, 1999, incident — which took place less than two months before the first hijackers entered the US — both Saudi men held posts as Saudi government employees at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saudi Islamic University, the parent of IIASA — "a further indication of their longstanding ties to the Saudi government," the 9/11 complaint states.

Carter said in an interview that the allegations that the Saudi Embassy sponsored a pre-9/11 dry run — along with charges of other Saudi involvement in the 9/11 plot, from California to Florida — are based on "nearly 5,000 pages of evidence submitted of record and incorporated by reference into the complaint."

They include "every FBI report that we have been able to obtain," though hundreds of thousands of pages of government documents related to Saudi terror funding remain secret.
Attempts to reach lawyers representing the Saudi government by phone and email were unsuccessful. However, in last month's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, they argued that the plaintiffs cannot prove the kingdom or its employees directly supported the hijackers
Paul Sperry is a former Hoover Institution media fellow and author of "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington."

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ruby Chocolate, The First Official Chocolate Type Established Since White Chocolate 80 Years Ago

by Lori Dorn at 6:29 PM on September 7, 2017

The Barry Callebaut Group, a foremost authority on the subject of chocolate in Zurich, announced on September 5, 2017, that a fourth official category was added to the three current types – dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. This pink hued chocolate named ruby is the first new type of chocolate established in the 80 years since white chocolate was accepted. This new chocolate is made from a ruby cocoa bean, which is distinctive for both its color and taste.
Ruby chocolate has an intense taste and characteristic reddish color. The Ruby bean is unique because the fresh berry-fruitiness and color precursors are naturally present. The cocoa beans are sourced from different regions of the world. …The fourth type in chocolate offers a totally new taste experience, which is not bitter, milky or sweet, but a tension between berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness. To create Ruby chocolate no berries or berry flavor, nor color, is added.

via Bloomberg

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Republicans must fight for Trump, or conservatives will lose the country

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"Is Trump finished?" one of his savviest conservative supporters asked me recently.
In other words, will restless Republicans, unable to achieve any legislative victories, turn on the president of the United States? Abandon hope all ye who succumb to this temptation.
Turning on Trump is not the first, difficult step to GOP survival; instead, it would be a death blow to conservative resistance and revival in America. The full shock and awe fury of the Left and its media dogs has been unleashed on Trump for one reason: Trump has uncovered the specific formula for destroying progressivism.

What is this winning formula?

The first component is obvious: Trump promised to preserve American jobs for Americans by fighting illegal immigration, renegotiating trade agreements that disadvantage American workers, and getting rid of regulatory barriers that keep American industries from thriving here.

Trump's new economic message plainly rejected Mitt Romney's uninspired promise to protect "job creators" and instead focused on empowering blue collar workers. Progressives concentrate on these same constituencies, but all they are capable of offering is government largesse. The idea of self-sufficiency is a much more attractive and expansive economic message to take to the middle and working class. Trump knew this, and used it to win big league in 2016.

Progressives are frightened by Trump because they fear Trump's winning message can — and ultimately will — be extended beyond his largely white working class base to minority demographics like Hispanics and African American workers, who, whether they are conscious of it or not, are just as desperate to make America great again.

Conservatives would be foolish to run away from Trumponomics. Instead, they should build upon that message with strong cases for federalism, monetary reform, and other conservative ideas to smash the administrative state in Washington — a.k.a. the dreaded "swamp."
The second component of Trump's winning message is the least digested by GOP elites: Trump understood intuitively that embracing social conservatism is a surefire political winner, especially on the pro-life issue. Trump grasped that the very same voters who wanted him to fight economic decline also worry about social and cultural decline. And no, it is not just evangelicals; Trump's outspokenness on life and religious liberty was key to destroying the blue wall in the Rust Belt, attracting Catholic and other Reagan voters who had drifted away from the Republican brand.
There is a clear lesson here for GOP elites: Mitt Romney tried to call a truce on cultural issues,

didn't, Mitt Romney lost, and Donald Trump won. Republicans can't win without embracing social conservatism. There is also a clear lesson for social conservatives: moving forward requires us to abandon our alliance with Romney-esque corporate "conservatives," who loathe us anyway, and forge a new winning alliance between values voters and conservative economic populists

The third leg of Trump's formula for victory: He broke through the left's strategy of shaming Americans into silence. Voters saw Trump's success in refusing to be cowed by political correctness as their own success. For social conservatives, this is critical: The progressives' entire strategy depends on shaming Americans into acquiescing to strange new moral orders from Hollywood and Washington.

The left's shaming strategy tells those who disagree we must relinquish our power and be silent. For many, voting for Trump became the only means of expressing cultural resistance. Politics is thus the irreplaceable way Americans learn we are not odd or alone: our values are widely shared. We are the majority.

Understanding what Trump accomplished is critical for Christian conservatives especially: Political retreat is not an option. Investing more heavily in more direct and effective politics is pivotal to preventing elite cultural and political repression of traditional values.

But it was not just Christian conservatives who responded to Trump's refusal to cower to elite political correctness. The left's shaming is not just individual and it is not just about Christianity. The progressives' strategy is to shame America itself. That is why progressive calls to tear down confederate statues are so quickly followed by calls to tear down statues of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

The left hated Trump's unabashed pro-Americanism. Voters understood that national pride is not evidence of hatred or racism or any "ism" except Americanism, which is in fact good. Voters sided with the Trump in part because they knew Trump's unalloyed patriotism is part and parcel of his refusal to submit to the Left's moral authority.

Conservatives are beyond foolish if we fail to recognize that we are engaged in a death battle for the soul of America. Trump is an imperfect but direct counter to what has heretofore been a one-sided story of decline and impotence now on vivid display in a GOP-controlled Congress. The left is far advanced in its agenda to destroy the American constitutional system, including federalism, limited government, the rule of law, and the rights of the people to rule themselves.

If President Trump can now deliver on any form of economic renewal, pursue his pro-life agenda in a serious way, protect conscience, and continue to display a proud nationalism, he will be poised for one of the great comebacks in American history.

No president can govern effectively alone. He needs our support. Republicans have a binary choice: fight for President Trump, or die. The time to fight is now.

Frank Cannon is the president of American Principles Project, a non-profit dedicated to educating and advocating for public policy solutions that recognize the dignity of the person as the basis of the founding principles of the United States, and serves as a political strategist for the Susan B. Anthony List. He is the co-author of the 2012 Republican autopsy report "Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012″ and has worked in the public policy arena for over 30 years.

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the views of The Hill.

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Why Trump hopes the new Trump sticks

A Trump adviser says that after a tumultuous seven months in office, it had finally dawned on the president: "People really f@&@ing hate me." For someone who has spent his life lapping up adulation, however fake, it was a harsh realization. This is a man with an especially acute need for affirmation.

This week's bear hug of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer opened Trump's eyes to one solution: Stop doing things that people hate, and start striking deals.
Who knows if this will stick. But there's reason to think it might, according to Trump's friends and aides. Here's why, based on conversations Jonathan Swan and I had in the aftermath of the surprising deal:
  • He can blame Republicans for his troubles. Trump has convinced himself he was duped by GOP leaders into repealing health care and blowing his first seven months on a fool's errand. If he can strike a few deals, he can reshape history to make the party — not himself — the culprit.
  • He can please the kids and New Yorkers. With the banishment of Bannon and his allies, Trump is left with a largely moderate to Democratic staff.
  • A senior administration official said of Trump's deal with Chuck and Nancy: "He just wanted to do something popular." He's reveling in the coverage, including lavish praise from "Morning Joe."
  • He can spend money, not take it away. Trump hates complex topics and gravitates to things you can build, such as planes or new infrastructure projects.
  • Remember he told Republican senators the House healthcare bill was "one mean sonofabitch." He said he wanted the Senate version to be much more generous, with no worry about cost.
  • One senator recalled Trump saying: "We're going to have so much ... economic growth, that we'll have so much money — more than you imagine."
  • He can liberate himself. He feels boxed in inside the White House and felt handcuffed to GOP leaders. No more. He had it with McConnell — thinks he's past his prime, no longer capable of leading. Considers him low-energy. He has much more natural rapport with Schumer, a friend from the New York days.
Be smart: With the expiration of vehicles allowing simple-majority votes in the Senate, Trump achievements soon will require substantial Democratic votes. So he was going to have to pivot at some point anyway, building bridges and finding new dance partners.
  • But we can't overstate the level of despair among Republicans. One person very close to Republican leadership told us: "He accepted a shakedown when he was holding all the cards. ... This is quite literally a guy who watches 'ER' trying to perform a surgery."
Will it stick? With Trump, who the hell knows?

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