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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Bornstein said the incident, which he described as a "raid," took place days after he told The New York Times that Trump takes Propecia, a drug for men with enlarged prostates that helps with hair growth. Bornstein also made headlines during the 2016 presidential campaign when he declared Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." read more


When Dr. Harold Bornstein described in hyperbolic prose then-candidate Donald Trump's health in 2015, the language he used was eerily similar to the style preferred by his patient. It turns out the patient himself wrote it, according to Bornstein. "He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. "I just made it up as I went along." The admission is an about face from his answer more than two years when the letter was released and answers one of the lingering questions about the last presidential election. The letter thrust the eccentric Bornstein, with his shoulder-length hair and round eyeglasses, into public view. read more


Monday, April 23, 2018

"When the political system is widely seen as doing its job, somebody like Trump, who violates its basic norms, is seen as illegitimate. A politician who blatantly lies doesn't stand a chance. But this changes when more and more people come to believe that the system is rigged and that most politicians don't have their best interests in mind. Amid such a "crisis of legitimacy," voters don't particularly care whether a politician plays by the rules of the game. Instead, they long for somebody who bluntly states how rotten the system really is. In this kind of context, voters no longer abhor detectable lies, or even racist statements, in quite the same way as you'd expect. On the contrary, they start to see such visible violations of basic norms as proof that their favorite candidate really is different from everybody else."


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I used to work in asbestos litigation on the plaintiff side. So many of our clients died from mesothelioma often before their lawsuit came to a conclusion. The idea that anybody would make this asinine comment... well look at the idiot we're talking about and look at the idiots that are believing him. Asbestos exposure has been known to be deadly for 100 years. It wasn't some insane mob conspiracy to force developers to hire abatement subcontractors. This is yet another example of how myopic he is in his self interest. I didn't think my capacity for disgust could increase at this point but he just proved me wrong.

"Apparently asbestos denial is Russia's climate change denial.

>Trump dismisses the scientific evidence of harm caused by asbestos, claiming that asbestos is "100 percent safe, once applied" and that "the movement against asbestos was led by the mob."

>Russia is by far the biggest producer and exporter of asbestos in the world and the Russian government is waging an aggressive campaign to continue shipping asbestos to countries in the global South, particularly Asia.

>Russia is also leading efforts to block the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance at United Nations Rotterdam Convention meetings. Chrysotile asbestos represents 100% of the global asbestos trade.

Trump's support for asbestos will be greatly welcomed by the Russian government and the Russian asbestos industry.

I just googled "Russia asbestos" as evidence, but denying the dangers of asbestos is Russia's version of climate change denial. Here are several more sources.

mobile.nytimes.com

www.bbc.com

www.asbestos.com/news/2013/07/16/asbestos-mining-russia-fuels-economy/amp

www.icij.org

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