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Friday, March 02, 2018

President Donald Trump wasn't entirely truthful about saving three UCLA basketball players stranded in China for shoplifting, according to a new ESPN report. Twelve hours after being arrested for stealing sunglasses and beaded bracelets at Louis Vuitton and two other stores in Hangzhou, China, UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were released on bail with their passports withheld after returning the items, according to ESPN's Arash Markazi. They were free to do as they please in the city as the situation was being resolved by UCLA And Pac-12 officials, with help from Alibaba chairman Tsai and the Federation University Sports China. read more

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used tough terms to back up the new deploy-or-get out rules, saying those held back for administrative reasons place an unfair burden on troops who routinely serve multiple combat tours. "You're either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I'm not going have some people deploying constantly and then other people, who seem to not pay that price, in the U.S. military," Mattis told reporters traveling with him on his way home Saturday from a week-long trip to Europe. Troops who routinely deploy "need time at home, they need time with their families. We may enlist soldiers, but we re-enlist families. That's the way it is," he said. "If you can't keep the family together, then you're either going to lose the family or you're going to lose the soldier, and that's a net loss for our society and for our military," Mattis said. read more

Monday, February 19, 2018

David Frum: [Donald] Trump's gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack -- and he's done nothing to fulfill it. Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and resentment. He interrupted his holidaying schedule at Mar-a-Lago only briefly, for a visit to a hospital where some of the shooting victims were treated. He posed afterward for a grinning thumbs-up photo op. Pain at another's heartbreak -- that emotion is for losers, apparently. Having failed at one presidential duty, to speak for the nation at times of national tragedy, Trump resumed shirking an even more supreme task: defending the nation against foreign attack. read more

Sunday, February 18, 2018

In an angry tweetstorm Sunday morning, President Trump said that if Russian meddling in the election 2016 election was intended to sow discord in the United States, "they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow." But the president suggested the source of that discord is the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the elections and possible collusion between his campaign and Russia, which Trump flatly denies. read more

Robert Draper, National Geographic: In 1949, amid the specter of European authoritarianism, the British novelist George Orwell published his dystopian masterpiece 1984, with its grim admonition: "Big Brother is watching you." Today more than 2.5 trillion images are shared or stored on the Internet annually -- to say nothing of the billions more photographs and videos people keep to themselves. By 2020, one telecommunications company estimates, 6.1 billion people will have phones with picture-taking capabilities. Meanwhile, in a single year an estimated 106 million new surveillance cameras are sold. More than three million ATMs around the planet stare back at their customers. Tens of thousands of cameras known as automatic number plate recognition devices, or ANPRs, hover over roadways -- to catch speeding motorists or parking violators but also, in the case of the United Kingdom, to track the comings and goings of suspected criminals. read more


I remember baseless right-wing memes about Obama being a dictator with a third term ...


Republicans rubbed their naughty bits into a raw lather over this outrageous anti-Obama propaganda.

But now Republicans are hearing their dear leader saying out loud the very same outrageous thing.

Can't make this stuff up.

"bullies had higher levels of anger, depression, emotional disaffection, paranoia and suicidal behavior. Other studies have found that as they grow up, bullies tend to have more trouble keeping jobs, have more problems with alcohol and drugs, and are more likely to have criminal records."

There's bullies who grow up to become mature adults because when they were bullies they were know nothing kids ...

Then there's bullies who, as kids, are truly going down the rabbit hole of sociopathic behavior and stand a high chance of becoming problematic adults.

According to this author ...

The tormenter I remember most distinctly was not my first bully, nor my last, but his attacks would turn the others into footnotes.

He was in my class for years; his mom was my softball coach, driving me to and from practice when my single mother could not. In class photos his face is round and almost cherubic, but I remember it contorted in anger as he spat insults at me, telling me to shut the hell up, flailing his hands against his chest and moaning -- an approximation of what he said I sounded like. We were seated next to each other in class, year after year, and when I finally complained about this arrangement, one of my teachers said that maybe I'd be "a good influence on him."

My proximity to his mother did nothing to protect me. Sitting in the back of her van after my team lost a softball game, he snapped: "It smells in here. Close your legs." Reflexively, I did as he instructed. When his mother climbed into the driver's seat a few moments later, oblivious to what had happened, he was still doubled over with laughter. I was 10.

When I returned home, tearful and broken down, I comforted myself with the idea that one day, I would be happy and successful and my bully would not. I internalized the bromide used to soothe all bullied children of my generation -- the universe would mete out some sort of karmic justice.

Sorry, this comes across as ridiculously self-absorbed and self-centered. The bully's description comes across as Lumpy from 'Leave it to Beaver'.

The guy has long been dead -- writing about it in the WaPo as a serious think piece is shallow, but I can see how people eat this stuff up.

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