ON THIS DAY: April 20, 2017

April 20th is

UN Chinese Language Day *

International Cli-Fi Day *

Cheddar Fries Day

Kickball Day *

National High Five Day *
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ON THIS DAY: April 19, 2017

April 19th is

Bicycle Day *

Rice Ball Day

National Garlic Day

John Parker Day *

Hanging Out Day *

Poetry and the Creative Mind Day *

Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day *
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ON THIS DAY: April 18, 2017

April 18th is

Adult Autism Day *

Animal Crackers Day

World Amateur Radio Day *

National Columnists’ Day *

World Heritage Day *

Lineman Appreciation Day *

Piñata Day *
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Trouble in Paradise…Bannon’s going to have to marry either Tiffany or Barron (see Milo Yiannopolos)

By ann summers

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Many reports of the decline of Bannonism fill the news cycle if only to offset a Jared Kushner fashion faux-pas and to provide cover for the actual Nazis (Gorka) who are disinforming the onrushing #TrumpRussia investigations.

and Bannonism also has within it some tendencies toward anti-semitism, white-supremacy, and neo-naziism with connections to RW parties in the EU as well as Russia supernationalists

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Trump Baku and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard … Business reporter Adam Davidson spent months investigating the Trump Hotel Baku deal, which the Trump Organization cut its ties with a month after Trump’s election. In his detailed story for The New Yorker, Davidson writes that Trump did business with corrupt partners who also did business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. This would be in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. www.npr.org/…

Remind yourself that the prevailing Trump management style resembles a porous Thunderdome where reporting a victor is a media game not reflected in the actual struggles in the White House.

This week Ivanka’s caring about Syrian babies obscures the numbers of civilians being killed, an offsetting MOAB strike on the under-publicized ISIS-K in Afghanistan, and an apparently empty threat against North Korea ignoring their ability to wage asymmetric war against Sinophobia.


Like Brangelina, will it be Jarvanka or Ivankred?


The swing to favoring Jared and Ivanka this week is what suffices for cyclical moments in the Strategy of Tension playing a commit/defect game with those conflicted Trumpists whose anti-semitism, xenophobia, and base racism were reflected in MSM and social media as #KeepBannon versus #FireKushner.

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ON THIS DAY: April 17, 2017

April 17th is

International Bat Appreciation Day *

Chaucer Day *

Cheeseball Day *

Ellis Island Family History Day *

International Haiku Poetry Day

World Hemophilia Day *
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TCS: ‘I knew him tyrannous’ – Will Shakespeare on TYRANNY – Part Two

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MAX Pressure: Is US pre-emption still on the table for North Korea

By ann summers

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(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration has settled on its North Korea strategy after a two-month review: “Maximum pressure and engagement.”

So Trump has finally decided on a brand strategy for his military escalation, meaning his threats are now as empty as his tweets.

The problem with Trumpian games of chicken is that they might be dangerous for the planet, because the premise in the case of narcissist personality disorders is a speculative assumption that ultimately “might makes right”.

 

Kim Jong Un’s regime said it is not frightened by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s warning that pre-emptive military action is “on the table.”

The problem is also asymmetric in terms of resources when the owner of some 30 nuclear warheads does need the respect that its putative peers (Pakistan, India, Israel) might receive. The tireless depiction of the DPRK as a “rogue state” might convince them to actually believe it, and not think about deterrence but singular acts of madness where framing it as “terrorism” really wouldn’t matter to anyone.

More often than not, South Korea is hardly mentioned since Trump assumes that South Koreans (also) lack the “necessities” to have nuclear weapons, even as Trump has speculated that they could be given such weapons. This assumes very different conditions than simply basing atomic weapons there.

Then again, that could be another of his “truthful exaggerations” and it’s apparently pressure “or” engagement, rather than pressure and engagement. So the actual new policy in practice, may be pressure, then engagement, which is just as risky.

With nuclear weapons, it could be Strangelove for seven days in May, and only the living will envy the dead who applied the pressure.

The name “chicken” has its origins in a game in which two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one must swerve, or both may die in the crash, but if one driver swerves and the other does not, the one who swerved will be called a “chicken,” meaning a coward

(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration has settled on its North Korea strategy after a two-month review: “Maximum pressure and engagement.”

U.S. officials said Friday the president’s advisers weighed a range of ideas for how to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, including military options and trying to overthrow the isolated communist dictatorship’s leadership. At the other end of the spectrum, they looked at the notion of accepting North Korea as a nuclear state.

In the end, however, they settled on a policy that appears to represent continuity.

The administration’s emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea’s dominant trade partner. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity.

The new strategy will be deployed at a time of escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. U.S., South Korean and other officials are closely monitoring the North amid indications it could conduct another missile test or nuclear explosion to coincide with an important national anniversary this weekend…

As for the Trump administration’s policy, the U.S. officials emphasized that no engagement of North Korea is currently taking place.

Although China advocates for diplomatic outreach, the focus for now is on pressure.

The officials said the goal of engagement would have to be North Korea’s denuclearization.

It cannot lead to an arms control agreement or reduction of the North’s atomic arsenal that would imply American acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear power.

And denial is a river in Egypt.

The more interesting problem for any country is a single launch of a lone SLBM, or more problematic, any number of countries that can now launch cruise missiles from submarines. Could a failed launch with a live nuclear warhead be considered an attack.

Primitive Trumpist thinking might assume that a direct or a proxy attack on a single facility like Sinpo would suffice, but ignore the consequences since his vaunted unpredictability is more about incompetence. And then there’s the POTUS45* decision to give field commanders more leeway.

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