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The Real Risk Behind Trump's Taiwan Calls:



MORE:
http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-real-risk-behind-trumps-taiwan-call

Wow Trump must really hate that Alec Baldwin impression


Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/805278955150471168


In reply to Donald J. Trump:

ABFoundation ‏@ABFalecbaldwin 8h8 hours ago
...@realDonaldTrump
Release your tax returns and I'll stop.
Ha

https://twitter.com/ABFalecbaldwin/status/805284113741729792

1939 note, NBC regretted not censoring an announcer after he called Hitler a "madman"



https://twitter.com/joshshepperd/status/805047199914659840

The letter from Carrier to its employees that Donald Trump doesnt want you to read

In sum, about 800 American jobs are being saved, but another 1,300 are disappearing. Those painful details were acknowledged in a letter Carrier sent to affected workers on Thursday that was posted to Twitter by Indianapolis-based journalist Rafael Sánchez.



https://thinkprogress.org/carrier-letter-trump-doesnt-want-you-to-read-bccb2eee9c3d#.mluw6asx8

"Now is the time..."



America loves winners, but victory does not absolve. Victory, especially a slender one decided by a few thousand votes in a handful of states, does not guarantee respect. Nobody automatically deserves deference on ascending to the leadership of any country. American journalists know this only too well when reporting on foreign leaders—their default mode with Africans, for instance, is nearly always barely concealed disdain. President Obama endured disrespect from all quarters. By far the most egregious insult directed toward him, the racist movement tamely termed “birtherism,” was championed by Trump.

Yet, a day after the election, I heard a journalist on the radio speak of the vitriol between Obama and Trump. No, the vitriol was Trump’s. Now is the time to burn false equivalencies forever. Pretending that both sides of an issue are equal when they are not is not “balanced” journalism; it is a fairy tale—and, unlike most fairy tales, a disingenuous one.

Now is the time to refuse the blurring of memory. Each mention of “gridlock” under Obama must be wrought in truth: that “gridlock” was a deliberate and systematic refusal of the Republican Congress to work with him. Now is the time to call things what they actually are, because language can illuminate truth as much as it can obfuscate it. Now is the time to forge new words. “Alt-right” is benign. “White-supremacist right” is more accurate.

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Now is the time to frame the questions differently. If everything remained the same, and Hillary Clinton were a man, would she still engender an overheated, outsized hostility? Would a woman who behaved exactly like Trump be elected? Now is the time to stop suggesting that sexism was absent in the election because white women did not overwhelmingly vote for Clinton. Misogyny is not the sole preserve of men.



MORE:
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/now-is-the-time-to-talk-about-what-we-are-actually-talking-about?mbid=social_twitter

John Bolton wrote about "a diplomatic ladder of escalation that would compel Beijing's attention

By JOHN BOLTON
Jan. 17, 2016 1:04 p.m. ET


http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-can-play-a-taiwan-card-1453053872

"believe me"

NYT: "We only report news when we are sure that it is true."



https://twitter.com/JakeAnbinder/status/804502769470230528

"I just wish that I had not voted"



http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0f1305c8742547df9bcf978b2c15997c/trump-voter-lost-her-home-new-treasury-secretary

This is the most dangerous time for our planet - Stephen Hawking

................... Whatever we might think about the decision by the British electorate to reject membership of the European Union and by the American public to embrace Donald Trump as their next president, there is no doubt in the minds of commentators that this was a cry of anger by people who felt they had been abandoned by their leaders.

It was, everyone seems to agree, the moment when the forgotten spoke, finding their voices to reject the advice and guidance of experts and the elite everywhere.

What matters now, far more than the victories by Brexit and Trump, is how the elites react

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For me, the really concerning aspect of this is that now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together. We face awesome environmental challenges: climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans.

Together, they are a reminder that we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it. Perhaps in a few hundred years, we will have established human colonies amid the stars, but right now we only have one planet, and we need to work together to protect it.

To do that, we need to break down, not build up, barriers within and between nations. If we are to stand a chance of doing that, the world’s leaders need to acknowledge that they have failed and are failing the many. With resources increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, we are going to have to learn to share far more than at present.



the rest:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/01/stephen-hawking-dangerous-time-planet-inequality
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