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The GOP is going to use Thiel to attack and ruin

Gavin Newsom. They are afraid of Gavin because he is dyslexic and reads crowds brilliantly and communicates with crowds like dyslexics do: both Bushes, Reagan, Kennedy, Paul Wellstone, Trump, Eleanor Roosevelt (she was her husbands eyes and ears), Churchill and Woodrow Wilson are/were all dyslexic.

Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon met with Trudeau aides today. Apparently

as the meeting went on both became more convinced that trade with Canada was somewhat of a good thing. CTV News Reinvent the wheel much?

The white genocide is the birth rate for white people (it is the

same for any woman who has access to a job and some security). Why the Alt Right attack white women. They want them barefoot and pregnant and in the kitchen. Since men will follow women everywhere, the Alt Right have to try and lower the self esteem of women to get them back under control.

You will come across some who don't want lives to be saved in Africa too. I read one nut say that africans would be allowed to have sex but not children. They are making plans way into the future where rich white people live forever and thus, the population has to decrease (if people live to 130 that adds two whole generations of humans to the population...there is not enough room for that.....so it is all about who gets the medical care to keep them alive when the science gets there). Not everybody can live forever obviously. I say it should go to humans who have done something amazing with their lives, like Maya Angelou, not to the richest like the Koch brothers. Think if it went to the richest only then there would be two generations more of rich white people alive to vote republican in elections.

It is the very nature of dyslexics like Trump to get their information

in a concrete way from various sources. Someone in the tribe has to be good at the big picture and bad at mass fictions. Why people voted for Trump: in this time of rapid technological change and globalization he promises to pull all the systems down. Great if your tribe has turned into a murderous cult led by psychopaths (think Churchill the dyslexic vs. Hitler the psychopath). But that is the secret of dyslexics. They can't be spoonfed policy. Dyslexics simply cannot be spoonfed information. They have to suss it out for themselves. No amount of professional us government policy, policy that puts complex American needs to the forefront, is going to make it into a coherent form into Trump's brain in the short term. Long term maybe. He is always going to be attracted to and need all points of view from outside sources. Right now it is Russia that sings to him. He will always more heavily weigh outlier information as it will come to him in a 3D fashion, particularly from strongmen, as what they do is very dramatic. Primary information is what researchers and dyslexics love. He has already turned away daily intelligence briefings. I doubt economic policy is going to be more compelling than that. We are definitely in trouble.

Yup. Dyslexics are excellent on defense. Not good on offence. Trump always needs

to foil somebody when he counter punches. Not much of a punch without an enemy.

Remember that gaslighting doesn't have to be hugely emotional. Sure

vehement denial of the victim's experiences causes shock and trauma and confusion in them as they are gaslight ed and wholely denied. Manafort did it and so did Trump spokesthinggys during the election. But gaslighting can also be a very subtle non reaction to information. The way Trump and the whole GOP react to the Russian interference as if it is a nothing burger or that it was good the Democratic emails were hacked so there would be transparency. Don't let them cool you out. That is an expression in psychopathic literature: 'cooling the mark out'. So that the mark/victim doesn't get the manipulator into trouble once they figure out they have been had. Follow your gut, heart and head. Don't give up on asking congress to look into the Russian interference in the election.

I predict a major investigation that overwhelms the Trump Administration

and results in impeachment. I mean if those DNC robbers during Watergate had released information from their bugs to the Republican party that the party then used, that would have been a crime right? Why is it any different? Sure the GOP pipe up and in a preternaturally relaxed way say "so what?"that is gaslighting just as much as the more emotive and more familiar type of gaslighting. The purpose is to downplay the emotions on the left and center on this issue, but it is gaslighting. Follow your guts Democrats. Follow what you know. Ignore the GOP calling it a nothing burger.

I just had a thought. Donald Trump is going to expect to be able to pick

up the phone and call Vlad whenever he wants. Otherwise it may occur to Trump he is not really admired by the Russians. Happy New Year Putin. You reap what you sow. Trump will want the immediacy of that kind of contact with famous or powerful people. He is dyslexic so will crave interconnectedness or become depressed if he can't connect and come up with ideas. Delegating contact will not do. Unimportant people will not do. Trump will want the the big dopamine hit himself. And come up with all sorts of whack-a doodle unimportant schemes he will share to make America and Russia great again. Trump can't comprehend great abstract systems so it will be ideas on a concrete and basic level that Trump will focus on. Ideas he can get his head around in short order. He will reinvent the wheel. Let us hope he does not share the F35 plans as part of a deal.........oh my god! We are all going to die!

The GOP always describe helping people or giving to charity or community

organizing as people having a good time. Then they describe selfishness or sadism on their side as having a good time too. As if they equate. Which they do if you follow dataism. It states that emotions are just algorithms. They put no value on lives being made better. Chilling.

The Decline of Empathy and the Appeal of Right-Wing Politics

The Decline of Empathy and the Appeal of Right-Wing Politics

by Michael Baeder at Psychology Today



The failure of our institutions to empathize with the plight of the middle and working classes, to recognize their sacrifice and reward their hard work is traumatic. It is the same type of trauma that children experience when their caretakers are preoccupied or rejecting. The trauma erodes trust. It overwhelms systems that people have developed to deal with stress and creates psychological suffering and illness.

Adults, like children, try to cope with the stress of failures of recognition in the best ways they can. They certainly get anxious and depressed and may turn to drugs and alcohol to manage these painful feelings. In addition, when social trust is weakened and people are isolated, they try to find ways to belong, to be part of a community. The Tea Party is one such community. Others turn to their church communities. Their social brains seek an experience of “we” and often do so by creating a fantasy of a “them” that they can devalue and fight. Tribalism draws from our need for relatedness but, tragically, can also pervert it. Rejected by employers and government, they reject and demean others. All the while, they are trying to deal with the pain, powerlessness, and lack of empathy that they experience in their social lives.

Donald Trump clearly spoke to this pain. He empathized with the traumatic losses and helplessness of the white middle and working classes. He helped them feel part of something bigger than themselves, a “movement,” which combatted their isolation. And he helped them restore a feeling of belonging by positioning them against demeaned others, primarily immigrants and countries on the other end of “horrible trade deals.”

The research on the development of empathy and the trauma resulting from its absence, on the links between economic inequality and physical and psychological suffering, and on the corrosive effects of social isolation has to lead progressives to renew their campaign for radical reforms of our economy and politics. Tronick’s and others’ research on the development of empathy and the trauma resulting from its absence has to lead us to support families in every way possible such that parents have the time and resources to empathetically connect with their children. Wilkinson and Pickett’s research on the harmful effects of economic inequality should force us to make redistribution the centerpiece of our political program, just as it was for Bernie Sanders. Their research clearly shows us that greater equality itself can ameliorate a wide range of suffering. And the fact that our society disconnects us from each other means that we have to seek common ground with the people on the other side of what Hochschild calls the “empathy wall” and communicate to them that we not only feel their pain, but share it, and that, in the end, we are all in this together.

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