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Bloomberg overtaking Warren this quickly is head-shaking.

I'm no analyst, but it looks to me like there's an urgency to beat Trump that is superseding all other concerns.

Thanks for the link.

This topic is fascinating.

Winston Churchill developed an interest in speed when he learned that the Germans were using it and British troops were supplied with hundreds of thousands of pills as well. And U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower, who would later become president, ordered at least half a million tablets for Americans fighting in North Africa.

Arguably, one of the most important takeaways from the episode isn’t just that troops were given speed to keep them awake, as we might assume. Researchers of the time discovered that it helped make their troops more confident and even more aggressive. That’s obviously useful in war, but it also has its downsides. As the episode explains, one useful thing about fear is that it keeps you from putting your body in harm’s way. Fear is a natural self-defense mechanism and people who are overly confident might achieve great things, but they also run the risk of making really dumb mistakes.

The episode also gets into the dosages that troops were using, which could run as high as 100 milligrams on some occasions. And that was before the invention of “extended release” technology that we have today that slowly introduces a drug into your bloodstream. When you took a pill in the 1940s, you were getting a swift kick of the entire dose at once.

I guess it's because folks are so excited about Joe Biden in South Carolina

that they can't wait to see him until after the Nevada primary.

"We just talked to the folks down South Carolina, they’re pretty excited. So we are going there...

I've heard this too.

There's a book about this (at least one). Unfortunately, I can't give you a good source.

I will try to find that book on Amazon...

It's called "Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi German" by Norman Ohler

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life' Dan Snow 'A huge contribution... remarkable' Antony Beevor, BBC RADIO 4 'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. Yet as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs: cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, which were consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to German soldiers. In fact, troops were encouraged, and in some cases ordered, to take rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to account for the breakneck invasion that sealed the fall of France in 1940, as well as other German military victories. Hitler himself became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs—ultimately including Eukodal, a cousin of heroin—administered by his personal doctor.

Thoroughly researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.


Interesting to ponder.

I think Giuliani's not a bad pick, but I'd try to pick someone I think would tell the truth under oath. My pick would be Mulvaney, because for whatever reason I think as obnoxious and despicable as he is, deep down he's not a "Trump guy" and that he would crack under the pressure and tell the truth.

EDIT: This is why I don't think deep down Mulvaney is a Trump guy.

Mulvaney Called Trump a ‘Terrible Human Being’ in 2016


How two billionaires turned out so differently (Long)

(I sincerely apologize for the length. I wouldn't post this if I didn't think it was important. I’d wanted to include excerpts from books, but you can see this was getting out of hand. My sources are at the bottom of this post.)

Mike Bloomberg grew up in a lower middle class Jewish family—a loving family where both parents were fully present and encouraged his exploration of things he was interested in.

His mother was a constant presence in his life.

His parents loved him.

Trump’s father Fred was an intolerant disciplinarian and his mother was virtually unseen except at meals.

Michael Bloomberg’s father was a soft, gentle man. His mother was stricter, but they were both affectionate. On weekends, his father would take Mike to his favorite place, the Science Museum. Harmless mischief wasn’t punished in the Bloomberg household.

Trump’s mother was an unseen presence he later mythologized into an angel. Not much is known about her even by his most meticulous biographers. Her job was to do what Fred told her to do and stay out of the way. Fred apparently didn’t want a woman to influence his sons, thinking it would make them soft. When asked about his mother, Trump gets tongue-tied and eventually produces some platitudes, not because he's overcome with emotion. The real reason he can’t describe her is because he barely knew her.

Bloomberg’s parents encouraged his interests. Mike had a sense of humor and pursued his interests in science and debating. Some of his classmates considered him arrogant but others said he was just smart. His grades were mediocre. He went to the best college that accepted him. That was okay with his parents.

Trump’s father ordered Donald to be interested in the same things he was interested in.

Tension was so high in the Trump household that Donald’s older brother Fred Jr. estranged himself from the family and began to drink heavily. (Fred Jr. died at the age of 43 from alcoholism.) Any infraction was punished. Donald Trump was sent away at the age of 13 to a military academy for behavior most parents would consider normal acting-out and testing of child-parent boundaries.

Bloomberg’s Parents to Mike: The world is a basically a benevolent place. We are a blessed family. We're never going to tell you what to do with your life. Let your curiosity guide you and your life will unfold.

Fred Trump: The world is a hostile environment. Even the guy you think is your loyal friend will eventually cut your throat. I don’t care what your interests are. Now that your older brother has shown himself to be a disloyal failure, you are going to work for me. In a sense we’re competitors, though, so you’ll never be as good as me.

In this suffocating atmosphere, Donald Trump coped with anxiety by developing an arsenal of defense mechanisms to avoid emotions like shame and embarrassment, feelings he refused to tolerate.

Whereas Mike Bloomberg evolved into a fully-developed human being, the Trump we know is essentially an assemblage of defense mechanisms. They served him when he was a teenager. In fact, he needed them to survive. But he refused or was unable to abandon them and evolve as he grew older. That is still who he is.

Mike Bloomberg has an actual work ethic; Trump wants the world to believe he works hard. Bloomberg could concentrate sixteen hours a day six or seven days a week while developing the Bloomberg Terminal. Trump can’t concentrate for 15 seconds because he’s in fight or flight mode all the time, on the lookout for any slight or perceived threats.

You’ve probably noticed something about Donald Trump: He has no sense of humor, probably because he sees almost every encounter as a threatening contest that can have only a winner and a loser. Mike Bloomberg has a good sense of humor; in fact, it’s gotten him into trouble. He is not threatened by people who know more than him; he appreciates their expertise and hires them.

In Summary

Trump: I had to fight for everything I have. The world is against me but I’ll show them.

Bloomberg: Thankfully, this country’s been good to me. Because of that, I have an obligation to do a lot of good and help a lot of people. I'm the one who is blessed by being able to give.

The Fruits of the Tree

This story isn’t over until you examine their children.

The Bloombergs had two amazing daughters who are also philanthropists. Neither seeks the limelight.

The dysfunction of Trump’s children couldn’t be more obvious. Trump did to his sons exactly what Fred did to him. Ivanka I can’t explain yet. This dysfunction is apparent even to Melania, who we are told labors to keep Barron compartmentalized from his father’s influence. This is why Trump sometimes slips and refers to Barron as “Melania’s.”

Last Word

“Nobody calls me Donald. It’s Mr. Trump. Even my accountant who’s been with me thirty years doesn’t dare call me that. If you do that again, you’re fired.”

“Please call me Mike. You know the kid we hired this morning in the mail room; even he calls me Mike. Nobody calls me Mr. Bloomberg except maybe the reporter who writes my obituary.”

There’s so much more to say about this, but that’s the best I can do for now.


The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, revised and expanded edition, edited by Bandy X. Lee

Dangerous Charisma: The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers, by Dr. Jerrold Post and Stephanie Doucette

The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg, by Eleanor Randolph

Some facts cross-checked on Wikepedia

I did do this twice, and it was extremely uncomfortable, especially the first time

It was actually my fiance, and she was a very good person, and this took me by complete surprise, and I have a vague recollection of what she said. In the years we'd been together I'd never heard her say anything like this. She was stereotyping Black people as being more likely to commit crimes, but not in those words. I remember a little flash of anger and disappointment. I didn't tell her, I just asked, "Whoa, are you a racist?" The words just flew out of my mouth without time to think about it. She looked shocked (not angry) and then she asked me back, "Am I a racist?" or "Was that racist?" I could tell she was thinking about what had just happened. She wasn't defensive. We were both just shocked. I said, "I don't know, but that sounded racist" but I likely softened it by saying something like, "Just something to think about." It was a shocking moment for both of us, because my words just came out of my mouth before I could stop them. There was no thinking, it just couldn't be stopped. Everything completely stopped for a few moments. Slowly things went back to normal but I never heard her make another disparaging comment about African Americans.

We were both in our twenties. Today I would handle a situation like that with more care. But I just remember being so shocked by what she said, even though nowadays you hear worse on right wing radio.

Just thinking about it now is upsetting.

The second case, this was a friend I met working at an animal shelter, and she wrote me an email ranting about a Jewish friend of hers. They were actually good friends but out of the blue this friend asked me, "Don't you think there's some truth to the fact Jewish people are greedy and selfish with money" or some garbage like that. I just replied that she was being anti-semitic and that I didn't believe Jewish people were greedier than anybody else. I didn't hear from her for a few days.

The first incident was more upsetting because we were so close and because it was face to face without any time to think about what I was going to say.

This is in the book.

In fairness, most of those suits were filed against the company, but the famous "kill it" suit was against Bloomberg personally.

So far, that is by far the ugliest thing in the book. It was disgusting. He left a voice mail for her saying, "I didn't mean it" but he wasn't able to give the kind of apology this deserved.

Mike Bloomberg, personally, had a policy of not fraternizing with any of his employees.

The atmosphere at the Bloomberg companies has a lot to do with the mindset of people who formerly worked on Wall Street. That culture was profane and misogynistic. There's no getting around that fact.

Do you know how much money those people were making? Between two and four hundred thousand dollars a year. He demanded that employees put work first, period. It was not what we would call an evolved philosophy. There was no such thing as a work/life balance if you worked for one of his companies.

It's true, though, he made them work incredibly long hours and the women were encouraged to wear short skirts, and the atmosphere was grotesque by today's standards. In fact, the descriptions remind me a lot of "The Wolf of Wall Street".

Bloomberg (the company) completely rewrote its policies.

But yes, it's a black stain.

(EDITED numerous times)

Trump is always on the attack, to the point that his

attacks no longer have the effect he desires them to have.

To the extent he has "power," he's never, ever learned to use it. He throws it away. Our candidates need to capitalize on this mistake.

That question mark at the end of the sentence is significant.

"...and the hair looks good?"

That is the only time I can recall ever seeing the slightest hint of insecurity or self-doubt in any statement or tweet made by this president, assuming it isn't a typo.

His usual way would be to write: "...and the hair looks good!"
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