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Can Trump Pardon Himself? You Ask, We Answer

Alan Neff, a lawyer, writes occasional pieces for this site that explain the legalities that frame our politics.

My take on his latest piece here is that it conveys an official historical development of all-American exceptionalism -- shown by secessionists, Founders, slavers and Indian killers on up through federal government -- which drives the context of this administration.

Now, I can't un-see a dark future of pardons all around. Not to mention the millions of 45 supporters all around us who won't mind.

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/04/presidential-pardons-age-orange

The New Yorker -- "One Hundred Days"

Editor David Remnick best sums up this president's character and the 2016 election within the larger frame of democracy's diminishment, even endangerment.

four hundred and eighty-nine of the wealthiest counties in the country voted for Clinton; the remaining two thousand six hundred and twenty-three counties, largely made up of small towns, suburbs, and rural areas, voted for Trump. Slightly fewer than fifty-five per cent of all voting-age adults bestirred themselves to go to the polls. That statistic is at least as painful to process as the Comey letter, the Russian hack of the D.N.C., the strategic failures of the Clinton campaign, and the over-all darkness of the Trump campaign. It’s a statistic about passivity, which is just what a democracy in the era of Trump can no longer afford.


The Trump Presidency represents a rebellion against liberalism itself—an angry assault on the advances of groups of people who have experienced profound, if fitful, empowerment over the past half century. There is nothing about Trump’s public pronouncements that indicates that he has welcomed these moral advances


The stakes of this anti-democratic wave cannot be overestimated...Freedom House...has identified an eleven-year decline in democracies around the globe and now issues a list of "countries to watch"... South Africa, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and, the largest of them all, the United States.. The reason...Trump's ... 'approach to civil liberties and the role of the United States in the world...'



In 1814, John Adams wrote to former US Senator, John Taylor, that democracy '...soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.' As President, Donald Trump, with his nativist and purely transactional view of politics, threatens to be democracy's most reckless caretaker, and a fulfillment of Adam's dark prophecy...


Trump forces us to recognize the fragility of precious things. Yet there are signs that Adams and the doomsayers of democratic values will be proved wrong.


http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/01/a-hundred-days-of-trump

Pope Francis TED Talk: Three Important Lessons For Life

I can't wait for the full translation to come out in subtitles.

I'm sure this gets traction by this Sunday.


NASA LIVE -- Our Home. We Must Not Destroy Her.

Bill Nye Promotes The Solutions Project

Why wait.

The context of this great idea:

Ruffalo had read a Scientific American article that Prof. Jacobson had published in 2009 that proposed, on a macro level, the feasibility of a nationwide transition to 100 percent renewable energy...

... Fox convened a conference call between Professor Jacobson and prominent Cornell Professors Anthony Ingraffea and Robert Howarth who agreed to work on the study in the hopes that it would provide an alternative to fracking in New York state. Initially, Jacobson, referring to his busy academic schedule, promised only "a few paragraphs." But the following day, Ruffalo found a 40-page feasibility study from Jacobson

... Krapels in turn created a business model from this study. Jacobson also created studies for California and Washington State ... A science team then employed basic calculations derived from these existing plans to create plans for the remaining 47 states....


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Solutions_Project

Syria's Conflict Participants and Their Global Supporters

Skip to the 2:00 mark is you haven't the patience for the intro. I know I didn't. But the rest presents us with the positive human side of Syria that our media do not.



As CNN has asked: What would make us care?

Syria: Who Is Fighting And Why -- The Timeline Since 2011

The Navalny video that lit up Moscow protests -- viewed 18,000,000 times

This video was published by opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Anti Corruption Foundation, and features documentation of $1 billion in property that Putin's puppet, Medvedev, accumulated through the use of ‘puppet charity foundations’.

In the video, Putin's political opponent, Navalny, explains how an email hack allowed investigators to expose the Medvedev’s lavish spending.

Starting with a pair of Nike sneakers, the video delves through the Prime Minister’s vast properties, including a Tuscan vineyard, a ski chalet and two yachts ...

We need to remember that Putin might or might not care about a video that makes his former president puppet look as corrupt as he is, or how little Putin cares for the opinions of the West.

But. Popular uprisings like this are Putin’s worst nightmare. Muscovites hate reliving the old tsarist days of oligarchic looting.

The oppressed Russian people, not their dictator, Putin, need support from the West.

No Appeasement: Garry Kasparov's "Winter Is Coming" 2015

This former world chess champion offers us what I am convinced is the progressive Russian view of events over the last twenty years:

1. the oligarchic capture of Russia's government during its democratic years under Yeltsin,

2. Putin's world view and governing practices inside Russia,

3. Putin's malevolent treatment of his neighbors and the West,

4. why Western leaders' dealings with Putin are misguided,

5. how much Russians hate Putin.

6. why every single country must listen to its dissidents.



Kasparov's book is a warning, not a prediction. He deeply respects the West's efforts to defeat the enemies of freedom during the Cold War, even as he shows irreverent wit and amusing turns of phrase.

He reminds us that the internal fights for freedom in Russia and former Iron Curtain countries continue. With his chronology of Putin's mafia use of his police state and murderous military incursions of his neighbors, Kasparov reminds us that we must not forget others who seek to be as free as we in the West. Recent Moscow protests show us how much Russians want the West to see the 'Putin problem.'

The best sections of this excellent read are Kasparov's intro and concluding solutions for how the West can successfully rid the world of dictators. It won't be through the globalization of capital, but the globalization of a Modern Magna Carta.

Kasparov offers new ideas for dealing with those he calls "time travelers," what he calls groups or nations stuck in the historical times they desperately, violently try to preserve for all time -- whether they are ISIS, Kim Jong-Un, Boko Haram, drug producers, oligarchic dictators -- that they fight against the globalization of modernity, even as they use its technology as tools of their fight.

This book should be required reading for everyone in the West, not just Americans.


Rachel Maddow: To Diagnose the Russian Problem And To Fix It Is Not The Same Thing.

This is too relevant to not bear repeating, because its conflict of interest ethics and U.S. national security implications seem complicated.

Maddow provides background on how and why the Trump administration might give Putin parts of the Ukraine and stop being mad about his invasions of old U.S.S.R. lands.

Maddow summarizes the ducking and dodging and lying historical context that keeps a potential evidence trail from being complete in making a case for treason against Trump or his "associates."

She asks, after this recount: Why is the president's personal lawyer involved in these proceedings? And why is ex-felon Sater working in the White House for Trump, after all his previous Russian business dealings?

I still don't know what the Austrian court's ruling was on Dmitri Furtash.

GOP non-support for this inquiry reports through mainstream media that there's nothing to see, and ultimately that Congressional investigations won't turn up anything. So Sessions won't have anything to recuse himself about.

By even the "appearance" of any standard of ethics and leadership conduct, we need to press for this to go as far as the law allows for the sake of our national security.

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