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Maher pointed out tonight that Republicans are more upset when Trump

is communicating to Americans and Democrats Chuck and Nancy than they are about the Trump team's relationship to Russians. I thought that said it all.

(Applegrove later)

Add to that how Republicans went after Obama's foreign policy all along, when opposition parties had always previously agreed that politics stops at the border, and you have the Republican Party of today. Their greatest enemy is the American people thinking and then voting. Or anyone who helps them think and vote.

I bumped into a liberal Canadian politician a few years ago and asked him what he thought of Conservatives. He said the problem isn't that Canadians didn't trust conservative PM Stephen Harper, the problem was that PM Stephen Harper did not trust Canadians. Then the liberals won the election.

It is exactly that in the USA. Notice how desperate the Republicans are to get something to replace the ACA with something that will kill off middle class and lower voters between the ages of 50 to 65, when people get more sick more often. No matter what repeal and replace bill they come up with it always includes that.

At some point it will gel with Trump and republican supporters that the Republicans don't want anything for them and that Trump knows nothing about them other than their racism. And that the Big GOP donors hate them. And that Republicans and Trump see most Americans as enemies.

Why is the GOP desperate to pass this terrible healthcare bill? The Koch brothers threatened them

By Jen Hayden at the Daily Kos



So why are Republicans so laser-focused on gutting health care and tackling “tax reform,” which is nothing more than cutting taxes for the wealthy? Because The Swamp ordered them to do it and Republicans are beholden to their swamp masters above all others. The Koch brothers went to a Republican retreat in June and ordered them to gut health care and cut taxes—or else:

At a weekend donor retreat attended by at least 18 elected officials, the Koch brothers warned that time is running out to push their agenda, most notably healthcare and tax reform, through Congress.

One Texas-based donor warned Republican lawmakers that his “Dallas piggy bank” was now closed, until he saw legislative progress.

“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” said Doug Deason. “Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”

Republicans are terrified the “Dallas piggy bank” won’t be ponying up to prop them up and buy elections like they’ve so reliably done in the past. The Koch brothers and their allies want these things, and they want them right now.


So prexisting conditions will mean a huge increase in healthcare costs

for the sick in the states that use the waiver and rich people will pay the increase for themselves if they get sick. Still cheaper for them than paying into a pool that covers preexisting conditions for everybody. This is a tax cut for the rich.

Single payer is only two thirds as expensive as the private insurance industry

that the US has now. All those rich people complaining about their tax dollars going to pay for healthcare for the less well off will have to pay 1/3 less than they do now for each person's health care their tax dollars cover now. They could cover more people. It would cost less in taxes on corporations than it costs corporations to cover their employees with health care. What is so bad about that?

Should Bernie have coordinated his Single payer proposal to a time in a few

weeks when the Senate would need 60 votes to pass Trumpcare? I'm just pointing out the obvious. That a party member coordinates better. I like Bernie. But I feel this criticism is due. Look at what Lindsay Graham said:



Graham painted the plan as the antithesis of the single-payer health care bill unveiled by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) last week, which would, over the course of four years, expand Medicaid eligibility to all residents.

“This is Bernie Sanders’ worst nightmare,” Graham said on the Saturday radio show. “It’s either this or we’re going to Obamacare and Berniecare. Now, Berniecare is full-blown single-payer socialism. It is his dream and that’s where Democrats are going.”


And now they only still need 50 votes to pass the lasted version of TrumpNOTcare.

Trump gets down to Un's level. Or Trump is at Un's level. So they go tit for tat. Other presidents

would be weirded out by North Korea threats and not give them any oxygen. IMHO

If Trump starts working bipartisan with Democrats, his base, the former GOP base,

could follow him to begin to like democrats. Could happen

It just occured to me that Trump may not resign if things get bad

because he needs to keep the power of the pardon for himself. Investigations into Russia could go on for years.

Psychopaths use cognitive openings in people's lives to fill them with

bullshit because at dramatic times of people's lives they are particularly open to new information. Kellyanne knows people are open to new information during a 1000 year crisis, new information is how humans survived crisis. She knows they could very well start to care about climate change as they wonder the meaning of Harvey in the days and weeks to come. No doubt the GOP have had this response at the ready. They deal in the dark psychological arts. Chris Como was naturally informing the public of the meaning of such a tragedy. That is his job. Kellyanne is the one disrupting that process for political reasons.

Changing jet stream, extreme weather linked to humans: study


Johanna Wagstaffe - CBC News

March 29, 2017 (from Canada but could be applied to tropical storm Harvey over Houston)


The team of international scientists found that warming caused by greenhouse gases impacts the massive conveyor belts that live in our upper atmosphere. Driven by temperature differences, these giant jet streams transport heat and moisture around the northern hemisphere. 

The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on Earth. As well, land masses warm more quickly than the oceans. These two factors have led to the overall temperature difference between the two — essentially the fuel for these jet streams — to decrease.

As our climate changes, the temperature gradient isn't as strong between the Arctic and the tropics, meaning there isn't as much energy to help move these waves — and weather — along. When these planetary waves get stuck in place, droughts or floods can occur. And it's part of a growing trend that can't just be accounted for by usual variability in the weather, the researchers said.​

The team of researchers analyzed temperature differences between the equator and the poles recorded since the 1870s and reconstructed the changes over time. They found that the frequency of these jet streams stalling out has increased by 70 per cent since the Industrial Revolution, with most of the effects in the past four decades — indicating a clear fingerprint of human activity. 


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