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Where Is Barack Obama?
"The Obamas appear to be settled in Washington. The chatter about their potential move to the Upper East Side has died out, and they are installing a pool at their home, which is around the corner from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s. Obama is open with friends about the new comforts of his life: the games of Words With Friends on his iPad, the rounds of golf, the slower-paced international travel. Immediately after leaving office, he flew to Palm Springs, then visited with Richard Branson on his private Caribbean island. Before long, he was on David Geffen’s yacht in French Polynesia with Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and Oprah Winfrey. Even in Washington, he’s taken to undoing an extra button on his dress shirts and musing about how much more sleep he now gets. When he lets his guard down, he admits that he misses being in the middle of the international fray, but he confides that his life has slowed down so dramatically that he now feels like Neo, Keanu Reeves’s character in The Matrix, who can experience time hyperslowly while facing gunfire."
a:Gabriel-Debenedetti  p:New-York-Magazine/Daily-Intelligencer★  d:2018.06  w:6500  Barack-Obama  Donald-Trump  international-relations  from instapaper
10 days ago by bankbryan
EMAIL - Why bitcoiners never change
Have you ever wondered why people will publicly support a politician and — when worse and worse behavior is revealed — they don’t change their mind, but instead they actually double down?

Investor Paul Graham has a very good insight. He says, “keep your identity small.”

Once something becomes part of your identity, it’s hard to change — even if all evidence tells you that you should.

The perfect example of this is cryptocurrency.
donald-trump  identity  ramit-sethi  life-advice 
11 days ago by lwhlihu
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside Nyarlathotep’s Death Cult
"There are those of us still wandering the labyrinthine halls of the mutated Capitol Building, looking for ways to constructively appease Nyarlathotep, despite continual smear campaigns by the elitist, now underground press. For instance, we replaced the orphans It absorbs every 'morning' with migrant laborers, and It didn’t seem to notice. When Its appetite turned to Idaho, one of us directed Its soulless gaze up towards the moon. No more moon, of course, but no one can say we ever turned our back on our core constituents."
a:Andrew-Paul  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.09.05  w:1000  satire  Donald-Trump  from iphone
11 days ago by bankbryan
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency
"White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly frequently lost his temper and told colleagues that he thought the president was 'unhinged', Woodward writes. In one small group meeting, Kelly said of Trump: 'He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.'"
a:Philip-Rucker  a:Robert-Costa  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2018.09.04  w:2500  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
18 days ago by bankbryan
Trump’s Rougher Edge Complicates Trip by Pompeo and Mattis to India
"Under Mr. Mattis, the Pentagon has been equally committed to the partnership. It has even renamed its Hawaii-based American combatant command that oversees the Pacific region as the Indo-Pacific Command as a lure for India to increase its partnership with the United States and other allied forces. India’s rise was seen as such an obvious win for the United States that previous presidents mostly overlooked New Delhi’s reflexive trade protectionism. And if the Indians wanted to get some military equipment from Russia, that was seen as acceptable to Washington — as long as it meant India was becoming more powerful."
a:Gardiner-Harris  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.09.02  w:1000  diplomacy  Donald-Trump  India  China  Russia  from iphone
18 days ago by bankbryan
Opinion | I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration
Thread on why Dan Bloom thinks Mike Pence is the anonymous writer of this NYT Op-ed:

Another good thread on Decency Resistance by Jeet Heer (and why we shouldn't fall for the okey-doke):
mike-pence  dan-bloom  donald-trump  politics  decency-resistance  respectability-politics  jeet-heer 
18 days ago by yolandaenoch
Kris Kobach and the problem of elite racism - Vox
Working-class white racists can inflict a lot of harm; hate crimes in this country are a real thing, committed by people with all kinds of income and education levels. But economically unprivileged whites typically don’t cause damage on the scale of Miller or Kobach — or even Spencer or Taylor. That escalation requires elite credentials and connections.
white-nationlists  elite-racism  racism  kris-kobach  dylan-matthews  stephen-miller  richard-spencer  donald-trump 
4 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
Sarah Silverman Is the Troll Slayer
"Do you hope Louie comes back?"
"I think that there are people who were caught and there were people who were not caught, but the important thing is that they are forever changed. And if that's the case, I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists. Now, whether they're popular artists or not is up to the audience. I have compassion. There are people that just deny everything they're accused of and they continue to be the politicians or the filmmakers that they are. And there are people that come and say, I'm guilty of these things, and I'm wrong, and I want to be changed from this. And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. He's my brother, so it's hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I'm trying to."
"I almost think that trying is what's important."
"People are very sure about what is right and wrong until it comes to their front door."
a:Drew-Magary★  a:Sarah-Silverman★★  p:GQ★★  d:2018.05.23  w:4000  interview  comedy  social-media  gender  2016-election  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
US Multinationals Against TRUMP - VisualPolitik EN - YouTube
Convinced that the United States is being harmed and even "robbed" in its trade relations, in recent months Donald Trump has launched a tough protectionist policy and has multiplied tariffs.
donald-trump  politics  trade  video  youtube 
6 weeks ago by kogakure
How Trump Radicalized ICE - The Atlantic

The culture of ice is defined by a bureaucratic caste system—the sort of hierarchical distinctions that seem arcane and petty from the outside, but are essential to those on the inside. When ice was created, 15 years ago, two distinct and disparate workforces merged into one. The Immigration part of the agency’s name refers mostly to deportation officers who came over from the freshly dismantled Immigration and Naturalization Service. The Customs part of the name refers to investigators imported from the Treasury Department. This was a shotgun marriage, filled with bickering and enmity from the start. The customs investigators had adored their old institutional home and the built-in respect it accorded them. They were given little warning before being moved to a new headquarters, with new supervisors, a nebulous mission, and colleagues they considered their professional inferiors. When I interviewed one of the customs investigators, who later had a top job at ice, he still referred to the “unfortunate events of March 1, 2003”—the day ice came into official existence. ...

There is arguably a certain institutional hauteur to HSI. “They think of themselves as aristocrats,” one former homeland-security official told me. Among other benefits, working for HSI brings the rank of “special agent”—what’s known in federal guidelines as 1811 status—which sets officers on the same level as FBI agents. Meanwhile, ERO officers carry an 1801 classification. This position typically comes with a less favorable pay scale and limited powers. For instance, these officers are not allowed to execute search warrants. ...

To coordinate ice Air requires a certain logistical genius, especially given the organization’s aim—familiar to anyone who relies on commercial air travel—of filling as many seats as possible on each of its flights. (To execute such deportations, ice Air prefers to charter its own flights; the agency tries to avoid placing deportees on commercial flights, because airlines won’t board a passenger who actively refuses to fly.) One former ice official recalls a conversation in which a colleague boasted of an especially complex deportation to Gaza, which required traversing the Sinai Peninsula. He said the agency has felt intense congressional pressure to demonstrate that no nationality, no matter how small its presence in the United States, is beyond its deportation capacity.
Franklin-Foer  DHS  Treasury  Donald-Trump  Airlines 
6 weeks ago by quant18
Stop buying crap, and companies will stop making crap
On Tuesday, the first daughter announced that she was shuttering her fashion line. In an official statement, she explained that it was because she wanted to focus on her role as an adviser in her father’s administration.
donald-trump  fashion  fast-fashion  politics  usa 
8 weeks ago by kogakure

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