Generally, I agree, and have been impressed by his execution. (Not saying that I agree with the political positions. More of: he knows how to start a fire fight.)
On Yates' termination:
1. Who cares about honour? It's not part of a professional stance. If we're really talking about a sense of guilt, then ok, really this is a pointless conversation - all kinds of people feel all kinds of guilt for things that have no objective context to the rest of the world.
2. Back to the specifics of the oath taken by members of the Executive Branch (a), and the letter (b), and the termination (c)... we're just looking to see here if these three are coherent.
(We need to bear in mind the the AG is head of the DOJ, which report to POTUS in the Executive Branch. The Judicial Branch ("Federal Judiciary" / "the courts") are entirely separate from the EB - whereas the DOJ is a law enforcement body WITHIN the EB. Please note that this implies there is no chain of command between EB:AG and JB:judges/justices. So with regards to the EO, what the EB:DOJ really does (short form) is send attorneys to prosecute or defend cases brought to JB:courts... to be judged by JB:judges.)
What appears to be the sequence of events is:
(i) EB:POTUS signs an EO
(ii) EO is brought to the JB:courts
(iii) EB:DOJ is then faced with the questions: Do we prosecute, if yes, on what grounds? Do we defend, if yes, on what grounds?
(iv) Everyone at the EB:DOJ looks at the EB:DOJ:AG...
(v) And the EB:DOJ:AG says... "we need to comprehend the EO before we can either prosecute or defend it; we are not going to defend it right now."
3. IMHO... she did okay, and acted within the scope of her professional mandate. The EO was extremely rushed, and remains subject to litigation from various parties, and potential smackdown by the JB or by the LB. (That it was rushed, is a tactic that benefits DT... it's a blitzkrieg against multiple points of defense, simultaneously, which is really discombobulating the smurfs :D.)
... somehow a few minutes on wikipedia seemed simpler than trying to fix the balance sheet I was working on... #somethingiswrongontheinternet #failing
A friend was wondering about broken friendships, due to social pressures. I said,
As long as social relations are grounded in sentiment, there can be no reasonable recourse for any objections to any behaviour.
If we start training people to ground their sentimental indulgences on a bedrock of economic realism, then we begin to lay real SIC foundations for civil society. No infrastructure*, no talk. (* For talking about things reasonably.)
Otherwise sentimental love is as useful as sentimental hate. It's just there, and one cannot impose ethical rationale about it.
Well say you love your daughter. Why? Maybe you don't care. Ok, great. That's why anyone trying to argue you out of that position doesn't need to waste their time.
Say however, you love your daughter, but you're also willing to consider all the possible scenarios in which that is going to fuck up every single moment of your life, potentially. If you did consider it carefully, you'd be heading in the direction of what we'd call a realist position.
But God and responsibility...
So now you've expanded the universe of discussion to include other objects such as 'God', and 'responsibility', which you'll need to qualify... so at some point you'll find that some elements of that chain of dependencies may be taken on faith, and some on empirical evidence. So then as you edge towards faith, you probably forfeit some objective evidence (observable in the same way by multiple observers). As you do that, you would probably be classified as less of an empiricist... but the economic benefits of your faith may be highly apparent to you, so you could always argue to be a realist, albeit one whose economic universe remains highly subjective.
Enforced feeding time. Interocepted white noise volume is pretty high, and other symptoms are consistent with a superficial meningitis. Well, let's get over it... with some luck, a few minutes of work today will be non-remedial. But our average day in this cafe generates 1-2 hours of remedial work for me. So after a few months, you may find me stuck for weeks on this or that repair.
People are literally crying (over recent actions by the Executive) in the department of state offices.I went to school with folks like this in the US - over in Malaysia, we grew up under the nonsense they've just now met for the first time. The Bane born in darkness quote comes to mind.
Let's make money, baby, we can fall in love later. - Wantrepreneur
Sometimes, it feels like this. Othertimes, you fall in love with no money. Othertimes, you make money with deplorables. Lol
Another cafe for sale.
It's a stress test ;)
Addendum: really, a blitzkrieg is not a trial balloon. War already began. Smurfs still somewhat oblivious.
It's funny how working in B2C has shifted my reading time to international and US politics, in an attempt to stay on the pulse of popular culture in general. It'll be really funny if I turn into some kind of policy wonk as a result. My first job in Malaysia after graduating from college in the USA was in a track-two diplomatic think tank that sadly, didn't actually do much besides whisper in the halls of power, and faff around with abstract discussion topics. I left pretty quickly... that time...
Staff just asked me what to do with someone who sits in the cafe for four nights and doesn't order. Why is this even a question? Throw them out. Lol
And ffs, don't wait four days... give them like ten minutes, geez.
Sick. Enforced physical exercise. Enforced bed rest. Enforced feeding. We're losing days here...
On Jacobin's suggestion that Bannon is shooting himself in the foot because "now there are protests, and less mass appeal, so DT will be agitated":
Well he may not be totally suiciding, as others have observed:
1. First week in office EO salvo.
2. Smurfs retaliate naively; public protests (DT don't care); public increase in affirmative action for dienfranchisees of (1.). Guess who's really noticing this?
3. The poor white right. It just makes them angrier, and builds solidarity...
4. Forecast: DT negos down to a moderate position; smurfs stuck fire fighting - take 3-6 months to fully organise behind a long-term strategy; alt right consolidates public support - starts showing up in force at smurf protest events. Increase in martial law, over a narrative of civil unrest - wide moat, not a total regression to Nazi Germany, but a Bannonite "rule of 50 years", in terms of stricter border controls and a reduction in civil liberties ex-WASPS. But it probably will hit peak velocity for 50 weeks, not years...
Addendum: the smurfs are on the defense. What's clear is that the smurfs don't have a plan of attack. They never really understood the enemy, and they're still reeling in shock. Resist. Resistance is not a strategy. Resistance is an emotion. Resistance is not a plan. I'm looking forward to seeing the plan in action.
Meanwhile I've been peppering all my comments with "still no plan of attack".
But the media...
Not a plan. That's the moat.
INTP: Ti Ne - base configuration
ENTJ: Te Ni - it's a one axis reflection
ENTP: Ne Ti - also a one axis reflection
ISTP: Ti Se - single translation along the axis of abstraction in data processing
ESTP: Se Ti - translation + reflection
ESTJ: Te Si - translation + reflection
ISTJ: Si Te - translation + reflection + reflection
Each of these takes like five minutes. Then it takes about 15-30 minutes to wipe and reload my memory for the context switch. I'm just really bad at this.
- Transit. Run.
- Breakfast - eaten.
- Fire. Documentation missing.
- Broadcast. Spotters on alert.
- Fix. Document recreated. Other data lost.
- Kitchen test. Subjects assessed. Documentation updated.
- Timesheets: checked.
- New staff. Pay upgraded.
- Financial statements. Downloading.
- Front of house - reminder on due process for shift auctions.
Surrounded by ignorance, and sometimes incompetence, I am often discouraged from work. However, there is only one way to improve the situation, and that is to decide that one's degree of courage doesn't matter. One can only decide to work, or not to work... and I really do need to get back to much work...
Sound isolated sleep - a welcome modification. (However, I need to figure out how to get more.) Ambient noise level in aural imagination has been high all week... chalk it up to reduced mean volume level in exterocepted aural sensation. Unit recalibrating. Waiting for ANLAI to drop significantly. Some active effort may be necessary...
Often, I regret my investments in indignant people.
(Bannon appointment to NSC)
Don't blame one man for his ambitions, when you fail as a nation to prevent his systematic rise to power.
(I could be talking about Mahathir - who are YOU thinking about?)
Staff: This cake is no good.
Me: It is basic, I know.
Staff: It is not basic, it is like a tennis ball.
Me: Let me try it again. Ah, I like that it is dry. I didn't set the creative direction, but I like it.
Staff: That's just you. No one likes dry cake.
Me: I would never make generalisations like that.
Of course, the irony of this conversation is in its extreme and unjustifiable positions, resulting in humour.
1. No one should ever share their opinion with the expectation that someone is going to do something about it.
2. No one should ever stop sharing their opinions.
3. The point of sharing opinions is transparency, not violence.
This is not normal for many people. Hahaha.
Staff: I am a bit shocked by this. Nine brownies and five orders of mushrooms?
Me: I'm catching up on CNY crap...
IKEA before breakfast. -_- at 3:30pm
Great trap screw down - rescue operation at 4:30pm
Still no breakfast in sight :P
This is where, in jest, I repopulate my LinkedIn account with all the wee jobs I did as a student in the US...
Contemplating joining the 6pm fiesta in Seremban. Need date for entertainment. Maybe.
You'll need homey smiling people, with large colourful signs that say,
"Mr. President, we love you. You're one of the best things to ever happen to America. Your soul is gentle and kind. You are a blessing that brings peace to a terrified world, your presence calms and composes us. You are merciful to your oppressors, and overflowing with grace for your enemies. God's gifts to a troubled world flow through your heart and hands, uniting people of every nation, creed, and economic conviction."
Ok, you're still with me, right? Left? Centrists? Anarchists? So you're going to need hundreds, maybe thousands of these therapists to follow him wherever he goes. He misses a turn, you cheer and yell "RIGHT!," he turns left, you cheer and yell "OTHER RIGHT!" All your god damn riots are just going to do is make him feel small and stupid and angry. Don't do that. He'll fuck up. Then they'll lock him up. Then you're stuck with Pence!
This is basic management for cretins. You can't blame children for their ineptitude, even if they are 70. Remember, Jesus said, "let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Not sure about that? He's already got the nukes, ffs...
And if this doesn't work, maybe we can start calling him Napoleon John Dynamite, and hope he puts us all out of our misery, quickly.
Putin: The warheads are scaring me.
Erdogan: Well, they're not MY warheads.
Putin: DO SOMETHING.
Erdogan: How about I nick your lil' birdy. [explosion]
Putin: What the... FUCK YOU!
Erdogan: Hey, hey, hey... it wasn't me... the finger did it...
Putin: Wanna get that under control?
Obama: Lemme help you with that...
Erdogan: Having some CONTROL issues over here... sorry... hold on... [more explosions]
Putin: Let me show you how this is done. [whispering]
Obama & Cameron in chorus: A coup?! [backchannel... shit, he's not going to...]
Erdogan: Relax guys, nothing's happening. [explosions]
Obama & Cameron: A coup. [sighs]
Putin: [looks the other way]
Cameron: Shit just went down. GTG.
Obama: Haahaahahaa... look what we got running for president over here...
Putin: [looks the other, other way]
May: HELLOOO there!
Erdogan: Jets, please.
Assad & Putin: Hahaaaaaaaaaaaa............!!!!
Trump: Fuck YOU, and I'll see YOU for golf next week...
End 31 Jan notes.