Trump's eugenics

Dec. 9th, 2016 12:30 pm
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Trump's eugenics

by digby

Actually, it's MONEY through family but whatevs .. 

I have noted this before but it's worth looking at again. Trump is a eugenicist who believes that he and his family have superior genes and his wealth proves it. Remember this?

Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio explains that Trump was raised to believe that success is genetic, and that some people are just more superior than others:

"The family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development. They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring."

Huffington Post also took the liberty of compiling a whole bunch of times Trump suggested that genes are the main factor behind brains and superiority. Here are just a few choice quotes from good ol' Trump:

"All men are created equal. Well, it's not true. 'Cause some are smart, some aren't."

"When you connect two racehorses, you usually end up with a fast horse."

"Secretariat doesn't produce slow horses."

"Do we believe in the gene thing? I mean, I do."

"I have great genes and all that stuff which, I'm a believer in."
Well, there's actually a much better explanation for Trump's success:
We’re in an era of the cult of the entrepreneur. We analyze the Tory Burches and Evan Spiegels of the world looking for a magic formula or set of personality traits that lead to success. Entrepreneurship is on the rise, and more students coming out of business schools are choosing startup life over Wall Street.

But what often gets lost in these conversations is that the most common shared trait among entrepreneurs is access to financial capital—family money, an inheritance, or a pedigree and connections that allow for access to financial stability. While it seems that entrepreneurs tend to have an admirable penchant for risk, it’s usually that access to money which allows them to take risks.

And this is a key advantage: When basic needs are met, it’s easier to be creative; when you know you have a safety net, you are more willing to take risks. “Many other researchers have replicated the finding that entrepreneurship is more about cash than dash,” University of Warwick professor Andrew Oswald tells Quartz. “Genes probably matter, as in most things in life, but not much.”

Trump has certainly been creative ... in covering his ass. He managed to get bankers to keep loaning to him when he was clearly totally inept and repeatedly going bankrupts. It took them decades to catch on. He appears not to have federal income taxes for decades. And he just duped a large minority of Americans that he was going to turn back the clock and make them all billionaires. So, he creative alright. The way the best con artists are creative.

But he couldn't have done that without daddy's money. Not in a million years.


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Writing for The Globe and Mail, Wendy Stueck and Jill Mahoney write about the problems facing Syrian refugees in Canada. Among other things, backlogs are a problem.

When Justin Trudeau was elected on the promise of bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada last year, scores of private sponsorship groups – co-workers, church members, neighbours and friends – rose to the challenge.

They raised thousands of dollars, rented and furnished apartments and lined up volunteers to drive, tutor and support refugees.

But now, many have nothing to do but wait. While the government has resettled more than 35,000 Syrian refugees in the past 13 months – 26,000 by the end of February – thousands more are caught in a bureaucratic backlog and have waited months in difficult conditions.

That total includes privately and government-sponsored refugees. This past March, under pressure from private sponsorship groups, Ottawa said it would do its best to process privately sponsored refugee applications received before March 31, 2016, by the end of this year or early 2017.

That commitment refers to about 12,000 PSR applications.
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For Bloomberg, Stephanie Baker and Helena Bedwell report from the Georgian port city of Batumi about how a mothballed Trump Organization project there is set to take off. The next four years will be interesting, won't they?

Donald Trump flew to the Black Sea resort town of Batumi in 2012 and, standing alongside then Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, announced a deal licensing his name to a $250-million 47-story residential Trump Tower to be built by a local developer called Silk Road Group.

Six months later, Saakashvili’s party lost parliamentary elections and later his term ended. He left Georgia, afraid his newly empowered opponents might jail him. Batumi’s Trump Tower seemed doomed -- until now.

“The project will go ahead, talks are on,” Giorgi Ramishvili, Silk Road’s founder, told Georgian television Tuesday. “As soon as the transition period is over some time in January, we can talk.”

Reached by phone, Ramishvili declined to elaborate. “I cannot say anything else without the green light of partners,’’ he said.

The Georgian development is one of many Trump deals suddenly in a new light now that they are associated with the incoming U.S. president. Experts say some may find financing or approval more easily, raising concerns over conflict of interest. Trump has said he will outline his plan to remove himself from his business Thursday, but deals he’s signed with business partners around the world are unlikely to be torn up.
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The Globe and Mail's Christine Sismondo looks at the emergent wine scene along Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy shore, where vineyards are forming in suitable microclimates.

Despite the relative successes of the “Free My Grapes” movement – a consumers’ rights organization that was spearheaded by frustrated wine fan Shirley-Ann George a little over five years ago and works to remove barriers to inter-provincial wine trade – we still can’t find much Okanagan wine in Ontario (George’s particular grievance) nor expressions from Niagara in British Columbia. But you can find Nova Scotia’s Benjamin Bridge everywhere, even in the Yukon. The fresh, rosy-golden, peachy sparkler, called Nova 7, is more or less the headliner for Benjamin Bridge and one of the few Canadian labels you might find anywhere from sea to shining sea.

Why? Well, to hear the winemaker tell it, it’s just that good; it has practically addictive “drinkability.” Nova is no one-hit wonder, either. Benjamin Bridge’s other expressions, particularly the Brut Sparkling (a little less fruity and, arguably, more elegant), are featured on restaurant wine lists across the country, including those at the famous Hawksworth in Vancouver, Calgary’s Bar Von der Fels and Byblos in Toronto.

“There is a natural selection within the wine industry,” says Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, head winemaker at Benjamin Bridge, adding that he has spent very little time campaigning provincial liquor retailers. “Our responsibility is to make the most transparent wines in terms of sharing the story of the growing environment surrounding the Bay of Fundy. And we feel that if we succeed at that, the rest will come naturally.”

And it has. The enthusiasm for the operation’s wines is palpable, but as Deslauriers points out, it’s bigger than just his bottles or one winery. He’s working in a remarkable micro-climate and there are other wineries telling the same story he is. In response, wine lovers are eagerly listening and wine from the Annapolis Valley is trendy, possibly on the cusp of becoming Canada’s next big thing.

“It’s a little bit punny, but people here often say that the rising tide lifts small boats,” says Jenner Cormier, an award-winning Halifax bartender who recently returned to his hometown after three years in Toronto, where he was part of the opening team at Bar Raval. “For us to begin to be considered as a place that’s producing really good wine is huge for us.”

When Cormier left his home for Ontario three-plus years ago, Nova Scotia wines were mainly known for being passable seafood-friendly whites from an underdeveloped region. Upon his return, he was delighted to discover black cabs, pinot noirs and sparkling wines, many of which he describes as “unbelievably complex.” Halifax bars such as Little Oak, the city’s new wine destination, as well as the well-established locavore hotpot, Lot Six, are plucking the best of the best from wineries like Luckett, Avondale Sky and L’Acadie and offering as many as a half-dozen local options on their wine lists.
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CBC News' Shane Ross reports that some nuns hoping set up in Summerside are hoping to still continue on despite the rejection of their convent's location by the city.

Nuns from Ontario still have faith they can establish a convent and daycare in Summerside, according to a local priest who has been helping them.

The nuns' request to rezone a property on South Drive was rejected this week by Summerside city council.

"Obviously they're disappointed in the decision but they're still committed to coming to Summerside so would like to try something else," said Father Chris Sherren of St. Paul's Church in Summerside.

Some neighbours opposed the rezoning because they were concerned about traffic from the daycare.

snow day at the lair

Dec. 9th, 2016 12:52 pm
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Sorry for no blog posts – it’s end of the year cleanup, and archiving, and I just found another old hard drive of dubious origin, so old the ichor of elder days has dried to dust, so I am of course trying to image it, because where else are you going to get ichor powder in this market?

Something has to drive the eldritch wheels of creation, after all.

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I gymmed!

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:45 pm
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I am still hanging on to a 5 sets of 5, 125 bench press by my fingernails! And I did 100 pounds for the row, 3 sets of 10. That was it. But since I haven't been to the gym in ages, and my right quad is still painful, I am pleased with even that little.

I did break a sweat. That makes it count.

Go me.


Dec. 9th, 2016 09:34 pm
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Just spent half an hour sending out texts to the upcoming crew about doing Secret Santa. I DID THE SOCIAL THING. I deserve a drink. But I'll settle for a hot shower, so hopefully hot water hasn't fucked off again. This morning everything was freezing brrrrr. In any case, I shall surely flop *pets poor brain*

Avengers Academy started the holiday event tho. I of course plonked down cash immediately for She-Hulk whups. Kinda wish they'd gone more with spreading cheer and delight, and saved the Ice Giants for January tho.

this will only take a minute!

Dec. 9th, 2016 03:00 pm
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"Quick and easy: U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology—and climate change denier—has a one-question survey on his website about congressional priorities for the year. Please select Other and write in "climate change mitigation" or "fight climate change," something like that. Do it and then COPY AND PASTE in a new status (don't share or it will only be viewable by my friends) and share the hell out of this post."

oh god so tired

Dec. 9th, 2016 12:50 pm
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Both in the immediate and in the overall. I can FEEL the onslaught of horrible from the politics working as intended; the only upside (if it is one) is that I know this is intentional to overwhelm everyone and keep us from being able to fight back. Which is upsetting, that it's working, but it does mean that the sheer spite factor is kicking in. And I have a LOT of spite to go on.

Closer to home, the boy spent last night with his worst migraine in years, to the point of cut for emetophobia and general mild gross associated with migraines ) Anyway, it seems to've been one of those full-reset migraines that happens occasionally for him, that seems to sort of... clear out all the lingering tension/buildup of pain/etc. Which is nice I guess, but I could've done without the discussion of "do we go to the ER and make it that much worse? do we tough it out here? what do we DO" and the general worry that comes with not being able to do very MUCH about the severe pain. Although I remembered the meditation tapes from childhood that C has on his phone and put those on, because occasionally I have my moments.

This of course happened on my night to be out of the apartment for hours on end for music stuff, which meant that I ducked out of rehearsal... not TOO too early but slightly earlier than I might've, and promptly spent five minutes wandering TJ's in search of cold press coffee, got the VERY. LAST. JAR., and came home to find it was in fact worse than he was admitting. Because he's an idiot goddamn martyr who tries not to worry me for no fucking good reason. ahem.

(The fact that I namecall like this when I worry is at LEAST half of why I identify more strongly with one of the Brooklyn boys I AM JUST SAYING.) (It's not my fault I didn't intend to marry a Steve Rogers-esque type stop laughing.)

Fuck, what else is going on. I need to call the vet and update her on the cat, who has confirmed to the tune of a stinky STINKY litter box that she's developing an intolerance to her current wet food and we need to replace it soon. I finished knitting the baby blanket but now I need to do all the blocking and finishing work and ugh donwanna. Iiii oh right, I got assigned a part-writing exercise for a fiddle tune and that was actually many kinds of fun. If our singer ever manages to get back with us post-baby, I would dearly love to grab a second fiddler and start writing parts for more things, because it's FUN and I forgot how much so. I just have no idea where I'd find someone.

For everyone's amusement, worst band name pun I have seen in AGES: Ceilidh Minogue. J and I have agreed that we need to come up with something equally cringe-inducing for our own name, but no ideas on what that is yet. (Last Gaspé is his contradance group's name, which is pretty good but also, you know, taken and has a significant history behind it.)

I saw someone on twitter mention that the holiday season this year feels like 2016 trying to buy you an ice cream cone after murdering a loved one and it is so fucking true. It doesn't help that most of the people I'd be buying presents for are NOT being forthcoming AT ALL AHEM. Although honestly at this point I'm at "if you really want my endless list of crafting supplies/patterns I can give it to you, otherwise just fucking donate to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU."

Um. I don't think I have much else, y'know? I'm firmly pulling making things over my head and trying to make my corner of the world a little better that way, rather than doing Big Giant Steps because those are never, ever fucking sustainable.
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Nobody reads Friday night posts, y/y? Good. Look away now! No, rly. I hated these graphic novels. Don't say I didn't warn you. Last chance: instead of reading my post you could read this post on cracked that basically exposes dystopian post-apocalyptic fic as unrealistic libertarian propaganda (but does so with subtlety and humour):

- Reading, books 2016, 215

Monstress vol.1, and Unwritten vol.7-11 )


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