Money Over People

The situation in Puerto Rico goes on … and on … and on … and on …

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, BEGS Trump to “take charge and save lives” … and adds, “Enough is enough.”

And here is our caring president’s stance:

Trump again referred to the island’s debt crisis, saying it would have to work with federal authorities to determine how to pay for a massive recovery effort compounded by “the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island”.

He tweeted earlier: “The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!” (Emphasis mine)

This greedy bastard who has never gone without a meal in his life or ever had to drink water from a contaminated source is worried about M.O.N.E.Y. Who cares about PEOPLE? We must keep the the coffers full for his golf trips!

Here is a link to the article that’s entitled:‘Close to genocide’: San Juan mayor’s dire appeal to US for Puerto Rico relief.”  

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Avoiding Trump Depression

One of my favorite bloggers (I’ve quoted him before) just posted another humdinger.  Because I so totally agree — and because I know many of you do as well — I’m sharing a portion of what he wrote …

Here are the truths that I perceive about Donald Trump;

  • He doesn’t love this country as much as he loves himself. He has never been nor will he ever be a patriot. If waving the flag pushes his agenda, whatever that agenda may be, he will wave the flag.
  • He is not a Christian. He doesn’t believe in nor does he worship a spiritual God. He considers himself a deity and his success, possessions and wealth are proofs of his incredible god-like powers.
  • He is a racist. He may not wear the hood and the robes of the Klan but he backs the basic premise of the KKK, that whites are superior over all other races.
  • He adheres to a system of social stratification (a caste system). He groups people in societal clusters based on social economics; race, occupation, income, wealth, social status, and derived power (social and political). Obviously, in his mind, he and his family are at the top of the food chain.
  • He is an egocentric, thin-skinned, narcissist.

If you’re so inclined, you can read the rest of the post here.

I know I’ve expressed this before … MANY times … but I must say it again:

There is absolutely NOTHING about this man that is good for our country.

I’m well aware his supporters disagree, but IMO this is because so few of them are willing to look beyond the rhetoric he spews on Twitter and in his rallies. But then, why should they? For all intents and purposes, they see him as their savior. He is going to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!! (But as many have postulated, what was wrong with it in the first place?)

Sorry if you’re sick and tired of reading the (many) complaints I have related to “our” egocentric, thin-skinned, narcissistic leader but unfortunately, like many of you reading this, I live in an area where most of the people think tRump is the cat’s meow.  If not for this blog, I think I might go into a deep depressive state!

So I say Thank You! I appreciate your support.

Dangerous Donald

On September 14th, Bill Moyers conducted an interview with renowned psychiatrist Robert Lifton in regards to a soon-to-be-published (October 3, 2017) book that 27 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts contributed to entitled, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Lifton, who wrote the Forward, is the author of several books including The Nazi Doctors, which “was the first in-depth study of how medical professionals rationalized their participation in the Holocaust, from the early stages of the Hitler’s euthanasia project to extermination camps.”

I found the interview totally engrossing and wanted to share it with those of you who feel as I do about our “infamous” president. In particular, I wanted to point out one of the questions that Moyers asked … and Lifton answered. This part of the interview stood out to me primarily because I simply cannot understand HOW people can choose to elect a man as President of the United States that supports the principles addressed by Moyers in the following question:

Moyers: You bring up his base. Those true believers aren’t the only ones who voted for him. As we are talking, I keep thinking: Here we have a man who kept asking what’s the point of having thermonuclear weapons if we cannot use them; who advocates using torture or worse against our prisoners of war; who urged that five innocent young people here in New York, black young people, be given the death penalty for a sexual assault, even after it was proven someone else had committed the crime; who boasted about his ability to get away with sexually assaulting women because of his celebrity and power; who urged his followers at political rallies to punch protesters in the face and beat them so badly that they have to be taken out on stretchers; who suggested that maybe some of his followers might want to assassinate his political rival, Hillary Clinton, if she were elected president, or at the very least, throw her in prison; who believes he would not lose voters if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot someone. And over 63 million people voted to elect that man president!

Lifton, while admitting this as a “deeply troubling truth,” seemed to feel the people who voted for Trump weren’t thinking about any of these things …

What they were really responding to was a call for change, a sense that he was connecting with them in ways that others never had, that he would express and represent their interests, and that he would indeed make this country one dominated again by white people, in some cases white supremacists. But as you say, these people who embraced that narrative unquestioningly are a lesser minority than the ones who voted for him. And of course, he still didn’t win the popular vote. But it’s true — something has gone wrong with our democratic system in electing a man with all these characteristics that make up Donald Trump. Now we have to struggle to sustain the functional institutions of our democracy against his assault on them. I don’t think he’ll succeed in breaking them down, but he’s doing a lot of harm and it’ll take a lot of effort on the part of a lot of people to sustain them and to keep the democracy going, even in its faltering way.

I urge each of you to read the interview. It’s upsetting because there’s so little we can do. Oh sure. We can write our congresspeople and urge them to see this man for what he is, but as many of us know, none of them want to take the (possibly politically damaging) steps to remove (as one individual so aptly described) a “mentally deranged dotard.”

Get to Sleep!

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Just read a rather lengthy article on how the LACK of sleep can affect your health. Of course, many of us already know this, but do you know how MUCH it affects your health? And, more importantly, if you tend towards insomnia, are you doing anything about it?

According to Matthew Walker, a sleep scientist, lack of adequate sleep can trigger, among other things, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and poor mental health. Pretty scary, huh?

What is sleep deprivation? According to Walker, it’s anything LESS than seven hours per night. How many of you reading this can testify you slept that many hours last night? Or any night?

A rather interesting statistic presented in the article is that in 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep at night — in 2017, almost one in two people is! Of course, most of us immediately would consider the stresses of work (which often includes commute time) as being one of the causes, but other factors enter in as well. For example, anxiety plays a part (we’re a lonelier, more depressed society) and of course, alcohol and caffeine come into play.

For some, lack of sleep is a badge of honor … “I only got four hours of sleep last night!” But Walker points out that the number of people who can survive on five hours of sleep or less without any impairment, expressed as a percent of the population and rounded to a whole number, is zero.

A rather unnerving part of the article included this:  adults aged 45 years or older who sleep less than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime, as compared with those sleeping seven or eight hours a night. 

Lack of sleep also makes people more susceptible to weight gain. (Personal note: One look at the overall U.S. population and it would seem very few people are getting enough sleep!)

Another unsettling fact related to “short sleep” is that it can affect our cancer-fighting immune cells, as well as significantly raising the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

There is much more information related to sleep (or lack thereof) in the article. If you tend to be one of the people described, you may want to read it first-hand … particularly the suggestions Walker makes towards the end.

And finally, a couple of interesting facts related to sleep:

  • An adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.
  • A 2013 study reported that men who slept too little had a sperm count 29% lower than those who regularly get a full and restful night’s sleep.
  • If you drive a car when you have had less than five hours’ sleep, you are 4.3 times more likely to be involved in a crash. If you drive having had four hours, you are 11.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

The full article can be found here.