How strange and awful it would be to have Donald Trump as a father :(

On Father’s Day, so many people post tributes to their dad on Father’s Day.  How awful it would be to have to do that for Donald Trump.  It might look something like this:

I am very proud of my dad.  He was born to a wealthy father, then took that money and nearly lost it all, but was able to declare bankruptcy and screw a lot of small business owners to salvage the family fortune.  He was able to join a fledgling and exciting football league known as the USFL, and basically ran it into the ground by insisting it compete directly with the NFL – his fellow owners still resent him over the league disintegration.  He is mocked relentlessly for his hairstyle, frumpy suits and small hands.  Recently, he ran a successful presidential campaign where he called some women ugly, talked about grabbing women’s vaginas, made fun of the press that is so important in democracy that it is the very first amendment, then when was elected people were so distraught they protested in the streets.  He is an inspiration to white supremists and extremists, has historically low approval ratings just a few months into office, and will all likelihood go down as one of the 4 worst presidents in US history, provided the US is still around in 2020 given China, North Korea and Russia’s ambitions.  Needless to say, I am very proud of my dad, a very honorable and successful man.  Sincerely: Donnie.

Ugh.  How awful that would be :(.  And this is not even remotely meant to be a humorous post…

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How strange and awful it would be to have Donald Trump as a father :(

Personal (nonpolitical) observation: What a strange world it must be to live in Mr. Trump’s head…

Am reading the NYT article about how Donald Trump countered a speech by Mr. Khan (whose Muslim son died for the US in 2004) and Trump seems unmoved.  With all sincerity, what a strange world it must be to live in Donald Trump’s head, where the specific purpose in life seems to be getting attention with no other consequence or purpose whatsoever. He seems completely impervious to public opinion, and when told he is wrong there is nothing that will convince him he is not right.  Honestly, I can’t imagine what that is like, or what runs through his head, and I don’t mean that as a criticism but as a genuine question.  The world must look very different to Donald Trump than it does to me, just as it looks different to spiders and dogs and sharks and birds and serial killers than it does to me.  It is fascinating, but honestly I wouldn’t want to spend one minute inside his head, just like I wouldn’t want to spend a minute in a fish’s head. 

We — the 99% of the word’s population — are allowing too many of the stubborn and self-centered 1% make decisions that imperil the 99% for the benefit of the 1%.  But such is true of most of human history.

Personal (nonpolitical) observation: What a strange world it must be to live in Mr. Trump’s head…

What ruined the Earth and resulted in Donald Trump – the end of the last ice age maximus

120k ago the last ice age reached its peak – for a million years preceding this humans were trapped on Africa. But 60k years ago the ice retreated enough that humans had room to move – a short time later they burst out of Africa and within a few thousand years had covered the planet. Thus began the exponential process that put us where we are today – overcrowding, pollution, globalization, libertarianism, imperialism and Donald Trump. We don’t need Armageddon, terrorism or guns to start over and to spare us from Trump – we just need the glaciers to come back!

What ruined the Earth and resulted in Donald Trump – the end of the last ice age maximus

“Button, Button” by Richard Matheson was an awesome story turned into a Twilight Zone episode and should be mandatory reading for every person in the world

I first read “Button, Button” in 1994 when teaching High School English. I’ve never forgotten the story, and should be mandatory reading every single grade school classroom in the world, as we live it every single day of our lives.

In the story, a woman is given a box with a button on top.  She learns that if she pushes the button, two things will happen.  First, she will be given cash (I believe it was 10K, which in today’s dollars would probably be 100-200K).  Second, someone in the world that she would never meet otherwise will die.  The question is, would she push the button to cause a random stranger’s death in return for cash?

I love this story, and it’s a powerful theme we face every single day.  For example, if we buy inexpensive but fashionable clothing, we are choosing to endorse companies employeeing low-wage poverty-stricken sweatshop workers (e.g. see “Life in Debt” about workers in Jamaica).  If we watch NFL football, we are allowing billionaires to exploit the largerly lower class, who give up their bodies and brains and job security for a shot at a season or two in the NFL (very few players end up rich).  If we allow CxOs to pay themselves millions of dollars in bonuses while employing working poor by shopping/eating at companies who employ these CxOs, if we continue to allow Boeing and Safeway and Apple and Amazon and Walmart and Alaska Airlines and Ford and so on to continue to control our government,   if we allow for-profit companies to control our healthcare and food supplies, etc etc etc – we are pushing the button.  

So many times, all of us are pushing the button — allowing unseen people to live in misery so we can have something — we are pushing the button.

I’ve gotten better about pushing the button.  I am wearing lulu lemon gym clothes from three seasons ago, I buy my fruit from the local farmers market and my groceries from the locally owned market (although both are more expensive), we grow a lot of our own herbs, I give food to the homeless I see on the street, and I’ve cut down on my NFL watching.  You literally can’t pay me to shop at Walmart, and I take the bus instead of driving.  I have a long way to go, and I will continue to try to get better.  

“Button, Button” by Richard Matheson was an awesome story turned into a Twilight Zone episode and should be mandatory reading for every person in the world

Donald Trump – Lord of the Flies survivor

Every time I read about Donald Trump’s America First policies, where his plan is to insulate America in the midst of a potentially dangerous global economy, I can’t help but think of The Lord of the Flies.  The man clearly has led a sheltered and ignorant life.  

(Oh my god, America, please elect *anyone* but him!!!  The world will be an incredibly scary place led by a man who has lived his entire life in a Trump Tower surrounded by Miss USA contestants).

Donald Trump – Lord of the Flies survivor

I don’t think there has been a more openly racist, sexist and elitist time in the US in my lifetime.

Unbelievable comments today from an knucklehead CxO. Where do these people come from (like rats infesting an abandoned house)? And how did we get to this point? And what will fix it?

This guy is a moron, but there are a million others just like him in power. He is just a little symptom of a larger disease.

Sexist CEO story

I don’t think there has been a more openly racist, sexist and elitist time in the US in my lifetime.