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Trump and Putin pledge to work together in the future

Co-conspirators have a laugh together. A real president would have publicly renounced the Russian attack on our elections and taken steps to prevent this from recurring.

Medicynical note: Trump of course has to tred carefully if he wants Putin’s future support and a hotel deal in Moscow. Business comes first with this president. National security and integrity are really not his primary concerns.

Every Day in America, Something Very Sick Here

Seemingly a mass shooting or two every day.

Medicynical note: is this really what our august, once thoughtful Supreme Court had in mind? Is this the NRA/Libertarians idea of freedom?

Along with our denial of obvious scientific truths, Citizens United and our grotesque healthcare non-system we seem to slowly descending into ungovernable hell.

Mallinkcrodt 97,000% Price Increase

The price of the drug, (H.P. Acthar Gel) best known for treating a rare infant seizure disorder, has increased almost 97,000%, from $40 a vial in 2000 to nearly $39,000 today.

And

The bombshell allegations lay bare what the whistleblowers say was a culture designed to sell the drug at all costs, from lying to the Food and Drug Administration to offering bribes to doctors.

Medicynical Note: this is what passes as acceptable practice by Big Pharma in the U.S. today.

Trump’s Alternative Reality

Denial of what’s obvious is the basis of this presidency whether we’re talking about global warming, the racist white supremacy movement or the Mueller report.

Consider the Trump view as noted in this Washington Post editorial

Unfortunately, the first family remains in denial about this. President Trump, who benefited from the interference, says the investigation was a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.” His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, dismissed it as a “distraction” at a panel sponsored by Time magazine on Tuesday. He said, “You look at what Russia did — you know, buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent and do it — and it’s a terrible thing. But I think the investigations, and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years, has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads.” He added, “Quite frankly, the whole thing is just a big distraction for the country.”

And contrast The Kushner/Trump spin with Rosenstein’s recent comments from the AP:

“He also made clear that the Mueller investigation had exposed a sophisticated Russian operation to meddle in American politics, something Trump has been slow to acknowledge.”

“There was overwhelming evidence that Russian operatives hacked American computers and defrauded American citizens, and that is only the tip of the iceberg of a comprehensive Russian strategy to influence elections, promote social discord, and undermine America, just like they do in many other countries,” Rosenstein said.”

In Trumpland Hate and Ignorance Rules

Janet Porter is a woman who believes life begins at conception and homosexuality is a choice. She has said gay marriage caused Noah’s floods, and was the architect of a 1990s gay conversion campaign. She implied US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a Jewish woman, is a racist. Like Donald Trump, she was a proponent of the Barack Obama “birther” conspiracy theory.”

“The Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading civil rights organization, designates her non-profit Faith 2 Action, as a hate group for its work against LGBT rights. She lost a slot on a Christian radio network when, the station said, an event she held veered into a form of Christian supremacy.””

Medicynical note: This sad woman opposes separation of church and state, gay rights, and abortion. As a biblical literalist she denies reality and accepts biblical stories as her reality. She denies the humanity of those of us who disagree with her ill informed religious fundamentalism.

What’s in a word? COLLABORATOR

col·lab·o·rate

  (kə-lăb′ə-rāt′)

intr.v. col·lab·o·rat·ed, col·lab·o·rat·ing, col·lab·o·rates
1. To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.2. To cooperate treasonably, as with an enemy occupation force in one’s country.

Major Presidential deputy works to downplay involvement of Russians in 2016 election. Previously he and his president lied about the campaigns’ contacts with Russian agents. He was involved in meetings with Russians about the campaign and lied about it. Is he a collaborator or a colluder?

“Despite what Kushner said on Tuesday, it is not the case that Russian interference didn’t go beyond a handful of Facebook ads. According to information released by the House Intelligence Committee last year, Russian agents actually purchased about 3,500 Facebook ads during the 2016 presidential campaign, spending more than $1 million a month to reach about 10 million users. Meanwhile, Russian agents also purchased ads on Instagram and created thousands of bot accounts on Twitter that almost exclusively spread propaganda aimed at helping Trump by damaging Hillary Clinton.

And this from Newsweek:

“Soon after, it was revealed that one of Kushner’s applications for security clearances featured a litany of mistakes. Most notably, Kushner failed to disclose a June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. This was omitted even after Kushner said he edited and resubmitted the application multiple times.”

“”I have never seen that level of mistakes,” Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, a division of the Office of Personnel Management, said at the time.”

Medicynical note: Perhaps not labeling but simply saying “worked together” with the Russians for mutual benefit best describes Kushner’s and others in this government’s activities. But then isn’t that the action of a collaborator?

Consequences of Cancelling the TPP: for Farmers

The Trump effect on agriculture exports……it’s not good.

“This means that dozens of other countries now benefit from changes we persuaded Japan to make. And our farmers are about to lose out, big time.”

“Japan’s beef imports were already up 25 percent in the first two months of 2019 compared with a year earlier, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported. The biggest beneficiaries were Canada and New Zealand. This makes sense: As members of TPP 2.0, they have a huge price advantage. U.S. beef is tariffed at 38.5 percent, and TPP 2.0 countries’ beef is now at 26.6 percent, with further reductions slated for coming years.”

“Even before then, these other countries’ advantages will widen. If frozen beef imports surpass a certain threshold, as is expected soon, a “safeguard” tariff will automatically kick in and raise tariffs on  our  products — but  not TPP 2.0’s members’ — to 50 percent.”

Medicynical note: Moving on without us.