Mar. 17th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Quite the day.

Normally, I'm "Always lead with international fascism." But we have something possibly more urgent: the Trump administration desperately needs a war, the sooner the better, and conveniently, on a trip with essentially no press, complete fool pretending to be Secretary of State "Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has ‘failed’; Pyongyang warns of war." Why, how handy! Obviously, it's not the war Bannon really wants - he wants the RaHoWa, the Racial Holy War, against Arabic muslims, all to service his white supremacist vision for the US. But in a pinch, maybe it'll do.

I suppose that means we've already gone straight to the fascism, haven't we? Well, here's more.

"Flynn Received Funds From Instrument of Russian Government." Also a company working with Russian spies, which likely means more Russian government money. Neat! And absolutely verified! He didn't know who was sending him this money? Oh, that was pretty clearly a lie. So that's fun.

But the even bigger bomb is "EXCLUSIVE: Nazi-Allied Group Claims Top Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka As Sworn Member." Now, after spending a lot of time very much not denying this, I read that Gorka has in fact come out and denied it late yesterday, buuuuuut frankly I don't believe him. There are too many people making too many connections and saying "no, that's totally what he did," and it includes people who are proud of being fascists. See also, "Gutter Trash: Sebastian Gorka’s ties to a group of Nazi collaborators is a new low for Donald Trump’s administration."

To round this section out, we have "Stephen Bannon Is a Fan of a French Philosopher...Who Was an Anti-Semite and a Nazi Supporter." o rly? just one? Well, just one French one, I suppose. He is, after all, a FUCKING FASCIST. What else would he like? Also, we have, "Trump to Michigan gov: 'I never forget' those who didn't endorse me" - which is a matter of personal rule, one of the hallmarks of authoritarianism in any form.

Now, in terms of associated insanity, we have a few stories. "Trump leaked classified CIA intel to Tucker Carlson on live TV: ranking House intel member." That's also neat. The "GCHQ denies White House claim that UK spy agency helped wiretap Trump," which is apparently fairly unusual? They don't normally comment? But this is too much. We also have "Intel chair pushes back on Trump 'literal vs. serious' debate, says President's tweets matter," and Wired weighs in with "Trump Can’t Quit His Wiretap Claims. That Won’t End Well."

"The sneaky way the Trump administration is chilling government oversight" belongs in here too, but honestly, I'm not sure where.

Immigration! Let's get that out of the way before destroying the environment and budgetary issues. "Vancouver-based metal band denied entry to U.S. for SXSW festival" is about the third band blocked by US border patrol for no apparent reason other than racist assholery. At least, that I know about. More critically, Detroit hospitals are in trouble, what with "Trump immigration policies kill work visas for specialized Canadian nurses."

Finally, to the budget! We have "This Is the Ending Conservatives Always Wanted," "Here's what Trump's budget proposes to cut" (everything that isn't a massive military buildup isn't too far off), and "Trump’s Budget Would Kill a Program That Feeds 2.4 Million Senior Citizens." Lots of research being cut - "UW, Fred Hutch slam Trump’s proposed budget, calling it ‘major step backward’ and ‘indefensible’." That won't stop the rightists from supporting it, of course. The politically interesting bit, I think, is how "Trump has promised big spending on infrastructure. His budget cuts it" - Bannon's plan has been from the start to deficit-spend his way to popularity via a massive infrastructure plan, and to do so right out the gate. Instead, we have opposite. Is this a defeat, or a delay, for Bannon this front, and have they just decided it's better to go straight to a war? No way of knowing.

The axe is falling particularly hard on EPA, since this whole busload of literal, actual fascists all hate the world anyway, I guess. "Trump budget chief on climate change: 'We consider that to be a waste of your money'" (even as "Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge" but one of the hallmarks of this is that nothing has to make sense), and "Republican senator thinks EPA cuts will keep the agency from ‘brainwashing our kids’." Perhaps that should't been up in "associated insanity." In terms of resistance, we have, "Blue states rush to block Trump’s emissions rollback." Good luck.

Overall, the word is, "Scientists urge moving to China or Germany over Trump budget: ‘Your future is brighter elsewhere’." The US is looking at a massive brain drain.

Which is, let's be honest, just fine with the fascists.

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