Regarding Trump - Did a very big lie just happen?
Also - Snowden on the Joe Rogan show.
“Something very big has just happened!” Trump tweeted.
Wikipedia has already written it up and I can't believe I waited at least 20 minutes to hear what Trump had to say on CSPAN.
If you want to see it, go ahead, but he's very hard to watch, and he used the word "we" so often, you'd think he had been there in that tunnel himself.
What this boils down to is that "terrorists" should take note: the US will finance your activities as long as they make America look great. When a Nobel prize is needed more than you, you're toast, and then, compared to you, we'll look like collossi and not just because we need to lose some weight.
It's appears all too clear that Trump needs to boost his image so-o-o bad that he's practically taking credit for the whole operation. "We" this and "we" that. Is this the style now of US Presidents, to make a surprising announcement (Obama: YouTube) of how they have eliminated bad guys on the eve of their final weeks in office, or when they are really, really close to being impeached?
"From the first day I came to office," Trump boasted, he had been asking "where's Baghdadi".
I feel a bit sorry for him, actually. His body language and facial expression suggest a massive inferiority complex. Especially his "so there" pout, where he pushes out his bottom lip. It's also very important for Trump to repeat over and over again that the guy was "crying, whimpering and screaming" and was so evil that he "brought his 3 kids with him" to die a horrible death.
Looks like Trump wrote the script himself. Except the part where he didn't say, "We can now cut Baghdadi off the US payroll."
And then he goes on to blurt out the ultimate aim of the whole Middle East operation, the very thing we've accused him of all along. His motto has been revealed: "Keep the oil".
Moving on: Joe Rogan interview of Edward Snowden (YouTube)
I guess I'll have to read Snowden's book again, because I don't recall significant comments on conspiracy theorists or climate, and I think I would have tweaked if they had been there in the same way that they were in the media book reviews, although I might have nodded off occasionally -- but at the most significant parts?
Too bad Snowden, in the podcast, doesn't quote chapter and page; very too bad that there is no keyword index at the back of the book. I've read the whole thing and those are issues I would have noted had they been addressed. In fact, I placed a number of little coloured stickies at paragraphs I wanted to return to, and there are none pointing to "climate change", for instance. Could have missed it, I suppose, but if I did, it must have been a very cursory mention.
The media are saying that Snowden denies that "aliens" are real. He insists he would have known about them because of having seen so much computer data. But at other times, he does make clear that the various spy agencies are competitive and have secrets from one another.
It would have been nice if he had told us exactly what is the true function of Area 51.
The book itself is nicely written; conversational, personal, easy to read. But if you watch rather than just listen to the Joe Rogan podcast, you'll see that Snowden is a very tightly-wound individual. He talks excessively with his hands and has a slew of tells, mannerisms, like touching his nose and his chin.
From Psychology and Neuroscience on StackExchange:
This does seem overly critical or nit-picking, but how else can we possibly get a hint of whether or not media personalities (which is what Snowden has become) are telling the truth?
Here's an article that states flat-out that Snowden is a Russian accomplice, and I'm sure there are many more like it out there. But then, so is Trump, eh? I guess I am too, because I'm more afraid of where the West is headed than I am of the Ruskies, or the Chinese or Korea, for that matter.
It's easy to see that, although Snowden attempts to appear humble and speaks softly, he is actually rather conceited. He makes a show of dressing down for public appearances, yet sports a designer beard/moustache combo, and his hair is greased so that almost the exact same number of strands fall back down over his forehead after he boyishly pushes them back.
Both of these guys, Trump and Snowden, would be more credible (to me at least) if they could learn to unlax, or if they stuck to writing books - preferably with end notes - and doing voice-only recordings.
Well, maybe not Trump.
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