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  1. Apr 2019
    1. I would guess that what happened is that over time Nixon’s attacks came to seem shopworn and thin. Defending him became more of a burden than the cost of abandoning him.

      This suggests that focusing on Trump's thin-skinned constant "poor me, I'm the most victimized POTUS ever" may help to reveal how tiresome it is.

  2. Feb 2018
    1. lie with impunity,

      There's that word I keep looking for. It means that he has no fear of being called out or facing consequences. We must make him face the consequences. Lying to the FBI would be a start.

  3. Oct 2017
    1. stress-inducing focus on end products

      Our social work education accrediting organization fetishizes competencies, thereby inducing stress in instructors, which then gets passed along to the students. I use hypothes.is extensively and can directly observe the students transition from coping to engagement.

  4. Aug 2017
    1. all social workers work at DHS and not all DHS workers and social workers

      What an ignoramous but I'm not surprised.

    1. help students find their voice and use it to communicate their thoughts and ideas

      This is my number one goal as a teacher.

    1. Then he whored for his Virginia winery on the way out the door

      This was his response to questions about whether he had talked with Heather Heyer's mom and visiting CVille. Asked if we knew he had a house in CVille. Disgusting!

  5. May 2017
    1. Russia could use that detail to help identify the U.S. ally or intelligence capability involved. Officials said the capability could be useful for other purposes, possibly providing intelligence on Russia’s presence in Syria. Moscow would be keenly interested in identifying that source and perhaps disrupting it.

      This shows how dangerous Trump is to our national security.

    2. Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.

      Seems to be a very serious threat to a source. Does this constitute treason?

    3. Trump seemed to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president said, according to an official with knowledge of the exchange.

      Consistent with his narcissism and grandiosity but also with his pathological insecurity.

    1. There was "something wrong with" Mr. Comey

      This is a Trump tell. He projects his crazy onto others.

    2. teaching the president* the secret to talking to the portraits in the hall

      This is what Nixon did.

    1. We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world.

      Not true! Well below the average.

    2. I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.

      Thinks he invented the term.

    3. Asked to flesh out his vision for a fair NAFTA in more detail, he can only come up with synonyms for “big”

      Can't answer the question. Reverts to general simple words. Reagan would refer to familiar objects as "Things"

    4. tries and fails to think of the word “reciprocity.” (“We need reciprocality

      Inability to recall or correctly pronounce a word is a sign of cognitive decline/dementia.

  6. Apr 2017
    1. I give students the option of using a pseudonym so that their digital work for my courses is not linked to their larger digital footprint.


    1. ‘Relational citizenship: Supporting embodied selfhood and relationality in dementia care’ develop this line of thinking by explicitly arguing for a notion of ‘embodied selfhood’.

      Useful term but need a similar term for this in interpersonal relationships other than the professional/client/patient situation.

    2. importance of the construction of personhood in relation to dementia

      Important too for family and other close relationships.

    3. fears have not diminished and may have prompted calls and means for voluntary euthanasia. This process appears to have occurred in parallel with what has been described as the ‘Alzheimerisation of ageing’. Reinforced by media reports of ‘institutional abuse’ in nursing homes, the intensified search for ‘a cure’, and the dire predictions of demographic apocalypse. The Alzheimerisation of ageing seems to contribute to the propagation of an associated and potentially negative ‘neuro-culture’ spread across the whole of society (Williams, Higgs & Katz, 2012).

      Dementia and old age as part of negative neuro-culture'

  7. Mar 2017
  8. Feb 2017
    1. mental and psychological health.

      His vocabulary is severely impoverished. With constant repetition of simple meaningless words, e.g., very, very, very, great, great, great. Much of what he said at the presser with PM Abe was senseless blather. He's covering up for a serious cognitive deficit.

    1. mentally healthy president

      Malignant narcissism, cognitive impairment, no self-observing ego, no conscience, paranoia, hypomania. A mix of character disorder (which is set young and untreatable), organic brain disease, and mix of mental illnesses. Only the latter will lead to a breakdown.

  9. Dec 2016
    1. only cares about himself and those he views as extensions of himself,

      He sees himself mirrored in those he supposedly admires. It's not that he "sees" them. He sees a copy (his preferred version) of himself. His appointment of "Mad Dog" Mattis is a case in point. He sees himself in him.

    2. I’ve unfortunately had a great deal of experience with it

      I have as well. Both were my "bosses" in higher ed administration, one recently. It takes a certain amount of narcissism to seek powerful positions but "healthy" narcissism can help the leader when challenged. Malignant narcissism in a POTUS drives actions that will harm the country.

    3. narcissistic personality disorder.

      His is particularly malignant, and therefore likely to inflict serious harm.

  10. Nov 2016
    1. I think that I would create new beats. The language beat, language watch. Understand that normal is going to drift and shift and all sorts of things are about to happen and part of our job is to notice and document how it's happening. We may not be able to influence the course of events, but our job is to at least be able to tell the story."

      Yes, Let's do it!

    1. And then the meeting continues without anyone blinking and saying, excuse me sir, nothing you just said makes any sense.

      I imagine them staring with their mouths hung open.

    2. goes completely off the rails

      Distraction to hold the audience and avoid having to talk any substance.

    3. tremendous

      Repetition of this inept term repeated 4 times. Also could be sign of cognitive decline. There is research on early changes in an author's writings, e.g., Agatha Christie & Iris Murdoch who developed AD much later. He has similar patterns of thought and speech.

    4. Washington Post was bad, but every once in a while I’d actually get a good article

      "good" "bad" rough' Simplisitic language--maybe 7th grade level?

    5. I’ve been treated very rough

      Wants audience to do the emotional work of feeling sorry for him.

    6. trying to make sense of his train of thought.

      Yes, he expects others to do the work of trying to understand him. Unfortunately intelligent people used to working with complex ideas will tend to try to make sense of him.

    7. Trump’s stunning lack of mental competence

      I do a lot of reading and writing about Alzheimer's and related disorders and I'm not sure if he is in the early stages or he is so severely character disordered that he cannot concentrate or think coherently. The latter is a lifelong condition that would explain lack of intellect.

    1. Imagine if Instructure, Dropbox, and Google hired more rogue humanities scholars. Imagine if we trained students of digital media and culture not just to criticize but to intervene in the development of emergent technologies.

      I could suggest some.

  11. Sep 2016
    1. He looks like a pumpkin having a nervous breakdown, talks like the words are being fired out of his mouth by a tennis ball launcher and has the general manner of an arrogant televangelist suspected of murder by Columbo. His approach to public speaking? “If in doubt, switch to your internal monologue.”

      Preach brother!

    2. His core demographic? Possibly men whose holiday destinations would significantly overlap with a list of missing women.

      Too funny!

  12. Aug 2016