The real donald trump
opinion Alicia Shepard Opinion contributor Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 President Donald Trump can be infuriating. Whether you love or hate him, few would disagree he’s brilliant at getting under people’s skin. He’s like the sibling who knows exactly how to push your buttons and makes you do something you instantly regret. The latest casualty of Trump-baiting is two journalists who couldn’t help themselves — even though they know better — from lashing out at the president after five staffers at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis were killed in their newsroom last month. Trump is a master at baiting any one person or group he thinks gets in his way by using dismissive name calling that invariably sticks. And he has a particular fondness for attacking the media. Nicknames for rivals The president’s knack for nasty nicknames got national attention during the 2016 primary when he came up with … [Read more...] about For the press, Donald Trump is that annoying sibling who knows how to press our buttons
I take it we all know what a kakistocracy is by now? In case you don’t, let me fill you in. A kakistocracy is a system of government run by the least qualified, most unscrupulous candidates possible. The key features of people willing to get ahead in a kakistocracy are amorality and complete loyalty to those higher up. It quite literally means leadership by the worst people imaginable. Look at Nazi Germany, for instance. After a few years, certainly by the late 1930s, it became clear that to work for Hitler you had to be one of two things: a completely twisted lunatic or so ambitious, scheming and desperate for power that you’d overlook anything to get there. (Obviously these two can be combined. You can be a twisted lunatic who is also ambitious, scheming and desperate for power.) By the end, Hitler was surrounded only by idiots or fanatical loyalists and the Nazi kakistocracy lasted little more than a decade. Stalin’s kakistocracy in Russia fared much better. He … [Read more...] about Hitler and Stalin offer insights into the way Donald Trump and Theresa May rule
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepared for his appearance before Congress this week, he is unlikely to have anticipated facing so many questions about Diamond and Silk. The Silicon Valley giant - quizzed by members of the House Commerce Committee over his company's role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and the social network's vulnerability to exploitation - was asked repeatedly about the Republican commentators and accused of banning their videos for political ends. "Why is Facebook censoring conservative bloggers such as Diamond and Silk? Facebook called them 'unsafe' to the community. That is ludicrous. They hold conservative views. That isn’t unsafe," said Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, reading aloud a message from a constituent. Read more Fact-checking some of Zuckerberg's strangest claims to US politicians Mr Zuckerberg responded by explaining that, "in that specific case, our team made an … [Read more...] about Diamond and Silk: Who are the Donald Trump super-fans and why are they angry with Facebook?
Donald Trump's peculiar and elaborate hairstyle has been commented on for years, since way before he became the 45th President of the United States. Many have suggested that the solid barnet is in fact a wig, while others have said if he does wear a wig he can probably afford a better looking one. For his part, Trump has always insisted his do is natural, tweeting in April 2013: "As everybody knows, but the haters & losers refuse to acknowledge, I do not wear a “wig.” My hair may not be perfect but it’s mine." But he is also pretty touchy when it comes to comments about it, snapping in 2012: "@BetteMidler talks about my hair but I'm not allowed to talk about her ugly face or body --- so I won't. Is this a double standard?". But it seems there's more at work than a brush and an industrial-sized can of fixing spray. There's also drugs, surgery and a supermarket hair dye involved too. Here's all the mechanics behind the infamous hairstyle. Read More Donald Trump … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s hair secrets revealed