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Halfway through the video. I'm starting to panic. My world is crumbling, I can't find solid ground. Or is it my mind? Is this how Alzheimer's feels?

Stopped the video. Turns out, it was her.

    You know because of a couple of them said, "He didn't call them a currency manipulator." Well, for two reasons. Number One, he's not, since my time. You know, very specific formula. You would think it's like generalities, it's not. They have — they've actually — their currency's gone up. So it's a very, very specific formula. And I said, "How badly have they been," ... they said, "Since you got to office they have not manipulated their currency." That's Number One, but much more important, they are working with us on North Korea. Now maybe that'll work out or maybe it won't. Can you imagine? ...

Well that's... reassuring?

It's painful to read this interview. Trump knows how to bully people by talking relentless nonsense.

The other day some random guy came up to me and started talking about how he had been on a team that invented the microcomputer. And about some secret satellites that he claimed to know by name, because he worked on some tech around their launch. I was thinking "maybe he's crazy, or maybe there's a grain of truth in it, or maybe he's a smart guy who has fallen on hard times." I didn't want to dismiss him out of hand. Talking to him for a few minutes I felt like some of the things he said were maybe true, others were elaborations, others were invented. But I couldn't quite tell which was which. So I felt at a disadvantage because I couldn't really give an honest response to anything. In the circumstances you're not an equal participant. You smile and nod when you can, you try to keep listening, you're on guard for inadvertently nodding to something outrageous. You can't fact-check on the spot. You can't relate any of the conversation to anything that exists in your world. If you try, he takes your point and runs with it right back into his jungle of confusingness. I guess that's what they call "gaslighting". So I get the same feeling off Trump as I did off this guy, except with the addition of feeling bullied. The guy I met wasn't malicious as far as I could tell, just in a world slightly more of his own making than usual. But at some level Trump knows what he's doing; however unconsciously, this is strategic for him - it's a weaponized form of rambling nonsense, from a guy who's now in charge of everything.

    I’ve been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine.

Until now I hadn't even thought to imagine. I want my old life back.

    One of the investors said they were frustrated with how the company didn’t deliver on the original pitch and that their venture firm wouldn’t have met with Evans if he were hawking bags of juice that didn’t require high-priced hardware.

They simply need to put a hard, unsqueezable cartridge around the juice bag, equip the cartridge with DRM to make sure no-one uses third-party juice, build the squeezing mechanism into the cartridge instead of the main machine, add a chip that disables the cartridge if it's decoupled from the inner bag or the bag is refilled, and build in a small pouch of indelibly dyed bittering agent that gets injected into the juice if tampering is suspected. Explain that it's "for the safety and security of all our customers," so terrorists can't pass off dangerous terror-juice as the real thing. Then repurpose the main machine as an interface to the cartridge's various encryption and protection chips plus a big green "go" button. Of course this will put the price of the cartridges up, but you can sell the machine for half the price to get people hooked. Heck, you can even throw in a free half-filled starter bag of freedom juice.

Fresh bagjuice for everyone, and happy venture capitalists too! Honestly, has this idiot never seen a printer?

And if he wants to be really modern he can sell juice squeezing as a subscription service. Without a valid licence and an active internet connection your fancy juice cartridges become mere fruitbricks.

Oh, and call it "Smart Juice". You're welcome.

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And if they all rotated slowly at different speeds and in opposite directions. How it would confuse attackers, and also everyone!

Yeah, I don't think we actually disagree about anything. Christianity, as you say, is a thing that was invented after Jesus (just as Buddhism is a thing that was invented after Buddha, Islam after Mohammed, Catholicism after Cathol, etc.). And it has taken multiple evolutionary pathways since (shortly after) Jesus's time, which is bound to happen. He may well be a sincere and faithful Christian, within a particular toxic species of Christianity. I just get shocked from time to time at how people can take a clear message of universal love and, over time, morph it into a self-serving club for assholes. Oh well. That's institutions for you, and we don't seem to be able to manege without them.

P.S. I always enjoy talking to you. Thanks!

I don't imagine JFC himself would recognize much of his teachings in this kind of Christianity. Indeed there are many Christians who wouldn't. (You know, there's that whole love, humility and compassion thing that seems to get overlooked in favour of "fuck thy neighbour".) The terminological point is unimportant but the difference in spirit between one end of Christianity (basically, Jesus F Christ) and the other (Erik F Prince) is huge.

He claims to be a follower of Jesus Fucking Christ. Now I'm not one to lecture people on how to practise their religion, but I will mildly suggest that he and Betsy might want to reflect on the question.

Trump is unable to get it into his head that NATO is not protection money paid by other countries to the USA. He thinks like a mobster. Which makes sense.

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