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Donald Trump: A clear and present danger

If Hillary Clinton win the election, there will be violence.

Donald Trump made that very clear tonight, effectively threatening putsch if Clinton wins, telling Americans that the election is rigged, and that he may not accept the results should Clinton win:

“I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”

Those words are a clear signal to his most rabid followers, the Klansmen, the Nazis, the militias, and the sundry, sordid collection of wingnuts who respond so vehemently to Trump’s over racism and religious bigotry.

The Secret Service must be in a state of agitation and horror, confronting the very real possibility that some of Trump’s most vicious acolytes might reach for their guns and pipe bombs and mobilize to take out a Democratic President they see as a usurper.

From the Associated Press, the key moment of tonight’s debate:

Trump Won’t Say If He’ll Accept Election Result

Program note:

Donald Trump is again refusing to promise that he’d accept defeat on Nov. 8 if Americans choose Hillary Clinton as the 45th president.

Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to whatever shambles are left of the American democratic system.

And now for something completely different. . .

Really, really different. . . and featuring William S. Burroughs, Yoko Ono, Salvador Dali, Ayn Rand, James Joyce, Cthulhu, John F. Kennedy, and many, many more.

Yep, it’s another of those brilliant animations from the National Film Board of Canada, dramatically and delightfully depicting an everyday dilemma.

Click on that gear wheel to ramp it up to the highest resolution you screen will afford and click off that “Annotations” slider to get the full, mind-blowing impact:

Subconscious Password

Program notes:

In this short animation, Oscar-winning director Chris Landreth uses a common social gaffe—forgetting somebody’s name—as the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious.

Directed Chris Landreth – 2013|10 min

The election’s rigged, says Trump, and many agree

The story and the numbers from The Independent:

As Donald Trump insists that the election will be rigged, a significant portion of voters are convinced that the White House will be “stolen” from the Republican candidate.

According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, 41 per cent of registered voters believe that Mr Trump could lose the election as a result of widespread voter fraud. The results of the poll fell along party lines as 73 per cent of Republicans and 17 per cent of Democrats believed in such an outcome.

Mr Trump has been unrelenting in his indictment of the electoral process since his campaign descended into a freefall after the release of tapes that captured him bragging about sexual assault in 2005. The tapes worsened a campaign already dwindling from the New York businessman’s lacklustre debate performances.


“The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect Hillary Clinton president,” Mr Trump said at a campaign stop in Bangor, Maine, on Saturday. “We are going to stop it. We are not going to back down.”

And at least one celebrity agrees

That would be Stephen Colbert, who gave his explanation of the conspiracy last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

One Diagram Explains Every Conspiracy Against Donald Trump

Program note:

Stephen brings out the chalkboard to illustrate the multiple connected conspiracies swirling around Donald Trump’s campaign.

Trump is [partly] right: The game really is rigged

But contrary to what The Donald declares, the game is rigged in his favor, as a Pulitzer-winning journalist explains to fellow Pulitzer-winner Chris Hedges in the latest edition of the latter’s series for RT America:

On Contact: A Tax System Rigged for the Rich with David Cay Johnston

Program notes:

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with David Cay Johnson, author of “The Making of Donald Trump” to examine how the Republican presidential nominee and the rich are benefiting from a rigged tax system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil further explores how the U.S. tax code has been rewritten to benefit the wealthy.

Res ipsa loquitur; Trump & Invanka give the answer

From The Howard Stern Show,2006

It’s a red letter day for American pop culture icons

Dy;lsn wins the Big One

Three stories from BBC News, starting with the big one:

US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award.

The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

The balladeer, artist and actor is the first American to win since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993.

His songs include Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They are A-Changin’.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said Dylan had been chosen because he was “a great poet in the English speaking tradition”.

And what’s a Dylan piece without a song?:

Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin’ 1964

Wonder Woman lassos a United Nations honor

Yep, this time the nod goes to a comic book character and comes with corporate sponsorship.

From BBC News:

The United Nations (UN) is to name comic book character Wonder Woman as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls.

The UN said the character will be formally sworn in at a ceremony on 21 October at its New York headquarters. DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson will accept the role for her company’s comic book, TV and film character.

The event will also launch the UN’s campaign for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It is being sponsored by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment who are supporting the UN and Unicef’s year-long campaign.

The United nations honor comes just two weeks after the fictional character came out of her equally fictional closet.

From BBC News again:

DC Comic writer Greg Rucka says Wonder Woman “must be queer” and has had relationships with other women.

In an interview with Comicosity he defined queer as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender”.

In the comic books, Wonder Woman is known as Diana, a warrior princess of the Amazons.

Hillary Clinton, the bankster’s and frackster’s BFF

We’ve characterized Campaign 2016 as a contest between the Despicable [Donald Trump] and the Deplorable [Hillary Clinton].

Events of recent days have done nothing to change our opinion and everything to confirm it, most notably the leaked Trump tape and the massive cache of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails handed over to Wikileaks.

Today’s we focus on the massive Clinton documents, confirmation that Trump’s got one thing exactly right: She really is Lying Hillary, campaigning as a candidate who favors strong financial regulation and opposes fracking, while privately telling industry folks she opposes the former and favors the latter.

From Democracy Now!:

Leaked Hillary Clinton Emails: Could Bernie Sanders Have Won Primary If Leak Occurred Earlier?

From the transcript:

LEE FANG: These emails are very interesting. They provide a window into Clinton and her experiences, certainly her speeches. I don’t believe that there are any huge bombshells, that this will change the course of the general election. Maybe if these emails came out earlier in the year, during the Democratic primary, that could have maybe changed history. But this won’t change the course of the general election.

That being said, the emails really show, including the transcripts, that Hillary Clinton is far more conservative, far more business-friendly, when she’s speaking with aides, when she’s giving speeches to these Wall Street banks. Also, the emails show that Clinton’s inner circle is filled with wealthy people, Wall Street types, Washington insiders, that are kind of part of a—what you might call a Washington bubble. They are very quick to attack and show a lot of contempt for anyone that they perceive on their political left, whether that’s activists or certain journalists. So, you know, these are interesting emails, but for folks who have followed Hillary Clinton’s tenure in government, they aren’t particularly surprising. They certainly fit a larger pattern.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Lee, they do reveal that, especially with Wall Street firms or commercial interests, that they expect to be able to be heard, given the money that they contribute. They also show, though, some of the major labor unions in the country also seeking to get heard because of their donations, as well, to the Clinton campaign, don’t they?

LEE FANG: Yeah, that’s right. You know, I think the Dodd-Frank comments are really interesting, the ones you just highlighted. You know, on the campaign trail, as she competed with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton embraced Dodd-Frank, the big financial reform law passed by President Obama, called it a great law that she will defend. She was very proud of it. But, you know, speaking to bankers, she showed a contempt for the law. She sympathized with bankers who were opposed to this law, basically made the argument that it was only passed because of politics, that, you know, after the financial crisis of 2008, Democrats had to do something, and so they had to pass this. And she mentioned to Goldman Sachs in some of these paid speeches that she sees the financial sector, folks who work on Wall Street, that they know how to make the rules better than those in Washington. So it’s a stark contrast.