Senior intelligence official told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected – The Washington Post

The analysis infuriated the president and cost the official’s boss, Joseph Maguire, a shot at becoming the permanent director of national intelligence, according to people familiar with the matter.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/

Trump has mental health issues, especially with paranoid narcissism. His choice of rejecting anyone who disagrees with him or who gets more public attention than he does, is hallmark of this condition. His greatest fear is lack of attention, positive or negative.

Wilson-Raybould blasts Trudeau and offers four proposals to help resolve the Wet’suwet’en blockades crisis | The Star

It was nearly midnight Tuesday in the last hour of an emergency debate on the Wet’suwet’en blockades crisis when Jody Wilson-Raybould stood in the Commons, blasted the Trudeau government for “punting” the hard work of resetting Indigenous relations, and laid out four proposals to ease tensions.
— Read on www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/02/19/wilson-raybould-blasts-trudeau-and-offers-four-proposals-to-help-resolve-the-wetsuweten-blockades-crisis.html

Go Jody!

Attorney General Wiliam Barr considering resigning if the president keeps tweeting – The Washington Post

The attorney general has communicated his posture to people inside and outside the White House, officials say, though it is unclear what he has told President Trump directly.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raises-possibility-of-suing-those-involved-in-prosecuting-roger-stone/2020/02/18/238279fc-5250-11ea-9e47-59804be1dcfb_story.html

Trump is not a negotiator, so this should be easily decided.

Study: Lack of tolerance, institutional confidence threaten democracies

Study: Lack of tolerance, institutional confidence threaten democracies
— Read on phys.org/news/2019-12-lack-tolerance-confidence-threaten-democracies.html

This has absolute implications for what is particularly happening in the US under Donald Trump’s regime. Autocratic edicts, extreme rightist tolerance, increased racism and sexism, regressive healthcare policies, and protectionist economics spell the decline in democracy. Having a sociopathic paranoid narcissist leader doesn’t help democratic values to prevail.

Spaceship Earth: the Best Metaphor

When I came to this realization only a few years ago, that humanity is, in effect, inhabiting, changing, and steering this collective spaceship, I saw everything more soberly and clearly. We are, without a doubt, now totally connected to each other and dependent on each other to act favourably towards all species, the environment, and our physical and mental health.

Consider the starship Enterprise only multiply its size by 25 billion times. Add about 6 billion more crew members including 300 Captains with their own advisory bodies, and 900,000 nuclear weapons. Plus enough land, water and air to sustain the crew for an indefinite amount of time. There you have it. Spaceship Earth.

So far, our travel trajectory is fixed at circular, and leaving the ship is expensive, risky, and distance limited. Not all the crew get along with each other, with serious skirmishes breaking out occasionally, some lasting for years. And our average on-board birth rate is too high, too many of us have extensive illnesses and/or live in poverty, our biosphere is degenerating while heating up the ship, our sprinkler/cooler systems and our ambient air and thermostats are operating erratically. Plus our insect and animal friends have food and other survival issues.

Once a person adopts this perspective, his/her values and behaviour may change towards being more inclusive of the human condition and more engaged in propelling Spaceship Earth in the right direction. Time will tell.

Will Married Men Be Allowed Into Priesthood? – Pope Decides Wednesday — Atlantic Post

Pope Francis is expected to decide on Wednesday whether to make a limited exception to the celibacy rule for priests, one of the most controversial issues in the Catholic Church today.

Noon Wednesday: The Pope has decided to maintain the status quo. Too bad.

via Will Married Men Be Allowed Into Priesthood? – Pope Decides Wednesday — Atlantic Post

The Dangerous Idea at the Heart of Trump’s Acquittal | Time

With the end of Trump’s impeachment, we are moving towards a democracy driven by the market, not the rule of law, writes Philip Bobbitt.
— Read on time.com/5778762/people-decide-explains-trumps-acquittal/

An eloquent legal summary of negative changes in the US government that further divides the country. Sad indeed.

Senate set to acquit Trump next week after bid for witnesses in impeachment trial is defeated – The Washington Post

Soon the questions surrounding Trump’s actions toward Ukraine will move from the Senate floor to the campaign trail, where voters instead of lawmakers will weigh the evidence in the heat of the 2020 presidential election.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-set-to-acquit-trump-next-week-after-bid-for-witnesses-in-impeachment-trial-is-defeated/2020/01/31/e78d6dc8-4447-11ea-aa6a-083d01b3ed18_story.html

A major turning point in American political history. For the worse. Closing arguments have to be compelling in order to rid the country of a clown narcissist president.