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    I've written about this before, but as George Lakoff says, Trump knows exactly what he is doing to control our brains. From Lakoff's interview in AlterNet:

    "Tump is very, very smart. Trump for 50 years has learned how to use people’s brains against them. That’s what master salesmen do. There’s a certain set of things they do. The first is repeat. Advertisers know this. You turn on your TV, and the same ad comes on over and over and over. The effect on the brain of repetition is that when you hear something it’s understood through the neural circuitry in your brain; it has to become activated. The more it’s repeated, the more that circuitry is activated, and every time it’s activated the synaptic connections become stronger. What that means when they become stronger is two things happen. One, they’re more likely to fire — it’s easier to get those ideas out there if they’re firing — and two, if you hear them often enough they become part of what’s fixed in your brain. They become part of what you naturally understand, and you can only understand what your brain allows you to understand.

    "Repetition is a way of changing people’s brains. What Trump was doing all through the nomination campaign was that every day he managed to get on TV, and he would repeat different things that activated the same moral framework, and it really worked. In addition you have particular frames that were repeated: “Crooked Hillary,” “crooked Hillary,” “crooked Hillary,” over and over. There wasn’t anything Hillary did that was crooked. But he kept saying it until people believed it. And they believed it because it was heard enough times to strengthen the neural circuitry in their brains. It wasn’t just stupidity. It’s simply the way brains work."

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    Trump is a master con artist and what he doing now with the Mueller investigation is raising doubts about the objectiveness of the FBI. And he's saying it again and again until the media and the masses of people start accepting it. Once you "change people's brains" about the truthfulness and integrity of the FBI, then you are on course to clean house and shutdown the investigation or raise doubts about any findings.

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    Looking at all the replies; it does not make sense to even discuss this. Mueller won't do or say something until it is needed. So we all can make assumptions, which is of course fun, but does not go anywhere.

    For sure it is quite simple that Trump and his sweet family are absolutely not suited to run a country like this. Especially if his son in law is deep in debt and had to get loans via the White House of more than 385 million. Furthermore if they are ripping of the Trump signs of his Trump tower in Panama, that should indicate something.

    The Dutch Zembla report is very clear about the Trump's family and their business; so something smells badly. Thus let Mueller do his work even if it may take a couple of years. I bet the end result will be astonishing! That is what you get, when you let the "mob" take over the White House, because of our "great" non-vetting of Presidents before they run. What Mueller is doing should have been done before the election, but yeah, in this country they rather start at "z" instead of "a".

    Keep it up America!

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    Ray, You filled out the profile questions satisfactorily. Your point of questioning the process makes me want to ask how the weather is in Moscow. Back handed comments still reach the same destinations.

    Hoping you have a great day.

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    TJ -- Great response. Thumbs Up
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    lol

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    "Collusion" is now proven; the data mining scam on Facebook had the involvement of the Mercers as well Bannon; "Cambridge Analitica" was just used to cover the scam. Indeed the Trump organization was fully involved to "weaponize" the "mined" data to infiltrate Facebook. Facebook got hammered on the stock market because of it.

    Thus Mueller, here is the evidence of "collusion" since also the Russians were involved to place "fake" news on Facebook likely with the help of US located persons; thus must have known of all of this. I doubt if this was only an individual US effort.

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    Ray Pooch Wrote:
    wwjd Wrote:
    Ray Pooch Wrote:
    Or maybe Trump is an impulsive blowhard with a runaway Twitter account and the discretion of an open sewer, impetuously broadcasting whatever tiny thoughts pass beneath his immaculate comb-over. And maybe this is also the simplest explanation for his unwise Tweets on Robert Mueller, James Comey and, for that matter, every single other topic.

    Sure, I can accept that as one possibility.

    Would you accept it as the most likely possibility? After all, we *know* that Trump is ordinarily an overblown, melodramatic, thoughtless, irresponsible and reckless Tweeter. So if we can explain his Tweets re Mueller as more of the same, why speculate further?

    It very possible that some or most of his tweets could be exactly as you describe, and about 100 million people actually believe that every single word he says is true. They don't question any of it. They believe he never lies, has not done anything wrong, and is completely innocent of everything.... trump understands this about his base, so he maybe doing exactly as you suggest, he also knows the tweets are very effective at misleading people who trust him. Its not an political differences of what should be done, its what in his personal best interest. He embraces them because they give him power, if they didn't provide that to him, he'd sell them out without a second thought.

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    TJ Wrote:

    Ray, You filled out the profile questions satisfactorily. Your point of questioning the process makes me want to ask how the weather is in Moscow.

    Next time you're all alone, stand in front of the bathroom mirror and say, "One is the hour at Trump tower... Two is the hour at Trump tower... Three is the hour at Trump tower...." When you reach twelve Putin will appear behind you.

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    Dockadams Wrote:

    I'll add my two cents here on what some see as a trump witch hunt.

    Michael Flynn lied to the FBI.

    Manafort admitted lying to the FBI.

    Popodopoulous admitted lying to the FBI.

    Wasn't that Flynn and Popadopoulos's only crime? If so, then they were entirely innocent until they heard the knock of the secret police.

    In other news, I'm beginning to think liberals ain't what they used to be.

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    Dutch Wrote:

    "Collusion" is now proven; the data mining scam on Facebook had the involvement of the Mercers as well Bannon; "Cambridge Analitica" was just used to cover the scam. Indeed the Trump organization was fully involved to "weaponize" the "mined" data to infiltrate Facebook. Facebook got hammered on the stock market because of it.

    It's all a bit Kevin Bacon.

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    Ray Pooch Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote:

    "Collusion" is now proven; the data mining scam on Facebook had the involvement of the Mercers as well Bannon; "Cambridge Analitica" was just used to cover the scam. Indeed the Trump organization was fully involved to "weaponize" the "mined" data to infiltrate Facebook. Facebook got hammered on the stock market because of it.

    It's all a bit Kevin Bacon.

    Denial.
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    Ray Pooch, none of this would have materialized except for the accident of Trump becoming a candidate . He wanted no more than to be a candidate to improve his brand. He did absolutely nothing in the beginning to win. As his position improved he continued to play at it. Then he won and now he is mocking the responsibility. One way or another he will eventually dematerialize.
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    Ray Pooch Wrote:
    Dockadams Wrote:

    I'll add my two cents here on what some see as a trump witch hunt.

    Michael Flynn lied to the FBI.

    Manafort admitted lying to the FBI.

    Popodopoulous admitted lying to the FBI.

    Wasn't that Flynn and Popadopoulos's only crime? If so, then they were entirely innocent until they heard the knock of the secret police.

    In other news, I'm beginning to think liberals ain't what they used to be.

    Well, only crime is lying is called perjury, which in and of itself is a crime. Now, lying to the FBI is a different story, that is a Federal Crime:

    fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-808.pdf

    You're driving down the highway, there's a cop right behind you, you toss out a bag of Jamaican red bud because you think the cop is going to pull you over. As it turns out, the cop stops and picks up your red bud and drives off without stopping you. Later you see the same cop in a truck stop, you walk up to him and say, hey man, I saw you pick up my bag of red bud I threw out of my window when you were following me. The cop says to you: I wasn't following you, what red bud? Now, that's a typical liberal for ya.

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    Ray Pooch Wrote: Wasn't that Flynn and Popadopoulos's only crime? If so, then they were entirely innocent until they heard the knock of the secret police.

    It's the crime they pleaded guilty to. That's different than being their only crime.

    We don't know what their other crimes may or may not be because they pleaded guilty and are now cooperating with the Special Counsel. Lying to the FBI may be it, but I doubt it - especially when it comes to Flynn.

    Gates is another story because he actually pleaded guilty to conspiracy.


    Here's my thing - how would Republicans be reacting if Hillary Clinton won the election and we later found out that she and her minions coordinated with the Russian Federation to wage an information warfare campaign with the intention to tilt a Presidential election?

    Congressional Republicans and Fox "News" would be having a full blown meltdown, but since Donald (potentially) coordinated with the Russians to help him win then "there's nothing to see here, folks."

    I don't understand why you are so opposed to letting the Special Counsel conduct its investigation and report their findings to the American people. Maybe they find nothing (although they have already indicted dozens of people including many Russian nationals) or maybe they do find something and expose a massive conspiracy to hijack American democracy. Or maybe they find something in between.

    What I can't get over is that if Donald has nothing to hide then he shouldn't be so concerned about this investigation. "A cornered rat will bite the cat."

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    Dockadams Wrote:

    Well, only crime is lying is called perjury, which in and of itself is a crime.

    Just to be clear, perjury is lying under oath, after you have been summoned to the court room, had opportunity to consult counsel, and ample time to prepare your testimony. You can be charged with lying to the FBI even if they show up on your doorstep and don't even tell you they're the feds. It's a crime that has raised numerous objections on the basis that it is a threat to one's civil rights. When we're not desperately abandoning our principles in order to bring down the current President, it's the kind of authoritarian law we liberals protest.

    corporate.findlaw.com/litigation-disput...