Today’s 4:20 break: Seth Meyers takes a peek at Herr Drumpfenfuhrer’s rise to power


Seth Meyers nailed it with his most recent look at the Drumpf “phenomenon.  All signs ahead look very dodgy.  His presentation below captures it all very well.

Although we can still laugh with him over the obvious absurdity that is the new Drumpf machine, I believe that Herr D represents a real threat to the continued stability of our country, and, yes, I honestly do not believe that I’m being the least bit hyperbolic as I make this admission to you.  This man (and his so-called “team”) are completely unprepared to effect a smooth transition of power.  IMHO, there is no “team” and what poses as one is a motley crew of incompetent, ideological, delusional boobs.  No one with any integrity and experience seems to want to join his so-called “team,” experienced security operatives are fleeing from his “team” as quickly as they could run and disgraced hawkish nutjobs from GW Beanbrain’s era are being welcomed to occupy top national security positions.

As I watched him “purge” his “transition” team and quickly bring on board the nation’s leading white supremacist, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi sympathizing nutbag in the country to a top advisory position, I had a small stroke.  The left side of my skull cracked just a wee bit and I felt small droplets seeping out.

When I learned that Herr D was requesting that his son-in-law, Jared, (and, why not for good measure, his kids as well), be granted “top secret security clearances,” I felt my heart enter into a strange arrhythmia.  It has not yet subsided.

Now we’re learning that he really doesn’t prefer living in the White House; he’d rather occupy his gold-lined throne at the top of Trump Tower, look down upon New York and the traffic jams his presence there created and just let his kids manage the White House.

I feel an aneurysm coming on.

Oh this is very bad.

But, on the side of realism, could we really have expected a different result?  Any answer to that rhetorical question other than a resounding NO! is disingenuous at best.  What results can one possibly expect to get after handing the keys to the asylum over to one of its most preeminent inmates?

For added enlightenment, consider visiting a recent piece by Jon Perr over at Crooks and Liars when you’ve finished watching Seth –> Congratulations Trump Voters: Here’s What You’ve Won  It’s superb.

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Today’s 4:20 break – John Oliver dissects Herr Drumpfenfuhrer


I’ve listened to and read the analysis of many great thinkers since Herr Drumpfenmeister declared victory on November 8, many of them lending great theories as to how and why roughly 50% the American electorate decided that it was wise of them to cast a vote, once again in their own worst interest, for a person who has promised to make a further mockery of our country’s most cherished democratic principles.  None of them have come even close to the analysis offered up by John Oliver.

I’m still weeping but John’s analysis has helped dry up some of the tears.

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group: 2PM TODAY at Cafe Phipps


Where: Cafe Phipps (1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

When: 2PM TODAY

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/233836430/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

The topic this month:

Women Leaders and Women’s Rights Within the Secular Movement

http://thehumanist.co…

Susan Jacoby: Dearth of Women in Secular Movement

For November we will focus our discussion on issues raised by Susan Jacoby in her remarks at the 2012 CFI Women in Secularism Conference. The links above are to an article based on her remarks and a video – the content is essentially the same.

The purpose of this group is to discuss and advance the work of women secular leaders. A reading or podcast will be selected each month and announced in advance on this page. If you don’t have time to read or hear it, you are still welcome, just know that we will discuss the chosen topic. Are men welcome? Yes. I am not comfortable with excluding anyone except for bad behavior. We have talked about safe spaces, and there may be a need for a woman-only safe space but I don’t have the skills to lead that type of group.

Pittsburgh – USA

Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group

Sunday, Nov 13, 2016, 2:00 PM

7 freethinkers Attending

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Drinking Skeptically: 11/18/2016 at


Where:

When: 11/18/2016

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/233436406/

Location to be announced….

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, atheists, humanists, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There is no specific topic. It is just an open discussion among fellow freethinkers about science, religion, skepticism, beer, dinner, life and leisure. Both teetotalers and those who imbibe moderately are equally welcomed. We generally meet the third or fourth Friday of each month, skipping August and December. 

We start gathering at 7 pm, but latecomers are more than welcome. Hope to see you on Friday night!

Friday, November 18 at 7:00 PM

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Drinking Skeptically

Friday, Nov 18, 2016, 7:00 PM

3 Skeptics Attending

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ACT! on OPENLY SECULAR DAY – TELL 1 PERSON!: 11/15/2016 at


Where:

When: 11/15/2016

RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/235511862/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

https://openlysecular…
Visit the website of the Openly Secular initiative of CFI/ Dawkins. Make a pledge, host a celebration, get tips on how to tell someone in your life, or a complete stranger.
Make a difference!

Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 AM

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ACT! on OPENLY SECULAR DAY – TELL 1 PERSON!

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016, 9:00 AM

3 freethinkers Attending

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CFI Discussion Group: 7PM TONIGHT at Tan Lac Vien


Where: Tan Lac Vien (2114 Murray Ave (Squirrel Hill), Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

When: 7PM TONIGHT

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/234848407/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Hi Everyone,

Now that this interminable election is over, what does the future hold? What is likely to happen? Or not happen? What does this election mean for the future of elections and/or politics going forward?

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accommodations.

Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Discussion Group

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016, 7:00 PM

16 freethinkers Attending

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group: 11/13/2016 at Cafe Phipps


Where: Cafe Phipps (1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

When: 11/13/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/233836430/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

The topic this month:

Women Leaders and Women’s Rights Within the Secular Movement

http://thehumanist.co…

Susan Jacoby: Dearth of Women in Secular Movement

For November we will focus our discussion on issues raised by Susan Jacoby in her remarks at the 2012 CFI Women in Secularism Conference. The links above are to an article based on her remarks and a video – the content is essentially the same.

The purpose of this group is to discuss and advance the work of women secular leaders. A reading or podcast will be selected each month and announced in advance on this page. If you don’t have time to read or hear it, you are still welcome, just know that we will discuss the chosen topic. Are men welcome? Yes. I am not comfortable with excluding anyone except for bad behavior. We have talked about safe spaces, and there may be a need for a woman-only safe space but I don’t have the skills to lead that type of group.

Pittsburgh – USA

Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 PM

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Center for Inquiry Pittsburgh Women’s Discussion Group

Sunday, Nov 13, 2016, 2:00 PM

5 freethinkers Attending

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Brunching Skeptically: 11AM TODAY at The Porch at Schenley


Where: The Porch at Schenley (221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260)

When: 11AM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/234605179/

Come meet some like-minded folks of all ages and have a great brunch at the same time. This month, we are headed back indoors to The Porch at Schenley Plaza in the heart of Oakland.  All ages welcomed. 

Brunching Skeptically is brought to you the 1st Sunday of most months by the Steel City Skeptics, which is part of the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason. For more information on these groups or our other events, go to: http://unitedcor.org/…

Sunday, November 6 at 11:00 AM

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Brunching Skeptically

Sunday, Nov 6, 2016, 11:00 AM

11 Skeptics Attending

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CFI Discussion Group: 11/10/2016 at Tan Lac Vien


Where: Tan Lac Vien (2114 Murray Ave (Squirrel Hill), Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

When: 11/10/2016

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/234848407/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Hi Everyone,

Now that this interminable election is over, what does the future hold? What is likely to happen? Or not happen? What does this election mean for the future of elections and/or politics going forward?

To learn about all the secular groups in Pittsburgh, visit the Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason website…and you can follow CFI on Facebook!

*CFI-Pittsburgh strives to be an ADA compliant organization.  Please email pgh@centerforinquiry.net to request accommodations.

Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 PM

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CFI Discussion Group

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016, 7:00 PM

7 freethinkers Attending

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Join CMU’s Humanist League’s Sagan Festival w/Steven Pinker: 5PM TODAY at CMU McConomy Auditorium


Where: CMU McConomy Auditorium (5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

When: 5PM TODAY

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/CFI-Pittsburgh/events/235025493/

Center for Inquiry – Pittsburgh

Join us for the Humanist League’s annual Carl Sagan Fest, a celebration of learning and reflection complete with apple pie! This year, Steven Pinker will receive the inaugural Sagan Award from CMU’s Humanism Initiative.

The event will be followed by a small reception in CUC Connan.

Talk Details:

The past: Contrary to popular opinion, violence at all scales have been in decline over the course of history.

The present: Human nature comprises faculties that encourage violence, such as dominance and revenge, but also faculties that inhibit it, such as self-control, empathy, and reason. The level of violence in a given society depends on how its norms and institutions affect the balance between them.

The future: Professor Pinker speculates on which of the historical changes that reduced violence in the past will continue into the future.

Wednesday, November 2 at 5:00 PM

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Join CMU’s Humanist League’s Sagan Festival w/Steven Pinker

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016, 5:00 PM

23 freethinkers Attending

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