The reader should be aware the below was not pulled from The Onion, nor was it intended as irony.
At least 12 voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire are absolutely gaga over real estate mogul Donald Trump.
Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann sat down Wednesday night with a focus group of 12 Trump supporters in the Granite State who riffed on why they thought the billionaire was the best candidate in a crowded GOP presidential field.
“He’s like one of us,” Janet, a former dog breeder, explained. “He may be a millionaire (sic), which separates him from everybody else. But besides the money issue, he’s still in tune with what everybody is wanting.” 1
Many also cited Trump’s vast wealth in identifying with him.
“I knew that he was a wealthy, successful man and I remember asking my mother if I could write him a letter to ask him how he made his money so that I could do it too,” Jessica, a data analyst, said.
Heilemann further asked the focus group what they believed a Trump presidency would look like.
- Interestingly enough this is not reflected on The Donald’s web site. That appears to be nothing but a paean to his ego. With a place to donate cash to his amorphous campaign. ↩
- I was raised among folk who believed obnoxious tycoons to be both the salt of the earth and the epitome of style. Though I had thought their ilk extinct, occasional blips on the political radar keep proving me wrong: Perot and The Donald being just the most recent manifestations. Truly, some Americans would be happier with a monarchy. ↩
This week’s au courant links:
- Robots enter the Olympics.
- Why Exploding Kittens 1 delivery date is off.
- Citizen Ex.
- Glass: cool or dark?
- Tots unbothered, bruuh!
- Night vision eye drops.
- An update on Amazon’s delivery drones.
- How to shake a tail.
- A new generation (re)discovers sensory deprivation tanks. 2
- Pounding the last nail in the Warner/Chappell coffin.
And finally, the robot toothbrush:
- Best garage rock band name evah! ↩
- We highly recommend this – we’ve ‘floated’ for decades and have availed ourselves of the float tanks at The Spa since they opened. A new spot recently popped up somewhat closer: Waldo. Floating KC began business back in April – we’ve yet to book a float with them (their rate is slightly higher per hour than The Spa.) Has anyone else used them? If so, let us know what you thought, please. ↩
You would think that coverage of something the whole world wants to see – the first step toward the successful downfall of Monsanto –would be a hot news item; a newsworthy tidbit that every paper, radio station, and blog would want to spread across their pages with double bold headlines. But wait. . . just six corporations own ALL of the media in America, so there isn’t much luck there.
That’s why you have to go to sites like Russia Insider or Al Jazeera to find real news outside of certain alternative news channels in the US, and even those are white-washed from Facebook pages, and given secondary ratings on Google pages.
Matthew Phillips, the attorney suing Monsanto in California for false advertising on Roundup bottles, has asked the LA Times, New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, and Reuters, one of the world’s largest news agencies to report on the lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942), and most enforced a total media blackout.
When I spoke with Phillips over the phone, he said that he has tried posting the suit in Wikipedia’s Monsanto litigation section, but it keeps ‘disappearing.’ He says that he has also noticed posts on Facebook about this lawsuit get removed.
Phillips points out that as long as Monsanto can keep this lawsuit off of most of America’s radar, then his client base would be relegated to just the citizens of California.
If other attorneys were to follow his template-style lawsuit, which he wrote in English, devoid of extraneous legal-speak to encourage others to also take action against Monsanto, then suddenly the plaintiff count could be closer to several million.