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Trump approved Yemen raid — which left Navy SEAL and 30 civilians dead — without “sufficient” intel

  • Trump’s raid on an al-Qaida stronghold in Yemen was approved without “sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations,” according to a Reuters report.
  • William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL, was killed in the weekend raid, along with 30 civilians, including 10 women and children.
  • A U.S. military official who told Reuters the commander in chief approved the raid in the al Bayda province using ground surveillance that was “minimal at best.” Read more

Trump reportedly threatens to send troops to Mexico, insults Australia

  • According to the AP, during a call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump threatened to deploy U.S. troops into Mexico to stop “bad hombres” supposedly causing trouble along the border.
  • “You have a bunch of bad hombres,” Trump reportedly told Peña Nieto “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
  • The White House has denied the report, according to Agence France-Presse correspondent Andrew Beatty. 
  • The AP noted Mexico’s foreign ministry also contested the tone of the call and said it was “constructive,” while CNN wrote that a different transcript of the call suggested the mention of troops was more of an offer.  Read more
  • In another phone call, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Washington Post reported, Trump “blasted … Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about” his electoral college win.
  • Trump thundered, "This is the worst deal ever,” in reference to a pre-existing commitment for the U.S. to accept around 1,250 mostly Muslim refugees from Australia.
  • After accusing Turnbull of trying to unload the “next Boston bombers” on the U.S. and saying the exchange “was the worst call by far” of the diplomatic calls he made that day, Trump apparently cut off the scheduled one-hour call just 25 minutes in. Read more
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Betsy DeVos Is Confirmed As Education Secretary, Thanks To An Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote
The Senate voted 50-50 on Trump's controversial pick to head the Department of Education, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a historic vote to break the tie.
By Molly Hensley-Clancy

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary by a razor-thin margin Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented vote to break a 50-50 tie on a cabinet nomination. It is also the first time in history that an education secretary has ever been confirmed without bipartisan support.

No Democrats voted for DeVos’s nomination, and two Republicans crossed party lines to oppose her, saying they believed she was too inexperienced and narrowly focused on school choice issues like charter schools and vouchers to adequately support public schools.

But a frantic effort by Democrats — including a deluge of phone calls from constituents and 24 straight hours of anti-DeVos speeches on the Senate floor — failed to convince a third Republican to jump ship and kill the nomination. That left Pence with the deciding vote, the first time in Congressional history that a vice president has broken a tie on a cabinet nominee.

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Betsy DeVos Is Confirmed As Education Secretary, Thanks To An Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote
The Senate voted 50-50 on Trump's controversial pick to head the Department of Education, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a historic vote to break the tie.
By Molly Hensley-Clancy

Molly Hensley-Clancy at BuzzFeed News:

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary by a razor-thin margin Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented vote to break a 50-50 tie on a Cabinet nomination. It is also the first time in history that an education secretary has ever been confirmed without bipartisan support.

No Democrats voted for DeVos’s nomination, and two Republicans crossed party lines to oppose her, saying they believed she was too inexperienced and narrowly focused on school choice issues like charter schools and vouchers to adequately support public schools.

But a frantic effort by Democrats — including a deluge of phone calls from constituents and 24 straight hours of anti-DeVos speeches on the Senate floor — failed to convince a third Republican to jump ship and kill the nomination. That left Pence with the deciding vote, the first time in congressional history that a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee.

“On this vote, the yeas are 50, the nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the nomination is confirmed,” Pence told the deadlocked chamber.

Pence had told Fox News Sunday that it would be his “high honor to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote” on DeVos’s nomination.

[…]

No education secretary nominee in history has ever garnered the kind of opposition that DeVos, a billionaire education philanthropist and Republican megadonor, did. After a lackluster hearing in which she seemed to struggle with several basic concepts of federal education policy, she became a central target of Senate Democrats, who jumped on her relative inexperience in public schooling and complex financial ties.


Her being confirmed as our Education Secretary is an insult to our nation’s schools.

anonymous asked:

I've read your type spotting guide and find it very interesting. Could you talk about some of the common mistakes when trying to type people?

Poor Analytical Skills: Let’s face it, not everyone is good at analyzing but, on the bright side, typing people is a good chance to practice analytical skills. Two very obvious signs of bad analysis: 1) incorrect attribution of cause and effect (addressed in the last point below), and 2) not providing adequate support or evidence for your claims. It’s fun to discuss freely but it’s not very useful if all you can say is “That person seems Si dom” and then not provide any reasoning or evidence for it. Who knows whether your conception of Si is correct or the same as others’? Different people are at different places in understanding the concepts, so it’s necessary to clarify what you mean.

Type Dynamics: The whole personality is greater than the sum of the individual functions. Sometimes people get too bogged down in identifying a function and forget that functions are connected and behave differently according to their position in the stack, e.g., someone claims “This person is certainly dominant xy” but then they overlook the fact that the person’s behavior is entirely inconsistent with the corresponding inferior function. Let’s say you’re trying to type someone who often wants validation from others - you may jump to the conclusion that it is only Fe (based on stereotypes) but there are several combinations of functions that could potentially produce the desire for validation. If you can do a holistic analysis that clarifies the role of all four functions, your case will be much stronger.

Type Development: People who don’t know enough about type development are liable to treat all four functions as being relatively equal because of just using simplistic function descriptions as their basis for analysis, and this will result in them getting the functions correct but messing up the order. For example, I’ve seen some characters typed as IxTP who seemed much more likely to be unhealthy IxFJs. It helps to have a good grasp of negative cognitive-behavioral patterns because, if you can be certain about which two functions are low in the stack (loop/grip), you get much closer to the correct answer simply through the process of elimination.

Cognitive Motivation vs Observable Behavior: You have to get to the root of why someone is doing something. With the example above, if someone is often observed to seek validation, then WHY do they want it and in what form? Are you sure you know the real reason? Different functions will want it for different reasons, e.g., Fe for fitting in, Te for social competence, Fi for refining personal values (via Te), Ti for refining mental models (via Fe), Se for positive reinforcement, etc. If you haven’t grasped exactly why someone does something, you can’t be sure of which function is at play, therefore, don’t jump to a conclusion without adequately ruling out other possibilities. Keep in mind that people are notoriously bad at correctly attributing the right cause for their own thinking/behavior, let alone other people’s. Sometimes a person’s behavior is caused by some factor unrelated to personality or a complex combination of factors, so you need to tease out the factors carefully. When typing another person, you won’t be very convincing if you can’t accurately connect cause (motivation) and effect (behavior) and then back it up with evidence.

reuters.com
U.S. military probing more possible civilian deaths in Yemen raid
The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen on the weekend, in the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.

Our new Cheeto in Chief’s first covert operation didn’t go so well.  Read this part:

U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.

As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.

The U.S. officials said the extremists’ base had been identified as a target before the Obama administration left office on Jan. 20, but then-President Barack Obama held off approving a raid ahead of his departure.

A White House official said the operation was thoroughly vetted by the previous administration and that the previous defense secretary had signed off on it in January. The raid was delayed for operational reasons, the White House official said.

The raid was delayed for “operational reasons” or because Obama didn’t have enough information and decided not to press Go on it?  I don’t feel confident that anything coming out of this new administration is the truth.  All I do know is a Navy Seal is dead and at a prayer breakfast where Trump was supposed to speak about it, he decided to talk about The Apprentice first.

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BREAKING: Betsy DeVos Is Confirmed As Education Secretary, Thanks To An Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote By Vice President Mike Pence
The Senate voted 50-50 on Trump's controversial pick to head the Department of Education, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a historic vote to break the tie.
By Molly Hensley-Clancy

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary by a razor-thin margin Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented vote to break a 50-50 tie on a Cabinet nomination. It is also the first time in history that an education secretary has ever been confirmed without bipartisan support.

No Democrats voted for DeVos’s nomination, and two Republicans crossed party lines to oppose her, saying they believed she was too inexperienced and narrowly focused on school choice issues like charter schools and vouchers to adequately support public schools.

But a frantic effort by Democrats — including a deluge of phone calls from constituents and 24 straight hours of anti-DeVos speeches on the Senate floor — failed to convince a third Republican to jump ship and kill the nomination. That left Pence with the deciding vote, the first time in congressional history that a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee.

“On this vote, the yeas are 50, the nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the nomination is confirmed,” Pence told the deadlocked chamber.

Pence had told Fox News Sunday that it would be his “high honor to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote” on DeVos’s nomination.

Early Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump, too, took to Twitter to defend DeVos, saying, “Senate Dems protest to keep the failed status quo. Betsy DeVos is a reformer, and she is going to be a great Education Sec. for our kids!”

No education secretary nominee in history has ever garnered the kind of opposition that DeVos, a billionaire education philanthropist and Republican megadonor, did. After a lackluster hearing in which she seemed to struggle with several basic concepts of federal education policy, she became a central target of Senate Democrats, who jumped on her relative inexperience in public schooling and complex financial ties.

Clips of DeVos’s stumbles in the hearing played on the news and late-night talk shows, and teachers unions pushed to mobilize their members, leading constituents to inundate Senate phone lines in opposition. For several days, calls from opponents on DeVos’s nomination and other Trump nominees made for the “busiest day in Capitol switchboard history” by “almost double,” according to Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat.

DeVos was even included in a Saturday Night Live sketch this past weekend, telling a roomful of reporters, “I don’t know anything about school, but I do think there should be school. Probably Jesus school. And I think it should have walls and roof and gun for potential grizzly.”

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski both voted no on Tuesday, citing the high volume of calls to their offices opposing DeVos as a contributing factor. Collins and Murkowski also said that they were concerned about DeVos’s aggressive advocacy for charter schools and little experience in public education.

Before the vote Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat who has led the opposition to DeVos, invoked the groundswell of opposition to the education nominee in a speech on the Senate floor, urging “just one more Republican” to come out against her.

“When we saw someone nominated to this position who knows so little about public education, who so clearly cares so little about public education, whose strongest connection to public schools is through her dedication to tearing them down, well that struck a real chord with a whole lot of people,” Murray said. “And they decided to make their voices heard.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander, who chairs the Senate’s education committee, spoke after Murray on Tuesday, urging his colleagues to support DeVos. The Republican said that she has the support of 22 serving governors and that Democrats should not be surprised that a Republican president chose a nominee who supports school choice and charter schools, which he called “the most effective public school reform in 30 years.”

Alexander added that his committee confirmed two education secretaries nominated by President Obama, even though Republicans disagreed with those choices on some major policy issues as well.

“You may disagree with the president, but the people elected him,” Alexander said. “I urge you to give the Republican president the opportunity to choose his own education secretary, just as we did.”

anonymous asked:

"U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations. As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists" on the weekend in Yemen

Yeah, didn’t he fail horribly and he wasn’t even in the situation room?

Probably busy tweeting

Head-canon time: Both of the Church’s, Alpha and Epsilon, have trouble “sleeping” due to the traumas they’ve experienced.  This creates some of the irritability and short-temperedness that they exhibit, although there is still plenty naturally in their personality.

Epsilon, with the benefit of knowing what those experiences are, and having the support and understanding of Carolina, who can relate, manages to deal with this issue more or less successfully.

Alpha, who can’t even describe this nameless fear to himself, much less to others, and who also lacks an adequate group who can support and help him process these emotions, doesn’t.

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U.S. military probing more possible civilian deaths in Yemen raid
The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen on the weekend, in the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.

February 1, 2017 - Fools Rush In

So “President” Trump’s first military strike was conducted without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations. Color me surprised. Trump rashly kills civilians and a Navy SEAL, then today staged a photo op with the widow WITHOUT HER CONSENT. This unhinged autocrat must be stopped. Resist.

What Lies Behind the Throne Chapter 12/?? Part One

First // AO3 Link // FF.net Link //  Tumblr Master Post

- Sorry for the long delay between the last chapter and this one. I won’t go into it, suffice to say, updates should resume as normal and stay steady until the - end of the fic. I hope!

- As always, I have endless gratitude and love for my beta readers, @razerathane and @bluvixen who are both far smarter than me. 

- Chapter rating: Mature [nsfw]

- Chapter summary: Two weeks since the news of Maric and Cailan’s demise reached Alistair and he remains in staunch denial, until proof reaches his hands. Shaken by the news, the grieving Prince suffers in silence while Roselyn feels powerless and unable to offer adequate support. A memorial service for the city of Denerim looms over them and Alistair must give a speech. They find comfort in each other, even if it’s momentarily, and get ready to face the coming storm.


Two weeks later.
Month: Mid-Harvestmere

The deaths of Maric and Cailan were kept hidden from the people of Ferelden until the urns carrying their ashes were delivered to the palace almost a week later. They arrived with as little ceremony as possible so not to draw attention, transported by four Orlesian chevaliers on white steeds. Alistair greeted them in the palace with Teagan and Roselyn and received the urns with as much grace as he could muster. Roselyn could see that the moment Alistair was given the urns everything suddenly became far more real.

In the week since the news was delivered Alistair remained in staunch denial. Teagan made the mistake of calling him ‘Your Majesty’ once or twice and was silenced with a sharp glare and an uncharacteristic bark of aggression. He carried on as if nothing had happened and when asked about the whereabouts of the King and Prince, he lied. He told courtiers, petitioners, and nobles alike that there was foul weather and the crossing was too risky.  He assured them, and Roselyn suspected himself, they would soon be back. Behind closed doors he weakly joked that it was a terrible prank planned and perfectly executed. He told himself and Roselyn over and over that the King and his brother would arrive at the palace in a week or two and laugh themselves sick at the terror they had subjected him to.

He considered it a cruel jest but would be pleased to see them. But when the urns were delivered into his hands, the joking stopped and the air of reticent denial seemed to dispel from around him.

The urns were as unremarkable as their arrival. Made of dark obsidian, they were plain to look at but shone in the light. Practical and simple in design, each with a lid and handles on both sides so they could be carried. They were not heavy, and the chevaliers kept them in a wooden box lined with deep blue velvet to keep their cargo safe. Alistair insisted the chevaliers remain in Denerim to rest for a night or two before they departed for Orlais again. They reluctantly agreed, more due to Alistair’s desperate insistence than anything else.

On Alistair’s confirmation, Teagan wrote out several missives and gave them to messengers to distribute to the Arls of Ferelden who would feed the information down to the Banns under their care. The message was brief and to the point:

“Now is a time of great sadness and loss. Our beloved King Maric and crown Prince Cailan perished in the waters off the Orlesian coast this past 20th Harvestmere, and all the souls aboard the Queen Rowan with them. The Empress Celene is working with us at this time to return as many of those who died to their native land so they can receive proper burials and rites.

As we mourn together at this time, you are invited by Prince Alistair to come to Denerim and share in the grief and sadness no doubt felt by all of Ferelden. Nightly vigils will be held, and a week hence there will be a public funeral for our lost King, Prince, and those we lost with them.

Please inform this grave news to all. Have the heralds inform the people of Ferelden so they may mourn with us.”

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If we suffered a loss in childhood and never received adequate comfort and support, we will be over sensitized to any losses that we experience as adults. In other words, our “sorrow” file is filled. Since we have repressed our childhood experience, we cannot understand why we feel such sorrow in reaction to what seems to be a relatively insignificant event.
Fortunately, our child is alive and living in our unconscious mind. If we can give our inner child what was needed before and never received, we can begin to heal our old pain. In this manner, we will learn to discriminate between the pain of our childhood and the pain of the present. Then, we can take a moment to reassure our inner child that he or she is safe and that we, the adult, will handle the situation at hand.

The Unconscoius Part II—Susan Carol PHD

It’s Father’s Day! And I know a lot of people won’t be too happy about this due to absent or terrible fathers. In classic form, Tony has the exact wrong thing to say about this subject thinking that bad fathers do more good than harm. There’s a myth that all parents demand respect regardless of circumstances.

But I’m here to tell you that parents cannot demand respect if they themselves are disrespectful towards their children. Making a child is only the beginning of the responsibility a parent incurs followed by being emotionally supportive and caring for life not just the first few years. You’re not obliged to like your parents if they do not earn and maintain your admiration throughout the years. Too many parents simply feel that just being a parent is significant in itself but they are failures as parents if they do not adequately support their children emotionally. Simply being someone’s parent doesn’t entitle a person to treat that person poorly. Children are people, not property. They are not owned to do as you wish with, but humans in need of love and respect. Mistreatment and abuse is never justified regardless of whether or not that person is family.

Remember: you are always far more than your parents’s opinions of you. If they treat you poorly it is a reflection of their character, not yours. We all deserve compassion and support and not all of us are lucky enough to get that when growing up but out there will be someone will be there for you. The great thing about life is we have more than just our families to turn to. If you’re unable to move out yet one day you will be able to and heal from the damage done. Until then hang in there. Nothing is forever. Your worth is not determined by shitty parents.

And if you ever have kids you’ll know what not to do. Let’s all aspire to be better than instruction manuals to the next generation on what not to do. We can do it.