New study finds rich guys lie the most; WaPo finds Trump lies constantly; CNN finds Mueller found Trump and associates lied like crazy; Legal experts find Team Trump learned nothing from 'Russia-gate'; Trump and Barr find out if they can obstruct Congress; And many other findings...
Why tell the truth and follow the rule of law when BS'ing and obstructing truth and justice (and Congress) now appear to be a far more successful way to get ahead in life...and in the Presidency of the United States? As Donald Trump recently reached a new milestone of having told more than 10,000 lies while in office, according to Washington Post's fact-checker database, these are among the related stories covered on today's BradCast. [Audio link is posted below]...
A fascinating new study finds that wealthy men are more likely than women and those of lesser means to simply make stuff up. That's right, lying appears to work for many, and is carried out far more frequently in North America than in other English speaking countries around the world. Or, as WaPo's headline summarizes the academic survey: "Rich guys are most likely to have no idea what they're talking about, study suggests". (Though, as you'll also learn, both Desi and Canada should be ashamed of themselves);
That may also help us understand today who our President is and why he and his supporters do what they do, as a new CNN analysis catalogs 77 different "lies and falsehoods" by Trump and his associates, documented in Robert Mueller's redacted Special Counsel report. The lies were told by Trump, his "campaign staff, administration officials and family, Republican backers and his associates" who all "made false assertions to the public, Congress, or authorities," according to the analysis. While a handful of those lies were prosecuted as crimes (for example, some of those told to the FBI by Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and to Congress by his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen), most went unprosecuted for varying reasons, including the fact that lying to the public and the press is not a crime, even when the White House does it, repeatedly, apparently. Among the many lies cataloged, a plurality of which were told by the President himself, many concerned his dealings with Russia and those of campaign staff and administration officials;
Speaking of which, in March, Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale flew to Romania to deliver a paid speech to Romanian politicians and policy experts, raising questions among U.S. legal experts about conflicts of interest and whether Team Trump has learned anything after their extensive dealings with Russia during the 2016 campaign. They paid little price for that, however, so why worry about a Trump/Romania Special Counsel investigation now?;
Mid-show today we covered some breaking news regarding today's U.S. support for a military coup being called for by Valenzuela's opposition leader and self-declared "President" Juan Guaido, and claims by U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo that the nation's actual President Nicolas Maduro was preparing to leave the country in response. At the last minute, however, according to Pompeo, Maduro was talked out of it by Russia. But, of course, our Sec. of State is a huge and very successful liar as well, so there's no particular reason to believe any of his assertions regarding the attempted U.S. overthrow of Venezuela today;
In other breaking news, a federal judge today determined that a lawsuit filed by some 200 Congressional Democrats against Donald Trump charging he is in violation of the Constitutional Emoluments clause may move ahead, allowing plaintiffs to gain access to information about Trump's private business dealings;
And, in related news, Trump's private attorneys on Monday night filed a lawsuit on behalf of him, his company and his children's behalf against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in hopes of forcing them to not respond to lawful subpoenas for Trump financial documents as issued by a number of Congressional committees. Normally we'd say "good luck with that", but for Trump's stolen Supreme Court majority who have proven themselves capable of doing anything on his behalf at this point;
The obstruction also continued today by Trump's Attorney General William Barr, who, the Justice Department has said, still plans to appear before the Republican-majority Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to give testimony regarding the Mueller Report, but that he is objecting to a planned appearance before the Democratically-run House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, where members may allow counsel from both the majority and minority to question Barr during the scheduled testimony. House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler asserts it's not up to Barr to determine who gets to question him or how the hearing is to be carried out, suggesting he may ultimately need to subpoena the A.G. to force his testimony. But if Barr defies that subpoena, as other Administration officials have been ordered by Trump in recent days, then what? Who would enforce a Contempt of Congress citation against the nation's top law enforcement official? And how would it even be done? Well, there is a House Sergeant-at-Arms and, reportedly, a jail in the basement of the Capitol Building. We discuss;
Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for our latest Green News Report, on the back-to-back devastating cyclones in Mozambique, a delay to the Interior Department's plan to expand off-shore drilling, air pollution getting worse under Donald Trump, and voter support for a Green New Deal in Spain's recent elections...
Yes. All of that. In under one hour. Somehow. You're welcome...
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READER COMMENTS ON "Lies and Obstruction Are the Keys to Success!: 'BradCast' 4/30/2019" (One Response so far...)
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said on 4/30/2019 @ 10:53 pm PT...
Good show today.
Lying is a long standing tradition. Trump is a metastatization of previous problems, not a new circumstance.
The recently deceased author David Wise wrote a book about Nixon called the Politics of Lying. Wise also wrote one of the first books about the CIA "The Invisible Government." The agency isn't part of our Constitutional government, a fact that few in politics dare mention. Given how unpopular it is to admit that the agency helped remove our 35th President from office, the fact that lies are popular is an old story.
How many dare mention that voting machines tipped the outcomes in 2000, 2004 and 2016? Why is Brad Blog almost unique in calling attention to electronic vote manipulation?
A second comment: Green New Deal today mentioned the alleged threat of offshore oil drilling on the Florida coast. But apart from the tip of the panhandle, the oil industry and the US Dept of Interior have quietly admitted in the past there's little if any to be found (it is the wrong geology). Indeed, the only untapped offshore oil region in the 48 states that has substantial oil is off the coast of Santa Barbara, and that community to date has been wealthy enough to prevent a resumption of drilling. They are content to have other places drilled to power them.
I realize geology is rarely discussed anywhere, but plans for fracking in California fell flat several years ago when US Dept of Energy and USGS were forced to admit they have wildly exaggerated what was trackable in Monterrey Shale. Post Carbon Institute's technical reports contributed to this revision. www.postcarbon.org.
Meanwhile, the Green New Deal continues to ignore the need to relocalize food production and prepare for using much less energy on the downslope. And one of the think tanks promoting this sees supposedly "clean" nuclear power as a key feature. Can't say I'm surprised at a lie that claims nuclear waste generation is supposedly good for us. Lies come in many flavors.
Last week was the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, which may have killed a million people already and has damaged ecosystems across a broad swath of Eastern Europe.
Data for Progress, a think tank working with 350.org and Sunrise Movement, says “clean” nuclear power should be part of the Green New Deal [“New Green Deal Policy Report,” dataforprogress.org, Sept., 2018, p. 5]. Atomic fission is the most dangerous way to boil water. Only time, lots of it, can detoxify nuclear waste.