[ by Charles Cameron — continuing collecting.. with David Ronfeldt in mind ]
Let’s start with soem double-barreled good news
Batter up! ?? See you June 14th! pic.twitter.com/Rs1xlqPydZ
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 6, 2018
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 6, 2018
Okay, Game metaphors:
Ari Melber, The Beat:
Donald Trump is circling
Chris Mathews on Hardball:
You know, it has an aspect of, you know, Connections to Kevin Bacon, how many degrees of separation — how many people go to the Seychelles? Does Mueller believe it’s a coincidence?
re the Summit:
It feels more like a teenage romance, on again, off again
The admission that Trump dictated his son’s statement is the latest example of where on a number of key issues — especially pegged to Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe and Trump’s legal woes — the White House and the president’s lawyers have offered contradicting stories and whipsaw about-faces, often revealing the truth only weeks later, when confronted with their inconsistencies.
Katie, The Lid: a lot of post-game analysis ..
it’s like a marathon, it’s a spring ..
Giuliani: pardoning himself woudld be unthinkable ..Trump: I have the absolute right to pardon myself ..
Nemo iudex in causa sua ..
or in the words of James Madison often found don our masthead:
No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.
Prettt much the definitive example of why the ouroboros form is one we should be on the alert for — everybody sees this one.
Macron Is French for Obama — an interesting way to describe a complex equivalence..
lawyers: we can talk out of both sides of our mouths ..
trump: i cn kill this (investigation) ant time, this is my game..
I think they went 0 for 6
Is he playing checkers, I think he’s playing chess..
Your family (?) had a pitch- shot — something that appeals to all bases — Sen Flake
[ attorneys on opposing sides being chummy ]:
.. when the bell goes off and they return to their corners ..
There’s a lot of metaphors in Rap and Law.
And sheer fun:
I don’t know quite what form of ouroboros this is, from WaPo’s No, Canada didn’t burn down the White House, but there’s something more troubling about Trump’s claim — but I semse one there, dom’t you?
In fact, the burning of the White House may be the worst possible example to justify a trade dispute — one of the reasons the White House burned was because of a trade dispute.
And here’s an ourosbouros, close kin to the serpent-bites-tail kind, brought to my attention by Karlie “New and Improved” Ann (many thanks):
Here’s what I take to be the ouroboric part:
But what does it mean for a machine to draw and follow its own map of the world? Would the result be, eventually, a map that is impervious to inaccuracies and bias? Or is that pure “technochauvinism”? After all, the computer still has to match its map to the world, similar to the way that humans do. The artificial intelligence that “learns” the map could still be confused by minor changes, like a sparkly sticker on a stop sign. That could easily cause an accident or pedestrian injury—more easily, in that instance, than it would with a human driver.
In that case, what’s the purpose of a map that reads itself? And what potential subjectivities could still work their way in?
Here’s a military and linguisttic one. From Anger Flares Up as Group of 7 Heads to Quebec:
as he engaged in a contentious war of words over trade
Soccer and the World Cup:
In the spring of 2010, Christopher Steele, a former British spy with a shock of graying hair and a quiet, understated manner, received some alarming news: Vladimir Putin, a lifelong ice hockey fan, had taken a sudden interest in soccer.
Putin, then serving a four-year term as prime minister, saw hosting the World Cup as a vital way to project his country’s power, and his own, around the world.
Few, if any, will wonder whether Russia can actually take home the glittering trophy when the tournament ends on July 15. The truth is that it doesn’t really matter what happens on the field.
Russia already won.
it’s really a self-goal .. [if US gets out of G7]
[Stavridis] there are no winners in a trade war ..
i’ll bet my retirement ..
Something to the effect that Trump walked into a room where people were playing poker and wanted to play ?half-and-half, tthrew all the cards up in the air ..
What do you think of that as the way to ?make a rodeo .. foreign policy?
Donald Trump, conclusion of his press conference after Singapore Summit:
Congratulations, everybody. This is, to me, an important event in world history and to be really true to myself, I have to add I want to get it completed. Mike and our team has to get to work and get it completed because otherwise we have done a good job. If you don’t get the ball over the goal line, it doesn’t mean enough.
Thank you. Congratulations to everybody in the room. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Thank you.
oh, and btw:
We will stop the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money. Unless and until we see the future negotiations is not going along like it should. We will be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus. It is very provocative.
A goal in the forty-third minute of the match, from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev, was a real and undeniable beauty, no matter how lacklustre the opposition.Video Courtesy Fox
Watching the first game of the World Cup, an entirely lopsided affair between Russia and Saudi Arabia, burdened with the knowledge that the U.S. national team had not qualified for the tournament, I couldn’t help thinking that this was a sports-world reiteration of our country’s broader failures on the international stage.
Danve metaphor, a striking one from a striking article:
We perform empathy like a child learning to box-step for a school dance, one-two-three, one-two-three. It’s a performance we don’t really care about.
“Donald Trump is accomplishing everything he committed to the American people on the campaign that I stepped in as CEO. I couldn’t be prouder of the guy,” Bannon said. “All he has to do is continue to hit those marks on that whiteboard and he’s going to run the tables.”
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