Word of the Day: Kakistocracy

It’s frightening, because it’s true.

I can speak from firsthand knowledge that living through 11 presidencies of varying degrees of competence (and the occasional scandal or criminality) gives you some perspective on what we are experiencing today. Norman Ornstein, political scientist and resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has lived through 13 of them. What he sees with the Trump Administration is something so unique it needs a special word to describe it, a word that has been out of popular usage for nearly two centuries. The word is “kakistocracy.”

 kakistocracy (English pronunciation: /kækɪsˈtɑkɹəsi/) is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. … It was also used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but gained significant usage in the 21st century.

Kakistocracy – Wikipedia





Trump Cabinet member’s daughter tells “never-served piece of sh!t” Trump to STFU ** shared

I love this…


Hurricane Harvey 2017: Texas, Trump, and SMH

I’ve been sharing a lot of information about Hurricane Harvey on Facebook. My heart or a out to everyone in the path. Watching from the area Hurricane Sandy devastated lives, I have seen what destruction can be caused, to individual lives, property, and entire communities. 

The preident’s response, though not a surprise is still shocking to me. 
Over the last year or so I’ve read with interest how Holland manages their water and plans for storm surge like this. I have wondered what citites, states, or federal agencies have taken any of that knowledge into account when planning or allocating resources. This is a fascinating article from June NYT: 


The two paragraphs quoted below, from a NYT article today, highlight the incongruity of Trump, his denial of climate change, “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice,” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/418542137899491328

and his insisting on cutting the very programs he his now praising. For more on this:

“Wow,” he tweeted on Sunday morning. “Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!” An hour earlier, he noted, “Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground.”

“Mr. Trump did not wait long to start doling out praise. On Saturday, as relief efforts were just gearing up, the president tweeted to the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, “You are doing a great job — the world is watching! Be safe.” Quoted from:  Trump to Travel to Texas With Torrential Rain Still in the Forecast https://nyti.ms/2vARM5q

Picture from: https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-storm-hurricane-harvey-rain-flood-forecast-texas-louisiana



Tweet by @KamalaHarris ** shared

“Today in 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare & Medicaid into law. We must strengthen and expand, not slash, them.” https://t.co/0zX6opMpMw
Check out @KamalaHarris’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/891682813761773568?


Doctor Will Provide Free Surgeries For Trans Military Personnel | HuffPost ** shared 

“Christine McGinn, herself transgender, won’t let her patients go without care.”

By Lydia O’Connor

A former Navy surgeon said that because of President Donald Trump’s announcement of a ban on transgender people serving in the armed services, she will waive the cost of gender confirmation surgery for some military personnel.”

For more please read full story: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_597e0e1fe4b02a4ebb760a2f?


NYTimes: It’s Not Your Imagination. Summers Are Getting Hotter. ** editorial/shared 

The findings reveal what’s happened so far, but also provide “a glimpse to what’s in our future.””

Some interesting graphics…

It’s Not Your Imagination. Summers Are Getting Hotter. https://nyti.ms/2u3NOkX


Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’ ** editorial/ shared 

Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’