Thursday, October 22, 2020
Donald Trump was interviewed for CBS 60 Minutes. Trump has released a video of the interview.
The interview can be used to assist preparation to provide a plan for either candidate to use in the Presidential debate tonight.
There are two audiences for a debate. First, there are the people who watch the whole thing (a subset of this audience consists of the news media and commentators on television and major newspapers). Second would be the people who hear about the debate second hand.
People who watch the whole debate are impressed (more or less in this order) by the candidate who
- · has the best line or two;
- · is the most likeable;
- · is the strongest, most presidential;
- · does the best job of refuting the other candidates’ attacks;
- · does the best job of describing their own positions and benefits to the country;
- · does the best job of attacking their opponent.
People who hear about the debate second hand are influenced by
- who won, according to media they trust;
- the one or two quotes from the debate they hear, and how that echoes with their own hopes and fears.
In the interview President Trump showed that his approach consists of
- repeating (and re-repeating) accusations, some based on fantasy, others on unproven allegations, (many on the authority of 'everybody knows' or 'you know') against his opponent, the moderator, the news media, and others;
- ignoring the people who have died and been sickened, and praising himself for saving all the people who did not;
- ignoring the people who are out of work and suffering, and praising himself for those who have gone back to work;
- ignoring people at his rallies who crowd together without masks, and saying that he gave masks out and has no objection to masks;
- praising himself for the way the economy was going before it cratered;
- claiming the virus was not his fault, but China acted disgracefully;
- interrupting every time he is contradicted in any way, and attacking the other speaker;
- making up things about what would happen under a Biden Presidency;
- making up things about what he would do in the next term (like pass a health care plan to replace Obamacare).
A potential strategy for Trump would be to be honest, thoughtful, strong but polite, and sensitive to those who have suffered in the pandemic.
A potential strategy for Biden (since Trump probably outlined his arguments in the interview, allowing Biden to be prepared for those or others like them) might be to
· Use the time when Trump is muted to
o QUICKLY refute the predictable attacks;
o QUICKLY assert Trump’s responsibility for the COVID disaster in the US;
o QUICKLY denounce Trump’s inability to take responsibility (for COVID & other things);
o QUICKLY assert the Obama-Biden record for bringing the economy back and handing Trump a solid;
o QUICKLY assert the Biden plan for dealing with the health crisis, the economy, the inequality;
o STRONGLY demonstrate respect for those who have suffered from the pandemic, from racial injustice and from financial problems;
o STRONGLY assert the need (more than ever!) for truth, equality, and health care (pointing out that Trump is either living in a bubble of unreality, or a cruel, self-
o Be prepared to spontaneously and accurately react to a moderator’s question or a Trump statement in a short, memorable way.
· Use the time when the microphones are not muted (and Trump is interrupting or lying) to
o STRONGLY refute Trump’s accusations, and Trump’s boastful lies (and if necessary counterattack with the allegations of Trump's corruption, self-dealing, and unconstitutional behavior);
o STRONGLY assert his own record and his plans;
o STRONGLY focus on the need to deal with healthcare, equality, truth in government, equal justice for all, the environment, and more: all the things that a government should be doing for all the people.
Monday, October 12, 2020
COVID - 19 UPDATE
MON OCT 12, 2020
- Americans have died from COVID-19.
- Americans been sickened by COVID-19.
- source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
- Trump's lies and misinformation, bad advice,
- Mass election events without masks or distancing,
- Encouragement of gun-toting demonstrations against masks and distancing,
- Failure to contain infections from China, Europe, and elsewhere, arriving with travelers,
- Pressure on science services to water down health recommendations,
- Pressure to contain and hide accurate reporting,
- Pressure to open schools and businesses before even watered-down recommendations were followed,
- And efforts to suppress testing
- were among the major factors facilitating the preventable deaths of many, many, many Americans.
- This would be terrible if Trump were just incompetent.
- But Trump knew. Pence knew. They were warned. Trump understood.
- World hunger
- Gene editing with CRISPR
- Discovering Hepatitis C
- Black holes.
2020-10-12 (MON OCT 12, 2020)
THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS
- The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2020 was awarded jointly to
- Paul R. Milgrom and
- Robert B. Wilson
- "for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats."
2020-10-09 (FRI OCT 9, 2020)
THE 2020 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
- The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded to
- the World Food Programme (WFP)
- "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."
2020-10-08 (THU OCT 8, 2020)
THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
- The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 was awarded to
- Louise Glück
- "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal."
2020-10-07 (WED OCT 7, 2020)
THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
- The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded jointly to
- Emmanuelle Charpentier and
- Jennifer A. Doudna
- "for the development of a method for genome editing (CRISPR)."
2020-10-06 (TUE OCT 6, 2020)
THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
- The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 was divided,
- one half awarded to
- Roger Penrose
- "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity",
- the other half jointly to
- Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez
- "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy."
THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE
- The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020 was awarded jointly to
- Harvey J. Alter,
- Michael Houghton and
- Charles M. Rice
- "for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus."