*I’m* Fired?? No, *You’re* Fired!

trump Bows to Reality, Asks Confidants, Should I Do ‘The Apprentice’ Again?

People familiar with the matter note that he has been casually dropping references to his earlier, pre-presidential debacle into conversation. Mark Burnett slavers over the moneymaking potential and has reportedly given him the go-ahead, in the face of a string of other flops in his TV production business MGM. 

— Via Daily Beast

The plan may be met with relief by members of trump’s inner circle as a way to divert his attention into something marginally less ludicrous and pitiful than his current preoccupation with conspiracy theories and stolen elections, and to reinflate his ego to the monumental levels he requires.

Seditious former general Mike Flynn calls for military to keep Trump in power

‘Mike Flynn, the former general fired (and later pardoned) by President Trump for lying about his contacts with Russian officials, says that the military should overturn the results of November’s election…

Interviewed on the conservative site Newsmax, Flynn called Thursday for Trump to use “military capabilities” to force key states to repeat elections that had the wrong result….’

— Via Boing Boing

How to Criticize with Kindness

‘In Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking Daniel Dennett offers a list of rules formulated decades ago by the legendary social psychologist and game theorist Anatol Rapoport:

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

  • You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
  • You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  • You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  • Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism….’

— Via Pocket

Let’s be real, though. There is a certain class of disagreement that has become especially prevalent in the last four-plus years in which:

  • there is no way to re-express your target’s position clearly, vividly, and fairly without sounding delusional
  • there are no appreciable points of agreement
  • nothing is learned from your target.