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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Summers schools Trump on hypocrisy

In response to an FT Blog by Larry Summers on 12th July 2017, entitled 'Western civilisation and presidential hypocrisy'

https://www.ft.com/content/9a7c63f5-62d8-301d-a3fc-bbfb87b225e1?desktop=true&conceptId=1f2c7277-5f74-3397-b852-92bcb1096021&segmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a

…much of what has defined the west has been the values of the Enlightenment. Important among those values has been the idea there are truths that are rooted in and can be ascertained through empirical observation. Mr Trump has instead taken the view that truth is a social construction of the powerful. Whether it was crowd sizes at his inauguration, scientific nonsense on vaccines or climate change, or brazen lies about his past actions, the president has rejected the idea of empirically verifiable truth" - Larry Summers

He has indeed rejected the idea of 'empirically verifiable truth'.  But on the bright side, he's not very good at it.  If he was a little more ‘classy’ he could lie about having sex under the desk in the oval office, or even start a war in Iraq with phoney evidence.  But if he really wants to get the respect of the establishment, he should hire an ex-Treasury Secretary to coach him on how to mask a career of serial screw-ups with a 'butter wouldn't melt' air.

Stephens plays the hate card for Soros

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