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Episode 246 Scott Adams: The FBI Report, Bullies and Male Privilege

Topics: 

  • Dems trapped themselves with their Kavanaugh 1 week demand
  • Bret Stephens NYT article
  • The Kavanaugh dust-up feels a lot like “proxy revenge”
  • Alyssa Milano’s MSNBC anti-men, anti-Trump comments
  • China’s chip hack was a massive intelligence accomplishment
  • Democrats challenging the FBI’s credibility over Kavanaugh
  • BLM slogan is genius…and also racist
  • “Believe Women” is sexist…implies don’t believe men
  • Ye brokering sit-down between President Trump and Kaepernick

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Episode 245 Scott Adams: Asking Your Opinion on the Title of my Next Book

Topics: 

  • 1st 25 Minutes: Brainstorming book title suggestions with viewers
  • Escaping your mental prison
  • President Trump’s rally comments on Ford
  • FBI report on Kavanaugh investigation is done
  • Activist judges and the left changing the rules without permission
  • Are Conservatives more action oriented than Liberals?
  • Encouraging voter registration and voting

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Episode 244 Scott Adams: Kavanaugh, Taxes, Chinese Fentanyl, the Anti-Male Party

Topics: 

  • Chinese Fentanyl, what’re America’s options?
  • NYT article: Trump’s parents legally reduced their tax burden!
    • Helped his Dad cheat on his taxes…at the age of two?
  • Shocking news stories, that aren’t
  • Lying in the business world is required for the success of capitalism
    • Can you meet my deadline?
    • Total cost of proposed project?
    • Your product versus the quality of the competitor’s product
  • Political lies versus business lies
  • Democrats evil but extremely clever “recusal play” against Kavanaugh
  • The women-centric political party versus the party of protectors and prosperity

Episode 242 Scott Adams: Fentanyl, Flake, Canada and Other Stuff

Topics: 

  • Fentanyl, mainly from China, and 49,000 OD deaths last year
  • Public companies in California can no longer have all male boards
  • Rosie O’Donnell accused of anti-gay slur
  • Gillum staffer’s shirt advocating assassination of President Trump
  • President Trump’s Trade deal strategy is working
  • Negotiating hard with your friends…doesn’t break anything
  • Kavanaugh’s “temperament”…is that a sexist accusation?
  • Incentive’s to leave home aren’t as strong as they used to be

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Episode 236 Scott Adams: President Trump’s Press Conference and Confirmation Prediction

Topics: 

  • If everyone’s already decided how they’ll vote on Kavanaugh
  • What’s the point of having an FBI investigation?
  • The facts cannot ever be known
  • The outcome therefore, won’t be changed
  • President Trump calls the Democrat party “con artists”
  • Behind closed doors, Dem leadership is laughing at their followers
  • The system developed by our founders is being stress tested

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International Relations in a Time of Nukes and Plenty

In olden days, if a neighboring kingdom was prosperous and capable, it was a risk to your security. A rich neighbor can assemble powerful armies to capture your resources and enslave your people. In those primitive times, any powerful empire was a real enemy, and you had to treat them as such.

Fast-forward to 2017, and some of those old rules have changed. A rich country with nuclear weapons won’t attack a weak country with nuclear weapons. Economics and national defense are somewhat disconnected in modern times. Nukes changed everything.

Our weapons have improved since the time of kings, but our way of thinking has not fully evolved. Consider Russia. We have every reason to cooperate for mutual economic benefit, and for fighting ISIS. And we have no real reasons for trying to screw each other at every turn. Our “reasons” are entirely in our heads.

The fancy word for that is cognitive dissonance.

We believe Russia is our adversary, because they were in the past, so we act as if they are now as well. Russia does the same, for the same reason. When they poke us, we poke back. When we imagine they might poke us, we poke them first, or prepare to be poked. But none of the poking helps either side in any meaningful way. It just feels as if it should. It is more reflex than reason.

President Trump came to power at an interesting time for civilization. He has exactly the right skillset (persuasion) to reframe our relationships with our traditional “adversaries” to something more productive. You might think prior presidents tried the same thing and failed. But unilaterally acting nice and talking nice isn’t enough. To sell the new frame you need real-world actions that shove all of us out of the old way of thinking. And it has to be a hard shove, mentally.

The “bad version” of this idea might include (as an example only) a treaty partnering NATO with both Russia and China to act against terrorism and against nuclear proliferation. In the year 2017, why do any of the big three military powers point their weapons at each other? No one has any intention of starting that sort of war. Why act as if we do?

If Russia wants a warm-weather port, or China wants to extend its military reach to some islands off their shores, those situations feel like problems for the U.S., so long as we regard them as military adversaries. But if we’re on the same team, it doesn’t mean as much.

This sort of reframing – from military adversaries to friendly competitors who are on a mission to improve life on Earth – wouldn’t work if limited to speeches and punditry. It would need real-world treaties and actions so everyone can see something physical changing. Words wouldn’t get it done.

In the modern world, the real enemies of the rich countries are some of the poor countries, with their nukes and their terrorists. Rich countries are not much risk to other rich countries in modern times. I think we would all do better if we recognized that reality. 

This would be a good time to remind you that cartoonists are not good sources of geopolitical wisdom. I present ideas such as this for entertainment, and to educate you on the finer points of persuasion when it applies. If anything I write here turns out to be useful in the bigger world, that would be a lucky benefit.

You might enjoy reading my book because people keep telling me they got fitter and got wealthier after they learned the difference between systems and goals. (I literally hear that every day now.)

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Wiretapping Word-Thinking

The other day, President Trump declared that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”

Then the world went nuts. 

Former CIA Director James Clapper denied that Trump was wiretapped, saying, "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign,“

Yet we know General Flynn was in Trump Tower when his conversation with the Russian diplomat were recorded.

Does that mean Flynn was “wiretapped”? 

No. But it might mean the person on the other end was. And we already know he was.

Does it mean Trump Tower was “wiretapped”?

No. But it might mean that the person on the other end was. And we already know he was.

And what does “wiretapping” even mean in a world in which all communications are recorded routinely? if the government records you routinely, and then it decides to look at some of those records, with a court order or without, has any “wiretapping” happened? I don’t think so.

And what does it mean to say “Obama was tapping”? Does it mean he directly ordered it, or does he just have to wonder aloud how awesome it would be if someone did it? We expect presidents to have deniability about the spooky stuff because we watch television shows and that makes us smart.

I don’t have an opinion about what happened, or didn’t happen, with the wiretapping. But this story did make me laugh when I realized we find ourselves in the following fun situation:

1. President Trump is the world’s biggest liar (according to his foes).

And…

2. President Trump now has direct access to more national secrets than any other living human being.

And that means fun. 

This wiretapping situation shows us how much fun it will be. Six months ago, if Trump made a hard-to-believe claim about something that is also hard to verify, the country would assume he was lying, incorrect, or negotiating. Now, if he says something hard-to-believe, such as the recent wiretapping claim, you have to wonder if the President knows something you don’t. Because he knows a lot of somethings you don’t. 

If history is our guide, this odd situation, in which the most famous “liar” in the world also has access to the world’s best secrets, will be more entertaining than dangerous. We’re seeing that entertainment now. Trump can make any claim about hard-to-verify situations and we’ll all have to wonder if he knows something we don’t.

I feel sorry for the people watching the other movie – the one in which President Trump is essentially Hitler. In my movie, he’s having a bumpy transition ride but generally doing the people’s work. My movie is more of a comedy. And you could not write a better comedy than one in which the biggest “liar” in the world is in charge of the biggest secrets in the world.

Mmm, popcorn. 

About North Korea

In other news, watch President Trump force China to put the clamps on North Korea’s missile program by making it clear we’ll handle it for them if they can’t take care of their own backyard. If the United States has to take care of China’s problem for them, it sure would be embarrassing for China. And persuasive.

I base my North Korea prediction on the assumption that by now President Trump has burrowed so far into the brains of the Chinese leadership that he’s already got functional control, Master Persuader style. They just don’t realize it.

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