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Episode 151: Scott Adams Doesn’t Know Why Putin Would Meddle in our Election

Topics: 

  • President Trump removed Putin’s reasons for messing with us in the future
  • Michael Cohen taped conversation with Trump
  • CNN discussing Putin’s offer to interview our former diplomat
  • Harnessing flying unicorn energy

 

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Episode 150 Scott Adams: The Next Putin Summit

Topics: 

  • Putin invited to DC in the fall, the visual persuasion game
  • Trying to lower the risk of nuclear war while enemy press attacks
  • DNI Dan Coats finding out about Putin fall visit from the press
  • What will and won’t historians note and remember?
  • President Trump “shakes the box” like no other can, till he wins
  • Russian situation importance hasn’t changed, our attention shifted
  • Focus is now on Putin, creates an asset for Trump in talks
  • “The Bro Code” The understood way men deal with other men

 

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Episode 149 Scott Adams: How the White House is Executing a Brutally Effective High Ground Persuasion Play

Topics: 

  • Arguing about the weeds…versus preventing nuclear armageddon
  • Trump’s velvet glove approach before the hardass approach
  • Good risk management approach
  • Are the free press still the guardians of our freedom?
  • Most people’s opinions are assigned to them by the press
  • The press knows how to rewire your brain in their reporting
  • The Russian NRA spy story

 

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Episode 148: Scott Adams Debunks the Fake News That President Trump Believes Putin Over His Own Intelligence Services

Topics: 

  • It “appears”, it “seems”, it “suggests”…BS will follow
  • Trumped “seemed” to support Putin over his own intelligence community
  • The enemy press conflates…
    • Trump agreeing Russian interference happenedTrump Presidency must not be legitimate
    • NOTHING like that is happening
    • A catastrophic mistake by the right to allow and support that conflation
  • A copy (mirror) of a server is NOT acceptable by courts, worthless

 

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Episode 147: The Two Movies About Russia, the Military Parade, and Hatred of Success

Topics: 

  • The value of a American military parade
  • Two movies are fully developed and have OPPOSITE end results
    • Which movie will most accurately predict the future?
    • Which countries are doing cyber attacks on other countries?
  • Are we asking Russia to do what even our allies wouldn’t do?
  • The power of the anti-Trump plan “he must be compromised”
    • Big problem for President Trump…bigger problem for Russia
    • Anti-Trump play is creating a frame that attracts confirmation bias
    • Putin can only help himself…by helping President Trump
    • Putin has multiple options that are easy for him and desired by U.S.
    • Social media moves the government and pretty quickly

 

 

Episode 143: Trump/Putin Press Conference

Topics: 

  • President Trump is removing the reasons for Russia to be belligerent toward America…just like he did with NK
  • POTUS is reframing: No reason to go after each other
  • President Trump is elevating and “authoring” Putin for the benefit of both countries
  • Who taught John Brennan how to negotiate?
  • Who do you go to war against, your friends or your enemies?
  • Does that make seeking friendship and mutual benefit desirable?
  • Trump tweet question, “where are the servers”?

 

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Episode 142: Talking about Russia

Topics: 

  • Would a destabilized U.S. or Russia or China be good thing?
  • Would any of the three really want the others destabilized?
  • Josh Rogin tweet exchange…he says he isn’t a NeverTrumper

 

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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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Remind Me Why Russia is Our Adversary?

    One way to look at the recent election in the United States is that Russia (allegedly) subverted our democratic process to ensure that Trump would win. The facts seem to point in that general direction, although we can’t know how much influence Russia really had.

    Another way to look at the election is that Russia did a big favor for the American public by preventing Clinton from becoming president. That interpretation depends entirely on your opinion of Clinton. But it too fits the facts. One assumes Russia’s motives were to help Russia, not the United States. But we might have benefitted anyway.

    Clinton saw Russia as an adversary. I confess my ignorance on this topic – and maybe you can set me straight in the comments – because I can’t think of any reason Russia and the United States should be considered natural enemies. Both countries want to defeat ISIS. Both countries want peace and prosperity. Neither claims ownership of any of the other’s territory. I see the prospect of good relations with Russia as a way to make some money for both countries and defeat ISIS too. That doesn’t seem so bad.

    If Russia did interfere with our elections in a meaningful way, obviously that is a hole we need to plug. But this is an unusual situation because their alleged actions look more like the work of a sneaky ally than an enemy. The likely outcome of their alleged hacking is that we’ll have better relations with a major superpower and a better chance of defeating ISIS. 

    One trick of persuasion that I have sometimes used involves treating an adversary like a friend until they turn into a friend. I’ve never seen it done on a country-to-country basis, but it works great in person. If you tell someone you are on their side, and you act that way, it is hard for them to keep you on the enemy list. I don’t know if this method of persuasion works for countries, but this is the perfect place to test it. 

    Obviously this style of persuasion would not work in situations where there is something tangible at stake, such as competing claims for the same territory. But Russia and the United States have more interests in common than in conflict. In this particular case, Trump can change the frame from adversary to ally if he chooses to do so. And that would probably have the effect of making all parties act that way.

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