Monday, February 13, 2017

John Oliver Has A Genius Plan To Force Trump To Learn Some Actual Facts // Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump

John Oliver is back, and he’s launched his most challenging investigation yet.  On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, the comic looked into reality itself, which is under assault by President Donald Trump and a White House that accepts “alternative facts.”  So what can you do when the president himself doesn’t seem to care what the facts are?  

Try to teach him anyway ... secretly. Oliver said he is going to start running ads on some of Trump’s favorite TV shows that look a lot like some of the commercials already airing ― but with a slight difference.


The New York Times; February 13, 2017
Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump

To the Editor:
Charles M. Blow (, Feb. 9) describes Donald Trump's constant need "to grind the opposition underfoot." As mental health professionals, we share Mr. Blow's concern.

Silence from the country's mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association's 1973 Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.

Mr. Trump's speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).

In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump's speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.

Beverly Hills, Calif.

Dr. Dodes is a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schachter is a former chairman of the Committee on Research Proposals, International Psychoanalytic Association. The letter was also signed by 35 other psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

see also
Alex Steffen - Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere
Andrew Sullivan says it's time for journalists to talk publicly about President Trump's "mental stability."
US Elections Commissioner Demands Trump Prove Outrageous Voter Fraud Claims // The Madness of King Donald By Andrew Sullivan