A Horrifying Thought

When a dangerous country is on the verge of acquiring, not the nuclear weapons that they already have, but the ability to deliver them, it is time to consider an accommodation that gives them a GREAT LOT in exchange for giving up their nuclear program.

Even if this country and the world had the willingness, even desire, to approach Korea this way, the history of Libya and the developing history with Iran destroys the willingness of a country in Korea’s position to even consider making such a suicidal deal.

Considering the possibility that a President like Donald Trump might want to secure his place in history, if there is any short history to have a place in – except perhaps in some unlikely archeological history – by being the first person in the World to unleash nuclear holocaust …

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Ayn Rand Explains Trump

Why does Donald Trump tweet, not just tweet, but tweet so often and so OFFENSIVELY! Ayn Rand has the answer.

Ayn Rand identifies as a “Second Hander,” an abysmally weak personality, exemplified in the extreme by Donald Trump.

A “Second Hander” is a person whose perception of themselves does not exist from within, but from what they imagine is going on in the minds of others. If someone is thinking of THEM, they must be alive, otherwise NOT!

This characteristic is shared by everyone to some extent. Not of course by Howard Roark or Hank Reardon, but they are characters in Rand’s books. When her syndrome is manifested in the extreme, you get a Donald Trump, who shares company with more infamous pathological power mongers, at least more infamous so far.

Ayn Rand is not alone. In a story, Ray Bradbury – I think it was Bradbury – wrote about dead people on Mars who came alive whenever someone on earth had them in mind.

Talk about an inferiority complex: How about a non-existence complex!

This kind of person has so little sense of self-existence that they have a pathological need to be noticed. In the case of Trump the craving resulting from that need is so extreme that he needs to be forcing people’s attention on him at all times, and in the most extreme ways. The most extreme ways, to assure that the most brains are on him, and at all times, because he can’t live without it.

Ayn Rand’s “Second Hander” concept explains a lot. It answers questions about his targets. Why women for example? Or why the media? If we ask, “What outrageous statement or target will engage the most minds and tongues for the most amount of time?” we understand his choices.

The media for example. The media is, after all, his conduit to as many people as possible.

There are, presumably, deep seated reasons for his misogyny, but even here, for someone who must be alive in someone else’s mind to sense their own existence, women would be obvious targets, even without having personal animosity towards them. Think about this: If he actually had no animus towards women, a sickness, but attacked them, or groped them, just to commandeer at his convenience his presence in their minds, it would be worse. Instead of his carnage resulting from illness, a mitigation, his victims would simply be “road kill!”

Being a “Second Hander” explains why Trump can’t control himself? Question: Which has more power, some ideological principle of self-control, or self-existence. The latter clearly trumps the former.

I myself also suffer some from her syndrome. It sometimes causes me, not to force engagement, but the opposite, to disengage.

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Delighful Convenience Stores in South Korea

A glimpse into another world!


South Korean artist Lee Me Kyeoung unveils a series of illustrations in acrylic ink. His drawings represent local shops.

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Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun

The old days had such charm! Perhaps our time will have its charms when seen from its future?


Kids nowadays will just never understand.

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Vintage Pictures Brought to Life After Colourisation

Time machines! Didn’t know the AAA supported such a bad idea. Probably seemed to make a kind of sense at the time, but not in the long run.


After a thrilling chase through the busiest streets of Washington, a couple of bootleggers and their car come to grief at the hands of the Capitol police, 21st January 1922

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Question: Would the White House Even Try to Defend Our International Reputation in the Event of a Devastating Attack on Innocent People Living Here or Even on American Citizens? I Think Not!

I am reading an historical novel about a young American girl who gets a job, during the late 1930s, writing copy for the German Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda’s Broadcasting Division, English Language Service. She writes for a Lord Lyon who broadcasts to England ala Tokyo Rose.

According to the novel, the department was assigned the job of mitigating the international consequences of Kristallnacht. The supervisor, Dieter, informed them, “… the Daily Telegraph in London called it ‘racial hatred and hysteria by otherwise decent people.’ We have to deal with this in a way that helps our listeners [the English and Americans] get a fuller picture than they have gotten from their own domestic press.”

That is, even the Nazis were concerned with the international implications and damage to reputation caused by their behavior. They didn’t want people outside Germany to lose the presumption that Germans were “otherwise decent people.”

This administration has so far indicated no interest or concern for damage to our international reputation caused by its outspoken positions or its behavior.

If some horrific attack on members of any of the groups already targeted for abuse, or worse, occurred – God help us nowhere near the horror of a “Kristallnacht” – would this administration attempt, even as propaganda, to mitigate damage done to our international reputation?

I, for one, am afraid not!

· Berlin Calling, Kelly Durham, 2015, 2017, Kindle Edition, p. 46

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Spectacular Mountain Landscape Photography

These are all amazing! Each and every one!


Max Rive is a talented 30-year-old photographer, adventurer and climber from the Netherlands, who runs worldwide photo tours and shoots stunning mountains and landscapes.

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