The Twitter Presidency

I think we’re going to see a lot of this sort of thing from The Donald:


He’s going to be using Twitter a lot. And why not? Some people seem to think that he should let his views be known via the MSM and the other usual diplomatic channels –  which is a lot slower, and a lot less transparent. But the MSM don’t like him. And most likely the diplomats in the diplomatic channels don’t like him either.

But Theresa May doesn’t want Nigel:

Nigel strikes back! Farage slams Theresa May for rejecting Trump’s US Ambassador plea

NIGEL Farage has urged Theresa May to put her “hatred” for him and Ukip to one side in a strongly worded statement criticising her for shamelessly rejecting Donald Trump’s calls for the Brexit backer to become US Ambassador.

And why should she? He’s a UKIP politician, not a Conservative. And I’m sure she’d like to have someone who shares her views as ambassador in Washington. Just because Nigel and Donald get along well with each other doesn’t mean that he’d be the best person to be the ambassador, particularly if Theresa May doesn’t like him.

Nigel would be better off in Britain, holding the UK government’s feet to the fire in order to action Brexit. Because now that Trump is (almost) President of the United States, he’ll be wanting to extract the UK from the EU, which he regards as a socialist state. Theresa May needs to press ahead rapidly, and ensure that Brexit really does mean Brexit.

And with relations with Russia about to thaw under a Trump presidency (maybe Trump will hand back the Ukraine to Russia?), the EU is going to find itself caught between Trump-assisted Brexiting Britain, and Trump-supported Russia. And since the EU is in near-permanent crisis already, this extra new crisis may be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back – particularly if Trump-inspired, Trump-twitter-supported nationalists manage to win power in other European countries (e.g. Marine Le Pen next year in France). The EU, having reached its high tide (and brought Europe to the brink of war with Russia), is now likely to ebb away rapidly, as resurgent nation states re-emerge all over Europe. What’s then most likely to happen is that the EU will become a standing conference of nations, with its European parliament ceding all its powers back to the nation states, and most of its treaties being revoked.

And if the EU is going to find itself beset on both sides, the UN and all its subsidiary organisations is probably going to find itself beset as well, particularly if Trump does something like tell them to move the UN building somewhere else than New York city –  not that he’s threatened anything like that, so far as I know.

We’re going to see Vladimir Putin on Twitter, and then Theresa May, and finally every head of state everywhere in the world, all furiously twittering away to each other. The winds of change have started to blow, and they are likely to blow very hard, in a storm of tweets.

@VladimirPutin. U started it!

@SalmanBinAbdulazizAlSaud. No I didnt.

@RecepErdogan. Yes u effing did.

And with the EU disintegrating, and the UN in retreat, maybe there’s a faint chance that the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) may also be revoked, and control handed back to nation states (if they want to control tobacco at all). And all these interfering and unnecessary smoking bans will be lifted at last, one by one.

Which is the only thing that really matters.

P.S. NYPost:

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.
“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.
“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.

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14 Responses to The Twitter Presidency

  1. garyk30 says:

    Trump has about 15 million Twitter followers, that puts him at 88 on the most popular list.

    Obama has about 80 million; but, that number may decline in the coming months. He does not tweet much, I would guess that he is more fond of watching himself on tv.

    CNN and The NY Times have more followers than Trump.

    Social media seems to be a great means of communication.
    This blog is proof of that.

  2. margo says:

    And the EU IS planning an army. We can’t get out soon enough.

  3. nisakiman says:

    Off topic (again), but this letter to the Editor was published in the Daily Telegraph today:

    SIR – Those endorsing the smoking ban in hospitals say that any interference with personal liberty is outweighed by the health benefits. They should reconsider.

    A large population of patients are detained in hospital against their will under the Mental Health Act. In some hospitals the smoking ban extends outside buildings into the open air. As a solicitor, I am aware that in the 18-month period up to March 2016 there were 326 incidents of violence in the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust associated with the ban, of which 70 per cent were on staff. There were 46 members of staff taken to A&E or whose injuries prevented them working for seven days or more.

    Psychiatric units are difficult environments for overworked and under-resourced staff. Providing external areas where patients can seek some relief from distress by smoking is neither difficult nor expensive to arrange. Adopting a rigid authoritarian ban is cruel and counter-productive.

    John O’Donnell
    Preston, Lancashire

    There are comments if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, but I’m not sure whether you have to be a subscriber to leave a comment.

    • garyk30 says:

      SIR – Those endorsing the smoking ban in hospitals say that any interference with personal liberty is outweighed by the health benefits.

      • garyk30 says:

        They are assuming benefits that have yet to be proved.

        • prog says:

          Heck, they’ve had over ten years to assess the health benefits of a smoke free regime at secure hospitals in England. It there were any, they’d be crowing from the roof tops. Last I heard (from a staff member at Rampton), obesity increased. And where else to have a controlled study of patients health than where practically everything consumed is controlled/monitored? The clip board brigade have ignored a near perfect opportunity if the effects of a smoke free environment have not been studied, . But I’m guessing they have plenty of data and it ain’t suiting the agenda.

        • Rose says:

          I thinkyou may be right, Prog.

          “In the first three years after giving up, new quitters were 91 per cent more likely to develop diabetes.”

          “Extra weight put on by new quitters explains around a third of the increased risk, the researchers said. A further third of the excess risk is accounted for by systemic inflammation, as assessed by increased leukocyte counts.”

          Effects of Smoking Cessation on Changes in Blood Pressure and Incidence of Hypertension
          A 4-Year Follow-Up Study

          “The trends for increased risk of hypertension for longer periods of smoking cessation were observed in subgroups of those who maintained weight as well as those who gained weight after smoking cessation.”

          “This study implies that the cessation of smoking may result in increases in blood pressure, hypertension, or both.”

          “Experience is their guide, numerically speaking. Of the 312 lung cancer patients they treated during a four-year period, 182 had recently quit smoking. The report goes into detail. “Each had been addicted to the habit no less than 25 years, smoking in excess of 20 sticks a day. The striking direct statistical correlation between cessation of smoking to the development of lung malignancies, more than 60% plus, is too glaring to be dismissed as coincidental.”
          https: //

          Not so noticeable in the general population when people stop smoking at different times, if a group of people are made to stop all at once such adverse effects would become glaringly obvious.

    • Rose says:

      Family raises concern over new smoking ban for patients at Northampton mental health hospital
      19 November

      “A concerned woman, who tends to her brother in a Northampton mental health hospital, is appealing for the institution to revise their policy on a smoking ban for patients.”

      “Simone Downey says she believes “it will affect the patient’s quality of life and remove one of the few choices they are able to make.”

      Ms Downey, whose brother is being looked after at St Andrew’s Hospital, believes that the smoking ban they are set to introduce from Sunday, January 1 could “make the staffs life extremely difficult as many of the patients are likely to become violent”.

      “It seems really draconian. The Priory Group haven’t done this and don’t intend to. For many people, St Andrew’s is their home. They already have few choices and are denied a voice. People who are already vulnerable and disenfranchised are being forced to accept changes they do not want.”

  4. smokervoter says:

    Forgive me, I was a bit late to the proceedings on Monday.

    Harley sent me off on a wild internet goose chase in search of the price differential for cigs between California and Mexico with his comment yesterday. That’s OK with me, I love crunching business math scenarios (or cogitations as per Junican). It’s the search result failures that throw me for a loop.

    Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Marlboro’s (pre Prop 56) in California cost $5.25 per packet out the door with tax. Mexican Marlboro’s in Tijuana, Mexico presently cost $2.54 per pack. After Prop 56 kicks in it’ll be $7.40 vs $2.54.

    A small-time Mexican smuggler going retail-to-retail with a Cali-customer and selling to him at the pre-Prop 56 price would gross around $27 per carton (a sleeve in euro-speak). Wholesale Mexican-to-Retail California (cue bigtime crime cartel participation) will be irresistibly more lucrative.

    Cigarettes are sold to shopkeepers in mastercases of 50 sleeves. A border crossing with a single mastercase would gross said small-time Mexi-smuggler around $1,350 for his trouble.

    A mastercase weighs about 30 pounds. It measures roughly 24″ X 17″ X 9″.

    There are 486 mastercases to a 20-foot container. Wholesale-to-Retail gross profit = $864,270 per container. Have you ever seen what the port of L.A. looks like? Containers are a dime-a-dozen. Can you say Viva California! Viva Mexico! Viva Tom Steyer!

    They should have called Prop 56 the Mexican Full Employment Ballot Initiative.

  5. slugbop007 says:

    You are the best, Rose.


  6. Walt Cody says:

    OT: in the last week, smoking is suddenly and notably back in television dramas. On Public Television a few days ago, in a (seemingly recent) British remake of the classic “The Lady Vanishes” everybody smoked in every scene, including the ingenue. In the opener of the new season of “The Affair” a few people smoked (tho they went outside to do it) and the heroine (anti-heroine) of the new series, “Good Behavior” smokes throughout –tho lol, she also boozes, smokes weed and maybe crack, and consorts with a hired killer. (Good series, btw.)

    And then, to hit a tangent, there’s this : in its surly coverage of Trump’s interview w/ the NY Times today, on the topic of waterboarding, Trump is quoted as quoting the general who may be the next Secy of Defense:

    Mr. Trump said he was “impressed and surprised” by General Mattis’s assurance that, “Give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I’ll do better.”

    If he makes good on that, it might, of course, mean that only terrorists will be allowed to smoke in America and smokers will be waterboarded.

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