Irrelevant News

The worst that can happen to Team Trump is what’s happening now. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are expressing concern. Orrin Hatch is saying, “I don’t think this is relevant to the Trump administration.” The same 36 to 42 percent of America that has backed Trump since the spring still backs him. Repeat, ad infinitum.

Precisely. This is why I scroll down as fast as I can whenever I see yet another one of those Trumpo- Russian revelations in my newsfeed. 


Overeating, smoking, alcohol, drugs, anxiety – these are all the results of oral stage traumas. This is why many people move so easily between them. Recovered drug addicts start drinking. Former smokers overeat. And so on. 

An unhealthy relationship with money is a result of a different kind of trauma. It’s called anal-stage trauma. There are two general kinds of these traumas: the accumulating type and the dispersing type. 

If you want to see a perfect enactment of the accumulating type, turn on Shark Tank and observe Kevin O’Leary, the billionaire who chants “I just want more MAAAHNAAAAY.” I know nothing about his real-life persona but the character he plays on the show is deeply anally wounded. 

The dispersing type is somebody who is constantly haunted by money troubles irrespective of how much they make. Such people are always one bill away from disaster. They will engineer situations where they are always one step away from ruin because it’s their way of exercising control over life, strange as it might sound. They might have enormous incomes and be constantly skint because that state is their normal. 

Another manifestation of anal-stage traumas is one’s relationship with things. Hoarders, for instance, are a classic example of these traumas. And so are obsessive neatniks.

Hilarious Narcissists 

This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read:

I have been all over the world and have witnessed some rough scenes, but . . . America is still one of the harshest places I have ever been to. For a large fraction of the American population, this country is a coast-to-coast school of hard knocks and sucker punches.

And the best part is that the darn narcissist seems actually to mean it. Must be one of those people who refer to themselves as “a survivor” after having a bad hair day.

It doesn’t matter how much information is available, how easy it is to travel and learn about the world, people will still believe whatever self-serving bunch of lies makes them feel more important.  


Bernie Sanders went to West Virginia. This is good. I believe all politicians should go there and not come back until they can tell us WTF is going on and how is it possible to have this kind of devastation and penury in the richest country on Earth. 

I was in West Virginia long before I knew anything about the region, the coal, the drugs, or liquid capital. It was one of the most poignant experiences of my life. Folks, it looked worse than Ukraine. Literally. In Ukraine, we obviously have a very good understanding of deindustrialization. We saw it happen in the late 1980s and all through the 1990s. But I’ve never seen anything this bad in Ukraine. 

And it’s not just poverty. Latin American countries are poor. But the people there are not defeated, they are not devoid of joy and life like I’ve seen in West Virginia. 

Since then, I read every article that mentions West Virginia. I live in a very pretty and well-to-do area now, but I feel that I can’t preserve my humanity if I pretend that what I saw doesn’t exist.