The DexFiles: Notes And Quotes On Trump’s White House Dysfunction

+ “Dear White House Aides: Save Yourselves. Save Us.” | Yahoo News | 5/18/2017

Leave the room as quietly as you can. Find a box. Go back to your office, pack up your things, leave the badge on the desk and go.”

Get out while you can is Matt Bai’s advice to White House staffers and aides who think working for President Trump is still worth it.

His response is quite devastating:

But maybe you’ve seen that terrific movie “Get Out,” about the dude who finds himself stuck in a house full of deranged predators he thought were his friends?

Yeah, I know this is hard to get your head around, but you’re the black guy.

Because every day you spend at the White House now, trying to keep this thing on the tracks, is a disservice to yourself, and ultimately to the rest of us.”

No way could a Trump White House have been a team of political, military, business, and academic all-stars brought together by a stable, visionary leader to address some of America’s most pressing problems.

Rather, we always knew 45’s administration would be an unstable brew of family, sycophants, billionaires, cynical politicos, nationalist hacks, and rank B-teamers.

For this we should be somewhat grateful. It’s burning through precious time and momentum, leaving executive orders and White House staff paranoia in its wake. Thus, in some odd way the current regime is preferable to one headed by Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, both of whom would have been less disruptive and more business as usual. Just think about the horrors that a laser-focused president birthed by the Tea Party could unleash…

While I feel sorta sorry for mid and low-level staffers torn between leaving and staying (perhaps compromising their careers with either choice), I also think they must’ve had some idea of what they were getting into. Trump could never have been more than exactly what we thought he was. Which explains why “Give him a chance!” from supporters and Fox commentators always rings hollow. We always knew what he would do with that chance. And we knew his base would ride or die with him. Perhaps because he brought them to the dance. Perhaps because they’re desperate for anyone who can do something to restore a collapsing middle class. Or perhaps because he thinks just like they do.

Perhaps the best thing a White House staffer can do now (before getting fired or indicted) is leak as much as possible for the sake of whatever remains of our democracy. To that end, we’re getting to the point where we need fewer anonymous sources quoted in The New York Times or Politico. Now we need documents and recordings.

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Syria Is A Black Box

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Amid the killing, the horrors, and the tragedies in Syria, there’s also an ideological civil war among eleven players and even more agendas. In addition to exchanging bullets and bombs, in this war, every claim from one player is instantly challenged by another’s counter-claim.

We might have described Syria as an abyss or black hole had the civil war occurred during Hafez al-Assad’s regime. Under his son Bashar it’s a black box.

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The (De)X Files 07/12/16: Bitcoin = Energy, Encrypted Facebook, Son Of Bin Laden, The Italian Job, Elites In Retreat …

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The (De)X Files is my weekly aggregate of a few stories, essays, articles, an academic paper here and there, and (ugh) “think pieces” (only the awesome ones) from as wide a net as I can cast across the web. (The net is exceptionally wide, thanks to Inoreader.)

My selections are of the important, the surprising, the troubling, the enlightening, the inspiring, the amusing, the sublime, and the offending, along with some commentary, analysis, speculation, and prediction.

On tap: Bitcoin = energy; encrypted Facebook; Son of Bin Laden; the Italian job; elites in retreat …

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The (De)X Files 07/07/16: Mapping The Dark Web, Weaponized A.I., & Digital Bank Heists

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The (De)X Files is my (sorta) daily aggregate of a few stories, essays, articles, an academic paper here and there, and (ugh) “think pieces” (only the awesome ones) from as wide a net as I can cast across the web. (The net is exceptionally wide, thanks to Inoreader.)

My selections are of the important, the surprising, the troubling, the enlightening, the inspiring, the amusing, the sublime, and the offending, along with some commentary, analysis, speculation, and prediction.

Have a story to discuss? Tweet it to me at @thinkdeadly or email it to thinkdeadly1911@gmail.com.

On tap: mapping the dark web, those “damn emails,” weaponized A.I., Chilcot, digital bank heists, Arthur Ashe, China’s innovation economy, and fighting extremism …

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