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Infinitus Corsair
MeowAlso, his obsession with Time is such an old person thing. Old people are-- and this has been scientifically proven-- the worst.

Putting up a fake magazine of yourself in five clubs you own--without your tongue in your cheek--is the most pathetic thing I can think of. I don't care what a trifle it is, I consider it disqualifying.

I can't figure out why someone who has been on the cover of Time a few times would photoshop one. Also, here's the tutorial they probably used, because this story had to get weirder.
Jun 28, 2017 5:49 AM
Also, his obsession with Time is such an old person thing. Old people are-- and this has been scientifically proven-- the worst.
Jun 28, 2017 5:42 AM
Infinitus Corsair
Esoteric Allusion
Ivan the Terrible
Esoteric AllusionTrump definitely behaves as though he has first stage Alzheimer's symptoms. He's impulsive, aggressive, and prone to random bursts of vulgarity and threats. Even his defenders routinely describe him acting like an impulsive toddler to his own detriment. Trump's language is reminiscent in dementia in that it lacks complexity in vocabulary and syntax. He displays significant word-finding problems with a over-reliance on filler words like "thing." This happens as cognitive decline progresses in Alzheimer's. When you see video of his previous self, his verbal communication style looks severely degraded. It's textbook. He at least seems like he's highly forgetful. And to top it all off, he's got a family history of the condition.

There's also little things like him reportedly being afraid of walking on stairs. That's a classic Alzheimer's sign. The reason people with Alzheimer's type dementia have a fear of stairs is because early on the brain deterioration hits areas of the brain that process depth perception and color contrast. This makes it hard to judge how steep the stairs are making them look scary and the prospect of walking on them difficult. As the condition worsens, they can look like bottomless pits in front of their feet and be terror-inducing.

But, just because it's textbook doesn't mean we can diagnose from afar. There's other options to explain this. Trump also is an unintelligent BS artist and his non-descriptive language just be what he resorts when he's in way over his head. Ditto for him seeming to forget simple things. His impulsive, offensive bursts just might be part of his long-standing personality. He might have always been stair-phobic. That would explain all of this just the same.

There are two disturbing things I think you can take away from his dementia-like behavior:

1) How could you possibly tell if the president - President Trump that is - was developing dementia? How would it differ from his baseline behavior? If he isn't developing dementia now, he could at some point in the future and I'm not sure we'd have any way of knowing. It's not like the public can demand he do a clock-draw for them. ?Not being able to tell if the president is going senile certainly isn't a good thing.

2) Merely acting like you have dementia and actually having dementia aren't all that different in terms of undesirable traits to have in a president.

I'd add a third, separate from Trump himself:

3) In our current political environment, a man who may or may not have dementia - but who gives the world lots of evidence that his mental state is in a freefall - can not only win the nomination of one of our two major political parties, but can then go on to win the election and receive the unflagging support of a broad swath of the country.

Partisanship has developed to such an extent that some would rather keep a dangerously mentally unfit person in office and refuse to acknowledge anything abnormal about his behavior rather than concede anything to the other side, or alternatively the Republicans have degenerated to such an extent that the most inspiring face of their politics among their base is a man who is suffering from a degenerative mental illness.

Remember when Trump claimed to have invented the phrase "prime the pump?" You see stuff like that all the time in dementia. It's wild that he's such a clownish, grandiose BS'er that you can't tell the difference.

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Pretty sure Trump is Jenna Maroney.
Jun 28, 2017 5:41 AM
I should quit smoking.
Jun 27, 2017 10:26 PM
Fuck. That's terrible.
Jun 27, 2017 10:26 PM
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Jun 27, 2017 7:17 PM
God, I cannot wait to blow young Anthony Perkins in hell. Hell is gonna be great.
Jun 26, 2017 10:39 PM
wirthlingI have been considering signing up for Showtime mostly for Twin Peaks. It's possible I could watch Ray Donovan if I run out of things to watch. I really like Liev Schreiber. I think if I were gay, he would be my type. Burly jew.

I love that I was right. Also, yes, Liev is extremely hot, but he doesn't actually star in the show. They swapped him out with life size cut out around season, oh, 3.
Jun 26, 2017 3:49 PM
MeowThis isn't unprecedented for Showtime either, Ray Donovan is actually an multi-season exploration of the works of Maya Deren.

This could be true because no one, including wirthling, has seen Ray Donovan.
Jun 26, 2017 3:12 PM
This isn't unprecedented for Showtime either, Ray Donovan is actually an multi-season exploration of the works of Maya Deren.
Jun 26, 2017 3:08 PM
MeowSo the bro who was always uneasy about the tidiness and security of mid century Americana decided to spend like fifteen minutes showing us the Trinity test and because he's fucking awesome, it was fucking awesome. Especially since, right now, that sort of pax Americana bullshit seems so laughable and misguided. Guys, Lynch is a genius.

This kinda explains why he's turned Eagle Scout Cooper into a murderous rapist and an dimwit suffering from echolalia, along with the every other cruel twist we've seen so far.
Jun 26, 2017 6:27 AM
So the bro who was always uneasy about the tidiness and security of mid century Americana decided to spend like fifteen minutes showing us the Trinity test and because he's fucking awesome, it was fucking awesome. Especially since, right now, that sort of pax Americana bullshit seems so laughable and misguided. Guys, Lynch is a genius.
Jun 26, 2017 6:17 AM
Little Ash
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NimChimpskyI'm loving it. It's a straight Lynch injection every week. It's also very anti-television, so it's funny watching outlets trained during the rise of discussion TV try to tackle it like a normal show.

Yeah, it's awesome so far and it's wonderful to see recappers struggle with what's happening. My favorite are the ones who keep asking, "Well, why hasn't this plot line been resolved?" or "Why do we need a five minute scene about this?" or a general "What's happening?"-- have you guys seen any Lynch movie ever??My favorite thing about the show is that'll just drop you anywhere, you have no idea what's going to come next or if it's going to be a bit of great physical comedy or straight up horror-- how many shows can you say that about? It's my favorite show of the year so far.

My favorite interpretation of the show so far is that it's about the act of watching TV.


I've only heard that about that one segment in the first episode. I've not really picked up on that being explored more. ?Granted, my interpretation of Inland Empire's plot was that it was occurring while someone was watching TV. ?Which was really more incidental to interpreting the change of storylines and tangential plots/etc.

I've seen it pop up a few times, I was thinking of this--?https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/6/12/15780122/twin-peaks-episode-6-recap-the-return-diane
I don't know if you can unpack anything Lynch does so neatly, though.


I'm still not feeling the watching TV interpretation; though since that was literally part of my interpretation of Inland Empire, it'd feel weird for me to rule it out. But the jumping from story arc to story arc doesn't feel odd in the sense it needs to be explained here, partially because Game of Thrones (hardly surreal), does it al, the time (I think there was a season premiere where it felt like it was nothing but jumping between establishing shots).

Lynch's stuff is great because it lives moment-to-moment. This wouldn't work if he weren't one of the greatest visual storytellers alive. He goes from one feeling, scene, and scenario to another and everything he presents is best understood as a contrast or extension of what came before. Everything he shows you is unstable. There's nothing precious about his images or ideas. They exist to be deformed.
Jun 26, 2017 4:42 AM
I just rewatched it. That was one of the most unique and exhilarating episodes of television I've ever seen. Along with the last act of Mulholland Dr, it stands as one of the best things Lynch has done. I can't describe it. Holy shit.
Jun 26, 2017 4:01 AM
One of my favorite things about Lynch is that his stories make no sense but he can guide you through a ton of nonsense and still make the journey emotionally devastating. Nothing adds up but you understand what's at stake in an amorphous way. That was fucking soul destroying. Oh my god.
Jun 26, 2017 2:18 AM
I have never seen an episode of television like that. That was one of the greatest things Lynch has ever done. That was him firing on all cylinders. It was devastating, mysterious, and just indescribable. It was so, so amazing.
Jun 26, 2017 2:03 AM
Janson JinnistanI honestly still can't tell if the writer is mocking them or not. ?Some lines seem to indicate a very subtle trolling....

"The mood was simultaneously somber and expectantly gay, like that of a family dressed for the reading of a will in which they were expecting good news."

Good news....like 3.1 billion dollars.

You don't include that pink panthers line-- and the fact she said LOL out loud-- unless you're trolling your subjects. I still hate that they wrote about this people.
Jun 24, 2017 11:53 PM
Janson Jinnistan
MeowI'm totally into being friends with dead blacks. Their lives mattered.

In addition to learning that Leonard Bernstein organized the Black Panthers, I took some solace in the amusement that even these "millennial billion-heirs" of a real estate empire with "Instagram-ready looks and tremendous means" are still having to live at home with their parents after college.

In the Dakota. Gross, it's like old and shit.
Jun 24, 2017 11:52 PM