20170202 reading, video, audio list

CBC Radio, “How Trump can build a U.S. autocracy: David Frum” (very insightful 25 minutes listening, highly recommended. Frum was former speech writer for President Bush 43rd and is on the “right” of political spectrum but he gives some great advices and warnings to both sides.) (wise analysis with various examples from around the world)

While the American political system rests on checks and balances, Frum says the U.S. Congress won’t stand in the way of Trump.

“Congress could but it won’t. We have seen the Republicans who hold a majority in both houses of Congress again and again accept things that weeks before they would say are unacceptable,” he tells Tremonti, adding they need Trump to achieve their agenda.

“They don’t insist he release his tax return, they don’t insist on divestment of his investments, they do not insist on things that every president since Gerald Ford has had to do.”

According to Frum, we’re in a period of democratic deficit around the world and that liberty is threatened in modern times through a process of corruption and deceit.

Trump isn’t setting out deliberately to create an autocratic state, Frum tells Tremonti.

“He’s not so strategic. He’s setting out to steal. That’s his big goal is to become the richest man in the world abusing the powers of the president.”

Bill Gates Live with Warren Buffett to discuss our hopes for the future. (start ~3:00) [K’s note: Charlie Rose is one of my most favourite interviewer and Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are two of the most interview subjects. Warren’s “optimism” in America and Bill’s desire to learn more are both qualities that I aspire to have more of in myself. #enjoy]

Bill Gates on Warren Buffett, “25 Years of Learning and Laughter

CBC News, “Trump says he’d like to speed up the start of NAFTA talks ‘I don’t care if it’s the renovation of NAFTA or a brand new NAFTA,” Trump says of talks” (with video)

CBC News, “Tesla Model S scores well in crash safety tests but falls short of top standard Electric-car maker docked marks for small overlap crash test and headlights rated ‘poor’

WaPo, (with video, wow) “National Security No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.

Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

At one point, Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — and that “this was the worst call by far.”

Trump’s behavior suggests that he is capable of subjecting world leaders, including close allies, to a version of the vitriol he frequently employs against political adversaries and news organizations in speeches and on Twitter.

“This is the worst deal ever,” Trump fumed as Turnbull attempted to confirm that the United States would honor its pledge to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center. […]

Trump returned to the topic late Wednesday night, writing in a message on Twitter: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!””

Funny and yet horrific. Loyal to a T | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS (Ref THR)

丹麥國營電視台形象廣告超好哭,意外在全球引起瘋傳 (中文字幕) [HT 張懸 Deserts Xuan]

讓我與大家分享CBC電台找7歲到93歲各年齡的人, 拍攝而成的“How to Age Gracefully”(如何優雅地成長)一條短片. (有英文字幕)

THR, “It’s Goodbye ‘Girls’ as Lena Dunham, Cast, Execs Overshare in Show Oral History” (Saving to read later if I can find time)

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