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Trump Mood Meter

Thanks to TheKing’sNecktie, I discovered there is a Trump Mood Meter in existence, to determine, that is, the leader’s, former President’s mood. This is presumably, tongue-in- cheek.

However, I am confused as to its authenticity. It claims to guard against stock market volatility, by predicting the mood of Donald Trump. If folk voted for the Don, I am guessing they may believe the Mood Meter when buying or selling stocks? In the Trump – Covid era, anything is possible.

N.B. The meter predicts his mood based on Trump’s tweets for the last 24 hours.

Interesting that if it is not swinging towards cheerful, the meter will read as raging! Two polar extremes, like the man himself. This meter might become more interesting as we get closer to Trump leaving the Whitehouse, by force, or by his own volition.

Photo by Priya Karkare on Pexels.com

It may just be the angle of this photo, from Pexels, but, weirdly, I see a silhouette of the barrel of a gun in the external shape of this building. But that’s just me, I suppose.

Something to Ponder About

98 thoughts on “Trump Mood Meter”

  1. I actually see a bone spur when I view that building. I also view the Trump-meter as reactionary and hostile. In that realm people react to whatever comes before them, with the response generally hostile in nature. In other words, it’s purely emotional and without much thought beforehand.

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    1. Reactive – it definitely is, Alejandro. And you make a very sound point. We all need people to think carefully, not to just shoot from the hip, so to speak, with mouths or guns. I was amazed that such a thing exists and I guess it could be potentially dangerous, inciting some unstable folk.
      Trump tower a bone spur? I will have to take another look.

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      1. Several years ago a colleague told me she’d say whatever came to mind and deal with the repercussions later. I responded that she eventually would regret that; that she’d say the wrong thing and not be able to “deal” with it later because her words would be too grave. I proved myself correct on more than a few occasions afterward.

        I’ve always found that, if I speak without thinking, I usually regret it. I wish many of our elected officials were as judicious as that.

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          1. As a Mainer and United States citizen, words continue to fail me. How is it that someone like Trump exerts such a pull on so many people? I am trying to understand, but it is not easy. That hideous building you featured is an apt reflection of Trump.

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            1. It is interesting that most people take a dislike to that building Laurie and even stranger that people do not see the much lampooned figure that most of us see in the ex-President.
              As a complete outsider tothe US on the other side of the world, my viewpoint is mostly irrelevant but I do think a lot of the support for Trump is based on fear and a lack of individual self control.
              The climate of political correctness has not yet been cemented into the psyche of folks and certain folks may have struggled with holding back their real feelings – ie self control. Trump says and does what he likes, with no holds barred. Some people see this as freedom. The freedom to say what you really think. When they are fearful of the future, they might say and do hurtful things but if they are surrounded by others who feel the same, these folks then subsconsciously interpret this as support. Confirmation of the right way to act, to think and to feel. The herd mentality. This and the constant media flurry around anything Trump says or does confirms the constant attention to behaving this way.
              Trump supporters to me are the passionate ones, the fearful ones and the ones who are looking for freedom in the wrong place. Am I way off in making that assumption, Laurie?

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              1. No, you are not way off. Right on the piton, as my mother would have said. Also, add racism to the mix and what an ugly brew you have. And then throw in inadequate social services. What a mess. Feels like we are a country in decline.

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            2. I think people like Hitler and Stalin had the same impact on people in their circles. In times of crises (or perceived crises), people naturally gravitate to strong personalities. Many of our elected officials bear such personas, which can be a positive thing, if they have good intentions. Obviously, Hitler and Stalin didn’t, and the world suffered because of their personal dogmas. But the world also suffered because so many people allowed themselves to become entranced with those nefarious individuals. It’s how and why cult leaders can get away with their shenanigans for so long. By the time they’re revealed for the scoundrels they truly are, it’s almost always too late.

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              1. It is known as the Charismatic principle in Modern History lessons in Australian schools, Alejandro. It recurs throughout history as you mentioned. Shame that it has such dire consequences.

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          2. But therein lies the crux of the problem, Amanda. They’re too self-absorbed to understand the impact of what they say might have on others or a particular situation. Eventually, though, they will say the wrong thing and end up regretting it more than anything else they’ve ever done. I’ve seen that happen on more than a few occasions throughout my life. It’s always a pleasure to watch them wallow in their own mud bath.

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              1. He is so pathologically narcissistic he won’t be able to cease venting his trite anger. His small circle of like-minded enablers, plus his millions of brain-washed followers, only encourage him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he fails to show up at Biden’s inauguration.

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  2. I have just talked to a number of people in South Australia. Because of a service mishap in a quarantine hotel and the subsequent passing of the damn virus to 22 people at last count, South Australia will enter fairly severe but hopefully brief lockdown as of tonight. Thanks to the logical and knowledgeable ‘mood’ of those in charge may we hope for a good outcome however difficult the journey may be for those experiencing limitations to their lifestyles. At the same time I look at the unbelievable horror of what still happens to be ‘Trump’s America’ and I shudder as I am certain all of us here do. “Mood Meter’ for a very sick and totally self-absorbed entity just now ? Methinks we know what it must be as he is totally incapable of understanding the tragedy of his own people or seeing the necessity of any steps so needed . . . no lockdowns necessary in his domain . . . all’s well with the world . . . so, my apologies, but is any possible Trump Meter not just the sickest ‘joke’ in the whole wide world . . . ?

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  3. I consider the way the US haas built its legal system to be incomprehensible. People can sue with impunity, wasting hundreds of hours of courts/processes; and yet one fat blonde can’t be removed from her job for refusing to do it.

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      1. Siiiiiiiiii ! Justice is a word of dubious connotation in the US of A at this time. I mean, how could it not be under the administration of Bill Barr ??!

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  4. That building looks like a Freudian nightmare (comically overcompensating phallus), combined with a Lennie Riefenstahl Nazi pageant. Come to think of it, this accurately describes Trump, regardless of his moods.

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  5. I think the meter is rather pathetic. It shows two things that are perverted. One is how far from investment the stock market has strayed. One guy having a temper tantrum doesn’t actually effect the underlying value of a business, and, if we were investing not speculating it wouldn’t. The other is how much people are creating the monster by making the meter they validate and normalize the temper tantrums by giving them attention.

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    1. I so agree with you on the crazy notion of how much a mood meter or even Trump’s mood themselves, might have on the stock market. I am not part of that industry, so I don’t know how volatile or flippant the stock market world is in regard to powerful political figures and their vagaries. I would hope that the market is much more concerned over more serious values and indicators when making investments. I can only assume and hope the Mood meter was a joke. MIght it affect a speculative investor?

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      1. Because of the rise of e-trading and exchange traded funds (which are buckets of stocks, so you are not investing in a particular business that you research and understand but are more betting on the market as a whole will go up) the lack of interest for bank deposits a lot of folks are putting money into the markets without having a sense of investing. Some of the current incumbent’s arbitrary actions, like arbitrary trade war actions, especially those that are not logically linked to a strategy, do affect potential future value of some industries. The markets have generally been way more volatile since he took office.

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        1. That is so interesting, Xingu Mama and I thank you for that insight. It certainly could have major ramifications especially for smaller countries like Australia. I assume there has then been more nail-biting in the stock market world of late. It is testament that the system has held together over the last four years. Even through the GFC and Covid. Mind you, I am only speaking of how Australia has fared in this respect.

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  6. Let’s hope this madness stops soon. If only the media wouldn’t give Trump so much attention. They are partly to blame for his success, no matter how you look at this. We should all focus on what Biden is doing and planning and ignore the other guy!

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    1. Politicians. like Trump and celebrities appeal to the tabloid media. The more outspoken, the more outrageous the more papers they sell. Unfortunately, as someone said, whoever controls the media, controls the country. The media industry take advantage of our biological primed attention to bad news stories. Once upon a time there used to be responsible journalism. We seem far removed from that now.

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  7. I am hopeful that our new president will bring some common sense to this whole madness. The stress of Covid is bad enough, but to have a dysfunctional child in the white house who is not lifting a finger to do anything but stroke his own sick ego, makes everything that much worse. The mood is dismal, no matter what meter you consult, but this too shall pass.

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    1. I like your philosophical approach, Dorothy. This too shall pass is similar to a Norwegian saying that comforts me in times of distress. Is it a saying you learnt as a child? As regards the President – bring on a new era! It has been a hell of a year.

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      1. I cannot believe we are talking about Norwegian sentiment, as I do think I went through a learning process. I live in Norway and I had to think about the importance of the 4 years and reflect, without being irrational. Everyone has been so perturbed by a president that was not even our statsminister.
        I just wanted some rationality and to help me understand, the need for such times of change. Albeit he was change. I wanted to reflect to see whether or not we have benefited from the process of changing our thoughts and not being lousy critics. I myself, have been guilty of such things. It was only 4 years

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    1. Now that is a great way to look at it. He is so extreme in his behaviour, it is highlighting all the negative traits rolled into one and could well be a model of how not to be. Egotistical, self-centred, ignorant, impulsive, a sore loser, recalcitrant, immodest etc etc. No one wants to be like that, Appeltjie. Perhaps the pendulum will return to the middle path soon?

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    2. I do not think so. He could have been a real, nasty piece of work and excuse me, but used force on a bunch of people whom were rioting when they should not have been rioting. I live in Norway, we comply for each other. So, I found it very difficult to comprehend what has just happened.

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      1. Many of us here in the U.S. are still wondering how the January 6 riots could have happened. For years now conservatives have been stoking fears that bands of Muslims and Mexicans posed the greatest threat to our nation’s capital. Yet, it turned out only a large gang of angry right-wing extremists actually managed to do that.

        I honestly never thought I’d see something like that. I’ve been paying attention to U.S. politics since the Watergate fiasco nearly half a century ago and have witnessed a bevy of bizarre behavior and political stunts. But I have NEVER seen anything like January 6!

        Trump is incredibly delusional and narcissistic. For decades people here have often said we need a businessman as president. Well, we got one, and didn’t turn out so nicely. Trump, indeed, did try to run the country as his own business (a very corrupt business): demanding absolute loyalty and trying to shut down anyone who dared disagree with him.

        Klaus Balkenhol once said: “There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.”

        On a side note, it’s curious how the view of socialism in the U.S. depends on one’s ideological leanings. When conservatives think of socialism, they think of Venezuela. When liberals think of socialism, we think of Scandinavia. I lean towards the latter viewpoint.

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        1. I obviously see it from an international perspective. I like that he has noted that there are problems, with tech and the fact that they are censoring people.

          Democracy means, freedom and equality. I do not think that Trump was able to do the things he has done without war, internationally, if he was not a cocky son of a gun.

          I am sorry but you do not but a peacock in a cock fight. Britain learned the hard way with Thersea May and they learned nothing from the situation of the negotiations. You need the biggest bully of them all.

          You need a tiger, to say no more wars, shut the borders . Sort the mess out.

          Sometimes, you need a fresh pair of eyes on a situation.

          Sometimes, you realise the wall that is around congress should not be there and they should be listening to the people. The wall should be on the border because it is a border.

          Other countries may have had the desire to have the respect they were about to recieve for being decent immigrants. Trumps wife raised the god damn bar. If you did not like it, then, you had to get up set about it and then get all racist about it.

          Either way, racism works both ways. It got ridiculous. It made you look like we cannot do business with you. We cannot be sociable with most of you on social media.

          You began to become, the very man you despised. But you became worse. You began to fall for the things that you should not and kiss your very freedoms goodbye.

          It’s as though the lockdown made you all look in the complete different direction to the way the rest of the world is going.

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          1. The blogosphere is independent thoughts but always, always, in a respectful tone. Your personal opinion is welcome but only if you are careful with your wording. You sound extremely angry and we cannot have a discussion if emotions are heightened.
            I like a vigorous discussion but it must be respectful or it will end up in the spam folder, @Weird and Wonderful.

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        2. Yes the disparity in ideology are interesting and I am glad you lean towards the Scandi ideal, Alejandro. I think the far-right has long used the fear of the red peril to contract what the concept of socialism might mean for the US. Such is their insecurity that it has emerged as fear and sometimes bordering on paranoia. It was similarly like this in the ’50s and ’60s, however I do feel we moved on with a decade of Labour party rule. However, the religious far-right then began a concerted campaign to get as many sympathizers into parliament as they could and the more recent years have seen the fruits of their labour. As a consequence, a higher overall standard of living and highly educated electorate, there is a shift towards the right in political preference. The left-wing is more centrist in its policies and the right see the left side of politics as in bed with the greenies – the environmental zealots. (which is untrue). The Labour party must be having a big of an identity crisis as good policy is thrown out the window because a right-wing sympathetic media is great at fostering fear in the electorate. Take the policy of Electric cars at the last election, Alejandro. The right-wing liberal parties crucified this Labour initiative. They recanted with the statement that Labour wants to ruin your weekend and take your 4WD/Ute (read pick up truck) away from you. The electorate reacted negatively and Labour lost the election. Media has now the balance of control in many ways – the electorate may be educated but they are not informed in a balanced way.
          Well that was a long answer to your mention of Scandi socialism, but I thought it might interest you to hear what was happening here.
          Totally agree that Trump tried to run the country as he did his corrupt business. One must be transparent and honest if you are the leader, or at some point, you will be hauled over the coals. Trump did not understand this. A bully is no tiger or leader, as Weird and Wonderful alluded. Strength and leadership is earned in other ways.

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        3. I realise this may have sounded a bit like I have expectations of people not being able to be pleasant towards each other in any political job and I realise that, the tone in which I was referring to, is not to imply; they are incompetent, but, negotiating cannot be an easy job if people are warmongers from certain countries and I was not referring to any country in particular but, if it came across as such, then sorry. But, I do not see certain things as dictatorship.

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          1. It is certainly not North Korea, any of us are living in. We would not have an open discussion if it was. I agree negotiating is a very difficult job and especially so if someone is hell bent on a military solution.

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            1. I do worry because of the fact that many countries have been sold this false hope of a vaccine helping them. When we have no figures or evidence from China. They took their vaccination, and ended up with an increase in deaths. It just seems a little scary, and military solution was not one. Sanctioning countries and restraining them from attacking is a worthwhile solution.

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      2. You are lucky in that the Norwegian culture is one of compliance. In America and South Africa there are so many different cultures with so many ways of doing, and such a lot of bad politics between everyone, that absolute conpliance is but a dream

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        1. I am concerned that this blogger who has refused to tell me his name may be a troll and the mention of Norway a tongue in cheek reference to this, Appeltjie. I will be watching his comments as syntax seems to be poor and he likes to argue.

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        2. No, this has not been easy to negotiate even our vaccinations. I think that seriously, Angela Merkel has been vicious and she was able to get 76 million vaccinations. But our compliance is not to be taken lightly. We still have pubs, hotels open and we still care about small business.

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            1. Yes and we had the hardest time recently where a town nearly, collapsed because there was so much mistrust between them. As they rang the police on each other. This kind of atmosphere when people need each other, or they may need someone to deliver food or talk to them, is ridiculous.

              I mean, you could actually cut the tension with a knife.

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  8. I remember being in NYC and seeing the Trump Tower. I snarled at it then, as I would now. As for The Donald’s mood, I had no idea such a meter existed and will be happy when it is no more. As in his influence is over. As in better times.

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    1. It would be so weird to see something like this for our own political leaders Then again, we have such a strong Tall Poppy Syndome operating surreptitiously here that I doubt anyone like Trump could succeed. (Although we have had right wing nutters in the wings).
      Trump has almost become a caricature of his own self, and things like spoof videos and (I hope) tongue-in-cheek mood meters have made great material for comedians.
      It would be totally hilarious if he didn’t hold the position of powerand influence over a large population. All I can say, now, is no wonder Kim Jong wanted to meet him. It speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

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  9. Looks like you have stirred up quite the conversation here. I pay little attention to any of it and fully agree with Alejandro. I also give the toddler very few of my neurons. I have bigger fish to fry. 🙂

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      1. No but some of my stuff automatically go to twitter. 1x a week blog, 1x a day facebook photo and instagram when I remember.. 😉 But when I say tweets i just mean posts, tweets, everything.. He certainly bought out the worst in people. Some people I know got really agro, nasty..

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          1. Ever meet someone who seems to cause trouble just for the hell of it? I feel Trump is like that. Then again, he has that autocratic personality, in part, because he was raised in a gilded bubble by a father with racist and sexist beliefs. But Trump has tried to run this country like he ran his businesses: dictatorial and without mercy, demanding unfettered loyalty from everyone around him. That may be how one operates a global real estate firm, but it’s not how a nation functions.

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            1. Exactly, Alejandro. One cannot run an accountable government like a Real estate business. Interestingly, we said the same about our own mini version of Trump. That politician became a hated man too, and he was swiftly thrown out by the electorate at the next election and disappeared from the political scene. I hope Trump and his family does too.

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            2. I am going to play devils advocate here. As a foreign person, British actually, I was not prepared for Brexit and the complications, but, once the ball was rolling before we voted.

              By this, I mean, the sentiment and the tone of people. The environment had changed. People needed this. Maybe, America needed Trump, perhaps we all needed to change in some way shape or form. Maybe this pandemic needed a different person to deal with it. But I went through a process of understanding rationally what just happened in the last 4 yrs as I have moved to Norway. I have changed and think a little more differently after research.
              Apologies Forestwood but I do think the world has changed in a totally different direction now, and perhaps others are not ready for that.

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              1. I read your post, Weird and Wonderful. (Sorry I don’t know your first name). Thanks for your opinion. Lucky you living in one of the most privileged countries on earth. And one of my favourites.
                Blogging is fantastic because it is an independent viewpoint expressed by the commone man. Unfettered by corporate allegiances or media corporations.
                It is always great to hear from another perspective and I take your point about lousy criticism. My opinion is not one of an academic, just an observer in my little corner of the world. I am however, interested in the dynamics of how such a man rises to power and has incited such extremes of opinions and has such a aberrant style. I do agree the world has change. It will continue to do so as each generation affects society with its own particular pecadillos and attitudes.

                Keep on asking questions and voicing your views. Through dialogue, we may uncover some commonalities that will help us achieve better understanding.

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      1. I think the whole world has lost almost all their commerce. I am a little worried about this. I am mainly worried, that the markets are going to project we individuals will be taxed heavily in the next 10 yrs. I just hope we do not end up being dragged into some terrible situation where, people have to pay 100 x the odds for a loaf of bread.

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