politics

They're just paid protesters

In an effort to strip protesters of their legitimacy, Trump and Fox News claim that protesters are simply there because they’re paid by powerful oppositional interests. Never mind that Trump has no evidence for his claim; he has no evidence for practically anything that emerges from his loud mouth. What is more interesting to me is that if money delegitimizes authenticity then presumably we can use this effect to come to additional conclusions.

@realDonaldTrump Russian Twitter bot

Someday, when I have time to burn, I’m going to write a Twitter bot that takes all of Trump’s vacuous tweets and translate them into Russian. It’ll look like this: There’s something ludicrous about the idea of the Trump, who is distractible, impatient, and incurious being able to learn Russian, an incredibly difficult language.

marking time

marking time,eyes glazed, pupils constrictedto the head of a pinfrom facing the blue white sterile lightfor too longa zombie tribenumbering in the millionsif not morewaits.this throng, agitatedin a subdued anesthetizedway,crowns one of its owna clown of sortsknowing little of the pastless of the presentand practically nothingof the future."why not? it could be worse."in a strange unrealitya vaudeville show becomesits own rehearsal,a dreamish state from whichonly an atomic flashcan awaken a person.

Trump and the arts

I’ve long suspected that Trump regards the arts as an unnecessary nuisance for losers and suckers. High art for this hollow man is the vacuous reality television that made him famous. Now in his Federal budget, Trump offers proof. He proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is a man with no soul. But in the closing lines of her lyric poem “Renascence”, Edna St.

My month without news

“The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates This year I decided to take a different approach to making New Year’s resolutions. Although many people make resolutions, less than 10% regard themselves as successful at achieving them. I decided to overhaul the idea of New Year’s resolutions. Rather than committing to an entire year of change, I set up a schedule of 12 mini-resolutions in the form of experiments.

The right way to resist Trump

An interesting perspective on resisting Trump by focusing on policy and not personality: “The Italian experience provides a blueprint for how to defeat Mr. Trump. Only two men in Italy have won an electoral competition against Mr. Berlusconi: Romano Prodi and the current prime minister, Matteo Renzi (albeit only in a 2014 European election). Both of them treated Mr. Berlusconi as an ordinary opponent. They focused on the issues, not on his character.

Helping the helpers

Since the election in the U.S., my wife and I have supported the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. So should you.

Don't feed the troll

In internet speak, “to feed the troll” means to try to engage people online who are just trying to stir up discord for no other reason than to provoke people. Trolls are almost always insecure, psychologically-damaged people, if not full-blown psychopaths who lack the usual social barriers that most of us possess. Thus, a common piece of advice tossed about on the Internet is: “don’t feed the troll.” This is sound advice.

Law and order

“The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration.” - whitehouse.gov January 25, 2017

NYT: Women who voted for Trump

Some insight into women who voted for Trump. “I think he’s a really good man, deep down. This guy has such potential, and I truly believe he cares about our country and wants to help everyone." Well, by everyone, you mean “those exactly like me." Actually, how about “just me”. “But I had an 8-year-old who was totally on the Trump train. He talked me into taking him to a Trump rally.