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protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights"
of all men, and the First
(or even the Second)
Amendment to the Constitution
of the United States of America.
appeared to invent a terrorist attack in Sweden during a
campaign-style rally in Florida yesterday, inviting questions that he may
have confused the Scandinavian country with a city in Pakistan.
if a president loses control? What is the constitutional remedy in the
case of imminent peril resulting from presidential instability, or even
Sinatra Has a Cold. This story by Gay Talese ran in April 1966 and became one of the
most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of
what came to be called New Journalism.
Alternet: Five scary ways Trump
mirrors some of the worst leaders in history.
Futurism: Russia claims it's building
a nuclear space bomber capable
of striking any country in the world.
true power over the National Guard, explained.
defends the free press. Suppressing it - "That's how dictators get started."
Reuters: The Department of Homeland
Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed
at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the
Vanity Fair: Trumpism, which was
formed in rebellion against the dominant mindset, is actually an unusually
thought-out political ideology. Refuting
it requires similar clarity.
Common Dreams: Trump's
timeline with Russia is stranger than fiction.
Alternet: Anti-Semites are gushing
over Trump's berating of a Jewish reporter.
Futurism: NSA warns of the
dangers of quantum computing. Be sure to watch the video embedded in
Swinging closet door alert: I like Milo Yiannopoulos. I like his anti-political correctness. He's intelligent, articulate, funny and original. His appearances on Joe Rogan's podcast are fun and revealing. He is the kind of writer I was looking for when we did The Scene magazine in the early Nineties, when the political correct movement first took hold.
Obviously, Milo's racism-lite, his worship of Trump (who he calls "Daddy), and his choice of employer - Breitbart News, which has essentially become Trump's Reich Ministry of Propaganda - is as troubling to me as it must be (for different reasons) to the GOP core. Do you think Mike Pence likes flaming gay Milo? (As Bill Maher said, "Spoiler alert!") Do the evangelicals - whose political ignorance was instrumental in putting Trump in the Oval Office - like Milo?
No. The GOP is using Milo, obviously. But why?
Here's what I think they have in mind: They believe they will eventually, very publically, cure Milo Yiannopoulos of his evil homosexuality with some new hyper-defagulating gay conversion therapy and treatments. Afterwards, they'll hook him up with someone like Tomi Lahren, who'll say the sex is great but she gets nervous when the hubby enjoys a blackberry Popsicle.
And everyone will get a new book
Here's Bill Maher interviewing Milo Yiannopoulos last night on Real Time with Bill Maher. I came out of this with slightly more respect for them both.
Here's Milo with
Bill and the panel: Larry Wilmore, Malcolm Nance and Fmr. Rep. Jack
Kingston. Less congenial but still fun to watch.
is considering mobilizing the National Guard to start rounding up illegal
immigrants. Since there are literally millions of them, we're going to
need some kind of deportation centers or camps to put them in before
they're shipped off, a lot of them, preferably somewhere out of the way,
and to save time and money, preferably concentrated. And, also to save
time and money, maybe we'll need some laws preventing people from giving
these law-breakers aid or sheltering them and their children in the attic.
psychical health of American culture will in the future be measured by the amount of
sunsets we allowed following yesterday's news conference before we removed
this dangerous psychopath from the Oval Office.
Et tu, Fox News?
"Demonstrably, unquestionably, 100 percent false." Shep
Smith goes all in on Trump.
Trump to appoint a billionaire
with no intelligence experience to
conduct a high-level internal review of the intelligence community,
and to root out "low-life leakers."
if Trump isn't being blackmailed by Vladimir Putin?
nation's to cartoonists weigh in on Trump, the Senate and more.
CounterPunch: Before Trump, the media
loved "alternative facts." Journalists
should always be at war with the governments they cover.
Nonadversarial journalism isn't journalism - it's stenography.
451 is a better guide than 1984: "In Orwell’s dystopia, it’s
the obviously nasty people who run the fascist state; in Bradbury’s,
it’s simple minds with good intentions who have brought about such a
Seth Meyers: Trump's
first solo press conference as president.
alternative-reality press conference. AP: Trump
says the White House is a "fine-tuned
machine." Esquire: Trump
melted down over a question about anti-Semitism. The Week: Trump
would have been "okay with me" if he knew Flynn was talking to
Russia about sanctions before the inauguration. Rolling Stone: 18
WTF moments from Trump's unhinged press conference. The Stranger: Let's
talk about the lies Trump told at his press conference today. Vice
News: Trump responds to how the
leaks are real but the news is fake.
DeVos declines offer to visit Spokane-area schools.
are wrong about Trump. Ummmm-huh. Political analysis for those feeling
a bit peckish.
Keith Olbermann: Is the Trump
White House high, or what?
help us. Here's
the video and full transcript of Trump's news conference today.
Don't make the mistake of calling
Trump a snallygaster when you mean to say snollygoster, though I suppose
the former could be used metaphorically.
Post: Admit it. Trump
is unfit to serve. He has no business being president of the United
Paris Review: How
to make the color red. Scholars and artists long sought the tools.
Arsenic, Asian flora, sulfur, mercury, and ox blood have been involved.
Wall Street Journal: Spies
keep intelligence from Trump on leak concerns. Decision to withhold
information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and
Stephen Colbert: So
much Russian influence, so little time.
Vanity Fair: Trump
continues to hand SNL the power to topple his presidency.
Foreign Policy: Trump's Russia scandal is just getting started.
Politico: Let's stop focusing on Flynn's resignation, and start
focusing on the real issue here - the
mystery of Trump's Russia ties.
How Infowars became the opposite
of everything it set out to be.
Dan Rather: Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until
Immanuel Kant: Philosopher
of freedom. If you want to understand the moral basis of a free
American Conservative: Congress
needs to step up to avert a threat to our democratic institutions.
"It certainly looks at this point like major elements within the
national security bureaucracy are prepared to create a constitutional
crisis in response to what they believe is a serious and real threat to
American national security from the White House itself."
like Christmas in February: Milo
Yiannopoulos will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday.
Miami Herald: Mr. President, just
who the hell do you think you are?
Daily Kos: "The Environmental
Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018." That's not
the title of HR 861, it's the whole bill. "The
Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018."
assailed U.S. intelligence agencies today for what he said were illegal
information leaks, and dismissed reports of contacts between members
of his presidential campaign and Russian intelligence officials.
Spokesman-Review: Shawn Vestal says
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and GOP "snowflakes" shouldn't
confuse dissent with violence.
NYT: Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence.
This is what we all thought: Trump colluded with the Russians to throw the election to him. He is a traitor. Remove him NOW!
The Intercept: What
did Trump know and when did he know it?
Frightening. Frightening. Here's a
compilation of Sunday news show appearances of Trump senior advisor
Stephen Miller. These monsters need to be removed from the White
spy ship spotted off east coast of US, near Navy submarine base.
Keith Olbermann: Michael
Flynn must now be arrested.
will ignite a war with Iran, which will be great news for ISIS.
Automation nightmare: Philosopher
warns we are creating a world without consciousness.
CSM: Is the FBI taking the Russian
dossier about Trump more seriously?
Washington Post: Hillary Clinton should absolutely
not run for president in 2020. And Democrats should stop her if she
health professionals warn about Trump. "We believe that the grave
emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes
him incapable of serving safely as president."
Flynn resigns as national security adviser amid Russia controversy.
How Hitler came to power: A
warning to America.
The Intercept: Questions the FBI uses to
determine if someone is a likely terrorist.
Christian Post: Rejecting refugees is like "closing
the door on Jesus."
Olbermann: Is this how Trump will
Miami Herald: CIA files reveal how
US used psychics to spy on Iran.
He's back! John Oliver reveals how
Trump creates his own reality.
New Yorker: "Saturday Night
Live" and the
limits of Trump mockery.
Spokesman-Review: Columnist Doug
Clark says State Rep. Matt Shea's proposed state of
a new state song.
political comedy is a case of life or death: Trump tweets against Saturday
Night Live but Saddam Hussein ordered his satirists dead. The
powerful see danger in humor.
The Intercept: As tensions rise, Steve Bannon and ISIS get closer to
their common goal: civilizational
"Andy Puzder is perfect for
Trump's cabinet. He's a billionaire, pays employees starvation wages and
knows nothing about being Secretary of Labor."
Politico: Ladbrokes, the British
oddsmaking giant, has Trump's
chances of leaving office via resignation or impeachment and removal at
Here's Al Franken on Real Time
with Bill Maher.
Daily Beast: The
most patriotic act of treason in American history? As President
Nixon's list of enemies grew long and his grip on reality fragile, his
defense secretary ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ignore any White
House military initiative lacking his signature.
The Kellyanne Conway sketch on SNL last night was downright bizarre.
Alec Baldwin's scarier,
nastier Donald Trump.
is now the face of your party." Tell us again how Trump is not
The Nation: Are
we on the verge of another civil war? Historian David Armitage didn't
intend his new book to be a "handbook for our times." But that's
just what it is.
NBC News: Russia may extradite Snowden as
a "gift" to Trump.
The Inlander: A
massive new, touring exhibit at The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
highlights our region's connections to the iconic beasts of the last Ice
Age: the Mammoth. It opens today and is on display through May 7.
of immigrants arrested in "routine" US enforcement surge.
letter in the Spokesman-Review. I did not believe the Review would
ever publish something like this.
the fire comes. "We can't handle another post-9/11-style
suspension of doubt about the man in charge; if that happens, America as
we know it will soon be gone," Paul Krugman writes in The New York
The Christian Post: Trump isn't the Antichrist but he is anti-christ.
Two thousand years ago, two
men figured out that nothing is solid: The idea that reality is
comprised of atoms and space goes way, way back.
commander tells congress more troops are needed in Afghanistan. Surprise,
Seth Meyers is one
motivational speech away from giving up on the Democrats.
loses travel ban appeal: Federal court maintains suspension of Trump's
Tom Tomorrow on
Trump's tomorrow: Nuclear strikes, martial law, and cyborg
precursor of today's alt-Right libertarianism is in Italy, not Germany,
in the Italian Futurism that bolstered Benito Mussolini. The alt-Right
libertarian movement desires unfettered freedom – freedom from the
shackles implicit in the limits of the natural world, codes of respect,
Kellyanne Conway-Goebbels says to
"go buy Ivanka's stuff." Yes, the counselor to the president is recommending
you purchase his daughter's clothing line.
CSM: Twelve of Trump's
biggest executive actions explained - all of them in one place in
BBC: The story of a painting that fought fascism: Guernica
by Pablo Picasso.
Did Plato's Republic predict the rise of Trump? Watch
this chilling animated video narrated by Andrew Sullivan.
Playboy: If Betsy DeVos can't get Republicans to wise up, who
Washington state lawmakers
want a wall around legal marijuana.
Working with a journalist who visited the targeted Yemeni village five
days after the raid and gathered survivors' testimony, The
Bureau of Investigative Journalism collected the names and ages of 25
civilians reportedly killed when US Navy SEALs descended on January
29. Nine children under the age of 13 were among the victims.
Here's a pretty good documentary
about the life of George Orwell: A
Life in Pictures.
a perfect model for how to sell a false story. Exaggerate wildly.
Manipulate statistics egregiously. Double down on lies. Apply grotesque,
racist stereotypes. When people who know the facts tell you you’re
wrong, accuse them of being part of a globalist conspiracy. Bonus points
if you can get an alternative-universe lawmaker or two, like Idaho’s
Heather Scott, to spread your tale. That was the pattern of propaganda
peddled by the alt-right echo chamber Breitbart News last year in its 'coverage' of a ginned-up
'Muslim refugee crisis' in Twin Falls,
Spokesman-Review: By the end of the week, Washington state's
multimillion-dollar recreational marijuana industry may
be targeted for a federal crackdown.
Keith Olbermann: The
travesties done in your name and mine.
a “chilling truth that much of educated America has yet to face about
the Trump era,” Matt
Taibbi writes in Rollling Stone. “Amid all the howling about Trump's
deceptions, the far more upsetting story is the mandate behind them –
not so much the death of truth in politics, but the irrelevance of it."
MSNBC: Trump wants to be seen as the
sole authority for truth.
Washington Post: Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions's character. She is now forbidden from speaking during the remainder of the debate on the nominations of Sessions after reading a letter from Martin Luther King's widow.
the letter Warren was silenced for and not allowed to read.
Intercept: Trump's executive order will
let private equity funds drain your 401K.
Miami New Times: Marco
Rubio took almost $100,000 from Betsy DeVos' family before confirming
her today. And 22 other senators who voted for her were paid off as well.
Science teachers on why Betsy
Devos is a monstrous mistake for education secretary.
Olbermann: The 50 craziest things
Trump has done as president.
From pulp writer to religious
messiah. L. Ron Hubbard despised science fiction but wrote four
million words of it in his lifetime. Why? Because
just declared the "court system" a threat to national security:
This was not merely an intemperate tweet. It was the president instructing
the American people to view the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil as an
indictment of the judiciary.
Der Spiegel: Trump
as Nero - Europe must defend itself against a dangerous US president.
is the new herpes," says Laura Kipnis. You didn't get it on
purpose, but you got it. "Now everyone's pointing fingers and trying
to pretend they don't have it, too"
Washington Post: California and Trump are going
to war with each other.
Paul Waldman: Beware
Trump's Reichstag fire - "There will come a moment when something
awful happens, and Americans need to be ready for the Trump
administration's effort to exploit it."
Common Dreams: Trump
"not fully briefed" on order elevating Bannon to security
last time the US invaded Mexico. In the early 1900s, Woodrow Wilson
was plagued by our Southern neighbor's "bad hombres."
Drunk Stoned Brilliant
Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is streaming on Netflix.
language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder
respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
Bernie Sanders on Trump: "This
guy's a fraud. He told us, in fact, it's in the Republican platform,
he's going to bring back Glass-Steagall, we're going to be dividing up
commercial banks from investment banks to insurance companies. Then he has
all of the big Wall Street guys on his side, and now he is working for
Washington Post: Trump's continued defense of Putin confounds Republicans: his coziness with Russia is at odds with years of GOP foreign policy.
plan to fight ISIS with Putin isn't just futile. It's
The White House wants to build
dozens of new jails for up to two million people along the US-Mexico
Steve Bannon's fever dream of an American gulag.
The authors of "The Dictator's Handbook" weigh in on the
long-term stability of American democracy: Just
how close is Trump to becoming a full-blown dictator?
Appeals court rejects Trump's
order still blocked.
Seattle Times: How
Washington state upended Trump's travel ban.
checking this week in the Trump administration.
American Conservative: The
Trump administration's lies about Iran.
The Stranger prints a retraction: Milo
Yiannopoulos is not a white nationalist.
Democracy Now: "Trump’s people say that, by all standards, this
is a success. It’s
never a success when you have 8-year-old kids and infants being killed,
or when you have Navy SEALs being sent on missions that are not really
about the defense of the United States."
Bill Moyers: An
actual American war criminal may become our second-ranking diplomat:
Elliott Abrams spent the Reagan years abetting genocide - now he has been
floated as Trump's deputy secretary of state.
Washington Post: Trump
launched a stunning attack on the legitimacy of a Bush-appointed judge
who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for ruling against his
hear it for the OTHER Washington!
Dystopian fiction, political memoirs,
and cautionary tales from Nazi Germany it might not be terrible to get
familiar with: 20
essential books to prepare you for what's next.
Trump would corrupt the pulpit. Allowing churches and other nonprofit
tax-exempt institutions to endorse political candidates would be a
disaster for our political system, already reeking of corruption.
Washington Post: Kellyanne
Conway cites "Bowling Green massacre" that never happened to
defend travel ban.
Reuters: A veteran CIA clandestine service officer who ran one of the
agency's "black site" prisons set up after the 9/11 attacks was
named Deputy Director of the CIA.
Daily Banter: "By creating the unholy alliance between Trump's GOP
and a subculture in American society that would be marching Jews to the
gas chambers given half the chance, Bannon is the 21st century Joseph
Goebbels. And to be clear, I
am comparing him to a Nazi."
"What's making America less safe is to have a white supremacist
named to the National Security Council as a permanent member."
Vanity Fair: Russian stocks surge as Comrade
Trump eases relations with Vlad.
The Independent: Trump will "get
rid of and totally destroy" a 60 year old law that divides church
and state in America.
Common Dreams: SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch started the "Fascism Forever" club at elite prep school.
was likely a "joke" meant to annoy liberals.
Autopsy - a
new poem by Sherman Alexie.
Bill Moyers: "The smell of a
coup hung over the White House this past weekend, like the odor of
gunpowder after fireworks on the Fourth of July. In these first few days
of the Trump administration we
have witnessed a series of executive orders and other pronouncements that
fly in the face of the republic’s most fundamental values."
Foreign Policy: America's
Mao Zedong: Trump's administration has been chaotic. Chinese history
suggests that's by design.
Only months ago, Trump's chief strategist Steve
Bannon predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East
in Breitbart radio shows. "No doubt."
Esquire: At Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast he
gave a lengthy discussion about Arnold Schwarzenegger, as God
AP: White House says Trump's
comments about sending troops to Mexico were "lighthearted."
"If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech,
there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public
opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if
laws exist to protect them.”
Alex Jones and Eddie Bravo on the Joe
Rogan Experience #911. They smoke weed and drink whiskey and talk
about Trump and Geo-engineering and obelisks and aliens and Satan and the
world elite. Alex gets hammered.
threatens to send US troops to Mexico to take care of "bad
Keith Olbermann: Donald Trump is
aiding the enemy.
The Senate just confirmed as Secretary of State a man who refused to
say that Putin - who has assassinated political rivals and journalists
worldwide, and has purposely targeted and killed women and children - is a
war criminal. May history remember these Republican senators and the four
Dems who voted with them as the neo-Nazi collaborators they've revealed
themselves to be.
Daily Beast: Trump
eyes nukes to eradicate terror: The president's shills say he's
keeping his campaign promises. Remember just how apocalyptic those
push anti-protest laws: Bills targeting nonviolent protests are
multiplying across the country.
Seattle Times: More
than 21,000 Washington state residents are from countries banned by Trump.
Foreign Policy: Ten
ways to tell if your president is a dictator. Just because the US is a
democracy now, it doesn't mean it will stay that way.
Chomsky calls for "militant labor movement" to transform
American politics and fight Trump.
New York Times: A
lie by any other name. Our president is a pathological liar.
Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He'll easily be confirmed.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been approved to serve as energy
secretary. Now if he can only remember where he works.
Shawn Vestal of the Spokesman-Review: Great
again, one act of citizenship at a time. Maybe this is how it becomes
great again. Citizens using their constitutional authority to gather and
In 2015, Jeff
Sessions pressed Sally Yates about whether she would be willing to stand
up to the president if he pursues policies or actions that don’t
appear lawful. Last night, Trump fired her for refusing to defend his
immigration executive order.
first step toward denying it ever happened. "The Nazis were broad
in their hatred, targeting Roma, gay people and disabled people, as well
as socialists, communists and many others. But any full account of the
Holocaust begins with the recognition that Jews were singled out for total
eradication. Why would the Trump White House be resistant to acknowledging
that uncontroversial fact?"
"It's becoming increasingly
clear that the aroma of bigotry infuses the whole operation, and anybody
who aligns too closely will end up sharing in the stench," David
Brooks writes in The New York Times.
SPOKANE, WASH. -- I'm especially
proud of my hometown today for taking action and giving voice to US
Constitution. First our state's attorney general took a public stand
vowing to challenge the constitutionality of any executive order which
targets Muslims. In rare form, my own city council signed an ordinance
refusing to implement any registration based on religion. Good to know
that even in this largely conservative and predominantly white region,
people can see such a registry for what it is -- a violation of
not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with
these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is
Trump fires her.
Keith Olbermann: On behalf of
America, an apology.
state to sue over Trump's immigration order.
AN URGENT MESSAGE!
Trump removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.
The Atlantic: How
to respond to Trump's betrayal of American values. "Either you
stand up for your principles and for what you know is decent behavior, or
you go down, if not now, then years from now, as a coward or opportunist.
Your reputation will never recover, nor should it."
says it's not a Muslim ban. But during the campaign he called for a
"total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United
Esquire: That time Keith
Richards nearly stabbed Donald Trump. Today's feel-good story.
CNN: Over the weekend,
the American Civil Liberties Union received 356,306 online donations totaling six
times as much as the ACLU typically receives in a year online. The
record surge in contributions came in response to Trump's executive order
suspending the U.S. refugee program and barring travelers from seven
predominantly Muslim countries.
USA Today: UK
petition against Trump visit gets more than one million signatures.
Bill Moyers: Trump
is turning American democracy into a demolition derby. "We're
gonna turn the Land of the Free into a giant muuuuuud pit!"
The Intercept: Obama
killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump just killed his 8-year-old
War on Terror framework continues to savage the world's poorest civilians.
Smithsonian: How the
Nothing Party reshaped American Politics: From xenophobia to
conspiracy theories, the movements effects are still felt today.
"Should I kill
myself, or have a cup of coffee?"
NY Mag: America
has never been so ripe for tyranny. That's what's scariest about
Russian Spy who was believed to be the primary source of intelligence
against Donald Trump in the recently leaked dossier was
found murdered in his car.
Federal judge puts a halt to Trump's Muslim ban. The ACLU hands him his first stinging rebuke.
Here's the petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Complaint for Injunctive Relief.
Lev. 19:34 "The foreigner residing among you must be
treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were
foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God."
removes DNI and Chairman of Joint Chiefs from National Security Council;
adds Bannon, a legitimate neo-Nazi with no accountability.
"After a shameful
history, Congress outlawed discrimination against immigrants based on
national origin in 1965. That
means Trump's actions are illegal," writes David Bier, an
immigration policy analyst, in the New York Times.
immigration executive order even bans legal permanent US residents
(green card holders) and visa-holders from seven countries from
re-entering the United States.
who reject all refugees are "hypocrites," Pope Francis says.
barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US
for at least the next 90 days by executive order, which a senior White
House official said later Friday is likely just a first step toward
establishing a broader ban.
The fact sheet "Myths and Facts on Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Assistance" was removed from the State Department web site. It is still available in the Wayback Machine.
Smithsonian: The first moments of Hitler's Final Solution - and why it matters 75 years later.
Daily Beast: How
the Nazis took control of Germany: Hitler was not that popular when he
first took office, but the Nazis quickly changed that, for the simple
reason that power magnifies the ideas of those who hold it.
not just the Park Service: "Rogue" federal Twitter accounts
Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump's
first negotiation was a humiliation. Mexican President Peña Nieto's
decision to not attend a scheduled meeting with Trump over the border wall
is Trump's first humiliation on the global stage and sends a message to
other world leaders about future negotiations.
Seth Meyers: Trump's
false claims and executive orders.
Sacramento Bee: Calexit organizers are
collecting signatures to get California
secession on the ballot.
untangles Trump's business ties.
Your cheat sheet for executive
orders, memorandums and proclamations.
John Hurt, legendary British actor, dead at 77.
Here is Sir John Hurt in Krapp's
Last Tape, a Samuel Beckett play.
Hegel said there'd be days like this. There'd be days like
this oh Hegel said. Hegel said now.
Welcome to dystopia: George Orwell experts on Donald Trump.
George Orwell explains how "Newspeak" works, the official language of his totalitarian dystopia in the novel 1984. "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words..."
This guy's explanation is easier to grasp because he's not George Orwell.
1984 predicted Donald Trump and
The Independent: Trump
to publish weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.
Corporate media looks
away as Trump
Era begins with arrests of journalists.
The Guardian: Burst your
bubble - Five
conservative articles critical of Trump.
Viceland: America's Far
White - Hate Thy Neighbor. Hard
to watch, but with a payoff at the end.
The Guardian: Five
conservative articles to read during Trump's first week.
doesn't surprise me at all that the market hit 20,000. I predict 30,000 by
Fourth-of-July. No more pesky EPA oversight or scientific criticism to
impede profit-making; reality-denying madmen at the highest levels of
government. Fascism is great for business in its early manifestations. Ask
Germany and Italy.
Guardian: Frightened by Trump? You
don't know the half of it. Many of his staffers are from an opaque
corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to
have any hope of fighting back against them.
yesterday's date in history, Caligula, psychopathic emperor of Rome, who
sought to increase the personal power of the throne, who undertook
ambitious construction projects dedicated to himself, who led a life of
debauchery and incest, and who eventually thought himself to be a god, was
murdered by his own guards.
The Texan Tribune: Texans
in Congress offer scant support for full border wall. None of the 38
Texans in Congress offered a full-throated endorsement of a complete
Fair: In his first interview as president, Trump
The Week: Why
are Senate Democrats rolling over for Trump? They're acting like a
bunch of spineless jellyfish.
"It is vital to be clear about the fact that Trump is lying —
intentionally, deliberately and consistently — about so-called 'illegal'
Trump said he's asked people at "the highest level of intelligence," and they told him that torture "absolutely" works.
Spokane psychologist who designed CIA torture program agrees
with Trump that harsher interrogation techniques are needed.
Samantha Bee unloads on
Trump's surreal inaugural: Morning
to a gas bubble and a liquid lubricant, China's
future submarine could go the speed of sound.
book sales spike after US Presidential inauguration.
watchdog, the Economist Intelligence Unit, rules
that the US is not a full democracy anymore.
Trump said on Wednesday
he would seek
an investigation of what he believes was voter fraud in the November
election, despite overwhelming consensus among state officials,
election experts and politicians that voter fraud is rare in the United
To understand Trump's
erratic behavior, you
must understand his media addiction: He can't shut off the tele, and
it's worrying his aides.
Trump to sign executive orders restricting
immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.
Trump to sign executive orders enabling
construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities.
<--- As American as apple pie.
threatens to "send in the Feds" to Chicago. He warns of
dispatching federal authorities if the crime rate doesn't fall.
Trump orders USDA science researchers to stop publishing news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content.
Trump bans Environmental Protection Agency employees from posting on social media and speaking to reporters.
The ACLU says this goes against the
basic notions of government transparency and accountability.
Chris Hedges: Revolt
is the only barrier to a fascist America.
Keith Olbermann: This
man is dangerous.
Do you really want to
experience the awesome level of brainwashing and ignorance that somehow
has occurred very recently in this country? Watch the
interview between Kellyanne Conway-Goebbels and Chuck Todd, then go
read the comments about the interview on this
Facebook post from Breitbart, that began with the teaser "Kellyanne
Conway just OBLITERATED Chuck Todd on 'Meet the Press'"
Politico: Trump is
expected to sign executive
actions to advance Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines.
Francis warns against leaders "like Hitler" in interview
given during Trump's inauguration.
Welcome to the Sexual
Innuendo Club. Thank you for coming.
Goebbels - meet the new boss. Watch
as Kellyanne Conway is asked by Chuck Todd of Meet the Press, why
Press Secretary Sean Spicer used his first appearance before the press to
dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used
obvious falsehoods to do it. I dare you to watch it to the end. These
people are dangerous and need to be removed.
Oh yeah, and Trump
won't be releasing his tax returns, Kellyanne told George
And then this morning, Kellyanne
Conway-Goebbels tweeted another outright lie to try to soften the
press secretary's outright lie.
CSM: What Sean Spicer's
first news conference tells us about White
House relations under Trump.
lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments they say violates the U.S.
vainglorious affront to the CIA: His remarks, delivered in front of a
hollowed memorial, stirred anger and astonishment among current and former
and vengeance of Donald Trump.
prelude to Trump's war on the free press: The Sundance documentary
"Nobody Speaks" chronicles how an angry billionaire was able to
take down the news site Gawker out of spite, providing a disturbing window
into our future.
Nation: Neo-Nazi Richard
Spencer got punched - you
can thank the Black Bloc.
Friday: For me, it was one of the darkest days in American history, where we allowed fascism to set its goosestep-yearning feet into the Oval Office. We all watched the Holy of Holies of American politics transgressed and polluted, leaving the country's freedom and liberty-loving people in a black depression, waiting for the Clown King to slaughter the prophetic pig.
Literally MILLIONS of people - primarily women - pour into the streets of
America and the world to show their opposition to the coronation of a true
sociopath. As my son insightfully and
inelegantly put it: "Imagine that. First day at your new job, and
like 5-6 million people show up to tell you you're a c---."
Not one to be upstaged by a bunch of chicks, Trump goes to CIA to attack media, lie about the crowd size at his inauguration, and suggest stealing Iraq's oil in a supremely bizarre speech.
“I love you. I respect
you. There's no one I respect more," said Trump, who just over a week ago likened CIA operatives to Nazi Germany for
their role in publicizing allegations that
Russian has compromising information on him.
Do the people who
criticize the "sucker punch" of neo-Nazi Richard Spencer also
think the people who planted the bomb under Hitler's desk "weren't
"President Trump, you have made a big mistake. By
trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you have
actually brought us closer together. Black, white, Latino, Native American
and Asian American, gay or straight, male or female, native born or
immigrant we will fight bigotry and create a government based on love and
compassion, not hatred and divisiveness."
In first hour: Trump delivers "punch in the gut to middle class," suspends indefinitely a scheduled cut in mortgage insurance premiums.
Trump signs executive order targeting ObamaCare.
Civil rights, climate change, and Healthcare were all immediately
scrubbed from the White House website.
Even Bush was smart enough to take Gallagher-level protection against Trump's inaugural Hitlerian spew --->
The great Dan Rather on Trump's inauguration speech.
speech was Hitlerian."
arrest at least 217 in anti-Trump protests across Washington, DC.
Are Drudge polls merely the stained rags where the ill-informed publicly
masturbate their ignorance and racist-stained psyches? [My suggestion to
Drudge for his next poll question.]
It seems just a few
short years since I've gone from "Please be careful crossing the
street" to "Please try to avoid the riot police."
the video of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting punched in the
Five things Trump needs to remember to avoid a failed presidency.
Here's some stuff to read about our collapsing civilization instead of celebrating civilization's collapse at the inauguration:
The Guardian: An Indiana bill would allow police to shut
down protests "by any means necessary." Opponents argue that Senate
Bill 285 would give police power "even to the point of costing lives."
proposal would require assault rifle owners to obtain annual licenses
and complete a gun safety course.
Tom Price, Betsy DeVos
and Scott Pruitt "paraded across the screen in a cavalcade of
misstatements, lapses of judgment, conflicts of interest and from time to
time spectacular displays of ignorance and insensitivity," the Editorial
Board writes in the NYT opinion section.
The Week: The Trump
White House will be an
orgy of looting and corruption.
Remember: the hand is placed on the Bible, not thrust
Politico: By the time he
is sworn in tomorrow, Trump will have undergone a haunting rite of
classified briefing given to every incoming president that explains how he
can order a nuclear attack.
I finally got around to watch Frontline's "Divided
States of America. (Released Monday.) Part One and Two are now
Clown President: Matt Taibbi chronicles election of "billionaire
hedonist" Donald Trump on Democracy Now!.
Remember the guy who got
kicked out of the Spokane Starbucks for hitting on an underage girl? Spend
10 minutes with him in his kitchen.
"I ate between
battles, I slept among murderers, I was careless in loving and I looked
upon nature without patience. Thus the time passed which was given me on
Keillor is seeking a new religion for the Trump Era. "Too many of
my fellow Christians voted for degradation of the beautiful world God
Keith Olbermann: The
one crucial question Trump refuses to answer.
"We're living with exactly the kinds of injustices that lead to
carnival culture, and
we've crowned a fool king."
Tahlia Rubin, who I was
fortunate enough to work with in a number of Jesse
James Hennessy films, has
been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for South Africa to
begin training as a Community HIV Outreach Volunteer.
commutes sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, member of Puerto Rican
astonishing things Betsy DeVos said - and refused to say - at her
Betsy DeVos flunked her senate test.
More evidence that Groucho Marx is alive and in control of
world events: CNN
hires Rick Santorum as a contributor.
for one more, honey --->
NYT: Earth (the planet we're on) sets
a temperature record for the third straight year.
website gives Trump 4-1 odds of being impeached within six months.
There are also 5-1 odds of the golden shower video leaking.
"To argue with a
person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine
to the dead."
administration may evict the press from the White House. "They
are the opposition party," a senior official says. "I want 'em
out of the building. We are taking back the press room."
Trump to Europe: Drop dead. Politico
says Trump is a mortal threat to the Western alliance.
Democratic Senators voted against cheaper prescription drugs -
including our own Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
McMorris Rodgers booed during MLK speech in Spokane. People in the
crowd chanted "liar" and "save our health care."
And now the
US just sent 300 Marines to Norway, the first time since WWII that
foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, which irked
Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.
Martin Luther King quotes the mainstream media won't cite.
Trump vows "insurance
for everybody" in replacing Obamacare, he said in an interview
with the Washington Post. He offers no details.
(goofy-haired) Turtle: Dr.
Seuss shows us how protest can sometimes topple a tyrant.
Internet Archive: What happens when a 140 lb. waterhog (whatever that is) meets
a river full of piranhas.
As a majority of the
country misses Obama, remember that in the last year, the US bombed seven
countries, three bombs and hour, 504 bombs a week, 26,172 bombs in total.
They called it
"Angel's Glow": Why
some Civil War soldiers glowed in the dark.
“A nation that
continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on
programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
of Donald Trump's most
appalling moments this week.
And to make matters
worse (you know, all of them), we
just deployed 4000 troops to Poland, amid rising tensions with Russia.
nixes visit to black museum amid his torrent of disparaging tweets
about congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Officials say it's due
to "scheduling issues."
the illegitimate president now, Mr. Birtherism? Trump spent five years
trying to delegitimize Obama. Now he's taking office under a cloud of
suspicion, and only has himself to blame.
is patriotic. It's also a powerful antidote to propaganda.
With only days until
Trump takes office, the Obama
administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA
share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders
or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the
FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.
kinkiest world leaders: Dictators and deviant sex go together like
Russia and blackmail.
T-Day ticks down, I'm noticing how many Liberals and others who are
usually not prone to such propositions are finally considering the
worthiness of the "Good Man with a Gun" scenario.
Trump accused his political opponents, "both Democrats and
Republicans," for putting together a dossier of unverified claims
linking him to Russia and said the document was probably released by
fake news stories created or publicized by Donald Trump.
The Nation: His
testimony just disqualified him. Rex Tillerson is too conflicted, too
ill-prepared, and too disengaged to be seriously considered for the
position of secretary of state.
Trump has wrought.
S-R: Idaho Rep. Heather Scott is stripped of all committee
assignments in the Idaho House after she
publicly claimed that female House members get leadership positions only
if they "spread their legs."
Putin played the far Left. The Kremlin didn't just rely on the
alt-right to help Trump win.
happens next - and could Trump be impeached?
The Inlander: The
Landed and the White. "I can tell you that we will survive a
Trump presidency like the indigenous people of America have been surviving
presidents like his for 228 years."
North Idaho man falls
off roof and gets
stick stuck up butt. A disturbingly vague, tongue-in-cheek (!) article
from KREM news.
News isn't even trying to hide its neo-Nazi leanings anymore. Yesterday,
in a Facebook
post that praised the surge of France's far right-wing, nationalist,
Front Party, Breitbart used the teaser phrase "French Deplorables:
Your Turn," which equates America's "Deplorables" - a
tongue-in-cheek reference to Trump voters (via Hillary Clinton) - with the
French voters who are responsible for the popularity of the fascistic
Watch Marco Rubio ask Rex Tillerson, undoubtedly our next
Secretary of State, if Vladimir
Putin is a war criminal. Some people wear their corruption like
smeared-on war paint.
Esquire: Yesterday we saw a live performance from an aspiring American dictator.
Guardian: Trump's train wreck of a press conference ushers in a clueless presidency.
contradicts himself, and reality, at press conference.
NY Daily News' Shaun
integrity is so low that we believe most bad news about him by default.
Huffpost: Trump's purge
of non-loyalists takes shape.
Seattle Times: Congress
must investigate Russian disruption of US election
S-R's Shawn Vestal: Idaho's
Butch Otter's reefer madness needs a cure. He’s the only governor in
the nation to have vetoed a bill that would allow people to use
cannabidiol, or CBD, to treat inflammation, seizures, pain and other
symptoms of chronic illness.
Well, that would explain the orange hair ... Apparently
Urethra Franklin just agreed to perform at the Inauguration ... Tinkle,
Tinkle, Little Czar ... Mr. Trump would like to see you all in his room,
but first he wants to know if any of you ate asparagus today ... New
meaning to the Trickle Down Theory ... Maybe it's just yellow journalism
... Live streaming at its worst.
Here is the
full document of Trump intelligence allegations released by BuzzFeed.
Trump dossier: Russia
"has compromising material" on Trump. Live updates from The
Trump blasts intel agencies for "leak" (sorry). "Are we living in Nazi Germany?" he asks.
NYT: BuzzFeed posts unverified claims on Trump, stirring debate.
Seth Meyers interviews incoming White House counselor
Kellyanne Conway about the
In a Chicago farewell, Obama
warns of threats to democracy.
As the legend of SEAL Team 6 grew, a
rogue culture arose that operated outside of the Navy's established
dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016 - a bloody end to Obama's reign. Do you
suppose Trump will continue this legacy?
Henry Kissinger: Good or evil. Historians and Kissinger
in their two cents.
The bizarre and shameful history
of the lobotomy.
brief history of the Devil's tritone: This combination of tones has
led to some of the most chilling chords and melodies in music history.
This Russian obsession shows how
Trump will be undone.
fart scrolls: The images show people happily expelling their gasses at
cats, horses and each other.
attempted neo-Nazi takeover of a rural North Dakota town.
"This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super-states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace ..."
Frankfurt School knew Trump was coming: With the election of Trump,
the latent threat of American authoritarianism - indentified decades ago
by German intellectuals - is on the verge of being realized.
You don't need newscasters to tell
you that gas prices are on the rise.
movies every English major should see at least once. (Or you could
read the book.)
the late chancellor, was only partly correct. He was obsolete.
But so is the State, the entity he worshiped. Any state, any entity, any
ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of
Man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under "M" for
Mankind—in The Twilight Zone."
will fight to keep the zombies, and film crews, interested in filming in
Washington, as state
incentives for film production, used by Spokane-based "Z
Nation," are set to expire.
Reuters: Putin personally ordered a campaign to
influence the 2016 election in favor of Trump.
terrifying thing that Trump did this week.
might end up loosing your health insurance, but it'll be replaced by a
series of tweets calling you a loser, so, there's that ...
to fall 15,000 feet, hit the ground, and survive.
Rolling Stone: John
Prine at 70 - Inside the songwriter's wild past, grounded present.
Edge asks scientists and
scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?
Archives's Trump Archive launches today with more than 700 televised
speeches, interviews, debates, and other news broadcasts related to the
if a president loses control? What is the Constitutional remedy in the
case of imminent peril resulting from Presidential instability, or even
What you need to know about
English artist Francis Bacon.
lure of laudanum, the Victorians' favorite drug.
Christians who still
support Trump - help
me understand ... Donald Trump couldn’t even pass the basic
screening to volunteer in your church’s children’s ministry, but he
still receives your full Christian support as the president of the United
Playboy, yeah, for the
Easton Ellis on modern sexuality: a case study on nudity.
perplexing on so many levels: All
This and World War II - movie clips and war footage to a
Lennon/McCartney inspired soundtrack.
mystery of Spokane's
veiled in surrealism and absurdity.
IBM made a "crash
course" for the White House, and
it'll teach you all the AI basics.
Trump hires former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa
to serve on his White House staff. All over the world, monkeys
spontaneously fly out of people's butts.
Don't ask, don't tell. Four things to know about
George Washington's Inspector General Baron von Steuben.
On this date in 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated
from the Catholic church. Years later, he
found solace and joy in a bottle of liquor.
Robert Reich: 15
signs of impending tyranny under President Trump.
Trump says Chicago
must seek US help if no progress is made cutting murders.
With no advance public notice or debate, House
Republicans vote to hobble independent ethics office. So much for
getting corruption out of DC.
The Stranger: One way to protect Washington state's legal weed market from Trump is to burn it to the ground.
Smoking vs. eating pot - why
is it so different?
weapons experts say North Korea's claim that it is close to test-launching
intercontinental ballistic missile is plausible.
Elon Musk: We
must leave Earth for one critical reason.
across the country scramble
after feds announce that extracts are now illegal - and some worry it
foreshadows actions under President Trump.
Rotha Lintorn-Orman -
how she became
the unlikely founder of British Fascism.
art of the scam - Trump's hallmark has been turning a profit on failed
business projects because he finds a way to leave other people holding the
Worst of the worst: 12
moments of right-wing horror and absurdity from 2016.
Alcohol has been
ubiquitous in the history of war, and stimulants have fueled conflicts
since World War II. Whatever the substance, war
is rarely fought sober.
investigates the rumors that Fidel
Castro is Justin Trudeau's real father.
The Economist's most
popular article: The argument for the legalization of cannabis has been
for the difficult bit.
We can't go on ignoring
inequality, says Stephen Hawking, because we have the means to destroy our
would but not to escape it. This
is the most dangerous time for our planet.
Facing possible threats under Trump, Internet
Archive to build server in Canada.
of Trump's assets - and what they're worth.
<--- My New Year's Resolution
Trump says he knows "things
that other people don't know" about the Russian hacking
situation, and that the info would be revealed "on Tuesday or
Abolish Abortion Idaho,
a grassroots citizen group, wants to change
Idaho law to make people who perform or have an abortion face a penalty of
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