Decoding the Politics of that Shitty Music Video in the Times’ Trump Jr. Piece

    – The bombshell NYT report that emails sent to and from Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort – the closest advisors to Trump in the Summer of 2016 – all show clear intention and follow through to collude with a foreign power to use their government’s resources to smear another candidate in a presidential election.  It’s not really surprising considering who we’re talking about.  Paul Manafort was an agent of the Russian government in Ukraine, Jared Kushner is a sniveling nincompoop whose only accomplishment is to […]

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Socialism or Barbarism

–  Imagine a woman who sells everything she owns to afford her child’s chemotherapy.  –  This woman must now work two or three jobs to afford her debt and a measly apartment in a rundown part of town. The kid survives but now attends an underfunded school, and has less parental help because her mom is so stressed and busy. When she turns 18, there is no money for college, in fact, she’s had to keep a job of her own for years to help pay the bills and is struggling […]

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The Devil’s Midwife; Mother of All Bombs

– MERCUTIO I see Queen M.O.A.B. hath been with you. She is the devil’s midwife, and she comes In shape much bigger than an agate-stone Pushed by the finger of an orange man, Drawn by a team of sub-atomics To scorch men’s faces as they lie asleep; Her chariot is an giant flaming skull Made by Lockheed Martin or Boeing Time out o’ mind the devil’s coachmakers. And in this state she gallops night by night Through native’s brains, and then they dream of death; O’er dictator’s knees, that dream […]

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We Did This

When I was a young boy, whenever I went to a public library, I would always search for books on two subjects: Nazis, and nuclear weapons. I think this was because the biggest myths of my young life were told by Steven Spielberg. Reading about the realities of those two ideas: German fascism – its roots in Enlightenment philosophies, populist politics and art – and the successful construction of a machine so powerful it could incinerate an entire city, and destroy the planet, those seemed like the most important things to […]

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In the Future You Will

I know they’re AT&T ads, but I remember watching these and being so excited for the future. Yesterday, I actually looked up how much a virtual reality headset costs. My car drives on half electricity generated when I brake. These videos make me flush with gratitude for how tech has changed our world. But I also see that really nothing big has changed. The advances demonstrated in this video are largely conveniences meant to help people consume more quickly and work during their vacations, and making face to face communications obsolete through video screens. Almost everyone in these videos is alone. The in-person interactions are incidental. (The exception is the athlete receiving medical care, which stands out as a humane and very necessary deployment of tech. Sagefully, the patient’s health is of utmost importance to a major American corporate entity – his NFL team – making his recovery not a self evident matter of good fortune for a person and his family, but because he gets back on the field, the season is saved, blah blah blah.) Commerce will self-innovate, businesses will always look for ways to improve themselves to out compete the next business or address new needs and pain points for consumers. But tech and money can’t solve problems that exist between people. They can only make the conversations more predictable and less frequent, less intimate, they insulate the richest people from the poorest people, and provide a dim […]

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Iconoclasm in Kiev

Click over to the Guardian to see protesters in Kiev pull down the statue of Lenin, and read about how statues – invisible symbols of entrenched and assumed power in our everyday lives – becoming sitting ducks during an expression of revolutionary disobedience. Since the dawn of man, in our freest moments we have torn the idols down. Some pics from RT: Direct link to video:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/dec/09/kiev-ukraine-protesters-statue-lenin-video

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Who Knew the Antichrist Would Be a Centrist?

President Obama was interrupted during a speech at a very inconvenient Los Angeles fundraiser tonight, by an especially zealous heckler who insisted that “Jesus Christ is Lord and creator of the universe.”  As could be expected, the god-hating crowd of liberal Hollywood sodomy-lovers begin to boo the Savior, and subsequently beg Obama to finish his slow murder of God and liberty with another 4-year term. (sorry for the ad…) Obama soaks it nicely, as any secret atheist would, but then ruins the whole thing by saying he believes in Jesus too, which of course he’s always insisted, but that both sides of the aisle wish wasn’t actually true.  He then finishes off the missed opportunity to set the record straight by trying to redistribute some chick’s jacket as the cops pull the guy out and he calls Obama the Antichrist. If only, brother. Get ready for endless videos of Obama reveling in the Godless jeering for 13 1/2 months.

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9/11/2011

A few things to consider when mulling yesterday’s anniversary of one of the single worst crimes ever committed, and the heroic actions of thousands who responded to its perpetrators’ abject nihilism and hate, with courage, hope and self-sacrifice. Composer Steve Reich has finished a composition that includes audio snippets from air-traffic controllers, fire department radio transmissions and interviews with witnesses to the attacks.  It is a jarring and piercing meditation on terror and how technology brought us that horror in real time.  You can listen to the piece as performed by the Kronos Quartet at NPR. Here is BuzzFeed’s compilation of some of the most heinous mischaracterizations of President Obama and his own faith and his presence at the WTC ceremony yesterday.  The hatred and ignorance demonstarted by so-called god-fearing Christians illustrates the religious backlash that the terrorists inflicted on secular America, in addition to the thousands of murders and untold financial cost of the clean-up and subsequent wars. Here is a list of lies told by former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President and possible war crimes defendant Dick Cheney connecting 9/11 to Iraq and using that as a justification for an unprovoked invasion of that country. And a famously controversial quote from the aftermath that has served as the most evocative and clearest argument against unquestioned religious faith in the 21st century: The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not “cowards,” as they […]

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