The world was not ready for an Ace of Base Bond theme.
- I generally try to put breaking news/imminent doom stuff at the top, but Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a masterpiece about Trump and it deserves its due. Read “The First White President” now. Then read his interview with Morning Edition for good measure.
- The Gop has one last chance to repeal the ACA, and it looks like it’s going to take it. All hands on deck!
- This is how far we’ve come, and this is what we stand to gain. Losing the ACA will be devastating to our cause.
- The Russia news keeps coming in. I hope the indictments aren’t far behind.
- If were to compare Hillary to any TV character, I would compare her to Skyler White.
- China fell for Nixon’s shit and has fallen for Jared and Ivanka’s shit. It’s hard to express how disappointed I am.
- A lot of new right-wing assholes have come into being lately, but Rush Limbaugh still sucks just as much as before.
- Rembert Browne wrote a magnificent article on Colin Kaepernick. Kaep is a brave, brave man, and he deserves better.
- In other football news, Michael Bennett is good and the Patriots suck.
- Cassini has ended its mission. It was a great space probe.
- Abe Lincoln’s image management would probably have been a great scandal if he were alive today.
- Pizza is one of Detroit’s great strengths and I miss it more than coneys.
- The Onion goes for the deep cut again.
- What’s better, a Wikipedia article on the “high five” or an article on “New Jersey v. New York”?
“Laconicity” or “laconicism”?
“Butterfly” is the LAST song that you should do a mournfully slow version of. The DDR gods wept.
- Trump wanted a deal with Russia during his campaign. Felix Sater bragged that the (aborted) deal would get Trump elected. There are no data points in favor of Trump.
- Good hate from The Baffler:
To understand Trump is also to understand his appeal as an aspirational brand to the worst people in the United States. What his intransigent admirers like most about him—the thing they aspire to, in their online cosplay sessions and their desperately thirsty performances for a media they loathe and to which they are so helplessly addicted—is his freedom to be unconcerned with anything but himself. This is not because he is rich or brave or astute; it’s because he is an asshole, and so authentically unconcerned. The howling and unreflective void at his core will keep him lonely and stupid until the moment a sufficient number of his vital organs finally resign in disgrace, but it liberates him to devote every bit of his being to his pursuit of himself.
- Houston’s unchecked development created an ideal environment for catastrophic flooding. We are not remotely prepared.
- One thing I don’t understand about Trump Twitter bots is how automated they are. Do the disinformation artists have to craft each deranged Tweet manually, or are the Markov chains good enough at this point?
- ***SPOILER*** A certain demise in the Game of Thrones finale was even more disappointing to me than the ending of Death Note. Don’t set up geniuses and then have them act stupidly. ***/SPOILER***
- The Lions will be disappointing in ways other than allowing their franchise quarterback to walk. I am grateful.
A total eclipse of the sun is one of the most beautiful, exhilarating things you can ever see. You owe it to yourself to catch one in your lifetime.
- Don’t take it from me, take it from Randall Munroe.
- Luckily, we only have to wait seven years for the next eclipse, which will be twice as long and darker.
- But nothing is safe from the taint of Trump. Not even the eclipse.
- Stay safe, Houston.
- Fuck Trump for pardoning Joe Arpaio. Fuck Trump for discriminating against our trans citizens.
- Oh, and in the fight against ISIS Trump has already killed more civilians than Obama ever did. It can always get worse.
- From anecdotal evidence and gut feeling, I think the Internet’s adoration of punching Nazis is yet another tedious expression of threatened masculinity. And global war as an analogy for social change movements within a democracy should be self-evidently nonsense, but I guess not.
- Paul Waldman:
So let’s say this really slowly: It’s possible to simultaneously acknowledge that 1) Clinton made plenty of mistakes, and 2) there were egregious problems with the way the campaign was covered, problems that contributed to the outcome. Calling attention to the latter doesn’t negate the former.
- You know a part of the media that hasn’t abased itself in the age of Trump? Teen Vogue, featuring Lauren Duca.
- “Wasn’t me” is an abhorrent response to a fellow human being being mistreated. An illuminating Twitter thread on why #NotAllMen and #NotAllWhitePeople are so scorned.
- Sam Wang put together a depressing site about gerrymandering.
- I appreciate The American Scholar doing a series on Detroit, but could they not get a black person to write it?
- This season of Game of Thrones was an entertaining hot mess. Take it away, Onion.
- Valve ain’t never making games again. What could have been?
- Malibu Beer sounds utterly revolting. At least it gave us a cathartic review.
- Rest in peace, Tobe Hooper. A bad summer for horror.
A certain someone is going to be watching a certain astronomical event on Monday, so updates will be sparse. Take care!
- He’s an abysmal human being in every way.
- Unite the Right appears to have been a tactical failure.
- Bannon’s out. Maybe deranged on-the-record interviews are a bad idea.
- If you condemn bad behavior, it’s also fair to at least note good behavior. Congressional Democrats are behaving well.
- A shit-ton of Democrats are looking to join those Congressional Democrats in 2019. That’s good.
- We are all complicit. We’ve always been complicit. The question is what we do with that knowledge.
- Don’t let fascists rope you into debating facts that aren’t up for debate. This is when ad hominem comes in handy.
- The inimitable Dahlia Lithwick:
The result is an alarming form of censorship: Nonviolent demonstrators lose their right to assemble and express their ideas because the police are too apprehensive to shield them from violence. The right to bear arms overrides the right to free speech.
In American history, states’ rights have been mostly a means, not an end, a tool rather than a principle—a truth demonstrated once again in the recent disputes about Florida’s ballots in the presidential election. Republicans supposedly in favor of states’ rights pressed their case in federal courts while Democrats looked to state courts. In antebellum America, Southerners controlled the national government most of the time until 1860 and they used that control to defend slavery from all kinds of threats and perceived threats. They overrode the rights of Northern states that passed personal liberty laws to protect black people from kidnapping by agents who claimed them as fugitive slaves.
We’re 14 percent through.
“He has no historical view. He is only dealing with these issues now, and seems to think the world started when he took office,” a diplomat told BuzzFeed News, pointing to Trump’s remarks and tweets about defense spending. “He thinks that NATO existed only to keep the communists out of Europe. He has a similar attitude in Asia-Pacific with Japan, ignoring that the US basically wrote their constitution.” During his presidential campaign, Trump called out Japan to pay more for the security US provides, including for hosting the US troops in the country. Japan’s constitution restricts its military options.
They also believe Trump’s foreign policy is chiefly driven by an obsession with unraveling Barack Obama’s policies. “It’s his only real position,” one European diplomat said. “He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.”
- Trump is a massive cock.
- There’s a pushy, pushy poll showing that some Republicans are OK with postponing elections if Trump does it. The number should be zero.
- For those who despair, Democrats have been cleaning up in state special elections, most recently in Iowa. Going by the thesis that conservatives’ main motive is pissing off liberals, perhaps it’s best to make every race as low-profile as possible? No more messiahs.
- Voter suppression is still a massive problem, though. I’m trying to learn more about this — will the courts be our main tool of resistance? What is Let America Vote planning?
- Nina Turner is a hack obsessed with idiot publicity stunts. Whatever potential Our Revolution had will be squandered by her.
- In a small victory, Jeffrey Lord has been fired after tweeting unambiguous Nazi stuff. Hallelujah.
- I look forward to DNA code becoming a mainstay of techno-thrillers for years to come.
- Asshole calls half his coworkers biologically inferior, claims persecution for being fired. It’s gaslighting.
- Of course, David Brooks comes out with another worthless take. Why must The New York Times let him get away with it?
Any woman that works in sports journalism will tell you that at some point in her life, she has been subjected to a quiz by someone who thinks they know more about sports than she does. It could be someone close to them, like a friend or family member, or someone that she’s just met, like a guy in a bar, your barista or mechanic.
- Eli Manning should be given the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, preferably on the same day that Tom Brady is tried at the Hague.
- Modern singing may be ruining our singers. Maybe.
- It’s from a while back, but Disney villains now have their own postage stamp series. Government is good.
- Not funny, Onion. 😦