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The Times Doesn’t Know Where Nazis Come From, But The Internet Does

On Nov. 25th the NYT published ‘A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland’, a profile of white nationalist Tony Hovater that, in the Times own words, ‘has drawn significant feedback, most of it sharply critical.‘ Criticism included failure to fact check or confront Hovater’s claims (‘Here Are Some Facts And Questions About That Nazi The New York Times Failed To Note’- Splinter News), briefly linking to a Nazi merchandise store, normalizing white nationalism ( ‘New York Times Faces Back Lash Over Half-Basked Profile’ - Washington Post), and a failure to understand where these young men are being radicalized into far-right groups ( ‘The online ecosystem that supports and nurtures white nationalists..’ - Buzzfeed cw: Nazi imagery, hate speech.)
posted by The Whelk on Nov 28, 2017 - 95 comments

Your reckoning. And mine.

Your Reckoning. And Mine. As stories about abuse, assault, and complicity come flooding out, how do we think about the culprits in our lives? Including, sometimes, ourselves. [content warning: sexual assault, harassment] [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Nov 20, 2017 - 152 comments

Thanks for nothing

Day 303: it's turkey time, and Republicans are putting tax and spending cuts on the table, which many are finding an unpalatable centrepiece. CBO estimates suggest that poor Americans' gooses in particular will be cooked if the bill passes, with households earning under $50,000 increasingly worse off. Republican senators have stated, on the record, that major donors will not be inviting them back for a second helping of support if the tax cut bill fails. The House bill has been served but the Senate bill is still in the oven, and preparing it will involve two opposed groups coming together with a shared purpose, and also some way of massaging the figures so they won't increase the deficit. [This is a catch-all US politics thread; Roy Moore talk goes here] [more inside]
posted by Merus on Nov 19, 2017 - 2192 comments

It's a great day for America, everybody!

Day 295: the light at the end of the tunnel is visible, as the Democratic wave starts sweeping elections across America, including the Deep South. Attention turns to the special senate election in Alabama next month, where jerk-off Republican candidate Roy Moore is facing unexpected allegations of child predation. As of posting, Trump is currently touring Asia, representing America and definitely not getting orders from Putin in a secure, untraceable manner how could you think that there is no collusion. [This is your catch-all U.S. politics thread, for things not related to the recent elections or Roy Moore.] [more inside]
posted by Merus on Nov 10, 2017 - 2570 comments


You know you just can't get enough of those juicy, succulent Presidential tweets, so here's the Markov chain bot the world so obviously needed.
posted by loquacious on Nov 7, 2017 - 31 comments

Trouble in Paradise

5 November 2017 - the ICIJ leaks a literal treasure trove of documents related to the piggy banks of the 1% Wilbur Ross, Bono, Trump, Apple, and Queen Elizabeth II are among over 120k people variously implicated in leaked documents pertaining to an estimated $10 trillion dollars in funds.
posted by aspersioncast on Nov 6, 2017 - 70 comments

the first cut won't hurt at all

Day 287: Cut, Cut, Cut. [this is your U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex on Nov 2, 2017 - 2724 comments

"...and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!"

Day 284: Over the weekend, it was revealed that an indictment resulting from the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to be made public today.

[this is your U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex on Oct 29, 2017 - 2745 comments

You know who ELSE was a VP with insatiable ambition?

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own dangers. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 28, 2017 - 137 comments

"Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough."

Day 278: Alert the daycare staff. [this is the U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex on Oct 24, 2017 - 1861 comments

I think it is our national sin.

Gregg Popovich is head coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. At a time when black athletes and even black sports reporters are being targeted by Trump, Popovich has spent much of the past year stepping outside of his normally reserved role to use his white privilege in ways perhaps no white man in sports ever has.
posted by Bob Regular on Oct 19, 2017 - 37 comments

"We need the novel because paradise is always a lie"

the novel matters because it's fiction, and fiction, like truth, profoundly matters to the human species. In the age of Trump, when truth is so blatantly revealed as something dismissible, somehow simply no longer relevant, the novel matters even more, because to some extent we all live by fictions, we have all along survived by using them.
The novel in the age of Trump by Ali Smith.
posted by Kattullus on Oct 18, 2017 - 14 comments

"He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation"

Day 270: Season of war. [this is the U.S. politics thread.] [more inside]
posted by lalex on Oct 16, 2017 - 2324 comments

The Storm

“And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his/ I’m drawing in the sand a line/ You’re either for or against/ And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split/ On who you should stand beside/ I’ll do it for you with this.” (text)
posted by mysticreferee on Oct 10, 2017 - 67 comments

State of state

Dexter Filkins profiles Rex Tillerson, United States Secretary of State, for the New Yorker : The Breaking Point - "In an interview with a conservative Web site, Tillerson alluded to his ambivalence. “I didn’t want this job,” he said. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 9, 2017 - 93 comments

Pick a month, guys. Every month of 2017 has been a treat.

[more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Oct 6, 2017 - 74 comments

"My family and I can't live in good intentions, Marge!"

As America reels from the mass shooting in Las Vegas (the third such shooting regarded as the deadliest ever in a decade), Puerto Rico citizens have gone nearly two weeks without power, with reports that already ageing infrastructure has been irretrievably destroyed. (Puerto Rico's infrastructure status page reports only 5% of the network is operational.) [more inside]
posted by Merus on Oct 3, 2017 - 3249 comments

The Kremlin Connection

Bill Maher takes 8m13s to lay out the Russia connection with our President and his business empire.
posted by hippybear on Sep 30, 2017 - 98 comments

Trump's on the shit list

L7, the all women punk rock group, have released their first single in 18 years... 'Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago'. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 29, 2017 - 26 comments

there once was a man from New York

Bill Cassidy still is a liar / Tom Price is a luxury flier / And Kim Jong-un’s aim / He says, is to tame / The POTUS, a dotard, with fire.
“My earlier invite’s withdrawn!” / Insisted the president, Don. / “Steph wouldn’t have come; / He told you, u bum,” / Observed a 3rd-party, LeBron [more inside]
posted by lalex on Sep 25, 2017 - 2402 comments

You raised my hopes and dashed them quite expertly, sir. Bravo!

It’s Schrodinger’s President! Chuck and Nancy have a deal with Trump on DACA…or do they? Republicans are outraged at Trump’s unilateral caving…or are they? Trump likes to wait for the facts before commenting on a terrorist attack…or does he? Back channels are working on cooling down the North Korea nuclear crisis…or are they? The GOP attempt to repeal the ACA is dead…or is it?
posted by darkstar on Sep 15, 2017 - 2342 comments

Donald Trump and the coming fall of the American Empire.

In july Jerermy Scahill interviewed Alfred McCoy, Harrington professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of “The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.
In a wide-ranging interview, they discuss Trump and Russia, the history of CIA interference in elections around the world, the Iran-Contra scandal, the CIA and the crack-cocaine epidemic, U.S. proxy wars, narcotrafficking in Afghanistan, and much more.
Transcript and podcast.
The Collapse of Empire is also acknowleged by the Pentagon but not by others.
posted by adamvasco on Sep 13, 2017 - 41 comments

the "eldritch energies" of whiteness

"The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy." Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic on Trump and the history of the denigration of blacks to shore up the social position of (especially, poorer) whites. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Sep 7, 2017 - 95 comments

And I'll go into people's houses at night and wreck up the place!

On Sunday, reports leaked of President Trump's plan to end DACA for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, with likely a six-month phase-in of the enforcement. Rebuking North Korea for their latest nuclear test, he also criticized South Korea for "appeasement" and on trade, and suggested he would cease trade with any country that continued to trade with the DPRK. Meanwhile, the Justice Department just admitted in court that Trump's much-disputed accusation that "Obama wiretapped Trump tower" was indeed false.
posted by darkstar on Sep 4, 2017 - 2605 comments

The Mouth that Roared

Magnitude 6.3 Seismic Event in North Korea from largest nuclear weapon tested by DPRK to date. Experts suggest the nuclear detonation may be as high as 120 kilotons, possibly a boosted atomic (fission) bomb or a small hydrogen (fusion) device (as reported by the DPRK). Seismic data suggest a cave-in related to the explosion, raising fears of a release of radioactive material. Most global leaders have been responding to the nuclearization of the DPRK with sober caution. Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump have not been among them.
posted by darkstar on Sep 3, 2017 - 172 comments

Twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

Another busy week for the President: on the eve of Hurricane Harvey slamming into the Texas coast, Trump pardoned Arpaio, and banned transgender people from future military enlistment, but has difficulty staying on message as historic flooding threatens Texas. Meanwhile, the Russian collusion probe proceeds apace, as additional subpoenas are issued for testimony, while Gorka wins the weekly White House purge lottery.
posted by darkstar on Aug 27, 2017 - 2237 comments

do the right thing and act on those qualms

Last week, in the wake of the dissolution of President Trump's Business Council over his public statements about Charlottesville (previously), many noted that his Evangelical Council said nothing. Ex-evangelical support blogger Chris Stroop called on Twitter to call white evangelical leaders to account with a call to #EmptyThePews of religious leaders who cannot demonstrate enough moral fiber to denounce white supremacy. The hashtag quickly filled with stories of spiritual abuse. Leaving these churches, Stroop acknowledges, is very difficult for many people. But he hopes that this public discussion will help more people to find the courage to leave toxic churches, whether or not they continue to maintain a Christian faith. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Aug 26, 2017 - 44 comments

Reacting swiftly, Mayor Quimby has declared Mob Rule.

A busy week for the President: a Nazi uprising in Charlottesville, resulting in one dead and several wounded, received a slow response and alarming equivocation from Trump regarding which “side” was worse. Widespread public backlash at his Nazi apologia - across the political spectrum - led to the resignation of several industry and public sector leaders from various advisory councils. Charities began canceling Mar-a-Lago events. One Congressman begin steps to introduce Impeachment. A week into the debacle, key advisor Steve Bannon “resigns”, with possibly more to be purged. Undaunted, Trump is planning another campaign rally in Phoenix, making noises about pardoning convicted criminal ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
posted by darkstar on Aug 18, 2017 - 3108 comments

I come when the trumpet sounds

Trumpy Bear: Born on flag day... find the secret zipper, simply style his trademark hair. SLYT, unless you order one.
posted by bendybendy on Aug 14, 2017 - 38 comments

3 slices of white bread

What I Ate Today - Pence is gearing up for Job 1. Pence/Christ 46: President Mike Pence is proud to serve the white and Christian population of America
posted by growabrain on Aug 13, 2017 - 28 comments

The frogurt is also cursed.

While Trump continues to ratchet up threats with North Korea, the military is not actually "fully in place" for such a conflict. After Putin expels 755 U.S. diplomats and technical personnel, , the U.S. President expresses gratitude. Meanwhile, Special Prosecutor Mueller's investigation, having already targeted the short-tenured National Security Advisor General Flynn, has also conducted a nighttime raid on the home of former Trump Campaign Director Paul Manafort and subpoenaed his bank records. Many speculate that Flynn and Manafort are just the first to be broken in an investigation that could lead to bigger fish.
posted by darkstar on Aug 11, 2017 - 2898 comments

A Hero's Legacy + The Backstory Regarding Trump Campaign Corruption

Beginning just after the 17 minute mark,a remarkable and succinct interview with Bill Browder, author of the book Red Notice, about the murder of his friend and colleague Sergei Magnitsky. If you've been looking to understand this whole "Russia thing" and why meetings about Russian adoptions and why abolishing the Magnitsky Act is so damn important to Putin, invest 30 minutes in this interview. It's the backstory missing from most coverage.
posted by jbenben on Aug 9, 2017 - 23 comments

Foal Eagle

The operation appeared at first to succeed...Despite the usual threats from Mr Kim to “wipe America off the face of the Earth” and to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire”, nothing appeared to happen. Mr Trump’s poll ratings spiked and he tweeted: “Fat Kim just got what he’s been asking for. SAD!” Triumphantly, he berated “my generals” for their caution which had stopped him from doing something similar sooner. A cautionary tale from 2019.
posted by fiercecupcake on Aug 7, 2017 - 29 comments

The Grandest Stage of Them All

Mueller convenes a Grand Jury while Trump tweets concern about our relationship with Russia. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Aug 4, 2017 - 2755 comments

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

A week of political high drama - with vulgar palace intrigues, the President dealt a spectacular legislative failure, venting to Boy Scouts, and endorsing Police violence - is capped off by the launch of a North Korean ICBM with enough range to reach most of the U.S.
posted by darkstar on Jul 29, 2017 - 3064 comments

We don’t want you to help us understand; we want to punish you.

You might disagree with how we approached it. You don’t have to agree. You just have to understand why we approached it that way. The brief transition period between the elections and the arrival of the new administration is always a chaotic time. Outgoing staff tries to bring the incoming team up to date on the pressing issues, the looming crises, and the loose ends. But what if the new arrivals simply don't care?
posted by bitmage on Jul 26, 2017 - 62 comments

"Are my methods unsound?" "I don't see any method at all, sir."

Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Votes to Begin Debating Obamacare Repeal [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jul 25, 2017 - 2935 comments

"We live in Generation U Mad Bro"

South Park raised a generation of trolls (slAVClub)
posted by sigma7 on Jul 25, 2017 - 174 comments

"just as monstrous and mutant alge invade the lagoon of Venice"

Peter E. Gordon — The Authoritarian Personality Revisited: Reading Adorno in the Age of Trump, June 15, 2016.
My hope is that by reading Adorno again, we might discern how Trump at once instantiates the category of the “authoritarian personality” but also challenges its meaning. The AP study, I will suggest, contained two distinct lines of argument. The first of these arguments qualified as the “official” discovery of the research program, and its basic message is the one MacWilliams identified in the passages quoted above, namely, it claimed to have identified a new “psychological type.” The second argument was rather more sobering and radical in its implications: it suggested that the authoritarian personality signified not merely a type but rather an emergent and generalized feature of modern society as such.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 23, 2017 - 25 comments

88 Lines About The 45th President

Democratic lawmakers have filed a "no-confidence" resolution against Donald Trump, listing 88 reasons why he's not fit to be President. Speaking to the New York Times, Trump provides many additional reasons. And speaking of things that no one likes that refuse to go away, Senate Republicans are back to work on a putative health care bill.
posted by murphy slaw on Jul 20, 2017 - 2807 comments

Ways To Stay Motivated In This [*insert Expletive*] Era Of Epic Stupid

Author Chuck Wendig gives you a handy top 10 list article to help you Survive and keep creating Art, in this unfurling Age of Dumb "Everything is dumb right now. From nose to tail, we have become the dumbest, saddest pig at the county fair. Historians will not refer to this period as THE DARK AGES, but rather, THE DUMB AGES. The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I’d bop in here and try my hand at answering that." - Chuck Wendig [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Jul 19, 2017 - 18 comments

The philosophy behind the throne

Unfettered capitalism or democracy. You cannot have both.
Six months on and six ways Trump is the US.
This is the playbook, as George Monbiot explains, of James McGill Buchanan -
A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy.
Then there are are the men behind the cutain; Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties.
What Is the Far Right’s Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority.
posted by adamvasco on Jul 19, 2017 - 42 comments

I only have 2 words for you (and the second one is "And")

Donald Trump Says Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions. (SLYT). From J-walk, who called it "Best video I've seen all day"
posted by growabrain on Jul 18, 2017 - 43 comments

How to Impeach the President (Of the United States) [SLYT 7min 15sec]

Learn everything you need to know about how to impeach the President! Not any particular President. Just in general. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Jul 11, 2017 - 28 comments

"There's a good chance I may have committed some light...treason."

More shocking developments have come to light (Matt Shuham and Allegra Kirkland, TPM) in the on-going investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged efforts with the Russian Government to undermine the integrity of United States Presidential election and the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Republican effort to undermine health insurance for tens of millions people, has met with resistance from all parts of the political spectrum. [more inside]
posted by Excommunicated Cardinal on Jul 11, 2017 - 3601 comments

"Apparently there is not enough fake news for the US government"

A Stanford law professor received an unusual request. A representative of a United States State Department office invited him to help stage a pretend spat via Twitter. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on Jul 7, 2017 - 24 comments

It's day 162 with POTUS45, marking another helluva week in US news

CBO released their review of the Senate's version of Trumpcare, titled Better Care Reconciliation Act, forecasting 22 million people without insurance in 2026, and Medicaid spending 35% lower in 2036. Just 12% of Americans support the Senate Republican health care plan, and the Senate is taking a break, delaying the vote and regrouping, while Trump teases that there's a "big surprise" in store, which may be the plan to bypass the congressional conference committee and ram the revised Senate plan through the House. But we haven't even gotten to , or the already contested plan to implement the newly semi-approved travel ban. What the f**k just happened today?
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 30, 2017 - 2991 comments

It's easier to get into a war than get out of one.

US - led attacks in Syria 'kill 472 civilians in a month' The past month saw the highest civilian death toll in US-led coalition air raids since they began, says war monitor.
....as the US enforces its No Fly Zone over Rojava. Just the continuation of six years of genocidal war as Assad, Russia and the US pulverize Syria.
Seven decades, seven facts: US policy on Syria in brief.
What Is Trump's Syria Policy?
posted by adamvasco on Jun 28, 2017 - 16 comments

A Norwegian, a Russian billionaire and Trump walk into... Concord NC?

Why was that Russian billionaire in Charlotte? He was looking in on his investment. Alevo, a high tech battery company, brings major intrigue, a Russian oligarch, and President Trump to a small town outside Charlotte NC. From the Charlotte Observer. Adam Kahn outlines it all. Tracking the Yachts and Jets of the Mega-Rich.
posted by racersix6 on Jun 24, 2017 - 6 comments

The map devours the territory

"But what makes a Trump impersonation so fascinating is that Trump’s surface, carefully crafted, is all we have of the man. A superficial rendition of his gestures is as faithful a portrayal as any. Conversely, the challenge of playing Trump is that Trump has always been impersonating Trump." [SLGuardianLongRead]
posted by runcifex on Jun 23, 2017 - 17 comments

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