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Trump’s political snuff film

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President Donald Trump compared America to a nation under wartime occupation that needs to be liberated from illegal immigrants during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Ohio Tuesday night. Trump said illegal immigrant gang members are like “animals” and that they’re not using guns to kill people “because it’s too fast and it’s not painful… Continue Reading →

The most bizarre thing you’ll ever see

And the first parody:

Trevor Noah: When will we start treating racism as a disease?

Betsy DeVos Gets Grilled: The Daily Show

Trevor Noah, who is flourishing as a comedian thanks to the clown dictator in the White House, shared his thoughts with the ladies of the View and comedian D.L. Hughley on Friday’s show. Noah brilliantly exposes the irresponsible and embarrassing conduct of an American ‘president’ who blatantly lies about ‘a Google-able fact’ like electoral college votes.… Continue Reading →

Trump silences Jewish reporter who asks him about attacks on synagogues

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During yet another disastrous press conference held on Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump committed numerous attacks against the freedom of the press, attacking the legitimacy of the members of the press and silencing a Hasidic reporter who tried to ask an important question. As he often does, Trump referred to CNN as “fake news,” and said… Continue Reading →

Help, help, a Republican is being oppressed

Dennis Hastert 'paid hush money to cover up sex abuse'

Unfuckingbelievable:

Imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has asked a Kendall County judge to not only reject a sexual abuse victim’s breach-of-contract lawsuit, but also to make the man pay back $1.7 million in secret hush-money payments.

In response to the lawsuit and in his counterclaim, made public Thursday and signed by Hastert, he denied that the oral pact is akin to a valid and enforceable contract and, if so, it would be the plaintiff who breached it when he broke his silence and spoke to federal authorities.

McConnell warns Dems: Americans ‘just won’t tolerate’ SCOTUS block

Mitch McConnell - Caricature

Mitch McConnell, who suffered no political penalty for his cynical block of a middle-of-the-road Supreme Court nominee spoke out today on Senator Schumer’s promise to block any nominee extreme enough to pass Republican inspection. “Apparently there’s a new standard now which is to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all,” McConnell groused. “I think that’s… Continue Reading →

4 Signs You May Be A Sociopath

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If you relate to movie villains, you might be a sociopath. Sociopathy is a condition that refers to a person’s antisocial behavior and ideas. Psychology Today aligns it with the features of antisocial personality disorder, a diagnosable condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible of psychiatrists everwhere. “Antisocial personality disorder is… Continue Reading →

Those who learn from history

Why Arendt Matters

Seem to be doomed to stand by helplessly as it repeats itself:

The rise of right-wing populism in Europe and the United States, accentuated by the election of Donald Trump, has led to growing fears about the possibility of new forms of authoritarianism. In search of insight, many commentators have turned to a book published some 65 years ago — Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism.” Arendt was a German Jewish intellectual who fled Germany with the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1933, lived in Paris as a stateless refugee and Zionist activist until 1941 and then fled to and settled in the United States.

“Origins,” first published in 1951, was based on research and writing done during the 1940s. The book’s primary purpose is to understand totalitarianism, a novel form of mobilizational and genocidal dictatorship epitomized by Stalinism in Soviet Russia and Hitlerism in Nazi Germany, and it culminates in a vivid account of the system of concentration and death camps that Arendt believed defined totalitarian rule. The book’s very first words signal the mood:

Two world wars in one generation, separated by an uninterrupted chain of local wars and revolutions, followed by no peace treaty for the vanquished and no respite for the victor, have ended in the anticipation of a third World War between the two remaining superpowers. This moment of anticipation is like the calm, that settles after all hopes have died . . . Under the most diverse conditions and disparate circumstances, we watch the development of the same phenomena — homelessness on an unprecedented scale, rootlessness to an unprecedented depth . . . Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest — forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.

How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment? The short answer is that we, too, live in dark times, even if they are different and perhaps less dark, and “Origins” raises a set of fundamental questions about how tyranny can arise and the dangerous forms of inhumanity to which it can lead.

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