Tag: Vox

Laura Ingraham’s Trump Interview Showcases Trump’s Symptoms of Mental Illness

Symptoms of Trump's Mental Illness

Reading time: 5 minutes
Ever wonder what all the crazy crap that Trump says means? Here’s your guide to interpretting the full on bizarre cray-cray that Trump dumped on us this week during Laura Ingraham’s interview

Following Trump and Barr into Autocracy, Reviewing Masha Gessen’s “Autocracy: Rules for Survival”


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If you are as worried sick as I am about the fate of our democracy, then you’ll want to read my review of Masha Gessen’s 2016 article, Autocracy: Rules for Survival that was published in The New York Review of Books. When we compare her six rules to the sorry state of affairs, real despair sets in. It’s like watching one of those slasher horror films, you know what’s going to happen and there’s absolutely nothing you can do to stop it. Even though the character is being extremely stupid and doing stuff no one would ever do outside of a movie, you still gotta sit there and watch it.

Trump being acquitted shows how democracy could really die – Vox


Reading Time: 3 minutes
The deliberate flaunting of democracy and the open destruction of it by the GOP just pisses me off. They are so sure that the electorate either cannot or will not hold them accountable that they aren’t even bothering to hide it. If we let them get away with it in November. If we don’t vote Trump and the Senate majority out in November, then we really are the United Fucking States of Fucking Stupid.

Climate Change = Increases in Demagoguery, Nationalism, Authoritarianism, Violence, and Cruelty


Reading time: 9 minutes!?! OUCH! There are lots of heading, though, so you can skip around and find the juiciest most interesting parts.
Climate change news just keeps getting worse. And, until we reach some kind of happy equilibrium — that’s a population of about 500,00 human beings, BTW — with planet earth, it probably will just keep getting worse, too. I mean, as bad as it is right now, when billions of people begin dying, that will be worse. So, what happens when the worst happens? Unfortunately, even more bad stuff: violence and cruelty

Persuasive Design or How Fox News Perverted Your Parents

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Ever wondered how Fox News does it? Persuasive Design goes a long way to explaining how they keep your parents, friends, and neighbors enthralled. Don’t fear, though. I have divided the post into three successive parts: the Quick Dip, the Shallow Dive, and the Deep Dive. Each is an extension of the last so you can read as much or as little as you like and still get something you can use.

Trump vs. Obama: a new theory of why Republicans and Democrats fight – Vox


A re-blogging of an interview of March Hetherington by Exra Klein on Vox.com. They discuss Hetherington and Weiler’s theory that the political divide between Repubes and Dems is based on how each side views the world. The Repubes view the world as fundamentally dangerous, the Dems as safer. I add that makes Repubes risk averse and Dems risk tolerant. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Racism in the Police Use of Force: the Implicit Bias Shoot-Don’t Shoot Game


With so many proposals for arming teachers and suggestions that good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns and then actual mass shootings where unarmed good guys stop the armed bad guys and violent arrests of young women because of plastic cutlery, you gotta wonder, would I shoot an unarmed black man if I had the chance? This implicit bias game helps you figure it all out.

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