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January 19, 2017


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  1. Mark Schaeffer
    January 19, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Vague short messages inviting one to click a link are a standard form of phishing.Even data scientists can be hacked.


    • January 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Well in this case I didn’t have time for a longer post. I was not hacked.


  2. January 19, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I suppose there will never be a summit called: “One Nation: Explaining How We On the Left Can Reach Across The Isle To Find Common Ground With Those On The Right Through Dialog and Communication.”

    I’ve just about given up on finding common ground, myself. No one else seems to want to.



    • January 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      There is no common ground with the extreme Alt-Right. It is their way or nothing. That has been obvious for decades.


    • Michael L.
      January 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      As you know from earlier discussions we’ve had, I’m politically left of center but am as interested as you are in getting beyond extreme polarization, which is what I think you’re talking about. But I may be less ambitious than you are, at least at the moment. You’re calling for finding common ground. But I would settle, at this point, for a bit more civility even when the folks discussing issues are disagreeing on almost everything they’re talking about. If people see those who disagree with them not as simply wrong or misguided but as enemies to be vanquished, I don’t think this bodes well for civil society. You and I might disagree on a lot of things but I suspect we’re in agreement on this point.


  3. January 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    The Rise of the Right was not a popular, majority-driven revolution. It was subversion paid for by some of the wealthiest Americans in the world. Littlefingers Donald Trump was right when he said the election was rigged, but it wasn’t rigged against him. It was rigged to support anyone form the Republican Party running for president. The only reason that Putin got involved is because he owns Littlefingers.

    For the 2016 election, was there one GOP candidate running for president that was a moderate Republican or even close to the center? The money from the 0.1 percent selected the candidates. Big money from the Alt-Right even flowed into the sewer pockets of Littlefingers.


    • Jeff S.
      January 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      There were several moderate Republicans in the race. Because of plurality voting, their support was split, eventually allowing Trump to reach the top of the ticket. Mainstream Republicans were for the most part appalled by Trump.


      • January 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        How many mainstreams Republicans are left, and how do we define mainstream today?

        If the definition of mainstream means “the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are regarded as normal or conventional; the dominant trend in opinion, fashion, or the arts” then the evils of Trumpism may have become mainstream in the GOP because he won.


        • Jeff S.
          January 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm

          My point is that Trump won because election processes are flawed. He did not win because he now represents the mainstream of the Republican party.


      • January 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm

        But Littlefingers Donald Trump now leads the NEW mainstream of the GOP, and those who think they are the old mainstream who don’t stand up to him have joined the new world order of Trumpism by default.


        • Jeff S.
          January 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

          I refuse to characterize the current administration as mainstream. That would demonize most every Republican and lead to further polarization. Also, your ‘Littlefingers’ moniker for Trump is ad hominem and not even funny. There is so much important work to do. Why waste time name-calling, demonizing and polarizing? Who benefits from these seeds of political chaos?


      • January 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm

        I stick by the street name I have used for Donald Trump. Every gangster has a street name. His is Littlefingers. Here is my evidence that this malignant narcissist deserves a street name like Littlefingers. I refuse to treat this monster with respect. He deserves this ad hominem moniker. He earned it.

        My latest post about the malignant narcissist with the street name Littlefingers.



  4. Jason L
    January 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

    “The money from the 0.1 percent selected the candidates.”
    Very true, the money from the .1% picked BOTH candidates.
    If Hillary spent a little more time addressing the concerns of the democratic base, and not just sucking up to big donors she might have won. IF she had selected Elizabeth Warren as her vice president you would have had the election in the bag, but selecting Warren for VP would offend HRC’s real base, which is Wall Street.


    • January 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Gimme a break. As soon as Warren endorsed Hillary, all the Bernie Bros I knew instantly disavowed her.


  5. Jeff S.
    January 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I wonder whether there is indeed a ‘rise of the right’. Maybe our democracy has once again been victimized by bad election processes such as the Electoral College, super-delegates, winner-take-all primaries, plurality voting, gerrymandering, restricted ballot access, unbridled campaign finance, etc. Meanwhile, we are necessarily preoccupied by Trump and none of these issues are being addressed.


  6. January 30, 2017 at 12:10 am

    When I showed my boyfriend my hat his comment was, “That doesn’t look like a… oh, nevermind.”


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