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I’ve migrated to a new virtual private server and glitches happened. Follow my progress below the fold.

I started this almost 15 years ago to learn stuff. Well, I’m still learning, even when I don’t want to.

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And Now for a Change of Pace 0

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

A California Methodist Church wonders what might have happened had the Holy Family fled, not to Egypt, but to Donald Trump’s America. Here’s a bit from the news item:

A Methodist church in Claremont unveiled a Nativity scene Saturday night depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration’s border separation policies.

Via C&L.

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Just Don’t Call It What It Is . . . . 0

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The Acolytes 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Dinesh Sharma interviews Dan McAdams, author of The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump, a Psychological Reckoning. In the interview, they explore the hold that Trump seems to have over his diehard followers.

I commend it to your attention. Here’s a snippet of McAdams response to a question about whether Trump might have some form of personality disorder (emphasis added):

There is no diagnostic label that captures his unique blend of attributes and orientations. Among the most interesting features of Trump’s inimitable personality are (1) his peculiar form of extraversion-based charisma, (2) his startling lack of an animating life narrative in his own mind to make sense of who he is and how he came to be, and (3) his belief, shared unconsciously by a percentage of his supporters, that he is not “a person” – he is more than a person, like a superhero, like a primal or mythic force, but less than a person, too, in that he is not held morally accountable in the same way that other persons are.

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

The Seattle Times’s Naomi Ishisaka explains “the invisible wall.” A snippet:

The overall philosophy for the invisible wall is summed up well by an email reported by NBC from a Trump National Security Council official discussing asylum processing with Customs and Border Patrol.

In the email, the official said, “My mantra has persistently been presenting aliens with multiple unsolvable dilemmas to impact their calculus for choosing to make the arduous journey to begin with.”

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Cookie Cutting 0

David describes the pressure being put on his podcast to allow his listeners’ and viewers’ data to be tracked.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Politeness takes practice.

Around 1:30 p.m., Titusville police were called to Parrish Medical Center for a 9-year-old girl who was accidentally shot by an older juvenile sibling during target practice in the woods off of State Road 407, just east of I-95.

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QOTD 0

Tina Brown:

The digitally native generation has no idea what has been lost to the freedom of intimacy that has no fear of being recorded.

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The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

By the numbers.

Not to mention that we no longer have spring or fall in these parts. We just go right from summer into winter into summer again.

I fear we are well past the tipping point.

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The Privatization Scam Meets a Notion of Immigrants 0

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It Doesn’t Add Up 0

At the Hartford Courant, Thomas Cangelosi does the math. A snippet:

Indeed, in a case of life imitating art, I thought the Republican defense of the president seemed to come out of the pages of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

In particular, when Ambassador Gordon Sondland said he “surmised,” based on the logic of 2+2=4, that President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the 2016 elections, the President’s defenders that seemed to insist instead that 2+2=5.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Swan song.

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Standoff 0

Caption:  The irresistible force meets the immovably object.  Image:  Man pushing cart full of books labeled

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Running up the Score 0

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One Thing Is Not Like the Other Thing 0

Image One, captioned

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Sir Walter Raleigh:

It is the nature of men, having escaped one extreme, which by force they were constrained long to endure, to run headlong into the other extreme, forgetting that virtue doth always consist in the mean.

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Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

The Rude One dismembers Nikki Haley’s defense of the Stars and Bars. (Warning: Language, all of it warranted.)

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International Laughingstock 0

Trudy Rubin explains. A snippet:

I have watched the shift in attitudes in my travels since Trump was elected, including to Russia, the Mideast, Europe and a just completed trip to China. The president is seen as erratic, untrustworthy and interested in little beyond self-promotion or making a profit. And, oh yes, as easily manipulated by flattery, especially by the autocrats he admires unreservedly.

And so ill-informed that he could unintentionally drag America into a war.

Follow the link for more.

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Facebook Frolics 0

What is truth?

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Signs of the Times 0

Billboard of cow writing

Via Juanita Jean.

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