June, 2016 archive
Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dum-Dum 0
In related news, the Bangor Daily News’s Patricia Callahan submits her own letter to LePage.
Video via Raw Story.
Facebook Frolics (Updated) 0
Josh Marshall tries to make sense of the senseless.
Nothing To Do, Nowhere To Go 0
Still under 300k for the 69th straight week.
Jobless claims increased by 10,000 to 268,000 in the week ended June 25, a report from the Labor Department showed Thursday in Washington.
The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure than the weekly claims numbers, held at 266,750.
The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits fell by 20,000 to 2.12 million in the week ended June 18. The four-week average declined to 2.13 million, the lowest since November 2000.
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
A fresh load of politeness . . .
The chief said family members told investigators that Nicholas was target shooting with his father in the yard before the shooting.
He said police believe Nicholas was reloading his small-caliber gun when it went off and struck him (in the head–ed.).
Nicholas was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital. His condition was unknown.
. . . and another gun that fires itself.
The police chief is quoted as saying that the kid’s pointing the gun at his head while reloading it is somehow “a tragic accident.”
QOTD (Updated) 0
I had always stared into the faces of known monsters, trying to find something in the shape of the face, the expression, the eyes, which told me that this was the man who had shoved the Jews of Salonika into trains and sent then off to dreadful death. Every day, for weeks, until he ran out of Jews. I had never found it in Nazis. They just looked like people. It was the most frightening thing about them.
Humanity ain’t inherently humane. That’s why hate sells.
Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.
Addendum, Later That Same Day:
This is creepier than a room full of caterpillars.
Dis Coarse Discourse, Pivotal Moments Dept., Reprise 0
At Psychology Today Blogs, Jonathan D. Moreno offers his take on why the Trump “pivot,” so eagerly awaited by the press and, no doubt, the Republican Party, just ain’t a-gonna happen. A snippet:
The politicians (who are rooting for the “pivot”–ed.) are coming from a world of leverage, but Trump is coming from a world of theater.
Donald Trump can no more change his public character than Woody Allen can change his. Like many actors Trump has created a persona that he created and from which he seems unable to escape. Trump has become “Trump,” a caustic, macho bully who never loses, regardless of the cost. Even the presidency.
No matter what kind of role he is in—builder, salesman, TV host, politician—he is always “Trump.” The character works well as long as it works. But when it doesn’t the actor gets stuck, as appears to have happened now. Adaptation seems to be beyond his imagination. Where there was once creativity there is now insufficient spontaneity.
Ryan’s Derp 0
Paul Ryan prepares the new old complete with a new logo and improved packaging Republican replacement for the ACA.
Meet “Don’t Get Sick; If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly, v. 2.0.”
Common Denominator 0
Still Rising Again after All These Years 0
In Republican World, Pickett is always charging.
The Born Again Legacy (Updated) 0
There’s the old story about the professor who was speaking about grammar.
“You realize,” he said, “that two negatives make a positive. However, there is never a case in which two positives make a negative.”
From the back of the hall came an anonymous voice which said,
I was raised Southern Baptist back before Southern Baptists went nuts. I know lying hypocrites when I see them.
God knows, I’ve seen enough of them.
Addendum, Later That Same Morning:
This is what differentiates “writing” from “content.”
So You Think You Know Something . . . . 0
Barry Ritholtz discusses the mechanics of misinformation.
However, there is a disconcerting trend that has gained strength: agnotology. It’s a term worth knowing, since it is going global. The word was coined by Stanford University professor Robert N. Proctor, who described it as “culturally constructed ignorance, created by special interest groups to create confusion and suppress the truth in a societally important issue.” It is especially useful to sow seeds of doubt in complex scientific issues by publicizing inaccurate or misleading data.
Follow the link, where he analyzes the role of “agnotology” in Britain’s Brexit vote. Left unanswered is this question:
How the hell does “agnotology” differ from propaganda or, for that matter, a plain old lie, and why did we need a new word with more syllables for it?