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Drinking the KQQl-Aid 0

Jason Blazakis warns that Q believers are behaving like cultists, and, like cultists, when a prophecy does not come true, their faith is unshaken. Rather than question their idol, they double-down on it. A snippet:

For example, after one of the co-founders of the Heaven’s Gate cult died, the other began preaching about taking followers to the “Next Level,” a science-fiction version of the afterlife. To explain the unexpected death of his co-founder, he began sermonizing that his followers’ bodies were unimportant vessels that they would shed upon reaching their final destination. He blended aspects of New Age science and evangelical Christianity to persuade them to go on one final trip, which ended with a mass suicide by 39 cult members in 1997.

Like the Heaven’s Gate cult, the QAnon community brandishes religious imagery and repurposes theories to fit new truths. Q’s theory about an impending storm where global elites are vanquished is a recurring end-times scenario in many religions, including Christianity. The predicted storm is still coming, they now say, when Trump retakes power March 4.

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Public Servants 0

Postal carrier slogging through the snow.  Caption:  Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of might nor the Postmaster General's arrogance stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

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One of the most venal efforts of the previous federal administrator was attempting to turn public servants into his private minions.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Just when you thought “social” media couldn’t get more vapid . . . .

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A Jury of His Peers 0

Jury Box labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Recommended Reading 0

A History of China, by Wolfram Eberhard.

As one who trained as an historian, I believe that the past illuminates the present. Knowing China’s past will help you understand the China we deal with today. I commend this book to your attention.

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The Disinformation Superhighway 0

Child-like drawings of the sun rising, titled

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Meta: Reading Rainbow 0

I’ve added a new item to the sidebar, over there, on the right ——>, entitled “Reading Rainbow” (with apologies to PBS).

It points to Project Gutenberg, where you can get public domain ebooks which work quite nicely with FBReader (or the ebook reader of your choice) and Libribox, which offers public domain audio books, which work with the audio player of your choice (I usually use VLC).

Both sites have given me hours of enjoyment and learning.

Enjoy.

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Follow the Money 0

Cosmo is watching television.  Voice from the television says,

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An Incipient Influencer 0

Title:  The Beginnning of Social Meaia.  Image:  Man and woman at street corner next to sign reading,

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Terms for the Times 0

The Angry Grammarian updates his dictionary. An example (emphasis in the original):

coronasplaining, n: asserting that you know more about infectious diseases than someone with a decade of medical training because you spent 12 minutes “researching” on the internet. See also: covidiot.

Follow the link and broaden your vocabulary.

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The Pardon Palooza 0

The Tampa Bay Times reports on the recipients of Donald Trump’s passel of pardons. There are no surprises here:

More than 100 individuals received a pardon or commutation of their sentence early Wednesday morning. Though the final list did not include Trump or his family, it included a group of well-connected convicted felons, wealthy fraudsters and two celebrity rappers, as well as dozens of individuals sentenced to long sentences for drug crimes.

At Above the Law, Joe Patrice finds a common thread amongst the pardonees.

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The Disinformation Superhighway 0

Ira Hyman is an optimist.

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“Disarmed” 0

Title:  Disarmed.  Image:  Sticke of dynamite wire to a cellphone detonator showing Twitter page of Donald J. Trump with the statement,

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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One Day Seems Much Like Another 0

Uncle Sam, reading newspaper with headlines

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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Meta: Spam Comments 0

If Askimet identifies your comment as spam, it will be deleted and never seen. But if you want to waste your time, that’s okay with me.

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Man at Shirk 0

Hanging from door labeled

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Aside:

This was drawn Saturday, before the news broke that the current federal administrator was (still) actively browbeating a public official to subvert the will of the people.

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Trickle-On Economics, No Surprises Here Dept. 0

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 0

If you have not done so, I highly recommend that you read Lena Horne’s autobiography.

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Excess 0

Give me a break.

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Oops 0

Grimmy points to two feet sticking out from under a falling bookcase and says to Mother Goose,

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