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That Word Does Not Mean What They Tell You It Means 0

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Enemies List 0

Caption:  Donald Trump's Enemies of America:  Iran, the Media, Low-Flow Toilets.  Trump, to the side, says,

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The Swearing Off 0

Image:  Back of a man with his right hand raised to take an oath and his left hand behind his back with fingers crossed.  Caption:  McConnell stands to take his oath to administer impartial justice.

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“He Just Fell in with a Bad Crowd” 0

PoliticalProf.

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All The News that Fits 0

Framing the issue.

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Unindicted Co-Conspirators 0

Man sitting at the bench at the Senate impeachment trial to the GOP:  You are charged with putting Trump before the country.

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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The Lies of the Land 0

Tony Norman warns us to prepare for an onslaught of lies as the impeachment trial moves forward (or in whatever the heck direction it’s going to move).

No excerpt or summary can do his piece justice. Just read it.

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The Conservative Devolution 0

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The Blank Check 0

Donald Trump standing over a dead body on Fifth Avenue:  I did it because he was planning an imminent crime--for sometime or other--No because of bad things he did before--No, wait, because he was about to attach an embassy--No, four of them--I speculate--Oh, it doesn't matter.  My supporters don't care.

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Hard Choices 0

Man in hell facing three doors:

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“It Must Be True. Nothing Else Explains It.” 0

Joe Pierre has posted two pieces about the psychology of conspiracy theories (and theorists) at Psychology Today Blogs, derived from a radio interview in which he participated. They are worth a look.

Part One.

Part Two.

Here’s a bit from Part One (emphasis added):

How has the internet affected the spread of conspiracy theories? Do you think the internet promotes the spread of conspiracy theories?

There’s little question that the internet can help spread false beliefs including conspiracy theories. And research has shown that misinformation tends to spread faster and more widely than factual information. So the internet is clearly a fertile breeding ground for conspiracy theories.

That said, there is not good evidence that conspiracy theories are necessarily more common now than they have been at other points in history. . . .

What is somewhat unique to the internet is the way it’s very design — through a click-based revenue model along with the creation of filter bubbles — can foster echo chambers and confirmation bias that strengthens conviction in our pre-existing beliefs. As I like to say, searching for information online is often like “confirmation bias on steroids.”

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Putin on the Fix 0

Woman says,

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Know them by the company they keep.

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A Flair for the Obvious 0

And this surprises you how?

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The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

And I thought I was a bit of a pessimist.

Meanwhile, Bob Peckman suggests that, if one wants to discuss scientific topics, one might be wise to pay attention to science.

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The Vandal 0

Frame One:  Donald Trump says,

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The Blame Game, Bait and Switch Dept. 0

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Out of the Mouths of Babes . . . . 0

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The Blind Man’s Bluff 0

Bill Bramhall's editorial cartoon for Jan. 9, 2019, showing a blind-folded Donald Trump nearly walking off a cliff. Nearby birds comment:

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Dreams in the White-House 0

Jamelle Bouie finds Lovecraftian overtones to these troubled times. Here’s a bit; follow the link for the rest of his tale of eldritch horror made real.

Faced with things too monstrous to be real, but which exist nonetheless, Lovecraftian protagonists either reject their senses or descend into madness, unable to live with what they’ve learned.

It feels, at times, that when it comes to President Donald Trump, our political class is this Lovecraftian protagonist, struggling to understand an incomprehensibly abnormal president.

Aside:

Readers of Lovecraft will recognize this post’s title as a pun on the title of one of Lovecraft’s stories.

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