Political Theatre category archive
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Thom and a caller discuss (and differ on) how to recover from 40 years of media concentration and right-wing propaganda.
Ravi Chandra, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, shares his psychiatrist’s view of Donald Trump’s Axios interview, focusing on “what thought processes and relational qualities” the exchange revealed. Here’s a bit:
Houston, we have a problem with people who are fixated on the “rightness” of their ideas. It is very difficult for reality to see the light in the mind of someone who has fixed ideas, particularly fixed ideas that revolve around defending themselves. Anyone who doesn’t follow these rules is likely unrelated, unhappy, and divisive.
A patient with fixed ideas displays these typical defenses.
1. An insistence on their own point of view, and an inability to listen to, comprehend, or give any weight to the other party—usually because other people’s viewpoints are threatening and destabilizing to an already fragile ego and worldview.
2. In other words: I’m right and everyone else is wrong (stamps feet).
He doesn’t reveal anything fundamental we didn’t already know, but the perspective is interesting.
It has been my experience (and I have been unemployed, though I was lucky enough never to have to collect unemployment) that persons are almost never unemployed by choice, but almost always by circumstance.
The notion that persons can live satisfactorily on unemployment benefits is a fiction propagated by the rich and heartless.
Image via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.
The Department of Commerce is attempting to
screw with skew the census. Here’s a bit from the report. I’ve emphasized their lamer excuse, which almost implies that they are doing their arithmetic by hand:
The Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month shorter than previously announced, the bureau’s director confirmed Monday in a statement. That includes critical door-knocking efforts and collecting responses online, over the phone and by mail.
The latest updates to the bureau’s plans are part of efforts to “accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020, as required by law and directed by the Secretary of Commerce,” who oversees the bureau, Director Steven Dillingham said in the written statement posted on the bureau’s website.
These last-minute changes to the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the U.S. threaten the accuracy of population numbers used to determine the distribution of political representation and federal funding for the next decade.
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See the news reports David refers to at these links:
USPS considering closing post offices ahead of presidential election
Postal Service says it has ‘ample capacity’ to handle election after Trump casts doubt
And here’s a related report I saw earlier today:
Postal Union Leader Warns Assault on USPS Puts US on “Path Toward Dictatorship”