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Greens Fees 0

Golf can be an expensive pursuit.

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The Return of the Medicine Show 0

Once a snake oil salesman, always a snake oil salesman.

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The Sentence of the End 0

As you have no doubt heard by now, Attorney-General Bill Barr has chosen to undercut prosecutors’ sentence recommendation for Roger Stone. Field finds this act to be somewhat disturbing.

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TSA Security Theatre 0

Nothing got by him.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Tagged, you’re it.

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Disarchived 0

If you Photoshop it away, did it really happen?

Follow the link for the National Archives spokesperson’s truly lamer rationalization for pretending history wasn’t.

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“Let Them Eat Cake French Fries” 0

Nutrition, schmutrition.

Yet more mean for the sake of mean.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies . . . 0

. . . and get your bag checked out.

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The Fire This Time 0

Paul Krugman remarks on the apathy which has greeted the burning of Australia. A snippet:

So this should be the moment when governments finally began urgent efforts to stave off climate catastrophe.

But the world isn’t rational. In fact, Australia’s anti-environmentalist government seems utterly unmoved as the nightmares of environmentalists become reality. And the anti-environmentalist media, the Murdoch empire in particular, has gone all-out on disinformation, trying to place the blame on arsonists and “greenies” who won’t let fire services get rid of enough trees.

These political reactions are more terrifying than the fires themselves.

Afterthought:

Unlike Ripley, science doesn’t care whether you believe it or not. Science just is–and will be–regardless of whether anyone believes it.

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“Can You Give Me Sanctuary, I Must Have a Place To Hide . . . .” 0

Above the Law reports that Donald Trump has decreed that the District of Columbia is his own little sanctuary city just for his ownsome. A snippet:

The president has repeatedly ducked the process server in a defamation suit brought by Elle advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims he sexually assaulted her in the dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman years ago. Now he argues in a proposed order filed Friday that the Supreme Court of New York County lacks personal jurisdiction over him because he’s not a New York domiciliary.

Much more at the link.

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Stranger Danger 0

Frame One:  Donald Trump, Jr. says,

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Twits on Twitter 0

Uniform trolling.

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Facebook Frolics 0

What is truth?

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Licensed To Kill 0

David and his caller, a U. S. veteran, discuss Donald Trump’s pardoning of the Navy seals convicted of war crimes. (That part of the discussion starts just after the two minute mark.)

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The Bully’s Pulpit 0

Sue Scheff reports that cyber-bullying is much more common than persons of good will might think and offers some hints for dealing with and avoiding it.

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Suffer the Children 0

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Facebook Frolics 0

Defamatory frolics.

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The Rule of Lawless 0

How can you stop something that never started?

In related news, meet Deadbeat Don.

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Just the Vaxx, Ma’am 0

At The Sacramento Bee, Mike Madrid argues that the anti-vaxx movement is a symptom of the unraveling of the social contract. Here’s a snippet; follow the link for the rest.

The “freedom” the anti-vaccine movement demands is not the garden variety Libertarian notion of individual rights. Instead, it wants a hall pass from the tacit social contract needed to create a civilized society.Our freedoms stop where harm to others begins. We do not get to drive on the wrong side of the road just because we feel we have a right to do so. There are public health consequences to all of our actions, but the anti-vaccine ideology selfishly dismisses the social contract.

This self-selection by anti-vaccine “warriors,” as they call themselves, is the manifestation of a growing self-righteous ideology that believes we have no obligation for the health or well-being of each other. This emerging attitude is precisely the opposite sense of community that drove millions of Americans to be vaccinated in the early days of immunization efforts against polio.

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumpling Puerto Rico.

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