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Facebook Frolics 0

Jonesing for some frolics.

Via Atrios.

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Vaccine Nation 0

It’s an all about me and to hell with the rest of you nation.

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

Arizona Congressperson Debbie Lesko takes a discriminating view. Here’s a snippet from the article by the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts:

Today, it’s the remarkably compassionate Rep. Debbie Lesko, who apparently believes it’s just fine if undocumented workers want to pick the lettuce in her caesar salad and trim the bushes in her Glendale yard.

Just don’t put those “very good workers” in line to be vaccinated against a potentially fatal virus that has disproportionately attacked Latinos and other minority populations.

Aside:

Looking at this and the previous post, one is tempted to conclude that cruelty and callousness are Republican Family Values.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Frozen frolics.

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Cancel Culture, Republican Style, Reprise 0

Title:  Flushed with Success.  Image:  Republican Elephant dumping a trash can label

Via C&L.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Turning a blind eye to fomenting frolickers.

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Fomentation frolics.

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A Pillow of the Community 0

Too much even for OAN.

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The Misinformation Superhighway 0

After drawing a distinction between misinformation and disinformation, Aditi Subramaniam offers some reasons as to why we are susceptible to misinformation (think the clickbait headlines that Snopes is so fond of debunking) and some techniques for dealing with it.

She starts by telling a story of her own trip down the rabbit hole of a clickbait headline (follow the link below to see what she discovered about said headline and its tenuous connection to facts, as well as for some hints to help avoid falling down your own rabbit holes). Here’s a bit of her article.

The headline also illustrates the importance of wording in communication. In linguistics, the term “implicature” describes what a sentence is used to mean, or what it implies, rather than what it says literally. Scheming politicians, marketing professionals, lawyers, and even con men of various kinds use implicature and “weasel wording” to say something while meaning something else – allowing them to shirk responsibility for their words.

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Freedom of Screech 0

One more time, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.

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A Pillow of the Community, Reprise 0

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Riding the Censure Ship 0

You can read more about this at AZCentral.

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Auction Sale 0

Get out of Jail free cardGet you “Get Out of Jail Free” card here!

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A Tune for the Times 0

Just when you think it can’t get any more venal and stupid, it does.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Twits from beyond the fringe.

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Know Them by the Company They Keep 0

A federal judge considers the criteria for clemency from the current federal executive.

“It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals,” senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Monday.

Details at the link

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The Supplicants 0

The Wicked Witch of the West, Bane, Cruella DeVille, Satan, etc., lined up at the White House to receive pardons.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Overstressed twits.

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The Ticket 0

Get out of Jail free cardMSNBC’s Al Veshi sums it up:

“Rich white crooks of America, your time has come!” Velshi said. “If you’re rich, if you’re white, if you’re a man, if you’ve been convicted of a crime, and of course if you’re loyal to Donald Trump, you get a pardon!”

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

Trumpling democracy.

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