August, 2019 archive
The Tampa Bay Times reveals Florida Republicans’ strategy for dealing with concerns about white supremacists and about access to firearms of mass destruction: Blame everybody and everything except guns and the people who fire them.
Full story at the link.
Jason Blazakis argues that paranoid delusions feed right-wing extremism and violence.
Highly charged oratory from the perch of the White House exacerbates the “ingroup” vs. “outgroup” mentality. Individuals like the El Paso and 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooters feel that their “ingroup” — for example, white people — is being threatened by an “outgroup,” like Hispanics, who they perceive as ascendant. In order to retain ingroup dominance, they turn to violence. This thinking, coupled with unrelenting social media echo chambers and ready access to semi-automatic weapons, means that domestic terrorism threats will likely continue to metastasize.
He goes on to suggest several remedies.
As most of his suggestions depend on a sane Executive, I do not wax optimistic.
David and his guest discuss how the internet feeds confirmation bias.
In the Portland Press-Herald, Greg Kesich dissects several Republican disinformation campaigns and offers some hints for separating spotting the cons. A snippet:
There’s plastic every where. Here’s an excerpt for the story in The Denver Post:
There are no limits in place, or standards, for this type of pollution, and federal scientists suggested the “microplastics” come from clothing through laundry drier vents, household materials such as tarps, and packaging that degrades, releasing bits that blow in the wind and wash into water — and presumably are evaporated into the atmosphere.
USGS scientists found more plastic particles in water samples drawn from the urban sites — which followed a line from the National Jewish Hospital in east Denver through downtown to Arvada, the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus and Boulder Canyon.
But Wetherbee and his team also found frequent plastics contamination in water samples drawn at a mountain site near Nederland and at a relatively isolated Loch Vale site at an elevation of 10,364 feet above sea level beneath towering peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park — a watershed that scientists have monitored for more than 20 years for chemical contamination from wind and rain.
(Why do I see a move to Kansas City in these researchers’ future?)
One more time, pretty damn far.
There is no truth to the rumor that Wells-Fargo is led by a “Godfather of the Board.”
The Portland Press-Herald’s Bill Nemitz searches for straight answers about agitators for armed assaults of assembled Americans, but encounters a veritable vacuum of veracity.