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Spreading the Sepsis 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Mike Wood explores how “social” media propagate misinformation and lies. A snippet:

This ecosystem consists of a variety of people and organisations that cultivate large followings on social media. Through sharing and cross-promotion, they amplify and spread bits of information that fit their particular worldview without fact-checking or basic due diligence. The actors that engage in this kind of practice create a massive, decentralized web of misinformation, one that traditional sources of news are hard-pressed to counteract.

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The Cycle of Strife 0

Title:  The Refugee Cycle.  Image:  Nations become destabilized, with the U. S. sometimes at fault--People flee for their lives--Conservative media distorts and scaremongers--Nationalist movement grows--Support increases for authoritarian regimes and war- and climate change denial, creating more refugees--Repeat until Doomsday--Repeat.

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(Syntax error fixed and that was a new one for me. If you use carets even surrounded by quotation marks in the alt-text for an image, they can still affect the markup.)

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

Aerosol antics.

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Gut Instincts 0

Donald Trump says,

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‘Tis the Season 0

Image of Christmas tree festooned with barbed wire and tear gas cannisters labeled

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Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

David interviews Professor Pete Simi about Simi’s research into white supremacists.

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Words Fail Me 0

More stuff you can’t make up in a society that has lost its way.

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A Shining City on a Hill 0

Donald Trump as the Statue of Liberty wearing a gas mask and holding a tear gas canister while saying,

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Bordering on Tears 0

Image:  Heavily armed soldier pointing tear gas grenade at crying refugees.  Caption:  No Tear Gas Necessary.

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“Suffer the Children” 0

It’s not scripture. It’s Republican policy.

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

Trumpling in the air.

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Homecoming 0

Image:  Patch showing Republican Elephant wearing a helmet and holding a Corona beer labeled,

Via Juanita Jean.

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A Thanksgiving Memory 0

Image of the Mayflower captioned,

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Insecurity 0

Virginia Tech Professor Rebecca Hester suggests that, despite the (used-to-be) soaring Dow Jones average, we are not “better off” (emphasis added):

Despite claims to increased economic and national security, I do not feel personally, economically, politically, or socially more secure. In fact, I feel much less secure in a country where racist robo-calls, hate crimes, vitriolic political speech, and medical and moral bankruptcy have become normal. I also feel less secure in a country where military forces are being summoned to “defend our nation” against a group of exhausted, ill, and extremely vulnerable people, including no small number of elderly, women, and children. Knowing that their human rights and their right to seek asylum are being challenged by my country does not make me feel better about being an American nor does it make me feel more secure that my own rights will be respected, if it comes to that.

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A Caravan of Lies 0

The SPLC reports that the “militias” (most emphatically not the well-regulated kind) that have gathered at the border seem willing to believe anything. A snippet:

In the process, the militias have gorged on an array of hoaxes and conspiracy theories floated by conservative media, anti-immigrant groups and President Donald Trump himself, who released an ad about the caravan before the midterms that was deemed so racist that Fox News and other news channels pulled it off the air. The fantasies the militias have embraced smear the caravan as an invading army rather than a group of a few thousand desperate people fleeing poverty and violence. The militias see themselves as duty bound to stop the caravan, even if that means a shooting war breaks out.

At the same time, however, the militia movement has been afflicted by infighting and backstabbing over the caravan and their response to it. In their frenzy, they’ve told reporters that they are prepared to bring hundreds, even thousands, of armed men and women to the border to form a united front. But behind the scenes, these irregular armies are made up of unreliable individuals. Leaders have insulted other leaders. Groups have broken alliances with other groups. And self-described commanders have resigned their positions in the militias they run.

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The Returned Fire Next Time 0

Thom and his guest discuss whether Donald Trump is suggesting war crimes.

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Cherchez la Femme Noire 0

Tony Norman suggests that Donald Trump has ethno-misoginistic impulses.

Methinks he has a point.

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The Sessions Is Adjourned 0

Despite any ancillary circumstances, Tony Norman can’t find it in him to regret the firing of Jeff Sessions. A snippet:

As Mr. Trump’s attorney general, Mr. Sessions was arguably the administration’s most competent official when it came to wielding the complex levers of his office.

Even as Mr. Trump regularly berated him on Twitter as “weak,” Mr. Sessions used his knowledge of the arcane ways of Washington to effectively undermine every reasonable expectation of justice on every level. Like a beaten dog that never tires of licking the hand of its abusive master, Mr. Sessions was always eager to please the president with some nefarious act of cruelty after disappointing him in the one matter that meant the most to him.

The abbreviated version of the sins of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as attorney general reads like a reverse polaroid of American values.

Follow the link for the bill of particulars.

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Lurkers in the Dark 0

Uncle Sam opens the trap door to his attic to find it filled with bats labeled

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“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breath Free” 0

Or not.

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