From Pine View Farm

Plus ca Change 0

At the Boston Review, Kahlil Gibran Muhammad spots a pattern in the flickering light of tiki torches (emphasis added):

Ever since the nineteenth century, the same historical pattern—anti-racist resistance followed by populist revolt—has repeated itself about every two generations. From southern white redemption in the wake of the political assent of African Americans during Reconstruction to northern racial violence in the wake of the Great Migration, to massive resistance and anti-busing activism in the wake of the desegregation of public education, there is no history of white populism in the United States that is not tied to racially discriminatory labor, housing, and education policies.

Follow the link for the complete article.

What Happened to the “Information Superhighway”? 0

It has become a back alley from a Law and Order episode, filled with with debris, overflowing dumpsters, lurking muggers and con artists, and the occasional dead body.

Twit for Tat 0

Frame One:  Advisor to Trump says,

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Facebook Frolics 0

Josh Marshall ruminates about Russian impulses. A snippet:

One possibility is obvious: Maybe the Trump campaign gave the Russians access to their data and voter files. To date, there’s at least no public evidence that this happened.

But maybe it didn’t have to.

“We’ve Heard This Song Before” 0

Thom discusses evangelism and evangelical causes and the danger thereof when they become political.

He starts by somewhat awkwardly establishing a premise the Communism was an evangelical movement, that, one that wished to convince persons to follow it to the exclusion of others, and moves on to argue that evangelical movements can lead to crusades. It’s not as polished as his usual presentations, but I think it’s well worth a listen.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Politeness is child’s play.

Police in Franklin County’s Madison Township were called to a home around 9 a.m. Sunday for a boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a Columbus children’s hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the boy’s father told officers he keeps a loaded gun in the kitchen.


Hamish Linklater:

I’ve never seen anyone handling pans in the streets of New York, and if I did I doubt I’d give them money, unless I needed a pan. I do give money to homeless people, whether they ask or no.

The Society with the Fringe on Top 0

Neil DeGrasse Tyson deplores the influence of ignorance in our society.

Via C&L.

Facebook Frolics 0

Vehicular homicide frolics.

Bonus: Russian impulses frolics.

The Republican Hypocritic Oath 0

Dick Polman tries to understand why the Republican Party is determined to strip affordable health care from millions of Americans, despite opposition from “the American Medical Association, the AARP, the American Heart Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and at least five Republican governors who care a great deal about their affected constituents.”

He proffers four theories, each one of which I think has a piece of the truth, and no one of which rules out any of the others. Here’s one of them:

They’re trying to please Trump; more precisely, they want Trump to stop making fun of them. For months he has mocked their legislative failures (even though his failure to lead and his ignorance of policy have made things worse), and they’re sick of reading those tweets. They’re upset that Trump has been dealing with Democratic leaders, so they’re desperately jonesing to give him any Win whatsoever, even a Win that screws tens of millions, in order to get back in his good graces.

Follow the link for the other three.

Child Shields 0

Frame One, 1940:  Man on soapbos saying,

Via Job’s Anger.

Jingo Unchained 0

Josh Marshall reflects on Donald Trump’s view of the rest of the world.

Actualization 0

Image of U. N. Building bearing sign that says

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

How Stuff Works, Right-Wing Science Dept. 0

Frame One:  Danae:  Excuse me . . . would you like to sign my petition to end our oppression?  Man:  Ok . . . Wait . . . Which oppression?  Frame Two:  Scientists tellin us what we can't do because of their stupid laws of physics.  Man:  Oh . . . um . . . hmmm . . . Frame Three:  Danae:  OK, let me rephrase that . . . IT'S A GUB-MINT REGULATION!!!  Frame Four:  Man:  How many times can I sigh?  Danae thinks,

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Gaming the Google 0

That seldom works out well.


Paul Eldridge:

Reading the epitaphs, our only salvation lies in resurrecting the dead and burying the living.

Geeking Out 0

The Enlightenment v. 21 desktop environment* on Mageia 6.


*Some contend that E is a window manager. They’re wrong for this reason: Enlightenment configuration is managed using GUI tools, not text configuration files. That lifts it out of the “window manager” category.

Twits on Twitter 0

Ben Cohen suggests that the Trumpler might have a tactic to his twittery. A snippet:

Trump knows that when he offends the left, his base loves it and will forget about him a) running the country into the ground, and b) colluding with the Democrats on legislation they hate. Furthermore, the media craze it creates distracts the public from his latest attempts to screw the working poor, minorities and immigrants (this time it was likely an attempt to disguise another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare).

I agree that we shouldn’t allow the Trumpled twittery to take attention from legislation, but I’m skeptical that there is any system to it. I find his twitness to be less a tactic than a perhaps certain instinctive ferile cunning fueled by ADD (Attention Desperation Disorder).

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Trump, the Movie 0

I can’t embed it, so just go watch it.

“Cruelty and Pettiness” 0