4 March 2017

Panic in DC?

Guardian, 15 Feb 2017: [Roger] Stone has called on the White House to order an immediate investigation through the Department of Justice over alleged improper links between members of the Trump inner circle and the Kremlin during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s curious, given that he’s one of the people allegedly wiretapped in October over possible connections to Wikileaks. Still, he assures us he’s innocent, so perhaps he just wants to be exonerated. ... Read more

4 March 2017

Your job is next

A while back I wrote an article about why all the jobs have disappeared from the coal industry, and why they aren’t going to come back. It’s possible that some people read it and thought “Well, that’s sad, but those unemployed people should have retrained”. That’s somewhat true, but only in the short term. The unfortunate reality is that in the long term, what happened to coal is going to happen to most other major industries. ... Read more

21 February 2017

So that's what it takes

“He said being gay is a ‘lifestyle choice’, said we should hate Islam, wrote that women should disconnect from the Internet and be restricted from becoming scientists, said Jews run everything, made Holocaust jokes…” “They’re valid points of view.” “He encouraged his fans to harass feminists and trans people.” “That’s just words on the Internet.” “He published people’s private information, photographs of their relatives, their addresses…” “That’s not a crime.” ... Read more

20 February 2017

Making America great again

Post currently spreading virally on Facebook, original author unknown: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election: Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They’re holding signs and marching every week. ... Read more

18 February 2017

The Deep State

You might have seen a talking point going around at the moment about the “Deep State”. Timelines are kinda my thing at the moment, so let’s take a look at how the “Deep State is not your friend” meme has snowballed: 16 Feb 2017: New York Times. 15 Feb 2017: The Atlantic. 08 Feb 2016: Counterpunch. 11 Jan 2017: The Intercept. 21 Dec 2016: Jacobin. What triggered this recent set of “Deep State is trying to take down Trump” articles? ... Read more

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