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Going meta on Jussie Smollett

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On February 21, 2019
The lazy and/or dishonest reaction to the Jussie Smollett affair is that “the Left” instantly and collectively leapt to the conclusion that the incident proved that Trumpism is inciting bigotry in America, and that was a bad thing to do because he made the whole thing up and now we’re just going to have to […]
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Climate change and cognitive bias

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On February 18, 2019
In 2017 David Wallace-Wells wrote an article about climate change for New York magazine that went viral.  Its thesis was that the climate change crisis is much worse than it’s usually portrayed as being in the media.  He’s expanded that argument into a book.  This article in the Times is adapted from it: In October, […]

The joke

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On February 17, 2019

This morning’s twitter droppings from the president of the United States include this apercu: Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get

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The real national emergency

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On February 14, 2019
President Donald Trump will sign spending legislation to prevent a government shutdown while declaring a national emergency to try to build his proposed border wall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. “He’s prepared to sign the bill, he will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time,” the Kentucky Republican said as the […]

A PC interlude

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On February 14, 2019

As everyone in the known universe is now aware, Ilhan Omar sent out an off the cuff tweet a few days ago, referencing a lyric from some sort of “rap music” song, that could be construed as

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Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to avert another government shutdown on Friday.  It’s an obvious capitulation on the part of Republicans, who realize they have no bargaining leverage: Sources have told CNN that the deal would include $1.375 billion dollars for barrier funding that will cover roughly 55 miles of new barrier — in […]
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