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Another day in paradise

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On August 11, 2019
Donald Trump re-tweeted this about the Epstein suicide: Asking whether Trump “believes” the Clintons murdered Epstein is a meaningless question, because Donald Trump doesn’t have beliefs, at least not in the way that an even minimally psychologically healthy person does. He has desires, impulses, and an instinctual talent for the worst sort of demagoguery. His […]
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Compare and contrast

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On August 9, 2019
Police in Springfield, Mo., arrested a 20-year-old man wearing body armor and carrying a loaded rifle — and more than 100 rounds of ammunition — at a Walmart store Thursday. Formal charges of making a terrorist threat in the first degree are now pending against Dmitriy Andreychenko, police say. Officers had rushed to the Walmart […]
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Dead souls

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On August 9, 2019
People routinely characterize Donald Trump as a sociopath or psychopath. I have no background in the study of mental health, and I’m not even clear in my own mind exactly what those terms mean, or the difference between them. But you don’t need to be an expert to recognize that there’s something deeply wrong here: […]

August 8, 1974

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On August 8, 2019

Notes from another country: (1) I think an under-rated factor in regard to the shape of contemporary politics is how many movement conservatives remember Nixon being driven out of office as some sort

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The meritocracy in action

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On August 7, 2019
This really deserves its own post. After Stephen Ross got major blowback for organizing and hosting a $250K a plate fundraiser for Donald Trump, he released this statement. Ross’s claim that he “started his business with nothing” omits the potentially relevant detail that his uncle, Max Fisher, was one of the richest men in America […]
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