From Trump rally sign-up includes disclaimer about potential COVID-19 exposure | TheHill I have attend caucuses and primaries and city and county meetings and labor strikes and sit-down protests and anti-war and CND and anti-fascist demonstrations w/o a request for a liability release. These rallies must be risky. Bah. Rally at your own risk. Admission… Continue reading Reading: Trump rally sign-up includes disclaimer about potential COVID-19 exposure | TheHill
From trump failing be an actual authoritarian Not exactly reassuring but this observation strikes a note that’s been subtonal for a while: he’s about looking big, and we’re his toys. A feckless, flailing president. Trump has never been shy about his authoritarian impulses. He regularly voices admiration for dictators and has expressed his belief that… Continue reading Reading: trump failing be an actual authoritarian
From The fall of Colston’s statue: ‘It didn’t take long – about four tugs of the ropes’ Rees said on Monday that Colston’s vexed legacy would be noted instead by placing his statue in a museum, along with some of the banners and signs left behind by those who tore it down. Meanwhile, with calls… Continue reading Reading: The fall of Colston’s statue: ‘It didn’t take long – about four tugs of the ropes’
From The Science and Politics of Masks in the Covid-19 Pandemic It’s for you, not for me.
From White House: Trump to use ‘federal assets’ in response to violent protests | TheHill An appeal to studies when the General’s authority as a military advisor should be enough? What studies have shown, as Gen. Milley noted — he was in the governor’s call, his points all pertained to the National Guard — and… Continue reading Reading: White House: Trump to use ‘federal assets’ in response to violent protests | TheHill
From How Facebook’s Ad Technology Helps Trump Win – The Atlantic Bogost and Madrigal in The Atlantic, from 18 April 2020. A digital rhetorician looks at how Facebook’s AI handles trump’s branding. A look at how the FB algorithm operates meets and the changes in Advertising and Marketing 101. Rhetoric mechanized. His campaign did so… Continue reading Reading: How Facebook’s Ad Technology Helps Trump Win – The Atlantic
From Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over Robert Reich, in The Guardian, on trump’s lack of action: He tweets bogus threats that he has no power to carry out – withholding funds from states that expand absentee voting, “overruling” governors who don’t allow places of worship to… Continue reading Reading: Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over
From Let’s go through Trump’s terrible internet censorship order, line by line – The Verge Over at The Verge, Adi Robertson does a close read of trump’s executive order. Even if it is rejected by the Supreme Court, the order is unnecessary and scary. Roberson’s analysis is a lesson in First Amendment law. It’s hard… Continue reading Reading: Let’s go through Trump’s terrible internet censorship order, line by line – The Verge
From Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President? A visit to the monkey house.
From Why are people who cite videos always wrong? From Techcrunch Observed. It’s not an inherent law of the universe that if you have to cite a 30-minute video, it means you don’t actually have any cogent arguments. But it does seem to be a law of the Internet. Perhaps that’s for the best, though;… Continue reading Reading: Why are people who cite videos always wrong? From Techcrunch