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Line of the Day

The line of the day, at least, is surely Robert Waldman’s snark describing the Trump administration’s “petty graft [running] from emoluments to emollients“, i.e. from the Trump Hotel to this.

OK, off to look for a lunar eclipse.

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Sometimes Fiction is Just as Strange as Fact

This, via Crooks & Liars, On 1958 TV Show, Confidence Man ‘Trump’ Promises To Build A Wall To Save The World is one heck of a coincidence:

Here’s an edited version of the whole show with the best bits…

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On a Roll

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The Onion is on a roll today. I knew these stories were ‘fake’ but alas they are also too true:

And this non-UN one too: Experts Say Puerto Rico Still Extremely Vulnerable To Future U.S. Government.

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Top-Notch Trolling

I am far from being Chuck Schumer’s greatest fan, but I have to hand it to him for his masterful trolling of Senate Republicans this week. By suggesting that the Russel Office Building be renamed for the now late Senator McCain, Sen. Schumer threatens Republicans with a vote that would be a Hobson’s choice: either they vote for McCain, who not only will be said to represent the virtues they have left behind but will also be a vote that enrages their Maximum Leader. Or, they can vote for the segregationist, Richard Russell, a Georgia Democrat who led opposition to civil rights legislation.

It’s beautiful: vote for the anti-Trump or for the Democratic segregationist. No wonder Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to bury the suggestion under delaying tactics.

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Micropayments of a New and Pernicious Type

Many of us predicted long ago that the future of journalism was online micropayments – pay fractions of a cent an article instead of being bombarded with ads.

What we didn’t see coming was this strategy by Salon: if you want to keep your ad blocker, let us use your computing cycles to mine for cryptocurrencies.

The security issues are left as an exercise for the reader.

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Don’t Be Silly

It would of course be absurd to suggest that there are relevant and unsavory historical parallels for the plan to have the executive branch create a separate force of spies and secret police answerable only to the maximum leader. Thus, any claim that the plan described in Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies bears even the slightest resemblance to a famous paramilitary body should be dismissed as hysteria.

To even suggest such a thing is as ridiculous as equating contemporary ‘opinion journalist’ Sean Hannity with a famous historical propagandist.

Yes, all utterly ridiculous. Just business as usual. Move along.

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