These are dangerous days

Donald Trump’s history as a predatory scam artist is just one of many reasons he’s viewed by many as a “threat to American democracy.” The possibility of a Trump presidency is thus prompting unprecedented warnings from those who haven’t previously addressed specific candidates — from Historians Against Trump to the Notorious RBG. Also: Blowing up the world as a response to boredom; a Philistine cemetery; and Michael Collins looks up at the moon. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (10.29)

Smart thoughts from Richard Beck, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Marilynne Robinson, and Mikey Dickerson. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (5.29)

“Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” [Read more…]

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You think I built this for me?

A few things: Flooding and train derailments are not acts of divine intervention sent to punish the sinful. Thanks a lot, Senate Republicans, for blocking a vote on giving me a raise. “Most Americans still believe that race invented racism, when in fact the reverse is true.” They are coming for your birth control. [Read more…]

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The high cost of low taxes: Americans don’t want to maintain America

Welcome to the future of “small government.” America’s infrastructure was once the best in the world. But we didn’t want to pay to maintain it. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Uwe Reinhardt says Europeans visiting the U.S. marvel at infrastructure that reminds them of the 1960s; Alex Knapp points out that if the Earth is only 9,000 years old, then none of our technology should work; Rachel Held Evans discusses her least-favorite adjective; and Richard Beck discusses the economy of submission. [Read more…]

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Obama drops F-bomb: Tells ‘Internet’ to ‘F— off’

“Let me tell you something. F— off, Internet,” President Barack Obama said on July 15 in a speech in Roanoke, Va. He said that. Those are his exact words. Well, those are his exact letters, anyway. And they’re in the exact order in which he spoke them. If you want to be a stickler for [Read More…]

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Word of the day: arbitrage

I had to look this one up: ar•bi•trage noun \’är-b∂-,träzh\ 1  : the nearly simultaneous purchase and sale of securities or foreign exchange in different markets in order to profit from price discrepancies 2  : the purchase of the stock of a takeover target especially with a view to selling it profitably to the raider [Read More…]

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