Politics

Pissologies

Sam KrissJanuary 17, 2017
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/ Håkan Dahlström

Why didn’t Donald Trump just piss on the bed himself?

Everything else about the story makes sense; it doesn’t really matter whether it’s accurate or not. The rest of the allegations against Trump—that he’s a long-standing Russian asset, that his entire campaign was run from Moscow—are unscourced and could well have been made up.

Not Unwinnable

Rick PaulasJanuary 16, 2017
A Bernie could one day win. / Phil Roeder
A Bernie could one day win. / Phil Roeder

As a general rule, it’s wise to steer clear from analyzing memes that originate and evolve on the Twittersphere. Users wield the medium in different enough ways that Twitter is at best a fractured discourse, it moves too quickly to be relevant longer than a day, and the sanest among us have already left (some 8.7 percent of the American population use Twitter every day).

Russia to Our Right

Max B. SawickyJanuary 11, 2017
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Russian interference in U.S. politics during the elections of 2016 and beyond is one big, fat, ugly squirrel. It commands attention but distracts from the related but more important matter of rising, Russian-supported far-right movements throughout the world, which support has now come home to the U.S.A.

Humane Billboards

Steve RushtonDecember 30, 2016
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David, Bergin, Emmett and Elliott

Ever pass through a city and feel punched in the face by adverts? Descending into London’s tube network it can seem like I’m the product, one unit among thousands dropping down a human conveyor belt. Here I am presented to corporation after corporation, then a break, and the government barges its way into my internal dialogue.

Your Political Correctness Is Showing, Conservatives

Maximillian AlvarezDecember 29, 2016
chihuahua dressed as Donald Trump
chihuahua dressed as Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump and his chief strategist Steve Bannon keep confirming an argument I’ve been making for a while: conservatives are just as “politically correct” as they claim liberals and the left are.

Be Afraid

Martha BayneDecember 23, 2016
Forsaken Fotos
Forsaken Fotos

In the final minutes of Doomocracy—a piece of immersive theater styled after a haunted house that ran in Brooklyn during the month leading up to Election Day—audience members were confronted with three doors. One was labeled “Clinton,” one “Trump,” and the third “Other.” Pass through the Clinton door and you were greeted by a pantsuited actor in a grinning Hillary mask and urged to don identical headgear.

Decent Drapery

Gary GreenbergDecember 20, 2016
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red tape

The first time it happened was a sunny afternoon early in the spring just after Barack Obama’s inauguration. I was fetching my mail from the post office, located in the wing of a house in the center of the village, right across the road from the town green.

Breadwinners, Breadlosers

Stuart WhatleyDecember 19, 2016
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statue of men in unemployment line

Like a malevolent Mr. Magoo, Donald Trump continues to barrel incompetently, obtusely, and conveniently into economic windfalls. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported the lowest unemployment rate since 2007. At 4.6 percent, the American economy is at “full employment” by most economists’ standard.

Tech Meets Trump

Jacob SilvermanDecember 16, 2016
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Hawaii Savvy

It’s clarifying to see the oligarchy assemble itself in the open. President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet selection show has offered a murderer’s row of venal billionaires, spousal abusers, wild-eyed ex-generals, Christian fundamentalists, racists, and the self-admittedly incompetent. Beyond a shared ideology, the common thread is Trump’s total obsession with money and success and his inability to see the world as anything but a series of business deals.

Do Friedmans Dream of Electric Sheeple?

David V. JohnsonDecember 13, 2016
Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman’s books are distinctive for their awesome length and unrelenting banality—sort of like a tech-support chatbot that got a non-fiction MFA. But there’s a question to resolve: Is he a human being or an android?

The Russia House

Max B. SawickyDecember 12, 2016
Russian meddling in U.S. politics is here to stay, writes Max B. Sawicky. / James Vaughan
Russian meddling in U.S. politics is here to stay, writes Max B. Sawicky. / James Vaughan

“Russians pretty bad people, Mr. Wessby,” Tiu agreed.
“They stink bad.”
— John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy

I, for one, do not look forward to the rule of our new Russophilic overlords.

The View from Abroad

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Mr. Trump and Mr. Creosote, by Jake Lamar in Paris

It was in October, during the third and final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, that the memory came to me. Watching Trump spew a wild and often incoherent stream of invective on Clinton—culminating in his interjection “Such a nasty woman”—I suddenly had a flashback to the 1980s, when I saw, for the first time, the Monty Python film The Meaning of Life.