This election is bad for you. / Lindsay Fox
The Baffler,  November 7, 2016

Daily Bafflements

Cigarette-pack warnings, spirit cooking, liberalism's loose hold

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• On purges, cigarette-pack warnings, and projectile vomiting: Baffler contributing editor Barbara Ehrenreich provides a medical perspective on the U.S. election. (Thanks, The Guardian!)

• Fresh from a Trump rally, Baffler contributing editor Astra Taylor enters a health food store:

Trump and Hilary are equally bad, he said. They are both bad I said, yes, but not equally, in my opinion. I described the scene I had just witnessed, the kids being mauled. He disagreed. Trump is racist and terrible in many ways—but he’s heard Hillary is gonna mandate vaccines.

(Thank you, n+1!)

• Emails linking Clinton to Marina Abramović’s spirit dinners prompted new accusations of witchery and Satanism. Jessa Crispin wrote about something we like about Clinton, her openness to spiritualism, in our current issue.

• “What makes Trump the ace is that he has successfully captured the anger of average people who see themselves on the receiving end of a ‘rigged’ system,” notes Baffler founder Tom Frank. “How did this happen?”

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