What do the planets know? / magro_kr
The Baffler,  October 12, 2016

Daily Bafflements

The Innovator-in-Chief speaks and astrologists predict election outcomes

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• President Barack Obama opines at Wired that today is the greatest, bestest time to be alive in the United States. Although Obama is still mired in the day-to-day slog that is his day job, he has enough free time to guest edit Wired, which naturally involves penning an essay riddled with technological optimism. “Today I read my briefings on an iPad and explore national parks through a virtual-­reality headset,” he writes. No wonder they call him the Innovator-in-Chief

• Donald Trump’s downfall seems inevitable, but the world’s astrologers aren’t convinced. “The US election occurs when the sun is travelling in the Via Combusta, the fiery way. . . . It could be something that is unexpected, very powerful and upsetting to a lot of people. That patch of the zodiac is literally when the shit hits the fan,” one practitioner explained to the Guardian. Think of it as a real “October surprise”—not inconsequential leaks. Magic surrounds Clinton, after all.

• “I certainly don’t envy Nancy. But one has to marvel at a person so unafraid to admit to entertaining the thought that life is not for everybody.”

• More war

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