American politics at its finest. / Erich Ferdinand
The Baffler,  May 13, 2016

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American politics at its finest. / Erich Ferdinand
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• Today in tech: Time is calling Mark Zuckerberg “the world’s youngest elder statesman,” and backing the moniker up with a nifty, bootlicking rhetorical analysis of a recent speech by the billionaire-cum-changemaker.

• Lives (and deaths) of the plutocrats: Oil magnate and big-time GOP donor T. Boone Pickens (yes, that’s his real name) has announced that he’s endorsing Donald Trump. Isn’t he worried about bringing about the end-times with his presidential pick, ask the imaginary commentators? Nope, says the 87-year-old, “just in case it’s a mistake, [I’ll] be gone.” What a very American sentiment, indeed.

• The gun used to murder 14-year-old Trayvon Martin has attracted bids as high as $65 million in an online auction, though many of these are from protestors and trolls with screen names like “Donald Trump” and “Racist McShootface.”

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