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Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire. Novels: You Can’t Spell America Without Me, True Believers, Heyday, Turn of the Century. Co-created @Studio360show & Spy.
28 Sep
About Amy Coney Barrett's religious beliefs.

Just before the Constitution was written, Thomas Jefferson wrote of religious tolerance in our nation-to-be: “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” 1/5
One's religion— Islam, atheism, membership in the tiny Christian sect People of Praise, whatever--should prevent nobody from holding any public office. But it's perfectly legitimate for citizens to examine and discuss the full mental apparatus of any Supreme Court nominee.
Barrett is Catholic, and everyone more or less knows what Catholicism is. But she's also a member of People of Praise, part of the Christian "charismatic" church movement that arose in America in the 1960s as a countercultural multi-denominational rebranded pentecostalism.
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14 Sep
On his weekly live @Facebook video yesterday, Trump’s @HHSGov assistant secretary for public affairs @MichaelRCaputo let his freak flag fly. He said @CDCgov contains a “resistance unit” of scientists engaged in “sedition.” That’s the least crazy bit. 1/5 nytimes.com/2020/09/14/us/…
“Remember the Trump supporter who was shot and killed [in Portland]? That was a drill,” Trump’s @HHSGov assistant secretary said. “Squads [are] being trained all over this country.....When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin.” 2/5
“If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get,” Trump’s @HHSGov assistant secretary said. “You understand that they’re going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that’s where this is going.” 3/5
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23 Aug
Steve Bannon, CEO of the 2016 campaign, was indicted for fraudulently fundraising from MAGA suckers.

The emails from the 2020 campaign may not directly enrich Trumps, but I've never encountered such grifty bullshit in political donation solicitations.

Here are 5 recent days.
First day, from nobody in particular:

"For the NEXT HOUR, all contributions made to our critical $25,000,000 End-of-Month Goal will be not 500, not 600, but 700%-MATCHED!"
Second day, from Eric
"We’ve been putting together an exclusive group of the President’s most TRUSTED supporters, known as 2020 Trump Platinum Members."

If I donate, I'll get a Trump Platinum Card that is good for nothing but looks uncannily like an Amex card.
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17 Jul
@nytdavidbrooks says he’s OK with a “New Deal agenda” to restore a US “when unions protected workers” and everyone “had a ladder to climb”—but NOT “some vast effort to remake capitalism” or “a Nordic-style system.” This is impossible and ahistorical. 1/4
The New Deal was a crucial stage in the necessary ongoing evolution of capitalism—making it more fair and civilized and sustainable and social-democratic. Around 1980 the right managed to stop that process in America, while the Nordics and other rich countries continued it. 2/4
To get us back on track, with effective worker power and upward social mobility, a 2020s “New Deal agenda” does indeed require, as in the 1930s, a vast effort to remake U.S. capitalism, including many of the features of the successful Nordic (and other) free-market economies. 3/4
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17 Jan
Biden can occasionally be great, like in this @nytimes group interview, regarding Facebook and big tech—how as VP he was “meeting with the leaders in Silicon Valley trying to work out an agreement protecting intellectual property for artists....” 1/4 nytimes.com/interactive/20…
“...And one of the little creeps who was close to a billionaire told me he was an artist because he was able to come up with games to teach you how to kill people. And then one of these righteous people said to me....” 2/4
“You know, ‘We are the economic engine of America. We are the ones.’ I said, ‘You have fewer people on your payroll than all the [job] losses General Motors just faced in the last quarter. So don’t lecture me about how you’ve created all this employment.’” 3/4
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13 Jan
@BernieSanders hasn’t been my first choice, but in this long @nytimes editorial board interview I found him kind of lovable.

Some highlights. 1/5 nytimes.com/interactive/20…
As usual, he used the old-fashioned term “industrialized world” instead of the more modern “developed world” or “rich world,” but also said, apropos his heart attack 3 months ago, that he’d just had some “spare ribs.” 2/5
And from the king of the left youth:
NYT: President Obama made remarks around cancel culture and this idea——
Bernie: Around what?
NYT: Cancel culture. Cancel culture.
Bernie: Cancel culture.
NYT: Are you aware of that phrase?
Bernie: Help me out a little bit. Give me a hint. 3/5
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31 Aug 19
I’m betting Trump just found out he can’t fire the head of the Smithsonian.

In a new memoir, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch describes showing him the Museum of African American History’s exhibit on “the role of the Dutch in the slave trade. As he pondered the label...” 1/3
2/3 “...I felt that maybe he was paying attention to the work of the museum. He quickly proved me wrong. As he turned from the display he said to me, ‘You know, they love me in the Netherlands.’ All I could say was let’s continue walking.” 1/3
3/4 “There is little I remember about the rest of the hour we spent together. I was so disappointed in his response to one of the greatest crimes against humanity in history....His administration’s combative relationship with many in the African American community....”
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1 Feb 19
1/5 I find it irresistible to deconstruct the transcripts of his interviews. Every one has nuggets that perfectly illustrate most his pathologies and impairments.

2/5 Narcissism & Gracelessness

After he claimed to be the most popular president ever among Republicans, more than Reagan, it was suggested that George W. Bush also polled well:

"During, during a tiny little period, during the World Trade Center. That ended quickly."
3/5 Ignorance & Lying
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