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Hillary, Not Monica: John Sununu, Donald Trump, And Misogyny In 2016

Misogyny. One of the saddest moments for me in the run-up to Tuesday’s election is reading this morning of a joke that John Sununu–a 77-year-old Trump surrogate, former governor of New Hampshire, former chief of staff to George H.W. Bush, … Continue reading

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Trump Can’t Read–And Yet Will Have The Nuclear Biscuit?

Samantha Bee here is being funny–and yet her theory is troublesome because so plausible. Maybe Trump can’t read. Or, at least, not well. Are we really about to elect–in the 21st century, and to the highest office in the land–a … Continue reading

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On Donald Trump, Jon Stewart Spoke and Louis C.K. Did Not

The majority of voters may literally–literally–be on the cusp of voting a fascist into the White House. A fascist. I don’t use that term loosely. I mean a real fascist. Yet here’s what I read at USA Today this morning: … Continue reading

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Ur-Fascism: What Would Umberto Eco Say about Donald Trump’s Movement?

I hope to be pleasantly surprised with a Hillary victory announced on the day after the election next week, but I’m nevertheless bracing for a Trump win. And in wrestling with what this past year has meant, I find myself … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Ur-Fascism

Umberto Eco and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Over twenty years ago, in The New York Review of Books (June 22, 1995), Umberto Eco wrote of the difficulty of deciding whether a contemporary political movement is fascist: It would be so much easier, … Continue reading

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Make It Go Away

The second debate in a nutshell. Image source: https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/entertainment/memes-ahoy-the-internet-reacts-to-todays-dumpster-/72af03a8-5f0c-49a3-8a2f-77b477440f10.htm https://twitter.com/JAMNPP/status/785316346158583808/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Donald Trump Assaults Nonconsenting Debate Chair

The image that sums up the second debate. Image source: https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/entertainment/memes-ahoy-the-internet-reacts-to-todays-dumpster-/72af03a8-5f0c-49a3-8a2f-77b477440f10.htm

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Donald Trump, Full Metal Jacket, And Taking Life Too Seriously

Make America Grope Again. Where are we after the second debate? I’d say, film-wise, at Full Metal Jacket. Donald Trump is now akin to the soldier in the film who fails at basic training and begins to take life’s humiliations … Continue reading

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The Double Helix of Your Nightmares

An interesting floor mosaic at the University of Notre Dame memorializing the evolutionary biologist who coined the familiar saying, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” The image of the double helix of DNA recalls the … Continue reading

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Adam and Eve’s Non-Existence Confirmed: Science 1, the Bible 0

This is in The New York Times today. A new survey of human DNA conducted by three research teams, all working separately to see if they would arrive at the same conclusion, indeed did so: every non-African on the planet … Continue reading

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Evolution Lowdown: Earth is a Big Blue Petri Dish in Space

__________ In the video above, from Harvard Medical School, bacterial evolution is on display in real time. At the end of the video, there’s even an overlay of the the branching family trees that developed in the experiment. That’s the … Continue reading

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Clit Rubbing Bonobos: A Clue to the Evolutionary Origin of Human Homosexuality?

Not to be crude, but gays and lesbians may function in humans as akin to the large clitorises in bonobos. In the bonobo female, the clitoris is unusually large, and it’s used to bond socially with other females. They rub … Continue reading

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The Eagle Has (Crash) Landed

Chaos, zig-zag, and scatter. With just ten weeks remaining, Donald Trump still has not settled on a path to 270, nor on a strategy for executing it. Imagine him as President–and with access to nuclear codes–flailing and winging-it 24/7. A … Continue reading

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Is Trump Putin or Hitler?

Sobering reading. The pieces of the puzzle are falling together. Trump is Putin. And that’s if we’re lucky. He might be Hitler. And if he is, the likelihood of stopping him after he takes the oath of office is small. … Continue reading

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Trump Attacks the Mother of a Slain American Soldier

First, Donald Trump attacked John McCain, a Vietnam POW. Today, Trump attacked the mother of a slain soldier. A slain soldier. A mother. Think about that. And Trump didn’t even serve in the military himself when he was of the … Continue reading

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Imagine Trump As Dangerous–Because He Is

Let’s do a little imagining together. Imagine a man with an authoritarian, conspiratorial, and mercurial temperament who praises Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-un, and Vladimir Putin; tweets quotes from Mussolini and images from antisemitic message boards; invites the demagogic and un-American … Continue reading

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Would You Have Resisted Hitler? Are You Resisting Trump?

Freud’s id has landed. David Brooks nails it. If Trump still wins after this week, then obviously there’s something going on in the psyche of the majority of Americans that craves vengeance, authoritarianism, harshness, and Nietzschean indifference toward the weak. … Continue reading

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A Christian Critique of Trump: Norman Vincent Peale Meets Nietzsche, Then Nietzsche Meets Mike Pence

A genuinely troubling piece by Matthew Schmitz appears at the Catholic magazine First Things (August/September 2016) on Donald Trump’s “faith,” which, it turns out, is in the positive thinking philosophy of Norman Vincent Peale, someone Trump interacted with personally when he … Continue reading

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With Pence, Trump Is About To Go Full Jesus

This is how Trump plans to win: evoke nostalgia for when 1950s white American Christians (Protestant and Catholic) roamed and ruled the Earth. It’s his non-retreat strategy. Call it Jurassic Park 5: Return of the McCarthy Era. In place of … Continue reading

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GMO Wars: 107 Nobel Laureates vs. Greenpeace

Can my fellow liberals, who too frequently count themselves among the idiotic “No GMO!” constituency, please get off the science-denial bandwagon now, leaving it to the far-right, with its young Earth creationists and global warming denialists? 107 Nobel laureates sign … Continue reading

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