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The Great Disinhibition
"The unique selling point of Blairism within the party was always that it knew how to be popular, and therefore, to win. Blairites always loved to talk as if they were utterly neutral pragmatists, but in practice it was everyone else who was being pragmatic and swallowing their objections in the name of winning elections. For many years, the entire world of social democracy was operating on the assumption that the way to win was to hold back, a sort of politics of inhibition. "
1 hour ago by engles
Russia Wanted Trump to Win. And It Wanted to Get Caught. - The New York Times
If this sounds plausible, we should also consider that our political response, too, may have been part of the plan. With President Trump dutifully refusing to implement retaliatory sanctions imposed on Russia by a large bipartisan majority in Congress, legislators have begun eyeing the online platforms on which so much disinformation spread. “You created these platforms,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, railed at a panel of lawyers for Google, Facebook and Twitter in November, “and now they’re being misused. And you have to be the ones who do something about it — or we will.”

That would be a final irony, and an unpleasant one. No less than our “meddling” in their internal elections, Russia has long resented United States criticism of the country’s repressive approach to online speech. Their use of online platforms to tamper with our presidential race reads not only as an attack, but as an implicit argument: “The freedoms you trumpet so loudly, your unwillingness to regulate political speech on the internet, your tolerance for anonymity — all these are weaknesses, which we’ll prove by exploiting them.”

Urgent as it is for the United States to take measures to prevent similar meddling in the next election, we should be careful that our response doesn’t constitute a tacit agreement.
politics  world 
1 hour ago by corrales
My 5th grader and I were conversing on the way to work/school this morning. As an educator, I wanted to be sure he and his classmates were taking the school safety drills seriously and not using it as a time to socialize and goof off.
My 5th grader and I were conversing on the way to work/school this morning. As an educator, I wanted to be sure he and his classmates were taking the school safety drills seriously and not using it as a time to socialize and goof off.

Me: Have you guys praticed a lockdown drill in class yet?

Dez: Are you talking about an active shooter drill?

Me: Yes

Dez: Yes, we practiced it

Me: So tell me what you are suppose to do.

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2 hours ago by owenblacker
Touches on part of why I had to take a few years off from & one habit I use to cope. It really is a mad w…
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2 hours ago by andriak
Cos on Twitter: "When someone posts a meme that we don't ban cars after road deaths,
When someone posts a meme that we don't ban cars after road deaths, challenge them to support the same kind of regulation for guns as we have for cars. #p2 #MarchForOurLives #GunLawsNow
twitter  textcos  cospost  politics  guns  cars 
2 hours ago by coslinks
Commentary: China’s next ideological front
It has become fashionable to point to Trump’s election win as the inflection point for any number of global trends. But, in this case, the shift owes more to Chinese than to American leadership. Since his accession to the Party Secretary position in 2012, Xi Jinping has consistently taken an ideological line stronger than any party leader since Mao.

Beijing is tightening the screws on internal political dissent, and Americans are growing more uneasy about the nature of Chinese influence abroad. Ideology once again defines the terms of the U.S.-China relationship.

Over the last generation, we grew used to China and the United States framing political issues in terms of a search for common ground, usually economic development and free trade, represented by the term “globalization.” This was supposed to diminish the influence of sparring ideologies. But the ideologies never went away.

Both countries are the products of revolution, and the turbulence inherent in that act defined our values. Both think now is the time to trumpet and spread those values. This will force our leaders and the public to make choices that we have avoided. We are insufficiently prepared for making some of those choices. Our policies and thinking on China were built for placid times. We need new ones for tumultuous times.
world  politics 
2 hours ago by corrales
Louise Linton Is Super-Duper Sorry
LouiseLinton  profile  StevenMnuchin  politics  trolling  Elle  2018 
2 hours ago by inspiral
Republicans Are Now Opposed to Legal and Illegal Immigration - The Atlantic
Trump’s great hidden advantage during the 2016 Republican presidential primary was his lack of support from the GOP political and donor class. This allowed him to jettison positions—in support of free trade, in support of the Iraq War, in support of cutting Medicare and Social Security—that enjoyed support among Republican elites but little support among Republican voters. He did the same on immigration, where the “legal good, illegal bad” distinction turned out to be much more popular among the party’s leaders than among its grassroots. Cribbing from Ann Coulter’s book, Adios America, Trump replaced the legal-illegal distinction with one that turned out to have more resonance on the activist right: The distinction between white Christian immigrants and non-white, and non-Christian ones.

The words “illegal immigration” do not appear in Trump’s presidential announcement speech. Instead, Trump focused on immigrants’ country of origin. “When Mexico sends its people,” he declared, “they’re not sending their best … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists … It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably—probably—from the Middle East.”

Trump, who often says bluntly what other Republicans say in code, probably realized that “illegal immigrant” was, for many voters, already a euphemism for Latino or Mexican-immigrants. In their book White Backlash, the political scientists Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal cite a poll showing that 61 percent of Americans believe that most Latino immigrants are undocumented even though only about a quarter are. “When Americans talk about undocumented immigrants, Latinos or immigrants in general,” they note, “the images in their heads are likely to be the same.”
politics  race 
2 hours ago by corrales
Donald Trump, the Playboy Model Karen McDougal, and a System for Concealing Infidelity | The New Yorker
One woman’s account of clandestine meetings, financial transactions, and legal pacts designed to hide an extramarital affair.
DonaldTrump  KarenMcDougal  politics  relationships  journalism  USA  NewYorker  2018 
2 hours ago by inspiral
Behind a corporate stirring on dubious social media content
Unilever has threatened to pull its ad spending from social media firms that don't do more to weed out offensive content. This looks like a shift "from a faith in algorithms and toward a more nuanced view of corporate responsibility." But, as the piece points out, "The replacement of techno-optimist ideals with corporate values may not be the ultimate answer, however, if the history of previous media disruptions is any guide." It's a recurring pattern, according to Victor Packard at Penn: new media becoming overly commercialized and socially irresponsible followed by a backlash from merchants and advertisers when profits are threatened.
CSMonitor  socialmedia  advertising  politics 
3 hours ago by pierredv
Olympics Ratings Fall To 2018 Low On 2nd Saturday; Steady With Sochi 2014 | Deadline
At the halfway point of the XXIII Winter Olympics, things are certainly feeling a little chilly for both Team USA and NBC. via Pocket
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4 hours ago by Buffalo_Goku
How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment - POLITICO Magazine
The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Here’s how it happened. “A fraud on the American public. via Pocket
IFTTT  pocket  politics 
4 hours ago by mgacy
Man walking in NYC hit by fallen piece of fire escape dies
NEW YORK (AP) — A man hit by a piece of fire escape that had fallen from a New York City building has died. Police say 58-year-old Richard Marchhart died Saturday from a skull fracture he sustained when he was hit by the debris Friday. via Pocket
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4 hours ago by Buffalo_Goku
German police probe British woman over Holocaust remarks
BERLIN (AP) — German police are investigating a British woman for suspected incitement after she questioned the Holocaust during a far-right protest in the eastern city of Dresden. via Pocket
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4 hours ago by Buffalo_Goku

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