Category: Essays

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Deplorable America

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, it was clear that one of the candidates for president from the Republican Party was becoming a magnet for the worst of America.  At campaign rallies for failed real estate mogul-cum-reality show host Donald J. Trump, we saw rallies with flags representing breakaway states that fought to continue the chained slavery of human beings, fights and mob-style beatings of minority attendees, the development and use of coded dog whistle words, and the gathering of uncritical mobs of people willing to swallow whatever lies and disgusting hatreds their authority figure would feed them. Regarding the worst of...

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A Tune For The Holidays, 2020-Style

​”Let Us Grow” (to the tune of “Let It Snow”) Oh, the Covid out there is frightening But the truth within us is enlightening Together we’ve one place to go: Let us glow, let us grow, let us know The tragedy wouldn’t be stoppin’ If it not for the doctors microscopin’ The brights didn’t care about the show, Caring only on stopping the Covid on the go, Now we got a relieving liquid charm, How we need to get a shot in the arm, To get Covid a hurried alarm And reduce its horrid harm So the plague is slowly dying...

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‘They Are What They Say They Hate’

[this post is taken directly from https://thebulwark.com/they-are-what-they-say-they-hate/, used w.o.p., because sometimes others say better all you want to say . . .basically, unfortunately,  the entire fuckublican party has – by embracing trumpism and his baggage – become a worldwide embarrassment] Trump is a triggered loser who embodies every trait conservatives spent decades decrying. by TIM MILLER NOVEMBER 17, 2020 Donald Trump is a snowflake who cares only about his feelings not the facts. He’s a pampered millennial child who can’t handle losing and wants a participation trophy. He’s a coddled, out-of-touch elite who cares more about what his media friends say about...

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From the Top

No, Trump supporters, I’m sorry to burst your disinformation bubble, however many of you are still sticking to Trump’s 2 main threads of falsehoods regarding the election and the current Covid-19 pandemic. First, the election.  Where to start? To take just one glaring and anxiety-inducing example: In the middle of last month, Reich-wing blogger Dan Bongino pissed kerosene on the fire of nutjob conspiracy theorists by posting that members of the Democratic Party will attempt a coup on election day in order to instill their chosen nominee in the White House, overriding election results and nullifying the ballots of Republicans.  On...

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If Wikipedia Was Honest: Donald J. Trump Edition

note: the following was posted on popdust, and doesn’t even include some of the most horrible things he has said or done, ignores his disgusting comments about his own daughter (even as a baby), his multiple bankruptcies, etc. || for the original article: https://www.popdust.com/honest-wikipedia-donald-trump-2648218669.html A profile of America’s greatest conman. By Keith Baldwin Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946)–also known by the aliases John Barron, John Miller, and David Denison—is the former villainous star of reality TV show The Apprentice and current villainous star of actual reality. Elected to the presidency of the United States—against the popular will...

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Trump Goes to Town Hall

The Town Hall hosted by George Stephanopoulos (I always have to copy and paste that name) on Tuesday night will hopefully open eyes for many “undecided” and even Republican voters.  It was both hilarious and terrifying that a sizable percentage of the American public still support someone so obviously ill-equipped, so thin-skinned, so wallowing in self-pity, craving of adulation, and even (as many in the mental health profession have stated) a “clear and present danger” 1 to democracy and this nation. And the Town Hall hopefully illustrated that better, straight from Trump’s own mouth, than we could have otherwise have hoped. ...

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Just HOW Fucking Stupid IS DJ Trump?

Why I Don’t Support Removal Politics || History ||  Science ||  Spelling Geography || Bad Boss || The Fourth Estate || Making Shit Up [n.b.: this post will be modified over time || please check back soon for updates] The full title of this post should include “and incompetent”.  But for time.  And space.  And what sanity remains. Unlike most of my posts, I have not included item-by-item references, and instead give references to quotes and little else. Anything here is information readily available with a Google search. Hell, even Bing can verify anything I say here. Feel free, after reading this...

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Humboldt at 250

Recently I have been re-reading one of the first true old-school scientists I read in my youth.  The writings of Alexander von Humboldt were pointed out to me during my first year of HS, as the then-topical scientist Carl Sagan had released his book Cosmos and the PBS 13-part documentary series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”. Luckily, the librarian engaged me about my interests, and with science and the writings of Carl Sagan being top on my mind, she pointed me to a dusty book also called Kosmos, but written with even more depth than Sagan’s accessible prose, though extreme in detail. ...

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Trump’s Messaging to American Racists

On Sunday, July 14, 2019, the person with the highest position in the world stooped to one of the lowest positions in the world: telling his opposition in Congress to [paraphrasing] ‘go back to their countries’. This hate-filled trope has been a common racist call – originally leveled at the Irish, Jewish, Italian and even African-descended immigrants – for over a century. Members of my family used to use it in regards to the Mexican-descended family across the street, despite being model citizens and neighbors and being entirely born here in the US. The same call was leveled against Muslims (even...

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Pop Population

Of the Census years I have been alive, America’s population has certainly grown, but it has also shifted.  In 1970 there were 6 American cities with a population of more than 1 million.  They include the typical big 3 we would always think of: NYC, Chicago and LA, in that order.  At that time the list also included Philadelphia, my birth town of Detroit, and Houston, which had just hit the million-resident mark with that Census. In 1980 that number stayed the same with NYC, Chicago and Philadelphia losing a combined 1,445,504 residents.  The listing places for the 4 top cities...