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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Monday Link Encyclopedia 

The most disgusting creatures ever. Worse than insects. 

A great interview about Trump with the historian Timothy Snyder

Elon Musk is in favor of UBI. Got to keep those proles out of sight. 

In case you are still unaware, gender differences in cognition don’t exist

Republican Jason Chaffetz echoes his party’s leader, Putin

Justin Trudeau is so eager to please Trump that he spits all over the Charter of Rights. Seriously, check it out. It’s shocking. 

Who the ef cares if Kellyanne Conway is needy or not. I don’t give a hoot about her psychological issues or lack thereof. She’s a lying sack of useless shit, that’s all I need to know about her. 

Cakes with reflective frosting are all the rage in Russia. Beautiful!

Jill Stein is a right-wing tool

Crazy architectural plans for Mississauga. This can seriously mess with addicts’ heads. 

The opioid epidemic is destroying Ohio

P.S. One more link on the insects. That it should come to this. For shame, Americans. For shame. 

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10 thoughts on “Monday Link Encyclopedia 

  1. Dreidel on said:

    I knew Trudeau wasn’t totally useless! 🙂

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  2. Evelina Anville on said:

    I know I’ve said this before but I really really loathe Jill Stein. My loathing truly knows no bounds. So utterly hypocritical, ignorant, counterproductive and mendacious. Ugh. I know this is an empty comment but I can’t help myself when it comes to her. Haha

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    • Whenever I find out that somebody I know is supporting Stein, I lose all understanding of how to interact with them. There are literally no issues on which she hasn’t said something egregiously dumb.

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  3. Stringer Bell on said:

    https://newrepublic.com/article/140245/obamas-lost-army-inside-fall-grassroots-machine

    Obama’s army was eager to be put to work. Of the 550,000 people who responded to the survey, 86 percent said they wanted to help Obama pass legislation through grassroots support; 68 percent wanted to help elect state and local candidates who shared his vision. Most impressive of all, more than 50,000 said they personally wanted to run for elected office.

    But they never got that chance. In late December, Plouffe and a small group of senior staffers finally made the call, which was endorsed by Obama. The entire campaign machine, renamed Organizing for America, would be folded into the DNC, where it would operate as a fully controlled subsidiary of the Democratic Party. Plouffe stayed on as senior adviser, and put trusted field organizers Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird in charge of the new group. Bird says the OFA team was never even told about the idea for Movement 2.0. “None of these documents were even shared with us,” he says. “I’m not sure the senior staff on the campaign even knew they existed.”

    Republicans, on the other hand, wasted no time in building a grassroots machine of their own—one that proved capable of blocking Obama at almost every turn. Within weeks of his inauguration, conservative activists began calling for local “tea parties” to oppose the president’s plan to help foreclosed homeowners. FreedomWorks, an antitax group led by former Representative Dick Armey, and Americans for Prosperity, funded by the Koch brothers, quietly coordinated hundreds of nationwide demonstrations designed to look like a spontaneous populist uprising. When members of Congress went home for the summer to hold town hall meetings with their constituents, they were confronted by well-organized and disruptive protests over health care reform. The grassroots discontent that Obama had harnessed so skillfully in 2008 now belonged to the right.

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    • ” Plouffe and a small group of senior staffers finally made the call, which was endorsed by Obama. The entire campaign machine, renamed Organizing for America, would be folded into the DNC”

      A really sucky decision. Does plouffe still have job? Because that decision alone indicates he probably shouldn’t have a job.

      “Republicans, on the other hand, wasted no time in building a grassroots machine of their own—one that proved capable of blocking Obama at almost every turn”

      Did they build it or just utilize something that was there? Overall, from what I can tel Republicans are better at letting different groups exist outside party structures whereas the eternal Democratic ideal of coordinating (subordinating) spontaneous voter enthusiasm into establish structure just. don’t. work.

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      • Stringer Bell on said:

        “Does plouffe still have job?”

        Lobbyist for Uber, last time I checked.

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      • Obama was fully on board with this. He wanted to be a serious, establishment candidate and not “a community organizer from Chicago.”

        But hey, compared to a president who lets drunk rich freaks get photographed and Facebooked with the nuclear suitcase, Obama’s faults look kind of minimal.

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    • What a great article. I remember how stunned and disappointed I was when the Obama administration turned away from all the enthusiastic young supporters back in 2008. This was a phenomenal asset that was passed away very eagerly.

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  4. BDS crowds disrupt Israeli UN envoy’s lecture

    Speaking before some 300 students at Columbia University in New York on Monday evening, Danny Danon’s lecture was disrupted after crowds of BDS activists assembled outside and barged their way in, before drowning his statements to the chants of ‘Free Palestine’; Danon: ‘We will not be quiet in the face of lies that you spread about Israel.’

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4922268,00.html

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    • You know what bugs me from here to hell? There are hundreds of universities that would die to host important, famous speakers. The students would be polite and curious. The environment would be friendly and engaged. Attendance would be sky-high. But they chose to speak before the spoiled rich brats at Columbia instead. And they get the spoiled rich brat treatment. And I’m supposed to feel sorry for them? Not a chance.

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