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Betrayal TURKEY ATTACKS U.S. ALLY IN SYRIA Days After Giving Green Light, Trump Calls Assault on Kurdish-Led Militia 'a Bad Idea' headline, New York Times, October 10, 2019 © 2019
Bullshitters say As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!). Donald Trump, 8:38 AM – 7 Oct 2019, after greenlighting Turkey to slaughter Kurds, our ally with no Trump hotels in their lands © 2019
Coups d'etat On Wednesday, Mr Trump was asked what he wanted from his Ukraine call. He dismissed the inquiry as a hoax driven by the corrupt media. Those who lied about him were guilty of treason. His verdict leaves no middle ground. Either you believe Mr Trump, or you are corrupt. In an old-fashioned coup, the people kept their heads down. In the 21st-century version, public opinion is key to whether one can succeed. Edward Luce, Financial Times, October 4, 2019 © 2019
Healthcare Last year, the share of physicians who work as employees surpassed the portion that owns their practice for the first time, according to the AMA. Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2019 © 2019
Housing 67 percent of markets require at least 30 percent of wages to buy a home headline, PR Newswire, September 26, 2019 © 2019
Housing About three-quarters of the US is now “housing unaffordable” for average wage earners. Rana Foroohar, Financial Times, October 6, 2019 © 2019
Housing Housing accounted for 23 percent of the average household's total expenditures in 1901, 27 percent in 1950, and nearly 33 percent in 2018, according to data from the United States Consumer Expenditure Survey. Those squarely in the middle of the income distribution spent slightly more, or 34.5 percent. New York Times, October 3, 2019 © 2016
Impeachment The president's transactional worldview always implied the possibility of his own abandonment. Once he stops being useful to people, by his own logic, they have no reason to stay loyal. He does not offer a relationship much deeper than – what an airing this Latinism is getting – quid pro quo. … Whether to support Mr Trump is becoming a finer and finer calculation for Republicans. And calculation, not fraternity, is all it ever was. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, October 2, 2019 © 2019
Income inequality Since the early 1970s, rising income inequality and rising income instability have gone hand in hand. The gap between Richie Rich and Joe Citizen is a lot larger than it used to be, but so too is the gap between Joe Citizen in a good year and Joe Citizen in a bad year. Jacob Hacker, The Great Risk Shift © 2019
Journalism No matter where you stand  in the cable-news wars, Trump is a lucrative story. Amanda Hess, New York Times Magazine, October 6, 2019 © 2019
Kwiplers say Calculate the minimum wage as follows: MW = CMHI / CMHS × WPY × HPW where: MW = Minimum Wage CMHI = Current Median Household Income, e.g., $65,000 CMHS = Current Median Household Size, e.g., 2.1 people WPY = Workdays Per Year, e.g., 240 HPW = Hours Per Workday, e.g., 8 [MW would be $16.12 using data above] © 2019
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Making money the new-fashioned way Geofencing © 2016
Money in politics The president's partnership with the Republican Party means he can solicit checks of more than $360,000 from each donor, far exceeding the $2,800 each Democratic candidate can ask of donors for that party's primary election. Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2019 © 2015
Political correctness My father and mother told me about civil rights. I knew what the right thing was. The difference is that liberals protect people, and P.C. people protect feelings. They don't do  anything. They're pointing at other people who are somehow falling short of their standards, which could have changed three weeks ago. They're constantly moving the goalposts so they can go, “Gotcha!” Bill Maher, New York Times Magazine, Sept. 30, 2019 © 2019
Political correctness Religions always talk about the one true religion. Now on the left we have the one true opinion. If you go against that, you do so at your peril. And that's why the air on the left is becoming stale. Bill Maher, New York Times Magazine, Sept. 30, 2019 © 2019
Post-2018 Senate shituation 15 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2018 population: 40,056,961 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,335,232 people 1 state (California) 2018 population: 39,776,830 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,888,415 people 19,888,415 / 1,335,232 = 16, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth 16 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 6% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2018 population = 573,720, therefore: 1 Senator per 286,860 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's © 2016
Resisters say That boy don't act right Anti-Turmp sign near journalist Janan Ganesh's house, quoted in Financial Times, October 11, 2019 © 2017
Republicans say We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do. Karl Rove, 2004 © 2019
Right-wing populists say The modern structure of the German State is a higher form of democracy in which, by virtue of the people's mandate, the government is exercised authori- tatively while there is no possibility for parliamentary interference, to obliterate and render ineffective the execution of the nation's will. Joseph Goebells, 1933 © 2019
Selfie I hope that if you watch my show, [you'll acquire a set of] good, true stories about what's going on and why it matters. Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show © 2019
State of the union Some men just want to watch the world burn.  Alfred in The Dark Knight, writtn by Jonathan Nolan et. al., directed by Christopher Nolan © 2019
Surveillance That era [of spying by the Stasi in East Germany] wasn't over at all. Rather, it had escalated to a new level of data volume, speed, efficieny and, most surprising of all, wilful mass compliance. Now I – and everyone with a smartphone – was carrying a digital Stasi in my pocket. Not only was I willingly feeding more personal data than [Erich] Mielke [Stasi commander] could have dreamt of, and to who knows where, I had paid several hundred pounds for the privilege. Adam LeBor, Financial Times, October 8, 2019 © 2019
Trumpism His supporters know there should be a Surgeon General's warning on Trump, that he's unhinging as we speak. If they felt the barometric pressure change to another Republican, they would switch. Anthony Scaramucci, quoted in Financial Times, October 11, 2019 © 2019
Trumpists say I don't know if that's a real request or him just needling the press, knowing you guys were going to get outraged by it. Marco Rubio, responding to a reporter who asked, “Do you think it's okay for president Trump to ask China to launch an investigation of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden?” © 2019
Trumpists say The Kurds helped destroy ISIS, true. It's also true that the Kurds would have fought ISIS anyway, since the psycho caliphate was right next door. Let's be honest – the Kurds didn't show up for us at Normandy or Inchon or Khe Sanh or Kandahar. Kurt Schlichter, October 10, 2019, whose words Trump used to justify selling out the Kurds to the Turks [US suffered 6 casualties fighting ISIS; the Kurds suffered 11,000+ casualties]  © 2019
Wealth inequality  From the late 1940s, to the early 1970s, workers and investors did share in the wealth generated by a strong, growing economy. But since then that social compact has frayed: worker productivity has risen by about 70 per cent, but hourly pay has grown by only 12 per cent. Meanwhile, corporate profits have hit record highs. US workers are more educated, more skilled and do more to create corporate profits, but they share far less in the fruits of that labour. Leo Strine, Delaware Supreme Court chief justice, Financial Times, October 1, 2019 © 2019