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2016 Presidential election I had NOTHING to do with making Trump president. That was Putin. – God God@thegoodgodabove, 2:53 PM · Feb 13, 2019  © 2020
2016 Presidential election When around 8 a.m. [1:00AM New York time] the most important result of our work arrived, we uncorked a tiny bottle of champagne … took one gulp each and looked into each other's eyes … We uttered almost in unison: “We made America great.” From an email the US government obtained from an employee of Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA), which was responsible for manipulating the election in favor of Trump via posting to social media Quoted by Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, June 2020  © 2020
Bullshitters say Facebook does not benefit from hate. Nick Clegg, Facebook VP, Global Affairs and Communications 10:55 AM · Jul 1, 2020 © 2020
Bullshitters say In the United States of America we do not prosecute people based on politics and we don't cut them a break based on politics either. William Barr, Trump's fixer, who interfered in Michael Flynn's case, Roger Stone's case, Rudy Guiliani's case, the Mueller investigation, etc. © 2020
Bullshitters say The president does read and he also consumes intelligence verbally. This president, I'll tell you, is the most informed person on planet Earth when it comes to the threats that we face. Kayleigh McEnany, Trump's press secretary, responding when asked why Trump doesn't read the President's Daily Briefing, which reported that Russia was paying the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan © 2020
Caste Caste is the bones, race the skin. Race is what we can see, the physical traits that have been given arbitrary meaning and become shorthand for who a person is. Caste is the powerful infrastructure that holds each group in its place. Isabel Wilkerson, New York Times Magazine, July 5, 2020 © 2020
Caste Caste is the infrastructure of our divisions. It is the architecture of human hierarchy, the subconscious code of instructions for maintaining, in our case, a 400-year-old social order.  Isabel Wilkerson, New York Times Magazine, July 5, 2020 © 2020
Caste  Caste makes distinctions among creatures where God has made none. A native of India quoted by Charles Sumner in 1845 © 2020
Conservatives Trump came to power as the repudiation of the Republican establishment. But the conservative political class and the new leader soon reached an understanding. Whatever their differences on issues like trade and immigration, they shared a basic goal: to strip-mine public assets for the benefit of private interests. George Packer, The Atlantic, June 2020 © 2020
Conspiracy theories Many people assume, he [Joseph Uscinski] told me, that a propensity for conspiracy thinking is predictable along ideological lines. That's wrong, he explained. It's better to think of conspiracy thinking as independent of party politics. It's a particular form of mind-wiring. And it’s generally characterized by acceptance of the following propositions: Our lives are controlled by plots hatched in secreet places. Although we ostensibly live in a democracy, a small group of people run everything, but we don't know who they are. When big events occur – pandemics, recessions, wars, terrorist attacks – it is because that secretive group is working against the rest of us. Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic, June 2020 © 2020
Conspiracy theorists say The intell on this wasn't 100 percent. Edgar Maddison Welch, admitting he had been misled by Pizzagate conspiracy theorists after driving 360 miles from home to Washington, DC, to free children from the pizzeria where they claimed Hillary Clinton ran a child sex ring and shooting it up with his AR-15, only to discover that no children were being trafficked there © 2020
COVID-19 coronavirus An internet joke proposed that the only way to find out whether you had the virus was to sneeze in a rich person’s face. George Packer, The Atlantic, June 2020 © 2020
Gender inequality The bottom line is that women's economic subordination comes from the power that men have to make women work in service to them for less or no pay. The cause is male aggression and control of resources rather than men's natural superiority as stronger, braver and more important beings. Linda Scott, The Double X Economy © 2020
Gender inequality Gender inequality costs the world economy $160tn a year (a combination of women being paid less and doing less paid work). Financial Times, July 3, 2020 © 2020
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
Money in politics A 2015 Times report found that at that point fewer than 400 families accounted for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign. Paul Krugman, New York Times, July 5, 2020 © 2020
Money in politics Performative fundraising is a prism through which to understand not only the GOP activity during the impeachment hearings but also the Republicans' Benghazi hearings and the end- less posturing around repealing Obamacare. It's not about achieving policy goals as much as energizing the base and separating them from their cash. Performative fundraising favors simplistic narratives, melodramatic rhetoric, an implacable enemy, and rote phrases to crowd out reasoned debate. Snippets of the act become fundraising pitches. Facebook microtargeting and e-mail lists ensure that pitches reach conservative retirees, especially in sunbelt states like Florida, California and Texas. Jake Bernstein, New York Review of Books, April 23, 2020 © 2020
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
QAnon The Seventh-day Adventists and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are thriving religious movements indigenous to America.  Do not be surprised if QAnon becomes another. It already has more adherents by far than either of those two denominations had in the first decades of their existence. People are expressing their faith through devoted study of Q drops as installments of a foundational text, through the development of Q-worshipping groups, and through sweeping  expressions of gratitude for what Q has brought to their lives. Does it matter that we do not  know who Q is? The divine is always a mystery. Does it matter that basic aspects of Q's teachings cannot be confirmed? The basic tenets of Christianity cannot be confirmed. Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic, June 2020 © 2020
Selfie  The only fucking arbitrator I trust is me. Robert Lighthizer, Trump's US Trade Representative © 2020
Slavery What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852 © 2020
Snapshot He made conflicts of interest is business model. Jared Kushner portrayed by George Packer © 2020
Snapshot She was Donald Trump's John the Baptist. Sarah Palin portrayed by George Packer © 2020
Snapshot It's like fucking Game of Thrones  around here. Trump administration portrayed by Peter Navarro, his trade adviser © 2020
State of the union The world is moving on from American hegemony. It is not moving on from the American spectacle. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, July 1, 2020 © 2020
Trumpists say Sorry, I'm late for lunch. Most common response provided by Republican Senators on their way to lunch when asked what they thought about teargassing peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park to clear a path so Trump could stage a photo op awkardly holding, as he said, “a Bible” in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, which didn't invite or want him there  © 2020