What sort of long-term damage will Donald Trump leave when he is done with America? That seems to be the question on many people’s mind. This includes Neal Gabler of Moyers and Company. Modern conservatism, like debased religion, has an explanation for everything, and there is nothing mysterious or spiritual about it. Trump understood the desire for some all-encompassing answer, as demagogues always do. Demagogues … Continue reading Will Trump steer the country to civil war?
How low can Donald Trump go? The Editorial Board of USA Today wonders if he will ever hit rock bottom in regards to his vileness. This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never … Continue reading USA Today: Is there no bottom to Trump’s vileness?
When authoritarians attack the press, it’s usually because they find facts to be inconvenient. Donald Trump is an example of that. He’s a man that tries to create his own world, aided and abetted by people who try to reinforce his version of reality on those around him. He loves the term “fake news.” He uses it to scapegoat journalists and stoke hostility toward them. … Continue reading Trump makes attacks on press acceptable
Sean Wilentz of Rolling Stone says the Trump has been effective at his mission of destroying the government. He contrasts Trump with Ronald Reagan, an anti-government President who didn’t destroy the country. It’s not a positive comparison. But, Trump has never ran on positivity, just fear, anger and scapegoating. [Trump] sees no American mission in the world, only a brutal contest for domination in which … Continue reading Wilentz: Trump’s anti-government mission has been successful
Whether it be claims of “no-go” area or Swedes laying down for “cultural genocide,” they are a favorite target of the far-right throughout the western world. James Savage writes in Sweden’s The Local about this in a column titled “Why Farage and his friends are willing Sweden to fail.” Sweden is the favourite poster child of the global far-right, of Breitbart, RT (Russia Today) and … Continue reading Column: Why does the far right hate Sweden?
Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune has written an interesting piece about how crippling Donald Trump’s ignorance and superficial understandings can be. He’s just not bright enough to make connections between his conduct and its consequences. Trump’s travel ban has lost repeatedly in court because he has made clear he has an unconstitutional goal: shutting out Muslims because of their religion. If he had kept … Continue reading Brainfood: Is being dumb Trump’s biggest flaw?
Would bringing back the draft end public apathy toward U.S. military endeavors? When four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger last month, most Americans and many lawmakers didn’t even know they, or any other U.S. troops, were there. According to Amy Schafer at Slate, the divide between civilians and the increasingly small number of service members and veterans in the United States has … Continue reading Brainfood: Would military draft end public apathy?
As a Muslim who eats only Halal meat, Guardian contributor Masuma Rashim said she agrees with the decision of Lancashire officials to ban meat non-stunned animals from being served at schools. But, she says, the stunning of an animal before slaughter is only one issue in a big picture when it comes to animal mistreatment in the meat-providing business: But this is just the tip … Continue reading Brainfood: Halal slaughter only tiny slice of animal welfare issues
What if newspapers had continued to focus on their print product instead of chasing online clicks? That’s the question that contributor Jack Shafer asks in Politico. According to Shafer, pursuing the online Golden Calf of reader clicks may have done more to damage newspapers than doubling down on their print products. In his article, he references a couple of researchers in the media field. “Newspaper had … Continue reading Brainfood: Should newspapers keep focus on print?
Who is old enough to remember Beavis and Butt-Head’s original run? Sure, more than one-fourth of us were not born then, but if you’re part of the English-speaking world, you’ve probably in the very least heard a passing reference to them at one time or another. But why were the animated delinquents such a hit? Ben Umanov, writing for Noisey thinks he knows why: Metal … Continue reading Brainfood: Did ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ speak for 90s metalheads?