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Jan 12 Brooklyn Reader commented on BuzzFeed Is Bad For Journalism?.
The Wall Street Journal hasn't been the same since Murdoch bought it. Just another Fox/News Corp propaganda tool.
Jan 12 Brooklyn Reader commented on Today, in More Things Donald Trump is Wrong About.
@26 Good point. Chances are those were just theatrical props, not the real deal, and not signed by anyone. Just copies of old agreements, or even just blank paper.
Jan 12 Brooklyn Reader commented on Today, in More Things Donald Trump is Wrong About.
@16 Well, a matter of degree, I suppose. Still, would you give that crazy old aunt a Congress to manipulate, a podium on which to hold forth to the press, or an army to command? So, why did we give it to Trump?

I'm kind of serious here. Is there something in the voices (tone, spectrum, rhythm, etc.) of charismatic sociopaths that helps sway their followers?
Jan 12 Brooklyn Reader commented on Today, in More Things Donald Trump is Wrong About.
@7 Now that you mention it, his pronouncements do overlap with those of the mentally ill babblers and screamers you run into here and there on the streets and subways of New York.

My question remains, though. What is it about his voice that convinced so many to vote for that lunatic? What is it about any madman's voice that lets them accrue followers? Manson's name popped up in the news this week, and leave us not forget Jim Jones, or the great fascists of the 20th century. Certainly it was not merely their words, but something in their voices as well.
Jan 11 Brooklyn Reader commented on Today, in More Things Donald Trump is Wrong About.
I listened to it on radio. It was a pile of bollocks, but there's an interesting quality to Herr Drumpf's voice. If you're not actually listening to the words, the tone is very reassuring and assertive. There must be a segment of the populace that's mesmerized by it. There's already a field of study called psycholinguistics, but it's for something else. What could we call a field of study of the psychological reaction to vocalization? There are clearly doctorate theses available studying Trump and Palin for sure. It could be a highly technical field, too, with voice spectrum analyses, cadence, and time graphs.
Jan 4 Brooklyn Reader commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Trump Supporters Want Invite To Their Gay Wedding.
@10 I think they're going to be fucked soon enough. I mean, they've already been fucked by voting in an all-GOP junta that has their worst interests at heart, but they're going to realize it sooner than later.

The American voter is remarkably unsophisticated, to the point of utter ignorance. This is not new. H.L. Mencken was riffing on it nearly a century ago, and as cynical and condemnatory as he got about it, one wonders if it was even enough so.

Politics is how democracy works. We eschew it at our peril. The American working class has been chased away from leftist ideology by a mix of distraction, insults, character assassination, bogeymen, our long Cold War, and yes, willful ignorance. Other countries' Conservative parties are further left than our left wing. Until we rehabilitate the image of Leftism, we're never going to have a balanced dialog, let alone balance of power, in this RWNJ paradise.

Dec 29, 2016 Brooklyn Reader commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Straight Guy Wonders If He Can Be Queer.
Identity politics is fucking exhausting.

In this society, at least politically speaking, there should only be two kinds of people. Those who identify as vanilla, and those who don't. The reason for this is that those who identify as vanilla are the majority and that majority is historically prone to discriminating against those who don't.

If you're not vanilla, you have a political responsibility to reject that discrimination. Dividing up what could be a natural constituency, an alliance of non-vanilla folk, into tiny sliver communities is self-defeating. (This has nothing to do with dating or finding compatible partners for love or life. In that realm, being specific not only has value, it's essential.) This has to do with establishing a political existence for people who aren't vanilla. We need to knock off the infighting, over-reaction, bad humor, and lack of sister/brotherhood.

In the Age of Trump, solidarity and cooperation are going to be necessary.
Dec 23, 2016 Brooklyn Reader commented on The Real Reason Trump Wants To Go Nuclear: Increase Government Spending.
But why leap towards the third rail of defense spending (nukes!), when you've already got billions in existing projects that you're badmouthing? I'm not a particular fan of the F-35 program, but all that money ends up in the economy, one way or another, the bulk of it as salaries. Nukes don't employ nearly as many people as aerospace does. If you want to stimulate the economy, you do have to spend money, but you need to spend it on stuff that employs people.

And, when we're tired of them, or realize they're useless, it's easy to get rid of old fighter jets. Recycle the engines, trash all those classified electronics and scrap the rest. Nukes are much harder to dispose of, and just making them makes a shitload of permanently radioactive waste that we don't have a place to store for fuckin' ever.

And then, there's that little project, Air Force One. Yeah, it's $4 Billion, but so what? It's our defense against nuclear war, a flying command post. And again, all that money ends up in the domestic economy. Engineers, mechanics, fabricators, technicians, machinists. Do we need it? Yeah, probably -- the old ones are getting old. But, again, even if not, so what? We do need the federal spending WAY more than we need tax cuts, and WAY, WAY more if those cuts would only go to people who are going to stash the money in their accounts and not spend it back into the economy.
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Nov 18, 2016 Brooklyn Reader commented on "Mike Pence" Makes 46,000 Donations to Planned Parenthood.
Don't forget the ACLU and Lambda Legal. They're going to need deep pockets over the next few years.
Nov 5, 2016 Brooklyn Reader commented on Savage Love Letters of the Day: Screwing Trump Supporters.
Extinction-level event. Word.

Now, if only people realized it, and would go to the god-damned polls and vote to save themselves from Herr Drumpf and his storm-troopers-in-waiting.

Because, this shit is going to get real in a hurry.