Gerald Fnord
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Feb 19 Gerald Fnord commented on Umberto Eco Is Dead.
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I first read "UR-Fascism" under the better (i.m.a.o.) title "Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt", and frequently refer people to it after they get Fascism wrong (usually conservatives credencing Jonah Goldberg—liberals more often just need to be told that 'corporatism' isn't the same as 'rule by corporations') .

He wrote (and was translated to write) beautifully, and that piece' s beginning section on his pride at winning a Fascist essay contest funny and chilling.
Feb 19 Gerald Fnord commented on I Still Can’t Believe There’s a Jewish Democratic Socialist from Brooklyn Who’s Already Won a Presidential Primary.
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I'd hope so (if I did hope), but unfortunately every injustice is someone's good deal, and striving-for and protecting a good deal is also part of the human natures...and there is a tendency, deep in our {primate band hierarchy}-aware bones, to see getting that good deal, usually some variant on more fruit and impunity when striking other band-members, not as a spur to end the injustice but rather as a sign that the high-status individual is someone with whom we ought to be friends.
Feb 19 Gerald Fnord commented on I Still Can’t Believe There’s a Jewish Democratic Socialist from Brooklyn Who’s Already Won a Presidential Primary.
Factual goofs:
Truman was not President in 1959.
In 1910, the Russian Revolution was, depending on which one meant either five years lost or not to start for seven years, and the Bolsheviks not nearly as prominent in the 1905 revolution as in the second revolution of 1917's two revolutions.

(Not that any attempt to deceive were necessarily intended: old memories, complicated history, and/or uncomprehending youngsters are more than enough to create mistakes.)
Feb 19 Gerald Fnord commented on Hey, There's a CNN Town Hall on with Donald Trump, Jeb! Bush, and Some Other Guy—Let's Watch Together.
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That won't happen, as the F.B.I. don't indict people.
Feb 18 Gerald Fnord commented on From the Desk of Justice Antonin Scalia, Deceased.
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I believe that you and Mr Francis E. Dec have much about which to speak....
Feb 18 Gerald Fnord commented on Morning News: Paul Allen Buys the Central District, Death of Mountlake Terrace Mom Investigated As a Homicide.
Young people may be less eager to get control of cars partially because they can have sex without it.
Feb 18 Gerald Fnord commented on On Oxytocin, Pseudoscientific Views, and Rightwing Radio Hosts.
Glad to see it; I'm male, genitals and identity, and my personal experience does strongly match that oxytocin claim, but I hate bad and badly-used science.
Feb 18 Gerald Fnord commented on From the Desk of Justice Antonin Scalia, Deceased.
Put Bowie in Hell, if only to make a point about the nastiness of the doctrine, but don't subject him even notionally to proximity with Scalia.
Feb 17 Gerald Fnord commented on Right-Wing Loons: Obama Had Scalia Killed!.
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Scalia was killed so that the Mob would be able to control that prostitute with blackmail. 'This Justice has no real friends -- nobody knows what he was doing here. It'll be as if he never existed, except for all those precedents. All that's left is our friendship.'
Feb 17 Gerald Fnord commented on From the Desk of Justice Antonin Scalia, Deceased.
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Am I correct in thinking that the scheme, basically ripped-off from Swedenborg, involves temporary punishment, then at worst Outer Darkness, which I remember as being reserved for apostate Mormons.