The Triumph of Bracism

A sharp spike in racist incidents reported after the Brexit vote (Washington Post) 10 Injured During White Nationalist Rally in California Capitol (NBC News) The 1972 Democratic presidential primaries were historic for a number of reasons. First of all, 1972 was the first year where every state held a primary or caucus, in order to quell concerns over a repeat of 1968’s infamous Chicago convention where Democratic party bosses forced a pro-Vietnam War candidate on a very anti-war party and violent protests ensued. The Democratic…

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Refusing to Break, Refusing to Hate

Divide and Conquer? Trump Fails to Split Gays, Muslims After Orlando Terror (yamazaj.com) I’ve gotten in the habit of drafting these blogs on Friday nights, while one of my favourite public radio shows is playing, and then revising what I wrote over the weekend before posting it on Monday. A couple of Fridays ago I drafted a long blog about a bombing at a Target restroom in Illinois that had just happened a couple of days earlier. Writing about that was kind of risky, because at the…

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Motion to Repeal

The Unthinkable Consequences Of Donald Trump’s Racist Attack On A Judge (thinkprogress.org) Although I don’t feel like it a lot of the time, I’m not older than the Internet; the Internet became widely known in the early 1990s, but it was first developed in the 1960s. One of the “rules” of the Internet that came into being before I first got Internet access in 1994 is a somewhat-famous bit of wisdom called Godwin’s Law, which became so commonplace that it’s now in the Oxford English…

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We Can’t Afford to *Lose

When the Scripps Bee shuts you down on Twitter (USA Today) Elizabeth Warren slams ‘small, insecure’ Donald Trump in most fiery takedown yet (sfgate.com) It’s hard to figure out just how I feel about the Scripps National Spelling Bee becoming such a well-publicized event in recent years. There’s definitely a part of me that’s heartened by the fact that a mental competition is now so prevalent in the American consciousness. It reminds me of ESPN2’s early days, when they aired chess and Magic: the Gathering tournaments,…

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Rigged from the Start

Bernie Sanders just declared war on the Democratic establishment (Washington Post) I remember the 1976 Democratic presidential primaries very well. I don’t mean that I was there — in fact, I was busy being born that winter, so that kind of kept my eyes off of politics for a while — but it’s an interesting case study of the machinations of Democratic party politics and the primary process that I’ve studied time and time again. This was the first primary after the McGovern debacle, which itself…

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