Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

Donald Trump’s Treason


(Guardian US) – Lauren Gambino:

Donald Trump drew mostly bipartisan condemnation after failing to denounce Russian meddling in the US presidential election at a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin.

Former CIA Director John O. Brennan on Twitter:

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

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John O. Brennan: Trump’s press conference performance treasonous


Protest the Pope’s Visit


(Guardian Comments) – Emer O’Toole:

Ireland’s political leaders are calling protests against Pope Francis’s visit ‘petty’. Have they forgotten the decades of abuse?

theguardian 2018/jul/09 visit-abuse

Pope John Paul II in Ireland

U.S. Asylum Seekers Analogy


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

Sessions: asylum seekers are like criminals breaking into your house.

Real analogy: your neighbor’s husband is shot and killed. She flees to your house with her baby. When she knocks, you call the police and have her arrested for trespassing.

She never sees her baby again.

pharyngula 2018/06/30 analogy

Asylum seekers analogy USA

A Non-Christian Europe


(Patheos::ATP) – Jonathan MS Pearce:

The Guardian recently reported on some interesting research that supports the idea that Europe is, in many senses and places, post-Christian. …

tippling 2018/05/08 non-christian-europe
Non-Christian Europe

The Spy Who Came Home


(New Yorker::A Reporter at Large) – Ben Taub:

Why an expert in counterterrorism became a beat cop …

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Patrick Skinner

Unlocking Encrypted Phones


(ZDNet) – Zack Whittaker:

It’s 2018, and we’re still talking about cryptographic backdoors. It’s the bad idea that just won’t die.

But don’t worry: Ray Ozzie, a former Microsoft executive thinks he can beat a dead horse with a not-so-new idea that took about a day for everyone else to rip apart. …

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Henri Vidal: Caïn (Facepalm)

Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry


(New Yorker::Letter from Tokyo) – Elif Batuman:

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect. …

newyorker 2018/04/30 rent-a-family


Cool Germany


(Economist Leaders) – Since the fall of the Berlin Wall the Ampelmännchen, the jaunty, behatted “little traffic-light man” of communist East Germany, has escaped his dictatorial roots to become a kooky icon of Germany’s trendy capital. Tourists pose with life-size models and snap up memorabilia in souvenir shops. The Ampelmännchen’s quirky coolness is an increasingly apt symbol of the country as well as its capital. As our special report in this issue describes, Germany is entering a new era. It is becoming more diverse, open, informal and hip. …

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Ampelmaennchen on Brandenburg Gate

The Cops Have Not Always Been This Bad


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Americans my age grew up to imagery in LIFE Magazine, of cops beating black protesters. Oddly, I think of desegregation as something that happened, and Jim Crow was a bad period we mostly grew out of.

That’s completely wrong, unfortunately.

The cops have gotten worse, not better. Back in the 60s they beat people with impunity, today, they kill them. …

stderr 2018/04/18 cops

Hands up - Don't shoot

The End Stage of the Trump Presidency


(New Yorker) – Adam Davidson:

The raid on the offices of President Trump’s personal lawyer makes clear that Trump’s battle with the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is entering its final chapter.

We don’t know the precise path the next few months will take. There will be resistance and denial and counterattacks. But it seems likely that, when we look back on this week, we will see it as a turning point. We are now in the end stages of the Trump Presidency. …

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Donald Trump, Michael Cohen; an investigation by Robert Mueller