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Stranger Things 2019

On Tuesday, I seconded George F. Will’s judgment that the biggest story of 2019 was the Hong Kong protest movement. In America, though, 2019’s top news story must be how the anti-Trump movement morphed from Russiagate, which fizzled upon release of the Mueller Report, to the quasi-impeachment bit over the

Thomas Jefferson, binary code, digital,computer, quote

Thanks for the Memories

One thing for which I expressed gratitude, yesterday, was my site’s “Thought of the Day” feature, for it placed in original context a well-known maxim: “If your government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson is

vape, vaping, law, asset forfeiture, politicians,

Overkill . . . for Your Health

News stories about death- and illness-by-vaping keep hitting us. But in most of these stories it is what is left out that is most alarming. From Washington State’s King County we learn of another case of severe lung disease “associated with vaping.” But the reportage doesn’t mention how the maladies

gatekeeper, Twitter, Facebook, censorship, political advertising,

The Silence Option

“While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last month in announcing a complete ban on political advertising for candidates or issues, “that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives

whistle, blower, Epstein, crime, informer,

Whistles Blown

Corey Feldman, former child actor and defender of Hollywood children from sexual abuse by entertainment industry movers and shakers, had given many clues about who his particular abuser was. On the Dr. Oz show, recently, Feldman still wouldn’t name the name, because, he said, he lacked legal representation on this

Donald Trump, Kingsman meme

Zucker’s Scold

It was in bad taste. The “meme” — an altered video — depicted extreme, murderous violence. But it was not “weaponized” as  incitement to real violence; it was, instead, “memeticized” contempt against the meme’s “victims,” the full panoply of media outlets along with a few iconic politicians. The video was

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Twitter,

Don’t Tempt Her

Scrolling down @realDonaldTrump’s prolific Twitter feed, I cannot help but wonder: when does the president find time to do his job? I am not the only one to wonder. Still, as President, Trump sure is a great . . . troll. “I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the

tanning bed, science

Science Isn’t Morality

“Scientist” — what an abused term! When a journalist needs an authority to write about some nutty, wildly improbable affront to common sense, a “scientist” will do. Case in point, turn to Newsweek: “Tanning salons are more likely to be located in U.S. neighborhoods with higher numbers of same-sex male

Donald Trump, twitter, censorship, Kamala Harris threat,

Twitter Abuse

“Look,” tweeted Sen. Kamala Harris, “let’s be honest. . . .” When a politician talks about being honest — presumably “for a change” — it’s gonna be a doozy. President Trump’s “Twitter account should be suspended.” “What?” the reader will likely object, “Trump’s Twitter account is the second-best thing about

Babylon Bee, Snopes, fake news, satire

The Pumpkinification of Snopes

Satire exaggerates not just for a laugh, often employing the reductio ad absurdum for cutting effect — casting our attention on human follies and crimes.  While the classic literary satires include Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis (divi) Claudii — “The Pumpkinification of (the Divine) Claudius” — and Jonathan Swift’s 1729 “Modest Proposal for preventing the children of

cancel culture, social justice, sjw,

Cancel Culture Cancels Culture

Cancel culture, writes Christian Britschgi of Reason, may have just “jumped the shark.” Britschgi tells the tale of “Carson King, a 24-year-old security guard who achieved viral fame after he was spotted on ESPN’s College Gameday waving a sign that asked people to use the mobile payment app Venmo to

Greta

Listen to the Warm

I like publicity stunts as much as the next activist. But haven’t we had enough of the whole Greta Thunberg bit yet? On Wednesday, the 16-year-old Swede provided testimony on an apt stage, let us grant her that — the U.S. House of Representatives’ foreign affairs subcommittee joint hearing on

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