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ArtLung posts tagged with “politics”

  • Observation on whataboutism

    It’s always neat when I meet people who say “President N also did that in response to a criticism.” Sometimes it’s useful historical context. But often it’s a feckless way to divert criticism. The claim that every President is the same or every President is just like Trump is laughable and deserves ridicule. Moreover, the…


  • Also, Tumblr: “Update on Russian-linked activity on Tumblr”

    Just got this email: Dear artlung, As part of our commitment to transparency, we want you to know that we uncovered and terminated 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency or IRA (a group closely tied to the the Russian government) posing as members of the Tumblr community. The IRA engages in electronic disinformation and…


  • Squished expression and the President of the United States

    Is Trump’s Twitter a Public Forum and the Limits of the Law by Eric Segall has me thinking quite a a bit about this question: WHAT IS TWITTER? I think about the Presidential Records Act and what it says about the things the President does in his official capacity. I think about the fact that…


  • I don’t understand the excess rules about ferrets or the deficit of rules about guns.

    We (the government) regulate hairdressers and car exhaust and doctors and lawyers and how you add a new room to your house and we license you to drive a car and regulate boats and regulate your speed on the interstate and how you educate your children and test whether your toys are safe and whether…


  • tl;dr: it was slavery.

    Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America: March 21, 1861: But not to be tedious in enumerating the numerous changes for the better, allow me to allude to one other — though last, not least. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution…

  • make judgments about what judgments you make

    Calling everyone who shoots something a terrorist is an error. Calling every protester a rioter is an error. Calling all news you don’t understand or don’t agree with or has error or is propaganda “fake news” is an error. Calling every politician crooked is an error. Calling every news outlet “mainstream media” is an error….


  • California, keeper of the future of the USA.

    Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election gives me hope. I hope it gives you hope too. Wednesday, November 09, 2016 SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:…

  • Dallas Morning News endorses Senator Clinton.

    We recommend Hillary Clinton for president–Dallas Morning News Editorial Cogent, coherent argument from the Dallas Morning News. This election is really quite astounding on many levels. And for those of of you clinging desperately to the idea a third party candidate can win: you fundamentally don’t understand the game. In the Super Bowl you really…


  • Quote of the Day: coincidence

    From the Steve Hulett of TAG (The Animation Guild) Blog: And funny thing. As the percentage of unionized households has cratered, the middle class’s share of national income has gone down with it: Weird, huh? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence. Read it all in Falling Wages, Falling Marriage Rates

  • “a climate-ravaged corporatist dystopia of inequality that mirrors feudalism”

    The phrase “a climate-ravaged corporatist dystopia of inequality that mirrors feudalism” is quite pithy, no? Obviously, if you’re looking for bad news you can find it everywhere. It’s entirely possible we’re headed for a climate-ravaged corporatist dystopia of inequality that mirrors feudalism. But signs of a new moral awakening are also out there—not the least…

  • WORKING AS DESIGNED

    The smartest take on The Interview debacle I’ve read is in “America didn’t cave. Hollywood didn’t cave. Capitalism caved.” by David Atkins. This is the free market everyone says solves everything. Well, it does, but it doesn’t solve things in ways that have anything to do with “freedom of speech.”: “But in truth, neither “America”…

  • The Blight of Guantanamo

    Guantanamo continues to be a blight on the reputation of the US and a corrupter of our professional military. If it does not operate according to the laws and ethical codes of the United States, then what, exactly does it stand for? Nursing group urges military not to punish Guantánamo nurse who refused to force-feed…

  • There could not be more news, and there could scarcely be fewer bloggers

    “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” ((Yogi Berra)) It’s 2013 and I’m 43 years old. I’m old enough to be called middle-aged now. I’m old enough to think I know a thing or two, and be right. Perhaps it’s time to quote some Ronald Reagan, as I did on this very forum 10 years…


  • Interview about Bradley Manning; New Header

    Pay attention to this: Interview of Alexa O’Brien @carwinb by @theharryshearer on Le Show is riveting on the Bradley Manning Trial. Listen @ kcrw.com/etc/programs/ls — Joe Crawford (@artlung) May 6, 2013 Additionally, I made a new header. First header I’ve made since 2011.

  • The Economist on Mitt Romney

    It’s political season is on, which means there’s a surfeit of political reportage. The majority of this writing is useless drivel. The television discussion even more so. This Economist piece bucks the trend: So, Mitt, what do you really believe?: Too much about the Republican candidate for the presidency is far too mysterious The Economist…

  • Thomas Paine on Property

    via PochoBlog: Personal property is the effect of society; and it is as impossible for an individual to acquire personal property without the aid of society, as it is for him to mike land originally. Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal…

  • C-SPAN, Joys Of

    One of the things I miss most about cable television is C-SPAN. The opportunity to be exposed to thinkers, pundits, books is really incredible. Sure, a lot of dross shows up there. I always enjoyed finding an engaging intellect there. Some time ago C-SPAN started to put more archival video up: C-Span Video Library. Here’s…

  • Lawrence Lessig interviews Jack Abramoff

    Lawrence Lessig interviews Jack Abramoff. via John Lilly who notes: “Wow”