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Nothing about the Trump era is normal. But unlike Ezra Klein of Vox in his latest podcast interview with Harvard lecturer Yasha Mounk, the tribalism, extreme partisanship, carelessness and ruthlessness of the modern Republican Party doesn't surprise me at all. It has been fed the most outrageous demagoguery for a couple of decades now, if not longer. Newt Gingrich, who has been around for a long time, and unlike a lot of men, has not gotten more distinguished looking over time, wrote the pamphlet on how to use language as a weapon against you opponent. Check out Language: a key mechanism of control that he wrote for GOPAC back in the 90s if you want to see how it started.

What is surprising, as they discuss, is our passive acceptance of it. We may never be able to vote this mob out of office.

Also worth a listen, 538's podcast episode on the White House in Chaos for the data analysts' take on this week's news.

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The Climate Scientists at The Conversation discuss the physics of aerodynamics in hot weather. It includes pictures. 😉 Hot air is less dense. No surprise there. Unfortunately, that means less lift. Check it out, it's probably something many of us haven't thought about.

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  1. What is surprising, as they discuss, is our passive acceptance of it. We may never be able to vote this mob out of office.

    Why or how did we come to accept this lunatic Nazi in the WH? Look at what he did with Acosta’s legitimate question. To your point about the use of language, notice how confident he is in spouting off his false tirade (he knew very well what Acosta meant but turned it around to pin the blame on Acosta) and every Trump surrogate on TV was a lot more expressive and verbose with no ohs or ahs (compared to Hillary’s surrogates on TV during the campaign). They seem successful and confident and they go where others won’t and leave us all confused about how to react.

    http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/02/media/jim-acosta-stephen-miller-immigration/index.html

  2. And I would not look to this band of incompetents to fix anything. Sure, his supporters maybe legitimately unhappy about legal immigration, H1B visas, but these buffoons are not going to fix it.

    • No, they’re not going to fix anything. They did, however, act like they were paying attention. In this case, that was enough because it was more than anyone else seemed to be doing.

      That may wear thin by 2020, when it becomes apparent that they haven’t managed to accomplish anything (besides more civil forfeitures, I guess).

  3. Lol! It looks like it was green jeans day on the floor.

  4. “Hot air is less dense.”

    Maybe that’s why Prez Covfefe eats so much heavy food; he’s so full of hot air that he’d float away if he got thin. 😛

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