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Sunday: It goes without saying…

…but it bears repeating: don’t stare at the sun tomorrow during the eclipse.

The Conversation has more on Eclipse-o-Rama. BiFF is headed to North Carolina for the full experience. Let’s hope we can get a personal account and some pics.

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WaPo has another one of those pieces about those poor, misunderstood alt-right protestors. {{rolling eyes}}

See, they’re just good white boys who got teased by elites in college about their overbite or couldn’t get a job at Walmart because of all the competition from African-Americans.

They do have some legitimate complaints. Obama wrote Appalachia off when he ran in 2008. That was the strategy put forth at the first YearlyKos conference in Las Vegas: write off the south and all those pesky Reagan Democrats.

I get it. It LOOKS like the Obama years were all about privileging minorities but, you know, you can be legitimately angry about what’s happening to your life and catastrophically wrong about the causes.

It’s all about class, not race. Yep, had you guys been paying attention in the last 8 years, you would have figured that out. And as the economic distance between the classes widens, the degree of dissatisfaction is going to increase.

Electing more Republicans is unlikely to help. It hasn’t for the last 30 years.

And fascism is just monumentally stupid. No one with half a brain is going to put up with that. Just check out all the protests that happened yesterday if you don’t believe it.

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If you need a soundtrack for the eclipse, NPR has one. Check it out here.

Here’s their number one- the Moon and the Sun by Heidi Berry:

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8 Responses

  1. It’s all about class, not race.

    But don’t you agree that there is a certain entitlement that they deserve better and resentment because of their race?

    • Their perception is that they feel entitled to be at the top of the food chain because of their white maleness.

      The reality is that they will never get there no matter how many minorities or women they put down because it’s about how much money you start with in life. Going from 0 => 60 these days for someone starting in the working class is almost impossible. You’d have to study exceptionally hard and get a scholarship to a really good school.

      It was extremely difficult when I did it 30 years ago. It’s only gotten harder.

      • OK, I now get what you were saying when you said class and not race. They look at Blacks, immigrants and women as competition and as stealing jobs/careers/opportunities away from them. They want the easier solution of going back to the 50s when the women stayed home, immigrants were non-existent and blacks were relegated to the back of the bus than compete with them.

        To that point, in this excerpt from that WaPo article, the guy says he could,/i> put in 500 applications. How many did he actually put in? How hard do they try? How far do their entitlement and resentment hold them back? Even I can think of a few policy ideas to help these people but trump is not their guy.

        https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/899277005421772800

  2. They’re always looking for someone to blame. Bannon’s war on globalism. The reality we all know is once the first computer was built, globalism was inevitable, and there is no way to go back now. What can be done remotely and more cheaply, will be. If that means by hiring people in another country who are willing to work for less than US workers, that’s what will happen, despite Trump’s bluster. 15% of the workforce will be replaced by machines within 10 years. The changes are just overwhelming, and they’re coming fast. Walls and white supremacists will not stop them.

    The top 1% of the world make $34,000 a year. I’m getting tired of all the whining from US white men who make two and three times that much.

  3. RD, you made a similar point in one of your posts that America should have dealt with civil war after effects more decisively like the Germans did with their Nazi past.

  4. Recommend the article. As a new immigrant here, I am oblivious to much of American history and this article sheds some light on what is happening now in context with the past.

  5. Memorializing this here… only 7% (lowest among Asian Americans) of Indian Americans supported trump (even then. I know a relative by marriage who voted for this buffoon, ugh…).

  6. Disagree about it being economic. The majority of Trump voters were quite well off. It was mostly cultural. Too many changes for them and wanting to return to the past. Fact of the matter is the GOP has spent decades lying to them. Trump is a product of that. They are finally figuring out a lot of it and are no longer going to be told who to vote for in the GOP primary. 2016 was a toxic brew combined with media malpractice.

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