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Don midwest

The Sadism of creeping Dictatorship

Juan Cole’s column today

Hazing (sadism) to scare off criticism

polarbear4

Agree, but not sure that this is the “first sign of descent.” Been descending for a while, now.

Luckily, Comey was very level headed about it. Deprive the bullies of their intent to humiliate and it’s not nearly as much fun.

Don midwest

Are some stories getting to main stream press?

The local newspaper, Columbus Dispatch, which owns well over 90% of newspapers in Central Ohio after they bought the weekly neighborhood newspapers that are mostly free,
the Dispatch was sold to a newspaper conglomerate.

David Cay Johnston wrote that the same group that owns the Rochester paper and took it down is now in control here. Like other buy outs, they started by reducing the staff of the news room and most of the content articles from the paper are from NY Times, WA Post, WSJ, etc.

The paper is delivered to our house and my wife complains and complains about how content free it is and threatens to cancel it. This has gone on for years and it is now worse.

This morning, I picked it up and scanned through the front section. (One of the changes is to make the paper physically smaller)

On the front page things got off to a start. Above the fold is an article on an on line school, ECOT, which owes the state $60 because of fraud in the counting of students. Also on the front page was the Comey firing. And a large piece with a photo of a pipeline company that is being charged by the state EPA about spills and other non compliance issues. And a policeman who stomped a suspect who was handcuffed and face down on the ground.

In the first section is: reporter in WV jailed for asking a question, Betsy DeVos getting negative treatment at college presentation, comparison to Nixon and Trump in the firing of people like Comey, the new president of S. Korea not to live in the mansion downtown, small article that immigrants are necessary for Ohio to prosper, warnings about more troops sent off to wars, Turkey pissed about support of YKP, etc.

I have been following parts of these stories for years but the average person, who gets their “news” from corporate media, could not connect the dots.

There are so many things going wrong, and Trump and the Republicans are trying to make things worse, so the dots are getting bigger from this one day, random sample of the local newspaper.

Don midwest

Why didn’t anthropologists understand Trump’s rise?

Tony, aka NBBooks published an article on commondreams.org today

It links a Canadian anthropologist who in an article explains Listen Liberal by Thomas Frank which is why Tony wrote the column. One of the new points to me is it is not the 1%, but the upper 10% that has led to collapse of the two parties. The upper 10% are the professional class and they are generally doing fine, thank you, hence they support the parties and their common ground of militarism, banksters, medical system, etc.

Here is a link to Tony’s post

The Dying Days of Liberalism: Max Forte nicely summarizes Tom Frank’s Listen Liberal

As readers here know I am stuck on Bruno Latour. He makes the case for symmetric anthropology – namely, we are now Indians, our culture is under attach by Gaia

So I did a search on the Canadian Anthropologist and Bruno Latour and found the following article. He makes that case that the Anthropology profession has become beholden to neo liberal economics, and status quo, but missed the chance to understand Trump and sound the warning. In other words, anthropology is not relevant to today, another profession missing an opportunity. It looks like Bruno only appears once in this article and only in passing, but it is important to be looked at by readers of this site because it is a call for Anthropology to get involved with politics, economics, etc. of what is going on right now.

I was surprised n the Canadian anthropologist use of the term “Indian” . Here in the politically correct USA the official term is Native American. He predicted Trump could win a year ahead of time through his understanding of his field


Trump and Anthropology

orlbucfan

c99 has a yuge diary up on it, too. NBBooks aka Tony was always one of my fave reads over at TOP. According to the latest poop, Markos has gone haywire, and really showing his true, Repuke colors. Sad.

jcitybone

He certainly has appeared to lose it on the Bernie/economic populism question. The majority of posters there (including many Clinton supporters) are not happy with his divisiveness in the face of the Trump/Republican debacle.

Bebimbob

TOP numbers down 50% since the spring edict of 2016.

jcitybone

Sad!

polarbear4

bad!

wi59

Wow

magsview

re: this tweet below

magsview

polarbear4

“They keep telling everybody that it is state of the art, that leaks won’t happen, that nothing can go wrong,”

Awww, I bet they say that to all the landowners they steal from.

grapevines

Nina Turner addresses “Why do Politicians Ignore Environmental Issues?”

https://youtu.be/cSZRkeMJM2E

I tried to embed the video but didn’t succeed.

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