I’ve seen this all over the web today: “A white supremacist sucker-punching a woman in the street today is the embodiment of Donald Trump’s America.”1 I agree – it’s not pretty, and it’s only going to get worse. On the other hand – and I do hate to point it out – two months ago, people were laughing their asses off at neo-nazi dandy Dick Spencer getting sucker-punched in the street2. I detest what the man stands for, but once you condone violence, acting outraged later rings … hollow.
If Trump discovered that humans could fly if they hold their nose, close one eye and say “Shazam!” I’d want to know. Because that’s awesome. And I wouldn’t think worse of Trump for not knowing it before. Because this is new and amazing information. But learning that health care policy is complicated is a different kind of discovery. Trump and The Problem of Militant Ignorance
It’s just dusty in here, that’s all.
I get the worry that computers far more intelligent than any human will kill us all; more, though, should be concerned about the imminent creation of a world that makes huge swathes of people redundant. How many will care if artificial intelligence destroys life if it has already destroyed meaning? Ben Thompson, Stratechery
Donald Trump today is a cruel dolt turned into a raving madman by cable news and Breitbart.com. You could see the descent happen during the Obama era, in concert with the broader maddening of the GOP. The major difference between Trump and the other old white men who’ve been radicalized by the conservative press is that his was a strangely self-directed conversion, based on his desire to make himself known as a plausible Republican presidential candidate. The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World’s Face
Foreigners who want to visit the U.S., even for a short trip, could be forced to disclose contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and to answer probing questions about their ideology, according to Trump administration officials conducting a review of vetting procedures.The administration also wants to subject more visa applicants to intense security reviews and have embassies spend more time interviewing each applicant. The changes could apply to people from all over
Oh well, who wants to visit the US anyway? (Source: WSJ)
Like the fundamentalist muslims he wants to destroy, Christian dominionist and US vice president Mike Pence can’t be alone with a woman who is not his wife, for religious reasons. Twitter reacts.
My wife is out of town and it’s not clear to me if it’s appropriate for me to eat dinner at all.
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) March 30, 2017
Starvation is is, then! Other things to ponder:
You have to transport Pence, his wife, and another woman across the river. But your boat can only hold two.
— Patrick (@Vectorpark) March 30, 2017
Hm. Dan Hon figures out why conservatives don’t want women leaders:
is pence allowed to meet theresa may or angela merkel and if not should he be chemically castrated so he can do his job
— Dan Hon (@hondanhon) March 31, 2017
For some reason, Twitter remains unable to make money. Enjoy it while it lasts.