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And they celebrated it in the Rose Garden. Feel the ice in your veins as they turn it that cold. They're not just murderers but psychopathically incapable of feeling bad, though our blood remains on their hands, regardless.

But still, it's always helpful when the other side shows their true colors; at least then you know who the fuck you're dealing with.

Orangini showed his hand only after the game was over, revealing he prefers Australia's single payer to our incomprehensible patchwork of health care laws, proving he doesn't have the courage of his convictions (nor courage or convictions, for that matter).

He just panders to his rowdy little band of reverse Robin Hoods who steal from the poor and overcharge the old to cut taxes for the rich.

And don't get me started on how when White Guys Do It That's Just Fine (see Romneycare) but black guys can't do anything if enough racist bigots are on hand to stop them so Obama's live show got cancelled, likely costing millions of lives if the Senate passes a bill that even remotely resembles the still-incomplete butcher job the House has done.

Disclaimer: and don't get me started on Rick Scott.

Thanks to him - and though I live in a Democratic county - the entire state got opted out of the ACA's Medicaid option, which is the only way people like me/my household/my neighbors/entire swaths of my county and surrounding areas stretching hundreds of miles in every possible direction could possibly afford health insurance. Which means no, I don't have any, either.


On another note, though I'm sword and pitchforking here, most people reading this will readily note I'm not a Congress critter (for the rest of you: no, I'm not). Given that Congress critters have rules for behavior that limit their responses to unwelcome vote-casting, I think singing, "Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye" was completely appropriate and actually too good for every last one of the healthcare-destroying R's sorry fucking asses.

Stay classy, Ds. Also, they can carry a tune. They ought to form an informal Congressional choir or something. Singing's a great stress reliever, and JFC, are we under some stress, or what?

marahmarie: A coffee mug that reads: "I figuratively die as I hear you literally abuse words." (grammar)

Every uterus-possessing person's dream! I had to stop reading when I got to the part where we're "incented" to do so because o rly we're INCENTED? Wtf? As my mind does scores of times per typical reading session - because no one has a fucking copy editor anymore - I mentally shouted the correct term at the screen: "INCENTIVIZED", then looked up both the tragically wrong-sounding usage and its better-sounding cousin. While most of the Internet's resigned itself to "either/or" this comment seems to aver it's about as either/or as someone saying "I might could do that" instead of "I might" or "Maybe I will".

In other words, it's a typo that's somehow jumped the misprint divide into actual known, if not "common", usage.

I just, arrrrgghh...words.

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I was reading this deep-thinky thing about Facebook today when the terminology got to me, as per usual.

The overarching framework was that Facebook, and the Internet more broadly, have encouraged us to gather into "information bubbles" and "silo" off. After over a year of being subjected to this nonsensical blather, which even Obama is guilty of splattering across our consciences, it finally hit me that the people who write these things need to get out more.

What brought this to the forefront for me is how neutrally the problem is framed. We're divided based upon our "preferences" and "what sounds more like the truth" and "bias" and what? Really?

None of these things cause our divisions. The dividing line is one of lies which likely stretch back to pre-historic times. Some people enjoy deceit, think being mean is what makes them superior, that pissing on people's legs is a perfectly good reason to tell them it's raining out, or get a kick out of choosing an unlikely scenario over the most likely one - because the truth is flat-out enraging if it contradicts their in-group identity (which in all respects is built upon a shared sense of superiority), while telling the truth is flat-out boring and will not advance their causes, so is to be avoided at all costs.

They live, in other words, to cause, be the source of and to increase baseless friction. Friction is the water they swim in, the air they breathe, the source of all energy they have, and causing it is how they "stand out" from "the others". A lot of people deserve the silos they build and will remain in. A famed subterranean silo, the existence of which has been hotly contested for eons, was no doubt designed specifically with this in mind.

For them kindness is weakness, truth an embarrassing letdown or just not harmful enough to sustain, loving one another a silly game for the weak-minded and feeble, helping one another a degrading lesson in bad optics, because for anyone else to win requires they lose something - either time, money, or else their positions as sole proprietors of the universe - arbitrarily picking groups to spew scorn upon ensures superiority, telling lies ensures their superiority lasts, and enforcing those lies with laws and violence starts and fuels their dynasties.

So it's not choosing an "information bubble" or "what sounds more like the truth".

It's having the spirit of truth, which each side either has or else pretends to have while doing the exact opposite of what the truth would require. No one's choosing what "sounds more like the truth", some people are simply rejecting it to advance their own causes, which isn't a new problem: it's been a part of the human condition for thousands of years.

But until the discussion is framed more honestly - as a war between truth and lies, and therefore: right and wrong, good and bad, morality and amorality, the so-called silos will remain, and the people within them will stay put.

As they always have.

Sad!

Apr. 27th, 2017 09:36 pm
marahmarie: Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell (Default)

While there's a lot I could post about, doing so won't change much - it would just add to a sea of voices that gets tuned out - or is that "drowned out" - on the regular by the minority, a Sad! state of affairs (I'm still trying to grasp how it's even possible, but yeah, somehow it is).

But after being reminded of this (the Orangado, among other things, boasting he gave the best damn Congressional speech eva!!!1!) I recalled having something to say about that. I watched the entire thing live on TV for however long it took, maybe two hours? Four? Five? It felt that long, because I'm not someone to sit around and watch him because I want to, but because I want to know.

Unlike most people, I'm nearly incapable of misunderstanding him (see word salads that flummox the world getting tossed for yourself) if only because he talks like the neighborhood one side of my family comes from (apparently the poor linguistics jumped the dividing highway more easily than the high incomes ever will - its kinda Sad! what's happened to the other side of Jamaica, Queens) so I figured I might be doing everyone a favor by tuning in, just in case I needed to go and get what he'd said again for other people's sakes.

MM the Trump interpreter, yeah. I get word salad, yo.

So, because mostly I get it, and rarely, if ever, fail to (as awful or completely bs as what I'm "getting" might be/generally is), I wanted to hear what he had to say with my own ears, no interpreting it for me the next morning thankyouverymuch. But no need to worry about word salad: he mostly delivered a canned speech from which he never once deviated nor went off-script. Which tells us a few things:

He can follow - and perform beautifully from - a script (at least, as long as S. Bannon or S. Miller aren't writing it for him. Their speeches would fall flat no matter who delivers them, because no one - except maybe a small subset of his darkest, most extraordinarily cracked followers - wants to hear all that Grim Reaper bullshit, anyhow). Yay!

I mean his performance was lush, it was gorgeous, it would make the showiest Declaration of Independence signer blush with recognition and cry over just how damn good his delivery was. It made some of Bill Clinton's most fiery speeches look like boring little fireside chats. The head Cheeto set a high bar for himself re how to perform, then blew past it and left everyone's expectations in the dust. It was, oh God... *winces as mocking tic comes on* THE GREATEST THE BEST EVER

By contrast, nothing he's said or done in the days before or since his speech has matched a single word he said throughout it. There's only a few ways to go from here:

  • Cheetolini is blustery insincerity at its best. He can put on a show (likely for his daughter Ivanka, who likely had a huge hand in the wording of said speech), which should disabuse anyone of the notion he's incapable of thinking and acting deliberately or that he only knows how to react impulsively and without thought. He simply chooses not to think and plan his words and actions out most of the time, finding intellectual laziness vastly preferable to taking the time to learn the issues and act accordingly, from a place of both knowledge and principles. Or even, as he's so freaking fond of saying, with "heart".
  • My takeaway: He might be willfully ignorant but he's not stupid.
  • If he's impeached and eventually removed from office - as he should be - his public speaking gigs could rack up gagillions until he finally succumbs to his latest McDonald's treat - which I've got pegged as occurring no sooner than 10 years from now. Patience, peeps: I think the tears and prayers of the fundies are what's keeping him alive - it's certainly not the diet, sleep schedule, nor his stress levels.
  • He has no relationship with the truth. Saying things he doesn't mean and bloviating oh-so-sincerely on topics he doesn't give a rat's ass about might be his way of jiving, maybe so the Dems - and his daughter in particular - can never accuse him of not saying something they/she wanted to hear, though what he actually thinks and feels is almost inevitably up to the last bidder against his emotional landscape or else up to his own particular whims.

I think I might feel sorry for his daughter Ivanka. He's manipulating her as cleverly as he tries to manipulate the rest of us, but because she's his daughter there's very little she can do (the rest of us can protest, make jokes, call/write/fax Congress - she has little choice but to keep quiet or lose face by admitting she's been wrong about him - which risks losing her inheritance and winning ostracization from the entire line of Cheetolini products, which I'd imagine she'd never willingly endure).

It seems Ivanka has a very fine line to walk: she can be as honest with him in private as she wants (so she says!) but if his public decisions don't even resemble the promises he's made, there's nothing she can do except shrug and move on - or else risk the loss of all she has at stake.

Luckily for her, she can afford to lose ideological battles with her dad. As a self-employed, rich, white, cis-gendered woman, she gets to skirt 99% of the problems the rest of us can often face: racism, poverty, classism, misogynistic effects upon her career and public persona, lack of health care, lack of reasonable housing choices, lack of reasonable child care choices, lack of equal standing under the law, over-taxation - her money, skin color, and apparent sexual orientation and gender identification confers 99% of the protections she needs but would not otherwise have as a citizen of her father's increasingly racist, ableist, classist, bigoted, elitist United States.

So while her dad might pander to her in private and has done so publicly with one grab-ya-by-the-collar-and-shake-ya-around Congressional speech which I think he made mostly to allay her fears, he doesn't mean it, so he shouldn't brag because it was a performance, and that is all.

You can't unbullshit a bullshitter - that's the reality all of us, including Ivanka, will just have to deal with.

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In the Net's much less politically correct days we used to chew over weighty topics like (warning: sexist themes, bad language, feminine personal products; written in '04): Bill O'Reilly is a big blubbering vagina. Let's see how hard he cries now. Or, not *rolls eyes* I've waited years for him to get his comeuppance, so aaaaah yeah, relief.

Too bad the only reason Fox News likely got rid of him is how badly they're hemorrhaging advertisers over his ongoing presence, which goes to show just how sexist Fox News is (they'd keep him, despite all the allegations and hush money they've paid out, and despite how people like him - he's not the only one - have turned being a woman at Fox News into such a needlessly rotten, abusive nightmare).

marahmarie: When words won't suffice, there's always facial expressions (glare)

Since he thinks it's so appropriate to use foul language even while serving as Orangado's Senior Adviser, I will too: Stephen K. Bannon absolutely needs to get the fuck out of the White House. He's not mentally fit to begin with and is a national security risk for that reason.

Him standing down from the National Security Council changes nothing. He's still the Trump Whisperer - nothing's changed, no one is fooled.

Kushner is someone I'd have trouble throwing water on if he was on fire but that doesn't change the fact that everyone in the White House should treat each other with dignity and respect. Calling Kushner a "cuck" - an insulting, derogatory term that denotes a white man who likes to watch his wife cheat upon him, sexually - usually with a black man - is not treating him with dignity or respect. Saying he feels "shived" just ices that cake for me.

He needs to go.

Polls are taken every week: how popular is the President? How much do you like him, how good of a job is he doing? Well, why does no one ever do the "How embarrassed are you by him?" poll? What do you think the numbers would look like on that? I cringe to think what other countries/peoples think with him in his stolen position of power. This poll, if it's ever taken, would probably reflect as much for many, many others, perhaps a majority.

And now you have this overwrought flying monkey going on about "cucks" and "shivs", in an ode to how two-bit the Oval Office has become, with a racist, bigoted, Breitbart-running white supremacist inside of it. That idea's not working out so well - is it?

No class, no class, no class, no class, no class.