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    Remember Our Hearts

    I'm just .... going to start with this: 

    Uvalde student laid on top of dying classmate to avoid being shot by gunman, video shows cops preventing parents from entering school during shooting.

    It is okay to cry:

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    Reassessing Violence

    During a conversation, Artappraiser took note of the fact that everything going on in Ukraine reinforces the need for people to have firearms in order to defend themselves or a community. I retorted by saying that the weapons there are only accessible by militia members, who get them after an application process.

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    Trevor Noah On Inflation

    Trevor Noah is a much more effective communicator than Jon Stewart. Stewart assumed everyone already knew certain things and Noah brings them up to speed.

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    Full Circle on the Soviet Union

    I had to post about this.

    [Media] Tribute vs Obit - what's its role?

    Marketing by any other name?

    Partisan swag?

    A public service?

    Kinda depends who's holding.

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    The Fall of Seattle

    Artappraiser inspired this with her post about "the fall of Seattle" and how the George Floyd protests made them especially harmful for the Pacific Northwest.

    Barr & Trump's soiled reputations

    Elie Honing leads with Barr's embarrassing, corrupt and revealing texts:


    And then there's Barr's dishonest book promotion tour:


    First, as a warmup, here's a piece I wrote last week about Barr's image rehab effort. /2https://t.co/W9qgqMIcdf

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    Foreboding In The Ukraine Crisis

    They say that history doesn't repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. As I've seen Volodymir Zelensky be venerated by various liberals of the world for standing up against Russia, I kept thinking of another prominent Jewish Ukrainian who took a similar stand over a century ago:

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    More Updates On The Trucking Industry

    I posted a while back about a push to get more people recruited in to the trucking industry. Here is some more about it. I didn't post it in "In The News" because it involves multiple links:




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    If There Were No Guns

    I was reading through the devastating wave of gun violence that, once again, is ripping through American society. Guns are so part and parcel of American life that it's hard to imagine life without them. You end up having to go through gun channels if you work security, law enforcement or are a hunter, even if you yourself are not a gun owner.

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    One man slaps another man on live television.

    One man slaps another man on the street corner.

    What's the difference?

    Tell me, if you can.

    Catching up

    I am trying to catch up on world events because ... Ukraine and will use this thread to stash some interesting (to me)  things I happen upon. There may be some duplication of things already posted here. Sorry about that but they will be easier for me to find again. I've never mastered navigating here. 



    [COVID & Vaccines] it ain't over til it's over

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    Dagblog Question About Professional Wrestling

    When I first started at Dagblog, I was invited here by Michael Maiello.

    Maiello did a lot of blogging about professional wrestling. At the time, WWE was the only game in town and what was going on there wasn't all that interesting. WWE now has its own subset competition called NXT, along with a competitor called AEW (All Elite Wrestling).

    I have a lot to say about it, but I have to know if Dagblog readers are interested in such a thing first. Let me know!

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    I'm hiccuping at the moment,  so don't mind me.  


    Okay, anyway ... fuck!  Holding breath.  WTH.  It's not working.  Breathe.  Almost there ... shit.


    Let's start again.


    Did you notice?



    Creating a narrative & promoting it for a political agenda, Part II

    Part I is here, starting with Omar Wasow's excellent quote from a NYTimes article 

    “Focus on conflict. Feed the algorithm. Make sure whatever you produce reinforces a narrative. Don’t worry if it is true.”

    with many excellent examples through Nov. 2021. This is for new ones!

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    "A More Unified West"

    It is an understatement to say how divided this society is. The loneliness epidemic, in which people are terrified and unaware of who their own neighbors or even family members are, a polarizing identity politics that gave us a whole bunch of groups that didn't really believe in the core of society anymore - feminists, the Alt Right (which encompassed men's rights activists, white nationalists and others), gave us a more and more atomized and anxious society.

    Here's a potential rhetorical break from Joe Biden's SOTU speech:

    What's going on in Russia? (ongoing thread)

    Putin is chairing his emergency economic meeting to respond to US, UK, and EU sanctions. He calls the west “the empire of lies” pic.twitter.com/CdNW8qipAj

    — max seddon (@maxseddon) February 28, 2022

    continued after the jump

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    Brookings Institution on "Men not at work: Why so many men ages of 25 to 54 are not working"

    Another take on this strange phenomenon. 

    They note that labor participation isn't particularly great with women generally either but just skip right over what that means. Go figure.



    More on the topic: 

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    Bowling Alone in 2022

    There is a very famous conservative book called Quest for Community. Written during the 1950s by Berkeley academic Robert Nisbet, the book makes an assessment about why fascism and communism happened. Totalitarianism addressed the longing that all human beings have for community. As modern industrialism shook up the bonds that humans developed slowly over thousands of years, anxiety and fear settled in and dictators offered a relief.

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    The Right Wing Symphony of Stupidity

    Right wing talkers are forever wondering out loud why people like Bill Maher, Joe Rogan, Jon Stewart, Andrew Yang or Dave Chapelle don't jump over to the conservative side when they regularly criticize left wing excess and are even the subject of cancellation.

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    The Disturbing Case of Child Rapist Choo Doo Soon

    I'm posting this one in lieu of the story about Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. A lot of conservatives go and on about "Jeffrey Epstein Didn't Kill Himself," as if, if they were right, it's a consequence of a vast conspiracy. This monstrous man was attacked in his home (although not injured). It's just what happens to people like this, universally, all over the world.

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    Pathos Writing Usurps Old Standards

    I applied to a bunch of publications recently. I shared one of them here - the article about Joe Biden's trucking initiative. I found out, rudely enough, that all of my work, for multiple people was rejected. I was flummoxed - I had had people get mad at the subject matter that I wrote but never the actual writing style. 


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