Thoughts & Essays

5TtRT: George Soros, Donald Trump, Russia, asylum seeker conspiracies & Evil Week

We recently started watching “The Good Place” because I kept hearing that it was really good and we like Kristen Bell. Right around the third episode we looked at each other and were like, “So, the ‘Good Place’ has to be Hell, right?” We’re at episode eight or nine and I’m pretty sure we were right.

Anyway, some news.

5 Things to Read Today

💣 New York Times: At George Soros’s Home in N.Y. Suburb, Explosive Device Is Found in Mailbox

It turns out that George Soros is an actual real person, not an urban legend invented by the right wing, and someone mailed him a bomb.

🤯 CNN: Trump embraces ‘nationalist’ title at Texas rally

Trump said at a rally Monday night, “You know what a globalist is? A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much, and you know what, we can’t have that. You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist, and I say, ‘Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. … Use that word.” In the alt-right parlance “globalist” is a dog-whistle for “Jewish.” And obviously we know “nationalist” from, y’know, Nazis. So don’t let the media bullshit you on this one. Trump was talking to his Nazi-ass base, here.

🇷🇺 NPR: Here’s How Russia Runs Its Disinformation Effort Against The 2018 Midterms

Yes, the Russians (and others) are still messing with us.

🤪 TPM: WH Doesn’t Have Evidence For Conspiracy About Asylum Seekers Traveling To Border

So there’s a huge caravan of folks from South America heading this way from war- and violence-torn countries, hoping to seek asylum in America. Trump, of course, has been telling outrageous lies about the caravan.

😈 Lifehacker: Evil Week

To wrap things up, it’s “Evil Week” at Lifehacker, where they explain all things evil, selfish, lazy, and duplicitous, in the name of education. It’s always a hoot, and often quite informative.