Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 02:19 am (UTC)
clocketpatch: Servalan (Servalan)
From: [personal profile] clocketpatch
That article gives me mixed emotions; part of me wanted to scream, part of me wanted to cry, but the majority was shouting that the spider comparison is disrespectful to the lovely brown-legged creature currently watching me from halfway up the wall.

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 11:02 pm (UTC)
shanghaied: (fiery sunrise)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Unfortunately, he's the suppurating lesion on top of the disease. The disease itself has been brewing for a long, long time, and AFAICT after years of study-at-a-distance, the germ(s) of it lie deep in the roots of the Ahh Murkan cultural psyche - which in turn plays to the shittiest, most toxically self-important parts of the basic human psyche. And aided by the horror that is instantaneous worldwide communication[1] and the legacy of monstrous possibly inadvertent, but even if so, that's no excuse for the awfulness he unleashed evildoers like Edward Bernays, this disease has come to full fruition now in your adopted country, even as the threat of similarly inhuman batshittery looks to be crawling by micrometres towards a slight remission :-(

One can't argue with rampant leukemia, or cure it through the medium of the sarcastic word. When it's raging in the bloodstream of a society and shutting down its basic organs, the only useful reaction is the application of strong medicine - you know, the Hamlet thing[2]. Because yes, many 'innocent' cells might have to be sacrificed as collateral damage, but there's a chance the patient could be cured...

[1] Fie on the people who say 'but the telegraph...' Telegraphy wasn't available in every home - and every pocket - 24/7, thou doofuses!

[2] You know the one. Arms. Sea of troubles. Opposing. That one.

Edited Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 11:03 pm (UTC)

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:48 pm (UTC)
shanghaied: (fiery sunrise)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
~opens a large sack of Inorite and nods sadly~

I never forget that some great things have come out of USA arts and sciences over the generations. But those great things represent the specialist end of Murkan society and not the common-or-garden Yoosay Orc.

The Australian national psyche suffers from a similar illness - not entirely for the same reasons, but one thing the two countries definitely share is the weird paranoid arrogance that comes from never having been invaded[1] and never having had genuine hard times[2]. Yer common-or-garden Aussie Orc, mostly (though not entirely by any means) found in Queensland[3] and Perth, thinks of itself as a 'battler' rather than a frontiersman, but the drooling howling racism and patriarchalism is of the same stripe :-(

BTW I accidentally left something out of even as the threat of similarly inhuman batshittery looks to be crawling by micrometres towards a slight remission, namely elsewhere, e.g Austria and France.

[1] Pearl Harbor doesn't count. Nor does the World War 2 Japanese minisub that tried unsuccessfully to blow up Sydney Harbour.

[2] It's always pissed me off that Ahh Murka seems to thing they were the only ones who suffered through the 'Great Depression' - but it's unsurprising, as another part of the sickness is their conviction that nothing happens outside the borders of godblessamerica

[3] Not for nothing is Queensland referred to by many as 'the Texas of the South Seas'...

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 03:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gerisullivan

Is it just an illusion, or is the amount of truly brilliant political writing increasing dramatically with every week that passes? I'm blown away (in good ways) by the amount of sheer creativity beautifully executed is reflected in this piece, and in dozens of other pieces published this week alone.

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:06 am (UTC)
editrx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] editrx
Or as the NYT's masthead now says, "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

Brown Recluses like dark places.

Date: Sunday, 14 May 2017 06:15 am (UTC)
editrx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] editrx
I think that so many people, including journalists and the greater media, for so long could only imagine him never being taken seriously nor actually making a mark on the political spectrum. I don't think HE thought he'd win the primary; he showed very little signs of it at the time, despite the bluster.

It goes to show that the vigilance we had, hard won, during the 1960s, had worn down into complacency.

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:14 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Oh crap, I think he was in my bathroom last week and I tenderly put him out in the garden!

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:30 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Say the word and I'll release the Australian Spider Army to equalise things. I'm pretty sure there's a scuba unit. It can probably make the distance to the US and come up through the pipes of the White House.

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:41 am (UTC)
owlboy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] owlboy
>>I'm pretty sure there's a scuba unit.

funnelwebs can survive underwater for 2 days

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
shanghaied: (fiery sunrise)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Yes! Spider Army! And you'd be doing Australia a favour at the same time! (Can the Head Spider arrange to rid us of the ALP and One Nation at the same time? I'm sure they'd be right at home in Biff's America.)

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk


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