Friday, December 23, 2016
Trump Transition Team 12 Remix (2016)
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to "drain the swamp" -- leading chants of the phrase at his rallies -- part of an anti-establishment, anti-Washington message that was predicated on rooting out corruption and bringing an outsider's perspective to government...Critics have used it to assail Trump's high-level appointments of Wall Street and DC veterans, like former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Ron Klain, a former Obama administration official, tweeted, "Sure, Drain the Swamp. Congrats to all you outsiders who thought that Hillary Clinton was too establishment."
--David Wright, CNN
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Trump Transition Team 9 Remix (2016)
To identify what's wrong with conservatism and Republicanism -- and now with so much of America as we are about to enter the Trump era -- you don't need high-blown theories or deep sociological analysis or surveys. The answer is as simple as it is sad: There is no kindness in them.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Trump Transition Team 7 Remix (2016)
When I suggested a few weeks ago that Trump’s worldview resembled the narcissistic simulated universe of “The Matrix,” I had no idea how far the analogy would go. His election represents the moment when roughly half our voting population — slightly less than that, to be fair — spoke out clearly: Give us the blue pill! That’s the one where you wake up in your beds and believe whatever you want to believe, leaving reality behind. If onetime movie star Ronald Reagan was the first postmodern president (the word still meant something back then), Trump will be the first post-reality president.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Trump Transition Team 1 Remix (2016)
When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.
--Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, 1985
Monday, November 21, 2016
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Airbag Recall (2016)
The airbags in question have been blamed for 11 deaths and over 150 injuries, with additional cases under review. Ten of the deaths have occurred in Hondas, the automaker confirmed. The recall stems from the discovery that these airbags, when deployed in an accident, can explode with too much force and spray metal shrapnel at occupants.