Comey under oath: no obstruction of justice

Almost everything we hear from the media these days is simply motivated reasoning — i.e., partisan nonsense. Wikipedia: …When people form and cling to false beliefs despite overwhelming evidence, the phenomenon is labeled “motivated reasoning”. In other words, “rather than search rationally for information that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief, people actually seek out information …

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Trump Triumph Viewed From China

This is from a blog that tracks Chinese public opinion, mainly via the internet. I don’t agree with everything in the original post, but here’s something sourced from the crowd: … a widely-read Weibo post (again originated from Zhihu) summarizes what Trump’s win has “taught China”, generating tens of thousands of retweets. “1. We should …

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Michael Moore: Trump Will Win

Michael Moore received an honorary degree from Michigan State University in December 2014. Said I to the packed Breslin Center: “President Simon, it is my honor to present Michael Moore for the degree Doctor of Humanities.” :-) michaelmoore.com: … I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you …

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Trump on Trump

Someone sent me a link to this 1990 Playboy interview with Donald Trump. There’s much more in the interview than what I have excerpted below. See also Crazy like a fox. What satisfaction, exactly, do you get out of doing a deal? I love the creative process. I do what I do out of pure enjoyment. …

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Crazy like a fox

Trump Unstoppable? Matt Taibbi writes in Rolling Stone. (Does Rolling Stone still exist? It’s only a matter of time as the lawsuit(s) over the UVA fraternity rape hoax work their way through the system.) See also Trump: the Master Persuader and American and Chinese Oligarchies. How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable: … It turns out …

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Trump: the Master Persuader

Dilbert creator Scott Adams on Trump — the Master Persuader :-) Donald Trump has a way with words—and with people. Yet despite his popularity, he has been a mystery to the media, which have mostly derided his campaign as consisting of nothing more than random insults and ignorant bluster. Scott Adams, prolific author, blogger, and …

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Comparisons

There is rhetoric in the United States that keeps insisting on making the comparison between Nazis and ISIS/Daesh. And as an American Germanist/Auslandsgermanist, I feel compelled to articulate why this comparison falls short. One of the most disturbing instances I have seen comes from a meme circulating on Facebook. Vice News notes that this image was tweeted …

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Donald Trump, Sexism and No Heroes

This has been an…interesting week in the world of politics, at both the state and national levels. Here in Michigan, we witnessed the personal and professional self-destruction of two Tea Party legislators, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, as the result of an ill-conceived plot to conceal their affair by distributing a fake email “outing” Mr. …

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