A Must Read for Understanding Trumpism

I don’t think any of us believe that Trumpism is going away. To the extent that we take any comfort from the current chaotic state of the Republican Party, it’s that it seems mainly to be defined by the QAnon craziness of Marjorie Taylor Greene, the alleged perversion of Matt Gaetz and the cartoonish cynicism of Josh Hawley. Yes, we need to keep an eye on them. But they’re so out there on the fringes that the amount of damage they could do would appear to be limited.

Which is why an essay published recently by Glenn Ellmers of the Claremont Institute should chill you to the bone. Running at more than 3,200 words, Ellmers’ screed is nothing less than an assertion of authoritarianism and white supremacy, dressed up in intellectual garb.

Source: From a right think tank, a chilling pseudo-intellectual case for Trumpism – Media Nation

Looks Like Birx is trying to assure her place in hell for helping cause more death and suffering

I thought her mask fashion show instead of a science based briefing and failure to halt Trump’s drink bleach idea were bad, now this.

Source: Former Trump adviser joins company that makes hazardous air cleaners | Ars Technica

Reading her biography it seems to me she’s one of those people who got the degree but really only did good administration work not good science based medicine.

Cory Nails It

The problem is that we’re confusing automated persuasion with automated targeting. Laughable lies about Brexit, Mexican rapists, and creeping Sharia law didn’t convince otherwise sensible people that up was down and the sky was green.

Rather, the sophisticated targeting systems available through Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other Big Tech ad platforms made it easy to find the racist, xenophobic, fearful, angry people who wanted to believe that foreigners were destroying their country while being bankrolled by George Soros.

Source: Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags – Locus Online

I’m Currently Planning to Vote No on #1

Back in June, I posted about signing the petition to expand the Massachusetts Automotive Right to Repair law. It’s great they got enough confirmed signatures, including mine, so the initiative is on the ballot.

I’ve now read all I can find on the pros and cons of this initiative and am left feeling let down by the Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee. Very serious cyber security concerns have been raised by the NHTSA testimony and I have not been able to find any refutation of the NHTSA claims from known independent security experts. Both sides on this question have a financial interest in the outcome and I don’t trust either side to be looking out for my interests.

Only one side has brought forth information from an organization with no monetary interest in the outcome. So unless the Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee can provide a serious rebuttal to the NHTSA report, I’m voting no.

Sadly True

This is actually happening now in the US with the history of slavery. For example, 41% of people in a recent survey believe that the civil war was about something other than slavery, when the historical record is clear that slavery was the driving issue. Recently Trump announced that he thinks the US should be engaged in “patriotic education.” He stated, “Children must be taught that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting.” We know what this means in states that take this approach to education – white-washing the history of slavery.

Source: The Holocaust and Losing History | NeuroLogica Blog

Go read the rest, sadly Trump is following the playbook that worked so well for Hitler, any bets on when we see book burnings.