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I find it interesting that two photographs that are obviously part of a single set made it into my Stream via two people separated by an ocean, each of them drawing on a different source, neither of which appears to be the original. I wonder if they will manage to draw the remaining photos in...
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I am always leery of people peddling "common sense." Mainly because the term "common" has morphed away from "shared" and towards "self-evident." But experience has taught me that very little in life is honestly self-evident.

When common sense comes to refer to information that has been magically imprinted on everyone's brain, invocations of same simply become a way for a speaker to tell their chosen audience that their worldview is an obviously correct one, and that a lack of adherence to it is proof of deficiencies in intellect and/or "character," rather than simply indicating differences in background, upbringing and/or life experience.

This allows us to presume that those differences in background, upbringing and/or life experience are merely fictions, used as cover for an unwillingness to embrace right thinking. And by papering them over, we can reinforce an illusion of unity that we can then appeal to when it suits us to do so.
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Lack common sense.  Live, read, and stay out o trouble 2.
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The joy of childhood.
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Senator Bernie Sanders may be on to something with the idea that he can sell the United States on "genuine" Socialism by marketing it as  system in which the wealthy are left holding the bag for benefits that flow to the poor and "middle class," rather than the other way around. But winning a class war alone is not going to free women from paying the "Makeup Tax" or Blacks from a perception by both law-enforcement and the public that they are disproportionately dangerous and criminally-minded.

And until Senator Sanders, his campaign and his supporters understand this intuitively enough to be proactive about it, he runs the risk of having serious difficulty in garnering the enthusiasm of people he will need to vote for him if he makes it to the general election.
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+Aaron McLin​​ ... yes, it is amazing; I have a whole shelf of dictionaries, and most all say the foundation of socialism is public based. BUT, many go on to say some crap about communism, and/or Marxism, snd/or Statism (control/ownership)... talk about con-fusion!! But we know just how much power and con-trol the elite/ruling-class has over the media, information oulets, etc... colleges, dictionaries, etc, included.
btw... yes, Sanders is fantastic... someone the likes of I thought I'd never see in my aging lifetime!!
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So I read the Vanity Fair article that it seems that everyone is talking about, Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse” and I just have one question:

Did IQs drop sharply while I was away?

For all that the article is supposed to be about the sudden demise of dating as we know it due to apps like (but not specifically) Tinder, there were a lot of behaviors described in that article which I seem to recall people engaging in when was in my twenties, a time period that started a bit more than a quarter century ago.

Now, in defense of most of the twenty-somethings in the piece, when I was in my teens and twenties, I was completely unhip to the dating behavior of prior generations - I didn't even know how my parents met. If you'd told me that they'd never heard of the stuff that went on in my age cohort, I wouldn't have had anything to push back with. But you'd think that the people who were being cited as authorities on dating behavior would have known that other than the specific technology being used, that none of the things talked about in the article would be unfamiliar to someone my age. (But I do have a bit of difficulty imagining that anyone thinks that guys using short, explicit come-ons isn't older than dirt.)

In any event, if you're the sort of person who thinks that the world would be perfect if there was no-one younger than yourself in it, you'll likely enjoy this. Likewise, if you're sure that, as a young person, no-one over 30 could possibly understand your life, Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse” has got you covered. Otherwise, you can take a pass on what is simply the most recent of a million moral panics around relationships and how people navigate their way into them.
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Okay, the teddy is in the next county and contained a mortar shell.
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While I understand why conspiracy theorists have had a field day with asking my Black Live Matter hasn't disrupted any of Hillary Clinton's events, there is a really simple answer that can be summed up in three words: Former First Lady.

If those three words don't mean anything to you, let me offer up three more words; the ones that really matter: Secret Service Detail.

Bear in mind that Marissa Johnson and Mara Willaford were able to mount the stage in Seattle while Senator Sanders was on it - they could have easily pulled a Jared Loughner on him last weekend, had they been of a mind to. There is no way on Earth that the Secret Service would let something like that happen to Mrs. Clinton. And given the nature of the events that she's held so far, it's been much easier to control access. (Senator Sanders was holding his event in an outdoor park next to a major transit hub with a shopping center across the street. Its centrality is likely why Occupy Seattle chose it.)

So while it may be true that BLM has given Clinton a pass, it's not possible to support that simply by noting that they haven't screwed up any of her campaign events. They simply can't manage the open access to her that they can attain with Senator Sanders or Governor O'Malley.
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and that makes the entire situation very sad.
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Not everything that looks like racism must necessarily be racism. One of the most important lessons that I learned in my twenties was sometimes, people were mean to me simply because they were being a jackass. And sometimes, people were "mean" to me simply because I was being a jackass.

Members of Black Lives Matter and the local NAACP may feel a certain flush of self-righteous vindication at the poor reaction to the disruption of Bernie Sanders' speech, but the United States' history of racial inequality doesn't mean that White people can't just be pissed off at us.

When you're framing actions as deliberately making people uncomfortable with an eye towards levering them into conversation that you want to have, at a time and place solely of your choosing, it's not beyond the pale for people to be angry about that. Casting their disapproval as being indicative of their true, racist selves is unfair to them, and doesn't do us any favors,  either.
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Thanks for that, +Matthew B - I wasn't expecting that piece to be as nuanced and informative as it was.
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"It's hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but [Donald Trump's] message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. Fuck immigrants and fuck their filthy lice-ridden kids. And fuck you if you don't like me saying so.

Those of us who think polls and primaries and debates are any match for that are pretty naive. America has been trending stupid for a long time. Now the stupid wants out of its cage, and Trump is urging it on. There are a lot of ways this can go wrong, no matter who wins in 2016."
Matt Taibbi. "Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny"

This has been showing up in my Stream a lot this morning; I think because I have a good number of people in circles who are left-of-center and Matt Taibbi calling people they don't like "stupid" jives with what they want to hear (namely, that they're smart).

But, not too long ago, I met a man who said that given a choice between an American with a high-school education (which represents 12+ years of formal schooling, and used to be considered a ticket to a reliably middle-class lifestyle {for many, anyway}) and an uneducated person in this country illegally, he'd rather hire the migrant. Because deciding that not paying for a 4-year degree for a job that clearly doesn't need one is a bad investment represents a flaw in one's character that openly flouting the law doesn't. Apparently, any method used to illegally enter and/or stay in the United States counts as proof of grit and perseverance in a way that a high-school diploma does not.

And while this guy may be somewhat wonky in his personal reasoning as to why people who illegally emigrate from Mexico are better hires than American high-school graduates, his overall thinking, that we shouldn't worry about the Americans displaced from jobs, is in line with a number of businesses, many Libertarians and a good deal of the American Left.

Given this, it's unsurprising that a lot of Republican voters, who are less likely to have expensive college degrees than certain Democratic-leaning demographics - and are thus more likely to have to compete with relatively uneducated migrants for the opportunity to work, see their livelihoods and standards of living under threat.

There have been a number of social and technological changes that resulted in society as a whole, including the lower rungs of society, being better off. And there have always been people who opposed those changes. And while it's easy to call out such people as Luddites, it might be worthwhile to recall what actually happened to the original Luddites. While better jobs did come along and replace those in the textile industry that had been automated away, that took some 50 years. It was the grandchildren of the displaced that reaped the benefits.

The immediate aftermath of the revolution in textile manufacturing, according to economic historian Bob Allen, was that: "A few people made a lot more, but lots of people made less." And in that light, the resistance of the Luddites to mechanization was rational, rather than simply anti-progress. By the same token, if someone understands that the porousness of the border with Mexico places their job - their ability to provide for themselves - at risk, there's nothing stupid about following a candidate who says that he's do something about that. (Outside, anyway, of the futility of believing any specific promise that a candidate makes.)

Donald Trump is able to tap into the fears of a large group of people who feel that the opportunities of the future will be at their expense. Sure, we can denigrate them, and make preaching-to-the-choir wisecracks about how "the stupid wants out of its cage." Or we can understand their concerns and either own up to the fact that we're going to throw them under the bus or honestly reassure them that we won't.
Win or lose, Trump's campaign threatens to unleash the Great American Stupid
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Not too different from the rise of right wing parties in the EU.
The EU incorporated former eastern bloc countries for cheaper work, but as their standard of living and prices rise through economic growth, needs to outsource to China, Turkey, and Morocco. At the same time, immigration from Middle East and Africa grows, with similar effects as seen with Mexican immigration in the US, and similar arguments. ("Immigration will keep Europe young and fit. They will bring new and relevant approaches to our old ways, and enrich our ridiculous traditions. Those who oppose open borders are uneducated, dumb, inhumane and dangerous and need to be shunned" vs the opposing "Immigrants are lazy and just want our money. They have a gazillion kids vs our 1.6, so their culture is going to replace ours: Mosques and Sharia will conquer a weak and corrupt Europe").
So far-right movements grow slowly, percent by percent, while centrist parties try to pander to voters on the right with tough rhethorics, and the left tries to open elections for non-citizens.

The right grows slow like a glacier because there is a societal consensus that right = uncultured/evil, but that consensus is eroding and there is going to be a tipping point somewhere.
At the same time, radical rhethorics on both fringes and rampant corruption in the center turn many low-investment voters away from politics, slowly radicalizing the spectrum.

There are many parallels to the US situation.
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Ye olde Deadpool.
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That is AWESOME!
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It occurs to me that if we complain that White people don't see past the color of our skin, we're falling into the same trap that they are. Seeing us as we want to be seen is a job that outsources poorly. There are a lot of influences on people's perceptions that we cannot control, and are likely complete unaware of. Therefore, we're always better off validating ourselves from within, rather than looking for validation from without.
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I think that we're going to get that "Earth-shattering kaboom" after all...

I'm not usually big on nostalgia for nostalgia's sake - I don't read superhero comics anymore, really, and was never a big DC fan, so I can't see myself buying any of these cover variants. But I do enjoy the humor and the characterizations that the selected for these, and the mash-ups are just fun art - I could completely see myself buying a framed poster print of this to hang on a wall or in a workspace.

But I do wonder about the targeting of these. My niece is much closer to what I perceive as the comic-buying demographic than I am, and I wonder if she even knows who Marvin the Martian is, let alone has enough understanding of his character to get the joke.

H/T: to +Bruce Baugh.

artwork by: Jorge Corona and Warner Bros. Animation
found at: Frankensteining 25 Looney Tunes Covers For DC Comics’ November Titles Together
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/14/frankensteining-20-looney-tunes-covers-for-dc-comics-november-titles-together/

P.S.: The Sinestro/Wile E Coyote cover is also pretty awesome, but Marvin's my boy...
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Well, if so, it's a really smart and funny way to do so. :)
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A couple of interesting articles on why Donald Trump and Fox News aren't getting along so well right now. An perhaps a bit on why Megyn Kelly seems to be Trump's target, when he has a whole network he can go after.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/donald-trump-wont-win-a-war-against-fox-news/

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/8/9121377/donald-trump-megyn-kelly
Donald Trump is a master at playing off the public’s distrust for the news media, portraying every negative story as a needless distraction from his quest to “Make America Great Again.” You’d think…
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Well, so much for that idea...
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I'm Nobody In Particular. Just Another Random American.
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My name is Aaron McLin. I'm a some time gamer, avid pen and paper RPG collector and Guy With A Camera.
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You know how Lily Tomlin said: "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up?" I have the sinking feeling that not only have I managed to keep up, but I'm starting to pull ahead.
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