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Dwight A. Ernest
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My friends who are of the same political persuasion and I have been unable to fathom why on Earth someone would vote for Trump. I'm not exaggerating -- this is an honest question that we have been asking one another for months.

This poll from PPP makes it somewhat more clear: They are living in an alternative reality.

"-40% of Trump voters insist that he won the national popular vote to only 49% who grant that Clinton won it and 11% who aren't sure."

"-Only 53% of Trump voters think that California's votes should be allowed to count in the national popular vote. 29% don't think they should be allowed to count, and another 18% are unsure." (!!!)

"-73% of Trump voters think that George Soros is paying protesters against Trump to only 6% who think that's not true, and 21% who aren't sure one way or the other. [...]" (He's not.)

"-14% of Trump supporters think Hillary Clinton is connected to a child sex ring run out of a Washington DC pizzeria. Another 32% aren't sure one way or another [...] (She isn't.)

"-67% of Trump voters say that unemployment increased during the Obama administration, to only 20% who say it decreased." (It went down, a lot.)

"-Only 41% of Trump voters say that the stock market went up during the Obama administration. 39% say it went down, and another 19% say they're not sure." (It went up. Enormously.)

And etc.

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103% of Trump supporters like trolling pollsters?
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This is perhaps the most coherent analysis of Trump and his danger I have read to date.

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/30/donald-trump-george-monbiot-misinformation?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B

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Some remarkable photos of eagles, taken in one of my favorite places: Haines, Alaska, by a man who traveled there from Cleveland, TN, to do just that.
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THIS is the incredible moment an American Bald Eagle, who was searching for prey, drags a salmon from the river.
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"Personally, I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime. If he does manage to be a douche nozzle without breaking the law for four years, we’ll make it through those four years. And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good."
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network and mastermind behind The West Wing reacts to Donald Trump being elected the 45th president of the United States in a moving letter written to his 15-year-old daughter Roxy and her mother Julia Sorkin.
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I am a fan of interesting cartography, and this is indeed a fine example.

The almost perfectly-proportioned AuthaGraph Map won Japan's biggest design award.
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Lately I have been harboring fervent hopes for actions that might possibly be taking place just out of my sight, like the relief of a dawn gathering itself just over the horizon. We just haven't heard much about them yet, right? I mean, come on, people? Are we really going to get to January 20th and put this guy in office?

#1 - That there are conference rooms in which attorneys for progressive nonprofits (ACLU? Common Cause? Fund for Constitutional Government?) are preparing legal briefs to sue the President-Elect for potential violation of the Emoluments Clause (US Constitution, Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8).

#2 - That there are, among the 306 Republican Electors, at least 30 more who are seriously considering adding to the seven who are already treating their votes the way that someone, probably Alexander Hamilton, envisioned in Federalist Paper #68: "Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States."

Surely these things are happening, and we just haven't heard about it yet, right? Right? Please?

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A right-wing propaganda group led by one of Donald Trump’s top propagandists recently launched a campaign called ‘Stop Elon From Failing Again’. According to their manifesto, the …
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In late 1985, as what seems now to have been a very young man, I had a corner office in the Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center, overlooking Radio City Music Hall on my left, and 50th St and the NBC Building on my right. I had an amazing budget, a staff of about a dozen, including half a dozen programmers, an intern who was acting as a personal assistant (now the CEO of a very successful company), and a business manager. I was responsible for the editorial software of Time Inc magazines.

I was secretly suffering from Impostor Syndrome (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome). I was seeing a Jungian psychologist for it, who took it quite seriously. I think of it now as sort of the opposite of whatever is troubling us (certainly not him) about our esteemed President-elect. I fled from my final appointment with the Jungian, something I still regret. I still suffer from the Syndrome.

That, along with an extreme aversion to the policies of President Reagan, and, later, his successor, Bush 41, led my wife at the time (we had been married in '79) and I to turn our backs on the USA. I needed to escape. We sold our home (for a handsome profit), gave away most of our belongings, and sort of jumped without a parachute to a suburb of Frankfurt/Main, (West) Germany.

Though my German sucked (and still does), I soon (quite easily) found work with a company that was the main vendor of editorial systems to Time, and worked for two happy years as an Applications and Pre-Sales Specialist, calling on companies all over German-speaking Europe. Loved the commuting-by-train.

Eventually I was head-hunted to work as a Systems Analyst at The Independent in London, which relocated us there. I worked with them for about two years, and then moved back to the vendor side for Hyphen, Inc, a company that had offices in both the UK and in Massachusetts.

When my UK residence visa was due for renewal, it coincided with the campaign of Bill Clinton and Al Gore for President, which inspired us. We moved back to Massachusetts, and I switched from Hyphen UK to Hyphen USA. After that, I moved into Internet engineering, and have never looked back.

So I'm no stranger to living overseas, to fleeing one's homeland for reasons of political disgust, to learning a new language, to making one's way in a new culture.

I've considered doing so again, but things are different now. I am 30 years older and as such, without substantial assets to bring, I doubt any foreign country would consider my application favorably. I have two wonderful kids, whose relationship with their mom I treasure as they do, and don't want to change the very close living situation we have with her and her husband. I have two beloved partners who are extremely important to me, each of whom could likely find work in the countries we've considered (Canada, the Netherlands, or Germany again), but they have obligations here.

More to the point, as one of those partners pointed out the other day, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Or to move away.

So I'm staying. But gosh, I sure did seriously mull over the alternative. That means I need to Do Something.

Though I missed the Kent State massacre in 1970, I was an activist there beginning in 1973, first for the United Farm Workers as a boycott organizer. Very impressed by Igal Roodenko, I became an organizer for the War Resisters League, and, for a fraught couple of years, a staff member on the weekly Workshop in Nonviolence (WIN) Magazine (to which I am extremely grateful, as they taught me typography, which was very lucrative for me), which is how I ended up working in Manhattan.

But if truth be told, I was always incredibly reluctant. I am lazy. When the verdict in the trial of the National Guardsmen involved in the Kent State shootings was delivered (all not guilty), in the middle of the summer, I hoped for someone else to lead the necessary demonstration on the campus at KSU, because I was enjoying my summer, and my friends. But nobody stepped up, so I felt I had to, and I reluctantly put together an impromptu candlelight vigil that was occurring when the national press went to the site of the shooting, and I got my 15 minutes of fame on all the networks.

My closest friends from that period saw through me, and called me on it. Most of them are still very active, and have sacrificed heavily for their ethics, to be activists. Me? I like my creature comforts now, and I always have. I like my paychecks. I like my nice cars and my extensive travel. I like to sleep and make love. I like to dine out. And I would rather flee, which I did in '85.

This time, I am staying. I have been giving quite a lot of money to organizations that oppose the kinds of things that our President-elect stands for, and now I have more than doubled those contributions, to the point where it's pretty Inconvenient. I am trying to find other things to do. I am searching. I am trying to stay positive. I am trying to re-commit to the right things, to put my energy where those who are in danger already can benefit from it.

I am trying to do the right thing. I understand that I will not be perfect in doing so, that I will still be reluctant, that I will make mistakes, and that I might get hurt, that it is likely to cost something of my loved ones. And I know that fleeing is not the right thing. But I sure am tempted.

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The world will be sadder now without Leonard Cohen. Goodbye, Leonard, and thanks for all your songs. Rest in peace, dear man.

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"The most hopeful way to look at this grievous event—and it’s a stretch—is that this election and the years to follow will be a test of the strength, or the fragility, of American institutions. It will be a test of our seriousness and resolve." -David Remnick, in The New Yorker
The electorate has, in its plurality, decided to live in Trump’s world of vanity, hate, arrogance, untruth, and recklessness.
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