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The problem we have with the Trump White House isn't even almost new:

Tsze-lu said, "The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?"

The Master replied, "What is necessary is to rectify names." "So! indeed!" said Tsze-lu. "You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?"

The Master said, "How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

"When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

"Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect."
http://china.usc.edu/confucius-analects-13

A tidal wave of bullshit coming from the highest offices in the U.S. can only result in confusion and stagnation. This has been known for literally thousands of years which is why a central tenant of every religion and ethical system is always: "Tell the truth even when it hurts."

h/t to +John Holmes who I ripped the image from.
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The Latter Days of a Better Nation, Part IV

Jim is on fire here. Well worth the read.

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I just wrote a lengthy thread on Twitter about the history of "court costs," and how this plays into American history from 1870 to the present. It's a huge and complicated subject.

Yes, I know it should be an essay and not a Twitter thread, but writing those takes several times longer and I'm tired today. If someone has a decent API tool for scraping a thread and turning it into a Medium post, especially one that can help format it at least vaguely decently, I'm all ears. :)

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Guess Who The Lawyer Was ~ @Amy_Siskind
Why was Russian money-laundering case settled? Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/why-was-russian-money-laundering-case-dismissed-house-dems-2017-7
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China is quite content to let other nations play with zombie technology while they leapfrog ahead.
Lithium mining will soon be the new wealth of mining forget gold and let the coal lie buried in the ground. Lithium will be in demand as Tesla and China scale up their power storage pack production

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And this would be the scariest explanation of why the GOP Senators are working on the so-called health care bill the way they are.

Which winds back to my repeated point that safeguarding the right to vote must be our #1 priority right now. I'm also watching that SCOTUS case re gerrymandering in WI. That could either lock this in or start breaking it down.

Republicans behave as if they do not expect the 2018 elections to be free and fair, which is a horrifically reasonable assumption given the acceleration of voter suppression after the 2013 partial repeal of the Voting Rights Act, the appointment of civil rights antagonist Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Trump's rhetoric about "illegal" votes in minority-heavy California, widespread gerrymandering, and the ongoing threat of Russian interference with possible Trump staffer collusion, among other factors. When representatives flaunt their disregard for public will this blatantly, they insinuate that public will is irrelevant. It's a classic authoritarian tell: They see their political dominance as a lock.

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"All the 400-year-old viewpoints remain almost completely untouched, from religion’s place in society to the rights of women to the attitude toward science."
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