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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stuff I read today, November 1, 2016

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Seven days remain until the real night of horrors.

- Their first voter ID plan struck down, GOP leaders in North Carolina are pleased by how well Plan B- reducing hours and stations for early voting- is working. Not to mention that helpful nudge from God. The hurricane not only spawned a thousand McCrory photo ops, it has left big parts of the state still under water!

- Just a few years ago, Christianists denounced ghost stories as the work of Satan. Now, they tell us, tales of terror steel us for the real world:

Would a ghost-story revival really matter? I think it would, a great deal. The lofty late 20th- and early 21st-century dismissal of anything supernatural—indeed anything spiritual—has not only increased egotism (we don’t believe in anything bigger than ourselves), it has arguably made us easier to con and control. In an age where great penalties exist for not holding the “right” views, few dare to express in public beliefs  that are likely to lead to them being ridiculed by truth enforcers, many of whom seem to take their cue from the obnoxious Dr. Vergerus in Bergman’s The Magician.

Do you feel better about Donald Trump now?

What about Richard Spencer? A surprising number of people I see on social media- some of whom I grew up with- parrot his views while not knowing, fully, just whose agenda they are advancing:

An articulate and well-dressed former football player with prom-king good looks and a "fashy" (as in fascism) haircut—long on top, buzzed on the sides—Spencer has managed to seize on an extraordinary presidential election to give overt racism a new veneer of radical chic. In some ways he resembles an older generation of "academic racists"—or "racialists," as he prefers to put it—who've long sought to professionalize a movement associated with Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. What sets him apart is his rock star status among a certain fringe that delights in making racist comments pseudonymously on the internet. They idolize Spencer for embracing life as a public heretic and appearing to lend an air of respectability to white nationalist views. You could call him the alt-right's outlaw version of William F. Buckley, if Buckley had been down with millennials and into shitlords and dank memes.

- If you’re among those who hate TPP while having little or no concrete information what it’s for, read this.

- “Richard Burr, a Republican who represents the newly insane state of North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, is as complete a stalk of dickweed as can be found in the swampland of American politics. He also is not very bright even though he chairs the ironically named Senate Select Committee on Intelligence which, judging by Burr's recent remarks to some fans back home, is neither very select nor does it have anything much to do with intelligence.

- Four weeks after a panicky Franklin Graham demanded his Facebook sheeple rise against giving the Internet to the Communists-

On October 1 President Obama is planning to turn over control of key components of the Internet to an international group—and Congress is standing by, letting it happen! As this Washington Times article points out—"why are congressional leaders not screaming bloody murder about yet another executive overreach?" America invented the Internet. The whole world relies on it. U.S. taxpayers paid for its creation. It is a national treasure of strategic importance and our politicians have no right giving one of the most powerful tools in the world to anyone else. This is a huge mistake, and once the “keys” are given away, there will be no way to get them back.

Congress needs to act now. Contact your representatives today and appeal to them to block this before the Oct. 1 deadline. Share this if you agree.

- nothing has happened, except exactly what was supposed to.

- Here’s why voter suppression efforts by Republicans will become fiercer.

- The Supreme Court is divided over whether cheerleader uniforms can be copyrighted but Republicans in increasing numbers- NC’s Sockless Dick Burr is the latest- say they will not confirm any new justices before 2021.

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