Category Archives: Society

National distractions: Does draconian democracy deconstruct the administrative state

By ann summers Like Caliguila’s horse, Draco (not the Harry Potter one) ordered death penalties for cabbage theft, but had no cure for a leader who also had the mind of one. The Trump Cabinet continues to surprise us with … Continue reading

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Trump’s total commitment to whole cloth

  By ann summers Trump continues to claim that the media covered protests of his Pittsburgh visit as riots. Nobody covered the protests as riots. The reality is that Trump deliberately tried to incite violence in Pittsburgh on Tuesday by forcing … Continue reading

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J’Accuse Chinese food – an hour later you want to chokehold someone again

By ann summers Disinformation is getting a bad name these days, but then again isn’t bad naming what it’s about? Saudi Arabia’s cascade of excuses for killing Jamal Khashoggi hinge on not making it seem like an official act, but … Continue reading

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Trump gaslights-up fake news

By ann summers Trump’s gaslight will power an entire nation. Trump’s still emitting Bill Shiney objects because having one media empire (Murdoch’s) as his personal press agent, driving memes to its media brethren, is not enough. There should be only … Continue reading

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fascist cosplay in NYC adds a RW mob attacking protesters

By ann summers The investigation of a street fight among RW supporters of Gavin McInnes and counter-demonstrators continues in NYC. Two separate events occurred after a GOP club speech using a plastic samurai sword to commemorate the assassination of a … Continue reading

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creeping Sokalism in the academy now extends to entire groups of marginal journals

By ann summers There was once an angry white guy who felt that some Other was doing less reputable academic work outside of his own field and decided to hoax a publication that did not practice rigorous peer-review. Alan Sokal … Continue reading

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“Let’s hope to God we don’t have a crisis” … too late

By ann summers High Holy Days, Batman. 9/11 is the release day for Bob Woodward’s book, Fear and the Trump regime is scrambling. It now seems more obvious the anonymous Op-Ed in the NY Times was designed to offset Woodward’s … Continue reading

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not-so-secret Hitler of the anonymous Op-Ed

By ann summers The anonymous op-ed in the NY Times has shown that Trump may have (only) one dissenter in his WH. It’s still a game of Secret Hitler, and the unhingery continues. John Miller/Baron’s cabinet has bad hinges. But … Continue reading

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If the Cohen allegations are true, POTUS* conspired to violate federal campaign law and to hide it from the American people

By ann summers     Neal Katyal’s op-ed in the NY Times spells it out clearly. Trump has been so used to working without accountability as a private citizen especially with respect to covering up his numerous dalliances, that he … Continue reading

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disinformation as misinformation and malinformation also involves framing

By ann summers Excellent Mother Jones article on disinformation that offers an opportunity to remind us that the interpretive tools are there, but they get misused or disused. Disinformation is false information that is deliberately created with the intent to … Continue reading

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