Comic Book Reader Fatigue Is Real, But Reversible – CBR
Another struggle of mine!
I Work from Home – The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/i-work-from-home
(The struggle is real. But worth it.)
Profits over people -> Congress and Trump have begun reversing multiple Obama rules on the environment https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/01/congress-and-trump-have-begun-reversing-multiple-obama-era-rules-on-the-environment-and-more/
This weekend’s actions: ACLU donation + NY Times subscription. Both are crucial to our democracy. Please support if you have the means!
Please check out Countable, an app to contact your reps and influence Congress. https://www.countable.us/
A great analysis by Tyler Cowen on Bloomberg. I could quote multiple paragraphs, but it essentially comes down to these reasons:
- Most people (read: citizens) won’t fact check.
- It’s a loyalty test to create a power structure. If your subordinates won’t repeat your lies/beliefs, they can’t be trusted. When they do, though, it reinforces their dependence on their leader.
Both make sense, given Trump’s expertise in exploiting the media for promotion and attention, as well as his fragile self-esteem and need for full loyalty.
Combine all of that with a media that has covered and broadcasted Trump and his campaign ‘live’ for much of the last year. When news is always “breaking” and reported first to get clicks, it leaves less room for fact checking and critique. The damage happens once the initial news is out there.
Unfortunately for America, this set up is a dangerous mix that will threaten everything we hold dear and the future of our democracy. And, in a worst case, lead to fascism.
(hat tip to Kottke)