What Happened to Paul Auster? A Decade Ago, He Was a Nobel Candidate. Ouch. Someone called the bookstore the other day excitedly asking about 4321. It was bewildering. I asked her what other Auster she’d read, because I’m a nosy bastard. She replied it would be the first Auster book she ever read. She’d read a review and she thinks it’ll be amazing. Ehhhh. Ok. I recommended The New York Trilogy and moved on.
Black diamonds of pessimism. Samuel Beckett.
Citing Martin Luther King, JR. may not be a good idea in scolding people for rioting and cheering at a Nazi getting punched. White supremacy is evil, but they liked slavery and Jim Crow laws- subjugation. We’re entering an era in which some people openly wish for the literal extermination of certain groups. Shaming them through peaceful resistance probably won’t be adequate. It’s terrifying. I don’t want to be part of any of this, but I refuse to cluck my tongue at disapproval for someone shutting down a pampered fascist on camera. The motherfucking media (Mother Jones) needs to stop talking to wormy, hateful fucks like that. The big fascist in the White House is obviously the one we really need to worry about though, not the little charlatan. There’s a reason why the WTO protests scared the fuck out of the establishment and the anti-war marches against the 2003 Iraq invasion didn’t. Violence is bad, but don’t start that “both sides!” centrist bullshit.
Hopefully the Women’s March today will go smoothly and peacefully, but I won’t huff self-righteously in indignation if it doesn’t.
Abbott: Governor’s office to cut funding for Travis County after immigration policy change. This is more immediately important. This is how sanctuary cities in red states will be treated. For all of that small government talk the Republicans have been pushing for decades, the only thing they mean by it is deregulation for corporate power and reduced taxes for the wealthy. Here is a governor immediately punishing financially a county for not directly cooperating with federal authority.
Trump Department of Justice Seeks and is Granted Postponement of Hearing on Texas Photo ID Case. Oh yeah. Good bye voting rights. More disfranchisement. States will be run as petty fiefdoms. Good luck getting those state houses back.
Trump’s America First Energy Plan. Irreversible catastrophic global climate change is already a given, but these crazy motherfuckers are going to make sure we die in a scorched and withered greenhouse. Combine this with Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue. The American West will be a vast strip mine.
Trump blocks Federal Housing Administration plan to cut mortgage fees. Tah dah. Fuck the poor. No housing for you.
Requiem for a Lightweight. Markos Moulitsas truly was a tool…. for the CIA, that is. Diverting hungry anti-Bush voters into his little schemes destroyed a lot of momentum that could have disrupted the Bush administration. No one like him should lead the charge against Trump.
Canadians traveling to Women’s March denied US entry after sharing their plans. Unsurprising because there were literally hundreds of incidents like this during the Bush years, but also kinda early and heavy-handed. Pretty fascist.
Davos Dares to Wonder If Populism Could Even Help Global Growth. Pst. In this context, “populism” means fascism. It’s happening a lot in articles like this. Big buzzword.