Slowing down the pace

Hi to my few readers: While this administration remains appalling, my life has become busier and there’s only so much depressing analysis I can take in, so clearly I’ve been posting less frequently. I still value this blog, particularly the resource pages that direct me and others to sources of news, calls to action, readings about social issues, and so on, so I’ll be leaving it up and contributing to it as I see fit.



Are you as clever about fake news as you think?

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From Lifehacker:

The web game displays actual news stories that have been published around the web, along with source information. Your job is to determine whether what you’re reading is real or fake —and it’s not as easy as it looks.

pub. 07/2017


What is the special counsel doing, anyway?

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Possible financial crimes

We know less about this prong than the other two. The Post reported last month that “in addition to possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election, investigators are also looking broadly into possible financial crimes — but the people familiar with the matter, who were not authorized to speak publicly, did not specify who or what was being examined.”

pub. 06/2017

The beginning

This blog is an effort to understand and keep up with the sociopolitical wave that seems to be cresting in 2017. Its aim is not to follow the most recent news stories or to be the most comprehensive historical record of the Trump administration, as others can do those better and the point is not to tear out one’s hair at every scandal, corrupt act, or oppressive law.

The goal here is to create a searchable collection of links to articles I and others might want to return to and share with others: Reflections on left-wing strategy, historical perspectives on right-wing jargon, ideas for what we can do nowwhere domestic events fit into the global picture, and so on–whatever makes you say “Oh yeah, I read a really good article about that. Let me see if I can find it and send it to you.”

Having finally launched on January 30th, long after the 2016 US presidential election and some time after the 2017 inauguration, I will be front-loading the timeline with articles I’ve seen and saved, some older and some newer. With that job ahead of me I will only link with quotes, adding no original content. I may begin to comment later if the onslaught slows.

In addition to individual articles on the blog I am keeping a running list of resources that currently includes civil rights organizations, sources of news and editorial content, and ways to access calls to action.