Uh huh

Slate: Report: Mueller collusion results “by fall.”

Oh boy, I can’t wait for absolutely nothing to come of it. Let’s face it folks, it’s over. All that’s left is for us to get our collective heads smashed in by the police when we complain.

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Uh huh

I still don’t like him

“Thankfully, the post makes it clear that Lynch doesn’t really support Tr*mp, but he still seems stunningly optimistic about this whole thing.” From: Donald Tr*mp has forced David Lynch to explain himself for once

Stunningly optimistic is right. It’s almost like Lynch hasn’t had his children stolen, drugged, beaten, and thrown into a cage or something.

I still don’t like him

Proposal denied

‘Once you understand that psychological and social context is crucial to understanding depression, it suggests we should be responding to this crisis differently from how we now do. To those doctors in Cambodia, the concept of an “antidepressant” didn’t entail changing your brain chemistry, an idea alien to their culture. It was about the community empowering the depressed person to change his life.’ From: We need new kinds of antidepressants, in addition to pills – Vox

Hey, that’s nice and everything, but I fail to see how this plan would massively increase drug company profits in any way, which, I think we can all agree, is the most important goal here.

Proposal denied

Some notes on civility

An awful lot of people are talking about civility just now. How should we treat each other? What happens next? I don’t have answers, just some guesses.

Should Tr*mp administration officials be publicly confronted and/or denied service?

Maybe. “Should” questions are very complicated.

Do they deserve to be denied service?

Yeah, sure.

Will it change the administrations policy?

No.

Will it make the staffers feel bad, at least?

Define “bad.” Annoyed? Sure. Filled with a thrilling sense of wounded righteousness that only serves to deepen their commitment to their misdeeds? Yeah, it’s possible.

But they deserve to feel bad, right?

Yes, they absolutely do.

And that will stop their bad policies?

No, of course it won’t.

Will right-wing media make a meal of these petty acts of incivility, and will that provoke some of the less stable members of their audience into violent retaliation?

I don’t know. It’s possible.

So what — right wing domestic terrorism is already a thing; they’re already killing us. It can’t possibly get worse.

Yes. That terrorism and violence is real. But I wouldn’t bet on it not getting worse. It can always get worse. And the government is on their side.

Are you saying we should be nice to the monsters who enable this evil administration?

No, I’m not saying that.

So… they deserve to be treated rudely, but that won’t change their actions, and the blowback might lead to a violent right-wing response, but you’re not saying we should be nice, so… what are you saying, exactly?

It doesn’t matter what I say. You know what you believe, and I can’t tell you any different. Sometimes our moral code requires us to do things that are futile, and possibly dangerous.

I don’t think there’s anything anyone can say that’ll change where we’re heading. I think we’re all being shoved along by historical currents that none of us have any control over. I think we’re all in for a much uglier, much more dangerous time, and I don’t think there’s anything that can be done to stop it. At some point, people stop seeing their opponents as human beings, and then all bets are off. Conflict spirals past the point where we can even remember the original issues that kicked the whole thing off, and retaliation simply follows on retaliation, endlessly, for its own sake. There is no bottom. It can always be worse than it is right now. And it will.

And I hope I am wrong. There’s a good chance of that — I am pretty dumb.

 

Some notes on civility