“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
― Robert J. Hanlon
Another wild week of news, with Russian-linked Twitter bots pressuring politicians, the presidential porn star affair continues apace while no one seems to care about it, and as I put the finishing touches on this post the fight is raging on about whether the government will shut down or not since our Master Negotiator has managed to destabilize even good faith efforts at compromise by revealing the animus that underpins his policy. Or at least his advisers’ animus, that bit is unclear. Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed, Hawaii was scared to death by a fake missile launch warning and kind of revealed how poorly prepared we are in the event of a real strike,
Oh and the government shut down, it turns out. So things are going great.
The #MeToo backlash has well and truly started, but Sam Bee has some thoughts:
This Buzzfeed deep dive into the world of Trump’s property deals in individual detail is also an interesting glimpse into how wealth moves around the world.
I loved this interview with Dapper Dan which dives into a lot of issues through the lens of fashion. “Everybody thinks about buying a house or a car, but an outfit transforms you the next day.”
Spring is coming…right? Whatever, here’s a warm weather bag of the absurd variety that I’m loving.
Here’s a #MeToo story that ends with an apology and forgiveness done, in my opinion, the right way. Let’s learn.
Go Oxfam! Shop second hand, people, the world opens up to you.
I have been receiving the best texts from my pals thanks to this app!
This link between Russia and American lobbying groups is incredible and needs to continue to be reported on.
The Awl is going away, and that matters.
David Frum’s excerpted new book in The Atlantic was a somber read for me. He gives his perspective on what current “conservatism” looks like and has become in recent years, and lays out his hope for what it should be instead. He also asks readers to consider what happens after Mr. Trump and the kind of ardent and mobilized anger he rode to power on dissipates? All very important questions, but the following quote is what stood out to me and landed like a lead weight in my stomach. A few years ago this would have read has hysterical hyperbole to me. These days, I wonder if it’s possible, if not probable.
That animus I mentioned, it runs deep. And it is ugly to think how much more widespread it is than I ever realized. I know I keep saying that, but the emotion continues to batter me.
A question for all the guys out there who are good dudes and more importantly, want to be.