“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
― George Bernard Shaw,
We’ve had a month of news in a week.
The royal baby has a name (Louis!), Kanye West had a meltdown (again!), and ABBA is reuniting for the first time in three decades (what?!). North and South Korea had a pretty dramatic meeting, the president of France played good cop with President Trump and tough cop with Congress, Dr. Ronny Jackson’s professional reputation (rightly or wrongly) was unmade in about 48 hours because everyone Mr. Trump touches seems affected by his anti-Midas properties, and Mr. Trump actually had to be politely shooed off of Fox News when he shot off at the mouth for too long.
Here are you links, kittens, let’s catch up in the comments.
Is anyone truly stylish in the age of the algorithm?
Restorative, conservationist farming is an option? You bet!
Royal baby news this week, and hey, who does like babies?!
Why no, I’m NOT sick of thought pieces about Beyonce yet.
This take from Vox, that the fantasies of a dramatic and corrective end to the Trump presidency are delusional and unhelpful, feels horribly correct. I am still standing by my wager that Trump will probably not last a full term. On the other hand, I now suspect that if he does, he’ll probably be reelected. “Ending the Trump presidency will not fix, or even substantially ameliorate, most of the problems plaguing the American political system. They were mounting for years before he took office — indeed, they made him possible — and they will continue to plague us for years after he leaves.”
Meanwhile, over at Politico, a former Clinton aide makes the point I was trying to make last week much more articulately, “There is no telling the damage one can do in a republic when you mistake your will to do good with an authority to do what you judge to be right.”
Roxanne Gay’s Unruly Bodies series has been intense to read and her latest own personal essay is definitely worth a read.
Janelle Monae dropped a visual album and it’s a stunner!
First Lady Melania Trump was in command of the first State Visit for the President of France and she did a meticulous and stylish job. I wonder if this signals a more high profile role for her, as she’s been very low key to this point. In the more traditional mode of a first lady, through style and entertainment in the role of hostess of the nation, she may be an as yet untapped asset to the administration which badly needs some kudos where it can get them.
The Toronto van attack story is awful, but there are some positive aspects like the fact that the officer was trained in and able to deescalate the situation in a genuinely heroic way. Alternatively, I’m not surprised at all to read that a crisis of masculinity and hostility to women may have been a factor.
This memorial opened and kicked me in the gut. There is so much ugliness and wrong to redress.
Speaking of…NFL owners would really like people to stop kneeling for the national anthem. Doesn’t sound likely.
WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I HATE THIS.