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Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed.

— — Dwight D. Eisenhower, Remarks at the Dartmouth College Commencement Exercises, Hanover, New Hampshire. June 14, 1953

That was back when Republicans (at least some of them) were defenders of liberty. Today, the most fervent defenders of the Republican administration are also today’s most fervent book-burners.

Today’s book burners don’t use matches. They use false reports of “violations of community standards” to Facebook and Twitter and YouTube. Whether it is Jim Wright that the book burners are going after on Facebook, or haters maliciously flagging entire Youtube channels that have content that offends their political sensibilities or simply mention them in the context of false flagging, book burners today are more active than they ever were in the supposed bad old days of Joe McCarthy’s America, the days in which President Eisenhower was speaking above to college students.

What’s different today is that book burners can bring together entire electronic lynch mobs via platforms like 4chan or Reddit or the Daily Mail to burn people’s electronic books. And unlike in the past, where stalwart librarians were fierce in defense of the authors of the books in their libraries, Google (or Facebook) doesn’t care, because they don’t have to. It would cost money to defend content creators, so they won’t.

And that, my friends, is the problem with the fact that we’ve privatized our “libraries”. When book burners show up, what do Google or Facebook do? They just let the book burners burn books. Because there’s no profit in stopping them by putting a human in the way of letting the book burners burn books, indeed, it costs money. They have no stern librarians with horn-rimmed glasses saying “you will burn books in my library over my dead body.” They just shrug and say “the machine did it, not me.” And don’t lift a finger.

And what kind of society we will have, when we can have any book burned at the whim of practically any special interest book?

Not much of one. As we’re seeing now, I suspect…

– Badtux the Apocalyptic Penguin

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I’ve been baking the past few days because we *finally* got summer here in the SF Bay area — and boy howdy, we got it with a vengeance. Broke records all around the Bay area on Sunday, and Saturday wasn’t much cooler.

So anyhow, in the aftermath of a lesbian black woman saving the life of an anti-gay David Duke supporting bigot who was attacked by what appears to have been a lone wolf white Bernie Bro, the tighty righties have their panties in a bunch about how those mean lefties are coarsening the public discourse. Like this leftie threatening violence:

Err, yeah.

Or this liberal threatening violence:

Err, ah. Okay. Well, I’m sure this guy has to be a liberal:

No? Okay, so how about this guy who shot someone outside a Milo Yiannopoulos speech? He was clearly a liberal, right.

Uhm, no. He was wearing a Trump hat and had told his wife he was carrying his gun with him to the event so he could kill some liberals.

Okay, so let’s get this straight. You have some liberals saying that we should impeach Trump, one of whom, out of all the millions saying that, decided to start taking potshots at Republicans. Then you got right wingers saying that killing liberals is a great idea, *lots* of right wingers saying that, you can’t throw a rock at Stormfront or Brietbart or the Fox News comment section without hitting one of the right wingers saying that, and that means that liberals are the ones advocating violence.

Yeah, global warming is real, and it’s apparently baked the fucking brains out of half of America. Just sayin’.

– Badtux the Too-warm Penguin

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Fifty years ago, Hunter S. Thompson published Hell’s Angels: The strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. A writer for The Nation remarks:

Thompson concluded that the most striking thing about them was not their hedonism but their “ethic of total retaliation” against a technologically advanced and economically changing America in which they felt they’d been counted out and left behind.

For Thompson, the Angels weren’t important because they heralded a new movement of cultural hedonism, but because they were the advance guard for a new kind of right-wing politics.

Thompson pointed out that the whole ethic of this new right wing politics was the ethic of total retaliation. If you can’t win, destroy. If you aren’t very bright, terrorize those who are brighter than you. Decades before “What’s the Problem with Kansas”, Thompson was explaining to us what politics was going to look like in the future… and now is that future.

Let’s put it bluntly: Appeals to reason are not going to work with Trump’s deplorables. Reason is one of those elite things, done by people they hate who are smarter than them, and thus to be hated and destroyed. CNN and dozens of other news outlets (all of whose reporters are visible on camera) cover an anti-ISIS rally by Muslims in London? Clearly completely faked.

Sigh. So an anti-ISIS protest by Muslims is obviously fake, because clearly no Muslim could ever hate someone who beheads, uhm, mostly Muslims.
These people are immune to reason. And their lord and savior, God-Emperor Donald the Trump, tells them exactly what they want to hear — that he’s gonna stick it to all them smarty-pants people that is better than them.

We are fucked.

That is all.

– Badtux the “We’re fucked” Penguin

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Really?

So how’s about this, Twitter Troll in Chief: If the terrorists who struck at the London Bridge / Borough Market had been carrying guns, a lot more people would have died. If they’d had guns, it would have looked a lot like the Bataclan Theater attack in Paris, where 89 people died. But because they only had knives and a truck, only 7 people died.

In short, yeah, this was a victory for UK gun control. A total of 130 people died in the Paris attack, where the attackers were heavily armed with semiautomatic weapons and a lot of rounds of ammunition. A total of 7 people died in the London attack where the attackers were armed with knives and a van. That’s a helluva lot less people than 130.

Of course, His Fraudulency Donald the Trump isn’t the only person trolling. Both of the candidates for Prime Minister in the UK are trolling, hard. Corbyn claims that this shows that the UK interventions in the Middle East are having blowback that endangers British lives for no gain for Britain. May claims that Corbyn is playing politics with the lives of innocent British citizens, while at the same time claiming that the solution to terrorism in the UK is to censor the Internet. Which is, uhm, playing politics with the lives of innocent British citizens — this is something she’s wanted to do for a long time as the “Queen of Mean”.

Meanwhile, here in the United States our copycat terrorists are right wing terrorists, like that nutjob in Portland who killed two men who interfered with his harassment of two Muslim girls and then yelled in court, “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.” And what does the Twitter Troll In Chief have to say about that?

CRICKETS

But he *does* have this to say:

Which travel ban would have stopped the Portland terrorist, uhm, how? And the “rights” he’s talking about appear to be the right to, uhm, say nasty things to Muslims. Exactly the same right that the Portland terrorist exercised to the point of killing two men who were interfering with his right to terrorize two young Muslim girls.

What a fucking asshole.

That’s all.

– Badtux the Asshole-despising Penguin

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I am perhaps tardy in talking about the death of Roger Ailes. They say don’t speak ill of the dead. Yet what can I say that’s good about a man who had no redeeming qualities? Other than, “He’s dead. Good.”

It is perhaps appropriate that Roger Ailes’s introduction to politics was via Richard Nixon in 1967. Richard Nixon was a twisted man who required a corkscrew to put his boots on in the morning, and Ailes and Nixon got along with each other like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, slime and slugs. Nixon was evil in the way of insecure men with a desire for power and no moral scruples, but Ailes was evil just because. Ailes was a master of the Big Lie, never letting the truth out of its barn if a lie would do, because he didn’t care about polluting the body politic with fake news to keep people confused and uncertain — all he cared about was corrupting the public discourse so that evil could win. As such, he led the media propaganda efforts of Nixon and Reagan and Bush 1, then met, finally, someone who was both evil and rich enough to make his ultimate dream come true. I am talking, of course, about Rupert Murdoch, who sadly still walks this earth despite making Richard Nixon look like an honest man.

Ailes was a creep, a serial molester of women, a serial molester of the truth. When he convinced Murdoch to fund his Fox News Network, he un-ironically proclaimed it to be “Fair and Balanced” at every point in time, where “fair” meant both falsehood and truth was given equal crdibility, and “balanced” meant that both good and evil were given moral equivalence. He polluted the public discourse to the point where frothing white snowflake MAGAts truly believed that there were evil Communist Liberals out there whose sole goal was to exterminate the white race, something which any reasonable person would simply laugh at, but after two decades of concerted propaganda there were few reasonable people on that side of the bench, only true believers who believed every lie that Ailes had his network present. Every morning, every single person at Fox News Network got the day’s talking points from Ailes. Their job was to reiterate those talking points, over and over again, repeating the Big Lie over and over until it became not something incredibly racist and venal and evil but, rather, became normal. Normalizing evil was the thing that Ailes loved to do, and the results can be seen on every Youtube video that attracts attention from the rightward side of the political spectrum, and every newspaper comments section, where people spew evil as if it were simply common wisdom, and it’s the people *not* spewing evil who are attacked and marginalized.

It is too bad there is not a Hell, for if there was, Ailes would certainly be condemned to inhabit it for the rest of eternity for his work in the service of evil. But there is not a Hell, and so all we can do is talk about the evil that Ailes did — an evil that will far outlast his worm-eaten body, alas, an evil that has the potential, in all likelihood, to destroy the nation and the world itself.

That is Roger Ailes. He was a creep. And evil. Let us never forget that.

– Badtux the Obituaries Penguin

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Trump claimed that Comey had lost the support of the field agents inside the FBI. Acting Director Andrew McCabe says that is not true.

Soon to be former acting director McCabe, methinks.

Meanwhile it has cooled down nicely here in the Silly Cone Valley, and The Mighty Fang is taking advantage of multimedia Cat TV, sitting in front of the patio sliding door’s screen door (said sliding door is open, of course, to allow cool air into the house) watching — and smelling, and hearing — the world go by. His nose is twitching left and right, his ears are twitching left and right, his head is twitching left and right, watching birds and rodents and things I can’t see flutter about outside. Ah, to be a cat, and so easily entertained… at least he’s given me my chair back. That was a thing for a while!

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, precious white snowflakes protested the removal of yet another participation trophy for losing a war. It appears that most of the pro-participation-trophy protestors are from out of town.

A reminder: Jefferson Davis was probably the most hated man in the South in 1865, widely derided as out-of-touch, as being incompetent and the cause of the Confederate loss, and as having caused undue amounts of suffering by drafting farmers who were trying to put food on their families’ tables and by not forcing the plantation owners to have their slaves grow food for those whose men had been drafted. The fact that he later became a hero of the “Lost Cause” was an after-war fabrication, a propaganda success that Fox News likely views with envy.

But none of that really matters, because it’s not about Jefferson Davis, it’s about butt-hurt Klansmen and neo-Nazis upset that their participation trophies for losing a war are being taken away from them. Oh wah! Hey, dudes, if you want a trophy, win next time! (Cue massive eye-roll!).

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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I hope I’m not triggering some poor delicate white snowflake Nazis by reposting this newspaper headline from May 7, 1945 (May 8 our time, since this is a London newspaper). I mean, wouldn’t want to hurt their delicate little fee-fees, right? Us mean old liberals whipped their butts in 1945, but this is 2017 and we must coddle them today, even giving them access to the President of the United States of America as some of his top advisors, right?

Meanwhile, in New Orleans racists and fucking Nazis whined that nobody, I mean nobody, was gonna take away their participation trophies for losing a war. Wow. Poor triggered snowflakes, all whiny and upset that somebody might take away their participation trophies. Wah!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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