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Subversive Political Art

An interesting article about the Time magazine cover naming Donald Trump the “Person of the Year”. The article concludes “As a photograph, it’s a rare achievement. As a cover, it’s a statement.” As someone who has studied art, I must say I think they are spot-on. If you are at all interested in how photographs […]

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It is going to be worse than you imagine

Rolling Stone just published “Trump’s Presidency Is Shaping Up to Be an American Tragedy“. Want more bad news? Trump has appointed more big money donors to his administration than any president in history. The presidency has been bought. Trump made a big deal complaining that Hillary Clinton met with donors to the Clinton Foundation, but […]

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Crony Capitalism

It’s a win-win for Trump cronies. It looks like the reward James Comey gets for throwing the election to Trump is a new headquarters for the FBI, something he has been lobbying for strongly. And the developers who get the two billion dollar contract to build the new headquarters are friends of Trump. The same […]

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Oops, I did it again!

You might think that being elected president would sooth Trump’s ego enough so he wouldn’t have such a thin skin. But you would be wrong. Saturday Night Live did another funny skit featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump, about how Trump can’t stop tweeting: So of course Trump had to tweet about it! Reality is stranger […]

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The Irony of the Electoral College

© Ruben Bolling So, should we ever use the Electoral College for its intended purpose? Or should we abolish it? Otherwise it is just an anachronism that keeps causing problems. Yes, it is undemocratic, but the founders intended it to be that way. In fact, the founders weren’t sure they trusted full-on democracy, and purposely […]

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Where’s the Irony?

This website is dedicated to “political irony”, including humor. So you might think that the election of Donald Trump would make it easy to find good stories. But it isn’t turning out that way. For example, it is hardly ironic, and certainly not humorous, that Trump is filling his cabinet with the same alligators he […]

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Turnabout or Russian Roulette?

The Russian government has been hacking into the computer systems foreign corporations and governments for a while (including the DNC), but it looks like finally the shoe is on the other foot. The Bank of Russia, the central bank there, has confirmed that hackers have stolen two billion rubles, the equivalent of US$31 million from […]

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Willing Suspension of Disbelief

© Jack Ohman Will Trump supporters ever realizing that they’ve been had? Even if they realize it, will they be able to admit it? And most of all, will they be able to do something about it? Or have they been so tribalized that they will rally around him no matter what he does? As […]

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Trust, but Audit

Nate Silver gives a good argument that we should automatically audit our elections. In other words, we should regularly check our elections for irregularity, not just when the count is close. It shouldn’t be a recount, it should be an audit that is always done for every major election. He compares it to a cancer […]

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Blind Trust

© Tom Toles Donald Trump has refused to put any of his assets into a blind trust, like every modern president has done. And he still won’t release his tax returns. And he is already conducting business himself with the heads of foreign states that will enrich himself, even though he promised to turn his […]

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It’s Yuge!

Yes, it is true. Trump is the first president-elect who is merchandising. You can buy a “Make America Great Again” ornament for your Christmas Tree for only $149 (plus shipping). In addition to being available on Trump’s website, you can also buy it from Amazon. And that’s where the fun begins. Because Amazon allows comments, […]

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Preventing Known Voter Fraud

I am delighted that Jill Stein will force recounts to be done in several states that used voting machines that are known to be easily hacked. No, it is not because I think Hillary Clinton actually won the election. That is not the point. The point is that if we know that certain voting machines […]

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Manchurian Social Networks!

A week ago I posted an article arguing that the easiest way to throw an election would be to spread disinformation over social networks. Well, we now have proof (independently verified by two parties) that this has already happened. Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. […]

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Something to be Thankful For

Things might seem pretty dark for Democrats this Thanksgiving, but there are some silver linings. First, a little-mentioned court decision just happened that could have profound and far-reaching consequences. The reason it has not been mentioned much is that it is extremely wonky, but that doesn’t diminish its importance. Indeed, this decision has the potential […]

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Social Media News

© Stuart Carlson I am becoming more and more convinced that micro-targeting of news (through AM talk radio, the internet, and especially social media) is largely to blame for the divorce of politics from reality (and consequently the election of Donald Trump). It also explains why Democrats were convinced that Hillary Clinton was about to […]

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