Thursday, February 9, 2017

It's a Brave New World

The order floated down from the lunatic's castle late on a Friday. No more visas of any kind from seven countries, Donald Trump decreed, and mayhem replaced a weekend.

Thunderstruck customs officials scrambled to make sense of the surprise order; planes landed and innocent travelers were detained; the Internet exploded; protesters stormed airports everywhere; the acting attorney general refused to go along and was fired like a contestant on one of Trump's shows; it was Keystone Kops meets Pinochet.

And then there were the lies.


Amid all the howling about Trump's deceptions, the far more upsetting story is the mandate behind them – not so much the death of truth in politics, but the irrelevance of it. Donald Trump is proving that if you connect with America's anger and paranoia, you can get by quite easily without facts.


As a test, [the Washington Post] showed a group of Americans aerial photos of the Trump and Obama inaugurations. An astounding 15 percent of Trump supporters identified the clearly emptier Trump inaugural photo as the one containing a bigger crowd.

  Matt Taibbi
I don't know how big the sample was, but that even one functioning person could look at those pictures as come to that conclusion is disturbing.

Continue reading Matt Taibbi's The End of Facts in the Trump Era.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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