Obamacare. It’s all over, folks!

“Aides sat with blankets in their laps or around their shoulders in the overly air-conditioned room. One snuck in a box of Dunkin’ Donuts “Munchkins” to share.”

Did CNN just endorse Dunkin’?

“We’d rather focus on minutiae, thanks.”

So much for whipping up hysteria to strengthen democracy. Munchkins are the “bricks and mortar” of a healthy government of checks and balances.

Trump’s Presidency of Distraction

Just a quick random thought. Remember how, what seems like ages ago, the furor caused by the initial immigration ban all but obscured Bannon’s act of slithering into the National Security Council? Well. What is everyone talking about at the moment? Wiretaps. Russians. A revised immigration ban doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention. Barely any by comparison.

Seems intention when you look at the patterns that emerge. See the thing that is causing the most controversy, then look for “satellite events” put in motion by the administration. Little things that should be getting more attention.

 

The lights will cease

They swarm in and out
Agents of Empire
Brandishing imperial writs
Given life under a distracting cloud

They do as please
Waiting for the next writ
The red royal seal making their hearts
Go aflutter

One day the orders ceased
No calming slips of paper
To heal fresh cracks
So they decided to write their own
Until the lights came back on

What fun they were having
Trying to mimic the language
That air of fractured authority
Once done they gazed at their handiwork
Everything looked great
Ts were crossed, Is were dotted
They pinned it to the wall
Hoping one day the mogul
With gold dipped hands would visit
Exclaiming over the great words
Despite being inferior to the actual thing
But he never came
The lights never flashed to life again
The parking lot fell into ruin
Boards were placed over the windows

Oh well
More time to have fun in the dark
The candles would keep them warm

Swarm

Journalists and reforming their “political packaging”

It’s a common sentiment that journalists are concerned with inadvertently empowering the alt-right through specific types of media coverage. While journalists obviously already embed politics into their reporting, it’s worth considering more of an overt focus on the “political packaging” of articles. This seems like it advocates a deviation from the truth, but journalists might already be perpetuating a type of bias that is already self-harming.

For instance, theguardian has noted that liberal groups fear normalizing the views of the White House administration. But a contrary view from the alt-right suggests that painting the administration as being perfectly aligned with the fractured far right might be empowering them.

It doesn’t seem likely that mainstream liberal media coverage would inadvertently galvanize support for far right ideology among the left, but if the goal is to reduce the fervor of hate groups or individuals inclined to their own warped, isolated versions of hatred, then maybe a slight deviation from traditional types of coverage is warranted. This is not to say that journalists should whitewash the current administration, however I think that painting each and every member of Trump’s political entourage as living under a unified umbrella might be ill-advised. The members of the far right don’t necessarily dismiss the mainstream liberal media, it might simply cherry pick juicy morsels that reinforce narratives of “the current authority agrees with me, and on top of that, there will be no legal consequences to my behavior.”

Amplifying the fractured state of the current administration might reduce the furor of the far right. And sometimes you can amplify by repeatedly reflecting a sense of discord among the administration, or that looming russian cloud that threatens them. Rather than distort the truth, rinse and repeat, heightening repressed narratives that paint a bleak picture for those in charge. Or “potentially bleak.” Give those with violent tendencies a healthy dose of doubt.

In other words, the traditional media still occupies a position of great power, because the warped and heavily right leaning still view it as a part of their “traditional values.” If they are going to cherry-pick, give them truthful cherries that touch upon their fears in a different way.

 

Syria has questions

Alliances form a grizzly trifecta
Putin, the goat, and Assad
Chemical weapons remain unperturbed
And a veto sows discord

What of improved relations
When the heart of the matter comes down to sanctions?
Will the goat find his cherries to oppose the snow swept Kremlin?
But what about the “enemies of the people”?
Surely they’ll pelt american citizens with newspapers
Why worry about chemical weapons
When the real danger comes from fallen trees

The goat found his cherries and is nibbling
We are in crisis