December 28th, 2017

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2017 according to our betters

Goodbye 2017. And good riddance.
What a dumpster fire of a year, especially for those who reside and operate in the world of politics and policy. Who will mourn the passing of 2017?

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As the year comes to a close, the job of making sense of it begins.
This year, I heard so many people ask, "Is this really happening?" It felt at times as if we were living in an alternate reality. There's no denying that 2017 was both bizarre and a rallying of all sorts. The question is, who will be left standing when the rally is over?

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Grit your teeth. Persevere. Just a few more days and this awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful year in the civic life of our nation will be over. Here's hoping that we all -- particularly special counsel Robert Mueller -- have a better 2018.

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Alas, I confess to having difficulty finding much positivity to cling to this year, because as far as the state of the American union is concerned, I have never seen anything as bad as 2017.

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War, climate change, and the return of fascist politics to the United States and Europe have all shown that the certainties of the 1990s were not certainties at all. Neither Hitler nor the Paris Peace Agreement changed our world permanently. Donald Trump is the president and the future feels canceled.  How do we escape, now? In 2017 the monsters of our nightmares stepped into the daylight, and in response we turned to a new version of the real.

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Читал бы такое и читал, эх. Отличный был год, короче говоря. Жалко только, что "и это пройдет".

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7 Days in Entebbe

В UK сняли очередной фильм про Энтеббе, в марте выходит.



Интересно, как там эта история будет подана. По нынешним временам не было бы ничего удивительного, если бы террористы оказались положительными героями, а израильтяне - отрицательными; из трейлера не понять. Посмотрим.

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Bubsy Vest

Кстати, о душевном здоровье людей, загнанных режимом Трампа в разные синдромы и расстройства: дизайнеры на страже и всегда готовы прийти на помощь. Сконструирован жилет для снятия стресса и тревожности. Еще по карманам рассовать фломастеры и книжки-раскраски, и получаем portable safe space, которое всегда с тобой.

A garment that provides comfort by applying controlled pressure on the upper body to simulate a hug for anyone suffering with anxiety or stress. Instant stress relief.


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Поднимите мне веки

Washington Post, внезапно:

As it stands, the public evidence doesn’t support the idea that the Russians executed a savvy electoral strategy on social media to ensure Trump’s victory. In fact, it seems less the case that they did so now than seemed might be possible back in July.

Цифры и всякие неудобные нюансы, которые в статье приводятся, я читал практически дословно несколько месяцев назад, в разных местах правой ленты. В левой ленте тогда бушевала истерика про русских в социальных сетях. Она там и до сих пор не то чтоб стихла, и тут вдруг такое вот ни с того ни с сего. Удивительно.

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