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Just Who Was in Control at the Singapore Summit?

This photo sums up a lot of my feelings on the recent North Korea summit.

 

Notice I did not say summit with North Korea?

 

Look at the photo. Who’s really in charge?

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 4: It’s Okay to Shut Down the Bully

Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways.  I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.

 

Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:

 

  • Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.

 

  • The bully is the victim here.

 

F*ck that noise.

 

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A Reaction to the Nunes Memo: Move It or Lose It

The release of the Nunes memo brought into clear focus for me some very big concerns about the state of this republic.  The memo certainly does not entirely undermine our government. But it shows just how far things eroded in one year.  And that should concern all of us.

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Behind the Curtain: From Navajo Code to Trump’s Code of Casual Racism

Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world.  But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.

 

Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.”  But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.

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Figleaves: A Peak behind the Modesty Curtain (Condensed Version)

Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do. Let’s take a look at two of the ways they do it: reframing and figleaves.

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Figleaves: A Peak behind the Modesty Curtain

 

Modesty covering comes up in the darnedest of places. Even political speeches.  Who would have thought it? It certainly took me a while to notice.

 

It is all part of the mechanics of political manipulation. Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do.  Being aware of the mechanics gives you better tools to assess what a politician is really saying.  Maybe you will still buy what is being sold, but at least it will be with eyes wide open. (It’s sort of like dealing with used car salespeople. And I bet you’ve heard that one before.)

 

With that in mind, I thought I would introduce you to reframing and figleaves, along with a micro-analysis of their application. No. You did not just make a wrong turn into an art blog. And you will not need a magnifying glass and tweezers.  You’ll see.

 

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