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Well, that didn’t take long: Teacher placed on leave for criticizing Dear Leader

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Actually, not criticizing so much as pointing out parallels that make a lot of people uncomfortable with trump. Tatiana Sanchez reports in the Monterey Herald:

A history teacher at Mountain View High School has been placed on paid leave after drawing parallels between Republican President-elect Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler in his lesson plan.

Frank Navarro, who’s taught at the school for 40 years, was asked to leave midday Thursday after a parent sent an email to the school expressing concerns about statements Navarro made in class. Mountain View/Los Altos High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding confirmed the incident Friday but declined to describe the parent’s complaints.

Navarro, an expert on the Holocaust, said school officials declined to read him the email and also declined his request to review the lesson plan with him.

“This feels like we’re trying to squash free speech,” he said. “Everything I talk about is factually based. They can go and check it out. “It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts.”

Though Navarro said school officials originally told him to return on Wednesday, Harding said he could return as early as Monday.

“We are interested in getting Frank back in the classroom … we’re just trying to maintain our due diligence,” he said. “We have a heightened emotional environment right now with the election. It’s always a challenge to maintain a line in a classroom.” . . .

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12 November 2016 at 9:33 pm

Very cool and interesting graphics: A sentiment analysis of WaPo comments on election night

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The charts in this article are extremely interesting.

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12 November 2016 at 8:55 pm

Posted in Election

Spiegel Online: An Absurd and Dangerous President

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writes:

Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering into the United States, he described Mexicans as rapists and announced his intention to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. He boasted about sexually harassing women and, when women came forward to say that he did in fact harass them, he said: Oh no, not her. Just look at her. You really think … with her? Trump said Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, and when it was proven that Trump had lied, he said that Hillary Clinton was the one who created the lie in the first place — yet another lie. He founded a university and cheated students out of their money. He said he has a plan for the economy, and that this plan is to double growth.

There’s nothing new here — it’s all information stemming from the election campaign. But it still remains important.

In the days after an election that horrified the world, one might be tempted to think all of this isn’t so bad given that Obama and Clinton accepted the defeat with dignity and congratulated Trump. And because Trump said, in the moment of victory, that the time for healing has come. And because the outcome was reached democratically and the people, of course, are always wise.

But that isn’t true. Although Trump will become the democratically elected 45th president of the United States on January 20, he remains a dangerous man. He is dangerously indifferent, unbalanced and inexperienced — and he is dangerously racist. Trump believes in the superiority of the white race, and if he implements the worst of his campaign promises, he will not be the first elected leader to do so.

In other words, 60 million Americans acted stupidly. They cast their votes for xenophobia, racism and nationalism, the end of equal rights and social conscience, for the end of climate treaties and health insurance. Sixty million people followed a demagogue who will do little for them. And yet …

… this election goes deeper than that. It says more than that, and all of us, including the media, politicians and civil societies, and unfortunately the entire West, which is now threatened, would be wise to pay far closer attention.

Those who have lived in New York or experienced dinner conversations in Georgetown and debates at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, know how brilliantly intelligent and worldly Americans can be. But these are closed circles — ones that are unfortunately nowhere near as open as they like to claim, inaccessible as they are to the vast majority of Americans who could never afford access. Once you get outside such circles, such cosmopolitan thinking isn’t nearly as widespread.

Those who have traveled recently from the East Coast to the West Coast, and witnessed the neglect and deterioration of entire towns and cities in states like Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, have seen with their own eyes that connections have been severed in American society. Those who have seen what the disappearance of the steel industry has done and what the computer chip has wrought is familiar with the widespread frustration among the white working class, a group that has been left behind.

Harvard University and Akron, Ohio, or Wall Street and Birmingham, Alabama, no longer have anything in common when 0.1 percent of society possesses 90 percent of the wealth. This is when the American dream is dead and when hate thrives — hate for immigrants, women, the media, and hate for anything that seems elitist or is simply different. This doesn’t justify the hate — it simply explains it.

The tragedy here is that Clinton offered ideas to fight the roots of this hatred, ideas like a higher minimum wage and investments in infrastructure and education. It is tragic because it was too late for credible plans.

Trump had no ideas, but he sensed that the left-behinds yearn for strength. After Barack Obama’s victories, the pundits said that demographic change meant that no US election could be won again without the Latino vote. But Trump gave the Latinos a big fuck you, insinuating that the left-behinds are superior. His words were as crude as those spoken in Germany 80 years ago.

One hesitates to put these thoughts to paper, because they have slowly become clichés, but here it goes. For one, the media should be delving far deeper into social problems and not writing about superficial things. In other words, it needs to stop focusing on lies and angry outbursts, which only serves to inflate the importance of false entertainers. And despite Clinton’s defeat, politicians and anyone involved in education should try to reestablish ties to those who feel left behind and strive to achieve true equal opportunity.

This election was about the impotent and about power. Trump, be it strategically or accidentally, . . .

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12 November 2016 at 8:43 pm

Signal seems to be the messaging app to use

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Joshua Koptstein reports at Motherboard:

If you use the popular encrypted messaging app Signal, you may have noticed an influx of friends downloading the app following the conclusion of the 2016 US presidential election.

Signal received some significant buzz on November 9th, as the world awoke to find out Donald Trump was president-elect. In the 48 hours after the final results were announced, my phone had buzzed with no less than two dozen notifications informing me that friends and acquaintances—many of whom I’d long lost contact with—had finally installed the end-to-end encryption app, which has been praised by security experts and famously endorsed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“Signal’s growth has really accelerated over the past week, and it isn’t showing any sign of slowing down,” Moxie Marlinspike, the pseudonymous creator of Signal’s encryption protocol, told Motherboard in an encrypted chat.

On Twitter and the App Store, Signal began trending in the US as cybersecurity experts recommended people download the app as part of their preparation for the difficult days ahead. Open Whisper Systems, the non-profit behind the app’s open-source development, didn’t mention any specific plans to respond to the turn of events in the US. But its creators note that Signal—which was adopted by Hillary Clinton’s campaign staffers after a series of damaging data breaches—was specifically designed to protect people in these kinds of situations.

“People are really starting to take privacy truly seriously, perhaps for the first time since the Snowden revelations,” Signal designer Tyler Reinhard told me after Signal downloads spiked earlier this week.

For privacy advocates, it’s a silver lining to a highly contentious election year. Given that Trump has explicitly promised to jail his political opponents, prosecute journalists, and punish women for having abortions, there will likely be no shortage of people newly-emboldened to take steps to protect their communications and data. . .

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Better to use it and not need it than to need it and not use it.

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12 November 2016 at 7:02 pm

Weird little video of people doing amazing things

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Best to turn sound off: bad canned music.

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12 November 2016 at 1:12 pm

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Kevin Drum takes a rightly jaundiced view of the Trump Administration’s beginnings

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Kevin Drum blogs in Mother Jones:

In the near term, the Donald Trump shitshow is going to unfold on a daily basis as we learn who will be running things in the new administration. The bad news starts at the top: Mike Pence is replacing Chris Christie as head of Trump’s transition team. Christie may be an intolerable prick, but he’s not a conservative ideologue and might have played a slightly calming role. Pence is nothing of the sort. He’s a stone right winger who will be perfectly happy to put the Heritage Foundation in control of the country.

As for the lower-level folks, it turns out that Trump doesn’t hate lobbyists all that much after all. That whole “Drain the Swamp” thing was just red meat for the rubes. The Associated Press reports that far from hating lobbyists, Trump absolutely adores them. Here’s the Trump transition team:

The behind-the-scenes transition operation is being run by Ron Nichol, a senior partner at The Boston Group, a management consulting firm where 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney launched his business career.

Ken Blackwell…senior fellow at the Family Research Council…Veteran agribusiness lobbyist Michael Torrey…Energy industry lobbyist Mike McKennaDavid Bernhardt…represents mining companies seeking to use resources on federal lands…Lobbyist Steven Hart, who focuses on tax and employee benefits, is leading the transition team for the Labor Department.

Cindy Hayden…top lobbyist for Altria, the parent company of cigarette-maker Philip Morris…Homeland Security Department. Jeff Eisenach, a consultant and former lobbyist…Federal Communications Commission….Michael Korbey…former lobbyist who led President George W. Bush’s effort to privatize America’s retirement system….Shirley Ybarra…champion of “public-private partnerships” to build toll roads and bridges….Myron Ebell…man-made global warming is a hoax…David Malpass…Bear Stearns’ chief economist…Dan DiMicco…former chief executive of steel company NUCOR and a board member at Duke Energy…Former Rep. Mike Rogers…serves on boards for consulting firms IronNet Cybersecurity and Next Century Corp.

Kevin O’Connor…partner at the law firm of close Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani…Jim Carafano…Heritage Foundation’s vice president for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies…retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg…chief operating officer for Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq…Mira Ricardel…vice president of business development for Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems.

Buckle up. This is going to be a rough ride.

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12 November 2016 at 1:11 pm

Amazing 147 Maximum Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ding Junhui – 2014 Welsh Open Final

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The commentary is interesting, pointing out some things I might have missed.

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12 November 2016 at 1:03 pm

Posted in Games, Video

An interesting take on the Trump voters

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Mike Rowe wrote on his Facebook page:

Hey Mike. You’ve been very quiet. Everything OK? I just wanted you to know that I voted for you. I was also hoping you might explain what the hell happened on Tuesday, and say something to make me feel better about my fellow man. Thanks,
Carol Savoy

Hi Carol

Last Friday, my dog posted a video that featured a man licking a cat with the aid of a device that’s designed for the specific purpose of making it easier for people to lick their cats.I’ve been silent ever since, because frankly, I couldn’t think of a better way – metaphorical or otherwise – to express my feelings about this election cycle. The entire country it seems, has been preoccupied with finding a way to lick a cat without actually putting their tongue on it.

Too oblique? Too weird? Ok, how about this analysis:

Back in 2003, a very unusual TV pilot called Dirty Jobs, Forrest-Gumped its way onto The Discovery Channel and found an audience – a big one. For Discovery, this was a problem. You see, Dirty Jobs didn’t look like anything else on their channel. It wasn’t pretty or careful. It took place in sewers and septic tanks, and featured a subversive host in close contact with his 8-year old inner child who refused to do second takes. Everyone agreed that Dirty Jobs was totally “off-brand” and completely inappropriate for Discovery. Everyone but the viewers. The ratings were just too big to ignore, so the pilot got a green-light, and yours truly finally got a steady gig.

But here’s the thing – Dirty Jobs didn’t resonate because the host was incredibly charming. It wasn’t a hit because it was gross, or irreverent, or funny, or silly, or smart, or terribly clever. Dirty Jobs succeeded because it was authentic. It spoke directly and candidly to a big chunk of the country that non-fiction networks had been completely ignoring. In a very simple way, Dirty Jobs said “Hey – we can see you,” to millions of regular people who had started to feel invisible. Ultimately, that’s why Dirty Jobs ran for eight seasons. And today, that’s also why Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

I know people are freaked out, Carol. I get it. I’m worried too. But not because of who we elected. We’ve survived 44 Presidents, and we’ll survive this one too. I’m worried because millions of people now seem to believe that Trump supporters are racist, xenophobic, and uneducated misogynists. I’m worried because despising our candidates publicly is very different than despising the people who vote for them.

Last week, three old friends – people I’ve known for years – each requested to be “unfriended” by anyone who planned on voting for Trump. Honestly, that was disheartening. Who tosses away a friendship over an election? Are my friends turning into those mind-numbingly arrogant celebrities who threaten to move to another country if their candidate doesn’t win? Are my friends now convinced that people they’ve known for years who happen to disagree with them politically are not merely mistaken – but evil, and no longer worthy of their friendship?

For what it’s worth, Carol, I don’t think Donald Trump won by tapping into America’s “racist underbelly,” and I don’t think Hillary lost because she’s a woman. I think a majority of people who voted in this election did so in spite of their many misgivings about the character of both candidates. That’s why it’s very dangerous to argue that Clinton supporters condone lying under oath and obstructing justice. Just as it’s equally dangerous to suggest a Trump supporter condones gross generalizations about foreigners and women.

These two candidates were the choices we gave ourselves, and each came with a heaping helping of vulgarity and impropriety. Yeah, it was dirty job for sure, but the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not.

As for me, I’m flattered by your support, but grateful that your vote was not enough to push me over the top. However, when the dust settles, and The White House gets a new tenant, I’ll make the same offer to President Trump that I did to President Obama – to assist as best I can in any attempt to reinvigorate the skilled trades, and shine a light on millions of good jobs that no one seems excited about pursuing. http://bit.ly/2fG1SxI

Like those 3 million “shovel ready” jobs we heard so much about eight years ago, the kind of recovery that Donald Trump is promising will require a workforce that’s properly trained and sufficiently enthused about the opportunities at hand. At the moment, we do not have that work force in place. What we do have, are tens of millions of capable people who have simply stopped looking for work, and millions of available jobs that no one aspires to do. That’s the skills gap, and it’s gotta close. If mikeroweWORKS can help, we’re standing by.

If not, I suppose we’ll just have to find another way to lick the cat.

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12 November 2016 at 12:43 pm

Posted in Daily life, Election

Trump’s temperament: How to manage a narcissist

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I never thought I would be posting a Jennifer Rubin column, much less a series of them, and I’m doing it again. She is now on my regular reading list, because although she’s conservative through and through, she also seems to see clearly the flaws of the GOP (as well as of the Democrats, but of the latter I see as virtues some things she sees as flaws—but she seems to be a person with whom you could have a good discussion even if your views differed, unlike some on the right (Rush Limbaugh? Bill O’Reilly? Please.)).

Her column begins:

Much of the post-election discussion has focused on what the next administration will do, its policies and its personnel. There is, however, a bigger, looming question: How will President-elect Donald Trump temperamentally and intellectually handle the burdens of the presidency?

Trump’s temperament and character were central to the concerns of millions of voters, including Republicans who would not support him. His lack of empathy, intellectual lethargy (he brags he rarely reads a book all the way through), his hunger for approval, his lack of impulse control, his explosive temper and his vindictiveness were evident throughout an 18-month campaign. They remain a threat to his presidency and to the country.

  • When the first shooting or terrorist attack comes, will he blurt out, “I told you so!” (as he did throughout the campaign), or will he be able to fill the consoler-in-chief role?
  • Will he be manipulated by political opponents and foreign leaders wise to his vanity and thirst for approval?
  • Will he be able to learn what he needs to know — especially if he cannot sit still to read? (The most important and heartfelt recommendation we can make would be to put books and briefing books on tape. Some people are visual learners, and others are auditory learners; conscientious staffers will need to adapt to Trump’s style and understand his weaknesses.)
  • Will he continue the strategy of micromanaging and bullying he has used in business? (The Post reports that in his own book “he called himself a ‘screamer’ who doesn’t hesitate to berate associates.”)
  • Will loyalty and not competence be the primary consideration for his personnel picks?
  • Who’s going to tell him he’s wrong?
  • When things go wrong, will he blame others, refuse to apologize and attack the messengers?
  • Was his vicious assault on the press an act, or does he intend to launch an attack on the First Amendment, operate in secrecy and lie with impunity?
  • Is he capable of any self-discipline? (Aides will need to take away social media access permanently.)
  • Can he separate the country’s interests from his personal peeves and piques?
  • Is he really going to let his kids run his businesses, thereby setting up a horrific web of conflicts that makes the Clintons look like Eliot Ness?
  • Will he misuse the instruments of federal power to settle scores and punish enemies?
  • Will he make decisions rashly for superficial reasons?

These are not insignificant or imaginary concerns. They assume a 70-year-old billionaire who defied everyone to win the presidency is not about to turn over a new leaf. Presidents are usually undone by their own flaws, which become worse in office. If Trump was intemperate before, wait until he faces the full stress of the presidency.

There are a few things those around him might do to move him in constructive ways. These are no substitute for a president with good character, temperament and intellect, but the country elected Trump, so we will have to improvise here. . .

and concludes:

. . . Our biggest worries have never been about Trump’s loony policies (which Congress can resist or which will crumble when they encounter the real world) but with him. There is a heavier than usual burden on those around Trump because he comes to office with zero public experience, a dearth of knowledge and deeply troubling personality traits. Every single day, they must remember they work for the president but serve the American people. We should pray — fervently and often — they are courageous and skilled enough to protect Trump from himself and the country from Trump.

Read the whole thing.

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12 November 2016 at 11:27 am

A fresh start?

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Kevin Drum blogs a David Frum tweetstorm:

David Frum is persuading me this morning that the tweetstorm can be a valuable medium after all. He is not buying Michael Smerconish’s suggestion that we should all give Donald Trump a fresh start:

It seems indeed to be the case that Putin and the Russian intelligence services did Trump an enormous favor. How will he reciprocate? By abandoning NATO?

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12 November 2016 at 10:30 am

A Lost World of Shipwrecks Is Found

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Very interesting article in the NY Times. William Broad writes:

The medieval ship lay more than a half-mile down at the bottom of the Black Sea, its masts, timbers and planking undisturbed in the darkness for seven or eight centuries. Lack of oxygen in the icy depths had ruled out the usual riot of creatures that feast on sunken wood.

This fall, a team of explorers lowered a robot on a long tether, lit up the wreck with bright lights and took thousands of high-resolution photos. A computer then merged the images into a detailed portrait.

Archaeologists date the discovery to the 13th or 14th century, opening a new window on forerunners of the 15th- and 16th-century sailing vessels that discovered the New World, including those of Columbus. This medieval ship probably served the Venetian empire, which had Black Sea outposts.

Never before had this type of ship been found in such complete form. The breakthrough was the quarterdeck, from which the captain would have directed a crew of perhaps 20 sailors.

“That’s never been seen archaeologically,” said Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz, an expedition member at the Center for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton, in Britain. “We couldn’t believe our eyes.”

Remarkably, the find is but one of more than 40 shipwrecks that the international team recently discovered and photographed off the Bulgarian coast in one of archaeology’s greatest coups.

In age, the vessels span a millennium, from the Byzantine to the Ottomanempires, from the ninth to the 19th centuries. Generally, the ships are in such good repair that the images reveal intact coils of rope, rudders and elaborately carved decorations. . .

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12 November 2016 at 9:17 am

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“The Big Lebowski” as film noir

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Very interesting. Via Open Culture:

And also this take on “The Big Lebowski”:

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12 November 2016 at 9:13 am

Posted in Movies & TV

Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here

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The article in the previous post has some good points but it curiously omits the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who did indeed focus on economic issues. Here’s Bernie in the NY Times today:

Millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, campaigned hard on her behalf, and believed she was the right choice on Election Day. But Donald J. Trump won the White House because his campaign rhetoric successfully tapped into a very real and justified anger, an anger that many traditional Democrats feel.

I am saddened, but not surprised, by the outcome. It is no shock to me that millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump did so because they are sick and tired of the economic, political and media status quo.

Working families watch as politicians get campaign financial support from billionaires and corporate interests — and then ignore the needs of ordinary Americans. Over the last 30 years, too many Americans were sold out by their corporate bosses. They work longer hours for lower wages as they see decent paying jobs go to China, Mexico or some other low-wage country. They are tired of having chief executives make 300 times what they do, while 52 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent. Many of their once beautiful rural towns have depopulated, their downtown stores are shuttered, and their kids are leaving home because there are no jobs — all while corporations suck the wealth out of their communities and stuff them into offshore accounts.

Working Americans can’t afford decent, quality child care for their children. They can’t send their kids to college, and they have nothing in the bank as they head into retirement. In many parts of the country they can’t find affordable housing, and they find the cost of health insurance much too high. Too many families exist in despair as drugs, alcohol and suicide cut life short for a growing number of people.

President-elect Trump is right: The American people want change. But what kind of change will he be offering them? Will he have the courage to stand up to the most powerful people in this country who are responsible for the economic pain that so many working families feel, or will he turn the anger of the majority against minorities, immigrants, the poor and the helpless?

Will he have the courage to stand up to Wall Street, work to break up the “too big to fail” financial institutions and demand that big banks invest in small businesses and create jobs in rural America and inner cities? Or, will he appoint another Wall Street banker to run the Treasury Department and continue business as usual? [Jamie Dimon is being suggested as Secretary of Treasury…  – LG] Will he, as he promised during the campaign, really take on the pharmaceutical industry and lower the price of prescription drugs? . . .

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12 November 2016 at 8:56 am

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class

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Joan Williams has an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review:

My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, and the family was often short on food money. They were evicted from apartment after apartment.

He dropped out of school in eighth grade to help support the family. Eventually he got a good, steady job he truly hated, as an inspector in a factory that made those machines that measure humidity levels in museums. He tried to open several businesses on the side but none worked, so he kept that job for 38 years. He rose from poverty to a middle-class life: the car, the house, two kids in Catholic school, the wife who worked only part-time. He worked incessantly. He had two jobs in addition to his full-time position, one doing yard work for a local magnate and another hauling trash to the dump.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he read The Wall Street Journal and voted Republican. He was a man before his time: a blue-collar white man who thought the union was a bunch of jokers who took your money and never gave you anything in return. Starting in 1970, many blue-collar whites followed his example. This week, their candidate won the presidency.

For months, the only thing that’s surprised me about Donald Trump is my friends’ astonishment at his success. What’s driving it is the class culture gap.

One little-known element of that gap is that the white working class (WWC) resents professionals but admires the rich. Class migrants (white-collar professionals born to blue-collar families) report that “professional people were generally suspect” and that managers are college kids “who don’t know shit about how to do anything but are full of ideas about how I have to do my job,” said Alfred Lubrano in Limbo. Barbara Ehrenreich recalled in 1990 that her blue-collar dad “could not say the word doctor without the virtual prefix quack. Lawyers were shysters…and professors were without exception phonies.” Annette Lareau found tremendous resentment against teachers, who were perceived as condescending and unhelpful.

Michèle Lamont, in The Dignity of Working Men, also found resentment of professionals — but not of the rich. “[I] can’t knock anyone for succeeding,” a laborer told her. “There’s a lot of people out there who are wealthy and I’m sure they worked darned hard for every cent they have,” chimed in a receiving clerk. Why the difference? For one thing, most blue-collar workers have little direct contact with the rich outside of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. But professionals order them around every day. The dream is not to become upper-middle-class, with its different food, family, and friendship patterns; the dream is to live in your own class milieu, where you feel comfortable — just with more money. “The main thing is to be independent and give your own orders and not have to take them from anybody else,” a machine operator told Lamont. Owning one’s own business — that’s the goal. That’s another part of Trump’s appeal.

Hillary Clinton, by contrast, epitomizes the dorky arrogance and smugness of the professional elite. The dorkiness: the pantsuits. The arrogance: the email server. The smugness: the basket of deplorables. Worse, her mere presence rubs it in that even women from her class can treat working-class men with disrespect. Look at how she condescends to Trump as unfit to hold the office of the presidency and dismisses his supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic.

Trump’s blunt talk taps into another blue-collar value: straight talk . . .

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12 November 2016 at 8:41 am

Posted in Daily life, Election

Bay Rum and the Black Mamba

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SOTD 2016-11-12

The Simpson Persian Jar 2 Super is quite a nice brush, and it easily worked up an excellent and fragrant lather from Meißner Tremonia’s Natural Bay Rum:

Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera oil*, Jamaica Rum, Potassium Hydroxide, Aqua, Orbignya Oleifera oil*, Sodium Hydroxide, Macadamia terifolia oil, Pimenta Racemosa oil, Litsea Cubeba oil, Eugenia Carophyllata oil, Glycerin*, Citric Acid, Talc, Simmondsia Chinensis oil*, Kaolin, Maris sal, Brown Clay, Eugenol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol.

* Bio – Qualität

As you see, it has two types of clay (Kaolin and Brown), but it was easy to load the brush this time without adding extra water, and the lather was quite nice indeed: a good strong bay rum fragrance.

Three passes with the RazoRock Black Mamba razor, one of the most comfortable razors I own, and I had a BBS face.

A good splash of Krampert’s Finest Acadian Bay Rum, and the weekend gets underway.

Witch Hazel, alcohols (isopropyl, ethyl and propoxylated), vegetable glycerine, natural scent and color from spices.

There’s a lengthy description at the link, which includes this paragraph:

Since it contains very effective moisturizers, and I’ve used my knowledge of botanicals in its composition, it’s great as a guy’s moisturizer. I regularly use it to combat dry skin in the winter. There is no rubbing it in. Just spread it on and let it dry. It can never be greasy or oily. It works differently than any other moisturizer you’ve ever used. Again, don’t rub it in, just spread it on and then allow it to dry. If you want more moisturizing effect, use a bit more. I like to see my skin noticeably wet immediately after application.

I do find that it is moisturizing, unusually so for a splash.

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12 November 2016 at 8:38 am

Posted in Shaving

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