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Trump's secret weapon: We don't want to be bored.

An intuition that arose from seeing these 2 articles in quick succession today:1. In the NYT (top center of the front page): "Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump’s First 100 Days/Covering the Trump White House can be exhilarating, maddening, exhausting — but never boring. Show More Summary

At the time of the rise of the Tea Party, in the spring of 2010, "Bannon went through 'a visible transformation,' a friend said."

"'In his days in business, he dressed like an investment banker from Connecticut—shirt and jacket, tie or not, boring men’s shoes, a short, conventional men’s haircut. But he couldn’t show up at the Tea Party dressed like that. He started dressing more casually. Show More Summary

"Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong."

"Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts. None of this is to deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences. Show More Summary

"Saturday Night Live" is "incredibly brilliant activism, I think and I'm for that, it's using humor again as terrorism like the Yippies did..."

"... to make fun of the enemy until they squirm in embarrassment and that's fair, that's good terrorism to me. You have to make each other laugh. If you just go out there and are preaching, no one's going to listen. You know, I'm not a separatist, I'm friends with some people who voted for Trump, not many. Show More Summary

"The 70 Best Magazine Covers of the '70s."

I doubt if these actually are the best, and the ranking seems haphazard, but I was in the mood to reminisce about magazines in the 1970s. Here, I picked out 4 to show you. Kind of working on a theme:

"These pants embody a masochist aesthetic. They are ostensibly 'chill' and yet they are not comfortable..."

"... high waist, no stretch, devious center seams. At their most extreme they have the potential to be punishing both physically (you don’t feel good) and visually (you don’t look so good, either), which seems like a remarkable achievement. Show More Summary

What's the life span of a social media app?

I don't know. Maybe some are immortal. But Yik Yak ended. The app, by its design, was problematic from its inception. A platform where people can say whatever they’d like without disclosing their identity? What could possibly go wrong?... Show More Summary

"They overlooked so many very basic things. And baby, they forgot to make me sign an NDA."

Great closing line to an article in New York Magazine titled "I Worked at Fyre Festival. It Was Always Going to Be a Disaster."

I'm so tired of all the 100-days-of-Trump articles, especially the idiotic assigning of grades...

... but I like where Glenn Reynolds came out in this USA Today roundup of grades for Trump:President Trump was elected in no small part because he was not Hillary Clinton, and he's done an A+ job of not being Hillary Clinton during his first 100 days.... Show More Summary

The NYT profile of Rupert Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, seems to have spurred talk about starting a new conservative cable news channel.

"The piece struck fear into the minds of some Fox News’ hardcore conservatives with talk of the sons wanting to rid the company 'of the old-guard culture on which their father built his empire' and bringing 'a warmer and fuzzier workplace'...Show More Summary

The return of "Roseanne."

Not just the delightful comedienne, the Lucy of the 90s. The actual sitcom, with the whole original cast (at least for 8 episodes). What will the characters be up to after all these years? Perhaps what Roseanne herself sketched out on...Show More Summary

At the Dropping Out Café...

... I'm finding the morning news unreadable, unclickable. You say something, won't you?

"A Bahamas festival backed by a host of A-list models and with packages costing up to £10,000 ($13,000) has descended into chaos..."

"... amid reports guests have been stranded at an unfinished site overrun by feral dogs. The boutique Fyre Festival, due to start today and run over two weekends, was billed as a 'cultural moment created from an alchemic blend of music, art, and food'... Show More Summary

"The president took us to every room and looked at every painting and talked about every bed and every carpet and every rug and every bulletproof glass."

A quote from Ted Nugent is the jumping off point for a WaPo style piece titled "Alone in the White House, Trump is enjoying the perks of his new home." The WaPo writer, Krissah Thompson unleashes the inferences:But the fact that Trump...Show More Summary

"Foreign countries and companies might appreciate the idea that they can more easily handle Donald Trump if they lavish his daughter with attention..."

"... this is a common enough practice when dealing with authoritarian governments. But it should at least cause a little unease here at home," writes Amy Davidson in "The Global Effort to Flatter Ivanka" (in The New Yorker). She's writing...Show More Summary

"... the Old Vic's upcoming production of Girl From the North Country which is written and directed by Conor McPherson with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan."

"Brought to life by a 20-piece company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul."

"Am I taking this too seriously? The casual racism of the Asian salad stems from the idea of the exotic — who is and isn’t American is caught up wholesale in its creation."

"This use of 'Oriental' and 'Asian' is rooted in the wide-ranging, 'all look same' stereotypes of Asian culture that most people don’t really perceive as being racist.... [T]he language of the Asian salad is revealing of the dangersShow More Summary

"Several years ago, I lost my power of smell. So I can't smell anything...."

Says Scott Adams at the beginning of this video (which someone who knows I have the same disempowerment alerted me about): Coffe with Scott Adams - Talking about reality and whatnot — Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) April 27, 2017

"Does Le Pen have a chance of winning French presidency?"

"Since his impressive first-round victory on Sunday, Mr Macron is still at least 20 points ahead, which sounds an unassailable lead.... So what could go wrong for him?"All she needs is to advance a little more in the polls, and thisShow More Summary

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