This week’s note in Trumpian ‘Alternative Facts’ comes from vox where, in a single week, the Nunes memo exposed the anti-Trump conspiracy, previously secret FBI emails showed that Obama engineered a cover up of the Clinton email scandal, and Mark Warner met secretly with Steele to conspire on the dossier. Turns out that each story was debunked, but vox explains that truth no longer matters in Trump world.
M. Bouffant at Web of Evil links to efforts by religious leaders, this time Mormons, to cover up a domestic violence scandal. And a prediction that feminism will undo 10,000 years of recorded history. Which might be pretty good except, as he points out, recorded history doesn’t go back that far. I dunno. Do we count cave graphics?
Once more into the breech. Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives tries again to defend the corrupt electoral college system of selecting Presidents. This time it’s that the founders realized that the passions of the majority need to be tamed. Actually, that was an argument for the Bill of Rights. The main argument for the electoral college was the need to preserve slavery.
Choosing by electors makes about as much sense as choosing a mayor by counting how each street voted. Whoever wins on the the most streets becomes mayor. Did we ever get a more dispassionate result when the electoral college chose differently than the voters? Was Benjamin Harrison a taming of passion? George W? D-D-D-Donald Trump?
I kind of like science fiction, but I get irritiated when some important answer is suddenly provided by technological magic. I would, at least, like a story to present a premise, then build on it. Infidel753 takes a look at a common theme, outer space aliens who visit earth. He examines several possible reasons anyone from a distant world would bother with ours, and rejects each one. What would aliens want here?
John Scalzi at Whatever buys a new guitar, gets ticked at someone’s reaction, and provides a lesson in common courtesy. His advice? Don’t be a dick.