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By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ — Ted Cruz, CC BY-SA 2.0

With his tweet about the Paris Climate Agreement, Cruz shows Trump’s fiercest supporters that he will carry the legacy.

I’m sure by now you’ve all read Ted Cruz’s tweet complaining about Biden rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement.

If not, here it is in all its stupid glory:

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Photo by Akshar Dave on Unsplash

Governments must stop shifting the blame onto us and face reality: corporate regulations and higher taxes are essential to saving our planet.

“How can I save the planet?” or “what can I do to save the environment?” are questions we all have googled at least once. Faced with a catastrophe we now know we cannot avoid, it is natural that we citizens of the world, inhabitants of this pale blue dot, would be concerned and would look for actionable solutions. We all realise that however small our contribution, it matters in the end. We see the danger ahead and want to act to limit its consequences.

Some of us feel like our parents’ and grandparents’ generations did nothing to prevent this while they could; we resent them for their devil-may-care attitude that brought this mess unto us. I’m willing to wager many of us also feel guilty when we read articles and watch the news; when we learn that over the past 50 years, the world animal population has decreased by over 70%. We also feel desperate when we hear that the best we can hope for is to “avoid the worst.” We grew up dreaming of the future; today, it scares us. We need to make the future great again, but we know we can’t, and we suffer a pang of terrible guilt for it. …

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Illustration courtesy of the author.

Just like free speech, law and order, or states’ rights, the newest Republican catchphrase is nothing but racist doublespeak

The modern incarnation of the Republican Party was born during the 1968 presidential election. In the wake of the Civil Rights Act, Nixon saw the rising popularity of segregationist candidate George Wallace in the Deep South and capitalised on it through what GOP strategists dubbed the Southern Strategy. They had understood that to win elections in America, a right-wing party needed to be on the side of white supremacists but couldn’t say it outright. The times they were a-changing, and the language too.

Expert in semiotics and linguistics tend to analyse the world and our relation to it through core tropes, or fundamental figures of speech that characterise the public discourse of an era. As a matter of progression, societies tend to move from metaphors to metonymies to synecdoches and end up with irony.

Russian meddling in the Capitol Storming? According to a Politico article linked below, “The FBI is investigating evidence that a woman who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 stole a…

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Murphy’s law, by EgoVolo — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The US is about to demonstrate, once again, that anything that can go wrong will go wrong

February 2021

Zip-tie guy Larry Rendall Brock Jr. had already been released by a sympathetic judge in January owing to his “long and distinguished military career.” Similarly, Jacob Fracker, a corporal in the Virginia National Guard, and another police officer had also been released on unsecured, $15,000 bonds.

Following these precedents, most of the Capitol storming terrorists were released in February 2021 due to their military or law enforcement service, their good behaviour, and the fact that their epidermis contains just about the right amount of melanin.

March 2021

GOP Senators and Representatives publicly attack President Joe Biden for his dismal handling of the Coronavirus pandemic that has already killed over 500,000 Americans. The failure to vaccinate the population at the required pace is “a shame, in light of the blazing success of President Trump’s Operation Warpspeed,” stated Lindsey Graham. …

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By Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0

And how, just like everything else in Trump’s political career, this conspiracy takes us all the way back to Moscow

Donald Trump’s political career truly started in 2011, when he became the figurehead of the infamous birtherism movement. Like everything else in Trump’s life, however, birtherism was somebody else’s brainchild. Trump merely hopped on an already moving train and appropriated the lie through his media clout and bombastic rhetoric.

Birtherism marked a steep departure from Trump’s previous public political positions, and his embrace of the racist conspiracy theory came at a time of financial turmoil for the business mogul. …

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Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash

If the impeachment debates didn’t scare you, you haven’t been paying attention.

Something scary happened on the floor of the House chamber on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021. Some may have noticed it, but I haven’t seen this reported anywhere. It has to do with the GOP members' shared rhetoric during the debates preceding the vote on Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment.

Each representative was yielded between 30 to 60 seconds, which means they had to carefully choose their words. They didn’t have time for grandiose eloquence. They also didn’t care about debating the issue. As hypocritical as they are, they aren’t stupid (at least not all of them). They know full well there is nothing to debate. …

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Photo by Karen Zhao on Unsplash

Just because I don’t want to doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch them!

Two weeks ago, I published a list of five incredible movies I never wanted to watch again. The response has been incredible, starting great discussions in the comments and providing me with a long list of movies I have not seen yet and already know I will only watch once!

Here is the article I’m talking about:

Some of the comments also highlighted movies that should have been on my list, but that evaded my memory as I was writing it.

Here is a follow up set of five movies that will tear your soul apart, never to let it heal again. These are all amazing movies in their respective genre. …

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By Jonas Bengtsson from Malmö, Sweden — Berlin, CC BY 2.0

And that’s exactly why they love her

The GOP always loved having a bogeyman. It’s actually much easier than trying to build a policy platform, a goal the party has all but forsaken. Explaining the world in terms of driving forces, trends, modes of production or any form of dialectical reasoning demands a certain amount of efforts on both the speaker and their audience. It requires a complex cognitive process known by science as common sense. It also requires a grounded understanding of reality, but as Stephen Colbert rightfully argued in 2006, “reality has a well-documented liberal bias,” and the GOP is having none of that.

For decades the GOP has known that, in order to explain the complexities of our modern world to their base, nothing beats a good ad hominem attack. In recent year, thanks to their inclusion and embrace of toxic masculinity, they’ve angled on the side of ad feminam attacks, with one prime target: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known to all as AOC. With her confidence, assertiveness and popularity, AOC crystallises all that the GOP voter base hates in a woman: she’s independent, educated, fearless, outspoken, fun, and she takes no shit. …


Nicolas Carteron

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