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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my diigo]


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#ifyouonlyreadone okay two this week 😉

The Styrofoam Presidency | Masha Gessen – “It might take a long time to understand why we have come to enter the age of a kakistocracy, but evidently we have.”

The Triumph of the Won’t | Laurie Penny – The Women’s March on Washington overshadowed Trump’s inauguration. Here’s why that matters.

#watch and

Who March the World? Girls | Samantha Bee – “A bunch of girls hurt Trump’s feelings” With a beautiful rendition of Quiet.

Sarah Kendzior Highlight – @sarahkendzior crushes Breitbart in 30 seconds.

Rise Up Thy Young Blood – “In January of 2017, in protest of Donald Trump’s forthcoming inauguration, activists, artists, graffiti-writers and musicians donated 6 liters of blood to create a large-scale piece of political artwork. “Rise Up Thy Young Blood” is the largest piece of political blood artwork to date. It was painted by Illma Gore over the course of 6 days on a 10’x15’ paper canvas at the Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles, California.”

“INAUGURATION DAY” — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump’s Inauguration – “Politicians CAN say what they’re actually thinking…”

Timelapse: Tom Sachs — Space Program: Europa install – “Building the launch site from the ground up: Lunar Excursion Module, Mission Control, Mobile Quarantine Unit installed onsite. For the exhibition Tom Sachs”

The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words – “Because we realize it’s better for us to get along, we decided to introduce our tiny country to him. In a way that will probably appeal to him the most.”

RIOTS IN THE NATIONS CAPITAL ON TRUMPS FIRST DAY JAN, 20, 2017 – “This is a short film of some of the stuff I filmed during the riots in Washington D.C. while Trump was being inaugurated.” Excuse the riotporn.


YOLOCAUST – “The page was visited by over 2.5 million people. The crazy thing is that the project actually reached all 12 people who’s selfies were presented. Almost all of them understood the message, apologized and decided to remove their selfies from their personal Facebook and Instagram profiles.”

Three Way Fight w/ Decomposure (Sole Survivor) – “Its a three way fight between the right and the left So follow their lead if you like walking off cliffs…”

Localingual: listen to the voices of the world – Interactive map with audio files of country names in different languages. But politics. (Palestine is there, Tibet is not)

Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster – “A barrier would sever animal populations living in the fragile desert ecosystems of the US-Mexico border from food resources, mates, and important migration routes. Such a disruption would deal an irreparable blow to countless species, including extraordinarily rare ones like the Sonoran jaguar and Mexican gray wolf.”

Robert Reich had breakfast with a former Republican member of Congress – “the moment Trump does something really dumb – steps over the line – violates the law in a big stupid clumsy way … and you know he will …”

Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists – “Scientists say the world has edged closer to apocalypse in the past year amid a darkening security landscape and comments by Donald Trump.”

The Trump Inauguration, Brought to You by Silicon Valley Utopianism – “The tech industry has achieved negative freedom. The question now is: What do people do now?”

The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump’s inauguration – “Donald Trump’s block tower is the biggest. He does not need a nap or a snack. He has the longest, biggest attention span.” Humor will help.

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest – “A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted”

A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets – “Cognitive linguist George Lakoff believes that the press must understand how Trump uses language if we’re to responsibly report on his tweets, not just magnify their misinformation. He talks with Brooke about the categories he’s come up with for thinking about Trump tweets.”

How Jokes Won the Election – “How do you fight an enemy who’s just kidding?”

Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism | Naomi Klein – “This is the disaster capitalism blueprint, and it aligns with Trump’s own track record as a businessman all too well.”

This is Psychological Warfare – “Trump’s Laugh Track is Tricking America”

Robert Reich (Trump’s Two-Step Strategy To Take Over the Truth) – “Step 1: Disparage the press and lie about them [done and dusted √] Step 2: Threaten to circumvent the press and take the “truth” directly to the people [now in the works]”

Half An Onion (@HalfOnionInABag) – “Just here to get more followers than @realDonaldTrump.”

Trump’s inauguration crowd: Sean Spicer’s claims versus the evidence – “White House press secretary’s angry declaration that the media faked low attendance does not stack up against photos, videos and public transport figures”

Brian Eno: ‘We’ve been in decline for 40 years – Trump is a chance to rethink’ – “I’m interested in the idea of generative music as a sort of model for how society or politics could work. I’m working out the ideas I’m interested in, about how you make a working society rather than a dysfunctional one like the one we live in at the moment – by trying to make music in a new way.”

How these six women’s protests changed history – “From revolution-era France to modern-day Poland and Argentina, women have effected change by standing up en masse to injustice”

Philip Roth E-Mails on Trump – “In 2004, the writer published “The Plot Against America,” about an election that upends the country. Has it happened here?”

Agenda for Women’s March has been hijacked by organizers bent on highlighting women’s differences – “It saddens me to see the inclusive liberal feminism I grew up with reduced to a grab-bag of competing victimhood narratives and rival community-based but essentially individualist identities jostling for most-oppressed status.”

MAX IM A KOOPA “I just finished a PhD diss abt “reason” in relation to the public sphere so w apologies I might risk a short thread re: punching nazis -“ – “TL;DR – punching a nazi is actually a supreme act of democracy bc it will not tolerate a direct affront of a fellow citizen’s citizenship. The term to interrogate in “should you punch a nazi?” is SHOULD – what is the status of that “should”? Legally: no; ethically: fuck yes.”

Trump’s here. We have four years to write a better story | Molly Crabapple – “It’s time to stop playing nice with those who want to destroy us. To win, politicians must offer more radical dreams”

The Women’s March and the Judean People’s Front: After Occupy, after trumpism, a new networked politics – “having grown up in politics, I know firsthand about the enmities that fester between groups that should be allies — groups whose differences can only be parsed after months of study, but who are seemingly more at odds with one another than their obvious political opponents on the “other side” of the debate.”

Kid Koala – Collapser feat. Emilíana Torrini (official video) – “taken from the Kid Koala album Music To Draw To: Satellite”

The New Reality: Reports from J20 in Seattle – “This communiqué from comrades in Seattle comes to us as the night is ending there. They offer it as a partial report of the many events that transpired: some demoralizing, some inspiring, and some horrifying.”

The Anti-Inauguration speech by Naomi Klein – The take away expression here: Corporate coup d’etat.


“A Honeypot For Assholes”: Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment – “For nearly its entire existence, Twitter has not just tolerated abuse and hate speech, it’s virtually been optimized to accommodate it. With public backlash at an all-time high and growth stagnating, what is the platform that declared itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” to do?”


Done. We made history – Geschichte der Gegenwart – “Millionen Menschen in aller Welt nahmen am 21. Januar am «Women’s March» teil. Mit geschätzten fast drei Millionen Teilnehmenden in den USA schrieb der March amerikanische Geschichte. Christine Loriol reiste von Zürich nach Washington. Weil es nicht anders ging. Ein persönlicher Bericht.”

Judith Butler über Donald Trump: «Ich befürchte einen amerikanischen Nationalismus» – “Die amerikanische Philosophin Judith Butler plädiert für zivilen Ungehorsam nach Donald Trumps Auftakt. Sie fürchtet, dass der neue Präsident Grundrechte ausser Kraft setzen könnte – mit gravierenden Folgen.”

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