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Trump: The Nihilist We Deserve

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It's not Trump's fault he's popular.  After all, archetypes are merely reflections of culture.  We need folk characters to help us make sense of our surroundings, our values, and our anxieties. By being loud and obnoxious and by having no allegiance to anything resembling the truth, Trump is the perfect personification of politics today.

John E. Price, Huffington Post

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Steve%20Sack%20%7C%20Trump%20Tower.jpg07/17/2015 | When I was 16, my aunt bought me the new Donald Trump book.  It was full of empty anecdotes and meaningless solutions to nonexistent problems.  I think I used it as a doorstop for a while (sorry, Aunt Dee).  I guess I never really took "The Donald" seriously.  In my eyes, he's just an archetype: the charlatan, the swindler, the man whose entire identity is mindless narcissism.  Snake-oil salesmen don't care about the "facts" or "truth," they only care about the next con, the next source of income and fame.  That's Trump's entire past: whether it's business, sports, or his TV shows.  And like any good profiteer, he knows it!

 

So it has come as no surprise to me that the man who uses illegal immigrant labor while milking legal loopholes is now "running for President" on the backs of those very laborers and those very loopholes.  Every Trump-related headline can be shortened to: "Blowhard says blowhard thing (video at 11)."

John E. Price, Folklorist. Golfer. Baseball cap enthusiast.

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John Oliver Explains Why Funding Of Sports Stadiums Makes No Sense At All

 

  • According to Oliver, teams not only receive taxpayer-funded facilities, but they also often get to keep the income from stadium naming rights, concessions, luxury boxes, and non-sports events held on the property. The Florida Marlins’ owner framed it candidly: “That’s the whole object of this, is to get more revenue.”
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015

Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo

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ociqdsezsejcywkk5qcf.jpgJuly 13, 2015 | American sports stadiums are replaced and renovated at a shocking rate, as John Oliver documented Sunday on HBO’s "Last Week Tonight."

In the last two decades, he said, 90 percent of U.S. sports stadiums have been rebuilt — on the dime of local taxpayers. Some $12 billion was spent on 51 new luxury facilities between 2000 and 2010 alone, according to Oliver.

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  • The Twin Cities and the siren song of the positive economic impact of professional sports facilities
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact
    • Stop the stadium lease signings now!
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014
    • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

 

 

 

This NSFW PSA features couples where one partner has a disability. It's hot, and totally awesome.

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  • Unfortunately, not all kisses are viewed the same.
  • That's why on July 6 — International Kissing Day — one group decided to share this PDA-laden PSA.
  • What Happens When Housing Becomes Unaffordable for People With Disabilities

Robbie Couch, Upworthy

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Couple%20Kissing%20in%20Public.jpgJul 06, 2015 | Watching couples get ... intimate ... can get REAL awkward REAL fast. Right?

But for people living with a disability, showing a loved one affection can also mean facing additional stigma many of us never have to deal with.

About two-thirds of people admit to feeling awkward around those who are living with a disability. This disproportionate level of awk-city (an official term) means one thing: We able-bodied people need to get a whole lot better at seeing people with disabilities as people. Plain and simple.

Robbie Couch: a Brooklyn-based writer with Michigan roots, activist tendencies, and an irrational fear of birds. 

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What Happens When Housing Becomes Unaffordable for People With Disabilities, s.e. smith, care2

The United States is facing a major problem when it comes to supporting the disability community. It’s clearly necessary to increase federal benefits to people with disabilities, as well as state programs that provide assistance with costs like paying personal care attendants and affording food. 

As Fox News mourns, the rest of us have an Independence Day to celebrate.

 

Marriage equality arrives! The Confederate flag (almost) departs! Toast with some #oreillytears, and enjoy the 4th.

 

Joan Walsh, Salon

 

 

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bree_newsome_fireworks-620x412.jpgBree Newsome removes the Confederate flag at a Confederate monument at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., June, 27, 2015. (Credit: AP/Bruce Smith/photowings via Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)

Friday, Jul 3, 2015  | July 4 has always been a time for aggrieved progressives to remind the world that most Americans weren’t liberated on that first Independence Day. Enslaved Africans; dispossessed native Indians; women of every race; white men without property; LGBT Americans; the rights claimed in the stirring Declaration of Independence didn’t fully belong to most of us for many years.

That’s still a real, historic truth. But maybe, at least this year, we can celebrate the genuinely liberating, animating ideals of a country that came close to living up to them in a dizzying 24 hours last week.

Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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