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Roland Nikles: News, Reviews & Views: Trump Lies About Everything, All the T...

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Roland Nikles: News, Reviews & Views: Trump Lies About Everything, All the Time, and his Base Doesn't Care: "We could do worse than contemplate [Hannah] Arendt's description here...

...A mixture of gullibility and cynicism had been an outstanding characteristic of mob mentality before it became an everyday phenomenon of masses. In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think everything was possible and that nothing was true. The mixture in itself was remarkable enough, because it spelled the end of the illusion that gullibility was a weakness of unsuspecting primitive souls and cynicism the vice of superior and refined minds. Mass propaganda discovered that the audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow.

The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness...

There is nothing new under the sun.  With a mixture of gullibility and cynicism Trump's base is willing to believe everything and nothing. Fox and friends have discovered that they can "make people believe the most fantastic statements" secure in the knowledge that if viewers are given irrefutable proof of falsehood, they will take refuge in cynicism and admiration of Trump's superior tactical cleverness.

The saving grace, for now, is no violence, no paramilitary militias, and a strong democratic resistance....


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Manafort’s guilty plea exposes hardball tactics he used to thrive in Washington swamp

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Before he was Trump’s campaign chairman, the longtime lobbyist went to extreme lengths in a secret effort to bolster a Ukrainian politician, court papers show.





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Frasier at 25: an Oral History

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Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, creators Peter Casey and David Lee, and more recount how a series centered around a snooty radio psychiatrist became one of the most beloved sitcoms in TV history.
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Open Thread - Insanely Complicated

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Open Thread - Insanely Complicated

Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on an "old" Kindle.

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This Changes Everything: Why Trump Is Responsible for Weinstein’s Downfall and #TimesUp

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Hollywood’s most powerful women appear in the Geena Davis-produced documentary This Changes Everything, which draws a direct line between the president and the industry’s sea change.
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How Tor.com went from website to publisher of sci-fi’s most innovative stories

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In July 2008, science fiction publisher Tor launched a new website called Tor.com to promote its upcoming releases. But the site was designed to go beyond Tor’s books. It was meant to provide coverage for books from other publishers as well as original fiction chosen by Tor editors.

Since its founding, Tor.com has gone from a simple website to a full-fledged publishing operation. In addition to publishing shorter works of fiction, it also publishes a range of novelettes, novellas, and even some short novels, with books like Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti and Martha Wells’ All Systems Red earning considerable acclaim from the science fiction community. This week, the site published the anthology Worlds Seen in Passing: 10 Years of Tor.com Short...

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