If Iceland held its elections today, the Pirate Party would win

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Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jonsdottir has long sat in the Icelandic parliament, later joined by two more MPs, being part of the reform movement that has repudiated the Icelandic establishment, which helped drive the planet to the brink of ruin through corrupt banking practices. Read the rest

Donald Trump hires plainclothes security to investigate and interdict protesters

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Donald Trump rallies are notoriously violent, as his supporters, security staff and even Secret Service detail beat up protesters and members of the press who get too close to violent incidents (Drumpf himself explicitly encourages his supporters to beat up protesters). Read the rest

"More frightened than bigoted": Trumpism dominated by trade, not race

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After an exhaustive (and, no doubt, exhausting) survey of Trump's speeches and interviews with his supporters, Thomas Frank concludes that while Trump's outlandish statements get all the headlines, the most consistent theme in Trumpism is that trade deals have destroyed the prospects of American middle-class workers, and this view is, if anything, even more heterodox to the parties' establishments than Trump's dumb wall. Read the rest

Washington Post: 16 negative stories about Bernie Sanders in 16 hours

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Of course, they also ran two neutral ones during that period, so I suppose it all balances out -- it's not like he's raising more money, from more Americans, than any other candidate in history. Oh, wait. Read the rest

To understand Trump, read Transmet

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Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan is nearly 20 years old, and the science fiction story of a journalist who wages truth-war on scumbag politicians 200 years from now could not be more relevant than it is today. Read the rest

Despite media consensus, Bernie Sanders is raising more money, from more people, than any candidate, ever

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After mixed showings in the primaries and a sense that the Democratic Party's profoundly undemocratic "superdelegates" will hand Hillary the nomination no matter what, the press has all but declared Bernie Sanders out of the race. Read the rest

Donald Trump mouth/eye swap is the nightmare fuel you've been looking for

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Nicholas Longtin writes, "I saw the Photoshop of Donald Trump with mouth eyes and I had to see what that would look like in full motions video. It's horrifying. You have been warned." Read the rest

The correlates of Trumpism: early mortality, lack of education, unemployment, offshored jobs

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Wonkblog runs the numbers on the counties with the strongest support for Trump and finds that the typical Trump supporter is likely to live in a place with higher-than-normal mortality for whites (middle-aged white mortality has been increasing since the 1990s at a rate unseen in the developed world since the collapse of the Soviet Union), lower-than-usual rates of university eduction, higher-than-normal rates of unemployment, where manufacturing jobs have vanished due to offshoring. Read the rest

The 2010 election was the most important one in American history

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Samantha Bee's monologue on the 2010 midterm election -- the election that will.i.am didn't make videos for, the election where progressives stayed away from the polls, the election that put the obstructionist, do-nothing radical right into Congress and the vicious, do-everything right into state houses across the USA -- is hilarious, but like everything Bee does, it has a sting it its tail. (via Metafilter) Read the rest

Understanding American authoritarianism

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As part of his PhD research for UMass Amherst, Matthew MacWilliams surveyed the psychological characteristics of authoritarians -- not the people who lead authoritarian movements, but the followers, those who defer to them. Read the rest

Trump is the likable buffoon that GW Bush prepared us for

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Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone cover-story on Trump was astounding, and the hits keep on coming. Read the rest

Understanding Trump supporters, with empathy

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In a linked series of tweets, @hilzoy offers an empathic, incisive explanation for the rise and rise of Drumpf. Read the rest

Short Fingered Vulgarian: the shoops that reveal Drumpf's inner baby-carrot-fingers

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Among the many revelations in John Oliver's definitive takedown of Donald Drumpf was the fact that the thin-skinned billionaire had been so wounded by being called a "short-fingered vulgarian" by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter that he's spent a quarter-century sending Carter letters decorated with tracings of his hand-geometry to prove the length of his fingers. Read the rest

Trump could make the press great again, all they have to do is their jobs

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The media made Trump: he's the perfect, click-driving mashup of fearmongering and demagoguery, and if it bleeds, it leads. Read the rest

Black students say Donald Trump had them removed before his speech

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A group of about 30 black Valdosta State University students say that they were ejected yesterday from an on-campus Trump speech by Secret Service agents who told them that Donald Trump didn't want them in the audience. Read the rest

Press looks the other way as thousands march for Sanders in 45+ cities

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Marches supporting the Sanders campaign were called for in 70 cities across the USA, and at least 40 had confirmed marches with thousands turning out -- but the press barely noticed. Read the rest

Ghostwriter: Trump didn't write "Art of the Deal," he read it

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Tony Schwartz is acknowledged as "co-writer" on the cover of Trump's bestselling business book "The Art of the Deal," which is publishing code for, "The famous person with his name in big letters didn't do anything, this other schmuck actually wrote the book." Read the rest

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