For many of us, the Cliven Bundy story started when a fringey rancher got a bunch of his militia pals to flex their white privilege by threatening to shoot federal law enforcement officers who'd demanded that Bundy stop stealing public land and grazing; then Bundy's loathsome offspring led a terrorist takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.
But in Bundyville, a new podcast series from Longreads and Oregon Public Radio, investigative journalist Leah Sottile leads us through the bizarre history and beliefs of the Bundy cult, in a tale than blends lethally reckless US government nuclear tests, apocalyptic Mormon prophesies, the most vicious white supremacist beliefs, loony interpretations of the US Constitution and a cult of personality that has surprising intersections with mainstream Mormon leaders and politicians.
It's a fascinating listen, and I got through all seven segments in one day. I really recommend it as a potted history and extremely informative profile of a current in American far-right mysticism that has repeatedly breached into the public consciousness through spectacular acts of violence, which have been largely met with total impunity -- and now that a Bundy is running for governor of Nevada, this could not be more salient.
The idea of paid protesters is a favorite of the right, though as always, the thing you accuse your opponents of inevitably turns out to be the thing you're doing yourself (Trump paid actors to cheer his presidential campaign announcement and big industry groups pay actors to protest regulations that undermine their profits).
Comments filed with the FCC by AT&T, Frontier, Windstream and Ustelcom (an industry group representing telcoms companies) have asked the FCC to change the rules for its next, $20.4 billion/10 year rural broadband subsidy fund to allow them to offer slower service than the (already low) speeds the FCC has proposed.
The Good Liars -- the comedy duo of Davram Stiefler and Jason Selvig -- redecorated a Brooklyn armed forces recruiting center with posters featuring Donald Trump Jr and the slogan, "I'm not enlisting but you should" with the strapline, "There's weak, and then there's Trump weak."
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