The Content Cluster Muster (5.30.19)


Deep Fake Art History

Let’s just ask her who she is . . . more here.


Don’t You Love It When That Happens?

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Mitch Pitches His TED talk on Calculus


Checking Back in with Hitch

A good article here. One correction though. I don’t live in Christchurch, Idaho. Not yet, anyway.


Your Wife Will Appreciate This

I’ll also just drop this here…no association with the previous comic…


Now Kids, this is what we call a double standard

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kyriosity
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Looks like they fixed the “Christchurch” thing. But I like the “not yet.” #goals

Katecho
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Speaking of double standards, in his recent address, Robert Mueller said, regarding his investigation of Trump: Beyond department policy we regarded by principles of fairness, it would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge. Yet somehow it wasn’t unfair for Mueller to indict and accuse a bunch of Russians of crimes that will never see a courtroom? Regardless of what one thinks of Trump, there are so many levels of disgrace and dishonesty going on here. This kind of banana republic activity is going to push the… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Your suggestion is that we should ignore crimes whenever we know the culprits will do their best to evade prosecution?

Or are you suggesting that Mueller should have charged Trump despite it being known well ahead of time that he subscribed to DOJ tradition of not bringing criminal charges against the chief executive?

Also, you’re using “banana republic” wrong. The phrase has a specific meaning with a rich and meaningful history behind it, this is certainly not it.

Katecho
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Jonathan wrote: Your suggestion is that we should ignore crimes whenever we know the culprits will do their best to evade prosecution? No, that wasn’t my suggestion. I was simply pointing out a glaring double standard from Mueller. I may regret asking, but I’m curious what crime Jonathan has evidence for, and why Jonathan didn’t immediately call up Mueller to share this evidence while the “investigation” was still underway. There is far more evidence that the DNC colluded with Russia than that Trump did. Investigations still haven’t produced any conclusive evidence that Russia even hacked the DNC servers, let alone… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

You’re off in whackadoodle land. A highly respected Republican former FBI director appointed by a highly respected Republican and Trump-appointed deputy attorney general apparently is lying so that he can insinuate Trump committed crimes he did not commit with the end goal of….? I may regret asking, but I’m curious what crime Jonathan has evidence for, and why Jonathan didn’t immediately call up Mueller to share this evidence while the “investigation” was still underway. Uh, I presume Mueller has all the evidence he needs which is why he charged them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit… Read more »

Clay Crouch
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Clay Crouch

Katecho would benefit from a 7th grade civics course. While he has histrionics down pat, a history course certainly wouldn’t hurt.

adad0
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“Since Trump and the Republicans control every investigative body of the federal government including the FBI, CIA, SS and NSA, I’m sure we’ll be seeing the indictments shortly, right?”

So J’, ………if there are any indictments, would that make you a prophet? ; – )

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Unfortunately, quite the opposite. Trump has repeatedly asked his staff to defy the law on his behalf, and has repeatedly asked the investigative bodies to perform ridiculous politically-motivated investigations on his behalf, but at this point (and certainly through the first term at least) I have more than enough confidence that our democracy is strong enough that even under Trump, such a ridiculous, at-odds-with-all-reality stance is not going to get any traction in the FBI or anywhere else. Most of Trump’s claims regarding criminal behavior on the part of his enemies are just empty rhetoric meant to fire up his… Read more »

Jane
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FWIW, I heard the term “banana republic” used to describe regimes given to petty political abuses of power and by analogy any government or administration that does the same, at least a decade ago — long before I ever ran across katecho. Though the term’s origins have more specific associations, the term has come to be used more broadly to describe other kinds of misbehaviors an historic “banana republic” might have typically engaged in. He’s not using it wrong, he’s using it in an established way you’re apparently just not familiar with.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Remember, the “Banana Republic activity” that Katecho was referring to was Mueller asserting: “Beyond department policy we regarded by principles of fairness, it would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Failing to make a determination of whether Trump had obstructed justice while refusing to indict or prosecute him for any crimes would be one of the strangest applications of the phrase “Banana Republic” that I’ve ever seen. Words are defined by use, so in a sense that’s fair, but it’s also possible for a word to… Read more »

Jane
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It’s not just “anything they don’t like about government.” As I explained above, the kinds of governments that were historically controlled by those kinds of interests also tended to be the kinds of governments that used political power in petty ways to discredit or punish political opponents, once one politician got secure enough in power to do that to another. This idea became attached decades ago to the concept of “banana republic” because the it traveled so consistently with the conditions that actually gave banana republics their name. Therefore, the term has legitimately broadened and evolved; it’s not merely “misused… Read more »