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It is hard to get mad at Donald Trump for saying stupid things, in the same way you don’t get mad at a monkey when he throws poop at you at the zoo… What does get me angry is the ridiculous, disingenuous defending of the poop-throwing monkey.

-Jon Stewart

JD Vance once worried Trump was ‘America’s Hitler’. Now his own authoritarian leanings come into view

Martin Pengelly © The Guardian
July 16, 2024

JD Vance once feared Donald Trump might be “America’s Hitler”. Last Saturday, the Ohio senator claimed Democrats calling Trump “an authoritarian fascist who must be stopped at all costs” caused the assassination attempt the former president survived.

But on Monday, after Trump made Vance his vice-presidential pick, worries about Vance’s own authoritarian leanings came straight to the fore.

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To dissociate politicians from capitalists is slightly disingenuous, to put it mildly. U.S. lawmakers are competitive and auction themselves to the highest bidder via the lobby system.

-Tariq Ali

‘Noxious’: See Maddow expose JD Vance’s past statements about Trump, Jan. 6 and more

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July 16, 2024

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Ammo vending machines are coming to 3 Southern states. See how they work

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July 14, 2024

Vending machines selling ammunition will now be in grocery stores in Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma. According to the American Rounds’ website, the distributor of the machines, AI technology scans the customers’ identification and facial recognition software to verify a customer’s identity.

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Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cool heads needed as political fringe dwellers spread disinformation after Trump shooting

George Chidi, © The Guardian
July 14, 2024

Disinformation researcher Amanda Rogers has described the polarized, unhinged, conspiracy-driven noise in social media responses to the shooting of Donald Trump as “a self-sustaining spiral of shit”.

Rogers, a fellow at the progressive thinktank Century Foundation, has seen this before. But the scale is new and troubling, she said. Conversation on social media – and the mainstream media – is focused on the motivations of the shooter and the impact on the election, she said. Bad actors want to turn a moment like this into a broader call for violence. And they will spread lies to get there, she said.

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