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Weekend link dump for December 4

“Richard Painter, Chief Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, Chief Ethics Counsel for Barack Obama, believe that if Trump continues to retain ownership over his sprawling business interests by the time the electors meet on December 19, they should reject Trump.”

“Those who can only see Obama and Trump’s executive actions in terms of structure are missing most of what matters about them: their actual effect on real people in the real world. People who are, not coincidentally, far more likely to be economically and socially marginalized than the critics themselves.”

President Obama’s 2016 Turkey-Pardon Dad Jokes: The Definitive List. Truly, we will never see his like again. I can’t even imagine Donald Trump making a corny joke.

“We present here a series of recommendations that go above and beyond the classic necessities of security (such as enabling two-factor authentication and encrypting data on disk). If a tech product might be co-opted to target a vulnerable population, now is the time to minimize the harm that can be done. To this end, we recommend technical service providers take the following steps to protect their users, as soon as possible.”

A look at how partisan and pervasive Facebook’s fake news problem really is.

“Speaker Obama” has a nice ring to it.

The reasons for a recount.

“I don’t know anybody in the country who would build another coal plant.”

“The CNN airing porn story is based on one tweet from a now-locked account with 76 followers, if you’re interested in how fake news spreads.”

“Here’s a fun little thought experiment demonstrating the fundamental arbitrariness of the electoral college: Had two state borders been drawn just a little bit differently, shifting a total of four counties from one state to another, Hillary Clinton would have won the election.”

I too would love to see an NFL version of the rouge get implemented.

“Emma Morano, the last known person alive who was born in the 19th century, has celebrated her 117th birthday.”

On narcissistic personality disorder, and how to cope with it.

“[David] Brooks was emblematic of the way the entire bipartisan centrist industry conducted itself throughout the Obama years. It was neither possible for Obama to co-opt the center, nor for Republicans to abandon it, because official centrists would simply relocate themselves to the midpoint of wherever the parties happened to stand. The well-documented reality that the parties were undergoing asymmetric polarization was one they refused to accept, because their jobs was to be bipartisan, and it is difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends upon not understanding it.”

RIP, Michael “Jim” Delligatti, creator of the Big Mac.

Nothing quite says “Christian values” like hiring a guy who coddles rapists.

A more accurate portrayal of journalism in pop culture would not be a bad thing.

If this isn’t cruel and unusual punishment, I don’t know what is.

“The point here is to consider what this new doctrine of human personhood from the moment of conception means in light of the fact that more than half of all pregnancies do not survive the first five weeks, and the additional fact that 10-20 percent of all pregnancies fail thereafter.”

“Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead has now reached 2.52 million votes. In percentage terms that’s a 1.9 percentage point margin. It will rise at least a bit more. We can likely be confident that her final margin will be at least 2 percentage points. To compare, that’s 5 times the margin of Al Gore’s popular vote win in raw vote terms and 4 times his margin in percentage terms. At this point, not only did Clinton win the popular vote. It wasn’t even all that close. When George W. Bush had another bite at the electoral apple in 2004 and finally did win the popular vote it was by 2.5 percentage points. Barack Obama’s margin in 2012 was 3.9 percentage points.”

“To be able to constantly lie and get people to accept contrary statements is, after all, an assertion of power. And it’s a type of power Trump understands all too well.”

RIP, Andrew Sachs, British actor best known in the US for playing Manuel on Fawlty Towers.

“It certainly does help explain why self-proclaimed followers of the Prince of Peace are attracted to a leader who supports torturing prisoners of war, killing noncombatant relatives of terrorism suspects, and expanding the use of racial and religious profiling. The ideas of loving one’s enemies or turning the other cheek are about as far away from Trump’s worldview as is possible.”

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  1. Flypusher says:

    If the conflict of interest thing isn’t enough for the electors, how about yet another Twitter tantrum over SNL? This guy is about to assume some major responsibilities, yet he’s spending his time griping about Alec Baldwin. SNL does parody on Presidents, ALL the Presidents. They’ve done it for decades. Trump isn’t getting a pass, and in fact he is far less deserving of a pass than past Presidential targets, especially Gerald Ford.

    Suck it up, buttercup.