News of the Weird # 4

July 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm (Uncategorized)

1 Concentration Camps

Looking at the pictures of Mike Pence, Lindsey Graham and other politicians standing in front of asylum seekers in cages made me wonder if Living Marxism were still around, would they proclaim this was another “picture that fooled the world.” Fortunately Trump was around to tweet that the stories were FAKE NEWS and although the cages were crowded they were clean, but full of criminals ( Black is white, night is day, truth is lies, freedom is slavery, etc. etc continued page 94)

2. July 14

Hey Happy Bastille Day. 230 years ago today the French Revolution began. So what if it only held a few prisoners when the crowd stormed it, it was the symbolism. Oh, and the weapons cache probably didn’t hurt either.

3.  Jeremy vs Jeremy

Several people have pointed out that if Jeremy Hunt were to defeat Boris Johnson (unlikely) to become leader of the Conservative Party and thus British PM, the next election would be Jeremy vs. Jeremy. Fairly indicative of the broader farce.

4. As Purely Racist as You Can Get

After reading Trump’s tweet this morning about the unnamed ” ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world,” my initial reaction was that Trump is going after his favourite targets (non- white strong women), and this is probably the most nakedly racist thing he’s written. (Also just about as moronic as usual given that 3 of the 4 likely targets were born in the US, and the fourth came as a child – but then Trump is a birther). But, you know, I have a feeling, and this in not to diminish in any way just how racist this tweet was, he’s written a lot of other equally awful shit too.

5. The Doom Patrol

Back in the days when I used to read the Canadian Socialist Worker, one of the most amusing sections was the arts reviews. Socialist Worker would take a pop culture item which had a “progressive” aspect expand this into a broader critique of capitalism that the show clearly wasn’t making, then complain that its failure was it didn’t end in socialist revolution, or joining the I.S. The current issue has a review of the Doom Patrol (which you absolutely should watch) entitled “Doom Patrol: The Superhero Antidote to Trump’s America” (which it really isn’t)  I missed you John Bell.

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