United Airlines Flight 3411

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United Airlines Flight 3411 in the US, from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, is now world infamous for violently removing a passenger, a 69-year-old man, David Dao, on Sunday April 9th 2017. United Airlines wanted to give his seat to an employee. Dao refused, saying he was a doctor who had patients to see the next morning. According to a witness, Dao felt United chose him because he was Chinese. United says he (and three others) were selected “at random.”

Slogan: Fly the Friendly Skies.

According to Chicago police (bolding mine):

“At approximately 6:00 p.m., A 69-year-old male Asian airline passenger became irate after he was asked to disembark from a flight that was oversold. The passenger in question began yelling to voice his displeasure at which point Aviation Police were summoned. Aviation Officers arrived on scene attempted to carry the individual off of the flight when he fell

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Books that have most influenced me as a blogger

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The books that have most influenced me as a blogger, here listed from oldest to newest (those with links have posts of their own):

Thucydides: History (written by -395) – write the truth as clearly as possible. The truth plainly stated is far more valuable than lies decorated. Writing should be a glass window onto the truth and yet, somehow, also an X-ray machine.

Winston Churchill: Second World War (1953) – in particular his account of the fall of France in 1940. I knew how it was going to end, of course, but the way he wrote it it still came as a shock. It seems he did that by avoiding any build-up or warning, but instead just laid down one grim fact after another.

Winston Churchill: History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1958) – in particular his account of the Spanish Armada. I used to be a…

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Angela Peoples

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(Photo: Kevin Banatte, afroCHuBBZ)

Angela Peoples (1986- ) is a US activist fighting for equal rights for Black and queer (LGBTQ) people, currently the co-director of GetEQUAL. She is best known for a picture of her holding a sign that says:

“Don’t forget: White Women Voted for Trump.”

– while sucking on a lollipop. Right behind her are three White women, one of them taking a picture of herself, the other two looking at their phones. They are at the women’s march in Washington, DC the day after Donald Trump became president. Her hat says, “Stop Killing Black People”.

In 2016, 53% of White women voted for Donald Trump while 94% of Black women voted for Hillary Clinton.

She says the march “definitely felt very white.”

What she would say to the White women behind her:

“I would say 53% of white women voted for him. Someone in your family voted…

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Watergate

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nixon-watergate-h Watergate Hotel office building in Washington, DC

Watergate (1972-1974) was a “third-rate burglary attempt” at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters that brought down US President Richard Nixon.

It was hardly the worst thing Nixon did – just ask Cambodia, Chile, Bangladesh, the Black Panthers or the Socialist Workers Party. But his victim in this case, the Democratic Party, had the power to strike back: they controlled Congress (56% of the Senate and 56% of the House).

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The break-in: In the middle of the night on June 17th 1972 a security guard called police about a break-in at the Watergate Hotel office building. Police found five well-dressed middle-age men wearing gloves and holding cameras, walkie-talkies, electronic equipment and burglary tools.

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Woodward and Bernstein, two metro desk reporters at the Washington Post, were assigned to cover the story.

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The burglars would not give their real names, but one had…

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Russiagate

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Russiagate (2016- ) is the scandal where US President Donald Trump and his top people are suspected of secret ties to the Russian government.

As of March 2nd 2017 there is no proof, just curious facts that point to something strange going on. It is like living in a spy novel:

  • Trump only says nice things about President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
  • Trump publicly asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the 2016 US election.
  • Trump will not make his tax returns public.
  • Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General, lied under oath about not talking to the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump’s first National Security Adviser, lied about talking to the Russian ambassador. Trump kept Flynn on for weeks even after he knew Russia could be blackmailing him.
  • Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State, was awarded the Order of Friendship by Russia. As…

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Trump’s false statements: month one

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Statements made by US President Trump during his first month in office that PolitiFact has rated as False, Mostly False or Pants on Fire:

January 20th 2017:

“We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth … of our country has dissipated over the horizon.”

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Mostly False: Not by the typical measures.

January 22nd:

“The media … sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.”

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False: Unprecedented tough words.

January 23rd:

“In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent.”

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Mostly False: Most recent data shows a decline.

January 26th:

“Here in Philadelphia murder has been steady — I mean — just terribly increasing.”

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False: They were the third-lowest last year since 1990.

January 26th:

Says ICE and border patrol officers “unanimously endorsed me for president.”

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Mostly False: Support from unions, but not from all members.

January 29th:

“If you were a Muslim, you…

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The Berenstain Bears: New Neighbors (Book Review)

Relevant today as ever.

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Book Review: The Berenstain Bears: New Neighbors (ISBN: 0679964355)

Publication Year: 1994

Pages: 32

Author: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books

Review Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

When I was a child, the Berenstain Bears was definitely on my list of favorite characters to read about, so when I was asked to review this book I jumped at the chance. That jump was a bit premature, though. This book has good intentions, but its focus gets completely lost in its intentions to share the message.

To be fair, The Berenstain Bears: New Neighbors deals with a tough topic within the confines of a children’s book, prejudice. Adults can’t even seem to get it right in “grown-up” books, so I give Stan and Jan Berenstain credit for the attempt. We need books that teach children early on that differences are meant to be…

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The cosmopolitan model of US society

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The cosmopolitan model of US society is my name for the idea that the US brings together people from all over the world to create something new, hopefully the best the world has to offer, from pizza to jazz to the Magna Carta. What makes the US great is not a particular culture or race or religion, but its political ideas of freedom, equality and democracy.

Sappy catchphrase: Diversity is our strength.

sessions_trump_bannon-620x412 Now in charge of the US: Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

Its evil twin is what I call the diseased-host model: the US as a White Christian nation. What Trump and many Whites seem to believe. To them Mexicans and Muslims and so on are a threat to America As We Know It. For Steve “Clash of Civilizations” Bannon and the alt-right it is not just the US that is under threat but all of Western civilization!

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Guide to Trump

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the-trumps-on-inauguration-day The new US president and first lady: Donald and Melania Trump, January 20th 2017.

Posts written, and yet to be written, to help me understand Donald Trump, the new US president:

Donald Trump – my main election post on him, written over a year ago, December 2015.

narcissistic personality disorder – Trump seems to suffer from this to an extreme degree. See also the closely related psychopathic racial personality.

political arguments – are all about framing and, as it turns out, one’s upbringing. Facts and reasons confirm one’s beliefs or frame, but do not change minds. Trump appeals to those whose parents were more authoritarian than loving.

Trumpspeak – words and phrases Trump and his hangers-on use and what they mean. Some are:

racist dog whistles – words, phrases and messages which do not sound racist on their face, but which are taken in a racist way by racists – like “law…

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