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Re: “At the U.S. border cages. Whatever the enclosure word preferred, the scene is Orwellian


the nomme de comment i use i must confess was taken from another source, so has no inherent meaning to me and, not that it matters, is one i have always considered the term to be a conflation of a squirrel from the dead sea area and the dead sea scrolls, the latter being particularly relevant in view of the person who first used the term, for naming a college intramural team. the attribution of a dead squirrel with some connection to water is not unreasonable, but was never my intent.

not that any of this matters. i have thought about emailing the photographer and wishing him the best of luck in his sleeping at night. i did not take the pictures and i did not see the many things he has seen in the process of taking those pictures, but the images are most disturbing to me. if this posting ends up in his hands, please be assured that i am sincere in my sympathy for him and my thanks for making these images available. i cannot imagine being made to watch a young child screaming in fear and being told that i could not even try to comfort him or her.

i have been around long enough to know that some such people exist, but i am not able even to imagine how such people exist. you kiss your children with that mouth?

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 06/18/2018 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Monday's open line. Children in cages

shame and disgust

mountaingirl, i am there with you

i feel sick

the 'religious right' is neither

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 06/18/2018 at 5:43 PM

Re: “At the U.S. border cages. Whatever the enclosure word preferred, the scene is Orwellian

at does not allow posting of pictures on this format, but most of you probably have seen 'the picture.' anyone who has seen this picture and is not ashamed of having voted for donny or mad as hell at those who continue to support his policies, well, i can't say anything constructive or polite. i guess the best such people should hope is that the christian versions of heaven and hell do not exist.

The image of a migrant child that broke a photographers heart
By Avi Selk
June 18 at 1:11 PM
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(John Moore/Getty Images)

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 06/18/2018 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Glenwood United Methodist urges shunning of LGBT day at Magic Springs UPDATE

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace... You...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one.

john lennon

Posted by deadseasquirrel on 06/18/2018 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The press copes with the Trump era — calling a lie a falsehood

Enter George Lakoff. An author, cognitive scientist and linguist who has long studied how propaganda works, he believes its long past time for the reality-based news media to stop kowtowing to the emperor.

Trump needs the media, and the media help him by repeating what he says, Lakoff said.

That would be okay under normal circumstances, he told me, but this situation is not normal you have a sustained attack on the democracy and the news media.

Unlike those who insist that what the president says is news and therefore must be reported, Lakoff proposes a radical reimagining of how the news media reports on Trump.

Instead of treating the presidents every tweet and utterance true or false as newsworthy (and then perhaps fact-checking it later), Lakoff urges the use of what he calls a truth sandwich.

First, he says, get as close to the overall, big-picture truth as possible right away. (Thus the gist of the Trump-in-Singapore story: Little of substance was accomplished in the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite the pageantry.) Then report what Trump is claiming about it: achievement of world peace. And then, in the same story or broadcast, fact-check his claims.

Thats the truth sandwich reality, spin, reality all in one tasty, democracy-nourishing meal.

Avoid retelling the lies. Avoid putting them in headlines, leads or tweets, he says. Because it is that very amplification that gives them power.

Thats how propaganda works on the brain: through repetition, even when part of that repetition is fact-checking.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 06/17/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “The press copes with the Trump era — calling a lie a falsehood

Cato, with respect, does your pastor recognize that s/he is responsible for donny45 and his policies, such as separation of families? what is s/he going to do about the consequences of those actions?

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 06/17/2018 at 3:01 PM

Re: “TGIF and news

In Trumps view, separating kids from parents gives him leverage in immigration talks
The president suggested his administration would keep separating immigrant youths from their parents at the southern border unless Democrats agree to his demands, such as funding a border wall and curbing legal entry.
By Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey1 hour ago

so, he is doing this for political leverage? i know this sounds like a broken record, but every time you think the sob has hit bottom, the dotard just keeps digging. how low can something go and still claim to be human? the dotard's supporters and enablers should stop claiming to be religious.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 06/15/2018 at 8:14 PM

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