Umair Haque argues that Donald Trump has already peaked, because (and this summary won't do his argument justice) he's a troll and the only strategy available to a troll, after a time, is to say ever more outrageous things, which means he will inevitably alienate even his most loyal supporters. I hope Mr. Haque is right, but the real problem is bigger -- the folks who give attention to trolls like Mr. Trump simply move from one object of rage to the next, from terrorism to the deficit to Obamacare to regulations to immigration to Black Lives Matter to refugees, and Our Glorious Elites seem to have no problem finding new people for haters to hate and "populist" vehicles for their hate.
Adam Johnson, writing at Fair.org, finds the "liberal" media far too willing to "terrorize the public for the terrorists." I wouldn't call terrorism a "post-modern" crime, because the phrase "post-modern" sure sounds a lot like "post-now," but it is true that "blowing up a market 1,000 years ago, for example, before mass communication, would have been entirely pointless. To properly terrorize a population, the population must be aware of the threat, and to be aware of the threat relatively quickly, mass communication is required for economy of scale to be achieved." You'd hope the "liberal" media would be more aware of that, lest they go The Way of the Troll.
"People are Demanding Non-PC Comments on Terrorism," writes Danielle Egnew, "So Here's the Mother of Them All." Maybe not quite "the mother of" -- the demiurge of, I'll say -- and of course I wish her rant were shorter, but yes it's annoying to hear people constantly whining about "political correctness" merely because they just want to be able to use slurs and still have people like them, and yes they need to "grow up emotionally." And I think saying "the terrorists have won" every time some right-winger fearmongers about refugees or "impending terrorist attacks" is a good idea.
Fox News morons try to land a punch on John Oliver after his lengthy rant debunking refugee-related hysteria from the right. And what do they pick on? His Englishness, of course -- which shows their desperation, as resorting to the personal attack first and foremost always shows desperation. Welcome to "then they fight you," Mr. Oliver!
I'm a little late to this party, obviously, but the Economic Policy Institute provides a handy primer for arguing politics with your Tea Party uncle. OK, sure, Thanksgiving was yesterday, but there are more holidays coming, so you can get plenty of practice dealing with inanities like what did unions ever do for us? or why can't the (sic) government tighten its belt like the rest of us? Of course, you won't need to cite all of these facts all at once -- quick answers to what did unions ever do for us? include "weekends" and "eight-hour days." It could turn into a Life of Brian routine right quick.
Finally, both Costco and Red Lobster say they won't sell genetically-modified salmon. Congratulate yourself if you were one of the many who helped pressure Costco to repudiate GMO salmon (a variety of which the FDA approved last week, as you probably know). A Friends of the Earth spokesperson cleverly says "the market is rejecting GMO salmon," which of course we already know from big food corporations' efforts to fight mandatory GMO labeling and their utter refusal to voluntarily label GMO foods.