Michelle Wolf (wiki) has a Netflix comedy show called The Break similar to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. However, her show is much more experimental, edgier and I think talks about random topics that she probably cares about. And I also don’t think she cares what other people thinks about her topics considering how she roasted Huckabee-Sanders at the White House Correspondents dinner.
So I’ve been watching her show on and off. But her Season 1 Episode 7: How Dare You? had a segment about pro-life supporters. She goes on to comment that if a person was truly a pro-life supporter, then it would be logical to also assume they would also support healthcare, childcare, education, gun control and the environment. The conclusion being that these other policies promote human life through a variety of different means.
Her bit starts below at the 35s mark.
It’s interesting to think about.
So I stumbled upon a Washington Post article that documented all the false statements Trump has made in the 1st year. Likewise, they’ve continued to document all the statements made into a nifty graph. It’s amazing how the President of the United States is able to get away with saying so many false statements with very little repercussions. To break the 2000 statement mark in one year is amazing yet scary.
I feel like the 2016 election would be a great backdrop for a new spy movie genre.
So the Mueller indictment charged 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian organizations with conspiracy to defraud the US. Listening to the various news sources and podcasts, these Russians released propaganda in support of Trump and against Clinton in an effort to influence the Presidential election. In fact, the propaganda actually sounds very familiar to what a Political Action Committee (PAC) does when a PAC tries to influence elections too.
Which got me thinking… what’s the difference? After some Internet research, a Newseek article described why the Russian propaganda to influence the elections is illegal. A federal law found in regulation 110.20 “prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly.” Another law also requires foreign “agents” to register with the US in an attempt to minimize any influence from non-American sources in elections. What’s interesting is that US has also meddled in the political affairs of other nations too according to a a New York Times opinion article. But I actually already knew that. In all honesty, I was amused at the Russian interference. It’s like US getting a taste of their own medicine. But at the same time, I understand why US will want to try to influence foreign elections in order to have a more pro-American official leading the nation. It’s the same reason Russia did what they did in 2016.
When you think about all that’s happened during the 2016 election, what’s disturbing is that Russian misinformation became the defacto truth creating even more divided America. There was never any questioning of the misinformation. The proliferation of #fakenews and #alternativefacts by even those in the Trump campaign is disturbing. Do you remember when Kellyanne Conway termed the coin “Alternative Facts” for Sean Spicer’s “biggest audience to witness an inauguration. Period!“? Compare that to these videos (here, here) of what the National Mall looked like from the previous President. And then with #fakenews, incidents like Pizzagate makes you wonder why people aren’t thinking for themselves.
You’ve heard of “Block Chain Migration” in the news recently.
But, can technology utilize a “Blockchain” and confirm immigration status? Once the blockchain has confirmed/validated, you’re granted legal status!
Do you think this is possible?
The 538 political podcast have been putting out a special gerrymandering episodes for listeners. Gerrymandering is in my opinion one of the bigger political issues of that may need to be “solved” in order to minimize the partisan political bickering that seems to dominate the news.
I highly suggest listening to these podcasts because it dives into the intricacies of trying to establish “fair” political districts for communities to send their representatives to Congress. And it’s more complicated than I had previously imagined.
By now, those who follow the news (here, here, here) should be aware that there is a new best selling book about Trump called Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. It’s apparently an inside look into Trump’s first year of Presidency taken from the author who managed to finagle his way into the White House. The Trump and the White House are trying to prevent the book from printing and at the same time, Trump is defending the stories that are being told in the book.
It seems like the more the White House is trying to suppress this book, the more popularity this book will gain and the more believable these stories about Trump will be. Whether or not all the stories should be believed is one issue. Trying to suppress a book is also another issue.
But what I find most amusing about this tale is eloquently summed up by Trevor Noah at 4 min:
“Bizarre, unverified, fraudulent claims. This is the world Donald Trump promotes. Millions of illegal votes. Barack Obama born in Kenya. Ted Cruz’s dad killed JFK. Suggesting Joe Scarborough killed an intern. Someone who tweeted: “check out sex tape” can’t complain about tabloid gossip. The truth is Mr. President, you made your bed.”
Here’s the whole opinion.