“Diversion! – make a lot of noise over there, so over here in *this* room you can take a hundred million off the wall and waltz right out the front door. Oh, that’s good.” – Rene Russo as Catherine Banning, The Thomas Crown Affair 

Eyes on the ball. Michelle Wolf has a whole series on Netflix (at this writing, anyway).

Sarah Isgur Flores – Jeff Sessions’ Current Spokesbox And the Redheaded Kelly Ann Conway Before Kelly Ann Con’s Way Was Cool – May Have Taken A Loyalty Oath to the Trump Agenda

This is important for a boxload full of reasons, but off the top of my head because it’s completely antithetical to the Constitutional oath she took as an officer of the court as well as an employee of the Justice Department.

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It’s also about that creeping authoritarianism some of our favorite scholars have often & repeatedly warned us about.

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Speaking of the Justice Department, it looks as though under the Malevolent Maladministration they are up to their usual injustice, trying to sneak our voting rights out the DOJ back

DOJ Rules, Their Presence, Their Absence, and Who’s Telling Us To Pay Attention To Why That Matters

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Since they’re trying to manipulate the power of our right to vote, it’s also about that creeping authoritarianism some of our favorite scholars have often & repeatedly warned us about.

Judicial Nominees Should Be Made To Answer Questions in Their Confirmation Hearings, Particularly When Those Questions Concern Settled Law (And Most Pointedly, Whether Or Not Brown v. Board Of Education Was Correctly Decided !!)

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Since it’s also about Separation of Powers and respecting the concomitant power of one branch of government to check another’s potential overreach, it’s also about that creeping authoritarianism some of our favorite scholars have often & repeatedly warned us about.

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Bias Built Into A.I. and Algorithms Constructed For Use in Law Enforcement & Elsewhere (Because They’re Built By Non-Bias-Free Humans, and How Many More Times Are We Going To Have To Explain That To the People Who Keep Claiming They’re Some of the Smartest & Most Forward-Thinking In the World)

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We’ve gone on repeatedly and at some length about the problem of unrecognized implicit bias – and perhaps even more and increasingly importantly, the problem of repeated refusal to recognize it’s existence, since – say it with me - it’s also about that creeping authoritarianism some of our favorite scholars have often & repeatedly warned us about.

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One last thing – they’re also actively attempting to displace citizens through gentrification, fail in their investigative duties to find remedies for discrimination, and actively dismantle the federal social safety net in order to more easily enforce that creeping authoritarianism some of our favorite scholars have often & repeatedly warned us about.

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If you’re wondering how this is related to the general topic,and you haven’t read the chapters in Waking Up White on the Selective Enforcement of the GI Bill and how it enabled ongoing de facto segregation, now would be a good time

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Everybody with me on the theme here?

 

Masha Gessen and Sarah Kendzior: In Defense of Truth

Oh, well, then, all right. Have some dessert.

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