Wednesday Assorted Links

1. Why Her will attack the alt-right

2. How Her will attack the alt-right. Note that Cialdini is probably advising Her.

3. China intervenes on the side of Assad

4. The oldest known ancient Olympic athlete skeleton

5. Does welfare discourage marriage? (poll)

6. Follow the money. The entire media is bought and sold by the rich and powerful.

7. The Daily Kos’s 2008 analysis of Her Iraq War vote speech

8. Yes, Trump is really bringing independents into the Party

9. Unintended consequences of rewards for student attendance in India

10. Americans generally support repealing the estate tax, are conflicted and uncertain about trade pacts

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Assorted Links”

  1. I read an illuminating article (through MR, I think) about the differences between Al Qaeda and ISIS. Interesting parallels:

    Cruz is like Al Qaeda (principled), Trump is like ISIS (pragmatic). Obama (ashamed of Muslim connections) created ISIS, GOP establishment (ashamed of conservative connections) created Trump.

    Probably more, this is just what came to me just now off the top of my head.

    1. Yes, Obama created ISIS, but how did the GOPe create Trump?

      ISIS, unlike AQ, has no screening process, is trying to build a state, and considers attacking the West a secondary mission. It also uses more blunt tactics more quickly.

      1. Remember, Trump wasn’t a leader of Republican voters until about a year ago when he picked up the $100 bill the GOPe left on the ground. Ask yourself, could the Trump phenomenon have happened if over the past 5 decades the GOPe had been actually fighting against mass immigration, political correctness, etc.?

        Anyway, I don’t claim my analogy is fully pervasive, only that there are some interesting parallels.

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