It’s written “Alt-Right”, but it is pronounced “American Nazis”. Here’s a catalog of the Silicon Valley Geek variant of common misogynistic racist asshole.
In 2006, British author Peter York wrote a book, Dictator Chic, in which he identified all the design characteristics that autocrats’ homes have in common: gaudy gold-detailing, faux 18th-century French furniture, buildings of ludicrous scale and more. As York writes, President Donald Trump’s Manhattan penthouse would fit right in. Here’s a closer look at the aesthetic style of dictator’s past—the glass and the marble, the mirrors and the self-portraits—and how Trump’s own style compares.
From the HHOS-Dept: Actual Trump Quotes, 50ies sexist ads.
From the HHOS Dept: What were you wearing?
I know, it’s the BBC, yet still it kind of belongs into the Trump Dump category for reasons that will get clear further down this blog.
On Backchannel she’s writing about the internal mechanisms of Gamergate-type personalities, and how their own insecurities make them aggressive, a very interesting read.
My first breakthrough came when I started studying bullying—when I started reading studies about why punitive approaches to meanness and cruelty backfire. It’s so easy to hate those who are hateful, and so hard to be empathetic to where they’re coming from. This made me double down on an ethnographic mindset that requires that you step away from your assumptions and try to understand the perspective of people who think and act differently than you do. I’m realizing more and more how desperately this perspective is needed as I watch researchers and advocates, politicians and everyday people judge others from their vantage point without taking a moment to understand why a particular logic might unfold.
The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.
It comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.
The ban, if it comes, affects all Americas, not just Redneckistanis. Will it come? It depends:
Following the committee’s vote, the Commission must act to suspend the visa waiver for Americans, but the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union may object.
KQED has a survey and article about how the Trump situation is affecting workplace productivity and politics in the workplace (normally a no-go in US work environments):
If you need a list of media organizations to support, read the list of excluded organizations in this article.
The BBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed, the Daily Mail and Politico were among those excluded.
A report by Frommer’s states that
Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from visiting the United States, and the loss of tourism jobs could be devastating.
So far, the observed drop is about 7%, and is not limited to travel from Muslim countries:
Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all
the report continues. Affected are business travel as well as leisure travel, and the projected losses for this year are in the billions of USD and in the thousands of jobs.