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Talking-Point Armor

If Ryan and McConnell tried to remain boxed off from the earthquake, Priebus occupied another shelter, constructed of talking-point armor, alternate reality and denial.

Leibovich, M. (2016, June 21). Will Trump Swallow the G.O.P. Whole? Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/magazine/will-trump-swallow-the-gop-whole.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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Pre-outraged for Your Convenience

Now. What have I done wrong today? What did I just do wrong up there? This is the Internet, after all, and for those people who come pre-outraged for your convenience, there’s much that requires frant-O-type fulminations about other people’s innumerable deficiencies. I’m sure I should GET A GRIP and I’m sure I need to be told that NO ONE CARES LOL and it’s quite certain that a very, very motivated Steve Martin fan is angry that I criticized him in a dream, because his sense of self is bound up with a college identity that included enjoying “Let’s Get Small,” and attacking the work is an attack on him, and his critical faculties.
Someone is mad because their dog died after it ate chocolate, and THAT’S NOT FUNNY. I didn’t say it was. I just said I was worried about the dog in my dream. I had a lady yell at me in the grocery store for writing “I almost had a heart attack” in a column” because her husband had just had a heart attack and THAT’S NOT FUNNY.

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There are civil places. But the miserable bitchery of the comments in sites that have no particular reason to exist other than barfing out clickbait chum into the canals – it’s just extraordinary, and Facebook is the tool that lets people wander in to any site and pop off.

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The Internet didn’t change people. People changed the internet. We always thought it would empower everyone to have a voice, but those were the early heady days. As it turned out, we underestimated the extent to which self-righteousness, ignorance, historical illiteracy, and the utter confidence of perpetually adolescent brains would form a free-floating thundercloud of perpetual contempt. We all know this. In some way I think we all hate the internet.

Lileks, J. (2016, June 23). The Bleat. Retrieved from http://lileks.com/bleats/archive/16/0616/062316.html

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Safety of Obscurity

Ironically the vagueness of abstract words is one reason for their popularity. It is harder to be precise. We are often tempted to prefer the safer obscurity of the abstract.

Prowriting Aid User Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved June 26, 2016, from p. 51 https://prowritingaid.com/docs/ProWritingAidManual.pdf

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Watch the Claw

When you follow all the Hot Issues of the Day Everyone Is Furious About, you’re looking the scorpion in the eye, thinking you can glare him down with your indignation. Big mistake. Watch the claw. Beware the tail.

Lileks, J. (2016, November 10). The Bleat. Retrieved from http://www.lileks.com/bleats//archive/16/1116/111016.html

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Oligarchs-in-Waiting

Guliani is like those things that leap out of people chests in the Alien movies. Gingrich, Christy, Bannon, Ailes, are all like characters in the bar scene in Star Wars. The First Family are like robots programmed for monarcho-fascism. So, put a bunch of paranoid crackpots, oligarchs-in-waiting and desperate has-beens in a gilded palace to divvy up unimaginable power, and place at the center a terrified, clueless, instinctively cruel narcissist who never dreamed in his worst nightmares that he would be in such an impossible position, what could go right?

(2016, November 15). Re: Why Rudy Giuliani Shouldn’t Be Secretary of State. Editorial. [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/opinion/why-rudy-giuliani-shouldnt-be-secretary-of-state.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

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Postmortem

When the fall of the United States is written about by future historians, the Internet will figure prominently in the postmortem. The time of the slow, deliberate spread of information is over. There is no filter, nothing to confirm or verify reports, nothing to prevent people from seeking out and occupying a narrow silo of information that merely amplifies their foolish beliefs.

No one in prior decades would have taken a rifle to a pizza shop based on a column in The Times. All the poisons that lurk in the mud are hatching out, courtesy of your local ISP.

Krugman, P. (2016, December 19). How Republics End. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/opinion/how-republics-end.html?action=click&contentCollection=World&module=Trending&version=Full&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Don’t Try to Make It Funny

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

Lewis, D. (2016, August 29). Gene Wilder Dies at 83; Star of “Willy Wonka” and “Young Frankenstein.” Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/movies/gene-wilder-dead.html

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Safe Choices

You’ve made just enough safe choices to stay alive but not enough to matter. Is that what you want? You can be more. You want to be more, don’t you?

The window of opportunity is closing. This is your chance. This is not about not losing. This is about you finally having the confidence to walk out on the ledge and know that you’re not going to fall.

Halt and Catch Fire. Directed by Juan José Campanella, performance by Lee Pace, AMC. June 1, 2014. Amazon Prime, https://www.amazon.com/I-O/dp/B00KCXIHJG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1498408932&sr=8-2&keywords=halt+and+catch+fire+season+1

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Populist

Many reporters are using the term “populist,” which seems both inadequate and misleading. I guess racism can be considered populist in the sense that it represents the views of some non-elite people. But are the other shared features of this movement — addiction to conspiracy theories, indifference to the rule of law, a penchant for punishing critics — really captured by the “populist” label?

Krugman, P. (2016, December 23). Populism, Real and Phony. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/23/opinion/populism-real-and-phony.html?action=click&contentCollection=Travel&module=Trending&version=Full&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Contempt and Dim Prospects

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, whose 2012 “Twilight of the Elites” called for rethinking the entire ethos of liberal “meritocracy” — a system, he argued, that tends to fuel self-congratulation and incompetence at the top while offering little but contempt and dim prospects for those at the bottom.

Gage, B. (2017, January 3). How “Elites” Became One of the Nastiest Epithets in American Politics. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/03/magazine/how-elites-became-one-of-the-nastiest-epithets-in-american-politics.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below

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Attachment models

Indeed, researchers said, people who have insecure attachment models tend to be drawn to those who fit their expectations, even if they are treated badly. They may subconsciously act in ways that elicit insensitive, unreliable or abusive behavior, whatever is most familiar. Or they may flee secure attachments because they feel unfamiliar.

Murphy, K. (2017, January 7). Yes, It’s Your Parents’ Fault. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/opinion/sunday/yes-its-your-parents-fault.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0

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Luck

You’d find that Lady Luck was really a hooker, and you were fresh out of cash.

Max Payne. Dir. Sam Lake. Remedy Entertainment, 2001. Video Game.

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Lame, Failed Attempt

He also knew that if he ever embarrassed himself by pursuing a girl in the tribe and being rejected, she’d tell the other girls about it—not only would he have blown his chance with that girl, but he might never have a mate at all now because every girl that would ever be in his life knew about his lame, failed attempt. Being socially accepted was everything.

Urban, T. (2014, June 13). Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think. Retrieved from http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/06/taming-mammoth-let-peoples-opinions-run-life.html

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Slight Denial

Thinking about how overwhelmingly important it is to pick the right life partner is like thinking about how huge the universe really is or how terrifying death really is—it’s too intense to internalize the reality of it, so we just don’t think about it that hard and remain in slight denial about the magnitude of the situation.

Urban, T. (2014, February 12). How to Pick Your Life Partner – Part 1. Retrieved from http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/02/pick-life-partner.html

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Love Congratulating Myself

The people who don’t know that these ideas are silly fictions don’t care and aren’t listening. Meanwhile the I Fucking Love Congratulating Myself for Loving Fucking Science circle jerk continues to smugly spunk off all over my social media feeds.

howfar (2016, April 22 3:28 PM CST). Re: There are no things, there are only truths [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from http://www.metafilter.com/158852/There-are-no-things-there-are-only-truths#6494855

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Freed from Any Fixed Code of Conduct

We’re in a time like nothing before where a large percentage of the first-world population has both the time and resources to direct their path, freed from any fixed code of conduct. Sacrificed by the tunnel vision that’s created from self-indulgence and hedonism are concepts on the periphery, such as consequence, personal responsibility and that archaic notion of nobility.

Source Unknown

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Detainees’ Motivations

“Interrogation techniques can also succeed or fail depending on the detainees’ motivations,” says Arie W. Kruglanski, founding member of the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism.

Interrogators should not assume “humans are driven by the pursuit of pleasure and eschewal of pain,” he wrote in National Interest, “because recent research suggests alternative motives – the quest for truth, for personal significance, for control, autonomy and relatedness – can often trump hedonic pleasure and pain concerns.”

Mansoor, S. (2015, July 11). Psychologists authorize CIA, DOD torture, says report. Does torture work? Retrieved from http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/0711/Psychologists-authorize-CIA-DOD-torture-says-report.-Does-torture-work-video

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Widespread Pushback

“The Birth of a Nation” is a revenge movie for an aggrieved time in U.S. history, when those who would “take back America” encounter widespread pushback from people who never got their turn at the wheel.

Seitz, M. Z. (2016, October 7). Review: The Birth of a Nation (2016). Retrieved from http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-birth-of-a-nation-2016

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Hungry Creature

Outrage is too much of a hungry creature willing to feed on anything that looks a bit like food…

Khin Myint (2016, September 23). Re: Will the Left Survive the Millennials? [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/opinion/will-the-left-survive-the-millennials.html?action=click&contentCollection=Science&module=Trending&version=Full®ion=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Undisturbed by Truth

Nicholas von Hoffman of The Washington Post blasted the series, arguing that “if the networks are going to propagandize this way, there ought to be equal time for reality… Anybody who accepts that view of the White House will coast through life undisturbed by truth in any form”

Nicholas von Hoffman of the Washington Post (as cited in Television Obscurities: Nancy (2009, August 13). Retrieved from http://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/nancy/

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Happy Ending

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.

Orson Welles

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Sustainable, if Superficial

They seemed content to forge a relationship of sustainable, if superficial, conversation that allowed them to exist in the same room as father and son as long as they both had something to divert the bulk of their attention.

Wcladley. (2016, September 6). The Game Room – Chapter 2. Retrieved from http://www.critiquecircle.com/queue.asp?action=lookup&id=130760

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Surrogate Journeys

Each passing week allowed him to use his disposable income to pursue new and different hobbies, which became surrogate journeys for the exploration of life that he was deferring.

Wcladley. (2016, September 6). The Game Room – Chapter 2. Retrieved from http://www.critiquecircle.com/queue.asp?action=lookup&id=130760

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Security and Predictability

In 1992, these circumstances were very much anchored in the post-World War II social order that promised security and predictability in exchange for routine and consistency. The rhythms and expectations of the life into which Randy was born were such unquestioned realities of American society that people couldn’t perceive or interpret their decline.

Wcladley. (2016, September 6). The Game Room – Chapter 2. Retrieved from http://www.critiquecircle.com/queue.asp?action=lookup&id=130760

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Nostalgia

His earliest memories were happy, at least from a distance of three decades—a distance that begins to substitute the intricacies of actual experience with a broad, comforting nostalgia.

Wcladley. (2016, September 6). The Game Room – Chapter 2. Retrieved from http://www.critiquecircle.com/queue.asp?action=lookup&id=130760

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Opportunity and Regret

Circumstances saved him from poverty, but anchored him in stagnation, allowing him to be insulated from the extreme economic brutalities of the era while ensnaring him in a mild but consistent state of personal desperation. He had no full-time job, no girlfriend, no lasting social connections, and found himself at an intersection of life where the question of one’s future is influenced by opportunity and regret in equal measure.

Wcladley. (2016, September 6). The Game Room – Chapter 2. Retrieved from http://www.critiquecircle.com/queue.asp?action=lookup&id=130760

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Buzzword Vortex

Helena appears to be less a philanthropic startup than a buzzword vortex. Which is to say they’ll probably do very well. They have mystery seed funding and a deck. They have a staff of publicists. They have a handsome founder who can blow smoke up Inc. Only the few, the special, and Selena Gomez know what they do—but when has that ever mattered? We’ve been promised “impact.” Everyone loves impact.

Biddle, S. (2016, April 18). I Have No Idea What This Startup Does and Nobody Will Tell Me. Retrieved from http://gawker.com/i-have-no-idea-what-this-startup-does-and-nobody-will-t-1771036238

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Proactive

“Excuse me, but… ‘Proactive?’ ‘Paradigm?’ Aren’t these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important?”

Sounds like someone is not being proactive about disrupting their paradigm.

leotrotsky (2016, April 19). Re: I do not have the answer to that one [Blog comment]. Retrieved from http://www.metafilter.com/158751/I-do-not-have-the-answer-to-that-one#6488422