Can a few guys standing on the tracks stop a train wreck? Daily Bullshit, July 17, 2016

Donald Trump

It was awfully hard to take this guy seriously at the beginning, when it was reported he had even hired actors to applaud his announcement of his candidacy.[1]

Kyle Cheney, “Never Trump plots last stand at Cleveland convention,” Politico, July 17, 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/rnc-2016-never-trump-225664


Failed Turkish coup

Hugh Naylor and Erin Cunningham, “Turkey detains 6,000 in failed coup amid signs of chaos in the military,” Washington Post, July 17, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/turkey-detains-about-6000-linked-to-failed-coup/2016/07/17/e77e0bb0-4baf-11e6-8dac-0c6e4accc5b1_story.html


Unemployment

Betsey Stevenson’s ideas[2] might help if employers weren’t absolutely thrilled with a status quo that enables them to treat human beings as infinitely replaceable.

Betsey Stevenson, “For Too Many, the Job Market Isn’t Working,” Bloomberg, July 8, 2016, http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-08/for-too-many-the-job-market-isn-t-working


Honduras coup

The coup occurred in 2009 and is one major cause of ongoing violence in the country, leading to increased unauthorized migration into the U.S.

Sarah Lazare and Michael Arria, “Here’s Why Activists Don’t Buy Hillary Clinton’s Justification for the Honduras Coup,” Truthout, July 17, 2016, http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36866-here-s-why-activists-don-t-buy-hillary-clinton-s-justification-for-the-honduras-coup


  1. [1]Aaron Couch and Emmet McDermott, “Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement,” Hollywood Reporter, June 17, 2015, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-campaign-offered-actors-803161; Mark Hensch, “Trump paid actors to cheer his 2016 launch: report,” Hill, June 17, 2015, http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/245359-trump-paid-actors-to-cheer-his-2016-launch-report
  2. [2]Betsey Stevenson, “For Too Many, the Job Market Isn’t Working,” Bloomberg, July 8, 2016, http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-08/for-too-many-the-job-market-isn-t-working

3 thoughts on “Can a few guys standing on the tracks stop a train wreck? Daily Bullshit, July 17, 2016

  • July 18, 2016 at 07:10
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    @benfell Great title! Really sums up how I feel about what’s happening in the tech world too. While so few of us are here farting about with arduinos or gnusocial or whatever other hack you like, the mega-corporation has infinite resources to develop our end. I can see that train hurtling towards us and I just don’t know what to do. ?

  • July 18, 2016 at 23:23
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    Well, I was talking about #NeverTrump which just keeps on hoping it has a lot more support than it does. I’m actually a lot more optimistic about the tech world, perhaps because I’m not actually much in it.

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