Spanish Prime Minister moves to formally occupy Catalonia: Daily Bullshit, October 21, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published, October 21, 11:38 am.
  2. October 21, 5:20 pm:
    • The Catalan president rejects the Spanish Prime Minister’s plan.[1]
    • Okay, I think a military coup d’etat might have been one of the thoughts on my mind as I contemplated how Donald Trump might be removed (or remove himself). I don’t think I envisioned it as preserving Trump as a figurehead. But ummmm, damn, this is chilling.[2] I would caution, however, in the critical theorists’ emphasis on context, we need to consider how we might expect a general to speak of U.S. war dead.

Catalonia

I have previously commented on this situation here. While, allegedly, a majority of Catalans do not support independence, “[r]egional elections won’t necessarily herald greater stability. Separatist lawmakers could increase their representation in the regional assembly, some pollsters say.”[3] I do not know if Spanish (or Catalan) polling is any more reliable than that in the U.S. or U.K.,[4] but I doubt it.

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan,” October 21, 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41710873

Deutschewelle, “Spain announces intent to sack Catalonia’s government,” October 21, 2017, http://www.dw.com/en/spain-announces-intent-to-sack-catalonias-government/a-41059612

Jeannette Neumann and Giovanni Legorano, “Spain Moves to Seize Control of Catalan Government, Call Regional Elections,” Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/spain-moves-to-seize-control-of-catalan-government-call-regional-elections-1508587975


Donald Trump

The number of Americans killed in all the wars this nation has ever fought is indeed equal to roughly one per cent of all Americans alive today. This makes for questionable math and disturbing logic.[5]

Masha Gessen, “John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup,” New Yorker, October 20, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/john-kelly-and-the-language-of-the-military-coup


  1. [1]British Broadcasting Corporation, “Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan,” October 21, 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41710873; Deutschewelle, “Spain announces intent to sack Catalonia’s government,” October 21, 2017, http://www.dw.com/en/spain-announces-intent-to-sack-catalonias-government/a-41059612
  2. [2]Masha Gessen, “John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup,” New Yorker, October 20, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/john-kelly-and-the-language-of-the-military-coup
  3. [3]Jeannette Neumann and Giovanni Legorano, “Spain Moves to Seize Control of Catalan Government, Call Regional Elections,” Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/spain-moves-to-seize-control-of-catalan-government-call-regional-elections-1508587975
  4. [4]David Benfell, “On a nine percent response rate,” May 28, 2017, https://parts-unknown.org/drupal7/journal/2017/05/28/nine-percent-response-rate
  5. [5]Masha Gessen, “John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup,” New Yorker, October 20, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/john-kelly-and-the-language-of-the-military-coup

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