Friday, September 23, 2022

Taliban Smuggling & Trump: Tipping Point of Stupid - Tall Tower of Babel

The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Something went terribly wrong, very suddenly. We are disoriented, unable to speak the same language or recognize the same truth. We are cut off from one another and from the past.
donald trump has a knack for making his most committed apologists look like complete idiots and imbeciles—even if they are not complete imbeciles, though many of them are. 

The Tipping Point of Stupid: Trump

I Smuggled My Laptop Past the Taliban So I Could Write This Story

My escape from Afghanistan

Russia's evil 👿 nuclear threat: Is Vladimir Putin bluffing or is he really a 'terrorist with nuclear weapons?'

Optus hit by cyberattack with millions of customers potentially having personal information compromised, Pepperdine Law Dean on Why His Stutter Didn't Keep Him From His Calling:

When Paul L. Caron, the Duane and Kelly Roberts dean and professor of law at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law and publisher and editor of Tax Prof Blog, posted his blog titled, “Deaning While Stuttering,” he didn’t expect it to garner so much attention.

I’ve nothing to lose’: Dying whistleblower sued by ClubsNSW

Secret Documents Have Exposed the CIA’s Julian Assange Obsession Jacobin

Stephanie Hunter McMahon (Cincinnati), Prison Work Is Taxing and Should Be Taxed, 176 Tax Notes Fed. 1585 (Sept. 5, 2022)

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah (Michigan; Google Scholar), Medtronic II and the Profit-Shifting Problem, 176 Tax Notes Fed. 1575 (Sept. 5, 2022)

Bingo Industries pleads guilty to alleged demolition waste cartel  

Facebook spied on private messages of conservatives who questioned the 2020 elections and reported them to the FBI OpIndia

‘Pretty creepy’: Agencies illegally obtained emails, voicemails and texts The Saturday Paper