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Donald Trump, champion and avatar of the shallow state, has won power because his supporters are threatened by what they don't understand, and what they don't understand is almost everything....[t]o many of them, knowledge is not a useful tool but a cunning barrier elites have created to keep power from the average man and woman. —David Rothkopf
Epistemic uncertainty—the idea that traditional sources of knowledge cannot be trusted—has long been exploited by disingenuous medical gurus to attract patients. Their techniques mirror those that Trump brought to the broader public: Earn sympathy by identifying genuine problems..... But instead of proposing nuanced fixes—as an honest person would—exploiters of epistemic uncertainty turn these legitimate critiques into crude rhetorical bombs that allow them to attack the entire system.—Alan Levinovitz / Slate
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.—Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump's pick for Sec. of Defense of the United States
"Some of the hardest-working and most productive people in this city are undocumented aliens. If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you're one of the people who we want in this city. You're somebody that we want to protect, and we want you to get out from under what is often a life of being like a fugitive, which is really unfair."—Staunch Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani in a 1994 speech
The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America.—Republican strategist John Weaver on selection of Steve Bannon by Trump as his top adviser
Blame Hillary Clinton For Being An Awful Candidate Think about it. Hillary Clinton couldn’t beat Donald Trump. She couldn’t beat the most flawed and disliked Republican nominee in history. She couldn’t beat the Republican nominee whose own party denounced him and withdrew their nominations. She couldn’t be the Republican nominee who got a million less votes that Mitt Romney in 2012. That says a lot more about her candidacy, than it does about Trump’s.—J. Wilson -
Trump is “human meth” ― a singularly galvanizing and destructive blend of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Beavis and Butt-Head, Michael Moore, Alex Jones, George Wallace, Benito Mussolini and Vince the ShamWow Guy.—Huffington Post
The [Democratic] women Senators have talked & we're concerned about Donald's weight. Campaign stress? We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.—Senator Claire McCaskill
What the fuck happened to their eyebrows?—An American friend upon seeing pictures of Iranian women in Iran's eyebrow styles.
There is no reason to consider Jesus's conception of his neighbors and enemies to have been any more or less expansive than that of any other Jews of his time. His commands to "love your enemies" and "turn the other cheek" must be read as being directed exclusively at his fellow Jews and meant as a model of peaceful relations exclusively within the Jewish community. The commands have nothing to do with how to treat foreigners and outsiders.—Reza Aslan- Zealot


Death Belongs to Others, Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco, March 5, 2017