If he’s not straight-up admitting his plan, he’s using his other modus operandi: projection.

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You know that saying by the late great Dr. Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”? It seems such a valuable life lesson, one that only grows truer with the passage of time. I think she also used the phrase “when someone tells

Ahmaud Arbery’s murder trial was already pandering to white supremacy. Then, in closing, the defense literally invoked Jim Crow.

Thomas Rice playing “Jim Crow” in blackface, Bowery Theatre, New York City, 1833. Image: public domain

“Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts, with no socks to cover his long dirty toenails.” — Laura Hogue, defense attorney for Greg McMichael

It was just one…

The art of Don the Con

How two generations of Trumps paved the way for Donald by lying, cheating, and grifting their way to the top

Frederick Trump in 1887, image: public domain

Friedrich Drumpf, family patriarch

Founder of the family fortune, draft dodger, brothel owner

Yes, it’s true that Donald Trump has German ancestry. (I get asked this a lot, especially when people want to compare him to the infamous German dictator). Donald’s paternal grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf (1869–1918), grew up in Germany’s Kallstadt region and got his working start as a barber’s apprentice. …

The Art of Don the Con

Following the Great Recession, many people learned this lesson the hard way: don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

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Before he was mixing presidential politics with personal quid pro quos, subpar-to-mediocre businessman Donald Trump was mixing his name and image (or, his brand) with a slew of crooked companies and poppycock products. This included everything from personalized vitamins to Vodka, steaks sold exclusively through The Sharper Image®, and vastly…

This Is Not Normal

He’s pretty much an imbecile in everything, only he doesn’t know he’s an imbecile.

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From time to time, each of us has the tendency to overestimate our competence, to think we’re better at something than we actually are. This manifests in everyday moments that can often be chalked up to pride. Like, when you struggle to assemble, say, an IKEA bunk bed, but also…

The unnecessary provocation that many white people engage in, often without realizing what they’re doing

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It was one of those moments where you’re mid-sentence, typing up a response to a reader’s comment when you realize: either this is going to be an obnoxiously long response, or I can just turn it into a whole separate essay… yeah… I think I’m gonna go with the 2nd…

What I Learned On Alt-Right Social Media: A Series

Part 1: “Welcome to the Face Book! Be careful; this can be kind of addictive!”

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“Do your own research.”

It’s what you’d often hear echoed within alt-right social media groups, like a mantra. And it’s hardly a bad sentiment. After all, we should be diving deeper into the headlines that catch our attention. We should be checking original sources and cross-referencing rather than just taking news at face value…

The Art of Don the Con

And why we must keep on; it’s a long road.

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“What we did, that was a scam. That was an entertainment.” — Bill Pruitt, producer, The Apprentice

The Confidence Man

It all feels like a highway mirage, this road trip we’ve been on for the past 5+ years. At least for the majority of us who’ve always known Donald Trump as a con…

A common public misconception is “there’s not enough research yet” to trust the vaccine. In reality, it’s been 10 years in the making — the same R&D program as any other vaccine.

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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times:

“I don’t think there was enough time for any extensive research to be conducted, so I’m not convinced of its safety.”

This is the go-to excuse of many who are avoiding the Covid vaccine. They don’t trust it because…

Martie Sirois

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