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KA Semenova
Writer, editor, lapsed Russianist. MA in Russian History, Georgetown Univ. Back home in Ohio after 30 years away. Memoir forthcoming: Vladimir, Titicut Follies.
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KA Semenova 5h
Replying to @zackbeauchamp
Interesting piece on this theme, w/racial resentment as factor. TL;DR = when Obama talked abt/acted on climate change, a bunch of whites, who were already mad at him, got mad at the very notion of *climate change* too.
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KA Semenova 5h
Replying to @hels
The tension is awful. I want to stop reading but can't & the struggle repeats w/every damn graf. His doling out of empathy--lots for Maria & her sister; a dollop for Ghislane; "trollops" get none; & all the rest goes to poor Jeffrey--perfectly encapsulates the Trumpian moment.
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KA Semenova 7h
Nicole is lying. There's nothing in the article except recounting how Rocky's lawyers/mgmt got connected thru a black pastor to Kushner & then Trump. Not clear at all -- zero evidence -- that Trump even helped the situation. (The Hill is a rag anyway; almost always useless.)
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Julie Laumann🆘 14h
Replying to @SekretarzXXL
Excellent point by : the trade war has exacerbated the Amazon wildfire crisis as Brazilian farmers race to fill the void left by plummeting US exports to China, clearing the rainforest through "slash & burn" agriculture (w/Bolsonaro's assent)
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KA Semenova 23h
Scroll up for the story.
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KA Semenova Aug 22
Replying to @zackbeauchamp
It seems to me that the threat of climate change--or more narrowly, govt responses to climate change--are a factor driving right-wing movements; they're not just happening alongside one another. Might even be true oil $$$ is responsible for the whole damn thing, at bottom.
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KA Semenova Aug 22
Replying to @JaxAlemany
Given that Trump is pushing a "new" antidepressant (derived from Ketamine)--made by Johnson & Johnson, an heir of whom has donated $740k to Trump--& that he's ordered govt to buy "a lot" of--I bet this is for donors. & having a new "solution" he can point to after mass shootings.
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KA Semenova Aug 22
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andrew kaczynski🤔 Aug 21
One thing a lot of Americans don't know about Denmark is they saved 90% of their Jewish population from deportation during the Holocaust by ferrying them to neutral Sweden. A brave act of resistance that required the whole population working together.
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Kevin Rothrock Aug 21
The two monologues from medical professionals in the Arkhangelsk region (where Russia's botched engine test caused a radiation leak) are now available in English. These are incredible texts.
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KA Semenova Aug 21
Thread. Scroll up to start.
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Dr Eleanor Janega Aug 21
Replying to @GoingMedieval
When all those basics at parties used to ask me why studying medieval apocalyptic thinking was important I never thought that I would someday say, "Because the president of the US has just claimed he is seen as the King of Israel, which is an apocalyptic and Antichrist trope."
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Michelle Goldberg Aug 21
The front page of the NYT right now looks like one of those pre-election parodies about what a Trump administration would be like.
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Kameron Hurley Aug 21
Only took... three years, from election to concentration camps. Folks thought all of us flipping out were "overreacting" and those are the folks who've never read a history book. They told us exactly what they intended to do.
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KA Semenova Aug 21
Replying to @emptywheel @ewarren
Many technicalities: if you're disabled, loan collection can garnish your disability checks; that authority might be revoked; the amount they can take can change; then there's debt actually being wiped away. Trump might have tweaked something but Bush & Obama laid foundations.
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KA Semenova Aug 21
There's no "if" here--this is history. Do you get what "1992" means? It means that GHW Bush was prez & he sold F-16s to Taiwan. Clinton became president in Jan 1993 & *could have* sold more but didn't. Obama too *could have* & didn't. For reasons you can discover if you want.
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Susan Hatch Aug 21
Replying to @JYSexton
"Malignant narcissists are messianic precisely because of their massive grandiosity...this narcissistic grandiosity is a compensation for and massive defense against the very same deeply seated feelings of inferiority found in the narcissist's followers."
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KA Semenova Aug 21
U.S. tried to buy Greenland twice in 20thC bc of its strategic location; post-World War-II, we settled for a permanent base at Thule. I suspect some part of this was said to Trump, who knows when, & off he went. I do buy Obama being a factor in why Trump canceled trip tho.
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KA Semenova Aug 21
Replying to @teroterotero
We'll find out in a few months that he told the military to come up w/an invasion plan (Greenland, not Denmark). And WH lawyers & natsec to come up with a justification for it. It'll come to nothing bc everyone will find a way to make it untenable but it'll NEVER be over for him.
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KA Semenova Aug 20
Replying to @SopanDeb
Those are Dan Scavino's thumbs at work.
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