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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Donald Trump


Life, the Universe, and Everything: 42
Death, a Fantasy World, and Nothingness: 45

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Sorry, Snopes: Hitler did say he would make Germany great again

This is an excerpt from a syndicated 1934 U.S. news article.  This scan, specifically, is from the January 4, 1934 issue of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, retrieved from archive site Newspapers.com.

Adolf Hitler specifically said he would make Germany great again

Randall Munroe (xkcd.com) tipped off Matt Novak (Gizmodo.com) that this article existed, and Novak wrote it up, so if you were wondering whether Internet publishers can actually add value to discussions about critical issues, ask yourself:  "Have I seen this discussed or reprinted anywhere else?"

As of this writing, the Snopes page for this claim tags it as "mostly false".

Read Novak's full post here.

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It is not “intolerance” to oppose Trump and his supporters

It is all the rage in some conservative circles online to point at people who oppose Donald Trump, or who oppose supporters of Trump, and say "Look at you, preaching tolerance all the time, and now you show that you are nothing but a bigot!"

OK.  Let's break this one down.

"Tolerance", properly construed, is merely a convenient shorthand for recognizing the humanity of others and their right to carry on in any fashion that does not actively harm another person.  It is not magnanimity to "tolerate" gay people, or fat people, or people in wheelchairs, or people with a different skin color — rather, it is an act of wickedness to ostracize them.

Likewise, no one argues that we should tolerate a man who is assaulting someone in the middle of the street.  It is an immoral act to permit an assault — when you prevent violence, you are not denying a man his right to harm others, you are supporting his victim's right not to be subjected to violence.

I would go a step further: it is an immoral act to tolerate someone who stands by and watches a man commit violence against another human being without attempting to intercede, let alone someone who cheers that man on.  Such a person is not expressing a simple difference; such a person is enabling an unjust act.  And that gets us to Trump and his supporters.

No, I will not "tolerate" Donald Trump.  No, I will not "tolerate" your right to support Donald Trump.  To do so would, itself, be an injustice.  Trump is — with every breath and every joke and every grope — degrading and insulting and injuring and threatening and violating our fellow citizens.  To oppose him, and the people who enable him, is not called "intolerance".  To oppose them is called "morality".