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The Scaredy Scare (#truthscare rising)

#ScaredyScare | #WhatTheyVotedFor

President Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump): "The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security 'leakers' that have permeated our government for a long time. They can't even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW" (via Twitter, 24 February 2017)

It would seem ironic if, in the end, Republicans managed to make “patriot” the new “communist”. More than political irony, though, the strangeness of the Trump White House is such that we really cannot afford to skip the part that wonders if perhaps the president’s latest twitshit tantrum really does intend its darker implication.

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The Rohingya Arson Berserker Story

This is going on in the world:

Public Radio InternationalIf Myanmar’s notorious army is to be believed―that’s a very big if―its soldiers are facing a highly deranged adversary.

Along Myanmar’s marshy coastline, villages keep going up in flames. All of them belong to the Rohingya, a horribly persecuted Muslim group. The arsonists? Muslims themselves, according to the army.

The Rohingya, we are told, are burning their own homes to attract well-armed government platoons―and then sprinting at them with knives, berserker style, so that they can get mowed down by the dozens.

Patrick Winn offers the obvious analysis, “This narrative defies logic”. The headline is even more direct: “This Muslim purge in Myanmar is so awful you can see it from space”.

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Winn, Patrick. “This Muslim purge in Myanmar is so awful you can see it from space”. Public Radio International. 15 November 2016.