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  • RT @mollyniesen: "The whole Russia thing appears to be complex we can't really trust intelligence let's wait and see" is where the far left… - posted on 16/01/2017 12:05:24

  • RT @jdakwar: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." #MLK https://t.co/Bx9D2zcmLU - posted on 16/01/2017 12:04:50

  • RT @DannyZuker: .@realdonaldtrump More proof that your love of hooker pee got you blackmailed by Putin. #illegitimatePresident https://t.co… - posted on 14/01/2017 19:41:46

  • RT @lisang: The problem with Israel's heroism addiction https://t.co/NVASjxv8dB via @972mag - posted on 14/01/2017 15:10:53

  • RT @shondarhimes: If having one's skull fractured marching across a bridge in Selma for freedom is definition of "talk", THANK YOU FOR TALK… - posted on 14/01/2017 15:06:46

  • RT @StephenAtHome: Attn:@realDonaldTrump @repjohnlewis is my friend, and yours, whoever you are, whether you agree with him or not. #Leadwi… - posted on 14/01/2017 15:06:24

  • And BTW, #facts do matter. https://t.co/XGQHf3DrqK - posted on 14/01/2017 14:57:54

  • RT @dcexaminer: Steve Harvey: I won't be attending Trump inauguration because my wife said no https://t.co/HO4rSylUEV https://t.co/aFbfFNMi… - posted on 14/01/2017 14:39:20

  • RT @JWGOP: Trump attacks: POWs, Mexicans, Muslims, disabled reporter, military & intel officers, Gold Star Parents, John Lewis. But never P… - posted on 14/01/2017 14:37:12

  • <<Rim shot>> https://t.co/LMnNuFOG0k - posted on 14/01/2017 14:36:37

  • RT @ChemiShalev: Trump defenders now say John Lewis not immune from criticism, ignoring difference between criticism and disrespectful, fou… - posted on 14/01/2017 14:35:46

  • RT @Evan_McMullin: BBC report that Trump's possible compromise by the Russian government has multiple sources & is regarded as "credible" b… - posted on 14/01/2017 14:35:36

  • RT @pedantka: Ppl talking about Rep John Lewis sullying MLK's legacy reminds us: a lot of folks think the only good activist is literally a… - posted on 14/01/2017 14:32:28

  • RT @Evan_McMullin: While you avoided the draft, John Lewis risked his life for equality in America. You'll never even dream of such selfles… - posted on 14/01/2017 14:32:22

  • RT @Evan_McMullin: On this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, let it be clear that John Lewis is an American patriot. Trump's attacks on him f… - posted on 14/01/2017 14:32:12

TanakhCast #93: The Fremdschämen und Schadenfreude Edition


iwkad22rIn this week’s episode: Isaiah 12–15.  We continue in the book of Isaiah with a consideration of empathy and reveling in the suffering of others.

And ICYMI, the Atlantic piece about concepts that need a pithy word in English can be found here and the journal article about the connection between empathy and fremdschämen can be found here.



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Ten days in.

cubs-win-18-by-24-print-ws-375x500I have cycled through the various Kübler Ross stages.

I began during the playoffs.  When my Cubs were making their history-making run for the World Series, I was also frequenting Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com.

Under the aegis of ESPN, the site tells stories using data and numbers.

I would head on over to FiveThirtyEight to track the election. I would check often. Sometimes three times a day.  Sometimes four.  I had to know how well or how bad Hillary’s chances were based on polling data and the other ingredients Silver and associates added to the secret sauce.  Eyes of newt, perhaps?

And I would also look at the right column which had baseball data.  At first, sixteen teams and their chances at making it to the Big Show.  Then eight.  Then four.  And when it counted – the World Series itself – it did not look good AT ALL for the Cubbies.

And then someone flippantly observed: Trump has a better chance of being President than the Cubs have at winning the World Series.

My stomach dropped.

But that feeling of the plunge dissipated when, in fact, Rizzo, Rossy, Zobrist, Schwarber and the boys finally brought it home on November 2nd.

And I reveled in that victory!  CUBS WIN!  CUBS WIN!  I could hear Harry Caray’s enthusiastic yelp ringing in my ears.

And then Donald Trump was elected President less than a week later.

And then Donald Trump appointed a venal antisemite to be his chief White House Advisor.

And then Donald Trump nominated a man who traffics in Islamophobic conspiracies to advise his national security team.

And then Donald Trump nominated a legislator who was deemed too racist to be a judge to be his attorney general.

This is the list as of right now.  I am sure the list will get longer.

And I guess this is what happens when the other team wins in politics.

They get to nominate, make the appointments, fill the posts, make the policies, and carry the day.

But for all the folks who are saying we should give President Elect Trump a chance, to wait and see what he really does (as opposed to what he says), I still cannot get past a simple truth.  (And yes, I know truth is in short supply these days.  This one is grandfathered in from before…)

When racists, antisemites, White nationalists, and the KKK are excited about something, decent people should worry about that thing.

If you are a decent person, you should be very worried right about now.


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